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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update #23

UCOL updates

New Zealand is in a very strong position, with no community transmission of COVID-19 in over two months. We are proud of what New Zealand has achieved, and we thank the UCOL team for the part they have played.

All UCOL campuses are open, and classes are running as scheduled.

UCOL’s management and teaching staff remain prepared and ready, should our alert level need to change.

Tracking Where You’ve Been

Under 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 displays 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.

Borders and International Students

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.


It’s still very important to practice good hygiene, e.g. washing hands thoroughly, and using sanitiser which is available. Especially during the cold and flu season, if you feel unwell, please stay home.

Technology Access Fund for Learners

UCOL is keen to help students who are struggling with access to technology for their online learning. If you have difficulties accessing online course material because you don't have suitable computer equipment or internet connection, we would like to hear from you so we can see what we can do to assist.

Please let us know by emailing and we will have someone get in touch to discuss your circumstances and how we might help.

Student support

While life is much calmer, you may still be needing a little more help. 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 aganist 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: