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COVID-19 updates

This page has school and government updates about the COVID-19 situation plus helpful links to trusted organisations

All NZSE and Seafield campuses will reopen 18 May 2020

NZSE and Seafield campuses will reopen on 18 May 2020, this includes ATC Military and Vocational Prep Campuses.

Please do not go to any campuses or come onsite unless you have been instructed to do so by your Teacher/Tutor. Classes will be scheduled for specific days to enable us to maintain social distancing. Please contact your teacher/tutor directly for your class schedules.

Our first and foremost priority remains the health and well-being of our staff and our students, therefore we will be making some changes to our campuses to keep things as safe as possible:

Where can I get the latest information? is the first place you should go for official information. Here you’ll find more information on COVID-19, how to protect yourself, the Alert System, latest Government updates, information for communities and other resources.

Latest updates

Domestic and International Hardship Fund for Learners

Are you a Domestic or International student studying with NZSE and suffering from financial hardship due to COVID-19?

The New Zealand Government has created the Hardship Fund for Learners (HAFL) for both domestic and international students to provide financial assistance for our students whose studies have or are being affected by COVID-19.* This means financial assistance may be available to you under a number of categories – rent, food, travel etc.

A hardship fund for international students has been established to address urgent, temporary needs, for example temporary inability to access cash or because of reduced part-time employment.

For more information and how to apply, please visit our Hardship Fund for Learners page HERE.

*Conditions Apply

Immigration and visa updates

Visa Extensions
Holders of a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020 inclusive who were in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders. Visit Immigration New Zealand for more information.

Relaxing visa conditions for essential services
The Government has agreed to relax visa conditions for a short period to allow temporary migrant workers and international students to further assist with our essential services during the COVID-19 response. This decision will help essential businesses to keep operating while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2.

International students working in healthcare roles
International Students currently employed in healthcare roles (including aged residential care) can work more than 20 hours per week. This is in order to support the public health response to COVID-19.

International students working in supermarkets
International students currently employed by supermarkets owned by Woolworths New Zealand Limited, Foodstuffs North Island Limited or Foodstuffs South Island Limited, can work more than 20 hours per week.

For more information, please visit Immigration New Zealand website here.

Healthcare Sector
Visa applications will be prioritised for key roles necessary for the health response in New Zealand.As a temporary measure, the Government has also changed temporary work visa conditions to allow some lower skilled temporary healthcare workers that are currently in New Zealand to work in New Zealand for an additional 12 months before they are subject to the stand down period.

For more information, please visit Immigration New Zealand website here.

Tertiary students support package

The government has announced a $130m support package for domestic tertiary students available to students from 16th April, 2020.
Find out more information here:

What should I do if I am feeling low or anxious?

If you’re feeling low or anxious about yourself or others in your bubble, have a look at The Lowdown website.  The website has information to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety, including:
Helpful information on anxiety and depression.

Useful links for students