COVID-19 – Everything you need to know

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

From 14 February 2022, all staff, students and visitors will be required to be fully vaccinated to be on any EIT location. Check out that FAQ’s for students page to see what this means for you.

EIT is focused on keeping all members of the EIT community safe.  EIT continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation including implementing Government mandates and best practice advice to ensure a high level of health, safety and wellbeing of our people while working, learning, and providing services to or on behalf of EIT.  

New Zealand moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework,  also known as the traffic lights, on 3 December. This new approach to COVID-19 will introduce more freedoms for vaccinated New Zealanders and will impact members of our EIT community.    

For some industries and work places the Government has mandated full vaccination. This will affect the future placements of students currently or expecting to undertake qualifications related to those industries.  Click here to see the full list of Government mandated industries.   

As more information becomes available, we will revise this page to provide accurate and up to date information on what the Government’s Protection Framework will mean to members of the EIT community    

Current students can contact their programme coordinator for more information or email

Traffic Light Framework – How EIT Will Operate 

EIT is operating under the ‘traffic light’ protective framework. The status of EIT’s Campuses and Regional Learning Centres as listed below, applies from 3 December until 30 December. From 11:59pm Thursday 30 December the Campuses and Regional Learning Centres currently in Red will move to Orange. All Campuses and Regional Learning Centres will remain in Orange until further notice

Red Level

  • Campuses are open for learners, staff, and visitors who can show a valid My Vaccine Pass (or Government approved medical exemption) as per the Government’s requirements.
  • Masks are compulsory and must be used while indoors at all times (unless you have a medical exemption card).
  • Social distancing and health measures apply, including capacity limits based on 1m distancing. 
  • People who do not have a My Vaccine Pass will study and work from home. 

From Friday 3 December 2021:

  • You’ll need to show your My Vaccine Pass (or Government medical exemption) to enter onto campus.
  • Masks are compulsory and must be used while indoors at all times (unless you have a medical exemption card).
  • Learners who do not have a My Vaccine Pass – please stay home, let your lecturers know and they will discuss with you what is possible for your study. 
  • No EIT events will be held while we are in Red. 

Orange Level 

  • Tertiary education can open with current health measures in place – scanning, sanitising, social distancing, and mask wearing is strongly recommended.
  • Follow the traffic light system for the area you are in, and when travelling to other areas, e.g. you will need to obey Red regulations and have a My Vaccine Pass if you go to Tairāwhiti.
  • EIT is currently consulting with staff and students on mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone using an EIT campus or learning centre. Click here to provide feedback. You will need to login using your EIT login.

Green Level

The Government has said that no region will get to Green until, at the potential earliest, late January. We will update you with what this looks like for our campuses in due time. 

General Guidance

  • Travel between campuses with a My Vaccine Pass is permitted.
  • If you live in a Red region but normally study or work at a campus in an Orange region, you are allowed to travel to study and work. This is only available to learners and staff who regularly study/work at Orange region campuses.
  • Maintain current practices – scan in using the QR code or sign in, sanitise regularly, and stay home if unwell.
  • While there isn’t currently a deadline for people to be vaccinated at the Red and Orange level, the Ministry is strongly encouraging everyone who can get vaccinated to do so as soon as possible, as any region could go into Red at any time. 

Already vaccinated but still need to get your Vaccine Pass? Check out How do I get My Vaccine Pass?

If you have any questions on this, or on your own individual situation, please reach out to

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.