MOE COVID-19 update



Support for learning at home

This is an update on the support the Ministry is providing for learning at home. Over the next two and a half weeks we will be working with you so you are supported for the 15th of April to open your school and kura for distance learning (16 April for Southland).

Learning from home website and Ki te Ao Mārama 
Two online spaces went live this week. These have been produced with other agencies and are available online with resources for parents and whānau, spanning early learning through to senior secondary. 

Ki te Ao Marama has been developed to support those students learning te reo Māori and for those in kōhanga reo, kura and Māori medium settings.  They have been purposefully packaged to support learning at home. 

Parents and whānau will find advice and activities they can use to support learning at home, without needing to become teachers themselves.

Ministry of Education:Information and advice for students, whānau, and the education sector

Access to devices and the Internet

We know that not all households will have access to devices for their children to use for their learning. We also know that some households will have Internet connectivity issues. We are working hard on increasing connectivity and getting devices to households that need them.  This is complex and we will be working with schools and communities on how we make this happen. 
In the next week we will be in touch about support you need for online learning, devices and hard copy resources.

Hard copy material for home

We are working to provide hard packs for children who don’t have technology at home and we will work with you on the best approach to getting this to those children. Our aim is to provide a supply of these by 15 April, if printing and distribution times make this possible. We will update you on this as soon as we can.

For Advice for students, parents and whānau:

MOE: Talking to children about covid-19

Key Contacts


Healthline has a dedicated line for COVID-19 enquiries with translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages:

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health are the lead Government agency providing health advice in New Zealand in response to COVID-19:

COVID-19 – Ministry of Health

Public health units/district health boards

If you need to contact your public health officer: 

Public Health Unit Contacts – Ministry of Health

Unite against COVID-19

This website has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get the latest updates:

Unite against COVID-19 –

Immigration New Zealand

Keep updated on travel restrictions through the New Zealand Immigration website:

COVID-19 response – Immigration New Zealand


Advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas:

Travel advice – SafeTravel

New Zealand Human Rights Commission

If you know someone who has experienced racial discrimination related to COVID-19, the Human Rights Commission offers a free and confidential enquires and complaints service:

Pastoral care for students

If you have specific questions about pastoral care for domestic or international students, contact the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) Code team:

Tenancy Services 

Are you a landlord or a tenant dealing with a coronavirus situation? Make sure you are aware of your rights and responsibilities:

COVID-19: What landlords and tenants need to know – Tenancy Services

World Health Organization (WHO)

Information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19:

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) – World Health Organization

Information in other languages 

COVID-19 – information in other languages – Ministry of Health

Information for kids

Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) has a great informational video for kids about COVID-19.

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