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Universities are having to book out plane seats to ensure international students can get here before the start of the academic year.
Many students haven't been able to make it to New Zealand due to airline capacity constraints.
Universities New Zealand has stepped in, booking 400 seats on an Air New Zealand flight from China.
Executive Director Chris Whelan says that international students are an important part of our education system.
He says when they go back home they continue to do research with us, trade with us, and recommend us.
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