Traffic light system

Updated: 16 December 2021

University of Waikato operations at Orange

The University of Waikato is open with the following public health measures in place:

  • Contact tracing record keeping/scanning required.
  • Face coverings are required in all cafes/retail spaces on campus, reception areas, the Student Hub and social learning spaces of the Tauranga campus, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Student Health, UniRec and when travelling via the Kaimai Shuttle and the regional buses.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended indoors and in places where you can’t physically distance.
  • Maintain good hygiene practices such as handwashing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces regularly.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres when outside and at least 1 metre inside University buildings, where possible.
  • There are no vaccination requirements for staff and students at Orange unless you are already covered by a public health order requiring vaccination.
  • Vaccine passes will be needed for external bookings and when visiting our retail and hospitality outlets, the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts and UniRec on campus. 
  • The University’s vaccination requirement covering staff, students and contractors comes into effect on 14 February 2022. More information about this will be available soon.

Self isolating and/or testing

  • If you experience symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in a location of interest, seek immediate advice from Healthline and follow advice for testing and isolating. Please do not come on to campus.
  • University staff and students: if you get a Covid-19 test and/or are self-isolating, please let us know by filling in the relevant staff or student form.
  • The information you provide in the form allows us to give you the appropriate support, meet our obligations around keeping our campuses safe, and will be kept confidential in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020.


  • There are no large University events planned for the initial two week duration of the Orange setting or before the Government reviews settings again in January. However in general, the University will use My Vaccine Pass to hold events as outlined for the Orange setting.

Public facing venues and My Vaccine Pass

  • My Vaccine Pass is a key component of accessing everyday life in the traffic light system. At Orange, you will need your vaccine pass to access some parts of the University, for example UniRec, retail and hospitality.
  • Apart from the pharmacy and Unimart, which provide essential services, all of our campus retailers and hospitality tenants on our campuses have confirmed with us they will be operating using My Vaccine Pass.
    • Retail: Under the traffic light settings for businesses, retailers can open with physical distancing requirements at Orange.
    • Hospitality: providers can operate without limits if they are using My Vaccine Pass.
    • UniRec: will operate using My Vaccine Pass at Orange and has communicated separately with its members and staff.
    • University swimming pools: will also require the use of My Vaccine Pass.
  • If obtaining your vaccine pass digitally is not an option, you can visit any pharmacy that is offering Covid-19 vaccination and have your pass printed there.

Student Health

  • There are no restrictions to access healthcare under the traffic light system and Student Health remains open. Students can also access Student Health services virtually here.

Student accommodation

  • Our student accommodation remains open and operating within the Orange setting.

The Library and computer labs

  • The Library and computer labs remain open to staff and students only, with face coverings encouraged and physical distancing of 1 metre required.

Work-integrated Learning

  • Workplace-based learning, including practicums, internships and work placements, can continue subject to the policies, practices and public health requirements that apply to the workplace the student is in, including vaccination requirements.