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.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

13 January 2022

In line with the other polytechnics and institutes of technology in Aotearoa New Zealand, NorthTec has adopted a required vaccination policy which covers all ākonga (students), kaimahi (staff), contractors and visitors to any NorthTec site. This takes effect on Monday, 17 January 2022.

NorthTec COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Vaccination Policy FAQs

This means that you must be fully vaccinated in order to study any programme with us in 2022, apart from fully-online study options. You must have had your second vaccination and be able to provide proof of this by showing your My Vaccine Pass.

You can do this by showing your My Vaccine Pass (either downloaded onto your mobile phone or a printed version) to staff at the Enquiries & Enrolments centre on the Raumanga campus; Regional Administrators at the Kerikeri and Kaitaia campuses; or to NorthTec Navigators, Tutors, Pathway Managers and Pathway Coordinators. They will then verify that they have sighted your pass, and this will be recorded in our student management system.

You can also email your My Vaccine Pass to vaccinepassport@northtec.ac.nz. Once we have recorded that this has been sighted, your vaccine pass attachment will be deleted from our emails for privacy reasons.

If you have a medical exemption from the Ministry of Health you will still be able to obtain a My Vaccine Pass.
You can show us your vaccine pass at any time up to the day when your study programme begins or you attend a welcoming event. However, please note that you will not be fully enrolled until this has taken place, which may affect your entitlement to financial assistance (for example StudyLink), so we strongly encourage you to do this as soon as possible.

The required vaccination policy is being adopted because NorthTec has a duty to keep everyone safe, and the best way to do this is through vaccination. We carried out a risk assessment and consulted with ākonga and kaimahi, which showed that a majority were in favour of the policy.

It also gives certainty that you will be able to continue coming to campus for your studies under any setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system).

The policy is in line with the views of Te Kahu O Taonui, representing the eleven iwi in Te Tai Tokerau.
We understand that getting vaccinated is a personal choice and that you may want to find out more about the vaccine. We encourage you to get advice from your doctor, or by visiting the Ministry of Health website, or the Government's Covid-19 website.

If you choose not to be vaccinated you will not be able to come to campus and should contact your tutor to see whether other options may be available to you. NorthTec does offer a range of programmes which are fully online and therefore not subject to any vaccination requirements

If you have any questions about the NorthTec vaccination policy please call 0800 162 100 or email covid@northtec.ac.nz. You can also find out more about the policy by clicking here.

For International students at the Auckland campus, please email Jenny Zhang via jzhang@northtec.ac.nz if you have any questions or need assistance.

Requirements on Campus

  • Public health measures and relevant COVID-19 Protection Framework guidelines to be followed.
  • All students, staff and visitors must scan in using the contact tracer app, or sign an attendance register.
  • All visitors to NorthTec campuses and learning sites must have a valid My Vaccine Pass. School students are exempt from My Vaccine Pass requirements when accessing their secondary learning in tertiary settings.
  • Face coverings/Masks are required indoors with the following exceptions:

    • In a classroom/lecture theatre situation where a tutor can maintain a 2m distance from students the tutor may remove their mask for teaching purposes.

    • Masks are optional in office environments that do not have front facing contact with students, visitors or members of the public.

  • Anyone with Covid-like symptoms must not come to campus and should seek advice from Heathline.
  • 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 are compulsory if travelling in NorthTec vans or fleet vehicles with passengers, and physical distancing must be maintained.

  • Good hygiene practices are to be followed

    • Regular hand sanitising

    • Washing hands with soap and water before and after eating

    • Cough/sneeze into your elbow

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: https://www.northtec.ac.nz/mynorthtec/student-support

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

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 .

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: enrolments@northtec.ac.nz.

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