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COVID-19 Update

Update #33

Alert Level 1

The Wellington region has now moved to Alert Level 1. In Alert Level 1, classes can continue on all UCOL campuses as usual with contact tracing and increased cleaning. Students, please attend classes as usual.

Please remember to remain vigilant with your health - get a test if you have symptoms, and please stay home if unwell.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Here are some useful documents that covers everything you want to know about the vaccination.

Tracking where you’ve been

Have you travelled recently to the Wellington region (the area includes Wairarapa and Kāpiti Coast)? In that case, please check if you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 traveller by visiting the Ministry of Health website information on contact tracing locations of interest.

If you have attended one of the locations listed during the relevant timeframes, it is considered a contact. Please check:

  • The full location and address details.
  • Date and the relevant times.
  • The instructions on ‘what to do’
  • Still unsure? Contact Healthline for advice on 0800 358 5453.

In Alert Level 1, the Government recommend using the Ministry of Health COVID-19 tracker app to keep a record of where you have been. UCOL will continue to display QR Codes for this app at its doors. Whatever system you decide to use, the important thing is to keep a track of where you have been.


You can take some simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wear a face covering on public transport.Learn more
  • Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
  • Stay home if you are unwell and contact your GP.
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after caring for sick people
  • Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.

Borders and International Students

Border exception for some returning international tertiary students   

On 14 January 2021, the Government approved an exception class for 1,000 bachelor’s degree level and above tertiary international students to return to New Zealand and continue their studies. Read more

The New Zealand borders remain closed at this time, to reduce the spread of the virus from outside the country. Students are advised to regularly check the Immigration NZ website and the official websites of their country’s Embassy or High Commission in New Zealand for information on visas and travel.

New Zealand government has advised all New Zealanders to not travel overseas.

Student support

The Student Success team will continue providing care and support for UCOL students during the Level 2.  We encourage you to talk to the Student Success team and get support. Sessions will be available on campus. Manawatū and Whanganui students can make an appointment here. Horowhenua and Wairarapa students can check the links below for staff contact details to arrange an appointment.

Future communications has been set up for staff and students to send any questions to or seek clarification regarding COVID-19. General and programme related enquires via ‘contact us’ form or ‘help’ on the website will be processed as usual. If we need to update you, updates will be shared via UCOL’s social media, website, Moodle or emailed to you. Where urgently required we will also text students.

Unite against COVID-19

The Ministry of Health has launched a dedicated website for COVID-19 that provides every information and updates on COVID-19.

COVID-19: Information for disabled people and their family and whānau

COVID-19: New Zealand Sign Language

COVID-19: Easy Read information

Key sources of information and advice are: