COVID-19 Update

Throughout this lockdown period, all classes will be continuing via distance study. This may include virtual classes, online study, or study materials being sent to students - depending on how each course decides to operate.

If you are a current student and are unsure of how your class is operating, please contact your tutor or email for their contact details.

If you are a prospective student, please know that our enrolments are still open for our upcoming course intakes! Those courses that start duing this lockdown period will be operating through distance study and then resuming physical classes once the lockdown ends. If you have any questions on how our courses will be operating or what studying will look like for you, please email and we can provide you with the correct details.

23rd March 2020

To all students and next of kin,

As you are probably now aware, the Government has informed the Nation that as from Thursday morning, we are all going to be in lock-down. Over the past week, we have been fine tuning our ability to deliver our programmes to our students and clients remotely. As from mid-day tomorrow (Tuesday) we will not be requiring any of our students and clients to come to the Campus for their study. Only a few of our students will need to be on site – those needing to attend have already been informed. Over following weeks we are still going to be able to deliver programmes to the students through either paper based materials or our Cloud Campus and the tutors are still available through email.

Please look after yourselves

18th March 2020

New Zealand has twelve confirmed cases of COVID-19.

For the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19, visit the Ministry of Health website.

5th March 2020

The Ministry of Education have asked us to keep our communities updated about the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As you are aware the Prime Minister announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Zealand last Friday. The Ministry of Health has noted that although we have our first case of COVID-19, the chances of community outbreak remain low. This case was identified because the person affected and their family did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.

Today, the Ministry of Health confirmed the third case of COVID-19.

As an organisation we want to continue to reinforce messages about hygiene practices:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow
  • put used tissues in the rubbish bins.

If you are unwell, please stay home.  If you are concerned that someone is showing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, encourage them to first ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) or contact their GP by phoning ahead of their visit to explain symptoms and travel history. 

People calling the Healthline number will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service and interpreters will be on hand. The number is staffed by nurses, paramedics and health advisors.

For more information visit the Ministry of Health (MOH) COVID-19 question and answers page.

If you have travelled recently, there are now two categories for travellers arriving in New Zealand:

  • Category 1 – People who have travelled from or transited through countries in category one in the last 14 days are required to self-isolate for 14 days and contact Healthline after they have left the countries. Mainland China and Iran are the two countries included in this category (with Iran added to this category on Friday 28 February). 
  • Category 2 – People who have travelled from or via countries lists in category two who develop symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath should seek medical advice by first phoning Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contacting their GP including phoning ahead of their visit. As at Friday 28 February countries in this category are Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

Anyone who has travelled from or transited through any of the countries listed in both categories with clinically compatible symptoms should be considered a suspect of COVID-19 case and testing performed.

Advice about self-isolation

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means all situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school, child care/pre-school centres, university, faith-based gatherings, aged care and health care facilities, prisons, sports gatherings, supermarkets, restaurants, shopping malls, and all public gatherings.

If you are a visitor to New Zealand, this means you should avoid sitting in a restaurant, participating in any type of tour group, or using public transport, including flights, buses, and trains between cities in New Zealand.

If you are unsure if you should be self-isolating, please contact Healthline for free on 0800 611 116

Information about self-isolation has been updated.

Ministry of Health resources

Facebook page

The Ministry of Health now has a Facebook page: @minhealthnz. In addition to their Twitter channel [@minhealthnz], they will be using Facebook to alert people to key updates and messaging specifically about coronavirus.

Questions and answers

The Ministry has developed a novel coronavirus question and answers page. As the situation regarding novel coronavirus can evolve rapidly, the questions and answers page will be updated with the latest information.

Updated factsheet for travellers

The information for travellers arriving into New Zealand has been updated with the latest information.

Signs and symptoms

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

Symptoms of 2019-nCoV are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have 2019-nCoV. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing can be a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current WHO assessments suggest that it is 2–10 days. 

What do I do if I am sick right now?

If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116.

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