To our international students and their families

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel with Cashmere Students

21 Mar To our international students and their families

A message from the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel.


To our international students and their families,

The tragedy that has unfolded in Christchurch is shocking and we are all grief-stricken by the loss of so many people in our community.

It is beyond belief that such an attack could happen in Christchurch or anywhere in New Zealand.

Christchurch is a city that welcomes people from all cultures, religions and backgrounds.

The outpouring of grief in the city since Friday and the acts of love and compassion that our residents have shown to all those affected by this tragedy is proof that we are a city that cares and stands united.

We will not be bowed by hatred and division. We will not be defined by the horrific acts of one extremist who came here with the intention of carrying out a premeditated attack.

As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said to the leaders of the Muslim community on Saturday, “this is not New Zealand.’’

And I say “This is not Christchurch’.

I want to assure you and your families that we remain committed to having a welcoming, safe environment for everyone.

You are welcome in Christchurch, and we will continue to do all that we can to make you feel safe and a part of our community.

You can find information about support services available on the Ministry of Education website.

Aroha nui

Lianne Dalziel
Mayor of Christchurch


1737 – Need to Talk?

If you are studying in New Zealand and are feeling anxious or worried and would like to talk to someone please text or call 1737  – Need to talk? for counselling support. You can be connected with someone that speaks your first language or with a translator if you would like. This service is free to call or text.

The Ministry of Health has also developed two resources with 1737 to assist those in mental distress as a result of this traumatic event.
This resource is currently available in English, Arabic, Indonesian, Malay and Turkish.
The Ministry of Health is working to translate these documents into multiple languages and their page will be updated as translations become available.