NNZC Operating Budget 2020/2021 (July/November)

In light of some of the future financial uncertainties caused by COVID-19, it was resolved to approve an initial five month budget for 2020/2021 covering the period of July to November with a deficit after transfers of $105,400.00.

Bethesda Care

CEO Report – 12 May 2020

General Report

  • Bethesda is incredibly grateful for God’s protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Some of our staff have volunteered for COVID-19 testing for community samples and have all returned negative results.
  • Bethesda is primarily focussed on COVID-19 for the past few months and will continue this way for the short to medium term.
  • We continue to have daily stand-up meetings with the key staff and have staff manning the gates doing temperature and health compliance checks.
  • We in regular contact with the DHB and receive regular instructions.
  • The Bethesda Board has been meeting each Sunday evening for COVID-19 briefings.
  • Thus far, Bethesda has no suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases for residents or staff.
  • Bethesda has been in lockdown for the past few weeks, strictly adhering to the MOH guidance for Aged Care businesses. We have allowed certain family members to enter on compassionate grounds with the appropriate PPE.
  • Various communication messages have been sent to all families and staff, using multiple communication channels to keep them updated.
  • Video calls to residents by family have been taking place via Skype and Zoom. This has turned out to be extremely popular and has been facilitated by our chaplain Evan.
  • We have adequate levels of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in stock based on our current risk profile.
  • Two new recent enquiries and one new admission yesterday during COVID19.
  • Strict MOH guidelines for new admissions. No respite allowed, unless critical.

Risk Mitigation

Mitigations implemented:

  • Daily screening and temperature checks for all staff and visitors.
  • Daily temperature checks for all residents to detect early symptoms.
  • COVID-19 infection control measures, including strict zoning for residents and staff.
  • Limited access to Bethesda Care.
  • Following DHB guidelines.
  • Isolating new residents and care for these residents using PPE.
  • Follow Bethesda pandemic plan.

Financial Reports

Due to COVID-19, we have put the following measures in place to reduce expenses as an interim measure:

  • Government Wage Subsidy for specific cases.
  • No discretionary spending.
  • Set a target budget for the catering services during COVID-19.
  • Implemented a COVID-19 roster with reduced staffing.

Major Unbudgeted Expenditure

COVID-19 related cost (e.g. additional PPE, sanitiser, Gate Security, etc). The impact of COVID 19 is yet to be fully understood in the industry.

Bethesda Village

CEO Report – 12 May 2020

General Reports

  • COVID-19: The Bethesda Board have met each Sunday by teleconference during lockdown and continue to do so weekly to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Bethesda.
  • COVID-19: We are in the process of resuming sales within Bethesda Village under specific MOH, RVA and real-estate guidelines.
  • COVID-19: The Retirement Village industry is still working through what the positive or negative impact will be as a result of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19: Village processes are being finalised under Level 2.
  • COVID-19: Inflight sales of villas and apartments are being reassessed to review the impact as a result of COVID 19.


By God’s blessing, we continue to see the sale of apartments, villas and studios despite the downturn due to COVID-19.  Bethesda can be contacted on (09) 262 5620 about attractive apartments and villas on offer.

Quality/Certification Reports

  • We are progressing with our annual inspections of all units in the village.
  • We are developing a new long-term maintenance plan and the associated budget.
  • Bethesda completed the RVA independent audit late last year in which Bethesda received 100% compliance and we received a 3-year accreditation.

Major Unbudgeted Expenditure or Income

  • COVID 19 impact in sales.

Bethesda Apartments Project

Brand new Bethesda Apartments are currently available with some already sold.  For more information on these beautiful apartments simply follow this link – www.bethesda.org.nz

Secretary’s Report

Conference Roll Statistics 1st Quarter 2020 (31 March 2020)

  • Churches 63
  • Companies 18
  • Groups/Plants 37

Church Attendance

  • 2nd Sabbath 1221
  • 7th Sabbath 2112

Sabbath School Attendance

  • 2nd Sabbath 1148
  • 7th Sabbath 1707

Members – Beginning of Quarter 11,081

  • Members Added
  • Baptisms 132
  • Profession of Faith 22
  • Transfers In 29
  • Missing -6
  • Adjustments 3

Members Subtracted

  • Transfers Out 20
  • Deaths 34
  • Removed 3

Members – End of Quarter 11,204

92nd North New Zealand Conference Constituency Session – September 18-20, 2020.

The upcoming Conference Constituency Session remains scheduled for September 18-20.  This is the same weekend as when the New Zealand parliamentary election has been called.  Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the government has so far retained that time for the election and likewise, we presently continue to make preparations for the constituency session, whilst remaining ready to adjust those plans as circumstances change.  So far, COVID-19 conditions within New Zealand look increasingly favourable to those dates and almost every church has appointed their delegates to represent them at Session. Therefore, a gentle reminder to those few churches yet to appoint delegates to appoint them and submit their names to Conference.

Nonetheless, if you are an appointed Session delegate from outside of Auckland and planning to purchase accommodation, it would be wise to delay doing so until after July 22nd as on that date the Executive Committee will again review the current September dates for Session in light of the unfolding COVID-19 situation.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, it has been wonderful to see the great spirit of all those many church family members worshipping, witnessing and serving their communities, both online and offline.  Truly Jesus said, “… on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

Pr Hugh Heenan – NNZC General Secretary