15 November 2016

Earthquake update - 3

Daily life in most parts of the country has returned to normal after Monday’s earthquake. 

International gateway cities of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown are all open and welcoming visitors. Regional airports are also operating meaning visitors can continue to fly between destinations.

Most services and functions are operating as normal other than in a relatively isolated area around Kaikoura. Kaikoura is a small community approximately 2 ½ hours’ drive north of Christchurch in the South Island. Kaikoura is currently inaccessible by road.

ENZ is open for business in all offices across New Zealand.

Wellington’s central business district reopened for business today, with some buildings that sustained damage in the earthquakes remaining closed. Bad weather has also resulted in some road closures and minor disruption to public transport.

There have been no reports of any injuries to staff or students at schools, private providers or universities.

It is expected that most schools are now open as normal. NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams have resumed in secondary schools.

ENZ has received reports that the great majority (around 90 per cent) of tertiary campuses around New Zealand are open.

We encourage international students about to travel to New Zealand 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.

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