COVID-19 Student & Staff Update
New Zealand moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Learn More

Covid-19 vaccination requirements at SIT in 2022

At SIT, anyone attending, studying, working at, or visiting any SIT or MAINZ campus must be fully vaccinated by 11 February 2022, regardless of the traffic light level that we are operating in.

All ākonga (students), kaimahi (staff), contractors, and manuhiri (visitors) who engage in SIT activities will be required to be fully vaccinated, unless otherwise exempted. 

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COVID-19 Student & Staff Updates from SIT


SIT continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation including implementing Government mandates and best practice advice to ensure a high level of health, safety and wellbeing of our people while working, learning, and providing services to or on behalf of SIT. 

New Zealand moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system, on 3 December. For some industries and work places the Government has mandated full vaccination. This will affect the future placements of students undertaking qualifications related to those industries.

What Does This Mean for SIT in the South Island?

Our premises will be open with the following requirements still being in place and followed:-

Masks are required in all public areas and office space where you cannot maintain social distancing.

Contract tracing, scanning or signing in at all SIT buildings.

Until we have a vaccination policy and vaccine pass verification, at this time you will be unable to use the following SIT facilities:-

Gyms located at any of our premises (unless being used as a teaching facility)

Hairdressing (for public appointments )

Beauty therapy (for public appointments)

The café at Invercargill is not a dine in facility so therefore will be accessible however, you must wear your face mask at all times in the café and surrounding area (unless you are seated and eating).


SIT Accommodation

All current residents in SIT accommodation will be required to be fully vaccinated by 24 December 2021.  Incoming residents in 2022 will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to their arrival.

My Vaccine Pass

We are working on the implementation of the My Vaccine Pass across our premises and this will be rolled out as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we must treat our facilities as if we are not using the My Vaccine Pass verification and therefore tighter restrictions will apply. These restrictions are detailed above.

Keep up health habits

Even though we are a highly vaccinated country, COVID-19 can still spread in our communities.  To slow the spread of the virus, and continue to help protect you, your whānau, and your community, it is important to keep up the healthy habits we know.

  • Regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands or use hand sanitiser.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Keep your distance from people you do not know.
  • Clean or disinfect shared surfaces often.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get a test.

Other Information


Stay Home




Be Kind

SIT is working hard to ensure this disruption has the least impact on your learning and you are not disadvantaged in any way. Some students will already be engaged with online studies. Students should keep in touch with their tutors and share any concerns to help us understand and support your needs.

If you have IT support questions, please reach out to our helpdesk team. 

The Student Support team have complied a list of support services available to both students and staff, across our campuses. This list will be placed on MySIT and Blackboard in addition to being distributed through global emails. Please familiarise yourself with these services.

Managers and team leaders will keep in regular contact with their team members to confirm SIT guidelines are understood, and to check on wellbeing. 

Important Information

If you have the following symptoms, please contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.

> Fever

> Coughing

> Difficulty breathing

Make sure you call your doctor before visiting.

The following options are also available:

Health Advice - 0800 611 116

Mental Health Emergencies - 0800 467 846

Counselling via phone/text 1737