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Updated: 19 May 2022

The University of Waikato at Orange

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

  • You must have a Ministry of Health-issued My Vaccine Pass to visit the University campuses and sites.
  • Maintain physical distancing where possible.
  • Maintain good hygiene practices such as handwashing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces regularly.
  • The University’s vaccination requirement covering staff, students and contractors remains in effect until 30 June 2022.


  • Masks are required in class. Staff may choose not to wear a mask while they are teaching so as to be clearly understood, as long as they can maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Masks are also required:
    • In all cafes and retail spaces on campus
    • Reception areas
    • The Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
    • Student Health
    • UniRec
    • The Kaimai Shuttle
    • Regional buses
  • Additionally, at our Tauranga campus masks are specifically required:
    • In the Student Hub
    • In social learning spaces
    • Levels 1 and 4 when moving around
    • When seated in open plan office spaces
    • Moving around the staffroom
    • In meeting rooms where there is more than one person
  • Masks are strongly recommended in other indoor settings and in places where physical distancing is not possible.


  • Although the Orange setting removes limits on numbers for indoor gatherings, we do not intend to change our approach to teaching room capacity or distancing for the remainder of A Trimester.
  • Capacity limits and physically distanced seating in classes in classes for the rest of A Trimester.
  • The B Trimester timetable has been revised to enable distancing in class as much as possible.

Self isolating and/or testing

  • If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, seek immediate advice from Healthline and follow instructions for testing and isolating. Please do not come on to campus.
  • If you test positive or need to self-isolate, please tell us immediately:
    • Students: Log on to MyWaikato, click on the 'Covid-19 self-isolation notification' tile and fill in the form.
    • Staff: Fill in the staff form.
    • Contractors and University tenants/stakeholders: Email [email protected].

Contact tracing

  • Contact tracing record keeping/scanning is not required, but QR codes remain available should you wish to use them.
  • Case numbers at the University are relatively low and are contained. At Orange we have ceased listing University Exposure Sites on our website.
  • If there is a significant resurgence in cases we will reinstate this.


  • University events no longer have gathering limits indoors.
  • Orange guidance including mask wearing applies.
  • The Events team will work with event organisers to ensure messages to guests are clear about what is required.

Student Health

  • There are no restrictions to access healthcare under the traffic light system and Student Health remains open.
  • Please phone ahead on 07 838 4037 if you are feeling unwell.
  • You can also access Student Health services virtually.

Student accommodation

  • Our student accommodation remains open and operating at Orange.
  • You can find Covid-19 related information for students living in University of Waikato accommodation on our Accommodation Support and FAQs page.

Work-integrated Learning

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