Security and international travel for events in New Zealand

We are all deeply saddened by the Christchurch mosque shootings. It’s a difficult time for everyone, especially the community in Christchurch, and we hope that you are all looking after yourselves and your loved ones.

This tragic event is unprecedented in New Zealand. The focus at this time is supporting those families and communities impacted by the attack and working to ensure people feel safe and secure. New Zealand has responded to the event by strongly condemning the actions of those responsible for the attack and supporting those affected.

We understand that many of you may have questions relating to security for your events and what information you may provide for your participants and audience, both domestically and internationally.

It is too early to say what the ongoing impacts might be, including for security arrangements. However we have provided some information below that will keep you and your stakeholders informed in the short-term.

Security measures for upcoming events

If you have an event coming up in the immediate future anywhere in New Zealand and have concerns about security for your event, we recommend that you contact your regional council and the local police to discuss these issues. There are currently security measures in place that are being managed at a local level, so they are the best placed to answer any questions in the immediate future.

Travel to New Zealand

New Zealand’s national threat level has for the first time been lifted to high which triggers a number of actions to help keep people safe, such as increased aviation and border security. This includes additional security screening at Christchurch Airport.

It’s important to note that the New Zealand Police have advised Christchurch and New Zealand is safe for residents and visitors.

If you do have international participants intending to travel to New Zealand in the coming months, we recommend that they seek travel advice from their own government. Currently, we are not aware of any countries advising against travel to New Zealand.

Event participants currently in New Zealand are advised to keep themselves informed by monitoring the media and other local information sources such as the NZ Police social media accounts.

We’ll keep the events sector informed as new information comes to light.  Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.