Details are scarce at this stage, and attempts by Game Console to contact the publisher have been unsuccessful, which hasn't helped stop the spread of wild rumours.
Update: It seems someone may have jumped the gun as we're hearing conflicting reports about the closure. We've put in another call to EA and await a reply, hopefully with good news.
Update 2: We now know of at least one EA New Zealand employee who has left the company today.
Update 3: We've finally got hold of someone at EA, who told us that EA is... Full story here.