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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 remain at Alert level 3 until at least midnight, Sunday 30 August. Seafield classes will resume on campus on Monday 31 August.

Auckland will remain at Alert level 3 until at least midnight, Sunday 30 August and the rest of the country will remain at Alert Level 2 until midnight, Wednesday 3 August. As a result, Seafield classes will resume on campus on Monday 31 August. We will listen to the Government rules and the guidance of health authorities if the situation changes.

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

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)

Immigration New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand has now received 21,341 expressions of interest (EOI) from people who believe they meet exceptions to the border closure. Of the 20,922 EOIs decided so far, 4,029 meet the criteria and have been invited to apply for a visa.  

Welfare assistance for foreign nationals

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is working with New Zealand Red Cross to deliver welfare assistance for foreign nationals experiencing serious hardship due to COVID-19. Read more on the INZ website here.

How can people apply for support?

From 1 July 2020, people who have found themselves in a tough position due to COVID-19 can check their eligibility and apply through here.

What will the assistance pay for?

Under the Programme, assistance may be provided to help people who are eligible and need it most meet basic, urgent and immediate needs. Find out more about your eligibility criteria and what you can get assistance for on the INZ website here.

Information for offshore applicants

The New Zealand border remains closed to all but New Zealand citizens and residents. There are a limited number of exceptions, but most people do not meet the current strict border restrictions. As you may be aware, processing of visa applications for offshore applicants has been on hold to date. This is because legally INZ is not able to grant a visa to individuals who are unlikely to meet entry requirements. Read more on the INZ website here.

Hardship Fund for Learners

The New Zealand Government has created the Hardship Fund for Learners (HAFL) to provide financial assistance for our students whose studies have or are being affected by COVID-19. 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.

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