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
Healthline has a dedicated line for COVID-19 enquiries with translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages:
- Free call 0800 358 5453
- +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health are the lead Government agency providing health advice in New Zealand in response to COVID-19:
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 – covid19.govt.nz
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:
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:
- New Zealand Human Rights Commission website
- Free call 0800 496 877 (if calling from NZ)
- 0064 93090874 (if calling from overseas)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Free call 0800 697 296 (if calling from NZ)
- Email email@example.com
- Pastoral Care of Domestic Students – New Zealand Qualifications Authority
- Pastoral Care of International Students – New Zealand Qualifications Authority
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:
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.