COVID-19 Protection Framework


Our current status

Latest COVID-19 Update – 29 November 2021


Today the Government announced all of New Zealand will transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (the ‘traffic light system’) at 11.59pm on 2 December 2021.

Auckland, Northland and parts of the North Island will move to Red. The rest of the North Island and the whole of the South Island will move to Orange. Settings will be reviewed on 13 December.

Although at Red vaccinated staff and students are able to return to campus for onsite learning and working, Media Design School has decided not to return to campus before the end of 2021. Learning and working will continue online.


COVID-19 Protection Framework - Red

At Red, Tertiary education will operate with increased public health measures in place. Staff (including volunteers and contractors) and students can be onsite if they vaccinated, or alternatively can work and learn remotely.


Face Coverings:

Face coverings will now be required indoors at tertiary education premises at Red, with some exceptions (for example, where a person has a physical or mental illness or condition or disability that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable).


Capacity Limits:

Tertiary education providers will also be required to manage capacity limits so that the number of people in a defined space does not exceed the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person were to comply with 1m physical distancing.  


Staff onsite will need to:

  • Have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to continue working onsite from 3 December, and
  • Have received both doses of the vaccine by 17 January 2022.


Students and visitors:

  • can only be onsite at a tertiary provider at Red from 3 December if they are fully vaccinated (unless exempt) and have a valid My Vaccine Pass.


PLEASE NOTE: Although at Red vaccinated staff and students are able to return to campus for onsite learning and working, Media Design School has decided not to return to campus before the end of 2021. Learning and working will continue online.


‘My Vaccine Pass’

This pass is an official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use within Aotearoa. It will allow you access to certain events and venues operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system), which all of New Zealand will be entering into from 11:59pm 2 December.

You can find more information about the traffic light system, and where you will be required to show your My Vaccine Pass here.


‘My Vaccine Pass’ update for international students

Please see the following information that will assist international students over the age of 12 to access their My Vaccine Pass.


International students have three options to apply for their My Vaccine Pass:


Option 1: Apply using a verified RealMe account:

  • A verified RealMe account is different to an ordinary RealMe account that may have been used to register for courses or for immigration purposes.
  • Ensure to get your RealMe account verified, BEFORE registering for an account on the My Covid Record website.


Option 2: Call 0800 222 478

Operators will verify your identity via verbal verification. You will likely be required to provide:

  • Your full name, email address, mobile number
  • You may be asked to provide passport or other verification ID information, so be sure to have these available when you call.

Call centres now have extended hours, and are currently open from 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.


Option 3: Apply via a participating Pharmacy:

  • Participating pharmacies will be able to help you request and print your My Vaccine Pass
  • Make sure you have your NHI number with you
  • A list of participating pharmacies can be found here.
  • Your My Vaccine Pass can also now be mailed to your residential address.

For students who have received overseas vaccines, these will need to be loaded into the COVID Immunisation Register (CIR) before a pass can be generated. Information on CIR application and requirements can be found here.

New Zealand has approved 23 overseas vaccines that allow for entry into the country, however only 8 vaccines are listed under NZ ‘Fully Vaccinated’ definitions which will allow you to receive a My Vaccine Pass.

If you have received a vaccine that does not fall under the 8 vaccinations that are required for a ‘My Vaccine Pass’, these will need to be registered and loaded into the CIR (see bullet above). The process will take around 14 days, and applications can be made now. Note that this process does not guarantee that you will be recognised as fully vaccinated in New Zealand.

Further advice can be found on the Ministry of Health – COVID-19 vaccines website.

PLEASE NOTE: MDS is currently determining how best to collect, store and use staff and student vaccination verification information.

    Government guidelines

    Advice from the NZ Ministry of Health

    New Zealand moves to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights), on 3 December 2021.

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

    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.

    Check locations of interest to see who may be contacts of COVID-19 cases in the community. Contacts who attended one of the locations in New Zealand during the relevant times are asked to follow the directions for that location.  



    Symptoms of COVID-19

    To find out more on what the COVID-19 symptoms are, including Long COVID, how fast they appear, and what to do if you have any symptoms click HERE.

    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.

    You can also find more information on how to look after your mental wellbeing, keep children safe and reassured, free resources and where to go for help HERE

    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 flora@mediadesignschool.com, 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. 

    Testing Centres

    Where can I get a Covid Test?

    Community-based testing for COVID-19 is available through district health boards and public health units across the country. 

    You can find your closest testing centre HERE.


    Where can I get vaccinated against Covid-19?

    Find out where you can get a vaccine and how to book your vaccination appointments from somewhere nearby HERE.