Covid-19 information for our community

The University is operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Read more here.

Friday 3 December 2021

To align with the most recent Covid-19 Health Orders, we have new arrangements for transitioning to the vaccination policy. From 4 January 2022, when the University's vaccine policy comes into effect, all students and visitors will need to have a valid My Vaccine Pass to be able to come onto campus. Staff, contractors and volunteers will have until 17 January 2022 to get their My Vaccine Pass, in line with the Public Health Order. From 4 January to 17 January Staff can continue to come onto campus with a single vaccination only. 

Thursday 2 December 2021

The University’s Vaccination Declaration Portal, which is our online system for verifying vaccination information by uploading the My Vaccine Pass, is now live. Please access the Portal here.

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed the details of the transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (the ‘traffic light’ system), which takes effect at 11.59pm this Thursday, 2 December. As expected, Auckland will move to the Red Level, along with Northland and other regions in the North Island. These settings will be reviewed by Cabinet on Monday 13 December and again on Monday 17 January.

Interim Red Level Plan

The University’s interim Red Level Plan has been updated in response to additional Government requirements.  This is an interim plan for December and will be revised when our vaccination policy comes into effect on 4 January 2022. One significant change of note is that anyone entering University campuses in Red Level settings is now required to wear a face covering when indoors in line with TEC/Ministry of Education guidance. The updated Plan also clarifies the requirements for vaccination status in Red Level, which also changed last week with the introduction of new legislation. All other arrangements remain the same, with staff encouraged to work from home in December, and access to campus remains restricted.

The University’s Vaccination Declaration Portal, which is our online system for verifying vaccination information by uploading the My Vaccine Pass, has now been completed. It is currently being tested among staff and students who will be on campus for Summer School and Q1. Once that testing has been undertaken, we will launch the portal more widely to staff and students, well in advance of the vaccination policy taking effect on 4 January 2022.

Summer School and Quarter One 2022

Next year’s Summer School commences on 6 January and Quarter One on 10 January. Courses are scheduled to be in person on campus, subject to the Government’s ‘traffic light’ regulations and the University’s own vaccination policy, which is itself still under development, as indicated above. We are currently contacting all students and staff participating in Summer School and Quarter One, or otherwise needing to be on campus in January, to communicate the details and how to let us know about their vaccination status.

Libraries, study spaces and click-and-collect

All our libraries are open to University of Auckland students, staff, and associate members, adhering to the appropriate health measures.

Information about current library and study space hours, and click and collect for all our campuses – including Tai Tokerau –  is available on the following pages:

University transition to Covid-19 Protection Framework plus vaccination policy, individual status and exemptions

A special working group is overseeing and managing the implementation of our Covid-19 vaccination policy and the University’s transition to the Covid-19 Protection Framework (the ‘traffic light’ system). We will provide regular updates to staff and students on the group’s deliberations and decisions.

We are expecting further guidance from the Government on their plans for vaccine certificates. In the meantime, and until we have more clarity, please do not submit evidence of Covid-19 vaccination status to us at this stage.

Similarly, the Government has just published its guidance on medical exemptions on the Ministry of Health website. We are currently assessing the implications for the University, and will provide more information shortly. Until then, please do not submit claims for exemption to us at this stage.

University Covid-19 vaccination policy

From 4 January 2022 all students, staff and visitors will need to be fully vaccinated as a condition of being able to take part in face-to-face University-managed activities or to enter our campuses. This includes teaching and learning spaces (such as workshops, classes, labs, tutorials, meetings, noho marae, exams and assessments), libraries, student services, student accommodation, gyms, counselling and health services, offices and research and related activity settings.

Read the full notice and associated frequently asked questions

Don’t hesitate to reach out

If you need support while in lockdown, here’s where you can get help:


  • Need help right now? 1737 – Need to Talk are available to chat 24/7. Contact them on 1737 by phone or text.  


Related Covid-19 information

What do I need to know?

What should I do if I think I have the virus?

If you feel unwell and have symptoms for Covid-19:

  1. phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453
  2. find your local Covid-19 testing centre (Healthpoint website).

New Zealand support services and information

New Zealand Government

New Zealand Ministry of Health online

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.