COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak

Information for our community

Thursday 26 March

Nationwide lockdown, Day 1. Our campuses are now closed to everyone, except those registered staff who provide essential services.

Teaching will resume on Monday 30 March, online.

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 are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (at least 38°C)
  • shortness of breath
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

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.

What can I do to protect myself?

  • The best advice is to practise good hygiene and hand-washing techniques, including:
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, and dry your hands.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • Stay home / in your University residence room (more information below) if you feel unwell and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453

Should I use a face mask?

Current advice shows that hand washing, hygiene and good cough etiquette are far more effective than face masks for reducing the spread of this virus.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) recommends that there may be benefits in wearing a face mask and goggles for surgical, clinical and health-care settings to reduce the spread of infection from people with symptoms of an acute respiratory infection, but not for the general population unless there is a severe epidemic. For the general public in everyday situations, face masks are not recommended, as there is limited evidence that their use prevents the transmission of disease.

If you choose to wear a face mask, and get comfort from it, then the University supports your right to do this. Additionally, we should also respect the rights of others who choose to wear their own masks.

In particular, please be aware that in many cultures, including from Asia, face masks are worn by people routinely as a courtesy to those around them, and for guarding against pollution and pollen. If you see someone wearing a face mask, it’s just as likely they are being considerate towards you, rather than protecting themselves.

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