Personal Safety

Culture Shock

It is common for international students to experience feelings of excitement and enthusiasm on arriving in New Zealand. Everything appears new and exciting. After you have settled into your studies, you may experience feelings of loneliness, sadness, home-sickness, isolation and possibly frustration and anger or you may doubt your decision to come to New Zealand. Experiencing some or all of these feelings is known as culture shock. Don’t worry, this is normal and you are not alone. Every student is affected by it in one way or another.

Some of the differences between life in your home country and life in New Zealand may be: Language, food, climate, social life, religious beliefs, 13 education system, family life and occupations.

Although it can be a little scary, the “shock” will gradually go away as you begin to understand the new culture. If you are struggling, please come and see us at the International centre. We are here to help!


New Zealand overall is a safe country, but we’ve provided some tips to help you avoid any undesirable and unsafe circumstances.

  • At night walk in areas where there is a lot of light. If you are coming out of class in the dark on your own advise security or walk with a friend
  • When you go out let one of your friends or your home stay know where you are going and when you will be coming back home
  • Don’t carry large amounts of money with you
  • Carry a mobile phone or local telephone card, a map, your address and telephone number
  • Save Wintec’s Security number in your mobile: 07 834 8897
  • Always carry your bag and wallet with you.
  • Keep your passport and other important documents in a safe place.
  • If you are in a bar or night club always keep your drink and food near you and always buy your own drinks
  • Keep your house or room locked
  • In an emergency call 111

Security & Emergencies

Here at Wintec, we pride ourselves on providing a safe campus environment. Security staff patrol Wintec buildings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can assist with car parking, access, lost property, security advice and emergencies. They’re also available to escort students around campus and to their vehicles after hours.

In an emergency immediately dial 111. This number will connect you to Fire, Police, and Ambulance.