Write us a letter!

Have Our Say


We’re a team of researchers from the University of Auckland and we’re collecting letters from older New Zealanders about your experiences of the lockdown.

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We believe this is important because people over 70 have been identified as the group most vulnerable to Covid-19 and have had specific restrictions imposed on your activities. The media has often characterised you as passive and in need of protection. Yet your views remain largely unknown.

You can send us a letter (with photos or videos, if you like) by post, email or online. See below for details.

What will happen to my letter?

Your letter will become part of this website and, with your permission, be housed in an archive at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. It will also be used  to inform research about government and media responses in the event of future pandemics.

What should I say talk about in my letter?

Here are a few questions to give you ideas about what to write about, though you are free to write about anything you choose. You may write your letter in any language, it does not have to be in English.

  • How have you found the experience of lockdown? Was it different for you at the different alert levels? Did the lockdown remind you of any other significant events in your life?
  • How did you stay socially connected with family/whanau/friends who were not in your bubble?
  • Did the lockdown impact any of your cultural or social practices? If so, how?
  • What helped you the most get through the lockdown period, especially at Level 4?
  • How did you help others during the lockdown?
  • Do you have any thoughts or comments about the ways that various
    media talked about people over 70 in relationship to the pandemic?
  • Is there anything you would like to tell the Prime Minister about what people in your age group needed during the lockdown?

Who we are

We are the bi-cultural  Te Arai Research Group led by Professor Merryn Gott in the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland.

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