COVID-19 Updates

NorthTec is working closely with relevant government agencies and we are consistently following their advice to ensure the welfare of all our students, staff and community.

This page has been set up to provide information for about COVID-19. It will be updated on a regular basis.

Update: 30 Nov 2021

Anyone going onto any NorthTec campus in Northland or Auckland will need to show proof of Covid vaccination status from Friday, 3 December.

At the Red level under the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system), which comes into force in Northland and Auckland on Friday, all students and visitors to tertiary education premises must be fully vaccinated and able to show proof of this using the My Vaccine Pass system. This includes current students, potential students and contractors.

Reception areas and other public spaces such as the Enquiries and Enrolments office, student library and on-site cafés will require proof of vaccination to be shown before people can be admitted.

Any potential learners attending interviews for study in 2022 are included in the vaccination requirement. Zoom or phone interviews may be available for those who cannot come to NorthTec.

The Raumanga, Future Trades (Dyer Street, Whangārei) and Kaitaia campuses will remain open until Friday, 17 December, with a process for providing proof of vaccination status before admittance. The Kaikohe, Kerikeri and Dargaville campuses will close on Friday, 3 December until 2022.

The Ministry of Education has announced that polytechnic staff must have had their first vaccination by 3 December, and their second by 17 January, to be able to come onto any tertiary site.

Other rules applying at the Red level include wearing masks or face coverings indoors, with 1-metre physical distancing observed, and continuing to scan in using QR codes.

These rules will continue to apply while the region is at the Red level.

When on Campus

  • Students and staff should wear face masks on campus (except when eating and drinking). 
  • All students, staff and visitors must scan in using the contact tracer app, or sign an attendance register.
  • Anyone with Covid-like symptoms must not come to campus and must get tested and receive a negative result before returning.
  • Classes and events may be limited by the ability to meet physical distancing requirements.

  • Physical distancing of 1 metre or more must be observed within teaching spaces and public areas.

  • Masks will also be compulsory if travelling in NorthTec vans or fleet vehicles with passengers, and physical distancing must be maintained.

  • Students and staff who are considered to be at higher risk of becoming severely ill with Covid-19 are not required to return to campus if not fully vaccinated. ‘Fully vaccinated’ means that you have had your second vaccination at least two weeks before returning to campus. To work out if you are in the higher risk category, go to the Ministry of Health website.

  • If you believe you are in this category please contact your tutor to discuss options for continuing to learn remotely.

  • If you have questions about Covid vaccination or whether you are considered to be in the high-risk category, you can contact the Student Health Centre via or 027 246 0269 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm) and/or contact your GP or other healthcare provider.

  • Overnight noho marae is not be permitted at Alert Level 2, due to the increased risk of transmission of Covid-19 with cumulative exposure time.

Locations of Interest

View the current COVID-19 Locations of Interest

NorthTec support services

NorthTec has a wide range of support services available to students. These are available at any alert level including remotely during lockdown. For details, please go to:

NorthTec has received an allocation of Government funding for the Hardship Fund for Learners, and students can now make applications for assistance under this scheme. This funding is only available to full-time enrolled students and does not apply to students enrolled in ACE courses. Applications can also be made via NorthTec to the Government’s Technology Access Fund for Learners (TAFL) and the NorthTec student hardship fund.

Hardship Fund for Learners (HAFL)
HAFL funding may only be used to cover costs for food; housing; utilities; clothing; medical; transport; Wifi/data. To be eligible, your application must be supported by your tutor or other NorthTec staff member. You will need to provide a digital copy of your bank account details for payment, a digital copy of the bill you are seeking help to pay, and evidence of two weeks’ bank transactions. Please note that priority will be given to students who are in most need of financial assistance.
Applications must be made online using this link: NorthTec HAFL Fund Application 2021
For data top-ups, please contact your tutor directly and your request will be managed by your programme area.

Technology Access Fund for Learners (TAFL)
Under this fund, NorthTec is able to supply loan Chromebooks to students who do not have a suitable device enabling you to study from home. You must have the support of your tutor, who can confirm that this is an essential need for you. It’s available to full-time enrolled students and is prioritised to those with no digital device and most in need of devices for their studies. As the Chromebooks are a loan, they must be returned to NorthTec before the end of the year.
To apply, please use this link: NorthTec TAFL Fund Application 2021

NorthTec Hardship Grant
NorthTec hardship grants are available as payments for unexpected financial hardship which may arise. To be eligible, you must have accessed all other external supports, and your application must be supported by your tutor or other NorthTec staff member. You will need to provide a digital copy of your bank account details for payment, a digital copy of the bill you are seeking help to pay, and evidence of two weeks’ bank transactions.
Apply online using this link: NorthTec Hardship Grant 2021


StaffCare, the occupational healthcare service which provides our flu vaccine programme, is offering free Covid vaccinations for NorthTec students and staff. The StaffCare clinic is based in the White Cross Medical Centre building at 32 Reyburn Street, Whangārei. Contact StaffCare on 09-438 8325 to make a booking.

Work and Income assistance

You do not need to be a beneficiary to be eligible for some additional financial assistance, especially assistance with food. For information, go to COVID-19 - Work and Income .


More detailed information about Level 4 restrictions can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

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Further Information

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For further information please visit the following websites:
New Zealand Ministry of Health
World Health Organisation
In order for us to keep you updated with current information, please make sure NorthTec has the most up-to-date email address for you in our system. If you need to update your email contact information, please contact:

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out COVID-19 Fact Sheet from the Northland District Health Board.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness, similar to influenza. This includes:

  • Fever; OR

  • Respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing

The Ministry of Health website has the latest information including who should self-isolate and symptoms (under the Health and advice for the public)

What should I do if I think I have the virus?

If you are unwell and you have symptoms (see MoH COVID-19 symptoms) then you should contact Healthline at 0800 358 5453.

Healthline will provide you with advice on what to do next. If you are referred on to a GP (general practitioner) call Student Health or your GP. Do NOT just appear there in person.

Please complete the NorthTec online form if you haven't done so already and a staff member will be in contact with you to discuss how we can best support and care for you during this time, along with any concerns you might have about missed classes, fees, visa issues, sick leave and so on.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Community Testing Centres and Iwi Mobile Clinics are available throughout Northland.

View available Northland Testing Centres

You can also see you GP or Māori Health Provider for a test. Northland DHB COVID-19 Hotline 0800 600 720

The centres are for testing only and will not be providing medical care or assessment. If you are feeling unwell and are sick enough to normally see your doctor please call your GP for an appointment.