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Covid-19 information and updates

Wintec is operating at Alert Level 1. At Alert Level 1, you can go to work and school, but should follow public health measures and consider others around you.

In response to recent cases identified in the community, Auckland is in Alert Level 2.  

For more information about Alert Levels, visit

Anyone who has cold or flu symptoms should get a test and stay home until you have a negative test result. You can find your local testing facility at

While we wait for more information, kia noho haumaru – stay safe and ensure you keep informed from Government sources.

Take care and we will keep you posted as the situation changes.

  • If you are unwell, stay at home.
  • If you begin to feel unwell or start to develop COVID-19 symptoms get a test immediately.
  • Contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to understand if and when you need to get tested.
  • If you receive a negative test, you need to continue monitoring your symptoms for the next 14 days. If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms you will need to organise another test. 
  • Ensure you wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or with hand sanitiser.
  • In Alert Level 1 you must wear a face mask on flights and public transport, but wearing a face covering in class or on campus is your choice.


If you have recently been tested for Covid-19 and you are a Wintec student or staff member, please advise us if you have been tested.

If you have been required to self-isolate please fill in this form  so that Wintec can offer you support and advice around your work or study situation.

On this page you can find our latest Covid-19 news and communications, FAQs (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.

Wintec Updates

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


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.


Frequently asked questions

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


Financial help

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.


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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 apprentices drill down on their carpentry skills to compete in the NZCB Apprentice Challenge

Wintec apprentices will compete against in the Waikato regional heat for the NZCB Apprentice Challenge

Wintec carpentry apprentices are competing against each other this week in the hopes of winning $50,000 worth of prizes, the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and the title of the NZCB best apprentice.

Twelve carpentry apprentices who are studying at Wintec Centre for Trades will compete in the New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) association’s annual Apprentice Challenge’s Waikato heat held at The Base in Hamilton this Saturday. 

Joining a number of other apprentices from the Waikato, the Wintec cohort will turn from comrades to competitors as they compete against each other in a skills-based challenge, with each apprentice vying for a place in the national final

Only one apprentice will be selected at the end of the day to compete at the national final, which will be held at the NZCB Annual Conference and Expo in Wellington this June. 

The winner will receive the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and $50,000 worth of prizes, sponsored by ITM, and prizes are awarded for second and third place getters. 

The challenge is open to all apprentices across the country that are employed by NZCB builders or enrolled with Industry Training Association Building (ITAB), a programme coordinated at Wintec by educator Alan Warburton, who is also the recently elected NZCB Waikato President.  

Alan, who is passionate about the work he does with ITAB apprentices at Wintec, is thrilled at the number of Wintec apprentices who are rising to the challenge.  

“It’s a great opportunity for them to show off their skills, meet other like-minded apprentices and some key industry people as well,” he says. 

“Mostly though it’s about having fun and getting out there. The prizes are pretty enticing for apprentices too I suppose!” 

Prior to the regional heats, competing apprentices will be advised of the project they are to build. They will have eight hours to complete that project using materials and timber all supplied by ITM. 

Finished projects must meet minimum safety standards and will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, assessing a range of building elements including craftsmanship, assembly, working to plan, safety and time management. 

Find out more about studying Carpentry at Wintec.