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What We Do

ISMNZ is committed to the welfare and pastoral care of international students who have come to Aotearoa New Zealand. We follow the Māori health model of Te Whare Tapa Whā, the four pillars in caring for the hauora (entire well-being and health) of individuals: Taha tinana (physical health), Taha wairua (spiritual health), Taha whānau (family health), and Taha hinengaro (mental health).

Most of the international students we care for come to New Zealand to complete their tertiary education, in Private Tertiary Institutes, Polytechs or Universities. For many of them, New Zealand is the first foreign country that they have step foot in. They leave their family and friends on their own, without knowing anyone in New Zealand, oftentimes without having a full picture of the country.

Our ISMNZ staff workers and volunteers come from diverse nationalities and cultures, and provide that home away from home for students during this critical period of their lives. This crucial as most come from cultures with a strong emphasis on family and community life.

What is International Student Ministries of New Zealand?

What is International Student Ministries of New Zealand?

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Taha Tinana (Physical Health)

Providing a warm meal, either on campus or at home, taking them hiking, potluck meals, international cooking classes.


Sharing different cultures and feeding them.

Taha Whānau

(Family or Social Health)

Our staff workers and volunteers come from diverse cultures and are able to provide culture specific support and a community they can find their sense of belonging in.

Taha Wairua
(Spiritual Health)

Many of our volunteers are chaplains who can provide counsel, advice and mentoring.

We present Biblical perspectives to students in a non-threatening way, which staff workers and volunteers model through their lives. At the same time we remind them to value the homeland they have left behind.

Taha Hinengaro

(Mental Health)

We support students with their post graduation transition, CV editing, and proofreading thesis papers.

We treat students with respect and compassion, and see one as individual with dignity and self-worth.

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Our Vision

All international students in New Zealand have the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Students from many countries – some inaccessible to traditional missionary endeavour – grow as followers of Jesus Christ while studying in New Zealand, continue to serve God throughout their lives, and help many in their home countries and around the world become and grow as followers of Jesus Christ, thereby helping reach their communities and countries for Jesus Christ.


Our Mission

Helping international students in New Zealand become life-long followers of Jesus Christ, equipping and enabling them to reach their communities and nations for Him.

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A group of international students in a library

Our Values

We are a community of Jesus Christ’s followers who value the richness of different cultures and are passionate in serving international students. We fully depend on God and His word, and work prayerfully and lovingly in serving with one another. We value unity and empowerment by God. We exist to: Help international students in New Zealand become life-long followers of Jesus Christ, equipping and enabling them to reach their communities and nations for Him. 

We hold a set of core beliefs that form the foundation of our ministry

We Believe:



  • That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

  • In one God, the Creator, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • That Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary and that He was and remains true God and true man.

  • That God created Adam and Eve in the divine image; that they sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that, as a result of Adam’s sin, all human beings are now born with a sinful nature and stand guilty before God.

  • That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

  • In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.

  • In the blessed hope of the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

  • That all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.

  • That the Holy Spirit indwells and gives spiritual life to all believers, enables them to understand biblical truth, empowers them for godly living and equips them for service and witness.

  • In the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

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