Coronavirus COVID-19 update

Wintec COVID-19 Update
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving internationally. 

The health of our students and staff is a priority and we will continue to update you on the situation and the latest advice from authorities.  

Key sites to visit for the latest information on the virus and travel restrictions and advice are:
Official COVID-19 New Zealand Government information

Ministry of Health

SafeTravel 

World Health Organisation

8 April 2020

Update for students: Easter term break

Wintec is going into term break for two weeks from this Friday 10/04. Here’s some information on what is available to students during this time:


Support Services
Our support teams, including Student Learning Services, Te Kete Kōnae, Disabilities, Student Life and International Student Services are taking a break over Easter from 5pm Thursday 9 April until 8am Wednesday 15 April,  but you can still access all our resources online.

Check out our Academic Toolkit through your Moodle landing page for all our online resources.

You can still email your support teams through sls@wintec.ac.nz, tkk@wintec.ac.nz,  studentadvisors@wintec.ac.nz or internationalhelp@wintec.ac.nz and we will get back to you as soon as possible after the Easter break.

International students: If you need urgent help from an International Student Services Advisor call the 24/7 helpline on 021 703 730.

Health Services
Wintec City Health Services (including our counselling service) is closed Friday 10/04 -Tuesday 14/04 and will reopen on Wednesday 17/04 at 8.30am. 

Rotokauri Health Services remains closed during the lockdown.

If you need medical support, please phone Anglesea Clinic or Victoria Clinic but check their websites first to see their COVID-19 process.

Library
Our Librarians are taking a break over Easter from 5pm Thursday 9 April until 8am Wednesday 15 April,  but you can still access all our resources online.

For APA assistance visit https://libguides.wintec.ac.nz/APA/current

For subject guides, tutorials and other helpful information: https://libguides.wintec.ac.nz/libguides

And of course our ebooks, databases and electronic articles are still available and can be found here https://wintec.mykoha.co.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-main.pl

You can still email your liaison librarian, the library at library@wintec.ac.nz, or leave a message on our chat service and we will get back to you as soon as possible after the Easter break.


6 April 2020

Learning at Wintec during the COVID-19 Lockdown - Frequently Asked Questions

Together we’re working with our students to deliver your education – online.
For students, this can be a different way of learning, while we are all in lockdown, and it has its challenges.

We've now taken your most frequently asked questions and created a Lockdown FAQs page which we will continue to update as we hear more from you. 


1 April 2020

Student wellbeing, Studylink, tenancy and it's day 1 of a new era for New Zealand's vocational training sector 

Kia ora students, we know you have been busy re-arranging your life and juggling lots of different commitments, not to mention figuring out how your online learning will look like. We want to let you know we are here, working to help make this work as well as we can for you all - so each week, we’ll touch base with you via email, share some resources and answer your frequently asked questions. Please check your email for more information.

Financial support (for domestic students)

  • You will continue to receive your weekly StudyLink payments if you remain enrolled – so please stay enrolled. Staying enrolled also means you will be eligible for any additional support for students in the future.
  • If you need extra financial help during this time, you can find information about emergency assistance on the StudyLink website.

What if my academic performance is affected?

  • If any of the actions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand impact your ability to complete or pass your course, your provider and StudyLink will take this into account if you apply for a Student Allowance or a loan again in the future.

What if my rent increases or I am evicted from my flat?

  • There is a freeze on rental increases. Your landlord cannot increase the rent unless you were advised before the lockdown period. For the best and most up to date information on tenancy, visit tenancy.govt.nz.

What the Alert Level 4 lockdown means for students

  • Students must remain where they are living/staying for the duration of the lockdown.

Student communication with Wintec around COVID-19

The wellbeing and support for our students is a primary focus for us at Wintec. Please keep us updated if you have been tested or confirmed as having COVID-19.

We are asking all our students and staff to advise of the following over the next four weeks and beyond: 

  • Have you undergone a COVID-19 test?  
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19? 

If you answer yes to any of the above, please let us know by filling out the Wintec  COVID-19 update form.  We will use this information from the form to stay in touch with you and provide any wellbeing or pastoral support that you may need.  This information is stored in a secure location and only accessed by authorised personnel for the purpose of COVID-19 management and support.

It’s 1 April today, isn’t that the day Wintec becomes part of NZIST?

Today the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) board met to formally establish NZIST as an entity. Then on 2 April the new board of Waikato Institute of Technology Ltd will meet to formally incorporate Wintec as a limited liability company and  a subsidiary of NZIST. It will, of course be a virtual meeting! While this signals the structural realisation of the Education Minister’s Reform of Vocational Education, for now, little else will change for quite some time – and even more so, given the current circumstances. For our students and the way Wintec delivers, it’s business as usual, as much as it can be right now.

For updates on the merger check out the FAQs page.

Our community

Students please check your email. We are also regularly updating student information to this page and sharing updates via Wintec’s main social media pages.

If you want some support, check out the Academic Toolkit through Moodle. There are heaps of learning resources, as well as wellness tips and other information that may be helpful.


30 March 2020

Wintec Health Centre update

If you are registered with Wintec’s Health Services, we are here to support you. While we are operating under Alert Level 4, you must phone or email us first to request an appointment, get medical advice or a repeat prescription (these are sent to a pharmacy of your choice).

Our City campus health centre is operating from 8.30am - 3.30pm Monday to Friday. You can contact them on 07 834 8869 or email healthservices@wintec.ac.nz.

Please note that our Rotokauri clinic is closed.

At the moment we are not offering health screening but we can provide eligible registered patients a funded flu vaccination. Take care and stay safe.


27 March 2020

Wintec Library - information for students

Wintec City and Rotokauri libraries are physically closed right now, so here’s what to do if you have books, or you are missing your library fix:

1. Hold on to your library items for now as you can't return them
2. You will not be fined for overdue items
3. Physical items will auto renew
4. There will be no recalls for items already out
5. There will be no physical distance services
6. There will be no interlibrary loans.

Online eResources are available. Check out our interactive tutorials and learning resources at https://libguides.wintec.ac.nz/libguides.
Students can email us at  library@wintec.ac.nz. Liaison librarians will be available for referencing support and teaching online, through email or Zoom. Contact them here https://bit.ly/3brWF5P.

25 March 2020

COVID-19 wellbeing and support for Wintec students

Over the next four weeks, the wellbeing and support for our students is a primary focus for us at Wintec. 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and we move from our current Alert level 3 to Alert Level 4 at 11.59pm tonight, it’s really important we remain calm and ensure that we are sticking to the facts.

The most up-to-date and reputable information can be found on the Ministry of Health website and the NZ Government COVID-19 website

We are also regularly updating student information to the COVID-19 page on wintec.ac.nz.

This email is to give our students guidance with regards to the process for situations that specifically relate to COVID-19 and health concerns.

We are asking all our students and staff to advise of the following over the next four weeks and beyond: 

  • Have you been in close contact with any person who has tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Have you undergone a COVID-19 test?  
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19? 

If you answer yes to any of the above, please let us know by filling out the Wintec  COVID-19 update form

Wellbeing support for students

We have made available our wellbeing support provider, Benestar for students at this time. To access support please email counsellingsupportnz@benestar.com and they can arrange phone-based counselling for you. You can also call Benestar on 0800 360 364 however we are mindful of the volume of calls they are currently receiving so please in the first instance email. 

You can also head to www.benestar.com and log in using the following information, wintec & w38eap then head to their ‘Coronavirus’ pages which contain relevant information to help you through this difficult time. 

Please take care of yourself and your family/whānau at this time. Noho ora mai.

24 March 2020

Wintec student assessments

If you have assessments due,  please don’t stress about  your due dates. We are working through a period of change and you can expect an update from your tutors on changes to any due dates for assessments on 30 March.

If you have completed work you are welcome to submit it, but this is not necessary this week.Its more important you focus on this time if needed to prepare for the next four weeks. We will get through this and we’re working behind the scenes to continue to deliver your courses and ensure you are not disadvantaged.

Remember if you need any support, Student Learning Services and Te Kete Kōnae are physically open until 5pm Wednesday 25 March. After this, email sls@wintec.ac.nz; TKK@wintec.ac.nz; or StudentAdvisors@wintec.ac.nz.

23 March 2020

Wintec Covid-19 student update

Today the Prime Minister announced Aotearoa New Zealand is in Alert Level 3 and will move to Alert Level 4 in 48 hours. Since the announcement, we have been assessing and evaluating the situation and defining what this means for our learners, our staff and our Wintec community.

What this means is that by 5pm on Wednesday 25 March, you need to be prepared for the physical closure of Wintec campuses for the following four weeks. This means you, our students, will need to be operating off-campus, and engaging with your programmes remotely from home over that time, if you are able.

Before the shutdown on Wednesday, you have got 48 hours to get prepared, as best you can for this shutdown period. Until then, Wintec’s campuses will remain open through Tuesday and Wednesday, so that you can prepare.

On Sunday, we announced we would close classes for up to five days to enable us to work towards moving more of our teaching and our work online. This continues and many of you should expect to be contacted by your tutors in the near future as many of our programmes get turned back on.

What services will be open at Wintec tomorrow until 5pm Wednesday?

  • Security – operating as normal
  • Health Services – ALL appointments including counselling will be via phone consultation with a doctor or nurse. Call 07 834 8869 or email health.services@wintec.ac.nz to make an appointment with the Health Services team.
  • The City and Rotokauri hubs (swipe card access)
  • The Library
  • Enrolment and Student Information at a reduced capacity
  • Access to 24-hour spaces e.g. Design Factory NZ and Media Arts studios
  • Student Learning Services and Te Kete Kōnae - City campus
  • Service Desk

What is closed tomorrow?

  • Kidz @Wintec

What happens next?

We will give you further updates tomorrow.

We acknowledge this can be an unsettling time for you all, we will endeavour at all times to keep you well-informed and minimise the impact on your learning.

We will do our best to make available as many of our support services as we can in a remote way so that you are supported through this time.

We will keep channels open for you to communicate with us through this period.

While we will be shut down in a physical sense, we are committed to supporting as best we can.

Links

  • Keep up with our latest Wintec updates here on this page. 
  • Get the latest national updates and health information on the dedicated New Zealand Government website.

I appreciate this is an incredibly stressful time for everyone. At this time, you need to make time to look after/organise your families and dependents to prepare for the next four weeks where self-isolation and limited travel will mean unexpected changes for everyone.

Remember there is support available at Wintec for students. Any students who need support can contact our external counselling service Benestar on 0800 360 364 to speak with someone who is trained to provide support and assistance.  Please just identify yourself as being from Wintec if using this service.

Kia kaha, keep strong, stay well and look out for more updates soon.

Ngā mihi

David Christiansen - Chief Executive - Wintec


22 March 2020

Wintec teaching break for up to one week effective Monday 23 March 2020

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Wintec will suspend teaching to all students on all Wintec campuses from Monday 23 March for up to five days

As Wintec prepares for the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, it is important we keep students and staff safe. We want to move to a mode of operations that means we can support our students with a wide-range of remote learning and student support options.

This teaching break will give our staff me to prepare for more online programme delivery, to allow for more physical distancing, and to be prepared for the situation if we have to close our campuses at a later stage.

This break in teaching applies to all Wintec students and all Wintec programmes, and will occur for up to five days. We will progressively “turn on” programmes again when they are ready – which means when we have suitable model for either online delivery, or controlled face-to-face delivery that is safe and can manage physical distancing appropriately.

Accordingly, there will be some programmes during the week that will go on-line, or start up again, (and for some, this may be as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday). Tutors and centres will be in touch with students around resuming study. Students, please make sure you check your emails and texts during the week.

Please note that at this stage, we do not need to close our campuses. Our campuses and support services will remain open so students can continue to use these facilities including our hubs, computer labs, health centre, cafes, etc. Our student accommodation will also remain open.

Please be assured that Wintec is committed to ensuring our students can continue their studies with as little disruption as possible. During this teaching break:

  • Your attendance records will be marked as present
  • Details around any student placements will be worked through, and you’ll be updated on outcomes
We will work through other issues over time, such as assessments, missed classes and content. We are working with New Zealand Qualifications Authority as a sector on these issues also. Our goal is manage this in the interests of students and minimise any disadvantage to you. Please be assured we are working through aspects to transition to a managed delivery model for all of our students, whether this is be face-to-face, online or a combination of the two. We are working closely with government agencies and consistently following their advice so we can best protect the welfare of our students, staff and community. We appreciate that this is a stressful and confusing time. If you have a specific concern or query, please email us and we will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible. We will keep you updated with any developments. In the meantime, we encourage you all to wash your hands regularly, maintain social distancing where possible and stay safe. You can read further information on COVID-19 on the government’s COVID-19 website.


20 March 2020

Important notice for all students

All Wintec campuses remain open, and classes are operating as usual. The latest Ministry of Health announcement states that mass gatherings of more than 100 are banned, but this does NOT apply to educational institutions, workplaces, schools, supermarkets or public transport. It is important that we all follow these tips to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19:

  • Stay at home if you are unwell.
  • Wash your hands regularly and correctly! To do this, you need to wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds and dry your hands for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Practice social distancing – stay 1 metre away from others where possible.
  • Reduce physical contact.  We should follow the Prime Minister’s advice not to “hug, hongi or handshake”.
We’ll update you with any new developments around your study and our campuses. Take care everyone.  


19 March 2020

Important COVID-19 update

If you have been in close contact (living in the same house or spent more than 15 minutes within close proximity) with someone being tested for COVID-19, please do NOT come to Wintec for 48 hours. If their test results are negative, you may return to Wintec. If their results are positive, you will be required by the Ministry of Health to self-isolate for 14 days from the last time you had contact with the infected person. The Ministry of Health has excellent guidelines on self-isolation that you can access here

If you are being tested for COVID-19 or have been told by Healthline to self-isolate, we NEED TO KNOW. Please email Winteccoronavirus2020@wintec.ac.nz with your name and student ID number.

Did you know that if you returned from overseas in the last 14 days, you are now required to self-isolate for 14 days?

Again, we need to know if you are self-isolating so we can work through your study or work options. We’re here to help, and it’s best that we know your situation for the safety of yourself and others. Simply send your details to this form

For the latest advice on the COVID-19 situation, including self-isolation guidelines, the new travel restrictions and general health advice, please visit the Ministry of Health website.

17 March 2020

Wintec campuses are open

We want to assure you as a Wintec student, that in light of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, that for now, all Wintec campuses will remain open and classes will continue as normal.

Yesterday we made the decision to cancel our Graduation and Special Awards ceremonies happening this week, on the same day the Prime Minister announced limitations on large gatherings. The Government has put these restrictions in place to help ensure our country remains a safe place for all residents and visitors.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, follow advice and seek guidance from the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Government and use this information to inform our decision-making.  If the situation changes, be assured we will update you via our official channels. You can also keep informed with the latest Wintec or need-to-know information on this page.

Our priority during this time, is the health, wellbeing and safety of our students and staff, and you can be assured we are taking every precaution possible. This includes:

  • Ensuring our cleaning staff adhere to strict hygiene measures across all Wintec facilities, including hubs, washrooms and classrooms.
  • Providing hygiene guidelines at key points across our campuses as well as increased provision of paper towels, soap and hand sanitizer. 
  • Working with our students who are affected by travel restrictions.  In the wake of travel restrictions put in place by the New Zealand Government from midnight Sunday 15 March, 2020 if you need to self-isolate, we need to hear from you to help us work through your study or work options. Please send your details to this form.

If you are feeling unwell

If you have a fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, nausea or other symptoms, do not come onto campus and do not come to your classes.

If you are feeling unwell, the first step you should take is to call your doctor.  If you have these symptoms and have recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.  Healthline is staffed by friendly, expert nurses who will give you all the information and advice you need to take the right steps to get well.

If you are on campus and feeling unwell, do not come into the Wintec Health Services.  Please call 07-834-8869.  It is also important that you do not go to any other doctor or medical centre in person. This is because you do not want to infect others if you do have COVID-19 or another illness.  Always call Healthline first.

To reduce your risk of illness, always practise good hygiene:

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, shaking hands, hugging, sharing cups or food.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.

Information and support

For more information, please see the latest update from the Ministry of Health.

Healthline has set up a dedicated 0800 number specifically for health-related calls about coronavirus.

  • The number is 0800 358 5453
  • Or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453
  • People calling that line will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service and interpreters will be on hand. The number is staffed by nurses, paramedics and health advisors.

We realise this may be a stressful time and there are options if you would like more support:

  1. Any students who need support can also contact our external counselling service Benestar on 0800 360 364 to speak with someone who is trained to provide support and assistance.  Please just identify yourself as being from Wintec if using this service.

For additional crisis or out of hours support outside of usual office hours:

  • Call or text 1737 (free 24/7 counselling phone line, available to call or text)
  • Contact the Waikato mental health crisis team on 0800 50 50 50
  • In an emergency, always contact 111.
16 March 2020

Wintec Graduation and Special Award Events Cancelled

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, it  is with considerable regret, Wintec has made a call to cancel remaining graduation ceremonies and parades, and Special Awards events from  16 -19 March 2020. 
Wintec Chief Executive David Christiansen says: "I understand this will be a huge disappointment for graduands, their families/whānau, friends and staff who have been looking forward to this day. This decision reflects developments around COVID-19 over the past 48 hours and the emerging position of government. While recognising it is late notice, we've decided to make the call now to give people as much notice as possible." 

Wintec will consider holding graduation ceremonies later in the year if the situation allows. In the meantime, all graduand qualifications will still be officially conferred.  Wintec graduates have the option to collect their certificates or have them mailed out.

Any graduate enquiries can be sent to graduation@wintec.ac.nz.

15 March 2020

With the new travel restrictions put in place by the New Zealand Government from midnight Sunday 15 March, 2020 are you a Wintec student, staff member or contractor who needs to self-isolate? 

If so, we need to hear from you.

It is good for us to know to help us work through your study or work options. We’re here to help, and it’s best that we know your situation for the safety of yourself and others.

Simply send your details to this form.

For latest advice on the COVID-19 situation, including self-isolation guidelines, the new travel restrictions and general health advice please visit Ministry of Health website -
Ministry of Health

See the latest advice on the travel restrictions here. 

Remember if you feel sick or unwell, there is a dedicated Healthline.

Dedicated 0800 number for health advice and information

Healthline has set up a dedicated 0800 number specifically for health-related calls about coronavirus.

  • The number is 0800 358 5453
  • Or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453
  • People calling that line will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service and interpreters will be on hand. The number is staffed by nurses, paramedics and health advisors.


13 March 2020

Travel and border updates from the New Zealand Government as of 12 March 2020

Category 1a countries and territories

  • Mainland China
  • Iran

The government has announced temporary restriction on travellers arriving in New Zealand from Category 1a countries and territories as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

The restrictions prevent foreign nationals travelling from or transiting through Category 1a countries and territories from entering New Zealand.

All New Zealand citizens and permanent residents (and close family members) inbound from Category 1a countries and territories are requested to register with Healthline (0800 358 5453) and to undertake 14 days self-isolation starting from the date of the departure from that country or territory.

Category 1b countries and territories

  • Italy
  • Republic of Korea

Category 1b countries and territories do not have travel restrictions in place. People who have been in Category 1b countries and territories (excluding airport transit) are requested to register with Healthline (0800 358 5453) and self-isolate for 14 days starting from the date of departure from a Category 1b country and territory.

Category 2 countries and territories

  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

People who have recently travelled from Category 2 countries and territories (excluding airport transit) should be aware of the COVID-19 symptoms. You do not have to self-isolate if you are well. Anyone who develops symptoms within 14 days of departing the Category 2 country and territory should contact Healthline (0800 358 5453).

3 March 2020

The New Zealand Government has agreed to extend border restrictions for travellers from mainland China, Iran and the Diamond Princess cruise ship for a seven-day period.

A new set of temporary border restriction categories have also been agreed. These cover self-isolation requirements. For more information, read the COVID-19 Border Advisory

28 February 2020


The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in New Zealand.

This case was identified because the person and the family affected did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.

What is still important is that we are all careful and observe basic health safety. Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow
  • put used tissues in the bin

Encourage anyone to stay home if unwell. If you are concerned that someone is showing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, encourage them to first ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) or contact their GP by phoning ahead of their visit to explain symptoms and travel history. 

For more information visit the Ministry of Health (MOH) COVID-19 question and answers page.

24 February 2020

The New Zealand Government has decided to extend a ban on foreign travellers arriving from China to protect against the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the current restrictions, which were due to expire at midnight, should remain in place for a further eight days and would be reviewed every 48 hours. New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families will be able to return but will have to self-isolate for 14 days. 18 February 2020

On Saturday 15 February, the New Zealand Government extended the travel restrictions into New Zealand for a further eight days until Monday 24 February, 2020 for all foreign nationals travelling from or transiting through mainland China to assist with the containment of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Student visas: Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has updated its information on student visas

7 February 2020 

The Ministry of Health has recently updated information including: 

  • a dedicated 0800 number for coronavirus health advice
  • updated advice about self-isolation
  • Facebook page now live.

Dedicated 0800 number for health advice and information

Healthline has set up a dedicated 0800 number specifically for health-related calls about coronavirus.

  • The number is 0800 358 5453
  • Or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453
  • People calling that line will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service and interpreters will be on hand. The number is staffed by nurses, paramedics and health advisors.

Healthline’s existing number is still the main number to call for non-coronavirus health concerns.

Advice about self-isolation

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means all situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school, child care/pre-school centres, university, faith-based gatherings, aged care and health care facilities, prisons, sports gatherings, supermarkets, restaurants, shopping malls, and all public gatherings.

If you are a visitor to New Zealand, this means you should avoid sitting in a restaurant, participating in any type of tour group, or using public transport, including flights, buses, and trains between cities in New Zealand.

If you are unsure if you should be self-isolating, please contact Healthline for free on 0800 611 116

Information about self-isolation has been updated.

Ministry of Health resources

Facebook page

The Ministry of Health now has a Facebook page: @minhealthnz. In addition to their Twitter channel [@minhealthnz], they will be using Facebook to alert people to key updates and messaging specifically about coronavirus.

Questions and answers

The Ministry has developed a novel coronavirus question and answers page. As the situation regarding novel coronavirus can evolve rapidly, the questions and answers page will be updated with the latest information.

Updated factsheet for travellers

The information for travellers arriving into New Zealand has been updated with the latest information. It is available in English (PDF, 161 KB) and simplified Chinese (PDF, 141 KB).

Signs and symptoms

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

Symptoms of 2019-nCoV are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have 2019-nCoV. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing can be a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current WHO assessments suggest that it is 2–10 days. 

What do I do if I am sick right now?

If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116.

Download the latest health advice

3 February 2020 

From today the New Zealand Government is placing temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand on all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China to assist with the containment of the novel coronavirus and to protect New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from the disease.

31 January 2020

Attention all Wintec students - do any of the following apply to you?

  • You have been to Wuhan or the Hubei Province in the last 14 days.

  • You have been in close contact with someone who, within the last 14 days, has been in Wuhan or the Hubei Province.

  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed or possible Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case (for example anyone sick with a respiratory type illness) in the last 14 days.

  • You have been in China in the last 14 days and are experiencing flu-like symptoms: fever; and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

If so, we need to hear from you urgently so that we can assess your situation and work with you to manage it. This is a requirement from the New Zealand Government.

If the above does apply to you, please urgently email: Winteccoronavirus2020@wintec.ac.nz

Please note: If the above does apply to you we will be asking you that you do not come onto Wintec campuses until we can establish you are no longer a possible risk. 

We will work with you on a case by case basis, and it may require you to stand down for up to 14 days. During this time, we will work to support and advise you and to ensure that you are not disadvantaged if your attendance at Wintec is delayed. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

General Advice to all students

If for any reason you believe you have any health issues related to the coronavirus and become concerned about your health please seek medical advice by calling Healthline at 0800 611 116, or contact your doctor.

If you have any questions, please email Winteccoronavirus2020@wintec.ac.nz

The situation relating to the novel coronavirus is evolving. The health of our students and staff is a priority and we will continue to update you on the situation and the latest advice from authorities.  

Key sites to visit for the latest information on the virus and travel restrictions and advice are:

Ministry of Health

SafeTravel 

World Health Organisation