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New Zealand Earthquake

Following the recent earthquake in New Zealand, everyone at Hotcourses would like to offer their support and sincere condolences to the people of Christchurch who have been affected by this tragedy. If you are based in New Zealand or abroad and are concerned about friends, family or your own plans for study or travel into the area, please see below for some information that we hope will be useful to you at this time.

Hotcourses will continue to bring you updates as soon as details become available.

For the most up-to-date information, go to the Christchurch City Council notice board.

For Families
If you are concerned about any friends or family members who are in the affected area, click the following link for a list of embassy representatives you can contact in New Zealand. This information is supplied by MFAT (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

You can also contact the Red Cross to find out if your loved ones are on the missing person lists.

Red Cross: 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276) from inside NZ or +64 7 850 2199 from overseas

For Students
If you have been affected by the earthquake and need to speak to someone, you can contact EAP Services, who have set up trauma centres in Christchurch and can offer counselling to help you come to terms with these tragic events.

 If your computer has been damaged and you need to recover important coursework or documents, Laptop Rescue New Zealand is offering free help in recovering data. Contact them on 0800 458 769.

The following institutions are accepting late enrolments from students who were due to study in Christchurch:

Unitec Based in Auckland, Unitec offers English language courses that begin on March 7th and will take place each Monday thereafter. Places are available. Contact Jude Lydia for more information. or 09 815 4321 (ext 8855).

Aoraki Polytechnic The campus in Christchurch will be closed until at least March 14th but Aoraki is hosting groups of students affected by the quake in Timaru. They can arrange travel out of the affected areas, accommodation for students, counselling and support. Students can study a wide range of programmes including English Language, International Tourism, Diplomas in Sport and Fitness and many more. Please contact Felicity Macfarlane on 027 746 7309 or email for more info.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology - Nelson. NMIT is accepting students in Nelson and Blenheim who are over 18. Some accommodation is also available. Contact Sandra Williams at 03 546 9175 x788.

Canterbury Sports Management College - Mairehau, Christchurch. All classrooms, accommodation hostels and cafeteria are fully operational (with power and water). There is currently room for another 50 students, although it's best to check with the institution. Contact Neil Marwick at Phone/Fax: 03 982 2960, Mobile: 0274 222 399 or

Making Futures Happen - Wellington. This institution can accept 8-12 English students and is offering the first two months of tuition for free. They can also assist in finding accommodation in Wellington. Contact Carey Teng at

The Campbell Institute (ELS) - Wellington & Auckland. The Institute's Auckland campus can take 4-6 students immediately and has homestays available. The Wellington campus can accept ten students immediately for homestay. More space can be made available if notice is given. Contact Susan McQuade at

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) The Institute's two main campuses will remain closed until March 14th, but they can offer 70 beds in Flock Hill House for any tutors or students who are in need of temporary accommodation. Contact Beth Knowles on

Other useful links:
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Immigration New Zealand updates:

Campus closures:

Christchurch International Airport:

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