Key Information

Update – 30 March 2020

Online teaching for all our students started today and will continue until the start of the mid-Semester break. Thursday 9 April is the last day of classes before the break and online classes will resume again on Tuesday 28 April.

Teaching staff are using Zoom, Echo360 and a range of other online tools to teach classes, and all course material is posted on our Learning Management System, Moodle.

Students are encouraged to contact their lecturer directly or itsupport@unitec.ac.nz if they have any issues with access, connectivity or devices.  Anything else student-related, please contact our Student Support team on 0800 10 75 10 or go here for more information.

We acknowledge the patience and flexibility of our students as we work with them during these challenging times and thank them for their support.

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Update - 24 March 2020

Unitec’s two campuses – Mt Albert and Waitākere – are now closed until further notice due to the Government directive around Alert Level 4, which comes into effect at 11.59pm, Wednesday 25 March.

Te Puna Waiora – Unitec’s Wellness Centre remains open, but if you need to speak with a doctor or nurse, please phone ahead for a virtual consultation on 0800 10 85 10.

Staff and students should monitor their usual Unitec communications and social media channels for updates.

Online teaching will commence on Monday, 30 March.

Update - 23 March 2020

With New Zealand on an Alert Level 3 and within 48 hours moving to Level 4, we are implementing the following measures:

  • All teaching and assessments will be suspended for four days from 5pm, Monday 23 March. This means there will be no classes (live-streamed or face to face) for four days while our teaching staff make final preparations for activating online study.
  • Students should use this time for self-directed study. Teaching staff will be available to provide remote assistance to any students who need it.
  • Online teaching will start from Monday 30 March.
  • Our Unitec Pathways College (UPC) classes will also be suspended until further notice and will be rescheduled when schools re-open. This is in line with the closure of secondary schools from Tuesday 24 March.
  • The last day of business operations on campus is Tuesday 24 March. Our Unitec campuses will close for four weeks from Wednesday 25 March. Students, staff or visitors will not be allowed on campus. Te Puna Waiora medical centre, as an essential service, will remain open for phone and virtual consultations - call 0800 10 85 10 or book online - visit Te Puna Waiora webpage.

Update - 19 March

See updated information on the Ministry of Health website

The Prime Minister has advised that in the best interests of the community, all arrivals into New Zealand in the past two weeks should self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival date. This is an update on the previous announcement that all arrivals into the country from Monday, March 16 at 1am are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

If you feel unwell, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs). Alternatively, contact your local GP or medical centre for advice and health information – by calling first, rather than turning up at the surgery.

We remind you of the basic rule to stay at home if you don’t feel well

Practice good hygiene measures as outlined on the Ministry of Health and COVID19 websites, including washing your hands with soap regularly

Update: Tuesday 17 March 2020

As a preventative measure to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, Unitec's Autumn Graduation on Tuesday 31 March has been postponed, along with Kahurangi 2020 and the Pacific Celebration.

Update: Thursday 12 March 2020

As of today there were no additional confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand for the fifth consecutive day. Our case number remain unchanged – NZ has five confirmed cases based on positive test results and two probable cases.

Overnight, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 coronavirus is now characterised as a pandemic. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. 

The pandemic status reinforces the importance of planning and preparation, whilst continuing to take a precautionary approach. 

Our Incident Management Team (IMT) is continuing to meet daily.  We have a Pandemic Plan prepared and ready as part of our Incident Management framework and will be issuing more information next week on contingency plans, including set-up for working from home, if needed.  We have only a very small number of staff either overseas, or due to travel, and are continuing to assess travel plans on a daily basis.  

Update: Tuesday 10 March 2020

To date, the Ministry of Health has confirmed five cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in New Zealand, but for a third consecutive day, there have been no additional confirmed or probable cases here. Please see link to today’s update on the Ministry of Health website.

Travel restrictions have also been extended another week, so will remain in effect until Tuesday, 17 March.  For more information on travel restrictions, see the latest situation summary on the Immigration New Zealand website.

We are doing everything we can to safeguard our students, staff and visitors and continue to stress the following basic hygiene measures:

  • If you’re feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms, stay at home. If you have concerns about your health, call Healthline on its dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS), or contact your GP or medical centre (including Te Puna Waiora – Unitec’s Wellness Centre), by phoning ahead rather than just turning up at the surgery.  They can assess your symptoms and give advice over the phone
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and then dry thoroughly, or cleanse your hands with hand sanitizer
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, and then wash and dry your hands
  • Keep shared kitchen areas clean and tidy – clean surfaces regularly with anti-bacterial wipes or spray and ensure cutlery, plates and cups are washed after each use

For additional information, please see the How to protect yourself and others flyer issued by the Ministry of Health.

Those International students in self-isolation or unable to travel are still being supported by remote learning activities by Te Puna Ako and relevant teaching staff, but the majority of our teaching and learning will continue to take place on both our campuses, as normal.  As we outlined last week, those International and Domestic students who have travelled overseas and have satisfied self-isolation requirements will be required to check in and show their travel documentation to our International Support team on their return to Unitec.  Once these checks have been made and the documentation is in order, the International Support team will inform the relevant teaching staff via email that the students can start their classes.  This includes those students who have opted to spend their self-isolation period in another country en route to New Zealand.

We will continue to keep you updated on any changes to policies or procedures.

Update: Monday 10 February 2020

The Ministry of Health has set up a new helpline to provide information about coronavirus.  The new number is 0800 358 5453 (or +649 358 5453 for overseas SIMs).  The number is free to call, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be staffed by members of the National Telehealth Services with interpreters on hand to help with translation. 

The Ministry of Health now also has a Facebook page @minhealthnz, and along with its Twitter channel @minhealthnz, will be used to alert people to key updates and messaging specifically about coronavirus.  

We are continuing to communicate directly with our students, staff, agents and partners and are working to assess and monitor the situation and its implications. Our Te Puna Ako team is continuing to work on resources for teaching staff so they can support their learners from a distance.

For International Students with questions about visas, please consult the INZ information sheet around student visa holders.

Update: Monday 3 February 2020

The New Zealand Government made the following announcement yesterday in relation to temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand to assist with the containment of the novel coronavirus and to protect New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from the disease:

New Zealand to restrict travel from China to protect against coronavirus

The measures took effect from today and will be in place for up to 14 days. This position will be reviewed every 48 hours.

The key points of the announcement are:

  • Any foreign travellers who leave or transit through mainland China after 2 February 2020 (NZ time) will be refused entry to New Zealand. Any foreign travellers in transit to New Zealand on 2 February 2020 will be subject to enhanced screening on arrival but, pending clearance, will be granted entry to New Zealand.
  • New Zealand citizens and permanent residents returning to New Zealand will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival back in the country. 
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also raised its travel advice to New Zealanders for all of mainland China to “Do not travel”, the highest level.

We are communicating directly with our students, staff, agents and partners and working to assess and monitor the situation and its implications. We are continuing to take a precautionary, preventative approach and are following the advice of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education around ways to safeguard those who come on to our campuses. We have also issued the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation on “Protecting yourself and others from getting sick” to our students, staff and visitors.


For further information:

Here is a list of key websites for information and updates on Coronavirus:

Contact Unitec:

Please email: internationalsupport@unitec.ac.nz

If you suspect you have been exposed to the Coronavirus, please complete this form so that we can provide the necessary support for your studies.

Key external Information:

For specific coronavirus related immigration queries, contact the Immigration Contact Centre on 0508 225 288 (within NZ) or +64 9 952 1679 (outside NZ).

Infographic: How to wash your hands to prevent Coronavirus