New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China


New Zealand author Sarah Laing spoke to a large group of Peking University students on 7 March. The session, on "how to write", was organised by Peking University's New Zealand Centre and Office of International Relations, in conjunction with the New Zealand Embassy's Education Section. Sarah Laing was in China with the support of Creative NZ and the New Zealand Book Council in order to appear in the annual Beijing and Shanghai international literary festivals.

3 March 2011
Wen Jiabao
State Council
People’s Republic of China
Dear Premier Wen
Thank you for your kind message of support expressing your condolences and those of the people of China following the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011. The quake has already claimed many lives and we have grave fears for the lives of many more, including those of a number of your own nationals.

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0751 Tuesday 1 March 2011
We are gathered here today to show our solidarity for our fellow countrymen and the people from all countries who have lost their lives or are still missing following the earthquake in Christchurch last week, and for their family members and friends who are mourning them and enduring a tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine.

China Offered Emergency Humanitarian Aid worth of US$500,000 to quake-ravaged New Zealand

Monday February 28,2011 Posted: 09:21 BJT(0121 GMT) by Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM)

A devastating earthquake struck Christchurch, the second largest city of New Zealand on February 22, and caused heavy casualties and economic losses.


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Who to contact
The first to do is contact your place of study and talk to the international student pastoral care person.

If you cannot reach that person, or if they cannot help you, then phone 021 932 765, the Ministry of Education’s Code of Practice team.

Need accommodation
Call 0800 HELP (0800 435 700), the temporary accommodation helpline
This number is for people and/or families who need accommodation.

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