Tue 7 Sep 2021

WITT Covid-19 Coronavirus update

The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation continues to evolve both globally and here in New Zealand, and we aim to provide updates as often as possible. The health and wellbeing of our learners and staff are our top priority. 
Get the most up-to-date information here: Unite Against COVID-19

Check out the frequently asked questions:  


07.09.21

Tēnā koutou,

Further to the Government’s announcement yesterday all WITT campuses will reopen for students on Thursday 9 September.

We're really happy to receive this news and we look forward to seeing you on campus for classes scheduled on Thursday 9 September. There are a couple of classes that will remain online and your tutor will advise if you are in one of these classes.

If your classes will be held on campus, make your way to your scheduled classroom and we will start the morning with a 9am welcome back whakatau that will be streamed into your classroom.

Current advice from the government states that tertiary education is a safe environment for you and all kaimahi (staff).  We have also implemented public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate so you can continue your learning on campus in a safe way.

But we do need to do our bit to keep ourselves and everyone else safe.

What you need to know

While on campus it is important everyone:

  • Scans the QR code with the NZ COVID Tracer app as we enter every WITT building.
    • If you see a QR code, scan before you enter.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands when entering/exiting every building.
    • Sanitiser is available around campus, in classrooms and offices.
  • Wear a mask if you can. These are available around campus, but we encourage you to bring your own if you have one.
  • In classrooms we are practicing 1m physical distancing and your kaiako (tutor) will help with this.
  • Larger classes may be split to maintain the 1m distancing rule and this will lead to some classroom changes. Check out your timetable on your MyWITT app.
  • One person in the lift at a time and the stairs in A and B blocks have been labelled up/down to avoid congestion.
  • Standard classrooms will be unlocked early so that you can enter the class prior to start time to avoid congestion in the corridors.
  • Close contact courses where the physical distancing rule cannot be met, (like hairdressing, nursing etc) must follow public health control measures, therefore masks will be supplied. Read more on the Covid website about wearing a face covering.
  • For vulnerable students (including those caring for/living with vulnerable people) – please talk with your Kaiako to develop a plan so you can continue to study at home.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing rules now apply. If you are on campus, keep 1 metre away from people you know (such as those in your classroom) and 2 metres apart in public and shared spaces.

If you're unwell

  • If you're sick, stay home. Don't come to WITT.  If you experience respiratory symptoms call Healthline 0800 358 5453 or your GP.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you have had a Covid test, please stay home until you get a negative result.

Download the NZ COVID Tracker app

Keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen. You'll see QR codes around all WITT campuses to sign in and keep on top of contact tracing. Download the app here https://tracing.covid19.govt.nz/

More information is available

Stay up to date with information on the Government’s Covid-19 website https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority therefore, I want to reassure you that the decisions we have made are in line with the New Zealand Government’s guidance. We'll continue to keep you updated as the situation changes - it's a good idea to follow WITT on Facebook and check witt.ac.nz and our frequently asked questions for the most up to date information.

We all have a part to play in keeping our community healthy. Please look after yourselves and each other and
I look forward to seeing you around campus soon.

Ngā mihi nui,

John Snook
Chief Executive


06.09.21 - Covid-19 update

WITT will be open for students to return under Alert Level 2 on Thursday 9 September. 

Our team will be working hard behind the scenes to make sure campus is ready for your return, and we look forward to seeing you. 

More information will be emailed to students tomorrow about your learning and how we will keep each other safe at Alert Level 2. 


27.8.21 - Covid-19 update

Kia ora, 

Your safety and the safety of your bubble is important to us.  Therefore, we have decided that students will continue with online learning next week at Alert Level 4 and at Alert Level 3. WITT buildings and facilities are closed. Your timetables and assessments will remain the same and any changes will be communicated with you.

Keeping in contact with your kaiako/tutor is really important so please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  In return they will do the same.  If you have any concerns about how this may affect you completing your course successfully, rest assured that Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki (WITT) are prioritising this very issue and kaiako/tutors will be talking with you about this. Catch up practical classes will be offered at Level 2.

We hope you and your whānau are well. While kanohi kitea (face to face) is on hold, we are part of your support team. If you need help, whether it’s related to your studies, health and wellbeing advice, financial and food, hardship support including laptops are available. Please call us on 0800 948 896 between 8am and 5pm weekdays or email info@witt.ac.nz and someone will be in touch.

Remember:

  • Stay at home in your bubble.
  • When out in your community for exercise or essential needs – stay local, wear a mask and keep 2 metres from others.
  • Businesses are closed except for essential services – supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations and lifeline utilities.
  • Remember the hygiene and handwashing protocols.
  • Use the contact tracer app and ensure Bluetooth is on, scan the QR code when entering businesses.
  • If you feel at all unwell please isolate and get tested.

We continue to review the situation closely and will let you know of any changes. In the meantime, keep an eye on our websiteFacebook and our frequently asked questions for any updates.

Ngā manaakitanga


John Snook
WITT Chief Executive


23.8.21 - Covid-19 update

 

The Prime Minister this afternoon announced that New Zealand will remain at COVID-19 Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm Friday 27 August, with Auckland staying at an extended Alert Level 4 period until 11:59 Tuesday 31 August.  At Alert Level 4, the government says we should work and study from home where possible, therefore we will continue to deliver teaching and learning remotely for during this period via your regular timetabled hours.


Your attendance is important while learning remotely, your kaiako/tutor will be in regular contact with you, however let them know if there are any barriers to you being able to continue with classes online or you need additional support.

We have published some updated Frequently Asked Questions to give you more information around remote learning. Please read these over and get in touch with your tutor if you have any more specific questions about your course.

Check out Friday’s update below as a reminder of what you need to know at Alert Level 4, and the support available to you as a WITT student.

We’ll continue to keep in touch with further updates as there is more information to share. Keep an eye on WITT’s Facebook page and website.


20.8.21 - Covid-19 update

Kia ora koutou,

The Prime Minister this afternoon announced that New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm Tuesday 24 August.  At Alert Level 4, the government says we should work and study from home where possible. We have made the decision to deliver teaching and learning remotely for ALL of next week (23-27 August). 

I understand this will be a concerning time for many, but I want to reassure you that the health and safety of our learners, staff and community is our top priority right now. We are working hard behind the scenes to make sure the impact to your study is minimal.

What does this announcement mean for you as a WITT student?

Your study will continue, but will look a little different. Classes will restart the week of on Monday 23 August, via remote learning. All classes scheduled for the week Monday 23 August to Friday 27 August will be remote or online learning, even if there is an Alert Level change.

Your attendance is still important even though we’re moving to remote learning. Let your kaiako/tutor know as soon as possible if there are any barriers to you being able to continue with classes online.

You will be contacted directly by your kaiako/tutor to let you know what next week looks like for you, but you should assume you will be learning online (most likely via Zoom) during your regular timetabled hours.

We have published some Frequently Asked Questions to give you more information around remote learning, the plan for next week, your timetable, where to get support, and more. Please read these over and get in touch with your tutor if you have any more specific questions about your course.

 

 

Support available

Emergencies are usually unexpected, sudden, and overwhelming. 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 not affected by the event can help you cope.

You can still speak to our Nurse, Counsellor, any of the Kaitakawaenga, disability support or the Youth Guarantee team. Contact 0800 WITT NZ or send an email to info@witt.ac.nz to be connected.

You can get more help and information from:

·         your GP or local community health centre

·         Youthline at 0800 376 633 or www.youthline.co.nz

·         Need to Talk by calling or texting 1737 any time

·         In an emergency always call 111.

We understand that not all students will be able to participate in online learning due to family responsibilities, access to technology or other matters. If there are barriers to you being able to learn or study from home, please let your tutors or Student Success team know.

Remember, at Level 4:

  • You must stay at home. Stay within your bubble.
  • When out in your community for exercise or essential needs – stay local, wear a mask and keep 2 metres from others.
  • Businesses are closed except for essential services – supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations and lifeline utilities will stay open.
  • Education facilities are closed.
  • Remember the hygiene and handwashing protocols.
  • Use the contact tracer app and ensure Bluetooth is on.
  • All gatherings are cancelled, and public venues are closed.
  • If you feel at all unwell please isolate and get tested.

We’ll continue to share further updates as there is more information to share. Keep an eye on WITT’s Facebook page and website.

Stay home and in your bubble, look after yourself, and reach out if you need help. We’re in this together.

Ngā manaakitanga

John Snook

WITT Chief Executive


17.8.21 - Covid-19 update

WITT will be closed to all students, staff and visitors from 11:59pm tonight, Tuesday 17 August 2021. This is following tonight’s announcement that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 4.

The Prime Minister announced New Zealand will move to Covid-19 Alert Level 4 from 11:59pm tonight for three days, with Auckland and Coromandel moving to Alert Level 4 for seven days. These three days will be considered a break from teaching and learning. Your tutors will be in touch with you directly if there is anything else you need to know urgently regarding placements, classes or assessments.

At Level 4:

  • You must stay at home. Stay within your bubble.
  • When out in your community for exercise or essential needs – stay local, wear a mask and keep 2 meters from others.
  • All travel should be cancelled unless you are travelling home.
  • Businesses are closed except for essential services – supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations and lifeline utilities will stay open.
  • Education facilities are closed.
  • Remember the hygiene and handwashing protocols.
  • Use the contact tracer app and ensure Bluetooth is on.
  • All gatherings are cancelled, and public venues are closed.
  • If you feel at all unwell please isolate and get tested.

We are preparing to move to online learning where possible from next week if required. We will communicate with you via email and website update, as more information becomes available about Alert Level changes.

Student support services will still be available to you during this closure. Please call 0800 948 896 between 8am and 5pm weekdays to be put through to the service you need. Alternatively, email info@witt.ac.nz and someone will be in touch.

We need to Unite Against Covid-19 and work together to stamp it out in New Zealand. Please take this Alert Level change seriously and remember to be kind and compassionate to each other.

We will give you more information as we can, please keep an eye on WITT’s website and Facebook for updates.

Everything you need to know about Covid-19 in New Zealand is available at www.covid19.govt.nz  


5.3.21 - Covid-19 update

Kia ora koutou,

The Prime Minister has just announced that we’ll move to Alert Level 1 from 6am this Sunday. Great news! That means we can go ahead with O-Week activities as planned, including our welcome pōwhiri on Tuesday.

What can students expect on Tuesday?

Students - check your emails to find out specifically what time your pōwhiri is scheduled for Tuesday. Your pōwhiri time is specific for your School, so you may be asked to meet us at a different time to someone else you know. 

  • 9am – Trades Training, Primary and Creative (meet at 8:45am)
  • 10am – Nursing, Health and Wellness (excl Nursing & HCA) (meet at 9:45am)
  • 11am – Māori Enterprise, Business and Technology + NZIHT (meet at 10:45am)
  • 1:30pm – Hāwera (meet at 40a Union Street at 1:15pm)

We'll be waiting for you outside Te Piere (map here) if you’re coming to New Plymouth, or Union Street if you’re studying in Hāwera.

After your official welcome and a little kai, we'll help you find your way to your first class if you have one scheduled for Tuesday. Even if you don’t have classes on a Tuesday, we encourage you to come along to the pōwhiri, and stay for the free food! 

Get your timetable

It's important to know the days and times of your classes. Check out your timetable here. If for any reason you can't find your programme, just give us a call on 0800 WITT NZ and we can talk you through it. 

Alert Level 1 takes everyone

At Alert Level 1 we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community. These simple steps can slow the spread of the virus, protecting yourself and others.

  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Practice good hygiene (wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, regularly clean surfaces)
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline 0800 358 5453 and make sure you get tested
  • Keep track of where you've been - keep using the NZ COVID Tracer app and switch on Bluetooth
  • Wear a face covering on public transport including flights
  • Keep your distance while you're out and about
  • Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. WITT will be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  • Find out more about staying safe at Alert Level 1 at covid.govt.nz

He pātai? Any questions?

If there’s anything you’re not sure about, please get in touch with us. Don’t forget, Monday 8 March is Taranaki Anniversary Day, but we’ll be available from 8am on Tuesday morning if you need anything.  Drop in to see us, call 0800 WITT NZ or email info@witt.ac.nz.

Kia māia,

The WITT team


1.3.21 - Covid-19 update

Tēnā koutou,

We are now at Alert Level 2 until Sunday 7 March, so I want to update you on what that means for WITT.

We have been here before, so we have good plans in place to guide us through Alert Level changes. We are monitoring the situation closely and decisions on WITT activities will be based on Government guidelines. Our Covid Response Team met at 12 today to go over public health guidance and review our approach to Alert Level 2. We’ll meet again in the next 24-48 hours and publish any updates here.

If there are any changes which directly affect learners, we will also contact you directly by email and text message. 

Tertiary education facilities remain open
At Alert Level 2 WITT remains open. Current advice from the government states that tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff at Alert Level 2.  We have implemented public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate so that students can continue their learning in a safe environment. Where physical distancing is not possible, face coverings must be worn. Please bring your own if you have one, otherwise WITT can supply these.

At this stage, students should expect to start their classes as planned next week. If you are enrolled in a class or registered to attend an event that is affected by changing Alert Levels, we will contact you directly.

Events at WITT
To comply with Alert Level 2 guidelines around large gatherings, we have cancelled the Get Study Ready workshop and School of Nursing Health and Wellness Whānau Evening that were scheduled for today, Monday 1 March. Everyone registered for these events has been contacted.

Campus Tours scheduled for this week will go ahead with Alert Level 2 protocols in place. Hand sanitiser and masks will be available and we ask you to sign and scan in on arrival.  

It’s too early to tell yet whether there will be any changes to O-Week events scheduled for next week, including welcome pōwhiri on Tuesday and lunchtime events. Rest assured that whatever happens next week, we’re committed to making sure all our learners have the opportunity to feel properly welcomed to WITT in their first few weeks.

What you need to know
You can still come to work and study but you should:
• Stay home if you are sick. If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.
• Wash your hands. Sanitiser is also available around campus. Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
• Keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen (download NZ COVID Tracer app)
• Practice physical distancing – 2 metres in public (supermarkets, retail shops, and 1 metre in most other places like classrooms, workplaces, cafes and gyms.)
• Wear a face covering if it is not possible to physically distance or contact trace. It is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport.
• If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately. If you have had a Covid test, please stay home until you get a negative result. If you are meant to be in class, you should let your tutor know.

Face coverings on campus
The government recommends that we wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible. If this is required in your programme, your tutor will let you know. Read more on the Covid website about wearing a face covering.

Download the NZ COVID Tracer app
Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen. You'll see QR codes around all WITT campuses to sign in and keep on top of contact tracing. Download the app here https://tracing.covid19.govt.nz/ and turn on Bluetooth tracing.

Support is available
Remember, Te Puna Manaaki (our Student Success team) is available to you on campus in New Plymouth or by phone or Zoom.  It’s also important that you know where to go for financial support, or for help if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Check out this Ministry of Education web page for lots of useful information. As always, we are here if you need anything – call the team on 0800 WITT NZ or email info@witt.ac.nz.

For more information
Stay up to date with information on the Government’s Covid-19 website 

The health and safety of our learners, staff and community is our top priority. We'll continue to keep you updated as the situation changes - it's a good idea to follow WITT on Facebook and check witt.ac.nz for the most up to date information.

Please look after yourselves and each other.

Ngā mihi nui,

John Snook
Chief Executive

15.2.21 - Covid-19 update

Tēnā koutou,

In response to recent COVID-19 cases identified in the community, Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 from 11.59 pm last night and the rest of New Zealand, including Taranaki, moved to Level 2. These Alert Levels are in place for three days, until midnight Wednesday 17 February. This will be reviewed on a 24 hour basis.

We are monitoring the situation closely and decisions on WITT activities this week will be based on Government guidelines.

Locations of interest in Taranaki

There are several locations of interest in Taranaki where the two COVID-19 cases visited. These are being updated on the Ministry of Health website as new information becomes available – please keep checking the MOH Contact Tracing Locations of Interest page.  

Tertiary education facilities remain open

WITT remains open. Current advice from the government states that tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff at Alert Level 2.  We have implemented public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate so that students can continue their learning in a safe environment. If you are enrolled in a class or registered to attend an event that is affected by the Alert Level changes, we will contact you directly.

What you need to know

You can still come to work and study but you should:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands. Sanitiser is also available around campus. Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen (download NZ COVID Tracer app)
  • Practice physical distancing – 2 metres in public (supermarkets, retail shops, and 1 metre in most other places like classrooms, workplaces, cafes and gyms.
  • Wear a face covering if it is not possible to physically distance or contact trace. It is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport.

If you're unwell

  • If you're sick, stay home. Don't come to WITT. 
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you have had a Covid test, please stay home until you get a negative result. If you are meant to be in class, you should let your tutor know.

Face coverings on campus

The government recommends that we wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible. If this is required in your programme, your tutor will let you know. Read more on the Covid website about wearing a face covering.

Download the NZ COVID Tracer app

Keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen. You'll see QR codes around all WITT campuses to sign in and keep on top of contact tracing. Download the app here https://tracing.covid19.govt.nz/ and turn on Bluetooth tracing.

Graduation and Māori Pacific Celebration

Our Māori Pacific Student Celebration is scheduled for this Thursday 18 February, and Graduation is scheduled for Friday 19 February. At this stage, there is no change to these events. If we move back to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday, it will be possible to go ahead as planned. If Alert Level 2 is extended in Taranaki, we will look at an alternative plan. We will communicate that plan to graduands and whānau as early as we can.

Support is available

Remember, Te Puna Manaaki (our Student Success team) is available to you on campus in New Plymouth or by phone or Zoom.  It’s also important that you know where to go for financial support, or for help if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Check out this Ministry of Education web page for lots of useful information. As always, we are here if you need anything – call the team on 0800 WITT NZ or email info@witt.ac.nz.

For more information

Stay up to date with information on the Government’s Covid-19 website https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/

I want to reassure you that the decisions we make are in line with the New Zealand Government’s guidance, and with your safety and wellbeing as our top priority. We'll continue to keep you updated as the situation changes - it's a good idea to follow WITT on Facebook and check witt.ac.nz for the most up to date information.

We all have a part to play in keeping our community healthy in what is an evolving situation. Please look after yourselves and each other.

Ngā mihi nui,

John Snook
Chief Executive

 


16.11.20 - Covid-19 update

Kia ora koutou,

At Alert Level 1 we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community. These simple steps can slow the spread of the virus, protecting yourself and others.

  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Practice good hygiene (wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, regularly clean surfaces)
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline 0800 358 5453 and make sure you get tested
  • Wear a face covering on public transport including flights
  • Keep your distance while you're out and about
  • Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. WITT will be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.

If you're in need of financial support help is available.

Find out more about staying safe at Alert Level 1 here: covid19.govt.nz


19.10.20 - Updated information from Taranaki DHB

The Taranaki DHB has released information that includes advice for Covid-19 testing in New Plymouth.

The DHB’s Public Health Unit is supporting a national health response associated with a positive COVID-19 case identified in Auckland who spent time in New Plymouth last week. The man tested positive for COVID-19 after travelling to New Plymouth for work at Port Taranaki on 13 and 14 October. The risk to the wider Taranaki community contracting COVID-19 is very low as the case had minimal interaction with others whilst in New Plymouth.

At this stage, priority testing is for people who are considered close contacts, port workers and anyone in New Plymouth who is showing symptoms.

  • Everyone in New Plymouth should remain vigilant for any symptoms of COVID-19, and get a test as soon as you can if you become unwell.
  • Testing quickly means we can reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
  • Use the NZ COVID Tracer App as part of your daily routine, continue with hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette. 
  • Remember, Alert Level one is not Alert Level none.

Please check the TDHB website for updated testing information - https://tdhb.org.nz/covid19/public.shtml#testing and use the WITT Guideline for Assessment and Testing (on iwitt for WITT staff and students) if you are unsure if you should be assessed for a test or whether you need to stay home.


22.9.20 - WITT Student update

Tēnā koutou,

As of midnight last night, our Alert Levels have changed. All of New Zealand (outside of Auckland) is now at Alert Level 1.

Auckland is still at Alert Level 2, with extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga. Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 with no extra restrictions at 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 September.

Life at Alert Level 1

It is still important that we keep up our basic hygiene measures, including washing our hands, remember the Golden Rules:

  1. If you're sick, stay home.  Don't come to work or study.  Don't socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline 0800 358 5453 and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Physical distancing is still encouraged.
  5. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  6. Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app.
  7. WITT will continue to display the QR codes for contact tracing.
  8. Face coverings help keep you and others safe even when it's no longer compulsory.
  9. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

  10. If you're concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.

  11. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. WITT will be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.

  12. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself. Remember Student Support Services are here to support students and staff.


25.8.20 - WITT Student update

Kia ora koutou,

The Prime Minister announced yesterday that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3 until Sunday 30 August, and the rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2 until Sunday 6 September.

I want to assure you that we will continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our learners, staff and community. Our plan for Alert Level 2 will remain in place, so there is no significant change for you as a student following yesterday’s announcement.

Please continue to be vigilant with your own personal health and hygiene and stay home if you are not well. Here are simple things you can do to keep yourself and others safe:

  • practise good hand and face hygiene
  • physical distancing (2m in public, 1m in workplace or class)
  • keep track of we're you've been (download NZ COVID Tracer app)
  • stay at home if you are sick
  • take a test if you're offered one – they’re free
  • wear a face covering on public transport (including bus, taxi, Uber, planes)

We have a plan for Alert Level 3 in place, just in case we need to respond quickly to a Government announcement in the future. It’s important you make sure your contact details are up to date so that we can get in touch with you if we need to – contact 0800 WITT NZ or info@witt.ac.nz to do this.

Remember, Te Puna Manaaki (Student Support) is available to you on campus in New Plymouth or by phone or Zoom. International students can also access support through the International Office, or by calling 0274660412 (this is 24/7 support for you). If you are an international student experiencing hardship because of Covid-19, please speak to Robyn Harvey so that we can talk through your options for help with funds.

As always, you can discuss any programme-related questions with your tutors.

Please continue to look after yourselves and each other.

Ngā manaakitanga,

John Snook

Chief Executive


14.8.20 - WITT Student update - A message from CE John Snook

Tēnā koutou,

The Prime Minister made an announcement this evening that New Zealand will remain at current Alert Levels for 12 more days, which means we remain at Alert Level 2.

We're really happy to receive this news and look forward to seeing you on campus for classes as scheduled next week. Now it's more important than ever to make sure we're all doing our bit to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Tertiary education facilities remain open:

WITT remains open. Current advice from the government states that tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff at Alert Level 2.  We have implemented public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate so that students can continue their learning in a safe environment. 

What you need to know

You can still come to work and study but you should:

  • Keep your distance from other people
  • Wash your hands. Sanitiser is also available around campus and in classrooms and offices
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen
  • Wear a mask if you can

Physical distancing

Keep your distance when out and about. If you are on campus, keep 1 metre away from people you know (such as those in your classroom) and 2 metres apart in public and shared spaces.

If you're unwell

  • If you're sick, stay home. Don't come to WITT. 
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you have had a Covid test, please stay home until you get a negative result.

Masks

The government recommends that we wear masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible. If this is required in your programme, your tutor will let you know. Read more on the Covid website about wearing a face covering.

Download the NZ COVID Tracker app

Keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen. You'll see QR codes around all WITT campuses to sign in and keep on top of contact tracing. Download the app here https://tracing.covid19.govt.nz/

More information is available

Stay up to date with information on the Government’s Covid-19 website https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/

I want to reassure you that the decisions we make are in line with the New Zealand Government’s guidance, and with your safety and wellbeing as our top priority. We'll continue to keep you updated as the situation changes - it's a good idea to follow WITT on Facebook and check witt.ac.nz for the most up to date information.

We all have a part to play in keeping our community healthy in what is an evolving situation. Please look after yourselves and each other.

Ngā mihi nui,

John Snook
Chief Executive


12.8.20 - WITT Student update

At 12 noon today, Wednesday 12 August, Auckland moved to Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2.

Tertiary education facilities are open:

Tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff to return to at Alert Level 2.  We have implemented public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate, and will work closely to ensure a safe environment where students can continue their learning. 

What you need to know:

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still come to work and study but you should:

  • keep your distance from other people
  • wash your hands – sanitiser is also available around campus and in classrooms and offices
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • stay home if you are sick
  • keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen
  • wear a mask if you can

If you're unwell:

  • If you're sick, stay home. Don't come to work or study.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

Physical distancing:

Keep your distance when out and about:

  • 1 metre from people on campus that you know and 2 metres in public and from people you do not know.

Masks:

At Alert Level 2 the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher. You should wear masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible.  

Download the NZ COVID Tracker app:

Keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen. You'll see QR codes around all WITT campuses to sign in and keep on top of contact tracing. Download the app here https://tracing.covid19.govt.nz/

More information is available:

On the Government’s Covid-19 website https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/


13.5.20 - WITT Student update

Kia ora koutou,

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this week announced that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 from tomorrow, Thursday 14 May.

Most WITT programmes will be back in the classroom from Monday 18 May, with extra health and safety measures in place to keep us all safe. We will be phasing our return to campus, so some will continue with remote learning for a little while longer.

You may have already heard from your tutor about when you should come back to campus. If not, they’ll be in touch with you before Friday 15 May.

We've put together some FAQs around studying at Alert Level 2. Check out the link below to find out more about what's going to be open on campus next week, what extra measures are in place to protect staff and students, and what you can do to keep yourself safe.

View FAQs here


8.5.20 - WITT Student update

Kia ora koutou,

We hope studying from home is going well for you, and you’re keeping safe and well in your bubbles while we remain at Alert Level 3.  Thank you for being flexible and working with us to adapt to new methods of teaching and learning in the short term.

Yesterday the Prime Minister outlined what Alert Level 2 will look like in New Zealand.  On Monday 11 May, the government will make an announcement about when we can expect to move to Alert Level 2. We’ll be able to give you more information next week about what that means for you as a WITT student.

It’s important that you do not come back to campus until you have received further notification from WITT about when that can happen.

We have been busy planning and preparing our learning spaces. We will resume face-to-face classes in phases – this means that not all students will come back to learning on campus on the same day. So it is important that you wait to hear from your tutor or school administrator about what is planned for your programme.

In preparation for the next phase we have:

  • Deep cleaned and sanitised our campuses.
  • Put contact tracing measures in place, ready to identify people in each ‘controlled learning space’.
  • Placed sanitiser at the entrance to all learning spaces, receptions, kitchenettes, common spaces and computer labs.
  • Placed signage around campuses and distancing tape at receptions and other common areas, and installed acrylic screens where required.
  • Increased campus cleaning to include day time rotational cleaning focusing on high touch points, as well as status signs in bathrooms. 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks are not required or recommended by the Public Health Service as necessary in any educational facility, so you don’t need PPE if you didn’t use it before Covid-19. There are some exceptions, where PPE is specified as a public health control measure (such as for some close-contact work/training). If the exception applies to you, we will let you know.

Students who are at greater risk of getting a severe illness from Covid-19 due to an underlying medical condition are encouraged to continue to learn remotely and ensure they stay in contact with their tutor. We will maintain the ability to deliver distance learning for those learners who need it.

The Ministry of Education published a bulletin for tertiary students last night, which you can view here.

Again, please wait for an announcement from your tutor or school administrator before returning to your usual learning space. We’ll be in touch with more information next week. Until then, noho ora mai – take care.

If you have any questions, please call 0800 WITT NZ or email info@witt.ac.nz


21.4.20 - WITT Student update

The Prime Minister announced yesterday that New Zealand will transition back to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28th April, which as you know is our first day back after term break.

We’ll be returning to study as planned, following the Government’s instruction that all tertiary study to continue to take place remotely, wherever it is possible. The Ministry of Education released information about Alert Level 3 for all tertiary providers and students last night, which is available here.

So, what will the transition to Alert Level 3 look like for WITT?

  • When we return to study for Term 2 on 28 April, we will be delivering most WITT programmes remotely.
  • Our campus sites and all general student areas, such as the Learning Resource Centre, Library, computer labs and Te Puna Manaaki (Health Centre), will remain closed. The opening of these facilities will depend on Government advice; we will keep you updated.
  • A small number of students may be asked to come on site for classes. We’re working out the logistics of how this will happen in small groups so we can keep everyone safe. If your programme is likely to be returning to include some learning on campus, your tutor will be talking about this with you directly. Otherwise assume you will be learning remotely until further notice.
  • Work placements can go ahead at Alert Level 3 if the workplace can make sure the students personal health and safety is managed appropriately. Again, your tutor will be in touch if this applies to you.

We understand that not all students will be able to participate in remote learning due to family responsibilities, access to technology or other matters. If there are barriers to you being able to study from home, please let us know.

It’s important that you know where to go for financial support, or for help if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Check out this Ministry of Education web page for lots of useful information. As always, we are here if you need anything – call the team on 0800 WITT NZ or email info@witt.ac.nz.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read our Covid-19 FAQ to help you answer any questions you may have about returning to stud. Please get in touch with your tutor if you have any specific questions about your course.

Ngā mihi,

John Snook, Chief Executive