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Update from the Ministry of Education for tertiary education organisations

Update from the Ministry of Education for tertiary education organisations

Last updated 1 February 2023
Last updated 1 February 2023

As you may know, to support the Auckland State of Emergency, on Monday 30 January 2023 the Secretary of Education issued a direction to keep schools, early learning services and tertiary closed for physical instruction.   

A Power of Direction should only remain in place as long as necessary. The current power extinguishes on 6 February.

On the basis of updated situational analysis from Waka Kotahi who provide input to the Auckland Emergency Management Situational Report, the Secretary of Education has lifted this direction, with effect from 1 February. This will be published in the Gazette at tomorrow.

This means that from today, 1 February, tertiary education organisations can make their own decisions about delivery of educational provision based on local conditions and the needs of their students, staff, and communities at this time.

We appreciate that this has been a very challenging time for everyone in Auckland. We also acknowledge that the previous bulletin may have caused confusion, and apologise for this. 

You can find the latest updates from NEMA at: Home » National Emergency Management Agency (

For the Bulletin provided to School Leaders, see: Bulletins | Ngā Pānui | Education Bulletins

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Once again, thank you all for your patience during this difficult time.