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As you may know, New Zealand now has a small number of COVID-19 cases. Our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the government are taking a proactive "Stamp it out" approach. Our small and wonderful country is now coming together in support of one another as we move to a Level-4 status at 11.59 pm tonight, 25 March 2020.
This means that people are required to self-isolate for a period of at least four weeks, physically interacting with their household members only, unless they are part of emergency services or on the essential businesses list. This means many people will continue to study and to work - but from home.
Visit Unite against COVID-19 for more information about how New Zealand is uniting against COVID-19.
As education providers we can continue teaching but in a different way, and English New Zealand schools have been working hard to enable teaching online as a temporary measure during this four-week period.
Administration staff will continue to provide pastoral care and general support for students, and communication with education agencies. The government has now confirmed information about visas that students might hold (e.g. student, visitor and WHV) and what happens to their status given the impact of COVID-19. Individual schools can give you more information but visit Immigration New Zealand for specific information.
The wellbeing of our students is very important to our member schools and we want to make sure they are well cared for and engaged in learning over this period.
English New Zealand, as an organisation, is working closely with government agencies involved in the regulation and support of international education in New Zealand. Our office remains open, and if you have any questions about members and the impact on the English language sector in New Zealand please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to send positive thoughts and best wishes to our friends and their families around the globe as we all try to navigate through these difficult times.