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Thursday 4 February 2021

Nau mai haere mai ki Te Pūkenga.

I am really pleased to welcome you to the new Te Pūkenga network. Wintec is part of our Te Pūkenga network supporting learners like you, right across Aotearoa.  

We’re on a journey right now as we reimagine vocational education and training in New Zealand. We know we need to put you – our learners – right in the centre. This year we’ll be working with many different people to co-design the future way we operate and work. You can read more about our transformation on our website. We will need your help! We’ll be keen to hear your thoughts on any proposals we develop. Your feedback will help us make the system better for current learners just like you, and for those who will come after you. There will be opportunities for you to contribute your feedback right throughout the year – keep a lookout on Wintec channels and our website for more information. We’re eager to hear from you.

Starting a new learning journey is a big deal, and it’s understandable that you might be feeling both excited, and possibly also a bit nervous. Wintec will have a wide range of services available to help you through your learning journey. Be sure to reach out and connect with all the help and support that’s available so we can help make sure your time with us is a success. 

All the best to you and your whānau as you embark on this journey.

He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō | Learning with purpose, creating our futures.

Ngā mihi
Stephen Town

Chief Executive
Te Pūkenga

Thursday 10 December 2020

Summer is here, and exams and assessments are finally over, so here’s our final check in before we all check out for the year. 

Firstly, a big thank you for choosing to study at Wintec this year. It has been quite a journey, but you made it out the other side, and we are privileged to have been part of that, ka rawe – well done!  

If you’re leaving us, we wish you all the best and if you are returning in 2021 (or thinking about it) now is a good time to re-enrol. 

Please remember we’re here for you, and we will continue to support you in any way we can – so keep in touch if you need help. 

Here are some need to know messages for returning students on access for campus services and support over the Christmas holidays:

If you’re returning to study in 2021…

If you haven’t re-enrolled yet, please do so to ensure your place for 2021. If you’d like to talk about your options, check in with your tutor or team leader (before 18 December) or if you want to discuss alternatives outside the centre you are studying with, the Student Enrolment team are here to help.

Financial support

If you are a current student and unexpected financial hardship impacts your study, you can apply for the Manaaki Financial Support Grant. Applications close 16 December at 12pm, click for more information and to apply.

Student allowances are suspended over the summer break, but you can apply for the Jobseeker Support Student Hardship allowance (if eligible) over that period. 

Also, check out your options with Work and Income (WINZ) (international students this includes options for temporary visa holders). 

If you need support with this, check in with Hannah Strauss, our SAWIT (Student Association) student advocacy advisor, or an international student, the International team

If you are returning to study, apply for Studylink as soon as you can so you are sorted for next year.

Christmas and holiday hours at Wintec

Wintec campuses are closed from Friday 18 December and reopen on Monday 11 January 2021. Summer school students will have swipe access to the hubs outside these times. 

City Campus Student Information and Enrolment Centre 
Closes Tuesday 22 December 2020 and reopens Tuesday 5 January 2021.

Rotokauri Campus Student Information and Enrolment Centre
Closes Friday 18 December 2020 and reopens Monday 11 January 2021.

Wintec Health Services 
Wintec Health City Campus closes Thursday 17 December 2020 and re-opens Monday 11 January 2021.

Wintec Health Rotokauri Campus closes Thursday 3 December 2020 and re-opens Monday 15 February 2021.

Wintec Information Technology Services (ITS) Service Desk 
The Wintec ITS Service Desk will be closed from 5pm Friday 18 December and will reopen at 7.30am Monday 11 January 2021. 

Library hours
Wintec libraries are closed Friday 18 December and re-open Monday 11 January.

Student Services
Te Kete Kōnae, Student Learning Services, Student Life and Disability Services are closed from Friday 18 December and reopen on Monday 11 January.

Visit the student calendar for more dates, events and information.

Support for international students

We’re here for you over the summer break. If you are an international student and need urgent help contact the International Student Support Team on 021 703 730.

Moodle upgrade

Moodle will be upgraded from 8am Monday 14 December to 8am Tuesday 15 December and will be unavailable to users over this period. 

2021 Graduation

If you are graduating, congratulations. Dates and details are online for Wintec Graduation and Special Awards. If you are a graduating and you have any questions, please email graduation@wintec.ac.nz.

Timetables for 2021 

Returning next year? Timetables for 2021 are available from the Wintec timetabling page.

Meri Kirihimete - have a wonderful Christmas and ngā mihi mō te Tau Hou - a happy New Year. Haere ra – stay well, look after each other everyone, and enjoy a well-earned break from the books.

Monday 9 November 2020

Tēnā koutou e te whānau

It’s hard to believe this semester is drawing to a close and we want to wish you all the best for success now you are preparing for exams and end of year assessments. 

This year, 2020 has been a really tough journey for everyone, especially you, our students, and we commend you for hanging in there. 

So, here’s to you, ka rawe! Kia ora rawa atu, a big thank you for choosing to study with us this year and being part of Wintec. Please remember we’re here for you, and we will continue to support you in any way we can – so keep in touch if you need help. 

As we head into exams, it’s important to remember we are in Alert Level 1 and our number one priority is to keep you safe during this time. Some things to remember are:

  • If you are unwell say home – and talk to us about your options (this could be a resit or aggregate application).
  • If you become visibly unwell during an exam – this includes sneezing, coughing, fever and cold symptoms, you will be sent home and contacted about your options as above.
  • Wash your hands before you enter the exam room.
  • Use the contact tracing app when checking in to Wintec and the exam room.
  • Face coverings are not required, but if you feel safer wearing one, then please do.

Get set for 2021

If you are planning to return to Wintec next year (we hope so) please re-enrol as soon as you can to ensure your place for 2021. If you’d like to talk about your options, have a kōrero with your tutor or team leader, or if you want to discuss alternatives outside the centre you are studying with, the recruitment team are here to help and can talk to you one-on-one.  

Finances
If you haven’t already, it's time to apply for Studylink, so you are sorted for next year. Student allowances are suspended over the summer break, but you can apply for the student jobseekers allowance (if eligible) over that period. Please note if you’re studying, you need to apply four weeks before your break starts to help get your correct payments on time. Also, check out your options with Work and Income (WINZ). If you need support with this, check in with Hannah Strauss, our SAWIT (Student Association) student advocacy advisor.

Want to live on campus in 2021?
Wintec Accommodation Services offer a range of options for onsite student living, and there are spaces available and discounted rates at Wintec Apartments for 2021. Find out more about student accommodation options.

Timetabling 
Timetables for 2021 will be available from 1 December 2020. Bookmark the link to the Wintec timetabling page so you can check your timetable from 1 December.

New from Design Factory NZ
Introducing the Design Thinking Launchpad - a new programme for Level 6 students at Wintec for 2021. If you're keen to earn credits towards your degree while learning the latest innovation and problem-solving skills - this is for you! Register your interest now, and we’ll be in touch.

Save the date for these events

End of Year Student Celebrations 
Enjoy the end of the year with free kai and spot prizes while you chill and listen to music before we say haere rā for the summer: 

  • Rotokauri Campus: Tuesday 17 November, 12pm–2pm, the Hub
  • City Campus: Wednesday 18 November 12pm–2pm, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa Marae

Design Factory NZ Showcase Gala
Wednesday 11 November 5.30pm, the Atrium
Join us for the final showcase of the posters, prototypes and presentations from our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

International Students’ Summer Activities Programme
Monday 30 November – Friday 18 December
International students, you have three weeks of fun activities, day trips and social events. Come along to as many events as you can to meet new friends, experience the beauty of New Zealand, and get the most out of your summer holiday on our Summer Activities Programme.

Stay tuned to Wintec

Like many tertiary educators, we have a range of social media channels we share our events, updates, and announcements to. Find our Wintec social media channels on the Wintec Social Media Directory. We love the mighty Waikato, so if you have photos we can share to our Wintec Instagram, please send to winteccomms@wintec.ac.nz including your Instagram link so we can credit you.

Noho ora mai – stay well and take care everyone. We’ll be in touch again soon with further updates for you.
Mā te wā.

Thursday 17 September 2020

We're midway through Semester 2, and the results are in from the recent Student Pulse survey. Firstly, if you gave us some feedback in any way, thank you. Your feedback is our monitor, and we use it to improve the way we interact, deliver and support your learning at Wintec. 

Some of the highlights that came out of the survey are:

  • Students are generally feeling well supported by their tutors, support staff and Wintec and found making connections and building relationships, especially with their peers, a highlight of their experience at Wintec so far.
  • Our students really appreciate the recorded Zoom and lecture sessions, so we're keeping this up where possible.

The top three key issues you shared with us
From the survey responses, we've identified three key issues common to students, that we are working to address through better communication, greater flexibility and support.
They are:

  1. Students feel unprepared for their next assessment.
  2. Balancing work/life and study is a struggle.
  3. Many of you are struggling financially. 

We understand it can be tough being a student, and it's even harder to put up your hand and ask for help. But if you are struggling financially, please check out and apply to the Manaaki Hardship Fund. Wintec centres have food vouchers available that can be given out immediately to students in need. Just ask your tutor. 

Are you studying in 2021? It's really important to apply for your student loan or finance with StudyLink before 16 December. If you've had a student allowance or loan in the last 12 months, login to MyStudyLink and use the Returning Application to apply. It'll take less than five minutes.

But wait, there's more…
This year has been incredibly stressful as we try to get the best from our home/work and study lives during a pandemic. So it's not surprising a number of you have said that you've felt anxious attending classes while we have been in Alert Level 2 and/or are missing classes if you are unwell and have to stay home.
It's likely we will move to Alert Level 1 at some point next week, and we will find out more on this on Monday when the Government announces an update. 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. 
Remember, the Government is telling us all to stay safe and stay at home if we are unwell, and we will continue to support and encourage you to do the right thing. We'll be updating our COVID-19 section with information and links for studying at the new level and working with you to get the most from your study on or off the campus during this time.

Keep talking to your tutors if you are having issues meeting deadlines or you're unsure of what's expected of you.

Remember - The most important things we can all do to protect ourselves and others are:

  • Wash your hands,
  • during Level 2 keep 1m distance in educational environments,
  • cough and sneeze into your elbow,
  • keep high touch surfaces clean,
  • wear a face mask on public transport and in places where you can't physical distance,
  • stay home if you are sick and  if you have COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical advice via your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453,
  • And if you need help or support, reach out.

Kia noho haumaru – stay safe.

Noho ora mai – stay well.

Tuesday 18 August 2020

We hope you are doing ok under Alert Level 2. The good news is we can expect a review of this on Friday 21 August (tune in to the PM’s daily live update at 1pm), but for now, we are under this alert level until midnight Wednesday 26 August. 

Last week, we updated you on what Level 2 means this time around. This update is to let you know how we are managing Level 2 to keep everyone safe and able to study, and to let you know about free student lunches happening from tomorrow at three Wintec campuses:

  • All classes are going ahead! If it’s not possible to physical distance, then masks are strongly encouraged to be worn. In some cases, there may be an agreement for classes to go online. Your tutor will discuss this with the class.
  • Big classes are minimised – maintaining physical distancing is key, so we are working to find alternative areas for our big classes.  
  • Masks - we have masks available for instances where 1m physical distancing cannot be maintained in classes and for keeping vulnerable people safe.
  • Prevent the spread – contact tracing is one way we can help. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app to check-in at the QR codes on Wintec campuses, and other locations you visit.
  • If you’re an Auckland student, we can help - travelling to studying at Wintec is not possible during Level 3 for Auckland-based students. If you haven’t already, your tutor will support you with online learning during this time. For more information, click here.
  • Stay home if you are visibly unwell or displaying symptoms of cold or flu. Stay away from work, school and other public places. Contact your GP, Healthline or Wintec Health Services and follow instructions regarding COVID-19 testing. If you have been tested or confirmed with COVID-19, you need to complete the Wintec COVID-19 update form.
  • What if I visited Auckland, Tokoroa or Rotorua recently? There is no requirement to self-isolate for people who visited Auckland prior to their Level 3 alert, or Rotorua or Tokoroa. If you have symptoms, get tested (as above).
  • Tech support – Do you have what you need to study at Wintec? We understand it can be hard to concentrate and engage without the right equipment. Remember there are loan laptops available from the dispensers in our City and Rotokauri hubs, but there are other ways we can support you. If you need any help, you can contact us directly on 0800 2 WINTEC (0800 294 6832) or email servicedesk@wintec.ac.nz.  
    And last but not least…
  • Free soup lunches for students are back on this Wednesday! Haere mai ke te kai – come and eat.  As part of our Hei Oranga Mōu festival of wellbeing, we are sharing free soup (vegetarian too) lunches from our City, Rotokauri and Hamilton Gardens campuses this Wednesday from midday, 12pm. For the next month, this will continue with free soup lunches on Tuesdays at the City Hub and Wednesdays at the Hamilton Gardens, and Rotokauri campuses.  Remember to keep your 1-metre distancing! Ka hora te kai – lunch is on! (Tomorrow!)

How are you doing/ feeling? Studying, working and just living under the current restrictions can be hard work. Worse, it can mean increased stress, particularly if you and your whānau/family are experiencing hardship in any way. We’re updating our Frequently Asked Questions page regularly with information to help you and don’t forget to check into our COVID-19 Information and updates section on our website for links to information on the Manaaki Financial Support Grant, health and wellbeing updates and the latest information. 

Be informed - get the latest information on COVID-19 and New Zealand Aotearoa from covid19.govt.nz.

We’ll be in touch if anything changes but check your Wintec email frequently as this will be the address that key information is directed to. The same information is also available on the Wintec COVID-19 latest update page.

Noho ora mai – all the best.

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Alert Level 2 update for students

Last night New Zealand’s Prime Minister announced four confirmed cases of community transmitted COVID-19 in Auckland.

What this means is that the Auckland region will go into Alert Level 3 from midday, 12pm today for three days to help contain the virus. The rest of New Zealand including the Waikato, our region will move to Alert Level 2.

In Alert Level 2 we will still be having classes at Wintec, and we will be putting in the precautions needed at this level. Please lookout for any updates on classes from your tutors at this time.

Please read and be aware of the following information on keeping safe. If you need support or have concerns, there is support at Wintec for you, scroll down for some links and contact numbers.

What you need to know

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go to class and work, but you should:

  • keep your distance from other people in public (at least 1m in education)
  • wash your hands
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen using the COVID-19 tracer app and the QR codes on entry to buildings
  • wear a personal mask if you can
  • protect yourself and others from COVID-19

People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

If you're unwell

If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or class. Don’t socialise.

If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.

If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

Personal movement

At Alert Level 2, you can leave home, but you should follow public health measures and consider others around you.

Physical distancing

Keep your distance when out and about:

2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops.

1 metre in most other environments like Wintec, workplaces, cafes, restaurants, and gyms.

Masks

At Alert Level 2, the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher. You should wear masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport or in shops.

It’s important Wintec is a safe environment for everyone at Alert Level 2.  

Please be assured increased cleaning regimes are in place, and we will have hand sanitiser readily available in all areas.  

We will continue to update you on developments as we work through our response to Level 2.   

Don’t forget to check into our frequently asked questions page for information and contact details for support, wellbeing, learning, services and technology. So keep in touch, reach out and we will do our best to support you. 

Remember, play it safe. And we’ll see you soon. Kia kaha – stay strong. 

 

Friday 24 July 2020

Nau mai haere mai and welcome to Wintec Semester 2.  

There’s quite a bit happening over the next few weeks so here's some information and a few updates to help you settle into your study and make this a successful start to your semester.  

Wintec Hardship Grant - We understand study is a big commitment and we know times are tough. We want to help you get through because we care. If you are struggling financially, with general things in your life, we have a fund that can help you get by so you can focus on your studies. Find out more here

More student carparks – If you’ve noticed some construction activity at the City campus between the Student Apartments and Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa Marae, we’re paving this area to create 36 more student carparks. The extra parks will be ready in mid-August. Find out more about how and where you can park at the City and Rotokauri campuses and our bus subsidy here

O-Week – Oh yes, now that you’re getting settled, get ready to join us for Semester 2 O Week! Grab a passport, meet people, have fun and enjoy some free giveaways and student deals. Find out more here

Winter warmer lunches – Watch this space, soon we’ll be providing free soup and buns at our city, Rotokauri and Hamilton campuses to get you through these cold winter months. We know it can be hard out there, so this is one way we can help you out while you concentrate on your studies.   

Free food deliveries for students – on alternate Fridays, Kaivolution delivers food to our City and Rotokauri campus hubs in the early afternoon. It’s free and can include bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables and grocery products so keep an eye out for the team and see what’s available.  

Horahia Matariki – events continue through July for our celebration of the Māori New year. Don’t miss the grand finale at the marae, Pō Maumahara, a fire ceremony, performances and warming kai. Find out more here

SAWIT – Wintec Student Association AGM - 5pm, Friday 31 July, AG.03, Wintec City Campus. Join the meeting to discuss leadership and constitutional changes, the annual report and enjoy some free food. If you attend, you can go in the draw to win a Go Pro. Find out more on the SAWIT Facebook page

Access to H:Drive will be removed on 31 July 2020 – H:Drive has been replaced with OneDrive and will be removed on 31 July 2020. If you have any files in H:Drive, please save any you wish to keep into your OneDrive, as after 31 July there will be no access to H:Drive and any files still there will be deleted. Just a reminder too that you can only access H:Drive on a Wintec campus. If you have any questions, get in touch with Service Desk on 0800 4 WINTEC (0800 4 946832) 

If you need support on-campus for anything from counselling to childcare, we have a range of support services in place to help you succeed. 

Check some out below: 

Find more support services here (you might want to bookmark this page for the future). 

You’ve heard about our student noticeboard on Facebook, Wintec Current Students, but Wintec, its centres and various groups have a range of social media channels including groups you can join.  Follow our social media networks and you will be the first to know about our events, news or announcements. 

If you need help, reach out. Talk to your tutor, call us on 0800 2 Wintec or email help@wintec.ac.nz for info about your course.   

It can take time to settle into study but remember we’re here for you, so tell us what you need, tell us what we can do better and we’ll do our very best to support you to do your best at Wintec.  

Stay well and take care - Noho ora mai.