As Aotearoa adjusts to a new way of life to stop the spread of Covid-19, it can be hard to stay on top of all the new information. To help, we’ve pulled together advice, links and resources for our Māori and Pasifika communities and the trades industry.

If you have concerns that aren’t answered here or on our FAQs page, we’re here to help. Please get in touch with your MPTT navigator or the MPTT Project Office team.

MPTT during Alert Level 2

Like everyone else, we’re changing how we work to help stop the spread of Covid-19. But these changes won’t stop our programme, or your MPTT scholarship. Instead, we’ll be delivering some of our services in a different way.

Our Level 3 operations remain the same as at Level 4: 

  • We’ve temporarily closed our office at MIT Otara and are working from our homes instead. We’ll still be here to help you throughout New Zealand’s recovery from Covid-19’s impact, and you’ll be able to contact us as normal. As always, we’re here to support you if you need help or have any questions.
  • In-person MPTT events have been postponed until we are able to hold them safely. This includes our Whakawhanaungatanga Day, Power Up Wananga, Awhi sessions, ‘Work Readiness Wananga’ or Trades Induction visits. We will be reviewing this as the government reduces its restrictions around events. 
  • The Learner Support Fund and Tools Kete support is still available – just contact our navigators or us at the Project Management Office:


Sam Sefuiva 0274 772 086

Shelley Riley 022 305 6924


John Chapman and his team, including Hami, Chris, Karetai, Carly, Makahn & Danyon

Martin Hiki at Skills4Work

Tony Atina at NZMA Trades


KIWA Education  Betty Andersen 021 593 568

MIT  Naomi Tito 022 068 9290

NZMA Trades  Tony Atina

Oceania Career Academy  Debra Robertson-Welsh

Skills4Work  Tamai Roff 027 494 8338 

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa  Tony Gomwe 027 612 4383 

Unitec  Tu Nu’uali’itia 021 902565

BCITO Doug Leef 027 702 8372

Competenz Reg Currin 027 474 4665 

Hawkins Group Yems Parsonage 022 015 7609 

MITO Jodi Franklin 027 554 4472 

ServiceIQ Caro Anderson 027 229 3163

Skills.Org Theresa Rongonui   021 636 359


Issac Liava’a 021 432353

Tuwhakairiora (Tu) Williams 027 7899891

Working at Alert Level 2

Most businesses can open at Alert Level 2, but there are safety measures that everyone needs to follow. 

No matter what your line of work, help yourself and others stay safe by washing your hands frequently and following the guidelines your employer gives you. It’s vital to stay home if you’re sick – even if you only have mild symptoms. If you have any symptoms, call Healthline or your doctor to get tested for Covid-19. Remember Covid-19 is still out there, so play it safe to protect yourself and your whānau.

Find out more about what Level 2 means for you on the Government’s website

The trades industry during Covid-19

Many tradespeople have now returned to work. However, there will be new ways of working to limit people’s contact with others and prevent the spread of the virus.

Find out about work protocols for construction workers and how the industry will operate at different alert levels. 

More guidelines about how your work will be affected are on the government’s website.

If you have questions about how to do your work safely, the best person to ask is your boss or supervisor.

Working in construction

Studying during Covid-19

Tertiary education facilities are now open. There will still be public health guidelines you’ll need to follow to keep everyone safe, and some distance learning may still continue. Your course provider will let you know what systems they have in place and what you can do to help.

MPTT navigators are still there to help you with any challenges you’re having. If you have questions or something is getting in the way of your studies, please contact your MPTT Navigator ASAP:

John Chapman and his team, including Hami, Chris, Karetai, Carly, Makahn & Danyon

Martin Hiki at Skills4Work

Tony Atina at NZMA Trades

Your physical health

The most important way to keep yourself and your whānau safe during the Covid-19 pandemic is to keep up-to-date with the Government’s announcements, follow their guidelines, and know the signs and symptoms of Covid-19. 

If you have any cold or flu symptoms at all, stay home and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your doctor to organise a test for Covid-19. Even if you think it’s just a cold, it’s vital to get tested quickly to make sure. This will help keep your whānau and friends safe.

It’s still important to wash your hands regularly and keep your physical distance from others in public – especially people you don’t know because it’s hard for health officials to track them down later if you discover you have the virus. 

You should also keep a record of where you’ve been and who you’ve spent time with, so it’s quick and easy for everyone to get tested if needed. You can download the government’s NZ Covid Tracer app to help you keep track.

You can find translations of official information and advice about Covid-19 (including in Te Reo Māori and Pasifika languages) on the government’s website

Your mental health

It’s normal to feel stressed or unsettled right now. It’s a difficult time for many Kiwis, and you’re not alone. Here are some ideas to help you feel more relaxed:

  • Talk to someone if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Remember, help is available at every alert level. Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. You can also visit the Mental Health Organisation website or contact MATES in Construction for support.
  • Spend time with your friends and family. While there are still health guidelines we all need to follow, that doesn’t stop you from connecting with your loved ones.
  • Get outside at least once a day, and try to get some exercise every day. Moving your body is great for your physical health, but also helps you stay mentally healthy.

Find out more about staying mentally healthy.

Your money

Covid-19 has caused a lot of disruption, including to working life. If you’ve lost your job, had your hours reduced, or have to stay home for health reasons, you might be able to get financial support from the government. Check out what you could get with the Covid-19 Financial Support Tool.

Find out more about what financial support is available on the Government’s website

Plus, check out the Sorted website for tips on managing your money in this difficult time, including: