Covid-19 information for students


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.

Messages from the Ministry of Education

Read these important messages from the Ministry of Education for students:

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. Your pūkenga and kaikōkiri will be in touch with you. Contact the kaikōkiri of your programme for further information.

Iwi and Hapū Studies, MAIT reo online

Iwi and Hapū studies and MAIT reo online are already accesible to you in Mūrau. Email for assistance.

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. Keep a close eye on messages from your pūkenga and kaikōkiri.

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 your pūkenga and fellow students using the Teams video technology in Office 365. Have regular catch-ups with your whānau and friends on Facebook, Messenger and other online apps. Kia tau ai te haumarutanga.



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

Keep checking back to this web page  for TWoR students. 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. 

Contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 if you begin to feel unwell. The symptoms of Covid‑19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

For the latest upates on the Coronavirus in Aotearoa go to the Ministry of Health website

For other helpful information visit 'Unite against Covid-19'

Contact Details

Call 0800 WANANGA (0800 926 2642) if you have concerns or need to speak to your academic kaikōkiri.