New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China


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:


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.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2014-15

United Nations Handbook

The UN Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the UN system and how it works.  Read more

Prime Minister's media release |

New Zealand wins Security Council seat

New Zealand has secured a place on the UN Security Council for 2015-16. Read the Prime Minister's media release

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more