It has been a very rough long weekend here in Tāmaki Makaurau. The deluge on Friday broke the daily rainfall record, many areas and homes were flooded, and four lives were lost across the city. A state of emergency is currently in place.
Our hearts go out to those of you whose homes, whānau, or plans have been affected.
As the city cleans up and prepares for more heavy rain in the next two days, there are some key things you should know.
AUT is subject to an order from the Secretary of Education that no face-to-face teaching is allowed until 7 February. If you are involved in taught courses (as a student or a lecturer/tutor) you will be able to continue online, but not in person for now. Details about what this means for AUT are available here.
Some campus services will remain open, though hours will vary. These include the Library, Tech Central, gyms, recreation centres, employability services, counselling, and student accommodation.
The Graduate Research School’s physical office / reception is closed until 7 February; however our staff remain available online via email and Teams.
AUT’s Estates team is working to assess the damage to campus facilities and undertake repairs where necessary. There are no reports of major damage at this time, however there are some leaks and debris in places. WM building on the city campus is currently closed.
For those who use the PG study rooms in WU building, please note that WU level 1 sustained some water damage. However, the study rooms on level 4 are open and you can enter via WF building (go to level 7, then use the walkway through to WU level 5, and go down to the study rooms on level 4).
Please only travel if you need to, and prioritise your safety. Current information about the situation as it evolves is available via the NEMA website (National Emergency Management Agency).