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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.


Wintec wins at musical theatre awards

Wintec student Memphis Ward won best leading male at the Zonys

First-year Wintec Music and Performing Arts student, Memphis Ward won Best Male Actor at the Zonys, the Waikato/Bay of Plenty theatre awards.

Wintec Music and Performing Arts students, staff and programme advisors featured heavily in the list of nominees and winners at the 2020 New Zealand Zone Two Musical Theatre Awards or “The Zonys”.

“The Zonys”, are a celebration of the best productions from theatre societies across the greater Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions and the awards were announced at an event in Rotorua on Saturday 7 November.

First-year Wintec Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts student, Memphis Ward won Best Leading Male in a Youth Production for his part in Musikmakers’ Madagascar Jnr., and the award was presented to him by his tutor, Kyle Chuen.

Wintec Music and Performing Arts tutor, Nick Braae won Best Musical Director for his orchestral conducting and vocal direction as part of Hamilton Operatic Society’s Sweet Charity.

Wintec tutor Nick Brae wins Best Musical Director at the ZonysWintec Music and Performing Arts tutor Nick Braae won Best Director at the Zonys.

Two other Wintec School of Media Arts sponsored prizes went to soon-to-be-familiar faces. Jack Turner won Best Male Supporting Actor in a Youth Production, also for Madagascar Jnr., while the coveted Best Male Actor in a Musical went to Patrick Ward for his star turn as the lead role in Musikmakers’ Catch Me If You Can.

Turner and Ward have successfully auditioned for the Wintec Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts programme and will join Wintec to study the degree in February 2021.

Wintec Music and Performing Arts team manager, David Sidwell was nominated for Best Director, for the musical Sweet Charity. He may not have won on the night, but he is thrilled with the evening’s successes and says the Zonys help to solidify the strong and developing relationships between Wintec and the regional theatre community.

“These awards sponsored by Wintec focus on youth achievement, and we couldn’t be more pleased that some of the award winners are going to join our programme. The incoming class of 2021 is laden with talent and there will be some stars in that group.

Find out more about studying a Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts at Wintec.


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