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17 December 2021

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR 2022 STUDIES UNDER COVID-19 PROTECTION FRAMEWORK

Kia ora koutou katoa,

We hope you and your whānau are safe, well and looking forward to the Christmas season.

On Tuesday 7 December, we wrote to you with information on studying at MIT in 2022 under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF). Since then, circumstances have changed and we have received new advice. So, this letter gives you important updated information about next year.

High level summary

In 2022, all MIT students will need to have a My Vaccine Pass in order to attend MIT campuses. This is unchanged from our earlier advice to you and will apply under all levels of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

New COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System)

New Zealand is now using the new COVID-19 Protection Framework. Under the new framework, we are no longer using Alert Levels and instead use a ‘traffic light’ system with Red, Orange and Green levels. You can take a look at the framework here.

Auckland is at Red. On 30 December at 11.59pm our region will move to Orange. While this is a good sign the measures we are taking to protect the community - including vaccination - are working well, MIT as an education provider needs to be able to operate at all levels of the framework when it opens next year, including Red.

Red requires any person who enters tertiary education premises to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

What does this mean for MIT students?

MIT’s intention is that all students attending any on-campus activity will need to have their My Vaccine Pass verified by MIT. At the current time, the My Vaccine Pass is the only form of vaccination evidence for students that MIT is allowed to accept.

All programmes* at MIT are accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) for delivery on-campus or in a blended mode (which involves some on-campus and some online activity). No MIT programmes* are accredited for delivery in a wholly online mode. While some programmes were delivered wholly online in 2021, this was an emergency response to COVID-19 approved by NZQA.

This means that, in order to successfully complete your programme, you will need to attend campus for all or parts of your programme.

How do I provide My Vaccine Pass to MIT?

You can provide a copy of your My Vaccine Pass (the QR code) directly to enquiries@manukau.ac.nz. Please put “My Vaccine Pass” and your student ID in the subject line of your email. MIT will verify your pass using the application provided by the Ministry of Health.

This should be done as soon as possible, and no later than one week before coming on to campus for the first time. You will not be able to arrive at campus and present your My Vaccine Pass for verification.

Please note that to come onto campus without having followed this process may be considered a breach of MIT regulations. This is for everyone’s health and safety.

MIT will not store your My Vaccine Pass itself. Once it has been verified, MIT will retain only a record that it has been verified and its date of expiration, in accordance with the Privacy Act and MIT’s Privacy Policy. After this process has been completed you will not have to show your My Vaccine Pass every time you come onto campus (although we recommend that you keep it with you whenever possible). However, you will need to repeat this step on or before the expiry date listed on your My Vaccine Pass.

How do I get My Vaccine Pass?

The Ministry of Health issues the My Vaccine Pass. You can request yours here if you have had two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand. You will also be able to request your pass if you have been vaccinated overseas with an approved vaccine, or have received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in New Zealand, or if you hold a medical exemption.

If you are having difficulties obtaining your My Vaccine Pass online, you can also get a printed copy from any pharmacy that offers COVID vaccinations.

You can read information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccination here and find out where you can be vaccinated here.

If you are hesitant about getting vaccinated and have questions, there is a huge amount of support available. We recommend that you start with these sites, which are packed full of guidance and resources and people to contact:

The Ministry of Health has a dedicated coronavirus helpline. If you have a question and couldn’t find the answers in the links above, then call 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for overseas SIMs). The 0800 number is free to call, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will be staffed by members of the National Telehealth Service with interpreters on hand to help with translation.

Other aspects of MIT’s COVID response

In addition to the requirement of a My Vaccine Pass, there are other requirements for being on campus at MIT in accordance with MIT’s COVID-19 Policy. These include but are not limited to:

  • Masks: staff and students should bring face coverings or masks when attending on-site activities.They are mandatory in most campus spaces (such as cafeteria, libraries, foyers and most teaching spaces).
  • Contact Tracing: the NZ COVID Tracer app or manual sign-in is mandatory on campus.

Support for students

We understand this may be a stressful and confusing time. If you have questions and need to talk with someone, our support teams are available to provide general wellbeing guidance, counselling support, Māori and Pasifika advice, faith-based support, disability learner support and other wellbeing related help.

Please reach out to your lecturer, or to a Student Support advisor by calling 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz.

If you want to talk about your enrolled classes please call AskMe! on 0800 62 62 52 or email enquiries@manukau.ac.nz.

International Students requiring assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180.

At all times, MIT has been looking after the interests, health and wellbeing of our students and staff community. Our COVID-19 Policy is being developed in full consultation with the 2021 and 2022 MIT Student Council Presidents.

Lastly, thank you. We really appreciate your ongoing efforts to keep our whānau and communities safe.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Gus Gilmore

Chief Executive

Casey Makiri

Student President 2022

* MIT has one programme accredited for wholly online delivery, which is NZ2915 New Zealand Diploma in International Logistics (Freight Forwarding). Students in that programme will receive separate instructions from their lecturer.