COVID-19 cases related to Massey

As the COVID-19 situation develops, Massey connections to confirmed cases are coming to light. So far, all connections have been low-risk contact but we will update all known information on this page. This will ensure everyone in the Massey community is well-informed. Please note the dates at the beginning of each case indicate when the University was informed. 

Manawatū campus:

  • March 17: A School of Aviation staff member returned from Australia to New Zealand on the evening of Saturday March 14 before the Government-imposed deadline requiring people to self-isolate for 14 days. The person is not showing any signs or symptoms of being unwell, and has been advised by Healthline that testing is not required. The person is not required to self-isolate, but has not been at work, voluntarily, since returning to New Zealand and will stay away from work for a further seven days as a precaution.
  • March 4: A confirmed case flew from Italy, via Singapore, to Auckland on February 25. On March 2, she flew return to Palmerston North on Air New Zealand flights NZ5103 and NZ8114, during which time she became unwell. . The person in question is not a Massey staff member, but one Massey staff member was on the same flight. Air New Zealand has confirmed the Massey staff member was not seated in close proximity to the passenger with COVID-19 and health authorities have cleared the staff member to return to work. The staff member was previously self-isolating as a precaution.  

Auckland campus:

  • March 18: The University has been advised by a student they have tested positive to COVID-19 after returning from Europe. The student has been in self-isolation since arriving back in New Zealand and has NOT been on campus with any Massey staff or students so there is no transmission risk.
  • March 6: A confirmed case is an Auckland man who has close family, also New Zealand residents, who have recently returned to this country after visiting Iran. It is suspected this is a case of family transmission. One Massey student has come in contact with this person through a work capacity and is considered a low-risk contact. The student has since returned a negative COVID-19 test and has been advised by the Ministry of Health that they have no further need to self-isolate and may return to class. 

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