COVID-19 orange setting

Find out what the orange 'traffic light' setting means for the University, including access to campus, teaching delivery, and student support services.

It remains crucial that you check the Ministry of Health webpage that lists locations of interest, and that you follow the instructions on that site if they apply to you.

University operations

All campuses remain closed to the public at the orange setting, but students and staff are welcome.

Public health measures

These public health measures apply on campus at the orange setting:

  • It is mandatory to scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app (with Bluetooth enabled) as you move through campus.
  • Staff and students are encouraged to use their ID card to swipe in (and out) of buildings.
  • You are encouraged to maintain physical distancing of 1 metre.
  • Please wear a face covering (these are mandatory at Mauri Ora | Student Health and Counselling).
  • Stay home if you are unwell, and study or work remotely where possible.

Find out more about how the University operates at the orange setting


Currently there is no all-of-university vaccine requirement at the orange setting. The University has implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all those coming onto our campuses from 31 January 2022. There's more information on our vaccine mandate page.

My Vaccine Pass will be required at the orange setting by University Recreation

Retailers and cafés on campus will determine whether they require vaccine passes for staff and students to use their facilities.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning is delivered in-person and online at the orange setting. Almost all courses are offered in dual mode (i.e. both fully online and in-person), with some exceptions.

Find out more about teaching and learning at the orange setting

Student services

Student services are available online and in-person. The following measures will apply to in-person visits to all of our services (apart from Mauri Ora—Student Health and Counselling and Te Amaru—Disability Services):

  • You are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.
  • You are strongly encouraged to maintain a physical distance of 1 metre.
  • You must scan in using NZ COVID-19 Tracer App.

Find out how Mauri Ora | Student Health and Counselling operates at the orange setting

Find out more about services for students at the orange setting

Looking after yourself and others

This University has a set of core ethical values, as well as a commitment to wellbeing, inclusivity, and diversity.

  • We want everyone to feel safe and included on campus.
  • Be respectful to each other and to staff and take the time to connect with and look out for fellow students.
  • Look after yourself and others by prioritising your wellbeing during this period of uncertainty.

There are resources available to support you:

It is normal to feel stressed or lonely at the moment as we all navigate difficult circumstances.

For support with anxiety or mental wellbeing, you can

  • Call or text 1737 free at any time and talk to a trained counsellor.
  • Contact Student Counselling.