COVID-19 update

COVID-19 update

Important information - updated 28 January 2022

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The whole of Aotearoa New Zealand is currently in the RED setting of the traffic light system (COVID-19 Government Protection Framework). 


What does this mean for NMIT? 

There is no entry to NMIT premises without a valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination.

The COVID-19 Protection Framework for NMIT [DOCX, 17 KB] was introduced late last year and guides our response to managing COVID-19. Under the RED setting NMIT will remain open, but with increased public health measures in place.

Only staff, students, visitors (including volunteers and contractors) who have a valid vaccine pass can be onsite at any NMIT campus or venue.

Please note: This requirement supersedes the introduction of the NMIT COVID-19 Vaccination Policy due to come into effect for staff on 31 January and for students 21 February.

The vaccination requirement will not apply to school students coming onsite for programmes such as STAR, Trades Academy or Gateway. However, precautions will be in place regarding 1 metre physical distancing and wearing face masks.

Staff

If any staff member is vaccinated but hasn't sent a valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination to POD, please email it to hradmin@nmit.ac.nz prior to coming onsite.
Any staff with medical concerns who do not wish to be onsite please discuss with your manager.

Staff unable to present a valid vaccination pass must remain offsite and work from home. Please ensure you have been in touch with your manager.

Learners

Learners need to supply a valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination to enrolments@nmit.ac.nz
If you have not already done this please go to A Block reception (Nelson) or the campus main entrance (Blenheim) to verify vaccination status.

Learners who are unable to present a valid vaccination pass will need to discuss with their tutor, or call 0800 422 733 to discuss options.

External contractors

External contractors who are unable to present a valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination may not come onsite. Please contact Campus Services at H Block Reception for Nelson, the entrance of Blenheim and the sign-in area at Richmond. For further information please phone 03 539 5084 or 027 4334 612 after hours.

Visitors

All visitors to report to A Block reception (Nelson) or the campus main entrance (Blenheim) or the sign-in area at Richmond Campus to verify vaccination status; or call 0800 422 733.

Requests for equipment

Any staff requests for equipment to enable working from home need to be logged through the Service Desk(external link) or email servicedesk@nmit.ac.nz and for students needing to learn online, via the learner portal(external link).

Wearing a mask: new requirements

Everyone on NMIT premises, staff and learners, will need to wear a mask indoors (unless an exemption applies) when they are in areas open to the public (cafes, gyms, building foyers  etc) and during formal teaching and learning activities.

There are exemptions to this requirement(external link):
Staff who are presenting in class, and who are able to maintain 2-metre physical distancing from others
 where lip reading is required. An alternative option may be available.

A face covering will need to be an actual mask, and attached to the head by loops around the ears or head. Scarves, bandannas, or t-shirts are not to be used.

Any enquiries to covid@nmit.ac.nz  

Why do we need to wear a mask?

If you are exposed to COVID-19 aerosols having a well-fitting mask will help reduce the severity of your illness. That’s because the viral dose will be reduced as you will inhale fewer Covid-19 particles.

Here's a useful article on fitting your N95 or surgical mask(external link) at home and some useful hacks.

Contact tracing and QR code scanning

  • All staff, learners and visitors to our campuses must either scan a QR code with the COVID-19 Tracer App or make a manual record as they move around campus.  Please check that Bluetooth has been enabled on the app.
  • Each NMIT building has its own QR code (except for Richmond and Marlborough Campuses).
  • There is a QR code for each business onsite (for instance SANITI, Ake Ake)
  • Registers and sanitisation stations are in all buildings.

Please note: Everyone using the Mahitahi Colab area will need to show their valid vaccine pass. 

If there is a case of COVID-19 at an NMIT site

If an employee, visitor or learner becomes a confirmed (or probable) COVID-19 case and has been at an NMIT site while infectious, we will follow standard processes under the direction of the Ministry of Health officials.

If you are unwell, waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have been asked to self-isolate you should stay home, and not come on campus.

Check out the information available on how you can be prepared(external link). Consider getting your booster vaccine as soon as you’re eligible and stocking up on a few supplies in case you need to stay at home.

More information related to wearing a mask(external link), locations of interest(external link) and where to get a test(external link).

COVID-19 Management Group

NMIT recently formed a COVID-19 Management Group (CMG) to coordinate NMIT’s COVID-19 response.  Any enquiries to covid@nmit.ac.nz

Please reach out to your colleagues, friends and whānau. Know where to seek support and don’t forget to ask for help if needed.

 


More information

Please check for updates here on the NMIT website, or the NMIT(external link) or NMIT Current Students(external link) Facebook pages.

Staff can visit NMIT Polly(external link) for more information. 

Who do I contact at NMIT for support?  

For any academic enquiries please email your tutor in the first instance.  

For any urgent 24/7 care please call: 0800 718 277

SANITI - independent support

SANITI is able to provide support and guidance for students.  Details on the SANITI website(external link).

 


NMIT COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

On 17 December the NMIT Board approved a COVID-19 vaccination policy [PDF, 287 KB] which requires anyone studying, working at, or visiting NMIT sites to be fully vaccinated.  The policy has been adopted in response to public health requirements for COVID-19.

This policy does not apply to secondary school students who are involved in programmes at an NMIT site.

The COVID-19 vaccination policy was developed because of the position statement adopted by Te Pūkenga, the parent organisation for NMIT and the network of polytechnics in New Zealand.

Its position states that anyone visiting a Te Pūkenga network location (employees, learners, contractors, visitors, etc.) must be fully vaccinated, unless a local risk assessment determines otherwise. 

Under this default position NMIT completed a thorough risk assessment across all roles and the vaccination policy was confirmed by the Board on 17 December 2021.

This decision was not taken lightly and followed a consultation period (10-16 December) during which feedback was received from NMIT staff, the student executive, learners, and members of the public.

It is an extension of our duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, to help ensure the health and safety of all.

What does this mean for learners at NMIT in 2022?

To either enrol on a programme or continue on a current programme you will need to  provide evidence of a valid vaccine pass to come on to any NMIT campuses from 21 February 2022.

Please send your valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination  to  enrolments@nmit.ac.nz, or drop in to see our enrolment team before 21 February 2022. Alternatively, you can call 0800 422 733 to discuss other options.  

This requirement also applies to all visitors, staff and tenants on NMIT Campuses.

NB: If we are operating under a red setting this becomes effective immediately.

Learners who do not have a My Vaccine Pass

If you can not provide a valid vaccination pass by 21 February 2022, we  will work through any reasonable options to try and enable learners to continue studying at NMIT.  However, depending on the programme you are enrolled in, options to continue learning with us without a vaccine pass will be limited. 

Some programmes require students to undertake industry work placements, or offsite visits, which have mandated vaccinations as a requirement for staff.

To talk through learning options for learners who are not able to provide a valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination, please contact us(external link) or ring 0800 422 733.  

If you decline to provide a valid vaccination pass you will be assessed the same as an unvaccinated learner. 


We appreciate the issue of COVID-19 vaccinations is an emotive one and this policy may not be welcomed by all.

If you have any questions on NMIT’s COVID-19 policy, please email covid@nmit.ac.nz

View the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy [PDF, 287 KB]


Medical exemptions and valid vaccination passes

In rare medical situations, some people may be able to apply for a temporary medical exemption from being vaccinated against COVID-19. This will allow them to get a My Vaccine Pass.

The application is submitted to the temporary medical exemptions panel run by the Ministry of Health.

A member of the public cannot apply for an exemption for themselves. Their usual medical practitioner or nurse practitioner can apply on their behalf. 

A letter of exemption has to be issued by the Ministry of Health. Read more(external link) about the exemption process.

A negative test result from a nasopharyngeal (PCR), saliva or rapid antigen test (RAT) alone is not acceptable. According to the Ministry of Health Rapid Antigen Testing is not a substitute for vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination and testing information

To find out where the Covid-19 vaccination clinics and testing stations are operating in our region please visit the Nelson Marlborough Health website(external link) 

For all other COVID-19 questions please call COVID-19 helpline: 0800 358 5453 

 


COVID-19 Vaccination Policy FAQs

Why mandate COVID-19 vaccinations?

It is important all staff and learners have the confidence to attend campus as safely as possible and not contract an illness that may affect their whānau or community.

Alongside public health measures, mandatory vaccination allows us to offer on-campus learning at all COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light(external link)) settings.

Will NMIT accept a negative test result instead of a valid My Vaccine Pass?

Under the NMIT vaccination policy only learners, staff and visitors who have a valid vaccination pass are permitted onsite. A negative test result from a nasopharyngeal (PCR), saliva or rapid antigen test (RAT) alone is not acceptable.  According to the Ministry of Health Rapid Antigen Testing is not a substitute for vaccination.

My Vaccine Pass expires during my studies. What do I do?

Please organise another valid vaccine pass and email it to enrolments@nmit.ac.nz

I’m studying a fully online programme/course. Do I need a valid vaccination pass?

If you wish to come onsite to an NMIT campus, to visit tutors, the library, or any on campus facilities, you will need to provide a valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination, from 21 February 2022. Unless we are operating in a RED setting when this is effective immediately.

Do I need to be vaccinated to enrol on a programme?

Under the NMIT vaccination policy all students are required to provided a valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination to enter any NMIT campuses from 21 February 2022. Unless we are operating under a red setting when this becomes effective immediately. 

Learners who choose not to be vaccinated may have a limited options available to them.  
Please note: some blended learning programmes (mixing online and onsite) may have site or industry requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Learners doing a fully online course don't need a valid vaccine pass.  However, they won't be able to visit any NMIT campuses.

My programme starts before I am required to have my first vaccination. Can I go to class? 

Yes, provided your programme is not covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021(external link), which requires workers in schools, the hospitality and service industries such as hair, beauty and restaurant, and the fitness sector, to be COVID-19 vaccinated.  

To meet the NMIT vaccination policy requirements learners will need to have had their first COVID-19 vaccination by 11.59 pm 31 January 2022 to meet the fully vaccinated deadline by 21 February 2022

NB: If  we are operating under a red setting everyone on campus will need a valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination.

What if I can’t complete my qualification because I can’t attend on campus or onsite activities? 

Learners in this situation should contact Information and Enrolments at enrolments@nmit.ac.nz or call 0800 422 733 or contact them via this link(external link) to discuss their options. 

Will NMIT accept a negative Rapid Antigen Test result?

Under the NMIT vaccination policy only learners, staff and visitors who have a My Vaccine Pass are permitted onsite. A negative test result from a nasopharyngeal (PCR), saliva or rapid antigen test (RAT) alone is not acceptable. According to the Ministry of Health Rapid Antigen Testing is not a substitute for vaccination.

Will I get a refund if I can’t attend my programme due to my vaccination status? 

Those students who are not able to attend a programme starting in 2022 due to their COVID-19 vaccination status may apply for a refund. Students requesting a refund must formally cancel their enrolment on a course or programme by following the procedures set out in the Withdrawal Procedure(external link).  

Enrolment cancellation is possible at any time before or on the programme start date.

Fee penalties will apply for any enrolments cancelled after the first 21 days of a programme, or after 14 days of a programme or course that is longer than 8 weeks and shorter than 12 weeks. 

For further information contact Information and Enrolments at enrolments@nmit.ac.nz or call 0800 422 733 or contact them via this link(external link). 

What programmes can I do online that do not require a vaccination or an onsite or industry placement? 

Learners who are unvaccinated may have a limited selection of options available to them. Book a free career conversation(external link) to discuss your options. 

Is there support available for online study? 

NMIT has a variety of support options available(external link) to help online study 

What if I can’t download a My Vaccine Pass?  

Refer to the government COVID-19 website(external link)  If you have any problems, please email your enquiry to vaccinestatus@health.govt.nz and they will respond with step-by-step instructions.  Many pharmacies are offering to help obtain passes. 

My workshop or training placement takes place outside an NMIT site— do I need to be COVID-19 vaccinated? 

You will need to follow the guidelines of the location where you are receiving the training or get in touch with Information and Enrolments to discuss your individual situation. Check your programme details or contact enrolments@nmit.ac.nz or call 0800 422 733 or via this link(external link).  

I access a building that is on an NMIT campus but is independently operated. Do I have to be COVID-19 vaccinated? 

Where tenants are on NMIT land and do not have independent access or facilities they are bound by the policy requiring all employees, contractors and visitors to be vaccinated and provide a valid vaccination pass, or a Government-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination, from 21 February 2022. 

NB: If we are operating under a red setting this is effective immediately.

I’m an international student. I haven’t paid my fees or booked my flights. When do you need to see a valid vaccine pass?

When you have paid your fees. Please obtain your Vaccine Pass(external link).

 

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