Auckland and Waikato students in years 1 to 10 will return to face-to-face learning at schools and kura from 17 November while timelines will be eased for national curriculum and assessments for older students, RNZ reports. Masks must be worn by students year four and up. “There’s a degree of nervousness, there’s a degree of enthusiasm as well… amongst the education sector,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “…returning to some on-site learning will mean they can reconnect with their teacher and friends.”