New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China


The New Zealand Civil Defence website ( provides information on how to donate for those private citizens who want to contribute financially. No donations of goods or services at this time please.


Please click here to read the full release.


To read Minister McCully's statement this morning on offers of international assistance click here.


Update 12pm 23 February 2011

If you are an international student in the Christchurch area
Please contact the following people as soon as you can to let them know you are safe:

• Your family

• Your provider

• Your local embassy. Find your local one at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website:


New Zealanders have woken to a tragedy unfolding in the great city of Christchurch.

The earthquake that struck the Canterbury region at ten to one yesterday has wreaked death and destruction on a dreadful scale.

There is no reason that can make sense of this event.

No words that can spare our pain.

We are witnessing the havoc caused by a violent and ruthless act of nature.

Many people have lost their lives. Families have lost their cherished loved ones. Mates have lost their mates.

These deaths are the greatest loss.


Reports have been confirmed of a significant aftershock that hit New Zealand’s South Island, near the city of Christchurch, at lunchtime today.

Ministry of Education is awaiting further reports from emergency services and education providers as safety assessments continue to be undertaken.

Some transport routes have been affected and Christchurch Airport is temporarily closed while safety inspections take place.


Education Update provided by the Ministry of Education highlights the latest news and developments related to the NZ Qualifications Framework, university events, research activities and international students in New Zealand.



A New Zealand parliamentary delegation led by Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Tisch, was accorded privileged access to Chairman (and Acting President) Wu Bangguo, Chair of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress during their recent visit to China.
Mr Tisch, accompanied by Tim Macindoe MP and Dr Rajen Prasad MP visited China at Chairman Wu’s invitation. This is the first parliamentary visit to China since 2004.

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