Student Update: 3 April 2020

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Student Update: 31 March 2020

Kia Ora,

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman who recently lost her life on the West Coast. 

This sad news really highlights the importance of the lockdown and drives home the message that people need to stay home and stick to their bubble to help break the chain of transmission

We appreciate that some students are experiencing challenges with studying in a different way, be it juggling work around child care, or becoming familiar with technology that you have not used before.  Please talk to your tutor if you are finding it difficult to manage your studies during this time.

If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Stay safe.

Mequa Hourston

Pandemic Manager


Message from Leader – Academic, Peter Bayliss:

Kia ora koutou katoa

While our learning and teaching environment at the moment is quite different from our normal classrooms there is still a need to ensure you, our  students, are all ka pai and that you have the support you need to complete your studies. 

To this end we ask that while we are in lockdown you make a point of contacting your tutors on a daily basis, just as you would if you are attending classes. We ask that you just confirm with tutors that there is nothing you need as far as study and/or support is concerned. Your tutors will let you know which form of communication i.e. email, Facebook, txt etc. they want you to use. 

Also just a reminder that our term break dates haven’t changed, Friday 10 April to Tuesday 28 April inclusive, and while there isn’t any change around study expectations for you at this time, unless tutors are on leave they will still be available for support and help.

Kia kaha

Peter  Bayliss

Leader Academic


Student Support Information:

Kia ora,

We hope this message finds you and your whānau all safe and well.

The Student Support and Wellbeing team are here to support you and would like to remind  you that your first point of contact is your tutor.

If you require support please do not hesitate to call 0800 877 787 or email support@tpp. we are here to help!

These are uncertain and unfamiliar times.

The wellbeing of our students remains a priority for TPP. Counselling support is still available to students of TPP through OCP - phone and skype counselling is available by phoning 0800 377 990.

The national helpline - 1737 Need To Talk is also available - free call or text 1737 anytime for support from a trained counsellor.

Studylink: If you are receiving a student allowance, or student loan living costs, you will continue to be paid as long as you are enrolled while NZ is at Alert Level 4.


Covid-19 - Student Update 27 March 2020


If you are receiving a student allowance, or student loan living costs, you will continue to be paid as long as you are enrolled while NZ is at Alert Level 4.

COVID-19 Update – Tuesday 24 March 2020, 3pm

All Tai Poutini Polytechnic campuses are now closed in response to the Government’s lifting of the COVID-19 Alert Level.

At 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March the Alert Level will lift again from Level 3 to Level 4 – bringing in to force the Government’s strongest response to the virus outbreak.

For the entire country, Alert Level 4 means:

  • People instructed to stay at home
  • Educational facilities closed
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities
  • Travel severely limited

TPP staff continue to work from home on planning, operations, IT and support tasks. We’ll keep everyone updated as we have more information.

A Pandemic Manager has been appointed in response to the situation – Mequa Hourston can be contacted on 0800 TPP HAS (0800 877 427).

Students can speak to their tutors directly or find updates at

Read Government updates and information about COVID-19 at




All Tai Poutini Polytechnic programmes will stop running from today (5pm Monday 23 March 2020).

All TPP campuses will be closed from 12 noon tomorrow (Tuesday 24 March 2020).  

The Prime Minister this afternoon announced the Government was moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and would move to Alert Level 4 in 48 hours.

The Prime Minister stressed that, at all times, access would remain open to supermarkets, healthcare, doctors and pharmacies.

The decision was made in order to get ahead of the spread of the virus, with the health of New Zealanders the key consideration. It’s important we all follow Government advice, don’t panic and look after each other – look at for all information.

The Prime Minister said, at this stage, Alert Level 4 would remain in place for four weeks.

Read about the COVID-19 Alert System here:

Further updates around programme/course delivery will be posted on


COVID-19 – updated 22 March 2020

The health of all TPP staff, students and visitors is our top priority at the moment. We’ve been working for some time already to respond to the rapidly changing situation as the Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and other organisations respond to the COVID-19 virus.

Prime Minister’s address – 21 March 2020

On Saturday 21 March 2020, the Prime Minister addressed the nation, announcing a four-level COVID-19 alert system (we are currently at level 2).

The high-level messages from the Prime Minister’s update were:

  • Alternative ways of working are encouraged.
  • We all have to go about life very differently, including our work life.
  • Employers should start alternative ways of working if possible – for example remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing within the workplace, staggered meal breaks and flexible leave arrangements.
  • We need to be practical and sensible about this, but we do need to change our practices.
  • If you are at high-risk, you are advised to stay at home regardless. This includes if you are over 70, have a compromised immune system or have underlying health conditions.

Government alert system

The government has announced a four-level Covid-19 alert system (we are currently in level 2)


Range of Measures that can be applied locally or nationally

  • Entry border measures maximised
  • Further restrictions on mass gatherings
  • Physical distancing on public transport (e.g. leave the seat next to you empty if you can)
  • Limit non-essential travel around New Zealand
  • Employers start alternative ways of working if possible (e.g. remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing within the workplace, staggering meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements)
  • Business continuity plans activated
  • High-risk people advised to remain at home (e.g. those over 70 or those with other existing medical conditions)

See more information on the alert system at:

High risk individuals

With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions (see below) are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.

This applies also to all staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services who have compromised immunity or are over 70 years of age.

While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms.

Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems, are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at high risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

  • a compromised immune system
  • liver disease
  • cancer
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • diabetes mellitus

Further information is available at:

What the signs of COVID-19?

Symptoms include:

  • a fever (over 38 degrees)
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.

If you have these symptoms call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or your local doctor for the most up to date professional advice.

If you are severely unwell, for example having trouble breathing, contact emergency services.

For up to date information please visit


COVID-19 precautions – updated 19 March 2020

The health of all TPP students, staff and visitors is our top priority as we, and the world, respond to mounting concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

We’ve been working for some time to respond to the rapidly changing situation. We are monitoring the situation and will respond to Government, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines as they are updated or strengthened.

Pandemic Manager and 0800 number

As of this week we have appointed a Pandemic Manager, Mequa Hourston. We’ve set up a dedicated number for staff and students to contact the Pandemic Manager with questions, concerns or information – 0800 TPP HAS (0800 877 427).

Information for students and the public

Information for the public, students and anyone who is interested is being updated online at . We’re also using Facebook to keep people up to date and share advice and assistance.

General advice

The wellbeing of our employees, students, stakeholders and community is paramount. We continue to monitor the domestic and global situation and will take proactive measures to facilitate a safe and healthy work and study environment while maintaining continuity of operations. We will implement all Government requirements for the response to COVID-19.

TPP programmes – all continue to be delivered as planned, however we’re taking extra precautions to protect the health of staff and students. This included increased cleaning of areas, hygiene advice for individuals and following the directions of the Ministry of Health. Should delivery be interrupted, we’ll be in touch with staff, students and stakeholders as soon as practicably possible to discuss what’s happening and what it means for individuals.

What we are doing to protect our staff, students, stakeholders and community?

  • Advice and communications:

                   - Employees/contractors/students/users of facilities have been advised to stay home if they feel unwell.

                   - Reminders of good hygiene practices as based on MOH guidelines.

                   - Regular updates and communications.

  • Increased cleaning and hygiene procedures. 
  • Restrictions on non-essential staff and student travel.
  • Event postponement / cancellations.
  • Reduced face-to-face meetings and increased use of Zoom meetings
  • Social distancing / greetings – advice on no hand-shaking, hongi or hugs.
  • Contractors – no non-essential repairs and maintenance/contractors on TPP sites. 
  • PPE – more tissues and hand sanitiser available on campus.

Preventative measures

The Ministry of Health advises that doing the following can help stop COVID-19 spreading:

  • 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
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453

Symptoms of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health advises the symptoms are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (at least 38°C)
  • shortness of breath.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19 - they are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. If you suspect you have contracted the virus, please remove yourself from all contact with others and call your manager immediately. If we all commit to this, we can all feel safer.

Coronavirus Update - Monday 16 March 2020

Kia ora, as of this morning we are following the government's guidelines and asking all staff and students who have been traveling overseas to self-isolate for 14 days. Please read the following information from the Ministry of Health site:

Travelers recently returned from other countries
People who have been in any country except those listed in Category 2 (excluding airport transit) should self-isolate for 14 days after their return.

Self-isolation means you should avoid situations that could facilitate the transmission of the virus such as social gatherings and events where you come into contact with others; in particular child care/pre-school centres, primary and secondary schools (including staff and students), aged care, health care facilities, prisons, public gatherings.

Posted 9.30am Monday 16 March 2020