The following message was emailed to registrants on 02/09/2021:
Tēnā koutou delegates,
After much thought and consideration the PATHA Organising Committee have reached consensus as to moving forward with the September Symposium. We have agreed to shift both the Training Day (Fri 24) and the Symposium weekend (Sat 25 - Sun 26) to a professionally curated virtual platform. After investigation we are confident that coordinating an entirely virtual event will ensure the best experience for our presenters and delegates.
We understand how important in-person opportunities are for our community to network and discover solidarity. We share with you any disappointment and sadness you may feel at this outcome. Going forward into 2022, PATHA will look for opportunities to coordinate events to meet these community needs. This symposium (for delegates local to Ōtautahi and Waitaha) we do hope to organise some in-person meet-ups in Ōtautahi, determined by the COVID-19 level at the time. We will invite registration for these events as they are confirmed.
A positive outcome of this move is that we can invite our currently waitlisted registrants to attend, as well as accept new registrations. Please do invite your friends and colleagues who missed out on a spot previously to look into registering now.
As outlined on the registration page, the fee paid was for the Symposium being held either virtually or in person. We recognise that for some in our communities the lockdowns put financial pressure on, and we want to ensure we’re putting our communities first. If you are experiencing (or will experience) financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 lockdown, please do get in touch and we can discuss options.
We trust this makes sense, however if you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. Kia haumaru te noho.
Kerry Donovan Brown (they/them)