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Christchurch Earthquake Update – 28 February 2011
Education New Zealand: 28/02/11
It has been almost a week since the serious aftershock which affected Christchurch and we would like to update you on the situation. We would like to repeat that no areas of New Zealand other than Christchurch were directly affected by this earthquake, and there is no need for concern regarding students who are not located in Christchurch.
Where to get information
Education New Zealand has added a page to our industry website with useful links and information. You can check this page to see where you need to check for various types of information relating to students, institutions etc. The page is located here: http://www.educationnz.org.nz/christchurch-earthquake
If you have been contacted by international students in Christchurch, please ensure that they have checked in with the New Zealand Police or Red Cross so that they can be eliminated from lists of missing persons. The phone numbers are Red Cross 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276) from inside NZ or +64 7 850 2199 from overseas. These are also the numbers to call to report a student missing.
Here are the key organisations to contact regarding the welfare of your students:
If possible, please contact the institution where they are enrolled in the first instance. If this is not possible (because the institution is closed), then use the following contacts.
For students who need new accommodation or to be transferred to a new institution: contact the Ministry of Education Code of Practice office at +64 21 932 765.
For non-University tertiary students who wish to change institution: contact NZQA at 0800 697 296 (from within NZ, available 8am-5pm New Zealand time, Monday-Friday).
For students or families of students who need assistance with visas: contact Immigration New Zealand at 0508 558 885 if you are in New Zealand or your local branch of Immigration New Zealand if you are overseas. Immigration is working to ensure that those who wish to come to NZ because members of their families are missing or deceased will have their visas put through as quickly as possible, without fees, and with a minimum of paperwork required.
For information on fees refunds for students who cannot continue their studies at an institution:
contact NZQA at 0800 697 296 (from within NZ, available 8am-5pm New Zealand time, Monday-Friday).
The situation in Christchurch at this time
The city centre (CBD) has been badly affected and is closed to the public while search and rescue teams and other emergency services are working to recover victims and assess the safety of buildings. All businesses and institutions within this area are off limits at this time, but many have relocated to temporary premises in other parts of the city.
The total number of confirmed deaths is currently 148, with approximately 50 additional people missing. 70 people have been rescued alive from buildings. Support centres are in operation in several locations to help those who are unable to live in their homes. Hospitals are open and coping well.
Unfortunately, among the most damaged buildings was the one which housed King’s Education, an English language school. While a few students and teachers were rescued from the building on the day of the earthquake, many others were trapped inside and have not been reached by rescuers. While the number of people estimated to be inside this building has varied, there are fears that between 50 and 100 international students may have been lost at this location.
This terrible tragedy has affected all of us who support international students. The combination of this single building collapse and the toppling of the Christchurch Cathedral spire means that the victims of the earthquake have come from up to 20 different countries, making this a truly international disaster. These two locations plus one other office building have been the sources of the majority of fatalities.
It is a testament to the strong building codes in New Zealand that so many other buildings were safely evacuated and remain standing although many are badly damaged. Certainly, without this the death toll would have been much higher.
Power has been restored to over 80 per cent of Christchurch, and they hope to bring this up to 95 per cent by the end of this week. In some areas, such as the CBD, power remains turned off for the safety of the emergency services personnel working in damaged buildings.
Around 65 per cent of Christchurch now has running water, however the City Council are recommending that people boil this water before drinking or cooking with it. In areas without water, bottled water or water tankers are supplying the local population with drinking water. Restoring water and sewage services is a top priority for the city.
Some schools have reopened today, and several others are opening over the course of this week. These were schools with little or no damage from the earthquake. The list of schools reopening is on the Ministry of Education website, and is linked on our website.
Lincoln University will re-open for Semester One on Monday 14 March 2011. The next English Language module will start on 21 March.
The University of Canterbury’s physical campus is closed and teaching and research activities have been suspended until further notice. At least 48 hours notice will be given before the campus is re-opened for teaching and research. This includes the College of Education and the Christchurch College of English Language.
CPIT is closed until further notice.
For other providers, please try to get in contact directly or visit their websites for updates. If you cannot contact or find any information about a Christchurch provider, please contact NZQA at the number supplied earlier in this update.
Many providers around New Zealand have offered places to displaced students from Christchurch so that they can continue their studies with as little disruption as possible. New Zealanders are very keen to look after the international students who have been affected, as we are aware of the added stress of dealing with an emergency situation in an unfamiliar place.
We will continue to add the latest updates to our website, and to send updates like this to you as the situation continues to develop.




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