As you may have heard already, the New Zealand government made two big announcements last week.
1. New Zealand will be opening its borders in 2022
All fully vaccinated individuals will be able to travel to NZ from 30 April 2022 onwards, with the re-opening staged over time. Please refer to the following website for full details and updates from New Zealand Immigration: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response
2. New Zealand will move to the new Traffic Light Covid-19 Protection Framework
On Thursday, 2 December at 11:59pm, NZLC Auckland will start at ‘Red’ and NZLC Wellington will start at ‘Orange.’ This means that NZLC Auckland will shift from online course delivery to onsite course delivery from Monday 06 December 2021. NZLC Wellington will continue with onsite course delivery.
Here is some more information for your students:
Do students need to be vaccinated?
For any new or current students who want to study on site and are at the campus up until and including 10 January 2022, we have no choice but to follow the government’s Covid-19 Protection Framework and Traffic Light system guidelines for the health and safety of all our students and staff. This means all students and staff are required to be vaccinated in order to carry out classes onsite.
A further announcement will be made by the government after 10 January 2022. We are very sorry if this disappoints anyone who has chosen not to be vaccinated and we fully respect your personal choice. We genuinely hope that you understand our position and respect our decision to be part of the traffic light system.
What action do students need to take when they are starting a course at NZLC?
On your first day:
· Make sure you have your My Vaccine Pass in addition to bringing your passport, visa and insurance policy.
· We will scan you in at the time of checking in.
· You will only be required to scan once.
What happens if students can’t get hold of My Vaccine Pass by their course start date?
Please refer to the attached guidelines for getting your My Vaccine Pass. Note, some pharmacies will also be able to help you request and print your My Vaccine Pass:
· Make sure you have your NHI number with you (if you have received medical treatment while in New Zealand, you will have an NHI number. Contact your doctor or check letters received from doctor or hospital visits).
· A list of participating pharmacies can be found here.
· Your My Vaccine Pass can also now be mailed to your residential address.
If you still can’t get hold of your My Vaccine Pass in time, you can also provide a screenshot of proof of vaccination from the Covid Tracer app along with your passport.
What happens if students are not vaccinated?
Please reply to this email if your student is not vaccinated to disuss the options.
Privacy Act 2020
As noted in our previous correspondence, please rest assured that your vaccination status is considered personal information for the purposes of the Privacy Act 2020. Any related information we are required to retain will always be held securely to ensure your privacy is protected at all times, but may be disclosed as follows:
a) By way of a general notice confirming students at NZLC are vaccinated, without providing other details;
b) To third parties where disclosure is necessary for the operation of NZLC; and
c) Such disclosure is made consistent with the Principles of the Privacy Act 2020.