Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak

Information for our community

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

Thursday 2 July

Staff continue to return to their offices and workplaces on-campus during this period of readjustment and gradual transition back to campus.

As previously outlined, the move to Level 1 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.

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.

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