COVID-19 update

Updated 6 October 2020

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 1

Kia ora koutou katoa,

The Prime Minister today announced Auckland will move to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday 7 October, 11.59pm.

This is great news and shows New Zealanders have again worked together to prevent the spread of the virus.

While Level 1 means more freedom, we must continue to remain vigilant to protect the health of our whānau, communities and the country as a whole.

WHAT LEVEL ONE MEANS FOR MIT STUDENTS:

  • LEARNING: Campuses are open. Your lecturer will inform you whether there will be a change to your classes.
  • SICKNESS: If you are unwell for any reason, do not come to MIT. Instead call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your arrival at MIT as well as movements on campus by scanning QR codes displayed at main entrances and within our buildings. MIT Contact Tracer app is no longer in use.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Please observe distancing of one metre in class and two metres when out-and-about on campus.
  • MASKS: Face coverings are no longer mandatory on public transport. However, mask wearing can help keep you safe even when it is not compulsory. Please consider wearing one in situations when it is harder to maintain distance eg. buses, trains, classes and Ask Me! centres.
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow. Hand sanitiser will be available.

More information on Auckland’s COVID-19 Alert Level and Ministry of Health advice is available here.

Thank you once again for your ongoing patience, understanding and hard work during a year that has been very challenging for us all.

Ngā Mihi,

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive



Updated 22 September 2020

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE TO ALL MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2

Kia ora koutou katoa,

The Prime Minister has announced extra restrictions on gatherings in Auckland will be removed and the city will transition to Alert Level 2 on Wednesday 23 September, 11.59pm.

From then, the new alert status will remain in place for at least 14 days.

MIT will update you ahead of any further level changes.

WHAT DOES LEVEL TWO MEAN FOR MIT STUDENTS?

  • LEARNING: Lectures and study will continue in their present arrangements.
  • SICKNESS: If you are unwell for any reason, do not come to MIT. Instead, call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your arrival at MIT as well as movements on campus by scanning QR codes displayed at main entrances and within our buildings. MIT Contact Tracer app is no longer in use.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Please observe distancing of one metre in class and two metres when out-and-about on campus.
  • MASKS: Face coverings must be worn on public transport. MIT is responsible for providing masks in classes where close contact is unavoidable eg. hairdressing. However, we strongly advise students to bring their own masks to wear in situations around campus where it is harder to maintain distance such as Ask Me! centres. Please dispose of masks responsibly.
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow. Hand sanitiser will be available.

More information on Auckland’s COVID-19 Alert Level and Ministry of Health advice is available here.

We recognise this may be a time of uncertainty for our MIT whānau. Please understand we are here to help.

If you need Student Support including counselling help or emergency financial assistance in cases of hardship please call 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz.

If you are an International Student and require assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180 (both 24/7).

Thank you for your patience, hard work and understanding.

Ngā Mihi,

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive



Updated 15 September 2020

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE TO ALL MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2 EXTENDED

Kia ora koutou katoa,

The Prime Minister has announced Auckland will remain at Level 2 with extra restrictions on gatherings until at least Wednesday 23 September, 11.59pm.

We will get in touch with a further update next week.

WHAT DOES LEVEL TWO MEAN FOR MIT STUDENTS?

  • LEARNING: Lectures and study can return to MIT facilities. Your lecturers will have advised if your classes will be held on campus.
  • SICKNESS: If you are unwell for any reason, do not come to MIT. Instead, call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your arrival at MIT as well as movements on campus by scanning QR codes displayed at main entrances and within our buildings. MIT Contact Tracer app is no longer in use.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Please observe distancing of one metre in class and two metres when out-and-about on campus.
  • MASKS: Face coverings must be worn on public transport. MIT is responsible for providing masks in classes where close contact is unavoidable eg. hairdressing. However, we strongly advise students to bring their own masks to wear in situations around campus where it is harder to maintain distance such as Ask Me! centres. Please dispose of masks responsibly.
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow. Hand sanitiser will be available.

More information on Auckland’s COVID-19 Alert Level and Ministry of Health advice is available here.

If you need Student Support including counselling help or emergency financial assistance in cases of hardship please call 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz.

If you are an International Student and require assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180 (both 24/7).

Thanks again for your patience, hard work and understanding.

Ngā Mihi,

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive



Updated 27 August 2020

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE TO ALL MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 on Monday 31 August.

It’s really important to us you understand the steps we are taking to ensure our facilities are safe environments supporting the wellbeing of students, staff and the wider community.

We recognise the concerns our learners and their families may have about a return to campus and want to reassure you, your health is our top priority.

Each one of us has a role to play in following the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health.

WHAT DOES LEVEL TWO MEAN FOR MIT STUDENTS?

  • LEARNING: Lectures and study can return to MIT facilities. Your lecturers will advise if your classes will be held on campus.
  • SICKNESS: If you are unwell for any reason, do not come to MIT. Instead call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your arrival at MIT as well as movements on campus by scanning QR codes displayed at main entrances and within our buildings.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Please observe distancing of one metre in class and two metres when out-and-about on campus.
  • MASKS: Face coverings must be worn on public transport from Monday. MIT is responsible for providing masks in classes where close contact is unavoidable eg. hairdressing. However, we strongly advise students to bring their own masks to wear in situations around campus where it is harder to maintain distance such as Ask Me! centres. Please dispose of masks responsibly.
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow. Hand sanitiser will be available.

More information on Auckland’s COVID-19 Alert Level is available here

While these are challenging times, it is important for students to remain connected to learning and continue to pursue their goals during these disruptions.

This message takes the place of one that was to go out on Friday. We decided to supply this information earlier so those coming to campus on Monday had more time to prepare.

If you need Student Support including counselling help or emergency financial assistance in cases of hardship please call 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz

If you are an International Student and require assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180 (both 24/7).

We look forward to seeing more of you next week.

Ngā Mihi,

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive



Updated 25 August 2020

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE TO ALL MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 3 EXTENDED

Kia ora koutou katoa, 

This afternoon, the Prime Minister has announced COVID-19 Alert Level 3 in Auckland will continue until Sunday 30 August, 11.59pm.

From Monday 31 August, Alert Level 2 will be in place.

What this means for MIT students for the rest of this week?

  • Online learning continues
  • Our campuses will remain closed
  • We will email you on Friday with important information on returning to MIT facilities when Level 2 comes into force next week.

More information on Auckland’s COVID-19 Alert Level is available here.

If you need Student Support including counselling help or emergency financial assistance in cases of hardship please call 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz.

If you are an International Student and require assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180 (both 24/7).

Please stay safe and MIT will update you with more information later this week.

Ngā Mihi,

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive



Updated 14 August 2020

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE FOR ALL MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Manukau Institute of Technology has been informed by Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) that a student has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student was studying in TechPark’s general engineering area based at South Campus, Ōtara.

The health service has carried out its full scoping exercise in relation to this case and has determined that the person was not sick or infectious while they were at MIT and there is a very low risk they passed on the illness to anyone while at the institute.

No MIT students and staff have been deemed ‘close contacts’ by ARPHS for this case. A letter from the health service is attached here PDF, 440.79 KB

The student will remain in isolation until they have recovered and it is deemed safe for them to leave.

Currently, our campuses are closed due to Auckland’s COVID-19 Level 3 Alert.

However, it is important to watch out for the symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection.

These include:
  1. New or worsening cough
  2. sore throat
  3. runny nose
  4. fever
  5. temporary loss of smell
  6. difficulty breathing.

If you become unwell, please stay home and call your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice.

We understand this will be a concerning time for many. Please be assured that MIT’s top priority is the safety of our students, staff and wider whānau.

Being supportive, respectful and informed when communicating with one another whether face-to-face, online and when we share information is also a key part of our community’s wellness.

It is important to keep the identity of this student private so they can be left to focus on their recovery in peace.

For more information: call Healthline: 0800 358 5453 (a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available). You can also visit www.arphs.health.nz or www.covid19.govt.nz

Take care,

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive