COVID-19 – Everything you need to know

On this page you will find all the important information about COVID-19 and studying at EIT.

As per recent Government announcement Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 from 11:59pm Tuesday 21 September, and the rest of New Zealand will remain in Alert Level 2 (Delta) until at least 11:59pm Tuesday 5 October. This will be reviewed on Monday 4 October. 

  • Auckland Campus remains closed until further notice and teaching continues online.
  • Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti Campuses and Regional Learning Centres remain open.  

Book your COVID-19 vaccine
We strongly encourage all students to book their vaccine and we have the following opportunities coming up at our main campuses, which are available to students and their whānau;

  • Hawke’s Bay Campus – Hawke’s Bay DHB staff will be onsite in the Oval on Wednesday 22 September from 12pm-1pm for an information hui. We will also have a vaccination clinic on Wednesday 29 September in Te Ūranga Waka’s Wharekai from 9am-3pm.
  • Tairāwhiti Campus – There will also be a walk-in vaccination clinic at Toihoukura on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 September from 10am-2pm.

Here is some important  information for students on campus.

Staying Safe Face masks are highly recommended while on campus and you should bring a mask with you. All public-facing areas (Library, Registry, Reception and Cafes) will require you to wear a mask and social distance. The exception is cafes where you can remove your mask when eating and drinking.

Contact tracing You must scan in or sign in each time you come to EIT.  When using our cafes and libraries you will need to scan in these facilities separately

Recording Attendance As part of EIT meeting the requirements of Alert level 2 (Delta) we need to record attendance in every class.  Please be patient and support your tutors while they do this.

COVID-19 Basics Please do not come to EIT if you are sick. You need to wash your hands regularly, and cough into your elbow. We strongly encourage all students to book their vaccine. Regularly check locations of interest. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.

Questions? If you have any further questions, please email and we will respond as quickly as possible.

EIT Student Hardship Fund

The EIT Student Hardship Fund is open to domestic students experiencing financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19 lockdown. Domestic students can apply here For international students experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, apply here


EIT Libraries and Learning Support Services

EIT’s libraries in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti will open from Thursday 9th September. Please note that you will be required to scan in, wear a face covering and observe social distancing of 2 metres inside the libraries as these are considered public spaces.

From Thursday 9th, the Twist Library will be open from 8am until 5pm each day until Friday 17th September, and the Tairāwhiti Library will be open from 8am until 5pm each day – except for Fridays, when they are open until 4pm.

The Libraries will not be open this weekend, 11 – 12 September. But an update on library hours from 17th September will be issued later next week.

You may now return your library items, but you will not accrue any late fines until Monday 20th September. Fines have not accrued while the EIT libraries were closed.

For all services, please contact  or see our contact details on the Library & Learning Services Website. Learning Services, Disability & Wellbeing, Cultural Support and Student Support Services can all be contacted online as usual.

Ministry of Education Update

Read here the update from the Ministry of Education about financial student support and tips for your wellbeing.

Unite against COVID-19

As always, we encourage people to stay safe and follow all guidance of the government at

EIT Incident Control Team

EIT has an Incident Control Team (ICT) working on the protection and health of all of the EIT student and staff community. The team has prepared EIT pandemic action plans guided by the developing Ministry of Health guidelines and is working behind the scenes to support EIT students and staff through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academic Business Continuity Group

EIT has established an Academic Business Continuity (ABC) Group.  There are many aspects to this group’s work, however, the overall aim is to ensure that student learning is able to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic and particularly in the event of a lockdown. 

Your wellbeing during lockdown

There is no right or wrong way to think or feel about lockdown. Remember we’re all going through the same thing but in different ways. Take one day at a time and remember the health and wellbeing of you and your whānau is most important.

Mā te kotahitanga e whai kaha ai tātou, in unity we have strength.

In crisis? If you or someone else is in immediate danger, please call 111.

National Helplines 24/7

Lifeline 0800 543 354 or free text 4357
Need to talk? text 1737
Samaritans 0800 726 666
Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865
Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234

Check out support available to you

The student association Younited can offer advice on welfare and advocacy. Check out their Hawkes Bay Facebook page and Tairāwhiti Facebook page You can also follow the New Zealand Union of Students’ Association or International Students’ Association on Facebook.

You can contact the student wellbeing team at EIT.

For information on access to food or essential items look here You can also contact Nourished for Nil in Hawkes Bay or find your local food bank

The Mental Health Foundation has good wellbeing resources and you can get health and wellbeing information at Unite Against COVID-19. Talk to your GP or health practitioner if you are unwell.

Just a thought is a free online course for wellbeing and tackling worry and stress. All right has information on wellbeing and you can order resources for free, available in te reo Māori and English.

Manaaki Ora is a self-help wellbeing app, recently launched to support Māori and their whānau.  Available at Google play or App store

For the deaf community Deaf Aotearoa has a helpline through Skype or email

Le Va supports Pacific families and communities, and COVID information is translated in nine different languages at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples  

For LGBTQI Takatāpui communities Outline has a peer support line and chat service. At Rainbow Youth you can talk to a support worker.

Asian Family services provides free nationwide telephone support in eight different languages, or via an interpreter.

Whakatau Mai offers free group wellbeing sessions up to 17 times per week. An online support person is part of the session too.

Whakatā. Take a moment to breathe and take stock of how you are feeling. Remember it is all right to take it day by day, you are doing the best you can.