Covid-19 information for staff

Updated 8 October 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 are foremost at every decision we make.

Te Wānanga o Raukawa has moved to Alert Level 1 in line with the national Covid-19 status as advised by the government. This includes the Ōtaki campus, Te Wānanga o Raukawa ki Manukau and Te Wānanga o Raukawa ki Tūranga sites. Te Ohu Haumaru remains active.

Tikanga at Alert Level 1

  • We ask that staff and students do not bring tamariki to campus or sites, with the exception of the Heke and Poutuarongo students with babies attending daily classes.
  • Students can access the library at the Ōtaki campus by booking a time with the library staff.
  • Students can book times for catch-ups with their tutors by contacting academic areas.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Continue to complete the daily roll call when received.

Noho/Residential Seminars

All noho in huringa 2 (semester 2) will continue to run as scheduled. However, there may be changes to the mode of delivery depending on national and regional alert levels and advice from the Ministry of Health about the status of Covid-19. Maintain close contact with your kaihautū and attend all staff hui for the latest updates.  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

We encourage students to continue to log on to Mūrau for their Iwi and Hapū Studies and MAIT courses. They can email for assistance.

Heke Reo, Heke Reo Kaumātua and Poutuarongo Reo classes

Classes ā-tinana for Heke and Poutuarongo Reo students at the Ōtaki campus and Te Taumata o Te Rā marae have resumed for huringa 2 with measures in place to ensure students are working in a safe environment. Te Wānanga o Raukawa will provide further advice to students and staff following government Covid-19 updates. Pūkenga and kaikōkiri are encouraged to keep their students up to date with information at all times. Heke and Poutuarongo reo students with babies may bring their pēpi to class.

Office 365

Staff and students should be using their Office 365 accounts for access to email, Teams and Mūrau. If staff or students need assistance logging onto Office 365, contact the IT team at

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.