Our current status

Auckland is at alert level 2. Our campus on 10 Madden St is open to students.

Official information and guidelines on restrictions can be found here.

Please follow the safety guidelines:

  • stay home if you’re unwell
  • use the NZ Covid tracer app and scan the QR Code
  • use the sanitising stations located throughout the building: sanitiser, screen wipes, anti-bacterial wipes
  • wash your hands 
  • maintain 1 metre distance
  • wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distance 


At level 2 all elevators are limited to 4 people per lift, where the lifting system allows this. Because of this, wait times will increase. So,

Take the stairs, if you can.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority, and if you need any support, you can contact our Student Counsellor Flora Sta Ana at, or on 027 316 5842.

Some additional external support systems that you can access includes:

Youthline: Phone 0800 376 633 

Need To Talk: Call or text 1737

GP or local community health centre.

Finally, there are a number of locations of interest related to the community cases. Please check the locations of interest here and if you visited any of these locations, at the times listed, please follow the instructions provided. If you develop any of the symptoms detailed here, you should phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or your GP.

If you have general questions or concerns, you can email or phone 09 303 0402. 

Remember, if you have been, or are getting tested for Covid-19 you must let the MDS team know by emailing with the following information: 

  • Your full name
  • Your programme and year level 
  • The date of your Covid-19 test 
  • Your best contact email and phone number 

Government guidelines

Advice from the NZ Ministry of Health

New Zealand's dedicated COVID-19 website contains a wealth of useful advice and information around protecting yourself and our wider community. 

The government has issued clear guidelines for alert Level 3 that are essential for everyone to understand and adhere to.  

As we unite against COVID-19, it's important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required. Businesses should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.


Symptoms of COVID-19

Mental wellbeing

Managing your mental wellbeing

The Ministry of Health website has a lot of helpful information on managing our mental health during this time: 

We are in uncertain and unprecedented times, and everyone will respond differently to how COVID-19 is impacting them.  It’s completely normal for people to be feeling a wide range of emotions, including worried, anxious, scared.

New Zealand is known for its manaakitanga and now more than ever we need to remember the power of kindness and uniting together.  While there are things that we can’t always control, there are things you can do to boost your mental wellbeing and that of your loved ones. 

If over days and weeks your distress or stress symptoms are escalating or you feel you are not coping, all Media Design School's network of support is here to help you.  Students can speak with our Student Counsellor, Flora, by emailing, and staff can access the EAP at any time. You can also call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

More information

Where can I get more information?

While we are working hard to keep this page updated as we receive new advice, the Ministry of Health's website is your best source of up to date information. 

If you have other questions or concerns, contact Healthline at 0800 358 5453 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.