Novel coronavirus: Information to MLA schools and others


6 February 2020

Kia Ora, Happy Waitangi Day!

Since our last update, the New Zealand government has placed temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand on all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China to assist with the containment of the novel coronavirus and to protect local communities from the disease. Obviously, the travel restrictions and the coronavirus outbreak will keep impacting our programmes. Our thoughts are with all the people affected by the disease.

In a message sent by Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, he suggested with a quotation, "viruses don’t discriminate, and nor should we." We all hope to see tolerance and compassion from everyone in the coming weeks and months. Please look after yourselves, and look after each other.

VC's Message to staff on 5 February 2020


31 January 2020

As WHO has just declared that the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the Confucius Institute in Auckland will continue to follow the protocols advised by the NZ Ministries of Health and Education and the University of Auckland.

As stated in our previous updates, the arrival of our Mandarin Language Assistants has been delayed until further notice. None of our staff/teachers have been to China or any other countries with confirmed cases recently. We will follow the University's travel restrictions to China and other destinations of concern. We are commited and will keep supporting the Chinese language programmes in NZ schools with local resources.


29 January 2020

Confucius Institute in Auckland is regularly monitoring updates from the Ministries of Health and Education on the coronavirus to best manage our programmes.

To date, the arrival of our Mandarin Language Assistants has been delayed until further notice. All schools have been informed and will be updated as we monitor our MLA group and put into place precautionary measures. To date, none of our MLAs have developed any symptoms related to the virus.

We will be in touch with others as required if there are changes to our programmes to ensure the health and safety of all those concerned.

Other information and guidances

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Health

The University of Auckland

World Health Organization

National Health Commission (China)