Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


City welcomes international students

PRESS RELEASE

21 February, 2014. For immediate release.

City welcomes international students

Wellington city is rolling out the red carpet next week for hundreds of international students starting class in the region.

At least 400 students enrolled in secondary schools and tertiary institutes all over the region are expected to gather in the capital at Te Papa next Thursday for the 2014 Wellington International Student Welcome.

“It’s important for people in communities throughout the Wellington region to welcome these young people who come to study and live here,” says Gerard Quinn, Grow Wellington Chief Executive. “They need to know that they are appreciated for the positive cultural value they bring to our local communities, but also the economic value.” Last year international students contributed $177 million to the local economy, says Mr Quinn. “We want to encourage them to stay long term.” The event is hosted by Grow Wellington and Wellington City Council. The students will be officially welcomed by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and will be joined at the event by several embassy representatives and at least 29 different regional education providers.

Mayor Wade-Brown says Wellington is a friendly, safe and welcoming city for overseas students. “I’m delighted to acknowledge their arrival,” she says. “Wellington is a great place to study and live, we are the cultural and arts capital of New Zealand, with strengths in cuisine, creative and digital technologies, as well as the centre of government.

“Wellington welcomes over 5000 students studying in the region this year from around 100 different countries, and our different education institutions collaborate really well to make a highly successful experience for students.” Mr Quinn says figures released in the first half of this financial year show Wellington has bucked national declines in international student enrolments measured from January to August 2013.

Wellington made enrolment gains of 2% in contrast to a national decline of -3%. Particularly well performing was the institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITP) sector (up 29%) and school sector (up 12%).

A number of support services including Settlement Support New Zealand and Education Wellington International will

be at the event letting the students know what’s on offer in Wellington. The students will also be introduced to the possibility of further study in Wellington and the opportunities for employment in the region once they finish their study. Students will be treated to a Kapa Haka, performance, welcomes from international student leaders and refreshments.

The event will take place at Te Papa Oceania Room from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm on 27 February.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news