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COVID & APM Update

20 August 2021

BayTrust APM Covid-19 Update

As you will be aware the whole country, including the Bay of Plenty is back operating at Covid-19 Alert Level 4 until at least Tuesday 24 August.

As we are unsure when the alert levels may change, and as a precautionary measure we have decided to hold our 33rd Annual Public on 27 August 2021 online via Zoom.


What this means for our Annual Public meeting

We would of course love for you to still attend our 33rd Annual Public meeting by clicking on the zoom link below:


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 833 3661 5313

Passcode: 973516

The meeting commences at 3:30pm on Friday 27 August and will run for approximately 30 minutes.

There will be an opportunity for questions via the “zoom chat function” at the end of the meeting.

For more information on Zoom, and how to use it please visit:



Business as usual

We would like to assure all grantees and partners that we are committed to business as usual, providing appropriate support throughout this period of heightened risk and uncertainty. Staff will be working from home during lockdown with no face to face meetings, however will be contactable via email, our website and on the phone. Once the levels change, and there is more clarity on the current situation, further information will be forwarded. There will be no noticeable impact on any of our operations.


What the ongoing impact of Covid-19 means for Granting

- BayTrust remains in a very strong financial position and wishes to advise that all future grant rounds remain open at budgeted funding levels with applications still being received and processed as per our normal guidelines.

- We will continue to honour all our multi-year funding obligations as well as honour any other existing commitments.

- Depending on the length of time that the BOP is in Alert level 4 or 3, and the need in the community, we may look to re-establish Covid rapid response funding. This is something that we will make more firm decisions on as more information comes to light and look to be able to share more information on this at our Annual Public meeting. In the meantime if you have any emergency covid related funding queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Lastly, as CEO of BayTrust I know how challenging it is for everyone dealing with this uncertain time. We will do all we can to help support organisations over this period and as part of leadership commitment it’s great that I can confirm that all BayTrust staff are currently either vaccinated or in the process of getting vaccinated.

As always if you have any questions, please contact a BayTrust staff member or me if you wish to discuss.

Ngā mihi

Alastair Rhodes
BayTrust CEO

E: alastair@baytrust.org.nz
P: (07) 578 6546
M: 021 921 737