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.

UPDATE – 29.04.2022

Kia ora

Welcome back to Term 2! We hope you had a good Easter break and are looking forward to continuing your studies.
With the various changes to Covid rules and regulations, we wanted to give you a brief reminder of what will be expected of you.

All NorthTec classes (except fully online programmes) will be held face-to-face on campus or other learning sites. With the pausing of our vaccination policy, there is no current requirement to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 to come to campus. For students on placements, the vaccination policy of the workplace must be adhered to.

Please remember the following:

  • Stay home if you are unwell.
  • Contact covid@northtec.ac.nz if you test positive for Covid or are isolating as a household contact. You can also use this address if you have any Covid-related questions.
  • Wearing masks is recommended in all indoor areas of our campuses, except for tutors in teaching spaces where physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Rooms should be well ventilated, especially teaching spaces or areas where larger numbers of people are congregating.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided and you are encouraged to use it regularly.
  • Please wipe down desks and surfaces at the end of each class.
  • Maintain physical distancing whenever possible.
  • Indoor gatherings are no longer limited in size.

Ngā mihi
Covid Response Team

VACCINE POLICY PAUSED – 26.04.2022 Update

Kia ora
The NorthTec Board has now given approval for the Covid-19 Required Vaccination Policy to be paused, with effect from this week.

This means that ākonga (students), kaimahi (staff) and visitors to our sites will no longer need to show proof of vaccine status. The same applies to potential ākonga coming to campus to make enquiries about learning options, attend interviews or enrol to study.

The policy is being paused in its application, but retained by NorthTec in the event of further risk assessments or Government directives requiring it to be reintroduced.

In learning situations where a vaccine mandate continues to operate, for example, for students on placement, the vaccination requirements of that workplace take precedence.

If you have any questions, please contact covid@northtec.ac.nz.

Ngā mihi
Senior Leadership Team

14 April 2022 Update

The whole of Aotearoa New Zealand has now moved to the Orange level of the Traffic Light Settings (Covid-19 Protection Framework), from midnight tonight.

This has two main impacts for NorthTec Tai Tokerau Wānanga:

  1. Mask-wearing is no longer compulsory outdoors or indoors – except in NorthTec cafés, the Raumanga Student Health Centre and the hairdressing salon, where they must be worn by all. This is in line with the requirements for close contact, health and food and beverage sectors, under Orange.
    We recommend that ākonga (students) and kaimahi (staff) continue to wear masks in closed areas on campus, especially where physical distancing is not possible, however this is not a compulsory measure.

  2. There is no limit on the number of people at indoor gatherings. This will primarily affect our ability to hold graduation ceremonies, pōwhiri and events on Te Puna o Te Mātauranga Marae and events at other venues.

We are pleased to say that we are seeing Covid case numbers dropping steadily among our NorthTec ākonga and kaimahi, reflecting the decrease in numbers in the community.

However, it is still important to follow hygiene measures like regular hand sanitising or washing, and coughing into your elbow.

As before, if you are unwell please stay home and do not come to campus. Please continue to inform us if you test positive for Covid, or are isolating as a household contact, by contacting covid@northtec.ac.nz.
We wish everyone a safe and relaxing Easter break.

Ngā mihi
Covid Response Team

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

Hardship assistance
Hardship funds are open for applications by akonga who are suffering financial hardship or need assistance with devices for study.
The Hardship Fund for Learners (HAFL) is accessed online via the Student Portal - MyNorthTec. Click here to make your application.

To make an application to the Technology Access Fund for Learners (TAFL) you will need to speak to your tutor, who will make a request to your pathway team.

If you have questions about any Covid-related issues please call 027 545 5043, email  covid@northtec.ac.nz or speak to your tutor – please don’t be afraid to ask.

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

Unite against COVID-19 has everything you need to know about COVID-19. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and help to slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get reliable information about the situation.

covid19.govt.nz

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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