New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China


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.


Waitangi Day message from Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM, QSO
Governor-General of New Zealand

Greetings in the languages of the Realm of New Zealand, in English, Maori, Cook Island Maori, Niuean and Tokelauan: Greetings, Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Taloha Ni.


New Zealand has retained its place at the top of the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index for 2010.
The index, drawing from 23 indicators such as relations with neighbouring countries, respect for human rights and level of military expenditure, is an attempt to measure how peaceful each of the 149 included countries is.
New Zealand was also rated as the most peaceful country for 2009, and has been in the top four since the index was launched in 2007.


A position is available for KEA Regional Manager, China (here).


Ambassador Carl Worker on 24 November presented a lecture on New Zealand-China relations to students at the New Zealand Centre at Peking University. The New Zealand Centre report can be read here.


This afternoon New Zealand has been devastated by the news we have all been dreading.

A second explosion at the Pike River Mine confirms our very worst fears.

The 29 men whose names and faces we have all come to know, will never walk amongst us again.

This is a national tragedy.

A tragedy for the men's families, their workmates and friends, their community and our nation.

New Zealand is a small country.

A country where we are all our brothers keeper.

So to lose this many brothers at once strikes an agonising blow.

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