Welcome to the NZISA - 2018 Conference on Mental Health and Wellbeing

The first New Zealand International Student led conference will be held at Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
What you will learn

This conference is the first of its kind in New Zealand, bringing together a selected group of international student leaders, advocates, and international student agencies from across the education sector, to talk about international student health and wellbeing.

Mental health and wellbeing is one of the biggest issues facing the international education sector. Join us to become part of the nationwide shift towards finding more effective, more powerful and more sustainable ways to engage with your communities to have a positive impact on the international students around you.

The Conference aims to inform and empower international student representatives so that, following the Conference, those student leaders can return to their student communities as advocates, changemakers, and vessels of quality information. You will learn about how you can lead your communities forward with best practice methods presented by industry experts.

Key speakers and distinguished guests include:

  •     The Hon Chris Hipkins (Minister of Education)
  •     Justin Lester (Mayor of Wellington)
  •     Ms Melissa Lee (Spokesperson for Ethnic Communities)
  •     Professor Shanton Chang (Assistant International Dean, University of Melbourne)
What we will do

NZISA has consulted with a wide range of international student bodies and agencies on the program for this conference. The main objective will be to educate international leaders on how to develop their communities.

Key workshops and speeches include:

  • How to be an effective student leader
  • Sexuality and Diversity in the international student community
  • A general introduction to mental health, what it is and what it is not
  • Communication skills in a New Zealand professional workplace
  • Working together with the New Zealand Police for safer communities
  • Employment Rights

The New Zealand International Students’ Association is an umbrella body that brings together international student leaders nationwide. NZISA represents the collective voice among international students studying in New Zealand.

The goal of NZISA is to address issues and concerns face by international students in New Zealand. NZISA is the bridge between students, education providers and policy makers. NZISA conducts research into international education and best practice within the sector to help strengthen existing policies to better accommodate international students in New Zealand. NZISA works closely with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Auckland Agency Group (AAG), New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the Human Rights Commission (HRC). NZISA is routinely engaged in the policy discussions for the International Student Wellbeing Strategy and Change Proposal for Post-Study Work Rights. Past engagements and consultations include the proposed International Education Strategy 2018 – 2030 and the Education Summit 2018.

NZISA is an active advocate for international students’ welfare. NZISA has organised a Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference in September. The Conference aims to inform and empower international student representatives so that they can return to their student communities as advocates, change makers, and vessels of quality information. At the same time, NZISA is running a nationwide research and campaign against labour exploitation in New Zealand. The data gathered will give the general public a better view of the realities of working in New Zealand.

Despite being a young student body, NZISA has achieved tremendous milestones, in particular, gaining the support from student bodies and government bodies. NZISA hopes to continue the good relationship with its partners, to bring better a quality of life for international students.





Keynote speakers

Meet our most valued speakers

Professor Shanton Chang

Assistant Dean (International) School of Computing and Information Systems Melbourne School of Engineering University of Melbourne

Patrick Au

Team Leader and Nurse Specialist of the Asian Mental Health Service of one of the District Health Boards in Auckland

” Before addressing the mental health needs of the migrants, people will need to clarify what is it that they are referring to in order to provide the best interventions for their students. “

    Carol Galloway

    Celebrant; Coach - Essentially Warm

    ” As a coach, I use the relationship between the coach and the coachee to develop creative solutions to complex issues, problems, challenges and dilemmas that are often not easily solved alone and/or by someone within your working environment. “

      Distinguished Guests

      Meet our distinguished guests

      Hon Chris Hipkins

      Minister of Education

      ” A world-class and sustainable international education sector is important for New Zealand to remain a thriving and globally connected country. “

      Justin Lester

      Mayor of Wellington

      ” We all want Wellington to thrive: to be a place with lots of jobs, plenty of events and a strong cultural scene. Our city needs to be fair, and provide quality local services to those who choose to settle here. “

        Melissa Lee

        Spokesperson for Ethnic Communities

        ” New Zealand is indeed a land of many people of diverse cultures and heritage. First MP of Korean descent in New Zealand but also as the first woman of Korean descent to become an MP outside of Korea. “

        Event tickets

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        NZISA Member - Early Bird
        • Lunch
        • Cocktail evening
        • Goodie bag
        • Access to NZISA AGM
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        Student (outside of Wellington) Early Bird
        • Lunch
        • Cocktail evening
        • Goodie bag
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        Non-student - Early Bird
        • Lunch
        • Cocktail evening
        • Goodie bag
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