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.

LAST UPDATED: 31st August, 2020



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 




Kia ora SAE students

This morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Cabinet met to review our COVID-19 Alert Levels. Given the reduction of community transmission, with no community cases now for 10 days, they have decided that Auckland can return to Alert Level 1. This shift will take effect at midnight, Wednesday 7 Oct.

This is great news! It means that we can fully return all staff and students to campus. 

Look out on your Slack channels, and via your Axis timetable, to see where your classes will be located from Thursday onwards.

 As you return to campus, please maintain your vigilance and care. These are all safety protocols we are now well versed in, and include:

  • scan in daily through the COVID tracing app or manual entry

  • maintain good hand hygiene

  • cough/sneeze into your elbow

  • you are encouraged to wear a face mask when in close proximity to others including on public transport

  • stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention, including a COVID test, if needed

I want to also take this moment to acknowledge what a tough year it has been. 2020 has been stressful and challenging – truly a year like no other. But your resilience throughout, your sense of community and care, your understanding and respectfulness has been a joy to watch. Our SAE community has never been stronger. Thank you. 

If, at any point you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email or Slack. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you all on campus from Thursday.

Ngā mihi nui,


Campus Director


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



New Zealand Government COVID-19 site

Ministry of Health

World Health Organisation – COVID-19 Q&As




Protecting yourself and others

What is social distancing?

Health and wellness advice

Hand hygiene