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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.


Showcase shines a light on the work of Wintec creatives

Wintec graduating design students are ready to celebrate alongside communication, contemporary art, music and performing arts students, at their final year showcase

Wintec graduating design students are ready to celebrate at their final year showcase.

A new generation of creatives are revealing their work in the Wintec School of Media Arts 2020 Creative Showcase throughout November in Hamilton, with exhibitions, music, performing arts and a silent art auction.

Wintec School of Media Arts  Director, Sam Cunnane says these designers, artists, communicators, photographers, musicians, performers and multimedia students are diverse and talented.

“Our Creative Showcase is always an exciting window into the creativity of our students, and these events celebrate their talent. They also show our future students and the community what our students have been working on. This year has been incredibly challenging and these students have responded well, innovating and delivering despite the challenges of 2020,” says Cunnane.

This year’s events were launched with a Wintec production, “The Garden of Rikki Tiki Tavi”, continue with musical performances and culminate in a graduating exhibition where, for the first time, students’ artworks can be purchased in a silent auction.  

“We’re now seeing the results from students’ work from the Music and Performing Arts, Design, Contemporary Art and Communication degrees we launched in 2018 and 2019. These degrees were designed for a future world of work and our students are responsive and proving they are ready to join and influence the professional creative community,” adds Cunnane.

The events are held at Wintec Hamilton campus locations and The Meteor theatre and open to everyone.

The Creative Showcase events are:

2020 Music and Performing Arts Showcase

Wintec theatre and music students take to the stage with solos, ensembles and cabaret performances. These events, held at The Meteor Theatre, are free entry. Find out more.

2020 Graduating Exhibition

Design, contemporary art, and communication students will transform Wintec Media Arts classrooms and studios into gallery spaces to exhibit their work. Find out more.

Auction This: A silent auction at Ramp Gallery

Here’s an opportunity to own an original artwork and support our future creatives. This free-to-view public exhibition showcases a curated selection of works to purchase by students and graduates from Wintec School of Media Arts. Auction This opens for bidding from Monday 23 November 2020.

Explore the range of study opportunities from certificate to postgraduate level at Wintec School of Media Arts

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Wintec wins at musical theatre awards
How Filipe made lifelong connections through photography
Wintec Media Arts students past and present win at recent Aotearoa Student Press Awards