Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak

Information for our community

We are continuing to teach online until Semester Two, Monday 27 July.

Tuesday 26 May

Alert Level 2

The move to Level 2 allows the University to resume a much wider range of activities, including most of our research activity, and to open up further study spaces and other student support services. What we do will continue to comply with Government requirements for physical distancing, group sizes and the ability to record the presence of people on our campuses.

As previously outlined, the move to Level 2 does not change our commitment to continue in remote teaching and learning mode until the start of Semester Two (27 July), which is also the position of most of the other New Zealand universities.

Details of what Alert Level 2 looks like for the University have been updated, and are available as follows:

Community quick links (some access restricted)

Impact on University life

Semester dates

To accommodate the non-teaching week at the end of March, Semester One will finish on Monday 6 July.

Semester 2 will commence on Monday 27 July with consequential adjustment to other dates, including the Semester 2 examination period.

Examinations and invigilated assessment

The University’s new approach to examinations and other forms of invigilated assessment assumes that all assessment will need to take place off campus. As a result, there will be no on-site tests or examinations for the rest of Semester One.

These on-site tests and examinations will be replaced by ‘take home’ off-site assessment exercises, and will apply to students who have been studying on campus and to those students from China who have up to now been covered by study plans.

The University will circulate more information on how this approach will work in the coming days.

May Graduation postponed

The University of Auckland has regrettably decided not to proceed with the May Graduation ceremonies. More ceremonies will be added to the Spring Graduations in September instead.

What to do if you were attending the May Graduation ceremonies

Any enquiries should be sent to

What do I need to know?

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.

New Zealand support services / information

New Zealand Government

New Zealand Ministry of Health online

New Zealand Ministry of Health Covid-19 (overview page)

New Zealand Ministry of Health on Facebook @minhealthnz


New Zealand Ministry of Health dedicated coronavirus helpline

Note: If you want to find out about Covid-19, please look at the online resources listed above first.  

0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for overseas SIMs).

The 0800 number is free to call, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will be staffed by members of the National Telehealth Service with interpreters on hand to help with translation.

Immigration New Zealand Contact Centre coronavirus-specific helpline

0508 225 288 (within NZ) or +64 9 952 1679 (outside NZ).

Immigration New Zealand response to Covid-19 (information on travelling to New Zealand, including travel bans and self-isolation requirements)

Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas