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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

Auckland will join the rest of the country at Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 October.

Please continue to check this page for further updates or our Facebook page.

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

Eligibility for financial support - Onshore International Students

Are you on a temporary student, or work visa and in need of support? New Zealand Red Cross is working with the New Zealand Government to help you if you’re experiencing serious hardship due to Covid-19.

To be eligible for this assistance, you must:

For more information or to apply for assistance, please visit or call 0800 RED CROSS (733 276)

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

Students in tertiary accommodation

Tertiary accommodation at Level 3
Those in tertiary accommodation in Auckland should:

Currently, travel into, out of, or through Auckland is restricted to limited circumstances. Students who are currently in tertiary accommodation in the Auckland Region, are unlikely to able to leave Auckland, including during the university holidays. There are some limited circumstances that do allow people to leave the Auckland region, however it is likely this will only apply to students who are temporarily in Auckland and need to travel back to their primary home or residence outside of Auckland. More information is available on the website.

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.

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