New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China


If you have family members missing as a result of Tuesday's earthquake in Christchurch, Immigration New Zealand would like to make it as easy and quick as possible for you to get here.
People from some countries don't need a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand but if you are a family member of someone missing as a result of Tuesday's earthquake, Immigration New Zealand will quickly facilitate visas for people who need one and also waive visa fees.


The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the China-Oceania Friendship Association on 23 February donated 100,000 Chinese yuan to the New Zealand-China Friendship Society to help with disaster relief work in the earthquake-affected areas of New Zealand.


A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred near the city of Christchurch in Canterbury, New Zealand, on 22 February 2011.

Updates on the earthquake are available on the Canterbury Earthquake website (


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:

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