What the traffic light system means , He aha koia te pūnaha rama ārahi

New Zealand is using the COVID-19 Protection Framework also known as the 'traffic light system'. Find out what this means for Massey.

New Zealand has moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the 'traffic light system' (red, orange, green), and stopped using alert levels.

Massey’s operations under the traffic light system are guided by the Operating Plan for the COVID-19 Protection Framework which explains what each colour of the traffic light setting of the system means for the university. The Operating Plan has been developed with Ministry of Education guidance and input from staff across the university.

Ministry of Education COVID-19 guidance

Following a consultation process, Massey University’s Senior Leadership Team has decided that full (double) vaccination for COVID-19 will no longer be a requirement for anyone attending our campuses or undertaking any other in-person university activities. This excludes sectors where vaccinations are mandated by the Government, and any activities which are formally assessed with the outcome being a vaccination requirement.

The decision was also made with careful consideration and balance of:

  • A thorough review of all feedback submitted, including comments and questions for and against the recommendation.
  • Formal and informal feedback from the Tertiary Education Union and student associations.
  • The public health risk of COVID-19 (including any variants) in the university workplace versus in the community.

This change was adopted on Friday 20 May 2022. Further risk assessments may be required to inform university decision-making should the COVID-19 operating context change in the future (such as new variants with potentially different health risks or Government instruction).