Chch Quake Update

February 22nd 2011 at 1:10pm, By Dave Guerin

There has been an enormous quake in Chch (GeoNet) and those checking websites and TV will have seen some very disturbing images. And the PM just confirmed 65 deaths, with more likely to come.

As with the last quake in September, I will be updating tertiary education news as it becomes available. I’ll just use this post today so come back to the site and look again if you’re getting this by email and want to see an update later.

If anyone has an update email me on [email protected] or add a comment.

  1. 6.25pm TEC has official info on campus closures for TEIs and you can ring their Service Centre for PTE/ITO info, which they might have. They got it up within 5 hours, which is good work. Good work by TEC. MOE has also put up an update for international students and parents. Again, it’s prompt.
  2. University of Canterbury has closed the campus but some doctors are at Student Health, a  Canterbury student has put a short update on Scoop (but Twitter is overwhelmed with updates under #eqnz).
  3. Lincoln University has evacuated campus buildings (via Facebook). 3.40pm Everyone’s safe and they have Internet access but are trying to avoid phones.
  4. CPIT’s website seems to be down at the moment. 6.25pm Campus closed.
  5. 2.41 pm Aoraki Polytechnic has confirmed “all students and staff from both Moorhouse and QEII Christchurch Campuses are safe and accounted for.  There is damage to the QEII building. All students have gone home.”
  6. 2.48pm Seen a King’s Education sign (an English language school and offers other courses to international students) on a pile of rubble on TV, then saw that they were based in CTV building, and have also seen the CTV logo atop a pile of rubble. Hope everyone’s OK but very worried about that image. 3.40pm Just saw the images again on TV and it looks like all that is left of the six story building is the stairwell. Image is below – the white sign just to the left of the centre of the photo is the King’s Education one.
  7. 3.40pm NZ Career College CE Feroz Ali write “NZCC campus damaged in Christchurch, Staff Injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Students, staff and their family”
  8. University of Otago 3.40pm All staff and students safe, campus closed.
  9. Natcoll some students interviewed on TV3 and were safe
  10. 6.25pm Avonmore staff and students fine, campuses closed, on building badly damaged.
  11. Tai Poutini Polytechnic Buildings damaged, campus closed
  12. Te Wananga o Aotearoa Campuses closed (via Facebook)
  13. ATTTO staff safe (via Twitter)
  14. KAREN has had some faults at the University of Canterbury (and those connected through it) but the core network is OK.

CTV Building

4 Responses to Chch Quake Update



February 23rd, 2011 at 5:07 am

Hello! Please help us, my sister, Jewel Francisco is one of the international students in the CTV building when the quake hit. Particularly on the 3rd floor. All we hear are grave news about the building, and very few of the survivors. I hear some Japanese students are still missing, who are probably at the same class as my sister. Please, we have no way of contacting her, and our relatives in New Zealand couldn’t get close to the area. If you hear of any news about the survivors of the building please let me know. I beg of you.


Dave Guerin

February 23rd, 2011 at 5:13 am

I hope she is found soon. I have passed on your comment to our Ministry of Education and have asked them to see what they can find out. I know that many people have been working on that building, trying their hardest to rescue people. I know someone who works in it too.



February 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 am

Thank you so much. I hope they could revert back soon. Do keep me posted. We really, really, really, really appreciate this. God bless you.



February 23rd, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Jewel Fransisco is listed as missing on the People Finder site. Check back there for updates. I hope you find her and that she is OK. All the best.

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