What the traffic light system 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  University Operating Plan (80 KB) , which explains what each colour of the traffic light setting of the system means for the university. The Operating Plan for the COVID-19 Protection Framework has been developed with Ministry of Education guidance and input from staff across the university.

As you’ll be aware, guidance and information from the Government can change daily, which makes this an evolving situation. What we are communicating today is the latest information we have and includes interim solutions for some areas.

What the traffic light colours mean for Massey

Using the COVID-19 Tracer app to scan into all buildings is required at all colours. If you feel unwell, please do not come to campus. The details below offer a summary of the Operating Plan for the COVID-19 Protection Framework, but must be read in conjunction with the plan.


Campuses are open. ‘My Vaccine Pass’ will be required for the following services:

  • Gyms
  • Cafés and eateries
  • Events (indoor and outdoor) and gatherings that are not directly education related. This includes graduation, conferences, cultural, social and public events on campus.

Most research and related activities are allowed, but the university encourages a dedicated health and safety risk assessment for each activity, controlled group sizes for onsite work (including in the field), and other public health measures as appropriate (including face coverings).


On campus at Red

  • Campuses are open for fully-vaccinated people or those with a Ministry of Health exemption. Anyone on campus will need to have their ‘My Vaccine Pass’ with them and show it upon request.
  • The Government has said regardless of a person’s vaccination status, people will be able to access our student health and early childhood services on campus.
  • Where staff wish to access a campus at red, managers must sight the staff member’s ‘My Vaccine Pass’.
  • Staff whose roles require them to be on campus, will be communicated with separately.
  • Summer School learning will remain mostly online at red. Anything requiring on-campus teaching or learning will need to comply with the Operating Plan and be agreed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC).

Research at Red

  • Research students and their supervisors need to work together to assess how to progress research safely and in-line with the Operating Plan, this includes supervisors sighting the students’ ‘My Vaccine Pass’.
  • Research on campus that involves close (in-person) contact with human participants must be approved by the relevant PVC.
  • Any off-campus research activity involving other people must meet Massey requirements and meet the requirements of the host organisation/premises.

Health and safety measures at Red

  • In addition to the vaccination requirement, capacity limits will be based on 1-metre distancing and face coverings must be used when indoors (unless an exemption applies).
  • All activities on campuses, or other Massey facilities, must comply with relevant health and safety laws and are expected to undertake risk assessments and consider additional public health measures as appropriate.

Facilities and visitors at Red

  • Gyms, hospitality, retail, events and security will use the Government-issued Verifier App to verify the vaccination status based on ‘My Vaccine Pass’ to gain entry. Please note the café and eateries on the Auckland campus will remain closed due to expected small numbers of people on campus.
  • The Library will require visitors to show their ‘My Vaccine Pass’ to enter.
  • Contractors and general visitors to campus will be directed to sign-in at the Operations Service Desk on each campus (Quad A at Auckland Campus) where the Verifier App will be used to confirm their vaccination status.