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COVID-19 information and updates

Wintec is operating at Alert Level 1. At Alert Level 1 it is considered COVID-19 is contained in New Zealand but we need to be ready in case it reappears in our community. 

Below you can find our latest COVID-19 news and communications, frequently asked questions and additional resources to support you and your whānau during these unprecedented times.

We are here for you and the wider Wintec community and will continue to update you with information during this time through the Wintec website, student emails and on our Facebook pages. Additionally, you can contact us by email and phone during business hours, from Monday to Friday.

Check in to Wintec

To help keep everyone safe, all students, staff and visitors must check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App when you are on any of the Wintec campuses. Find more information and instructions here.


Financial help for students

Students experiencing unexpected financial hardship affecting their study can apply for the Manaaki Financial Support Grant. Find information on this plus StudyLink, scholarships and free courses here.


Wintec Updates

You can access all Wintec COVID-19 updates here for students and our community, including past and present communications.


Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question? Check out our frequently asked questions and answers here.


Unite against COVID-19

For government updates, resources and guidance, check out the New Zealand's dedicated COVID-19 site.



Financial support is available for eligible students. Please check with StudyLink for information on this and your student loan or allowance.


Looking after your health and wellbeing

You can find the full range of Wintec Support Services here and on our frequently asked questions page. We understand this may be a stressful time, and below are some additional tools and resources you may like to access.

External help

If you need help dealing with feelings of isolation or stress, please check out the Mental Health Foundation website. Here you will find a large range of information and resources to support you.


Wintec Health Services

Find out what Wintec Health Services are available throughout this time and how to access them. In addition to counselling services, our wellbeing support provider, Benestar, is also available at this time.


‘Need to Talk’

If at any time you wish to speak to someone you can free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor for free.



Healthline has set up a dedicated number specifically for COVID-19 related calls. Phone 0800 358 5453 or international +64 9 358 5453.


Do you need help?

If you have additional questions or need help, please contact us by email or phone 0800 2 Wintec (0800 294 6832).

You can also read the Wintec Temporary Policy Amendments for information on our academic response to critical incidents.


New Ramp Podcast series connects creatives in extraordinary times

David Farrier is one of the creatives interviewed in the new Ramp Podcast series

New Zealand journalist David Farrier can be heard in conversation with Aimie Cronin in the new Ramp Connects podcast series.

Wintec School of Media Arts’ highly anticipated Ramp Festival is thrilled to announce a new Podcast series, Ramp Connects

The series is now live and features award-winning journalist, Aimie Cronin in conversation with creatives from the fields of music, media, arts, and design; globally and from right here in New Zealand. 

These creative industry leaders share their unique journeys and uplifting stories to help recharge the incubated creative energy from this extraordinary time, replacing this year’s annual festival.

Festival director Megan Lyon says: “Thanks to Wintec and our generous sponsors whose support has enabled us to continue our work around a kaupapa that is connecting, inspiring and motivating with emerging and established creatives at its core.”

“This is a great opportunity to present a new way of connecting, with important conversations, animating connections and stimulating ideas by expanding into an online space that’s accessible to all.”

First up in Ramp Connects, New Zealand storyteller, David Farrier chats with Cronin about his pathway to journalism, his belief in people, pushing through his shyness, and the importance of sticking with the story.

The podcasts can be followed on the Ramp Festival website, and accessed via Apple Podcast and Spotify apps. Listeners and learners can track upcoming releases via the Ramp Festival Instagram

Listeners can expect a diverse line up of interviewees representing the varied creative disciplines found within Wintec School of Media Arts, from writer Faith Wilson, to local photographer Mark Hamilton, Singapore-based designers Arthur Chin and Yah-Leng Yu and illustrator Toby Morris. There are more to come.

“Wherever you take your morning coffee to wherever your day takes you - work, gym, studio, lounge, backyard or bedroom, you can connect and learn from cutting edge creative speakers,” adds Lyon.  

The first Ramp Connects interview with David Farrier is out now. Listen here.