A message from Director, Tanea Heke regarding COVID-19

Pitopito Kōrero


August 12, 2020


Tanea Heke

He waka eke noa!


Unprecedented times continue with the Government’s announcement of Aotearoa’s COVID-19 Alert Levels changing as of 12 noon Wednesday 12 August with Aotearoa moving to Level 2 (Wellington included) and Auckland moving to Level 3 until midnight Friday.  

As you know, Toi Whakaari and all of Aotearoa, has already been through different stages of Alert Levels so we are prepared for change and used to challenges.

The health and safety of our people (staff, students and visitors) remains our top priority.


What’s happening for Toi Whakaari at Te Whaea


Level 2 means Toi Whakaari remains open and we continue with our increased level of safety and hygiene measures.

As per the Government Alert Level 2 we now reintroduce social distancing and limited numbers at gatherings.

In addition were mind the Toi Whakaari whānau of all existing measures including hand hygiene,staying home when sick and tracking movements.


Changes to the Double Bill Season


With businesses not able to have more than 100 people at a gathering we have had to make changes to the Double Bill Season at BATS Theatre. This applies to Lockdown La Ronde and Pre Lockdown Post.

Shows scheduled on Thursday 13 August (opening night) and Friday 14 August have been cancelled.
Opening night is now scheduled for Saturday 15 August.

This allows time for the BATS whānau to make the necessary changes so that everyone is kept safe under Level 2 arrangements. For the duration of Level 2, seating numbers will be reduced and the bar will be closed.

If you have ticket for the Double Bill Season please get in touch with BATS Theatre and make arrangements to attend another night 15-26 August (no show Sun/Mon). There is no charge to reschedule for another performance. Please contact BATS Theatre FOH Manager Pearl Kennedy RSVP@bats.co.nz


Any questions


Should you need to contact us, we can be reached as follows:

Tanea Heke – Director tanea@toiwhakaari.ac.nz 021 886 972

Craig Atkins – Registrar craig.atkins@toiwhakaari.ac.nz 021 0826 2095

For media inquires: Brianne Kerr brianne.kerr@toiwhakaari.ac.nz 021 1655 784


Nā reira e te iwi, kia tupato ki a koutou.  Kia kaha rā tātou katoa.

Tanea Heke
Director, Toi Whakaari