COVID-19 Protection Framework


Our current status

Latest COVID-19 Update – 2 May 2022


Kia ora e te Whānau,  

I hope you had a relaxing and safe term break, wherever this finds you. 

All students should have recently received an important message from Steve Dorner, Associate Dean, regarding teaching and learning modalities following the break. Students enrolled as on-campus learners are expected to be present at class sessions timetabled on campus.  

We’re so looking forward to seeing more of you onsite soon! 

Now we’re at the Orange setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, some of the public health protocols have eased. If you haven’t come to campus for a while, here’s what to expect when you do: 

My Vaccine Passes 

A reminder that in line with government guidelines, you no longer need a vaccine pass to enter the building.   

Face Masks  

Although face masks are no longer mandatory, we do recommend you continue to wear them indoors (unless medically exempt). 

Please note that masks are still required on public transport. 

Physical Distancing 

Likewise, you are encouraged to maintain a 1 metre distance as much as possible, though this is also not mandated at Orange.  

What is MDS still doing to keep people safe? 

  • Adhering to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (‘traffic light system’) guidance, and that of the Ministries of Education, and Health.   
  • Maintaining public health protocols: hygiene, sanitation and daily cleaning; mask wearing and physical distancing recommendations. 
  • Communicating regularly. 

Remember: please stay away if you - 

  • Are confirmed as COVID-19-positive, awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or are self-isolating. 
  • Have a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or change in sense of taste or smell – however mild.  


TEC Student Hardship Fund  

While we process the latest round of applications, the application form is currently closed. Keep an eye out for communication from me about a last funding round later this month.  

Please reach out with any questions you may have.


Ka kite koutou

    Government guidelines

    Advice from the NZ Ministry of Health

    New Zealand moved 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. 



    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, Anna Boivin, by emailing counselling@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.