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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.

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.


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.


Half price bus travel on the way for Wintec

Wintec students and staff get a 50% discount off bus travel across the Waikato

Half price bus travel for Wintec students and staff kicks in from 2 August 2021, making fares as low as $1 and capping unlimited city travel at $9 per week.

Wintec students and staff will save 50 percent on Bee Card bus fares from 2 August 2021 when a new subsidy kicks in, reducing one-way fares within Hamilton to $1, along with significant discounts for regional travel.

Wintec Chief Executive, David Christiansen says he hopes the 50 percent subsidy will encourage more people to use public transport where and when they can.

“Half price bus fares are one way we can help our Wintec community get the best possible study and workplace experience here at Wintec. And contribute to fewer cars on the road at the same time – helping both congestion and the environment.

“It also helps us manage parking which is limited, and costly – to Wintec and our staff and students. So this is one way we can help by making it more cost-effective for everyone to travel here from across the city and the region.”

The new Bee Card subsidy is funded by Wintec and supported by Waikato Regional Council. The discount applies to Bee Card fares in Hamilton and across the Waikato region at all times of the day and week.

Regional Transport Connections Committee Chair and Waikato regional councillor Angela Strange says the new fares for Wintec staff and students are a discount on standard Bee Card fares.

“We’re excited to have worked with Wintec on this initiative, it’s a win-win for everyone. Greater use of public transport helps reduce emissions, city traffic and parking congestion,” Cr Strange said.

The new discounts will apply to travel on all public bus services within the Waikato region. The 50 percent discount for Wintec students and staff also applies to Te Huia, the new Waikato to Auckland passenger rail service.

A standard Bee Card  fare within Hamilton is $2, but Wintec staff and students who have registered their Wintec concession will pay just $1. Travel between Hamilton and neighbouring towns will also be discounted. For example, staff and students will be able to travel to Wintec campuses from Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Morrinsville or Huntly for only $2.

BUSIT also caps fares for regular users, making unlimited travel possible from Monday to Sunday for a fixed price. Wintec staff and students using a Bee Card also get 50 per cent off capped fares. This means Wintec concession holders will be able to travel as they want within Hamilton for only $9 per week. Once the cap is reached, all further travel will be free.

Wintec students and staff travelling on buses must have a Bee Card and register it before the discount can be activated.

Bee Cards are valid for all Hamilton and Waikato regional bus routes, and the Te Huia train service, and can be purchased for $5 online, via 0800 205 305, from the retailers listed here or from the BUSIT counter inside the Transport Centre on the corner of Bryce and Anglesea streets in Hamilton (near Wintec City campus). 

Bee Cards will also be made available at Wintec’s City and Rotokauri campuses during Wintec O-Week from 27-28 July 2021.

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Find out more about this discount and student transport, parking and security at Wintec.

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