COVID-19

COVID-19 staff and students update 1: 14 August 2020, 1.30pm

On day three of new COVID-19 restrictions across New Zealand, TPP’s pandemic team is continuing to monitor Government updates and share information with you as quickly and carefully as possible.

Thank you once again to everyone making the extra effort to follow the rules and look out for one another. It’s okay to feel worried or anxious – please keep any eye on your colleagues and if you need further support talk to your manager or HR.

As of this morning, Government advice is that decisions on any continuation or changes to nationwide alert levels will be announced by the Prime Minister at 5.30pm this evening. We’ll monitor the announcement and provide information over the weekend about what, if anything this means for TPP.

In the meantime, below is some background information about how we keep you updated, what we’re doing to prepare for any changes, and what you can expect if alert levels change at any time.

HOW WE KEEP YOU INFORMED

TPP has a responsibility to follow the direction and guidelines of the Government. We receive latest updates much in the same way you do – by monitoring Government announcements and listening to updates from the Director-General of Health, Minister of Health and Prime Minister. We also receive further, more detailed information and guidelines for tertiary organisations from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Major announcements

When the Prime Minister announces major changes we aim to contact staff and students via email and on social media/web as quickly as possible with key information on what this means for TPP. Our leadership team reviews the updates and checks key decisions around any campus closures/requirements and wider education sector guidance before we send them.

General or daily updates

We provide additional updates as required when there is something to share. This is usually general health information, TPP decision-making on campus activities and requirements, and sharing various tertiary education sector updates and background that you might find useful.

TPP Pandemic Plan

TPP has a Pandemic Plan to monitor and respond to the current situation. We’re following the plan and we are prepared, but we also need to be flexible to adapt to any changing or new Government advice or direction. Our response to COVID-19 is a team effort – we all have a role to play to help stamp out the virus. Everyone has a responsibility for doing their part and following the rules. If you have any questions or concerns contact our Pandemic Manager Mequa Hourston on mequah@tpp.ac.nz or phone 027 237 5844

What we’re doing right now

  • Maintaining our focus on keeping staff and students safe and well
  • Advising our vulnerable staff to work from home
  • Ensuring that our Auckland team and students are supported to work from home
  • Checking our South Island staff are ready to take home any equipment to work from home as may be required
  • Checking where individual programmes are with learning and planning for online/distance learning
  • Ensuring that payroll is able to work remotely
  • Reviewing the devices we have available to provide to learners
  • Considering how we manage the student accommodation through a potential level 3 and 4

What happens if current alert levels change?

If Auckland moves from Alert Level 3 to 4, the same rules remain in place for campus closures and working/studying from home.

If Auckland moves from Alert Level 3 to 2, campuses will likely re-open following the same strict hygiene procedures we did last time. Please wait to hear from us about exactly when the campus will reopen, as it might not be at the exact time the Government sets for the change in Alert Level (e.g. when Auckland moved to Level 3 last Tuesday at midday, TPP closed the campus from Tuesday morning).

If the rest of NZ moves from Alert Level 2 to 3, all campuses will close and we’ll provide more information about working and studying from home. We’ll provide an update to all staff and students as quickly as possible after any announcement – please check this to see exactly when we will close the campus. There is usually a period of time between the announcement and the Alert Level change – please contact your manager or tutor if you believe you need to visit campus during this period.

If the rest of NZ moves from Alert Level 2 to 1, we will continue as we are. We’ll keep up our hygiene and safety practices.

Thank you,

Mequa Hourston

Pandemic Manager

 

COVID-19 staff and students update: 13 August 2020

Thank you to all staff and students who have been following Government guidelines, campus restrictions and increased hygiene practices since the changes in COVID-19 alert levels were introduced this week.

We continue to monitor all Government updates on the COVID-19 situation and will follow all advice. We’ll keep you updated as there is more information to share.

In the meantime, we’re reminding everyone:

  • Our Auckland campus is closed. All Auckland staff and students should stay at home
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash, wash, wash your hands
  • Keep your 2 metre physical distance
  • Wear a mask if you have one
  • If you are being tested for COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone being tested, please let your Leader / Tutor know IMMEDIATELY
  • Follow all Government guidance for COVID health and safety
  • If you are considered “vulnerable”, or you are in close contact with someone who is vulnerable, please bring this to the attention of your Leader / Tutor and discuss with them preventative measures and implications as we move through alert levels
  • Track your movements – use the Government’s tracker or another method that works for you.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Tertiary education guidelines

Take a look here: https://www.education.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/final-final-detailed-tertiary-guidelines-for-alert-levels.pdf at guidelines for tertiary organisations operating under different alert levels.

Tertiary bulletin

The latest Tertiary Provider and International Bulletin from the Ministry of Education with news and updates for the tertiary sector can be found here: https://www.education.govt.nz/further-education/covid-19-bulletins-for-tertiary-providers-and-students/

TPP information

All updates and information for TPP students and external stakeholders will be posted to our website https://www.tpp.ac.nz/covid-19/

You can view the “TPP Golden Rules” for COVID-19 here.  Posters will be distributed around campus. 

Government information

Visit www.covid19.govt.nz for all Government information and updates about COVID-19.

 

Thank you

Mequa Hourston

Pandemic Manager

 

COVID-19 staff and students update 2: 12 August 2020 1pm

We continue to monitor the latest information on the COVID-19 situation and we’ll keep you updated in the coming days. The Prime Minister updated the nation again this morning and new information continues to be released throughout the day.

As of early this afternoon (Wednesday 12 August) – AUCKLAND remains in Alert Level 3 while the REST OF NZ is at Alert Level 2. Visit www.covid19.govt.nz for more detailed information.

TPP’s Auckland campus is now closed – no staff or students are to enter. Tutors will be talking to students directly about what they should do over coming days. Likewise, managers will be in touch with staff directly.

Latest Government advice for people who have been in Auckland in last few days:

  • Remain vigilant about your health, stay home and contact your doctor if you feel unwell
  • There is no requirement otherwise to self-isolate
  • Government will continue to review and update this advice.

Our other NZ campuses remain open, as they did when we were last at Alert Level 2, with STRICT HYGIENE practices to be followed. Please remember:

  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash, wash, wash your hands
  • Keep your 2 metre physical distance
  • Wear a mask if you have one
  • If you are being tested for COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone being tested, please let your Leader / Tutor know IMMEDIATELY
  • Follow all Government guidance for COVID health and safety
  • If you are considered “vulnerable”, or you are in close contact with someone who is vulnerable, please bring this to the attention of your Leader and discuss with them preventative measures and implications as we move through alert levels.
  • Track your movements – use the Government’s tracker or another method that works for you.

It’s normal to fell a little worried or anxious right now – no one wants to see COVID again in the community. It’s important we do what we can to support others and do the right thing. TPP is following Government updates and guidelines closely and we’ll keep you updated.

It’s possible we’ll have to move further through the Alert Levels – we’ve all done this before, we know what to do and we’ll work closely together to do what we need to.

Please remember – all communications to stakeholders regarding COVID must be approved by Pandemic Manager – Mequa Hourston. mequah@tpp.ac.nz or phone 027 237 5844

We’ll be in touch again later today or as soon as we have any new information to share.

Summary of COVID-19 status

AUCKLAND

  • Is now in Alert Level 3 (effective from 12 noon today) for at least 3 days.
  • Under Alert Level 3, you are encouraged work from home if you can.
  • TPPs Auckland campus is now closed.  NO staff or students are to access sites under any circumstance.

Find out more about Level 3 in Auckland at www.covid.govt.nz

REST OF NZ

The rest of New Zealand has now moved to Alert Level 2 (effective from 12 noon today). Remind yourself of the Level 2 guidelines at: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/

  • Tertiary education facilities are open - Tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff to return to at Alert Level 2. Tertiary education facilities will implement public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate for the context, and will work closely to ensure a safe environment where students can continue their learning.  They will need to maintain distance learning capability to help manage within these constraints, and ensure safety of staff and students at risk of COVID-19. Workplace-based learning will be conducted within the specific rules applicable to the relevant industry.

 

Thank you

Mequa Hourston

Pandemic Manager

 

COVID-19 staff and students update: 12 August 2020

You will have heard the news overnight that New Zealand is moving COVID-19 alert levels after four cases were found in Auckland yesterday.

Auckland is moving to Alert Level 3 as of midday today (Wednesday 12 August). The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2. The change in alert levels is for three days.

Below is a brief update for staff and students at our Auckland campus and other campuses around the country. We are following Government updates closely and will be in touch again later today with more information.

We’ve known that alert levels might change, but the news could be upsetting for some. Please get in touch with your manager if you need any further support. We’ll keep talking to you on email, web and Facebook.

FOR AUCKLAND STAFF AND STUDENTS

  • We are asking all staff and students to stay away from campus today.
  • If you believe there is something you need to get from campus, please contact your manager or tutor.
  • We’ll be in touch later today with more information and updates.
  • If there is any reason you believe you need to visit campus this morning, please contact your manager or tutor to discuss the matter.
  • Remember to practise good hygiene and be conscious of your health.
  • Stay home and follow Government guidance.

Find out more about Level 3 in Auckland at www.covid.govt.nz

REST OF NEW ZEALAND STAFF AND STUDENTS

  • The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August.
  • You can still continue to go to work and school, with physical distancing.
  • Please remember to follow strict hygiene practices – cough into your elbow, wash your hands and keep your 2m distance.
  • If you have a mask, you are encouraged to wear it in public and at the polytechnic.
  • No more than 100 people at gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.
  • If you feel unwell – please stay home.
  • If you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, for example those with underlying medical conditions and old people – please stay home. You are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

There’s more information on Alert Levels at www.covid19.govt.nz

We will be in touch again later today with more detail.

 

COVID-19 staff and student update: 11 June 2020

Please click here to access the student bulletin from TEC that contains useful information.

Take care of yourself, ask your tutor if you have any questions and keep an eye on the TPP web and Facebook page for updates.

 

COVID-19 staff and student update: 8 June 2020

This afternoon the Prime Minister announced the country would move to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 at midnight tonight (Monday 8 June). This effectively means life and work can return to normal, with most restrictions lifted on movement and activities inside New Zealand.

TPP campuses will fully reopen on Tuesday 9 June 2020 from normal business hours. We continue to direct anyone who feels unwell to stay home and not enter any TPP campus.

Good hygiene practices will still be followed, as these are expectations at all times, not just during a pandemic. Our usual visitor sign-in processes will continue so we have a record of everyone on-site and QR code posters will be distributed to all TPP sites this week. In general, from Tuesday 9 June staff, students and visitors can expect the following:

  • All visitors to TPP sites must report to reception and sign the visitor book – this was required prior to the COVID-19 rules and will continue.
  • External bookings of TPP sites will resume as normal, with requests to be forward to the Facilities team. 
  • Personal hygiene requirements such as frequent handwashing and sneezing into elbows will continue and was also an expectation prior to the lockdown.
  • Vehicle cleaning measures will continue, with users required to wipe down surfaces both before and after use (once again this is a normal requirement)
  • Daily student health checks will no longer be required.
  • All common areas including staff rooms will be open as normal.
  • There will be no restrictions around physical distancing or for vulnerable people.
  • All staff overseas travel (including travel for personal reasons) must be pre-approved by a Leader or the Chief Executive. 
  • If you become unwell while you are on a TPP site please advise you tutor or manager.  (This is a normal requirement).  You do not need to notify the Pandemic Manager under Level 1.

General direction from the Government issued on Monday afternoon says that at Alert Level 1:

  • Public and private events can go ahead without limitation
  • Retail and hospitality have no limitations
  • Public transport and travel across the country is fully open.
  • Borders remain closed
  • Managed isolation and quarantine at the border continues
  • Businesses or services where the public enter are being asked to allow customers to maintain their own diaries of where they have been. QR code posters will still be encouraged and available for customers to use. Manual sign in is no longer required. 
  • People should return to work if they are well.

We have updated our TPP “Golden Rules” to reflect the shift to Alert Level 1. Printed copies will be distributed to all TPP sites this week.

TPP’s Leadership Team would like to thank staff for all their efforts and hard work as we have progressed through the COVID-19 Alert Levels. It is a fantastic achievement for New Zealand to have reached this stage and we can all be proud of our ongoing contribution to the effort to stamp out COVID-19. We must remain aware of the situation and continue to work together.

Find out more at https://covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/new-zealand-will-be-at-alert-level-1-on-tuesday-9-june/?fbclid=IwAR36MIBvHJjCeAMZfJe0yDuwbHcGZpboLOJJBTnlfuokjIu2UuAgJYYBWNY

Thank you

 

Mequa Hourston

Pandemic Manager

 

 

Student Update: 26 May 2020

The Prime Minister has confirmed that New Zealand will remain in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 this week. While the rules have been changed to allow an increased number of people to gather together in a group from midday Friday, Tai Poutini Polytechnic will continue to operate under strict health and safety and hygiene rules. 

As always, the health and safety of our people is our top concern and we will continue to follow all Government, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidelines.

The Government has indicated it will again review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June and has agreed that no later than 22 June it will consider a move to Alert Level 1.

In the meantime, TPP continues to follow strict hygiene and physical distancing procedures, with the health and safety of our staff, students and pre-approved visitors our priority. We will reassess the rules as the Government announces further movement through the alert levels.

TPP under Alert Level 2 you can expect the following to remain:

  • Before heading back to campus, talk with your tutor to identify potential risks and ways to manage them.
  • We’ve created a set of “Golden Rules” to help keep everyone safe. Everyone must follow the rules and you’ll be reminded of them regularly.
  • Access to campus will remain restricted for all external people.
  • We’ll continue to follow some of the Level 3 guidelines under Level 2, including: keeping common areas closed, carrying out daily health checks for students, having a “one in, one out” policy for staff rooms, and carrying out heightened cleaning regimes.

What has changed since the last update to students – 13 May?

Following the easement of restrictions under Level 2 by the Government, TPP will cease taking temperatures of students, effective from Thursday 28 May.  Staff will still be required to ask all students (including Trades Academy and MSD students) the daily health questions.

More information on the Government’s announcement can be found here https://covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/upcoming-changes-to-gathering-numbers/

Anyone considered “vulnerable” or with underlying health conditions should speak with their tutor about appropriate activity prior to coming to campus following the easement of restrictions in place from Thursday 28 May. 

It’s important that we all stick to the rules and keep up our efforts to stamp out the virus.

If you have any questions please email the Pandemic Manager: mequah@tpp.ac.nz

 

Student Update: 18 May 2020

New Zealand is now in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and most of our classes and work can start returning to normal from Monday (18 May) – while still following some strict health and safety practices.

As always, the health and safety of our people is our top concern and we will continue to follow all Government, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidelines. When we observe the move to new Level 2 guidelines from Monday, we will continue to follow strict hygiene and physical distancing procedures, with the health and safety of our staff, students and pre-approved visitors our priority. We will reassess the rules as the Government announces further movement through the alert levels.

Many staff will continue to work from home in Level 2, and movements around campus will remain restricted. A set of “Golden Rules” was circulated this week and we’ll be reminding everyone of these over coming weeks.

As in previous weeks, anyone considered “vulnerable” or with underlying health conditions should speak with their Tutor about appropriate activity.

It’s been a challenging journey to get to this stage and we’ve all coped with it as best we can. We can all be proud of our efforts and we must remember to keep them up.

 

Student Update: 8 May 2020

We are all looking ahead to Monday, awaiting the Prime Minister’s direction on when we will move to Alert Level 2. There will be a lot more freedom, but still some sensible distancing and hygiene practices to be observed. While we don’t yet know when the shift will happen, you can find out more about what level 2 looks like on the Government’s COVID-19 website at https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/  

All tertiary education facilities will be open at alert level 2 and we’ve been advised the following:

  • Tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff to return to at Alert level 2. Tertiary education facilities will implement public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate for the context, and will work closely to ensure a safe environment where students can continue their learning. They will need to maintain distance learning capability to help manage within these constraints, and ensure safety of staff and students at risk of COVID-19. Workplace-based learning will be conducted within the specific rules applicable to the relevant industry.

At TPP, we’ll continue to provide increased health and safety procedures and hygiene processes. Everyone will need to remember to keep up physical distancing and hand washing and anyone sick or vulnerable should stay at home. We’ll be in touch by email next week with more information about those programmes or courses that have been suspended or where onsite delivery has not been allowed during the lockdown, and with more detail on when and what the shift to level 2 means for us.

In the meantime, if you can, check out the West Coast’s new website to support local businesses operating in the lockdown at www.nowopen.co.nz . TPP was part of the team who put the website together, along with EPIC Westport and Development West Coast. It’s a great initiative to support local businesses and it’s been in the news this week so everyone is talking about it!

 

Student Update: 30 April 2020

TPP Programme Information – COVID-19 Alert Level 3

TPP is preparing for the shift to COVID-19 Alert Level 3. We are considering each programme individually to decide how to arrange delivery, with the health and safety of our students and staff our top priority.

Where possible, programmes will be delivered remotely during Alert Level 3. This will be happening for the majority of TPP programmes, however some exceptions are being made where class or practical time cannot be avoided. When this occurs, it will happen under strict physical distancing and hygiene practices, and tutor/student “bubbles” of no more than 10 people will be created.

For students who will be studying on campus at Alert Level 3, there will be strict guidelines which must be adhered to. Your tutor will speak with you directly about the rules for being on-campus during Alert Level 3 – health and safety precautions will be heightened and you can expect the following:

  • Campus access will remain restricted – only students and staff involved in approved programmes are permitted to be on-site and those on-site may only enter their designated classroom/workshop and toilet facility. No external visitors are allowed on-site.
  • Vulnerable people (or those caring for/living with vulnerable people) should not carry out any on-site work or learning.
  • It’s very important that, if we are on campus, we continue to follow physical distancing and hygiene guidelines and don’t gather in communal areas.
  • The café, atrium and library areas will remain closed. Morning and afternoon teas and lunches will be in your classroom/workshop – your tutor will confirm this area with you ahead of your on-site delivery.  Please bring your lunch to campus with you each day. 
  • Your class will be assigned specific toilets for your use on site – your tutor will advise you of what facilities your class is able to use.
  • Daily health checks will be carried out for everyone on-site.
  • Only travel to and from campus/site with people from your bubble.
  • If you are unwell do not come to campus. If your tutor suspects you are unwell they may ask to your return home – this is for your own health and that of those around you.
  • If you’re not sure whether you’re allowed to do something, the best advice is: don’t do it. We want to keep things as simple as possible, follow the rules and do our part to stamp out the virus.

Some of our planning for Level 3 on-site programme delivery is based on assumptions around when we expect to go into Level 2.  Therefore we may need to further adjust our plans.  Your tutor will keep you informed if this is required.

These are unprecedented times and we’re all getting used to a new way of working and studying.

There may be changes to the way we normally deliver some programmes in line with Government, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work through the situation.

 

Student Update: 23 April 2020

TPP is preparing for the shift back to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, in line with direction and guidelines from the Government. This week, staff and managers have been working through each individual programme to consider the implications of the shift and work out a plan for how each will be delivered under Alert Level 3.

We’re getting in touch with students about each programme as decisions are made – so you may have already heard about your programme, or you’ll be hearing soon about what happens next week.

The direction from Government is that programmes should be delivered remotely where possible. This will be happening for the majority of TPP programmes, however some exceptions are being made where class or practical time cannot be avoided. When this occurs, it will happen under strict physical distancing and hygiene practices, and tutor/student “bubbles” of no more than 10 people will be created.

For students who will be studying on campus at Alert Level 3, there will be strict guidelines which must be adhered to. Campus access is restricted – only students studying on approved programmes are permitted to be on-site during class hours.  These rules are in place to protect everyone’s health and safety during Alert Level 3.   

The holiday period continues this week, so programmes won’t begin again in any form until after the ANZAC Day weekend. Our campus will remain closed until on-site delivery starts.  Your tutor will contact you regarding when this will be for your programme.   

More key points for students:

  • The direction is that students may not travel into the region from outside the area – your tutors will speak with you individually to work through this situation.  This means that if you have left the West Coast region during lockdown, you are not permitted to travel back here during Alert Level 3.
  • Vulnerable people (or those caring for/living with vulnerable people) should not carry out any on-site work or learning.
  • It’s very important that, if we are on campus, we continue to follow physical distancing and hygiene guidelines and don’t gather in communal areas. The café, atrium and library areas will remain closed, and access to parts of the campus will be restricted to where your classes will be taking place.  Your class will be assigned specific toilets for your use on site – your tutor will advise you of what facilities your class is able to use.
  • New procedures including daily health checks on site will take place.  
  • If you are unwell, please do not come to campus. If your tutor suspects you are unwell they may ask you to return home – this is for your own health and that of those around you.
  • If you’re not sure whether you’re allowed to do something, the best advice is: don’t do it. We want to keep things as simple as possible, follow the rules and do our part to stamp out the virus.
  • The rules remain strict at Level 3 and this will affect all programmes differently. Your tutors will be in touch with you directly to talk through the specifics – if you have any questions, just ask.
  • Take care of yourself, ask your tutor if you have any questions and keep an eye on the TPP web and Facebook page for updates.

You will be provided with further guidelines ahead of delivery commencing on-site.  It is important all staff, students and stakeholders adhere to these.

As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and the wider community is our primary focus at this time and we are following all guidelines from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the Government. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your tutor straight away.

We are all navigating our way through this unprecedented time and we’re doing the best we can. We need to work together and support each other to make sure we get it right and keep our staff, students and community safe and healthy.

 

Mequa Hourston

Pandemic Manager

 

 

COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Update: 23 April 2020

 All TPP campuses will remain closed to the public during Alert Level 3.

Restricted access will be permitted for some classes.  Students will be notified if this applies to them.

Phone 0800 800 411

Email info@tpp.ac.nz

 

Student Update: 21 April 2020

Yesterday the government announced that New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4, as at 11.59pm on Monday 27th April. We will move into Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28th April. Information about the four level alert system is here https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/covid-19-alert-system/

TPP is preparing for the shift back to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, in line with direction and guidelines from the Government, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Everyone has been working hard to continue with programmes in these very strange times and we’re all doing a good job.

As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and the wider community is our primary concern at this time and we are following all guidelines from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the Government.

New Zealand is still at Alert Level 4 and we must continue to follow the guidelines. We are preparing for Alert Level 3, which continues with strict guidelines for tertiary institutions which we must adhere to. The holiday period continues this week, so programmes won’t begin again in any form until after the ANZAC Day weekend.

Where possible, we will continue to do all of our work remotely. When remote study options have been exhausted, it is possible we will hold some, limited on-campus activities. When and if this happens, students and tutors will be required to stay within their own 10-person “bubbles” and not have contact with anyone outside that bubble. That means tutors can only interact with nine students – they can not create a second bubble – so there will be no cross-teaching of programmes.

Your tutor will talk to you about what this means for your programme and what you should do.

Some key points for students:

  • The direction is that students may not travel into the region from outside the area – your tutors will speak with you individually to work through this situation.
  • Vulnerable people (or those caring for/living with vulnerable people) should not carry out any on-site work or learning.
  • There will be no Trades Academy programmes running during Level 3.
  • It’s very important that, if we are on campus, we continue to follow physical distancing and hygiene guidelines and don’t gather in communal areas. The café, atrium and library areas will remain closed.
  • If you’re not sure whether you’re allowed to do something, the best advice is: don’t do it. We want to keep things as simple as possible, follow the rules and do our part to stamp out the virus.
  • The rules remain strict at Level 3 and this will affect all programmes differently. Your tutors will be in touch with you directly to talk through the specifics – if you have any questions, just ask.

Take care of yourself, ask your tutor if you have any questions and keep an eye on the TPP web and Facebook page for updates.

Please click here to access the student bulletin from TEC that contains useful information.

Thank you all for your efforts to continue studying and keep in touch during Alert Level 4 – it has certainly been unpresented times. We’ll keep you updated as new guidelines are released; please contact your tutor if you have any questions about the shift to Level 3.

Mequa Hourston - Pandemic Manager

 

Student Update: 17 April 2020

The health of all TPP students, staff and visitors is our top priority.  We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation and will respond to Government, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines as they are updated or strengthened.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced changes to the COVID-19 Alert Levels yesterday.  We are working through the practical implications of what this means for TPP.  Our approach to how TPP will operate in Level 3 (Restrict) will be communicated to you all next week.


Until then we all remain at Level 4 (Lockdown) and are to remain in our bubbles.


More information on the updated alert system can be viewed here - www.covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/covid-19-alert-system/ and here www.covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-3/

 

Government support package for tertiary students – 15 April 2020

The government has announced a support package to financially assist tertiary students whose study has been affected by Covid-19.

The Government wants to give certainty to students as soon as possible that they can continue to be engaged in their education and will be supported adequately until such time that tertiary education providers can put in place alternative ways of delivering teaching and learning.


This short-term tertiary domestic package will be available from Wednesday 15 April.


Key measures include:

  • continuing support payments for students unable to study on-line for up to 8 weeks to allow providers sufficient time to make alternative arrangements to enable distance learning
  • helping to cover extra costs by increasing student loan course-related costs from $1,000 to $2,000 on a temporary basis – i.e. for course-related costs like Internet and energy consumption to support learning at home
  • technical changes to ensure study being discontinued in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 does not affect student loan life-time limits and students’ Fees Free entitlement.

These measures, together with the support the Ministry of Social Development can already give, aim to provide an immediate response to the financial impact Covid-19 is having on tertiary students.

For detailed information see Ministry of Education.

 

Student Update: 9 April 2020

TPP would like to wish you and your family a happy Easter over this lockdown period.

Please note that our campuses are closed during the lockdown period and our email/phone lines will be unattended over the Easter break. We will get back to you following our return to work on Wednesday the 15th of April.

To view the recent Ministry of Education bulletin visit www.education.govt.nz/news or click here to view

 

Student Update: 7 April 2020

To view the recent Ministry of Education bulletin visit www.education.govt.nz/news or click here to view

Student Update: 3 April 2020

To view the bulletins visit www.education.govt.nz/news or click here to view

Student Update: 31 March 2020

Kia Ora,

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman who recently lost her life on the West Coast. 

This sad news really highlights the importance of the lockdown and drives home the message that people need to stay home and stick to their bubble to help break the chain of transmission

We appreciate that some students are experiencing challenges with studying in a different way, be it juggling work around child care, or becoming familiar with technology that you have not used before.  Please talk to your tutor if you are finding it difficult to manage your studies during this time.

If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Stay safe.

Mequa Hourston

Pandemic Manager

 

Message from Leader – Academic, Peter Bayliss:

Kia ora koutou katoa

While our learning and teaching environment at the moment is quite different from our normal classrooms there is still a need to ensure you, our  students, are all ka pai and that you have the support you need to complete your studies. 

To this end we ask that while we are in lockdown you make a point of contacting your tutors on a daily basis, just as you would if you are attending classes. We ask that you just confirm with tutors that there is nothing you need as far as study and/or support is concerned. Your tutors will let you know which form of communication i.e. email, Facebook, txt etc. they want you to use. 

Also just a reminder that our term break dates haven’t changed, Friday 10 April to Tuesday 28 April inclusive, and while there isn’t any change around study expectations for you at this time, unless tutors are on leave they will still be available for support and help.

Kia kaha

Peter  Bayliss

Leader Academic

 

Student Support Information:

Kia ora,

We hope this message finds you and your whānau all safe and well.

The Student Support and Wellbeing team are here to support you and would like to remind  you that your first point of contact is your tutor.

If you require support please do not hesitate to call 0800 877 787 or email support@tpp. ac.nz we are here to help!

These are uncertain and unfamiliar times.

The wellbeing of our students remains a priority for TPP. Counselling support is still available to students of TPP through OCP - phone and skype counselling is available by phoning 0800 377 990.

The national helpline - 1737 Need To Talk is also available - free call or text 1737 anytime for support from a trained counsellor.

Studylink: If you are receiving a student allowance, or student loan living costs, you will continue to be paid as long as you are enrolled while NZ is at Alert Level 4.

 

Covid-19 - Student Update 27 March 2020

STUDYLINK

If you are receiving a student allowance, or student loan living costs, you will continue to be paid as long as you are enrolled while NZ is at Alert Level 4.

COVID-19 Update – Tuesday 24 March 2020, 3pm

All Tai Poutini Polytechnic campuses are now closed in response to the Government’s lifting of the COVID-19 Alert Level.

At 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March the Alert Level will lift again from Level 3 to Level 4 – bringing in to force the Government’s strongest response to the virus outbreak.

For the entire country, Alert Level 4 means:

  • People instructed to stay at home
  • Educational facilities closed
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities
  • Travel severely limited

TPP staff continue to work from home on planning, operations, IT and support tasks. We’ll keep everyone updated as we have more information.

A Pandemic Manager has been appointed in response to the situation – Mequa Hourston can be contacted on 0800 TPP HAS (0800 877 427).

Students can speak to their tutors directly or find updates at www.tpp.ac.nz.

Read Government updates and information about COVID-19 at www.covid19.govt.nz

 

 

IMPORTANT TPP UPDATE – COVID-19 - 23 March 2020

All Tai Poutini Polytechnic programmes will stop running from today (5pm Monday 23 March 2020).

All TPP campuses will be closed from 12 noon tomorrow (Tuesday 24 March 2020).  

The Prime Minister this afternoon announced the Government was moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and would move to Alert Level 4 in 48 hours.

The Prime Minister stressed that, at all times, access would remain open to supermarkets, healthcare, doctors and pharmacies.

The decision was made in order to get ahead of the spread of the virus, with the health of New Zealanders the key consideration. It’s important we all follow Government advice, don’t panic and look after each other – look at www.covid19.govt.nz for all information.

The Prime Minister said, at this stage, Alert Level 4 would remain in place for four weeks.


Read about the COVID-19 Alert System here: https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/COVID_Alert-levels_v2.pdf

Further updates around programme/course delivery will be posted on www.tpp.ac.nz

 

COVID-19 – updated 22 March 2020

The health of all TPP staff, students and visitors is our top priority at the moment. We’ve been working for some time already to respond to the rapidly changing situation as the Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and other organisations respond to the COVID-19 virus.

Prime Minister’s address – 21 March 2020

On Saturday 21 March 2020, the Prime Minister addressed the nation, announcing a four-level COVID-19 alert system (we are currently at level 2).

The high-level messages from the Prime Minister’s update were:

  • Alternative ways of working are encouraged.
  • We all have to go about life very differently, including our work life.
  • Employers should start alternative ways of working if possible – for example remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing within the workplace, staggered meal breaks and flexible leave arrangements.
  • We need to be practical and sensible about this, but we do need to change our practices.
  • If you are at high-risk, you are advised to stay at home regardless. This includes if you are over 70, have a compromised immune system or have underlying health conditions.

Government alert system

The government has announced a four-level Covid-19 alert system (we are currently in level 2)

COVID ALERT LEVEL 2

Range of Measures that can be applied locally or nationally

  • Entry border measures maximised
  • Further restrictions on mass gatherings
  • Physical distancing on public transport (e.g. leave the seat next to you empty if you can)
  • Limit non-essential travel around New Zealand
  • Employers start alternative ways of working if possible (e.g. remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing within the workplace, staggering meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements)
  • Business continuity plans activated
  • High-risk people advised to remain at home (e.g. those over 70 or those with other existing medical conditions)

See more information on the alert system at: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/

High risk individuals

With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions (see below) are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.

This applies also to all staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services who have compromised immunity or are over 70 years of age.

While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms.

Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems, are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at high risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

  • a compromised immune system
  • liver disease
  • cancer
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • diabetes mellitus

Further information is available at:

What the signs of COVID-19?

Symptoms include:

  • a fever (over 38 degrees)
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.

If you have these symptoms call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or your local doctor for the most up to date professional advice.

If you are severely unwell, for example having trouble breathing, contact emergency services.

For up to date information please visit www.covid19.govt.nz

 

COVID-19 precautions – updated 19 March 2020

The health of all TPP students, staff and visitors is our top priority as we, and the world, respond to mounting concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

We’ve been working for some time to respond to the rapidly changing situation. We are monitoring the situation and will respond to Government, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines as they are updated or strengthened.

Pandemic Manager and 0800 number

As of this week we have appointed a Pandemic Manager, Mequa Hourston. We’ve set up a dedicated number for staff and students to contact the Pandemic Manager with questions, concerns or information – 0800 TPP HAS (0800 877 427).

Information for students and the public

Information for the public, students and anyone who is interested is being updated online at https://www.tpp.ac.nz/covid-19/ . We’re also using Facebook to keep people up to date and share advice and assistance.

General advice

The wellbeing of our employees, students, stakeholders and community is paramount. We continue to monitor the domestic and global situation and will take proactive measures to facilitate a safe and healthy work and study environment while maintaining continuity of operations. We will implement all Government requirements for the response to COVID-19.

TPP programmes – all continue to be delivered as planned, however we’re taking extra precautions to protect the health of staff and students. This included increased cleaning of areas, hygiene advice for individuals and following the directions of the Ministry of Health. Should delivery be interrupted, we’ll be in touch with staff, students and stakeholders as soon as practicably possible to discuss what’s happening and what it means for individuals.

What we are doing to protect our staff, students, stakeholders and community?

  • Advice and communications:

                   - Employees/contractors/students/users of facilities have been advised to stay home if they feel unwell.

                   - Reminders of good hygiene practices as based on MOH guidelines.

                   - Regular updates and communications.

  • Increased cleaning and hygiene procedures. 
  • Restrictions on non-essential staff and student travel.
  • Event postponement / cancellations.
  • Reduced face-to-face meetings and increased use of Zoom meetings
  • Social distancing / greetings – advice on no hand-shaking, hongi or hugs.
  • Contractors – no non-essential repairs and maintenance/contractors on TPP sites. 
  • PPE – more tissues and hand sanitiser available on campus.

Preventative measures

The Ministry of Health advises that doing the following can help stop COVID-19 spreading:

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds)
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453

Symptoms of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health advises the symptoms are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (at least 38°C)
  • shortness of breath.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19 - they are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. If you suspect you have contracted the virus, please remove yourself from all contact with others and call your manager immediately. If we all commit to this, we can all feel safer.

Coronavirus Update - Monday 16 March 2020

Kia ora, as of this morning we are following the government's guidelines and asking all staff and students who have been traveling overseas to self-isolate for 14 days. Please read the following information from the Ministry of Health site: www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Travelers recently returned from other countries
People who have been in any country except those listed in Category 2 (excluding airport transit) should self-isolate for 14 days after their return.

Self-isolation means you should avoid situations that could facilitate the transmission of the virus such as social gatherings and events where you come into contact with others; in particular child care/pre-school centres, primary and secondary schools (including staff and students), aged care, health care facilities, prisons, public gatherings.

Posted 9.30am Monday 16 March 2020