Saturday, 21st March 2020
HIP HOP INTERNATIONAL NZ | OFFICIAL DELEGATE OF HIP HOP INTERNATIONAL
RE: OFFICIAL STATEMENT HIP HOP INTERNATIONAL NZ
Kia ora Our Community,
We know you all have been waiting anxiously for our next update and we appreciate your patience as we navigate through this complicated situation. As we know our Prime Minister has unfolded strict regulations over the week and it’s clear that she is taking extreme measures to shut down COVID-19, and we want to assure our community that we are and have been adhering to these regulations, and that she has our full support here at HHI NZ on this stance. So therefore we have amended our two regional events (South Island and Taranaki) that were scheduled this weekend.
The priority has been and always will be the safety and well-being of everyone but due to the recent HHI HQ announcement regarding World Champs 2020 in August continuing meant that there was still a requirement for a qualification process, of some sort.
We have been working around the clock all week with the HHI HQ, our Regional Management Team and of course all our crews and dancers that have been affected to, firstly amend the regional and then secondly implement a safe qualification process. We want to thank all those mentioned above for their ‘call to action’ approach while maintaining the safety of our community priority. Therefore, these processes will be taking place under strict and regulated situations to ensure our
dancers still get to ‘dance’, so once again we THANK YOU all for your patience and cooperation through this.
It is clear that HHI NZ Nationals 2020 will not proceed this year, and this is not only due to our Prime Minister’s approach towards COVID-19 but the safety of our community – this has always been paramount here at HHI NZ. But with HHI World Champs 2020 still proceeding, as it stands, we then are required to still provide a platform that not only remains within the regulations of HHI but obviously the safety of our community. As you can imagine this has provided another level of complication for us here in Aotearoa, but we want to assure you all that we are working tirelessly with HHI HQ to make this work. We believe they are at the final stages of this process and we are awaiting the final sign off. We had hope to announce this process on tomorrow (Sunday) but due to the global wide pandemic and the many countries that sit under the HHI umbrella there has been a delay, as I’m sure you can appreciate.
Therefore our official announcement today is that our full HHI NZ Nationals 2020 event has been cancelled, and we hope to make our next announcement over the coming days on the new format for a national qualification.
HHI NZ EXECUTIVE TEAM
It’s the world’s most celebrated dance event. Over four thousand of the world’s best dancers will come together for the World Hip Hop Dance Championship, an event true to the real values of hip hop culture. Crews from over 50 countries will compete to capture the world title and international bragging rights while hip hop icons, artists and celebrities make appearances and perform.
Formally known as Street Dance NZ and started in 2007 in South Auckland to provide opportunities and a platform for young people to grow through a shared dance experience.
The organization has had an enormous impact in the New Zealand dance community and involvement in SDNZ events and projects has been the catalyst that has seen many of our youth strive to better themselves and succeed.
An affiliation with Hip Hop International has paved the way for many young people to achieve national and international success, and it is a testament to the values they have been instilled with that many of these now work in the community sector as educators and mentors for a new generation.