An update from our CEO

Monday 8 March, 2021

Auckland moved to Alert Level 2 at 6am on Sunday 7 March. The rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 at the same time.

Our Auckland team will now be operating under Alert Level 2 guidelines. This means that in-person home or worksite visits should only be undertaken if there is no practical alternative. If clients and staff do need to meet, our team will follow the necessary protocol to ensure that it is safe to do so, abiding by the minimum one metre social distancing rule and using PPE if appropriate. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in contact with your Community Stroke Advisor (CSA) or Return to Work Advisor.

Our Auckland based Big Blood Pressure Check Van will be operating under Alert Level 2 protocols. This means that our staff will be wearing PPE, all surfaces will be cleaned after every use and only one person will be allowed inside the van at a time.

With the rest of the country returning to Alert Level 1, we will be operating our standard practices, which means our teams can visit clients face-to-face and group meetings can be held. Our Wellington based Big Blood Pressure Check Van will today begin its tour of the South Island, taking place 8 March – 24 March. If at any point the Alert Levels change, our teams have a plan in place to ensure the safety of those visiting the van.

We will be monitoring the situation closely and will provide any further updates following the announcement on Friday 12 February.


Mark Vivian, Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Foundation of New Zealand