COVID-19 update

COVID-19 update

Important Information - updated 11 October 2021


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National Day of Action on October 16

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins asks everyone to support the National Day of Action on 16 October. There will be vaccine clinics open throughout Aotearoa all day and into the evening.

To find out where the pop-up and drive-through vaccination clinics are happening in our region go to the Nelson Marlborough Health website(external link)

Latest news

Most people aged 12 and over need to get a test before permitted personal travel from Alert Level 3 regions to Alert Level 2 regions. The testing requirement applies to travel by land and air.

Please see further testing requirements when crossing the boundary(external link).

Staff and students returning from Alert Level 3 areas

Changes to travel permitted across Alert Level boundaries may see the return of some NMIT staff and students to our region.

In order to keep our staff and ākonga safe, NMIT has introduced some extra public health control measures.

Anyone returning to Nelson Marlborough to attend NMIT from a Level 3 area is required to:

  • work from home following their return
  • provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken between 5 and 7 days after their return to the region, before coming back on-campus.

If you are unsure or have any questions please talk to your tutor.


All of New Zealand south of the Auckland boundary is now at Alert Level 2.

Campuses are now fully open. Teaching and learning is in person (where possible). Staff have returned onsite.

There are new restrictions associated with Alert Level 2 and NMIT is following the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) guidelines for operating under this level.

Classrooms & offices

  • All staff and learners are expected to keep at least 1 metre apart or wear a mask.
  • To allow for flow outside classrooms and to maintain physical distancing when entering and leaving spaces, classes are to vacate the room 5-10 minutes early.
  • If a programme activity involves close contact (such as carrying out a beauty treatment, working on a car or aircraft engine) professional guidelines for that specific industry will be followed.
  • Work placements and off-campus activities, such as noho or field trips, can continue. 
  • All overnight noho marae are cancelled or amended to daytime only delivery and food is not to be shared.

Students please check with tutors, or Moodle forums, MyNMIT, or Teams regularly to get the latest information about any classes.

After Hours Access

Afterhours access allowed for NMIT staff and learners (for study purposes only). There will be additional security patrols and NMIT ID checking.

Face coverings or masks Face coverings or masks 

  • Learners and staff are expected to bring their own masks every day and have them with them at all times.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is recommended in all interactions where 1 metre physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Contact tracing and QR code scanning

  • All staff, learners and visitors to our campuses must either scan a QR code with the COVID-19 Tracer App or make a manual record as they move around campus.  Please check that Bluetooth has been enabled on the app.
  • Each NMIT building has its own QR code (except for Richmond and Marlborough Campuses).
  • There will also be a QR code for each business onsite (for instance SANITI, Ake Ake)
  • Registers and sanitisation stations will be set up in all buildings.

At-risk and vulnerable people

Learners who are considered at-risk or a vulnerable person(external link) and not vaccinated may, in consultation with their curriculum area, arrange to learn offsite. However, they may learn onsite if it is safe to do so.

Sport and Recreation Activities

Under Alert Level 2 guidelines, sport and recreation activities are allowed.
The Nelson Campus gym remains open, but students are responsible for ensuring industry best practice is adhered to, including QR code scanning.

The outdoor recreation area (the sports turf) is open and has its own QR code.

Library Services

The library building (M Block) on Nelson Campus remains accessible to NMIT staff and students only.  

Anyone accessing the service will be required to**:

  • Scan in
  • maintain at least 1m physical distance or wear a mask

**This aligns with tertiary education libraries.

Contact the library and learning support team or see more here(external link) 

Food outlets

All food outlets on campus sites will be open and follow public health control measures. 


Please check for updates here on the NMIT website, or the NMIT(external link) or NMIT Current Students(external link) Facebook pages.

Staff can visit the NMIT Intranet(external link) for more information. 

Who do I contact at NMIT for more information?  

For any academic enquiries please email your tutor in the first instance.  

For student wellbeing support provided by senior counselling students call 021 246 6711.

For any urgent 24/7 care please call: 0800 718 277

Learner Services are online ready to support you.

For library, study, helpdesk, equity, Māori support, Pasifika support and wellbeing team services submit a request (external link)or call 03 539 5068

SANITI - independent support.

COVID-19 Support page(external link) - includes support group and drop-in sessions. SANITI is able to provide support and guidance for students.  Details on the SANITI website(external link).


For any issues please contact your manager.   For EAP services please call: 0800 327 669. 

He waka eke noa | We are all in this together

COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccinating against COVID-19 reduces the risk of the virus to you, your whānau, and our community.

You can book your vaccinations now, through the Book My Vaccine website(external link), or through the freephone service: 0800 28 29 26.

See more on the vaccine roll-out(external link)

COVID-19 helpline:  
0800 358 5453

It’s free to call, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

For information about COVID-19, including what support is available, health advice, and travel restrictions visit the (external link)New Zealand Government COVID-19 website(external link)

For health advice please refer to the Ministry of Health’s website(external link)  or New Zealand Ministry of Health Facebook (external link)

COVID-19 testing

For information on where to get tested in the Nelson Marlborough region:  Nelson Marlborough Health(external link)

Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Baker has some advice on when to to get tested(external link).

Please keep an eye on the link) website for the locations of interest for people(external link) who may be contacts of COVID-19 cases in the community.

There is a range of advice, help, or support if you need it.  The COVID-19 Community support contact card(external link) has some very useful information all in one place.

Other support services

Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management

If you are not eligible for support from Work and Income and you don’t have a way to access essential supplies yourself, you can contact Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management on 0800 50 50 75 (Press 1 for Nelson City or 2 for Tasman).

There is a list of support services available on the Nelson Marlborough Health website(external link).

New Zealand Ministry of Education online

New Zealand Ministry of Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates(external link)

New Zealand Ministry of Education Facebook(external link)

Immigration New Zealand Contact Centre helpline

This helpline is for specific COVID-19 related immigration queries: 0508 225 288 (within NZ) or +64 9 952 1679 (outside NZ)

Travel restrictions and visa information(external link)

Tertiary Education Commission

COVID-19 updates from Tertiary Education Commission(external link)

Education New Zealand

Information and advice(external link) for international students under Alert Level 4


COVID-19 Information for students getting Student Allowance or Student Loan(external link)

Resources in Te Reo Māori(external link)

Information to support Pacific communities(external link)


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