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COVID-19 changes

Change in Hours

For the weekends 27th and 28th February and 5th and 6th March 2022 Unipol has reduced hours

Sat: 8am - 6pm

Sun: 11am - 6pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience and we hope to resume normal hours after the 6th March.

Weight Room Capacity Live Updates

We are no longer experiencing lines for our weight rooms.  Please just come on down.

Covid-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System)

What is the COVID-19 Protection Framework and My Vaccine Pass?

The Government has announced that as of this Friday 3rd Dec the COVID-19 Protection Framework will come into effect. This is the 3-level Traffic Light system approach to managing COVID-19 in the community, you can find out more about this system here.  The Government has also introduced a My Vaccine Pass which is now available to download my logging into here. My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use within Aotearoa New Zealand. It will allow you to access certain events, gyms and venues operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system).

Will Unipol require me to have a My Vaccine Pass?

Yes we will require all users (students, members, casual users, contractors and anyone else) accessing the facility over the age of 12 and 3 months to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We will be checking/scanning and ID verifying your My Vaccine Pass you can enter our recreation spaces. This is so we can operate at all levels of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.  

What exceptions are there to a My Vaccine Pass?

There are no exceptions to using a My Vaccine Pass. Users who are exempt from being vaccinated or have been vaccinated overseas are still eligible for a My Vaccine Pass, and this is what we will require for you to enter our recreation spaces.

How will Unipol check that I have a My Vaccine Pass?

Students: All students need to bring their student ID card and their My Vaccine Pass with them at all times. The pass can be a print out or on your phone.

Staff, Whanau and Youth Members: All members need to bring their membership card and their My Vaccine Pass with them at all times. The pass can be a print out or on your phone. 

Casual users: Casual users need to bring photo ID and their My Vaccine Pass with them. The pass can be a print out or on your phone.

Everyone should have their My Vaccine Pass and photo ID ready to show staff when they enter to help speed up the process.

Do I still have to wear a mask?

Masks are mandatory in red. We ask you to please be wearing your mask before you enter the building, this not only protects yourself, but our staff, our whanau and the vulnerable in our hapu. When moving around the building and exiting the building, masks are mandatory. This includes our reception games space. Masks are to be worn until you begin exercising, then you may remove it. We ask all users to adhere to this policy so that we can remain open.

Face coverings are highly recommended and are appreciated by our staff. Face coverings do not need to be worn while exercising.

What do I need to bring when I come to Unipol?

Please check you have the following:

1. My Vaccine Pass

2. ID verification (Student ID, membership card, driver’s license, passport)

3. Mask.

4. Drink Bottle

You must have all three of the above to access our facilities. Sorry staff cannot give exemptions.  If you have a mask exemption, please bring proof of this with you.

What does this mean for my membership agreement?

We will be updating our General Terms and conditions of our memberships to include a requirement for members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entry to Unipol.

What if I am under 12 years old and 3 months?

Currently under 12 and 3 months do not need to show a My Vaccine Pass. Proof of age maybe requested by our staff.

I'm struggling to download the Vaccine Pass, what should I do?

Please call 0800 222 478 to seek help.

What if I don’t want to be vaccinated?

If you choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and would like to be considered for a refund of your Staff/Youth/Whanau membership, please fill in this google form.

Does Unipol require its workers to be vaccinated?

The University has mandated vaccinations for all Recreation Services workers. This includes referees and group fitness instructors.

Will we have to line up?

We anticipate that in order to scan everyone's My Vaccine Pass it will slow down the movement through reception.  Please bear with us as we become more efficient.

Will we be required to physical distance?

There are no physical distancing requirements at the Green and Orange traffic light settings for Gyms.

At the Red traffic light level, we will be following a distance rule of at least 1m between people in all our spaces. We will also restricting capacity limits to 100 in each room.

What about Changing Rooms?

Yes changing rooms are open and available. Please maintain physical distancing. Lockers are available from reception.

What can I do at each traffic light colour?

Traffic Light Colour



Unipol is open.

My Vaccine Passes with valid photo ID required to enter.

Face coverings are mandatory when inside the facility, but can be removed for exercising.

Each room as a capacity limit of 100 people.  Weight Room live updates will start if we see lines forming

Physical distancing of 1m is required.  

Can swap ID for equipment or locker key at reception

Drink bottle filling only

Group Fitness: restricted class numbers with a modified timetable. (Summer timetable will run as per normal)

Social Sport/Drop-in sport: Up to 100 people in each our spaces. Games can be played as normal. Facemasks mandatory when not playing.


Unipol is open.

My Vaccine Passes with valid photo ID required to enter.

No room capacity limits

No physical distancing

Can swap ID for equipment or locker key at reception

Social Sport/Drop-in sport: Games can be played as normal. Facemasks recommended when not playing.


Unipol is open.

My Vaccine Passes with valid photo ID required to enter.

No room capacity limits

No physical distancing

Can swap ID for equipment or locker key at reception

Group Fitness: no changes to the timetable

Social Sport/Drop-in sport: Games can be played as normal. Facemasks recommended when not playing.


Are there limits on group fitness numbers?

Green and Orange: Semester Timetable applies with no restrictions. Red: We will be restricting class numbers based on the amount of space we require and will be enforcing at least 1m physical distancing. Staff will be policing these numbers and it will be first in first served.

Summer timetable remains the same

Will the group fitness timetable be the same?

Green and Orange: Our timetable will remain the same. Red: Semester timetable remains, however with some classes removed due to physical distancing. Please refer to our website for the latest timetable.

Will I need to book for a class? 

All our classes are first-come first-served. Spin tags can be picked up from reception 30minutes before the class starts.

Will I be able to get into the classes I want? 

With the Government restrictions in place you may not be able to get into every class you want to. This is the perfect time to try something new.


Do I need my vaccination pass for Social Sport?

All participants will be required to present their Vaccination Pass and a valid form of ID. This applies to all facilities where Social Sport takes place and under all traffic light settings.

Are numbers restricted for Social Sport?

Under all traffic light settings social sport will be able to run with current normal numbers.

Do I need my mask?

Facemasks are mandatory under all traffic light settings when not playing.

What we are doing to keep Unipol safe and clean 

• Our staff will be wearing masks and keeping their 1m distance.
• Our staff are staying away if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
• We have spaced out cardio and weights equipment to allow for a space of 1 metres between people and placed a maximum limit on the number of people allowed in each space.
• We have increased our daily cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces.
• We have hand sanitiser placed all around the facility.
• All equipment borrowed from reception will be cleaned before being issued again.
• We have individual cloths or paper towels to sanitise equipment before and after use.
• Group Fitness Instructors will keep a 1m distance between themselves and others, wearing a mask before and after the class.

What you can do to keep everyone safe

To ensure the ongoing health and safety of everyone using Unipol we require your support with the following:
1. If you are feeling unwell, stay home and call Healthline free 0800-611-116 or your doctor for advice. Even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, you should still stay home if you are feeling unwell.
2. Scan the QR code upon entry.
3. As per public health guidelines it is mandatory to wear a face covering when entering our building and whenever you are not exercising. 
4. Sanitize your hands upon arrival and when you leave.
5. Always maintain a physical distance of at least 1metres between yourself and others.
6. Spray and wipe down all equipment before and after you use it.
7. Be patient. Due to capacity restrictions in each of our spaces, at busy times you may be asked to wait.


Please enter the facility through the front doors. At busy times there will be lines, so please be patient with us. A staff member will show you where to line up and then you will be guided into the facility by staff.

To avoid lines consider coming in between 9am-3pm Mon-Fri or in the weekend before 4pm during semester time.

Weight lifting

Please be courteous when returning equipment and keep 1m distance from each other. Always clean your equipment after use.

Casual usage

Unipol is still accepting casuals, however in the busy times when there are lines, students and members will have priority access.

Drinking Fountains

Bring a full water bottle or fill up your bottle with our water fountains.