Covid-19 information for staff

Updated 14 March 2021


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 are foremost at every decision we make.

Alert Level One

Inline with the rest of New Zealand, Te Wānanga o Raukawa is now operating at Alert Level One with our revised tikanga.

We remind all our staff to remain vigilant in our fight against Covid-19.  Continue to contact trace and maintain robust hygiene practises.  If you are unwell, we ask that you stay home.

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.


  1. Ensure you are up to date with our stance at each alert level so our messages to students are united and consistent.
  2. All academic whare must be prepared to deliver a covid briefing for students on campus and site.

Tikanga at Alert Level 1

  • All campus/sites are open with revised tikanga.
  • While on-site, we encourage:
    • no touch 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. Let your kaihautū know.

  • All visitors to the Ōtaki campus, Manukau site or Gisborne site, 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) OR the governments' covid tracer APP.
  • Keep communicating with your students. Encourage them to stay up to date with our Covid-19 information through our website and by downloading the Te Wānanga o Raukawa app.
  • Continue to complete the daily roll call when received.

Kia mataara!

  • At Alert Level 2 - Be prepared to revise your delivery according to social distancing and limits on gatherings.  Students and staff from regions in higher alert levels will not be able to travel to attend noho.  Deliveries may move to a mix of face to face and for those who are unable to attend, online.
  • At Alert Level 3 - Work from home.  Communicate to your students and prepare to deliver online.
  • At Alert Level 4 - Work from home.  Communicate to your students and prepare to deliver online.


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
  • Body and muscle aches and pains similar to that of the flu

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. 


2020 Graduates

With the exception of our Free online Poupou, all graduates will receive a graduation package in the mail mid March including an invitation to attend the 2021 ceremony in December  to celebrate and be awarded their graduation taonga in person.  Students urgently requiring their award before March will contact their academic area whom should advise Student Services.

Covid-19 Updates

Remember to visit the Covid-19 Information page on our website to see key messages to students and visitors.