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STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND. Session 1 Nicky Thomson, New Zealand Trade Development Centre . NEW ZEALAND - LOCATION. Situated in the Southern Hemisphere in the Pacific Ocean Located South East of Australia 3 hours from Sydney 12 hours from North Asia. NEW ZEALAND. NEW ZEALAND - MAP.

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STUDY IN NEW ZEALAND

Session 1

Nicky Thomson, New Zealand Trade Development Centre


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NEW ZEALAND - LOCATION

  • Situated in the Southern Hemisphere in the Pacific Ocean

  • Located South East of Australia

  • 3 hours from Sydney

  • 12 hours from North Asia


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NEW ZEALAND


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NEW ZEALAND - MAP

Auckland 

Hamilton

PalmerstonNorth 

Wellington

New Zealand’s capital city is Wellington. The largest city is Auckland

Christchurch 

Dunedin


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HISTORY

  • NZ was first settled by ancestors of the Maori people about 1,000 years ago

  • The first European settlers arrived about 1800

  • NZ became a British colony in 1840

  • NZ became first nation in world to allow women to vote in 1893

  • NZ became independent in stages during the first half of the 20th century


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Two major islands

- North Island

- South Island

Similar size to UK / Japan

Has four seasons

Summer:December – February

Autumn:March – May

Winter:June – August

Spring:September – November

Winter: 6 - 14oC Mild & Wet

Summer: 20- 28oC Warm & Dry

NEW ZEALAND - THE LAND


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Rolling green countryside

Beautiful still lakes

Barren volcanic desert areas

Glaciers & fjords

Fast flowing rivers

Active thermal areas

Snow covered mountains

Golden beaches

Native forests . . .

All within a relatively small

country

NEW ZEALAND – THE AMAZING LANDSCAPE


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POPULATION

4.1 million people

North Island76%

South Island24%

European 74%

Maori 14%

Asian 6%

Pacific Island 6%

Other 0.7%

  • Major Urban Areas:

  • Auckland 29%

  • Wellington 8%

  • Christchurch 9%


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POLITICS

  • New Zealand is an independent country, but Queen

    Elizabeth II of England is officially the Head of State

  • The Country is a parliamentary democracy with elections

    every 3 years

  • Helen Clark has been Prime Minister

    since 1999


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New Zealand has 3 official languages:

- English

Maori

Sign Language

People from New Zealand are known as “KIWIS” - a nickname after the indigenous, nocturnal, flightless bird found only in New Zealand

INTERESTING FACTS


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According to the 2006 census, the most common religions in New Zealand, in order, are :

Anglican

Catholic

Presbyterian

Methodist

1/3 of the population answered the census as ‘no religion’

RELIGION


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Enjoy a quiet, relaxed lifestyle

Known for their warmth and hospitality

Work 5 days a week

Friendly, open, and easy going

Enjoy meeting other people

Value independence and equality

NEW ZEALANDERS


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Reading

Visiting friends

Gardening

Sports - rugby, cricket, netball, golf

Walking

Running/jogging

Cycling

Fishing

COMMON LEISURE ACTIVITIES


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150+ radio stations

TV1, TV2, TV3, C4, Maori TV & Prime are free channels

Regional Television

Subscription Channels:

- Sky Television (100 channels)

Cable Television

2 television music channels

RADIO & TELEVISION


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Accepts driving licences of most countries

Requires International Driver’s Licence for renting a car

Must be over 21 years of age to be able to rent a car

DRIVING


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Coins - 10C, 20C, 50C, $1, $2

Notes - $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

Credit Cards - Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners

Club, etc

Traveller’s Cheques

Extensive use of EFTPOS

Bank Opening Hours - 9.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to

Friday)

MONEY


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NZ emergency number – 111

Calling NZ: 64 + area code + telephone number

IMPORTANT NUMBERS


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