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  • New student forum for NauMai NZ WeChat mini programme

    Education New Zealand’s NauMai NZ platform is designed to inform, support and empower international students.

    A WeChat mini programme – an app designed for the WeChat ecosystem popular with Chinese students – has extended NauMai NZ’s reach, attracting over 12,000 users in its first year.

    The NauMai NZ WeChat mini programme helps students make the most of their New Zealand experience, with advice on everything from finding a part-time job and knowing their rental rights to looking after their wellbeing and understanding Kiwi English. There are also stories from students about their lives – for instance, people sharing ideas on what to do during their summer in New Zealand.

    “We know that Chinese students prefer to connect with each other in their language, on the WeChat channel they trust,” says Faymie Li, Senior Advisor for Student Experience at ENZ.

    “We’re delighted to see how much they enjoy this digital platform and how quickly it’s growing. It’s great to be able to connect Chinese students to each other and to people who’re willing to help them out.”

    The WeChat mini programme has now run six livestreams hosted by experts, alumni and current international students on topics including employability, how to grow your network, and mental health and wellbeing. Students tuning in to watch can use the chat feature to ask questions.

    The livestreams have attracted a total of nearly 3,000 live views with over 18,000 engagements during the live events and, so far, more than 1,000 views afterwards.

    The WeChat mini programme has now added a new forum so that Chinese students and alumni can better share their life and study experiences and support one another. The text-based, moderated forum allows students to have their questions answered by their peers.

    A group of international students have signed on as ambassadors for the WeChat forum, including alumni from the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia programme. One of the forum ambassadors, Mengdi Zhang, says she’s looking forward to connecting with newer students.

    “I am excited to be a student ambassador so that any students with unresolved questions can reach out. I can see my own past in the students’ questions, and I hope to help them through to a better experience in New Zealand,” she said.

    If you would like to know more about the NauMai NZ WeChat mini programme, contact You can share it with others using the WeChat QR code.

  • Updated timeframe for the re-opening of New Zealand's borders

    “To slow the rapid spread we have seen overseas, we are pushing out the start of non-MIQ travel until the end of February 2022”, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. 

    You can read the full announcement from the Government here.

    The Government has not yet announced the date from which any specific group of foreign nationals, such as international students, will be able to travel to New Zealand or apply for visas to do so.

    Until then, New Zealand’s current border settings will remain in place. Most people outside New Zealand cannot apply for a visa unless they have a border exception. There are limited border exceptions for international students.

    New Zealand suspended most offshore visa applications from August 2020 and that suspension currently extends to August 2022. The Government may decide to lift the suspension, in whole or in part, before August 2022 – in line with its decisions on the stages of the border re-opening.

    It is Education New Zealand’s view that it is better for international students, education providers and agents to wait for certainty on border entry conditions before making new plans or commitments to students.

    At this stage, in most cases, if international students who are now in New Zealand leave, they will not be able to return to the country for the start of the 2022 academic year. They will need to wait to apply for visas and to travel to New Zealand until the dates the Government sets for them to do so.

    At Education New Zealand we understand how much international students and education providers have been through during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will keep students and providers up to date with the Government’s decisions as they are announced.

    We are looking forward to welcoming international students back to New Zealand.

    More information

    Find out more about visas from Immigration New Zealand if: 

    Find out more about New Zealand’s response to COVID-19:


  • ENZ unleashes the potential of Prime Minister’s Scholarships alumni

    The first-ever event for alumni of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America was hosted by Education New Zealand in November 2021.

    The scholarships, administered by ENZ, enable New Zealanders to study, research or intern in Asia or Latin America. Since 2013, more than 2,400 group and individual scholarships have been awarded.

    The virtual event – Hono Mai: a call to connect – drew together alumni from all walks of life, based in New Zealand and around the world.

    They heard guest speakers from the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Latin America New Zealand Business Council, held speed networking sessions in small groups on the EventsAir platform, and joined in challenges and trivia questions.

    ENZ’s Global Citizens Manager, Carla Rey Vasquez, says the event was designed and driven by alumni, for alumni.

    “Our global citizenship work aims to equip New Zealanders with the competencies to engage with the wider world, build connections with people from other countries and cultures, and take action on the things that matter to them.

    “Alumni have so many rich, diverse relationships around the world which can be used to support and uplift each other. Hono Mai is about sharing those relationships to help alumni achieve their own goals within their own communities,” she says.

    One of the alumni involved in organising the event was Robyn Scrimshaw, who studied Chinese law and language in Shanghai with a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia in 2014.

    “Everyone had such a great experience on the trip; the event was about bringing that magic together and connecting everyone’s experiences in one place,” she says.

    Now working as an urban planner in Tauranga, Robyn still draws on her experience of “different perceptions of public and private spaces” in the Chinese cities she visited. 

    Plans are underway for more networking events for Prime Minister’s Scholarships alumni in 2022.

  • Patrick Au: a champion for international students

    Patrick is a registered psychiatric nurse and counsellor who migrated from Hong Kong in 1991.

    He has been working with Asian migrants and international students in primary and tertiary healthcare for more than 20 years – most recently as the Asian Mental Health Coordinator for the Auckland District Health Board. He is now moving into full-time private practice.

    ENZ’s Director of Student Experience and Global Citizens, Sahinde Pala, says Mr Au’s mahi (work) has been of incredible value to international students.

    “Patrick has worked tirelessly to highlight issues and barriers for international students in the mental health system and has been a trusted advisor as initiatives and policies have developed over the years.

    “He has been a respected member of the Auckland Agencies Group chaired by ENZ, which works on student wellbeing, and a key figure during the development of the International Student Wellbeing Strategy.

    “At ENZ we have also been privileged to be able to call on Patrick’s services as we develop new content for our NauMai NZ platform for international students in New Zealand.

    “We are sad to see him move on from the ADHB but grateful that he’s remaining in mental health support.

    “We would like to thank Patrick for his enormous contribution to the international student community over the years and wish him all the best for his next chapter,” says Ms Pala.

    He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata
    Kindness to all people is a great treasure


  • Networking starts at home

    Space is limited to 50 people so be in quick.

    “Wellington is the only location where all three agent groups will cross-over and be in the same place, at the same time,” says Sarah Gauthier, ENZ Regional Project Manager. 

    “This is your chance to meet and introduce yourself and your institution to 10 highly engaged agencies, without having to leave New Zealand.

    “It will be a matter of first in, first served!

    “It will be a great evening of networking and worthwhile conversations about New Zealand’s unique education experiences.”

    While subject to change, the list of agents includes:

    From Korea:
    • Chongro Overseas Educational Institute (C.O.E.I)

    • DnA Education

    • Ilsan Uhak Centre

    • EDM

    From Saudi Arabia:
    • IDP (Saudi Arabia)

    • Pillars in Bloom

    From Colombia:
    • LAE International Studies

    • Go Study Work and Travel

    • Information Planet

    • New Zealand Option/Australian Option Education

    If you can’t make the Wellington event, fear not. The agents will travel separately across New Zealand on different programmes, which are still in development. We’ll be in touch if we are coming to your region or institution.

    Sarah says one of ENZ’s biggest challenges is to sustainably grow the number of students choosing to study in New Zealand from a broader range of countries, and to see students study in a broader range of our cities and towns. This networking event is part of that endeavour.

    Date: Friday 27 May

    Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM

    Cost: $30.00 pp

    Venue: Shed 5, Queens Wharf, Wellington

    Register here:

  • Our board

    Steve Maharey | Chair

    Steve Maharey is an independent Director, commentator and consultant on a wide range of social and political issues. He was previously the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. He is a former Member of Parliament and Senior Minister in the New Zealand Government (1999-2008). In 2009, as part of the Queen's New Year Honours List, Steve was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament.

    Lyn Provost | Board member

    Lyn Provost was Controller and Auditor-General from October 2009 until 2017. From 2001 to 2009 she was the first female and civilian Deputy Commissioner of New Zealand Police. Lyn is currently a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Board. In 2016 she received the Global category award in the nationwide Women of Influence awards. In 2017, as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List, Lyn was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State.

    Dr Linda Sissons | Board Member

    Dr Linda Sissons is a highly experienced chief executive in the tertiary education sector. Dr Sissons is currently the Acting Chief Executive at UCOL. She was also a member of the NZIST Establishment Board (2019-2020).

    Before that she was interim Chief Executive of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (2015-2016), Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology (2001-2015) and of Hutt Valley Polytechnic (1999-2001). In 2006, Dr Sissons was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to tertiary education.

    Rachael Tuwhangai | Board member

    Rachael is a descendant of the Tainui Waka and of Ngati Maniapoto. She is Co-Director of Maori and Pasifika Support Services (MAPSS) which focuses on the intersection between indigenous people’s and improving social outcomes. She is a former academic of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education; Education Manager of the Auckland South Corrections Facility, and a former Secondary School Teacher.

    Rachael’s governance experience includes:
    The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), Manukau Institute of Technology, The Auckland Museum, Voyce: Whakarongo mai, Variety Children’s Charity, Man Alive Charitable Trust, Auckland Community Law Centre and COMET Auckland.

    Daniel Wilson | Board Member

    Daniel Wilson started his career in Auckland as a music teacher.  After positions at several schools in Auckland and London, Daniel was appointed to the Leadership team at Manurewa High School in 2007, firstly as Deputy, then Associate Principal.

    In 2015, Daniel moved to Nelson to take up the position of Principal at Nayland College. Daniel has extensive knowledge of International education from a secondary perspective, with Nayland College hosting approximately 80 international students from around the globe in 2020. Daniel also has a very good understanding of a range of markets and marketing approaches, having overseen a 40% increase in International numbers since joining Nayland College.

    As well as leading Nayland College, Daniel is also the Lead Principal and Governance Chairperson for the Top of the South Trades Academy. He has also acted as a Regional Engagement Lead for the recent National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) review. Over the years Daniel has, and continues to work with various national and regional advisory groups. In his spare time Daniel is an accomplished brass musician, playing trombone in a variety of musical groups around Nelson and serving as President of Nelson City Brass.

    Shruthi Vijayakumar | Future Director

    Shruthi has joined the ENZ Board for 12 months as part of the New Zealand Institute of Directors’ Future Directors Programme.

    She is passionate about building ethical leaders and education’s role to address our world’s environmental and social issues. Shruthi currently runs her own coaching & facilitation business, is a co-founder of Emerge Institute and teaches at AUT. She has previously led operations for Better World Ed, a global education start-up and led climate innovation and impact programmes with the European Union and various universities.

    Shruthi received an MBA from the University of Oxford, has been recognised as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and was a semi-finalist for the Young New Zealander of the Year Award.

  • Marketing development

    Education New Zealand’s international staff network works to raise the profile of the country’s education system in priority markets.

    Team members can support education organisations with a range of activities, including organising media visits, providing introductions to key contacts and carrying out market research.

    On this page:

    International media and key opinion leader visits

    ENZ raises awareness of New Zealand in priority markets by organising or supporting visits from international media and key opinion leaders to different regions, locations and organisations.

    International public relations

    ENZ’s international public relations activities may include helping to launch new programmes, leveraging in-market visits, promoting scholarships and highlighting student successes.

    Introductions and contacts

    Introductions and contacts from ENZ’s domestic and international staff network can help match institutions with recruitment agencies.

    Staff can also assist organisations to connect with:

    • potential partners or customers
    • relevant foreign regulatory agencies and authorities
    • local market or industry experts
    • other specialist external service providers.

    Ministerial and education trade missions

    Education organisations may have opportunities to profile flagship initiatives during ministerial visits and education trade missions, depending on objectives and scheduling.

    In-market support 

    In-market teams can help support education providers by providing information on the market, leading arrangements for ENZ marketing and promotional activities, and facilitating introductions with local stakeholders.

    In-market initial fact finding

    ENZ’s international staff network may be able to help with initial fact verification of foreign partners. They may also be able to refer organisations to in-market third parties if more detailed due diligence is needed.

    Identifying new business opportunities

    International staff may be able to scout for new business opportunities for organisations seeking to develop partnerships or sell products and services.

    Market research

    ENZ sometimes carries out market research for sector groups or consortiums, or for individual organisations investigating high impact and high growth initiatives.

    In-market events and conferences

    Education organisations may be given ENZ help to take part in in-market conferences, seminars and events with external partners.

  • Countdown to conference

    It’s being held at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland on Thursday and Friday, 18-19 August. 

    We expect to release the programme and open registrations in the coming weeks.

    In the meantime, here are some key updates on New Zealand’s international education event of the year:

    Help us celebrate 25th anniversary

    2016 marks the 25th year of the New Zealand International Education Conference being held. We’d love you to help us celebrate 25 years of international education networking, sharing and capability development. If you’ve been around in the industry for “a while”, we’d love to hear from you.

    We want to showcase how our industry has grown and changed over the past 25 years. So if you have some interesting memories, stories, records or recollections, please drop us a line. It would be great to feature your memories as part of our 25th celebrations.

    BPO Intelligence comes to the party again

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    A big thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, BPO Intelligence, who are sponsoring NZIEC for the third consecutive year. We’re grateful for their support of NZIEC – as well as the support they provide to international education providers across the country.

    BPO Intelligence offers a wide range of services for international education providers. Check out what they offer at and be sure to check out their booth at conference.

    Official media partner

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    We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with The PIE (Professionals in International Education) as our official media partner for NZIEC 2016. The PIE team will be exhibiting at and reporting from the conference. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for The PIE News here.  

    Gold and silver sponsors

    We’re pleased to announce that Hotcourses and QS World University Rankings will be joining us at NZIEC 2016 as Gold Sponsors.

    Southern Cross Travel Insurance will feature at NZIEC as a Silver Sponsor.

    Find out more about our sponsors at the conference website and be sure to check out their booths at the conference exhibition hall.


    We have an array of exhibitors confirmed for NZIEC 2016:

    • ASB Bank

    • BPO Intelligence

    • Education New Zealand

    • Hotcourses

    • ICEF

    • MBIE Immigration New Zealand

    • New Zealand Police

    • New Zealand Qualifications Authority

    • PTE Academic

    • QS World University Rankings

    • Schools International Education Business Association (SIEBA)

    • The PIE.

    Stay tuned

    We’ll be releasing the programme and opening registrations for NZIEC in the coming weeks at You can also stay tuned via E-News and LinkedIn.

  • Brazilian science scholarship opening

    Education New Zealand is now working with New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (NZITP) on an agreement to include ITPs the SWB programme.

    The inclusion of New Zealand universities in the national call for applications for the SWB Scholarship follows the signing of an agreement between Universities New Zealand and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) which was witnessed by Prime Minister John Key and Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff, during Mr Key’s visit to Brazil in March 2013. 

    The SWB programme aims to send 100,000 Brazilian students on undergraduate “sandwich” courses; PhD “sandwich” courses; full PhD and post doctorates programmes to study science, technology, engineering, mathematics and creative industries at top universities around the world.

    The SWB also offers opportunities to foster relationships between institutions under a Special Visiting Researcher scholarship scheme. This scheme aims to attract recognised international researchers in priority areas set by the SWB programme to conduct projects with Brazilian research groups and visit Brazil for up to three months each year over a period of two to three years. 

    Information and applications for study at New Zealand universities is now available to Brazilian undergraduate and postgraduate students at this link.

  • Schools: roadmap workshop summary

    Download the school sector summary paper.

    ENZ is facilitating the Strategic Roadmap programme to help each sector, and New Zealand’s international education industry overall, to outline what success will look like in the future and develop a plan to get there.

    Everyone, regardless of whether you attended the workshop, is invited and encouraged to read the summary document and send comments, questions or ideas to Greg Scott, Project Manager for the school sector.

    Greg, who has been seconded from Middleton Grange School for this project, says the workshops were designed as the first of many opportunities for schools to provide input into the Strategic Roadmap process.

    “During the workshops, participants reported a wide range of motivations for and benefits from enrolling international students. An exciting array of ideas emerged of what might be possible by 2025 – our roadmap destination – and the workshops demonstrated that our sector has the vision and ideas required to make a significant difference in the next 10 years.”

    Greg says he was particularly impressed by the high level of creative thought: “The ideas put forward by the participants are well worth reading and reflecting on.” 

    Advisory Groups have been formed for each sector to provide advice and feedback to Project Managers and the sector roadmap development team during the roadmap process.  These groups are tasked with representing the views of the sector throughout the process, and will also act as a communications conduit between their sector and project managers.

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