International student wellbeing strategy funding round 2017/18 outcomes

We held our first funding round under the International Student Wellbeing Strategy in the second half of 2017. The funding round allocation focused on inclusion and social connectedness, mental health and information provision.

2017/18 funding round

Funding was allocated to 11 projects that included both national and regional initiatives.

Initiatives were selected by international education leaders representing students, communities, education providers and government.

Organisation Location Focus

Plains FM

Canterbury, online

Radio/podcast programme designed for international students.

NZ International Students Association


Host symposium on issues and opportunities facing international students (such as mental health and student inclusion).



Mental health first aid training for education provider staff working with international students.


Nationwide, online

Professional development workshops, community engagement training and mental health training for education provider staff working with international students.

Islamic Women’s Council

Auckland region

Inclusion, safety and wellbeing workshops for female international students and partners of male international students.

Waikato University, Wintec, Waikato District Police, Hamilton City Council


Programme of events to support inclusion and wellbeing (including rugby experience and Noho Marae).

Human Rights Commission


Social campaign on importance of full inclusion for international students.

South Asian Trust


Workshops on preventing victimisation and family violence offending for international and domestic students.

Study Auckland/Ngāti Whātua Orākēi


Noho Marae and a programme to develop young international student leaders.

Venture Southland


Rugby experience, workshops and seminars on in-study employment rights and opportunities for international students.

Multicultural NZ

Wellington region

Online information for students and education providers about Wellington services, sports day and Noho Marae.

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