24 August 2021 at 11:37 am
COVID-19 update for education providers
New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm Friday 20 August, while Auckland will continue with the current restrictions until 11:59pm Tuesday, 31 August. Further decisions will be made on Friday afternoon for the rest of New Zealand and Monday afternoon for Auckland.
Thank you for your ongoing support and care for international students at your institutions.
Please read below for the latest advice from the Ministry of Education for Alert Level 4. For information especially for international students, visit the COVID-19 page on NauMai NZ.
Advice for COVID-19 cases in tertiary education providers or accommodation
Read the latest guidance in the Ministry of Education 23 August Tertiary Provider and International Bulletin
Guidance for school hostels for all alert levels - Ministry of Education
International students are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination
As a reminder, international students, as temporary visa holders, are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as part of New Zealand's national vaccine programme.
The Government has expanded the list of essential workers eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination to include people who work in accommodation services (including tertiary accommodation providers). Children aged 12-15 are also now eligible for the vaccine.
Full details are available on the Unite against COVID-19 website: COVID-19 vaccines | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)
Stress counselling and support
During this time, it's natural to feel emotionally and physically drained.
You’re not alone in this and you don’t need to cope on your own. Friends and family members can help you to cope.
You can also get help and information from:
- your education provider
- your GP or local community health centre
- Youthline at 0800 376 633 or youthline.co.nz
- Need to Talk by calling or texting 1737
In an emergency always call 111.
Information in different languages and the Golden rules for Alert Level 4
Information is available in a variety of languages on the Unite against COVID-19 website, including Chinese, Hindi, and Japanese.
The Ministry for Ethnic Communities | Te Tari Mātāwaka have released videos in different languages about the ‘Golden rules for Level 4’. Please share this link to the videos with your networks to support our community.
Financial support for businesses
The Government has activated a range of supports for businesses. Find out what financial support you can get for your business on the Unite against COVID-19 webpage.
Student Hardship for International Learners
There is also support available for international students which is available below:
- Support for international students which is available until 30 August - https://www.education.govt.nz/news/emergency-benefit-international-students/
- If you've got a temporary visa and are in financial hardship, the Emergency Benefit is available until 31 August https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/temporary-visa-holders.html