COVID-19 updates for services and kaiako 


Te Rito Maioha has put in place steps to create a safe environment for students|tauira, staff|kaimahi and the tamariki we come into contact with, as well as visitors to Te Rito Maioha sites. 

Me mahi tahi tātou mō te oranga o te katoa 
We should work together for the wellbeing of everyone 


Health and Safety Risk Assessments

With the removal of the vaccine mandate for education, all services need to revisit their work health and safety risk assessment.

The risk assessment will enable services to determine what protections are appropriate for your centre(s), including employer vaccination requirements or other measures.

Information on completing or reviewing a risk assessment and a step-by-step guide is available here.

We have put together a list of questions to help you survey your community to find out what you need to consider when carrying out a risk assessment. The list is available here.

We have also developed a risk assessment workbook that you can use to assess the risks for each role in your service, available here.

All visitors to Te Rito Maioha sites 

Anyone attending, studying, working at, or visiting Te Rito Maioha must take the following steps at every traffic light level: 

  • Wear your mask when entering or leaving our premises, or in any spaces shared with other organisations or the public, such as lifts and bathrooms. 
  • Sign in on our Health and Safety Registers located at the entrance of all our locations 
  • Practice good hygiene. 
  • Stay home if you’re sick.


As an advocate for young tamariki and their learning, and as an education provider, we support vaccinations because they help keep everyone safer – tamariki, our tauira |students, staff and our communities. This is backed by science and health experts.

All of our staff have had at least two Covid-19 vaccinations. All students | tauira enrolled before 5 April 2022 have also had at least two vaccinations in line with the Government mandate at the time. Students enrolled from 5 April onwards are not required to be vaccinated, although we encourage it.  Visitors to our sites do not need to be vaccinated. 

When visiting home centres and practicums, our staff and students | tauira will respect and follow the requirements of each centre or school. 

Latest official information

The Covid-19 pandemic is evolving worldwide. For the latest advice from authorities, go to:   


Normalising Masks Resource 

Our tamariki are increasingly being exposed to mask wearing in their day-to-day life.   We have been granted permission to share the attached resource with our members. It is on normalising mask wearing and developed by Nicola Woollaston.  Nicola is the Team Leader, Hospital Play Services, Starship Children’s Health and a member of ECAC alongside Kathy Wolfe. You can access this resource here.