Career Development Association of New Zealand


President’s Update: Covid-19, L4

President's Update: Covid-19, L4

Kia ora tatou,

I write this having just come home to start work from my kitchen "office" as we enter Covid-19 Alert Level 4. I am sure many of you are finding yourselves in similar situations of compromise, working out how to continue to support your clients through this difficult time whilst adjusting to a new work-style, or maybe just one with more family members around during the day than you're used to! I am thinking of you all and trying to imagine the different scenarios we are all in; I continue to maintain my curiosity as to what the weeks will bring and what we will all learn from this. One thing is certain: for many, a vast improvement in technology skills will be a very positive shift in learning new ways of working successfully.

On Monday evening the CDANZ National Executive Committee met by Zoom and made some decisions I would like to share with you now, as we consider ways to support our members during the lock-down period and beyond. At this stage we have agreed on the following:

Entry Level Qualifications & Member Pathways proposal
We have agreed it is more important for you, our members, to be focusing on your family and the circumstances we're now facing. Although our project teams will continue working in the background, we will postpone completion of the consultation work until the timing is better for our members. If there is sufficient member support we will bring the proposal remit to a Special General Meeting later in the year that will have the proposal as its sole focus (see p15, CDANZ Constitution). We see this as a very positive step, separating the AGM from this important discussion with our members.

CDANZ AGM, July 2020
We are pleased we made the decision to hold our AGM this year via Zoom to enable as many members as possible to access this important annual meeting, and will continue to plan for Tuesday, 28th July, at 7.00-8.00pm.

CareerX and Masterclass event, Sep 2020
You will be aware Prof Deirdre Hughes' visit to Wellington in May has been postponed indefinitely, and the decision has been made to treat the CareerX & Masterclass event planned for September in the same way. It is simply too high-risk financially to be making specific plans, however we have every intention of holding the event when the timing is right and will send more information as soon as we are able.

Commitment to providing Professional Development
We know PD is hugely important to our members, and recognise the opportunity we now have to support your ongoing learning, as well as provide opportunities for networking and stay connected within our professional community. To that end we are developing a programme of free learning you can take advantage of at home, with free webinars, discussion groups, reading, and other resources we identify. We plan to get this started very soon, so keep your eye out for some great opportunities. If you come across something you think our members would appreciate please let Lauren Hughes know on

Staying connected with Zoom
It is important to stay connected through these weeks when we are physically apart. There are many technologies you can may use to keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues and clients, such as phone, social media, messenger apps, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, and Zoom.

CDANZ will be hosting online events using the Zoom platform. Find out more about how to use Zoom here or check out their helpful videos here. If you need any support in adapting to this technology please contact Lauren on or 021 222 5682. 

Branch Liaison
Heather Lowery-Kappes will be contacting our branch leadership teams soon to hold a Zoom session to discuss preparation for your AGM's.

Membership renewals
For those with difficulty paying their membership fees up-front during this period, Koa can work with you to make alternative arrangements. We understand cash-flow may be an issue for some and we will try our best to accommodate this. Please understand, though, that there are costs involved in maintaining our organisation and membership fees will be our only income source this year due to the cancellation of our large PD events. The organisation is, literally, its members.

I wish you all the very best during this unprecedented situation where we are all learning more about career resilience, for ourselves and others. We will no doubt look back one day and find ourselves using many examples of great stories from this time in our lives and careers. We are needed now more than ever, and this will continue long after Covid-19 has parted ways with us.

Please stay in touch with each other, join the CDANZ LinkedIn and FaceBook groups, get yourself on the Zoom platform (takes 2 minutes), enjoy the PD opportunities, and share experiences. Let's learn together.

And please don't hesitate to contact me - I'll be in my kitchen.

Nga mihi, and kia kaha,

Jennie Miller
CDANZ – National President
CATE – Career and Transition Educators
Grad Dip Career Development, BBusStudies
0272 959 770