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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 https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/

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 https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/

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.

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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.

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Frequently asked questions

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

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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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Unite against COVID-19

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

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StudyLink

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

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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Healthline

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

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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.

News

Soda Inc. seeks big business ideas for annual Seed Grant Competition

Soda Inc Seed Grants help business ideas grow

Soda Inc., New Zealand’s business growth and support network, is on the lookout for New Zealand’s next big business ideas for its quarterly Seed Grant Competition.

Applications are now open for the not-for-profit’s quarterly cash grants, which support New Zealand entrepreneurs who need funding for their innovative ideas. The top three business pitches will receive a cash grant of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000, as well as mentoring opportunities with sector experts.

Entrepreneurs must film a 60 second video selling Soda Inc. their business idea and complete an application form describing the business idea, the problem it is solving and how it will be rolled out, by Friday 7 May. Short-listed candidates will be invited to a live pitch in front of Soda Inc’s Seed Grant panel on Thursday 27 May.

Erin Wansbrough, Chief Executive of Soda Inc., a business growth ecosystem which has worked with more than 700 start-ups in the past 10 years, says Soda’s SEED grants not only provide successful entrepreneurs with a welcome cash injection, but just as valuable is the connection with industry mentors.

“Our customised mentoring sessions enable entrepreneurs to discuss the real challenges of starting a business, those questions only those who’ve gone before them know. Our Seed Grants are a gateway for budding entrepreneurs to be partnered with mentors who know exactly what they’re going through, what the challenges are they’ll face, and provide them with the advice and direction they need in their business infancy.”

To date, Soda Inc. has awarded more than $24,000 in Seed Grants, most recently supporting three entrepreneurs in the February grant round: Best Monday, a personalised solid fragrance brand; Mote, a tool for remote workers to find spaces to work; and Chive Charities, an online platform to find and donate to charities.

“The purpose of the competition is to give seed-stage businesses a chance to take their idea, prototype or product to the next level,” explains Wansbrough. “What we’re looking for in each business idea is a unique proposition that is scalable and/or has completed some initial market validation.”

Although the Seed cash grant is a definite plus, for Best Monday founder, Madeleine Patel, the experience of entering the competition was just as beneficial. “It offered me a chance to refine my business pitch, receive valuable feedback, and, perhaps most importantly, make connections with people that can help me on my business journey,” she says.

The power of connection, coupled with a cash boost, is exactly the type of support Soda Inc. hopes its SEED grants will give New Zealand’s up and coming entrepreneurs.

Enter the Soda Inc. Seed Grant Competition.