Little Brown Kiwi | LBK MiniChat – May 2020
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Tēnā koutou e hoa mā.

Wow, talk about a blindside! The current pandemic has certainly put a screaming halt to almost all action in New Zealand. Closed borders and stay home orders were definitely not on LBK’s agenda for 2020.

We are completely behind the New Zealand government’s moves to arrest the spread of Covid-19 and recognise that the global fallout has been palpable. There will no doubt be an adjustment of many peoples’ priorities when we emerge on the other side of this extreme event.

This letter is simply a way to give people an update on where things are at with Little Brown Kiwi. Although we have had a range of unavoidable cancellations due to border closures, the LBK team remains positive and upbeat as we consider how the future looks.

In reality, no one knows at this stage how long this situation will last and the long term effects on international movement. The Little Brown Kiwi team are currently in the ‘watch and wait’ phase, while pulling together a wide range of ideas about the short and medium term future.

We want you to know that we appreciate the optimistic sentiment towards the future and keenly anticipate the return of our wonderful schools for the next LBK adventure education extravaganza!


The LBK team has been busy while adjusting to their lives in their respective bubbles…

Paddy has been training a couple of keen junior guides in some hilarious short Instagram sketches:

Mush has been introducing his son to the joys of long walks in the hills and the freedom of two wheels.

Henry has been developing his skills in Te Reo Maori as well as delivering online teaching via Zoom. Other than that, we have been spending a massive amount of time with our nearests and dearests.

On that note, some of you might wonder what the best thing has been about the whole lockdown phenomenon. That surely has to be ‘spending all this time with your family’.

You might also muse about what the worst time of the lockdown is. This could equally be ‘spending all this time with your family’!

No but seriously, we wish everyone the best with adjusting to life on the other side! Look after yourselves and those around you. Enjoy the moments and embrace the change.

“The wisdom’s in the trees, not the glass windows.”
– Jack Johnson



Ngā mihinui,

The team at Little Brown Kiwi