Covid-19 information for staff

Update 15 June 2020


We all have a role to play in containing and minimising the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 within Aotearoa. Te Wānanga o Raukawa is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and communities is foremost at every decision we make.

At Te Wānanga o Raukawa, we asked ourselves what our response to this situation should be and have decided that:

  1. Tainui kawa be upheld,
  2. The kaupapa of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, as always,  guides our practice (tikanga).

Our tikanga for pōwhiri has been adapted accordingly to reduce contact in a way that preserves the rangatiratanga of each individual present.  Until otherwise advised, the following applies to pōwhiri at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

  1. Karanga will occur in the normal format;
  2. Whaikōrero will occur in the normal format;
  3. Upon completion of the final speaker, a Waerea (karakia) will take place to complete this part of the pōwhiri; 
  4. Pao to kai will occur in the normal format; and 
  5. Kai will be shared in the dining room in a manner that supports rangatiratanga. 

Courses are still running

Te Wānanga o Raukawa courses are still running, just in a different way.

Noho/Residential Seminars

All noho in huringa 1 (semester 1) will be replaced by online deliveries. This includes residential noho at the Ōtaki campus and the Manukau and Tūranga (Gisborne) sites.  Hui Rumaki Reo in huringa 1 will remain online.  Updated schedules are available on course pages.  Students have been advised to touch base with their academic area for further details.

Any fees associated with noho affected by the revised delivery due to Covid-19 will be credited if fees have not been paid to date. Any fees paid will be refunded directly back to the payee i.e. Study Link, TeachNZ and/or the individual.

If students have paid for any travel expenses to attend noho that were affected by a revised delivery, they should call 0800 WANANGA (0800 926 2642) or email for further assistance.

Iwi and Hapū Studies, MAIT reo online

Students have been encouraged to log on to Mūrau for their Iwi and Hapū Studies and MAIT courses. They can email for assistance.

Heke Reo Kaumātua

The Heke Reo Kaumātua Rōpū at the Ōtaki campus will start in Huringa 2 (semester 2). 

Heke Reo, Poutuarongo Reo classes

Classes ā-tinana for Heke and Poutuarongo Reo students at the Ōtaki campus and Te Taumata o Te Rā marae will resume in Huringa 2 (semester 2) beginning Monday 20 July.  Pūkenga and kaikōkiri are encouraged to keep their students up to date with information on their return to site.

Reopening of services at Te Wānanga o Raukawa

From Monday 15 June.  All sites and services will reopen, under our new tikanga. We must continue to remain vigilant.

  • Maintain robust hygiene practises
  • Encourage social distancing, its okay to not hug, hongi or touch
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, contact your doctor and get tested

Anyone visiting our sites, including staff and students, are required to sign in and out with Kaitiaki or reception or use the ‘check-in and check-out’ option in the Te Wānanga o Raukawa app (SchoolAppsNZ).

Please keep communicating with your students. Encourage them to stay up to date with Te Wānanga o Raukawa developments with Covid-19 through our website and by downloading the Te Wānanga o Raukawa app. 

Staff are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the information on the 'Information for Students' page in order to support our students throughout this time.

Minimise the Spread – Social responsibility

You have a responsibility to yourself and others in avoiding the risk of spreading Covid-19 or other illnesses if you have been unwell.  We must strive to maintain rigorous hygiene practises and minimise any risk to our most vulnerable including our kaumātua, our mokopuna and those with underlying health issues at this time.

This means not going out in public if you are sick. Following this advice is critical to the overall response within Aotearoa.

Protecting yourself and others:

  • Keep up to date with media announcements about the nation's response to Covid-19 in Aotearoa
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds)
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Avoid personal contact – such as hongi, kissing, sharing cups, or sharing food – with sick people
  • Clean and disinfect frequently‑touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs, phones, keyboards

Coronavirus Covid‑19 symptoms include:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature (at least 38 ºC)
  • Shortness of breath

Check with your doctor if you are eligible for a free flu vaccination this year.


Look after yourself and your whānau. Take time to care for your wellbeing and stay safe. Reach out to your whānau, friends or support services if you feel the need. Stay in touch with mahi and your hoa mahi using our online technologies, Yammer, Teams and email. Kia tau ai te manaakitanga ki runga ki a tātou katoa.


Ministry of Health website for latest information

For further Covid‑19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline:

Freephone 0800 358 5453 or call +64 9 358 5453

Check the Ministry of Health website for latest updates on the coronavirus.

Stay updated with our stance on Covid-19:

  • On Tikirau/Wiki/Covid-19
  • On Yammer 
  • Keep checking back to this web page  for TWoR staff
  • Download the Te Wānanga o Raukawa app from your device app store: 
    1. Go to your device app store – Apple store or Google Play 
    2. Download the SchoolAppsNZ
    3. Go to ‘Schools’ type in ‘Te Wānanga o Raukawa’ and ‘join’ 
    4. Choose the ‘General’ and 'Covid-19' groups to receive all relevant information.