SAE continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, which is presenting unprecedented challenges for our teaching and learning communities.


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SAE Creative Media Institute is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID 19) situation and will continue to act on the advice given by the New Zealand government and health authorities. Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our community. Please find a list of frequently asked questions regarding studying at SAE and the impacts of COVID-19.

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SAE Auckland is pleased to announce 2 funds that have been established to assist students facing technology access issues and/or general hardship due to COVID-19. Any current SAE Auckland student can apply to either or both of these funds. These funds will remain open for the remainder of 2020.

Technology Access Fund

This fund has been set up to provide financial assistance specifically for data in order to help students access online classes. Students will be provided money to pay their Internet Service Provider to ensure they have sufficient data to learn from home whenever we have online classes. The Technology Access fund will include payment of data or other associated costs to the value of $60 per month for a maximum of 3 months. 

Application to the Technology Access Fund

Student Hardship Fund

This fund has been set up to provide temporary financial assistance for students experiencing hardship from the impacts of COVID-19. Students can use the money to cover basic living costs they are unable to meet including food, utilities, rent or other unexpected expenses. The Hardship Fund will include lump sum grants to the value of either $250 or $500 depending on the student’s circumstances.

Application to the Hardship Fund


Once an application has been submitted, we will be in touch to talk through your particular circumstances and how we might be able to help. If you are facing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19, please make the most of this opportunity. 

If you have any queries regarding either of these funds, please contact Student Support on 



COVID-19 Update re SAE Auckland Degree Graduation: 25 January 2021

Kia ora koutou

This evening marks a momentous occasion for SAE Auckland – our annual Degree Graduation ceremony. Given Auckland is currently under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, this event is continuing as planned.

However, as you’ll be aware, the Ministry of Health is currently investigating a positive COVID-19 case with a person who recently travelled from overseas and completed their stay in managed isolation in a facility in Auckland. The person in question visited a number of places in the Northland region on departing managed isolation and went to around 30 locations. These 30 locations are listed in the Ministry of Health webpage

The Ministry of Health has advised that anyone who attended one of the locations listed during the relevant timeframes should immediately isolate and call Healthline about when and where to get a test. If you have any symptoms, get a test promptly. Close contacts of the positive case have been contacted directly.

If you have visited one of these 30 locations, you must not attend our SAE Auckland Graduation Ceremony.

If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home and seek medical advice. 

For those attending graduation – please exercise vigilance and care. Ensure you scan into the venue upon arrival and practice good hand hygiene. You are welcome to wear a mask during the event. Social distancing is encouraged, but not mandatory. 

If, on the off-chance circumstances change between now and 6pm, we will urgently contact graduates via text, email and slack.

Please pass this message onto your family and loved ones attending the ceremony. If you, or any of your guests have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly on (027) 669 3119.

We appreciate these are challenging times, however we know that our Graduation Ceremony will be an exciting and enjoyable evening. We are looking forward to celebrating the success of our graduates with their whānau and friends at Q Theatre tonight.

Ngā mihi nui,

Dr Suzette Major

Campus Director, SAE Auckland

You may view previous announcements here.



Ministry of Education: Tertiary Student Support Package - 16 April 2020

Ministry of Education: Tertiary Bulletin update - 6th April 2020

Ministry of Education: International Student update - 2nd April 2020

Ministry of Education: Tertiary Bulletin update - 2nd April 2020

Ministry of Education: Tertiary Bulletin update - 30th March 2020



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