COVID UPDATE – NORTHTEC VACCINE POLICY

13 January 2022

Kia ora

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to NorthTec for the 2022 academic year. Please read this important message about NorthTec’s Covid-19 vaccination policy, which you will need to comply with before you can come to campus for your welcoming pōwhiri, orientation activities and classes.

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.

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.

Ngā mihi
NorthTec Senior Leadership Team