A $37.6 million programme was announced to assist foreign nationals

The International Student Hardship Fund has been fully allocated with around 11,000 international students receiving support in forms of cash grants, food parcels and accommodation support.

The New Zealand government has released a new programme to assist foreign nationals, including international students, impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic with basic needs such as food and accommodation.

Temporary visa holders who are not able to financially support themselves are advised to depart New Zealand if possible. However, for those who have remained in New Zealand due to various reasons, the government will provide assistance to those who are suffering serious hardship if all other avenues of potential support have been exhausted.

Under the new programme, assistance may be provided for food, household goods, basic clothing, medication, accommodation, utilities, pre-paid phone cards to enable emergency communication and communication with consulate/embassy, and petrol/travel with limitations applied. No cash payments will be offered.

The programme commenced on 1st July and will last for three months. It is projected that approximately 20,000 individuals are experiencing serious hardship. New Zealand Red Cross has been contracted to deliver assistance to foreign nationals.

For details, please refer to the FAQ documents.

Chief Executive Officer of NZIST appointed

Stephen Town, the former Chief Executive of Auckland Council, has been appointed the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.  Stephen commenced his role on the 6th July 2020 and will be based out of the WINTEC city campus in Hamilton.

Stephen looks forward to bringing the merged 16 national institutes of technology and polytechnics together to build a sustainable and world-class vocational education system that benefits students, workforce, employers as well as New Zealand’s social and economic development.

The headquarters of NZIST is based in Hamilton.