|A Message from the President of Barbershop Harmony NZ|
Released 10pm, 15 March 2020
Pan-Pacific Convention scheduled Auckland, New Zealand in Sept 2020
The Board of Barbershop Harmony New Zealand met tonight and decided with great regret to cancel this Convention. The impending threats to public health from the coronavirus pandemic and its rapid spread together with Governments’ tightening of border controls have prevented the event from progressing.
We needed to provide certainty to potential attendees within a fast-changing landscape of uncertainties concerning Covid-19 before registrations opened.
The decision affects our many Barbershopper-friends in Australia, USA and Japan as well as Kiwis, all these people’s families and the general public. Also affected are our keynote quartet, world-champs “Main Street” and the judges required. This was to be our first Contest with Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Choruses and Quartets in competition.
Our decision aligns with actions being taken by many other groups, sports groups and Barbershoppers around the world.
The interests of health and public safety must take first priority.
We realise you may already have made plans around your visit and we trust this doesn’t create too many difficulties for you.
Thank you for your understanding.
Barbershop Harmony New Zealand