Coronavirus update

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Like all tertiary institutes across New Zealand, we’re closely monitoring coronavirus and its impact for our students. The situation is rapidly evolving. We are monitoring the risks for coronavirus and have a plan in place so we can respond to the changing situation.

What we’re doing:

  • We are installing additional hand sanitisers in all our campuses and we have introduced more rigorous cleaning of teaching and student spaces 
  • Pōwhiri to welcome our students – in consultation with iwi, and as we’ve done with other health issues previously, our pōwhiri will not include the hongi. Instead we will end with a waiata
  • Pastoral care – we’re providing pastoral care to any international students from Wuhan who are already in New Zealand. Our international students can call our emergency numbers for advice and support: 027 546 1581 (Auckland students) and 027 265 1343 (Wellington students)
  • International students already enrolled and not yet in New Zealand - we are developing alternative arrangements for students who may not be able to attend classes at the beginning of their courses because they have been delayed because of the virus. We will be in touch with these students directly.

What you should do:

  • If you’re unwell, or you know of students who are unwell, do not come to any of our campuses. Regardless of the illness, you should not return to our campus until after all symptoms have cleared. 
  • If you have a particular concern about yourself or someone else please contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or their GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.
  • If you are considered at high risk of exposure to Coronavirus (you’ve have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone who is confirmed to have Coronavirus), you should voluntarily stay away from our campuses for 14 days. This is the incubation period for the Coronavirus. As with other viruses, a person may be infectious during the incubation period and this is the best way of limiting infection. 

To keep yourself well, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash hands frequently, especially after contact with ill people or their environment
  • Avoid close contact with sick farm animals or wild animals
  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette: maintain distance, cover mouth, and cover coughs or sneezes with disposable cloths or clothing

International students considering enrolling:

Some of our international students may be delayed coming to New Zealand by the virus. We’re developing alternative arrangements for these students so these students can start their study on time from a different location.

For advice and support, our international students can call our Wellington campus on 04 920 2505 (or for emergencies 027 265 1343) or our emergency Auckland campus number 027 546 1581.