Education News

New Zealand expected to “regain popularity” with Chinese students and tourists

With borders fully open, New Zealand is expected to regain its international students, tourists and investors, however, analysts predict a slow return of visitors in the short term. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a speech at the China Business Summit in Auckland last week that the opening of borders was a significant moment. “…we […]

A warm welcome for international students to Waikato

Last Friday, Hamilton City and the University of Waikato welcomed more than 100 international students from over 18 countries after two years of travel restrictions and other hurdles. Talent of the Pacific Academy and Fairfield Intermediate School gave an energetic cultural performance, incorporating Kiribas and Rotuma dances. The welcome ended with the performers inviting international […]

“Learning-while-earning” programme surpasses targets

A government-run on-the-job training program has surpassed its targets. The Mana in Mahi programme, which allows young people to gain formal qualifications while being employed, has reached 5000 participants – 1000 more than the target set by the government. Seventy-five per cent of participants who received an unemployment benefit before joining the programme hadn’t returned […]

Hundreds of Kiwis heading to Asia and Latin America on Prime Minister’s scholarships

Close to 400 students from New Zealand will soon be joining study programs across Asia and Latin America with the award of Prime Minister’s scholarships. Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the awards earlier this week, saying that the goal of the program was to seek to rebuild global ties after several years of closed borders […]

Students get a taste of Japanese life at Bunkasai festival

Manawatu students were able to experience Japanese life at a cultural festival last week. The Bunkasai festival, hosted by tertiary institution IPU New Zealand, saw attendance from 100 high school students. Bunkasai are common cultural festivals in Japan that allow students to showcase their artistic achievements. It is the first time IPU New Zealand has […]

Global education campaign marks the reopening of New Zealand borders

Education New Zealand has revealed a new marketing campaign designed to attract international students back to the country after the borders reopen on 31 July. The “I AM NEW” campaign centres on the stories of eight international students, from China, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam, who share their experiences of study and […]

Dunedin school plans campus beside Lake Te Anau

A Dunedin secondary school plans to open a new campus at a former lakeside lodge near Te Anau. John McGlashan College has bought the former Fiordland National Park Lodge site, located 30 km north of Te Anau on the highway to Milford Sound. The site, which includes 20 motel units, 26 rooms, a wharf and […]

New school planned for Hamilton’s southwest

A plan to replace Melville High School and Melville Intermediate with a single Year 7-13 institution has been confirmed, despite concerns from the high school. In a statement Thursday, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said “I am satisfied that Melville High School and Melville Intermediate should close, and a new school should be established to meet […]

Ministry of Education tells principal to apply for emergency MIQ spot for teacher

Desperately needed teachers with visas to get into New Zealand face months in bureaucratic limbo as they still cannot get a spot in managed isolation (MIQ), despite the school year starting this week. The situation is so dire the Ministry of Education has told some to apply for an emergency spot – usually reserved for […]

New Zealand visa processing creating uncertainty

Universities and colleges are worried that the border opening to foreign nationals in April will have little effect on international student mobility due to the visas being on processing hold until August. “Although the government has said it will begin a staged reopening of the border to fully vaccinated foreign nationals from April 30, international […]