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

The first New Zealand International Student led conference wil be held at Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington

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)

The New Zealand International Students’ Association (NZISA) is the national peak student representative organisation for international students studying at postgraduate, undergraduate, institutes of technology and polytechnics. NZISA represents approximately 50,000 international students studying in New Zealand.

At a national level, NZISA lobbies the government, peak education sector bodies, and interacts with international education organisations to better the lives of international students.

NZISA represents and advocates for the interest and needs of all international students on a broad number of topics, such as education quality and learning outcomes, employment rights, mental health and wellbeing, and immigration.