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Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has proposed a COVID-19 tikanga whakahaere (policy for 2022), which may affect your enrolment. The final recommendation is due to be communicated by 17 December 2021. If it comes into effect as proposed, vaccinations may be required from 21 February for all whānau who enter our whare. Further details will be available with the final policy. All tauira enrolled at the time will be advised by email of potential impact to you or your programme delivery. If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 tikanga whakahaere, please contact us via COVID.Communication@twoa.ac.nz.

COVID-19

Our Response

Last updated Wednesday 20 October, 2021


Te Wānanga o Aotearoa sites and campuses in COVID-19 Alert Level 3 regions remain closed.  All other sites and campuses in Alert Level 2 regions are open.

Learning delivery remains online for Tāmaki Makaurau and now also specific Waikato areas under Alert Level 3.  Kaiako will continue teaching on sites and campuses in Alert Level 2 areas where possible.


Our sites in Tāmaki Makaurau and specific Waikato areas under Alert Level 3.

Classes, one day wānanga, noho marae and tauira engagements (HBL) will be delivered online until at least Sunday 24 October.

All remaining sites across Aotearoa in Alert Level 2 regions.

Kaiako will continue to deliver classes and one day wānanga on our sites and campuses.  Home based learning engagements will also continue. If tauira have concerns or issues about coming back onto a site or campus at this time, they should contact their kaiako directly about alternative options.

For home based learning tauira – tauira visits may continue with 1-metre physical distancing.


What does Delta Alert Level 2 look like for tauira?

Returning to a Te Wānanga o Aotearoa site during Delta Alert Level 2 restrictions 

  • Our campuses and sites will be operating as ‘controlled environments’ meaning that contact tracing and hygiene protocols are mandatory.
  • It is strongly recommended that tauira and kaimahi wear a face covering/mask while on one of our sites.
  • It is compulsory for anyone entering a Te Wānanga o Aotearoa campus or site to use our online app to sign in and sign out at site entrances. There will only be one entry and exit point at each site, and tauira should make sure to have their tauira ID number or ID card handy with them.
  • The NZ COVID Tracer App can also be used when visiting our sites. QR Codes are now at all Te Wānanga o Aotearoa site entrances.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at site entry points, and tauira and kaimahi should ensure they are regularly washing and drying their hands.
  • Anyone sick or unwell is not permitted to come into a campus.
  • Pakeke (aged 70 yrs+) and immune-compromised tauira – as well as those caring for whānau who are unwell – should plan their return with their kaiako or a student support advisor before coming to a campus or site, as additional precautions may need to be considered.
  • Only tauira and kaimahi should be on sites at this time. For the safety of everyone we ask that no tamariki, or public whānau come onto site during Level 2. 

Physical distancing and Heath & Safety on our sites

  • For everyones safety, we have implemented additional cleaning at all campuses and sites.
  • The physical distancing rule is that when you are on a Te Wānanga o Aotearoa site you should stay 1-meter apart from anyone else. 
  • All tauira and kaimahi on sites are required to regularly wash and dry hands and take personal responsibility to use cleaning equipment provided for all hard surfaces including computer labs, before and after use.
  • We recommend the use of te reo rotarota (sign language) for greetings rather than hariru, hugs and handshakes. 

The Government’s COVID-19 website is a great source of advice on various matters related to the virus.


Kotahitanga

The situation we’re in means we’re in for another stretch of uncertainty regards exactly where we’re heading with COVID-19.

Classes, one-day wānanga and noho marae will continue to be delivered online until at least Sunday 19 September.

For home based learning tauira

Visits with kaitiaki may resume but 1-metre physical distancing should be maintained.

However, some tauira may be able to return to campus or sites from Monday 13 September. Kaiako will be in touch with tauira to let them know if this applies to their class.

However, as a wānanga, we are proud of the way people are pulling together to help each other at this difficult time. The very evident spirit of kotahitanga during this latest outbreak is appreciated.

Kia kaha, e hoa mā. There is ongoing strength in our unity.


Additional information:

Further information about the situation, alert levels and things you need to know about COVID-19 can be found here.


Signing in

When coming on site to our campuses, tauira need to register online using our Te Wānanga o Aotearoa contact tracing kiosks upon entry and exit or use a manual register if an online one isn’t available. Tauira also need to scan our QR code via the NZ COVID Tracer app.


Play your part

To ensure we’re doing what we can to protect ourselves, our whānau and our friends against COVID-19, we all need to play our part by following the level appropriate guidelines for social distancing, regular hand sanitising, and being vigilant with contact tracing.


How we will keep you up to date on any changes

We encourage tauira to please check their emails regularly for updates, and keep in contact with their kaiako/tutor, for more specific information and support services available. Important updates can also be found on our Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Facebook page.


What can we all do to remain safe?

Please ensure you are safe and well at this time, and follow the COVID-19 Alert Levels Summary relevant to your region.


We are here to support you

During these times we understand it can be quite overwhelming and you may need support. If you need additional support please let our Manaaki Tauira (Student Support) Team know.

You can ask a question via our website or phone 0800 355 553 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.


Staying connected during this time

Everything you need while on your learning journey at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is on Te Matakā – our student services website. This is available on tauira.twoa.ac.nz.

If you need help signing in, view the Te Matakā login video.

Here you can also access Te Puna Manaaki – our tauira support services. This contains a digital toolbox including the Microsoft Office suite, as well as access to your digital classrooms Akorau or iAkoranga. You'll also find information about our online and door-to-door library service.

If you need help, you can ask a question via our website or phone 0800 355 553 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.


COVID-19 Hardship Fund

You might be eligible for a COVID-19 Hardship Fund to help support your financial needs. For more information, refer to our Hardship Fund frequently asked questions.


Frequently asked questions

Refer to our frequently asked questions for any questions you may have in relation to our COVID-19 response.


Media releases

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 17 August 2021

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 11 July 2020

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 12 June 2020

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 25 May 2020

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 14 May 2020

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 7 May 2020

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 5 May 2020

Te Rāngai Reo Māori pānui – 20 April 2020

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 20 April 2020

He Kupu Āki nā Te Rāngai Reo Māori Joint Statement – 15 April 2020

COVID-19: Tertiary student support package – 14 April 2020

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 6 April 2020

Ministry of Education Tertiary Students Bulletin – 2 April 2020

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