COVID-19 (coronavirus) General Information

Updated: 27 March 2020

University's response to COVID-19:

Advice for our University community at home:

New Zealand is now at ALERT LEVEL 4 from 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March. This means:

  • Everyone should stay at home except for those working in essential services, in particular vulnerable people. You may go for a walk or exercise and enjoy nature, but keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times.
  • Early childhood centres, schools and university campuses will be closed after Wednesday 25 March.
  • Everyone is to limit their movement around the country. Public transport and domestic air travel is restricted to essential travel only, and ferry services, road and rail will still be available for the transport of essential goods. Driving in private vehicles is allowed.
  • All indoor and outdoor events are cancelled.

More can be read on what the alert levels mean here. These are unprecedented times. Let’s remember to be kind, compassionate, patient and respectful to others. We will get through this together. We will continue frequent communication with our staff and students, including key messages on remote working, distance study and staying well.

University COVID-19 testing and self-isolating:

As the New Zealand Government increases the number of COVID-19 tests around the country, you will start to hear about people being tested. When you hear this, you do not need to be alarmed, widespread testing will become the ‘new normal’ for both our University and wider community.

Testing more people for COVID-19 is a positive, proactive measure by the Government that will help to contain any widespread community outbreaks. It’s important to remember that the majority of COVID-19 tests have been found to be negative.

In light of the fact that more and more people will be tested for COVID-19 over coming months, it’s important for you to know:

  1. The university process for suspected cases (staff and students)
  2. What to do if you have been in contact with someone who is being tested
  3. What to do if you have been in contact with someone who tests positive
  4. How the Ministry of Health will guide us if and when we get a positive case on campus

Have a question that's not answered here? If you are a student, please contact or 0800 WAIKATO, and if you are a staff member please contact Human Resource Management.