Staff at the Health Research Council will be working remotely while New Zealand is at Alert Level 4.
At the HRC office, which is in Auckland, we are now familiar with adapting to alert level changes, and our staff are well-prepared for this. Every employee is equipped to work from home and has been working at least part of each week from home since the HRC introduced a flexible work location policy after the first nationwide lockdown.
Thanks to other policies introduced over the past year, such as holding committee meetings virtually, the HRC aims to operate under all alert levels with minimal disruption to workflows. We will continue supporting our research community as best we can in the current circumstances.
That said, we ask you to remember that our staff may be fulfilling whānau responsibilities alongside their HRC roles, just as other New Zealanders will be doing over the next few days, so we ask for a little patience and understanding as we respond to queries.
Should you wish to contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our administrators will forward your query to the most appropriate person.
Our existing protocols, application processes and assessment processes will remain in place. This includes requiring only online submissions of proposals on HRC Gateway – not hard copies.
If you have any concerns about research continuity or contracts during the days ahead, please reach out to us. And for the government's latest updates and advice, visit the COVID-19 website which has information for the public all in one place.
Thanks for your support and ongoing contribution as we all work through this situation together. Take care and stay well.