Kia ora 

This afternoon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the current lockdown will be extended once more, with Auckland staying in Alert Level 4 for the remainder of August – until at least midnight, Tuesday 31 August.

That means, our SAE Auckland campus remains fully closed and all classes will continue online for the time-being. 

I implore you to regularly check the locations of interest. There are now over 300 sites, many of which are in or around Auckland city. If you have been at a location of interest at the date/time noted, you must immediately self-isolate, seek a COVID test and contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Please also be aware that there are now staff and students who have been identified as close contacts and are self-isolating. Given this, there are four key points I want to reiterate: 

  1. Please look out for COVID symptoms and if you feel unwell, seek a COVID test and contact Healthline. 

  2. As above, please regularly check the locations of interest and comply with all associated health orders.

  3. If you do need to self-isolate, please inform me through emailing or via Slack. 

  4. Please be mindful of everyone you are interacting with during our zoom classes, recognising that you may not be aware of the personal circumstances that fellow students or staff are facing, including whether or not they are self-isolating while attending their online class. Kindness and aroha goes a long way when we are anxious, so let’s continue supporting each other through this challenging time. 

I would also like to remind all of you of the counselling support we have available, both for staff and students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Student Support or to me privately to discuss your situation if needed.

All the best with your online classes this week. Fingers crossed that collectively we can stop the spread of this outbreak and gather on campus again soon.