Christchurch Attack: Joint response from ISANA Australia and New Zealand.

Spread love not hate.

The news of the vile hateful events in Christchurch came through as we were about to start the ISANA council meeting in Melbourne.

ISANA shares the grief associated with this despicable act and appeals to our members and friends on both sides of the Tasman to reach out and share love/ aroha among all in our international family nearby: students, migrants and peoples of all religions and races.

One of ISANA’s objectives is to “educate and advocate for the wellbeing of international students and those who work with them”.

At this time our international students need to know they are loved and cared for and our nations will do all we can to ensure living and studying occurs in a safe, loving and caring context. We have a part to play in this as we advocate for their well-being.

While we today weep let us all work together to make our world a better place. Our roles in international education which provide support and care for the diversity of nations are so important at a time like this.

To our members and friends and anyone who reads this please be an agency of love to all around you irrespective of race or religion. Only as we truly love one another will we redress reduce and remove evil, hateful actions from our diverse communities.

The words of the New Zealand National anthem remind us of what we should strive and pray for at this time. May we all do our part even if it’s a little bit of loving, a hug, a hi and a ‘how are you?’ These small acts may be all we need to do to help to reduce dissension, envy and hate.

We encourage international students to contact their institutions to access support services.

Reach out in love.

Ōna mano tāngata
Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire
Aotearoa.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Terry McGrath
President, ISANA New Zealand
Bronwyn Gilson
President, ISANA Australia

NSW: Stay Safe in our State – Advice for International Students

Stay Safe in our State – Advice for International Students

NSW Police in partnership with the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) completed a Study NSW co-funded Partner Project to create safety videos for international students studying in NSW.

These videos have been well-received by the international education community.

The videos cover topics such as identifying police in NSW, reporting crime, beach safety, alcohol, road safety, domestic and family violence and personal safety.

For any questions please contact e: study.nsw@industry.nsw.gov.au

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Stay Safe in our State – Advice for International Students

NSW Police in partnership with the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) completed a Study NSW co-funded Partner Project to create safety videos for international students studying in NSW.

These videos have been well-received by the international education community.

The videos cover topics such as identifying police in NSW, reporting crime, beach safety, alcohol, road safety, domestic and family violence and personal safety.

https://m.youtube.com/user/TheNSWPolice/playlists

For any questions please contact e: study.nsw@industry.nsw.gov.au

NSW Police in partnership with the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) completed a Study NSW co-funded Partner Project to create safety videos for international students studying in NSW.

These videos have been well-received by the international education community.

The videos cover topics such as identifying police in NSW, reporting crime, beach safety, alcohol, road safety, domestic and family violence and personal safety.

NSW Police videos

For any questions please contact e: study.nsw@industry.nsw.gov.au








ISANA media release – Miss Aiia Masarwe

The ISANA International Education Association is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Israeli exchange student Miss Aiia Maasarwe.

The circumstances surrounding her death are unfolding and we urge the public to support the ongoing
investigations of the Victoria Police.
‘From news reports, ISANA does not believe that Miss Masarwe was targeted because she was an
international student.’ says Bronwyn Gilson, National President.

‘Australia is a safe country for international students, but international students as do all of us, need to be aware of our surroundings and take precautions when travelling alone and especially late at night.’

ISANA has extended its support and condolences to the international student support staff at La Trobe
University where Miss Masarwe was studying. ‘Our network of members is always available to work or talk with colleagues to support them through
difficult events such as this,’ adds Bronwyn.

ISANA extends its deepest condolences to the staff at La Trobe University and to the family and friends of Aiia Masarwe.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bronwyn Gilson at 0400 852 226 or
email at president@isana.org.au

Safety Video Resources

Safety Video Resources

Melbourne Based ‘Meld’ Magazine is delivering an International Student Safety Campaign, supported by Victoria Police, to strengthen early information provision, raise awareness among international students around identified areas of concern, and to encourage students to change their behaviours to stay safe.

They have launched a digital campaign entitled “Think Smart, Stay Safe” as the main part of the International Student Safety Campaign, which contains a series of guides, videos and articles produced with assistance from Victoria Police.

You can view the resources here:

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