14 November 2016

Earthquake update - 2

Almost all parts of New Zealand are getting back to normal after experiencing a significant earthquake and aftershocks on Monday, 14 November 2016 (NZT).

ENZ’s Auckland and Christchurch offices were open as usual on Monday. ENZ’s Wellington office has been assessed as structurally sound, and will reopen on Tuesday, 15 November (NZT) from 10am. It will be business as usual on Wednesday.

While some schools in affected areas were closed today as a safety precaution, we have received no indications of injury (including to any international student).

Fortunately, the earthquake was not centred near areas of high population density, mainly focused on a small area in the north of the South Island around Kaikoura. Reports confirm that most damage has been relatively isolated rather than widespread.

All schools and education providers in affected areas have checked or are checking their buildings as a safety precaution. For international students about to travel to New Zealand, we encourage you to make direct contact with your education provider for an update on its circumstances. You might also monitor the Ministry of Education's website for updates.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has confirmed that NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams will proceed tomorrow (Tuesday 15 November 2016) as planned.

Please note in particular that all functions and services in Christchurch and Canterbury, and Auckland, are unaffected and operating as normal, and overseas visitors shouldn't have to change any plans to travel there.

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