Latest Updates on the Coronavirus at the ELA

Update: 12 January 2022

Auckland is currently at Orange in the COVID Protection Framework.

Our reception team is working remotely. To speak with a team member call 09 919 7695 or email ela@auckland.ac.nz. Please note reception hours are 8.30 am - 4.30 pm (Monday to Friday).

Our Exam Centre (IELTS and Pearson) is offering exams from 15th January 2022.

Information on IELTS testing at the ELA can be found here.

Information on PTE Academic can be found here.

Information on Pearson VUE can be found here.

 

Update: 30 November 2021

As of 11:59 pm 2nd December, all of New Zealand will operate in a new protection framework (‘traffic lights’). Auckland will move to Red. ELA will continue teaching and learning online. 

ELA is intending to reopen its doors for onsite IELTS and Pearson testing from 10 January 2022. 

We will provide more details on this over the coming weeks.

In line with the University of Auckland COVID-19 vaccination policy, all candidates and staff will need to be fully vaccinated as a condition of entry to campus.

 

Update: 17 August 2021

Change in Alert Level

From 11:59 pm on 17th August 2021, New Zealand moves to Alert Level 4. 

This means that the ELA building, including our Test Centre is closed. Classes continue online.

 

Further information:

Please Contact: ela@auckland.ac.nz

For COVID-19 Information: https://covid19.govt.nz

 

Update: 12 March 2021

As of midday, Friday the 12th of March, Auckland is at Alert Level 1.

This means that from Monday the 15th of March, all students, test-takers, and staff can return to the school as normal.

Please continue to use the NZ Covid Tracer app, and follow the Government's guidelines for Alert Level 1

 

Update: 12 March 2021

As of midday, Friday the 12th of March, Auckland is at Alert Level 1.

This means that from Monday the 15th of March, all students, test-takers, and staff can return to the school as normal.

Please continue to use the NZ Covid Tracer app, and follow the Government's guidelines for Alert Level 1

 

Update: 5 March 2021

As of 6am, Sunday the 7th of March Auckland will move to Alert Level 2.

This is welcome news, however, under Alert Level 2 there is still a risk of community transmission. For this reason, all lessons will continue to be taught online. 

Our exams centre will reopen again from Monday the 8th March for registered candidates ONLY. 

For more information on Alert Level 2 and the latest announcement, please check the COVID-19 website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at ela@auckland.ac.nz

 

Update: 28 February 2021

As of 6am, Sunday 28th February, Auckland is at Alert Level 3.

The ELA, including the Examination Centre, is closed.

For more information on Alert Level 3 and the latest announcement, including places of interest, please check the COVID-19 website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at ela@auckland.ac.nz

 

Update: 22 February 2021

From 11:59 pm Monday the 22nd February Auckland will move to Alert Level 1. 

This means all students and staff can return to the school as normal from Tuesday the 23rd of February. 

Please continue to use the NZ Covid Tracer app, and follow the Government's guidelines for Alert Level 1

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at ela@auckland.ac.nz 

 

Update: 19 February 2021

Learning and teaching at Alert Level 2.

Auckland remains at COVID Alert Level 2. In line with the University of Auckland’s Alert Level 2 protocols, the ELA building is only open to current students who have permission to come in to sit their exams OR exam candidates who have a booked IELTS or Pearson exam.

Further information:

Please contact:  ela@auckland.ac.nz 

For COVID-19 information: https://covid19.govt.nz/



Update:  15 February 2021

Auckland is now in Alert Level 3 until midnight on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, or until a further announcement is made. STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE. 

All ELA classes will be delivered online.  DO NOT COME INTO THE ELA.  Please check your email for updates and information from your teachers and ELA support staff.  All staff will be working from home and are available to assist you.

If you feel unwell, please contact Heathline on 0800 358 5453.

As and when we have further updates, the website, Facebook page, and Twitter will be updated.  Please continue to monitor these platforms for further information.

 

 

Update:  13 November 2020

The Ministry of Health has provided a further update in regard to the Auckland CBD community case which was confirmed on the 12th November. The source of this case has now been identified and can be genomically linked to the Defence worker who was infected at a quarantine hotel.


This means that Auckland remains at Alert Level 1 and as of Saturday 14th November, the Auckland CBD can reopen. 


In line with this update, the ELA will reopen from Saturday 14th November for all students and staff. This includes for all classes, exams and tests. 


Please continue to use the COVID-19 tracer app, wear masks on any public transport and wash your hands regularly. If you have visited any of the locations in question, you should get a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether you are symptomatic or not.
 

 

Update:  13 November 2020

The Ministry of Health has provided a further update in regard to the Auckland community case which was confirmed on the 12th November. The source of this case has now been identified and can be genomically linked to the Defense worker who was infected at a quarantine hotel.

This means that Auckland remains at Alert level and the Auckland CBD can now reopen.

In line with this update, the ELA will reopen from Saturday 14th November for all students and staff. This includes for all classes, exams and tests.

Please continue to use the COVID-19 tracer app, wear masks on any public transport and wash your hands regularly.

If you have visited any of the locations in question, you should get a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether you are symptomatic or not.

For more information about COVID-19 and a list of the locations in question, see HERE

Update: 8 September 2020

In line with the University of Auckland we are assuming that the country will be at Alert Level 1 by 21 September.  This will allow the ELA to be fully operational, and staff and students will be able to return to the building.

This means that all teaching (apart from the current part-time CELTA course ) will be online for the week commencing Monday 14 September.

Please note the following guidelines from the University of Auckland, which we need to follow:

From 21 September most teaching activity will resume on campus under the following general conditions:
o    Physical distancing of 1m in each ‘controlled learning space’ and ‘other controlled environments’ should be observed where possible. A ‘controlled learning space’ may be a lecture theatre, a lab, a classroom etc. ‘Other controlled environments’ include residential accommodation. Outside of controlled environments 2m physical distancing should be observed
o    The Ministry of Education recommends that students bring face coverings or masks with them when attending on site activities, and make use of these where appropriate, particularly where physical distancing may be difficult
o    Staff and students who are at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19, as defined by MOH should agree with their manager or course coordinator what measures will be put in place to manage their health and safety. This may include remote working, where practicable.
o    Contact tracing information must be collected that identifies which students and staff (and any other visitors) have been in each controlled learning space and other controlled environments and at what time. The University will meet these requirements through the Check-IN service and display of NZ Covid Tracer QR codes
o    There remain health risks associated with Covid-19 and in addition to the requirements above, the University must also comply with infection control and hygiene practices specified by Worksafe NZ. The University prioritises the health, safety and wellbeing of all its staff and students. The government advises that tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff to return to at Alert Level 2 and encourages alternative ways of working where possible. With the resumption of on-campus teaching comes an expectation that many more staff will be required on-campus and the delivery of associated services remains a priority. Leaders will work with their teams to determine whether an on-campus presence is required and to implement flexible working approaches as appropriate.

Update: 24 August 2020

The Prime Minister confirmed on Monday 24 August that the Auckland region will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Sunday 30 August. CELTA students will return to the building from Tuesday 1st September to complete their teaching assessments. The students will be in small groups and will be taught across two floors in the ELA Building.  EAP Intro students will be allowed to enter the building on Tuesday with their teacher to do their end of block assessment.  All other EAP classes will do their assessments online. We are also working on a plan for a reduced number of IELTS & PTE Academic test candidates to be allowed back in the building.

Update: 14 August 2020

The Prime Minister confirmed on Friday 14 August that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3 for an additional 12 days, until 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 August. This will be reviewed next Friday, 21 August. The rest of the country stays at Alert Level 2 for the same period. This means the ELA will remain in remote teaching mode until at least Thursday 27 August, unless the review next Friday justifies a change. Exam candidates will be rescheduled to an alternative date/time.

Update: 12 August 2020

New Zealand's Alert levels will change today at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. Auckland region will move to Alert Level 3 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August 2020. It will remain at Alert Level 3 for at least 3 days. The ELA will be closed during Alert Level 3 and all teaching will be online. Exam candidates will be rescheduled to an alternative date/time. We are taking this very seriously and, along with the University, monitoring this every day. Our focus is on our staff and student health and safety. We will be guided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. 

If you're sick or feeling unwell, stay home. Please don't socialise and practice social distancing rules. If you have symptoms of cold or flu, please call your doctor or Healthline 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested. If you have been told to self-isolate, please do so immediately.

Read more information and ensure that you are following official guidelines on what Alert Level 3 means HERE

If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email reception@ela.auckland.ac.nz Further updates will be provided via Canvas for students.

Update: 22 May 2020

To continue supporting our future students with their academic plans, the ELA will now accept IELTS Indicator results in alignment with the University of Auckland. Offshore students can provide this upon enrolment as proof of meeting entry requirements into our courses during 2020-2021 until further notice, subject to availability in their home country

Update: 12 May 2020

New Zealand will transition to Alert Level 2 at midnight on Wednesday 13 May 2020. The ELA is delighted to announce our Testing Centre will re-open for IELTS and PTE Academic testing from Friday 15th May 2020. 

We want to assure you we are taking every precaution to keep our test takers and our testing team safe during Alert Level 2.  Our team has planned for our opening very carefully and will be taking the following precautions to ensure our staff and test takers remain safe at our centre: 
•    Reduced testing numbers for our first week to allow 2 meters social distancing
•    From Friday 22nd May, we will return to usual numbers allowing 1 meter social distancing 
•    Signing in and out forms for all staff and test takers to ensure accurate contact tracing
•    Separate floors for all tests – no intermixing of test takers or staff
•    Masks and gloves available for test takers and staff (though wearing of masks and gloves is optional, you do not need to wear these to take a test)
•    Increased cleaning between and during tests

If you have any questions or concerns about your IELTS or PTE Academic booking with us, feel free to get in touch at ielts@auckland.ac.nz

 

Update: 6 May 2020

An update from the Director on how the ELA is progressing and our plans looking ahead. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Update: 20 April 2020 

Today’s announcement by the Prime Minister regarding the intention to go to Alert Level 3 at midnight on Monday 27 April does not change the University’s decision to continue in the current remote learning mode. Please see HERE for what Alert Level 3 means. Our English language courses are now offered online for intakes up to the end of 2020 - a list of FAQ's can be found HERE.  

Over the weekend, the Ministry of Education sent out detailed requirements for Tertiary Education Organisations operating under Level 3, which are now being reviewed. While these restrictions allow for more flexibility in on-campus activities compared to Level 4, it is clear that such activities are still severely limited, and only allowable as exceptions.

While the requirements are being reviewed, staff and students are to continue to work and study as they have under Level 4. 

Update: 14 April 2020

The ELA is now beginning its fourth week of delivering its courses online using Zoom and Canvas (a learning management platform). Regular support measures have been established by the Student Services team to ensure the well-being and safety of students is tracked for the remainder of the lockdown period. ELA staff members have been working remotely to support the continuance of school operations during the lockdown period. 

The ELA will continue to accept enrolments for our courses including those that are delivered online. A list of FAQ’s can be accessed HERE  With a new block starting 14 April, the ELA is looking forward to welcoming new students to their online courses. 

 

Update: 23 March 2020

The NZ Prime Minister has announced that New Zealand has moved to a Level 3 status, and will move to a Level 4 status at midnight on Wednesday. To ensure that the ELA follows Government guidelines, we have made the following decisions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of our students and staff:

  • Tuesday 24 March will be a non-teaching day to allow time for teachers to make final preparations for teaching online.
  • From Wednesday 25 March, classes and all teaching will be delivered online for next four weeks.
  • From Thursday 26 March, all ELA staff will be working from home, and all students will receive classes online.The ELA is still very much operational and our staff are all still available as they work from home. 

All of our ELA students are being contacted today to check on the devices and internet access that they have access to. We are also supporting students with their study plans and pastoral support around their safety and well-being. The ELA will be in continual and daily contact with all of our students and will work with them to either continue their studies online, or assist them with  arrangements to return home.   

For a copy of the PM’s announcement, see HERE
For information on the NZ Government’s response to COVID-19, see HERE

 

Update: 19 March 2020

Government announces border closure
The Government has confirmed that the New Zealand border will be closed to anyone who is not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident from 11.59pm tonight (Thursday 19 March).

Children and partners of New Zealand citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter.

People from the Pacific will be included in the border closure, as will temporary workers or temporary visa holders such as students.

NZ Government self-isolation guidelines updated

The New Zealand Government and Ministry of Health have announced changes to the COVID-19 outbreak regulations. They have widened who should self-isolate to include anyone who has travelled to New Zealand in the past 14 days, apart from travellers from the Pacific Islands.

For who should self-isolate, information about self-isolation, hygiene, and other advice from the government, please visit the Ministry of Health COVID-19 self-isolation website.

The twenty-eighth case of COVID-19 in NZ has been confirmed.

 

Update: 16 March 2020 

URGENT: Overseas travel requirements

In response to the NZ Government's announcement (Saturday 14 March) of more stringent COVID-19 travel restrictions, the University has confirmed the following requirements, effective immediately:

All staff currently travelling overseas on University business are required to return to New Zealand immediately.
Staff with plans to travel overseas on University business are required to cancel those plans and remain in New Zealand.
Staff who are currently overseas on personal travel are asked to return to New Zealand as soon as possible.
The University is working with Healix (one of our international travel emergency assistance providers) and Orbit Travel to contact directly the travellers we know are overseas to inform them of these requirements and to support their return to New Zealand.

The University’s decision, which also applies to our students, is in response to the NZ Government's announcement of COVID-19 travel restrictions that are among the strictest of any country in the world.

As of midnight on Sunday 15 March, all travelers arriving into New Zealand from overseas (including Australia) will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, apart from those coming from the Pacific Islands.

The Government is also encouraging all New Zealanders to avoid all non-essential travel overseas.

Saturday 14 March: The NZ Government has announced more stringent travel restrictions in response to COVID-19. As of midnight on Sunday 15 March, all people arriving into New Zealand will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, apart from those coming from the Pacific Islands.

Saturday 14 March: A sixth case of coronavirus in New Zealand has been confirmed.

Tuesday 3 March: Travel restrictions for China and Iran have been extended until 10 March, when they will be reviewed again.

Monday 2 March: The NZ Government has announced that people travelling to New Zealand from northern Italy or South Korea will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Friday 28 February 5.40pm: The first case of coronavirus in New Zealand has been confirmed.

Friday 28 February: The Ministry of Health has revised the case definition for COVID-19. Please see 'What do I need to know' below for details.

Monday 24 February: The NZ Government has confirmed an extension of entry restrictions into NZ on all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China for a further eight days until Tuesday 3 March 2020.

What is the case definition of a suspected case of coronavirus?


The Ministry of Health revised the case definition for COVID-19 on 28 February 2020. There are now three categories for countries or areas of concern.

Category 1a: Mainland China, Iran: The restrictions prevent foreign nationals travelling from or transiting through Category 1a countries and territories from entering New Zealand.

Category 1b: All countries not named in category 1a or 2: All travellers from Category 1b countries and territories (excluding airport transit) are requested to register with Healthline (0800 358 5453) and self-isolate for 14 days starting from the date of departure.

This will take effect from 23:59 Sunday 15 March 2020.

Category 2: Pacific Island countries and territories: Cook Islands; Fiji; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Nauru; New Caledonia; Niue; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Tokelau; Wallis and Futuna

People who have recently travelled from Category 2 countries and territories (excluding airport transit) should be aware of the COVID-19 symptoms. You do not have to self-isolate if you are well. Anyone who develops symptoms within 14 days of departing the Category 2 country and territory should contact Healthline (0800 358 5453).