Covid-19 information for staff


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).

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. Pūkenga and kaikōkiri keep in touch with your students about changes.

Iwi and Hapū Studies, MAIT reo online

Students can already access Iwi and Hapū studies and MAIT in Mūrau. They can email for assistance with log ons.

Heke Reo Kaumātua

The Heke Reo Kaumātua Rōpū at the Ōtaki campus will have a delayed start date. The new start date for will be advised.

Heke Reo, Poutuarongo Reo classes

Classes are paused for Heke Reo and Poutuarongo Reo students at the Ōtaki campus and Te Taumata o Te Rā marae. Alternative delivery has been arranged in the interim. As soon as the situation allows, classes will immediately resume. 

Closure of public services at Te Wānanga o Raukawa

From Monday 23 March the following services are closed to the public and students:

  • Ngā Purapura and Te Ara a Tāwhaki at the Ōtaki campus
  • Te Wānanga o Raukawa ki Manukau site
  • Tūranga Ararau site

Whare Pukapuka online catalogue

Te Whare Pukapuka are offering limited library services from Monday 23 March 2020. See the library page for more info.

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.



As at Tuesday 24 March 2o2o, our country is preparing to move to a Level 4 status. This means self-isolation for a 4 week period for all people, with the exception of essential services. We are supporting the Ministry of Health’s advice on self‑isolation. Keep up to date with our status on staff working arrangements with your kaihautū and on Yammer, Teams and Tikirau.

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.