COVID-19—important update

What alert level 1 will look like at Student Health and Student Counselling (Mauri Ora).

As the government restrictions placed on Health and Counselling services reduce further, Mauri Ora can begin to provide a service that more closely resembles our service before COVID-19. Infection control will however remain a priority for some time to come and moving forward we want to keep and build upon the positive changes that have occurred during this time.

What this means is:

  • You can now book routine in-person appointments with your GP, Nurse and Counsellor by calling 04 463 5308.
  • We will continue to provide both phone and video health and counselling services, meaning greater flexibility and choice of appointment type.
  • Services will continue to be available to students who cannot return to Wellington and are living elsewhere in New Zealand.
  • From Monday 15th June the Pipitea clinic at Rutherford House will reopen.
  • Waiting rooms at both Kelburn and Pipitea will reopen however some infection control restrictions will remain in place. We would encourage that if you want book an appointment or make an inquiry then please call 04 463 5308. Non-urgent inquires can be made via

If you need to come in

  • If you have an in-person appointment and develop cold or flu like symptoms prior to this appointment, you must contact reception as soon as you can and not come to Mauri Ora.
  • Try not to arrive early for your appointment to keep time spent at Mauri Ora to a minimum.
  • Use the hand sanitiser on entry.

We will continue to provide updated information on our website and on social media channels.

In an emergency

In an emergency phone 111, or 8888 if you're on campus.

For after hours medical attention visit the Wellington Accident and Urgent Care Medical Centre—they're located at 17 Adelaide Road, Newtown.


Influenza (flu) is different from—and more severe—than the common cold. The best protection against influenza is annual immunisation with influenza vaccine. Antibiotics do not work for flu or common colds.

The influenza vaccination is free for all students at Victoria University of Wellington. Find out more on the Mauri Ora influenza page.


The University is closely monitoring the global outbreak of COVID-19, which is one of a family of viruses that cause respiratory illness.

The University has advice and procedures in place for students and staff who have travelled overseas. Please don’t come in if you are unwell.

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Meningococcal disease and meningitis

There has been an increase in meningococcal disease in New Zealand over the past few years.

Student Health recommends students be vaccinated, particularly those living in halls of residence.

Find out more