Covid-19 information for staff

Update 18 May 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).

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 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 will be advised in due course.

Heke Reo, Poutuarongo Reo classes

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

Ōtaki Campus Facilities - Level 2

From Monday 18 May 2020, the following services re-open under restrictions: 

  • Ōtaki Campus from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday 
  • Whare Pukapuka will offer a call and collect or courier service for library books and resources 
  • Students can call and book to spend time in Te Ara a Tāwhaki and the library 
  • Ngā Purapura Cafe will offer a call and collect service 
  • Ngā Purapura gym re-opens to members with a pre-booking service 
  • Kura Tiaki re-opens with a pre-booking service 

Anyone visiting our sites, including staff and students, are required to sign in and out with Kaitiaki or reception. Use the ‘check-in and check-out’ option in Te Wānanga o Raukawa app (SchoolAppsNZ)especially for those of us who come to campus regularly. The app will remember your details for the next time you check in. Remember to check out each time you leave campus.

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. 

Manukau and Te Tairāwhiti sites

The Te Wānanga o Raukawa ki Manukau and Tūranga Ararau sites remain closed to the public and students.

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.