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.

Student Message: 18 October 2021

We’re sure that our Northland-based students will have been pleased to see today’s announcement that our region will move to Delta Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm on Tuesday.

We acknowledge our Auckland-based students, who continue in Alert Level 3 for the next two weeks at least. Thank you for persevering with your studies through this toughest of times.

For Northland students, all classes will be back on campus by Tuesday 26 October (following Labour Weekend) at the latest. Some of you will be brought back using a managed transition process throughout this week; your tutors will communicate directly with you to tell you about the arrangements for your class.

The Raumanga Library will be open from Wednesday to Friday this week, from 8am to 4pm. It will continue to offer a remote service for those students who are not yet back on campus, and all other services will continue to offer remote support to those who require it.

Please note that the wearing of masks or face coverings will be compulsory for all for the remainder of this week, while we await updated guidelines from the Ministry of Education around this measure. 

We’d also like to remind you of the importance of maintaining other measures such as hand hygiene, physical distancing and scanning in using QR codes – these are still very important in preventing the spread of Delta.
We look forward to seeing everybody back on campus soon.

Ngā mihi
Emergency Management Group

What Delta Level 2 means on Campus

  • The requirement to wear a mask or face covering has been relaxed for some circumstances on NorthTec premises outside Auckland. As per Ministry of Education guidelines, there are some areas where face coverings will remain compulsory. These are:
    • Campus cafés

    • Te Whare Hauora/Student Health Service, or during any health consultation with Nurse Jann

    • Public-facing spaces including all reception areas

    • NorthTec vehicles containing more than one person

    • All teaching or office spaces (or other circumstances) where physical distancing of at least one metre cannot be maintained. Note that, for tertiary education settings, the physical distancing requirement of one metre is lower than the general requirement of two metres.

  • 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.
  • Class sizes will be limited by the ability to meet physical distancing requirements.

  • Gatherings that are considered not to be education-related are limited 100 outdoors.

  • Physical distancing of 1 metre or more must be observed within teaching spaces, and 2 metres in 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 health@northtec.ac.nz or 027 246 0269 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm) and/or contact your GP or other healthcare provider.

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


Student Message: 5 October 2021


Moving into term 4 and following yesterday’s Government review of Covid alert levels, we have reassessed our own policies around safety on campus. As a result, we have decided that the requirement to wear a mask or face covering will be relaxed for some circumstances on NorthTec premises outside Auckland.

We introduced the measure of compulsory face coverings to provide additional safety for the return to campus during a time of uncertainty. It has been monitored continuously and, as we do not appear to have any positive cases or locations of interest in Northland Te Tai Tokerau, we are now comfortable to move to the updated guidelines below, effective from Wednesday, 6 October.

As per Ministry of Education guidelines, there are some areas where face coverings will remain compulsory. These are:

  • Campus cafés

  • Te Whare Hauora/Student Health Service, or during any health consultation with Nurse Jann

  • Public-facing spaces including all reception areas

  • NorthTec vehicles containing more than one person

  • All teaching or office spaces (or other circumstances) where physical distancing of at least one metre cannot be maintained. Note that, for tertiary education settings, the physical distancing requirement of one metre is lower than the general requirement of two metres.

Given the current situation with Delta, it’s possible that there will be changes in alert levels and/or risk levels in the future. We will reassess as appropriate and it may be necessary to reintroduce mandatory mask wearing at some point. Please be patient with any changes as we move through the pandemic and do whatever is needed to keep people as safe as possible.

At this stage there are no changes to restrictions for our Auckland campus. We hope that our staff and students in Auckland will benefit from the loosening of some restrictions outside of study under Alert Level 3 (step one), as we continue to think of you.

Please remember to observe the other hygiene and safety measures such as scanning in using QR codes and washing or sanitising hands regularly. Above all, if you are unwell, please stay home and call Healthline for advice on getting a Covid test, on 0800 358 5453.

Ngā mihi
Emergency Management Group


Face Coverings

Here are some tips on wearing a mask or face covering:

  • If possible, try different types, styles, and sizes to find the most comfortable option for you.
  • It can help to have more than one face covering so that you can change yours if it becomes damp or uncomfortable.
  • Fit your face covering so that it’s snug but not tight. Adjust your face covering if needed but remember to wash or sanitise your hands before and after touching your face covering, every time.
  • Make sure the mask covers your mouth and your nose. If it’s only covering your mouth, it won’t be as effective.
  • If you are able to, it can help to have more than one face covering so that you can change yours if it becomes damp or uncomfortable.
  • Take regular breaks during classes and/or work that requires a lot of talking.
  • If using a cloth mask, it’s best to have a few for each family member. After each use put them through a hot wash (60°C) and make sure they are dry before wearing again.

We will review this and other protocols as needed, and will continue to keep you informed of any developments which may impact on your studies.


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

Vaccinations

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 .

Karakia

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

Ngā mihi
Emergency Management Group

Further Information

The Government has launched a new website with 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.

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.

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