New Zealand Student's Dead Body Went Unnoticed For Eight Weeks

The body of a New Zealand university student went unnoticed at campus accommodation for two months until other students noticed an odour.

The 19-year-old's body was found on Monday night at Christchurch's University of Canterbury student accommodation.

It's unclear how the student died, but it's understood his body was not discovered for nearly eight weeks. He was found in the university's first-year hall of residence named Sonoda.

"This is an extremely distressing time for University students and staff," Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey said.

The student's body was found at residence hall Sonoda. Image: Google Maps

"The University of Canterbury is doing everything it can to support the Police investigation into the tragic death of a New Zealand student in the Sonoda student accommodation.

"We are devastated by what has happened and extend our deepest sympathy to the family."

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Prof de la Rey said the university will conduct a "comprehensive investigation." reports investigating police had to call in a disaster victim identification team (DVI) team because of the length of time it took to find the student's body.

The team will reportedly examine for fingerprints, DNA and dental records to confirm the student's identity.

The country's education minister Chris Hipkins said he was deeply troubled by the case.

"No-one should be left for that length of time in a hall of residence or hostel," Mr Hipkins said.