Information following the Christchurch terrorist attack
Immigration New Zealand is very aware that the mass shooting in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 will be alarming for migrants in New Zealand and people considering a move here.
New Zealand is a country that is very proud of our multicultural community. We welcome migrants with open arms and want to assure you that New Zealand is united in condemning the act of terrorism in Christchurch.
Following the tragedy, the Prime Minister said that New Zealand represents diversity, kindness and compassion. Those values will not and cannot be shaken by this attack. Of the victims from our refugee and migrant communities, she also said “New Zealand is their home. They are us”.
Security has been increased around the country as a precaution as the Police and other agencies continue their investigations. We want to assure you that the safety of people throughout the country is an absolute priority.
For people in New Zealand, there are many agencies offering support:
- If you are feeling distressed or if you need someone to talk to, you can call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor. This is a free service and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- The Ministry of Social Development has information on financial and other support available.
- If you have questions relating to your visa status or visas to come to New Zealand, you can find information on the Immigration New Zealand website.
- If you were directly affected by the attacks, you can apply for the Christchurch Response (2019) permanent residence visa.