Update: 18th October 2021


Kia ora whānau,

This afternoon the Prime Minister has confirmed the following:

  • Tai Tokerau will move to Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm Tuesday 19 October.
  • Early learning service providers in Northland can reopen from Wednesday 20 October.
  • The parts of Waikato currently in Alert Level 3 will remain at Alert Level 3, with Government reviewing those settings on Friday 22 October. 
  • The Auckland region will remain at current Alert Level 3 settings for the next two weeks.

On Friday, the Prime Minister will announce new details on COVID-19 protection framework and how we will get there.

For your information, below are excerpts from last week's Ministry of Education bulletin regarding mandatory vaccination requirements and COVID testing at Alert Level 3.


Mandatory vaccination requirements

The Health Order is yet to be finalised, although the intention of mandatory vaccination is for adults who may come into contact with children to be vaccinated.

The Government decision on mandatory vaccination requirements is that from 1 January 2022 education services must, during opening hours, only allow those who are fully vaccinated to provide a service onsite or in a home, including:

•    volunteers
•    initial teacher education students on practicum
•    learning support specialists
•    education advisors
•    social workers or nurses

The requirements also apply to any adult or young person over the age of 12 who lives in a home where homebased education and care is delivered.


Mandatory testing for Alert Level 3 areas by 26 October  

Alert Level 3 areas
All staff in early learning services in Alert Level 3 areas will need to be tested for COVID-19 and return a negative test by 26 October. If your service has already been operating staff can continue to work while they are waiting for their results. If you haven’t been operating, then your staff will have to provide evidence of a negative test before they can return to working on site. These requirements are regardless of vaccination status.


Mandatory ongoing testing at Alert Level 3  

Staff and workers in early learning services that are not fully vaccinated must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. These people will also need to have their first vaccination by 15 November and then be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. Once a person is fully vaccinated, ongoing testing will no longer be required.


Thank you to all of our Educators for continuing to support our families and children in care. In particular, thank you to all those families who are essential service workers.


Nga Mihi,