New Zealand for immigrants from Dubai, Abu Dhabi New Zealand, a wealthy Pacific nation, is dominated by two cultural groups: New Zealanders of European descent, and the minority Maori, whose Polynesian ancestors arrived on the islands around 1,000 years ago.
New Zealand comprises two main narrow and mountainous islands, the North Island and the South Island, separated by Cook Strait, and a number of smaller outlying islands. The total land area is approximately 268,000 square kilometres (about the combined area of Victoria and Tasmania). Its maritime EEZ is roughly 430 million hectares, the fifth largest in the world. The capital, Wellington, is situated on the south-west tip of the North Island and is about the same latitude as Launceston. The Southern Alps, containing glacial systems, which have retreated and formed wide glacial valleys and inland lakes, extend the length of the South Island. The Southern Alps include New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook (3754 m). The highest mountain in the North Island is Mount Ruapehu (2797m), an active volcano which erupts frequently, most recently in 2007. Not far from the mountain is Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. New Zealand has a cool temperate climate, strongly influenced by oceanographic factors.
Agriculture is the economic mainstay, but manufacturing and tourism are important and there is a world-class film industry.
New Zealand has diversified its export markets and has developed strong trade links with Australia, the US, and Japan. In April 2008 it became the first Western country to sign a free trade deal with China. New Zealand is a small, open mixed economy. Its economy was historically agriculture-based, with successive governments seeking to maintain New Zealand’s high standard of living through increased levels of overseas borrowing and increasingly protective economic policies. New Zealand made a series of far-reaching structural reforms from the mid-1980s, however, which resulted in the economy being opened up to competitive pressures and world prices. The economy also changed from being one of the most regulated in the OECD to being one of the least.
New Zealand’s economy now has sizeable manufacturing and service sectors complementing the highly efficient agricultural sector. The agricultural, horticultural, forestry, mining and fishing industries play a fundamentally important role in New Zealand’s economy, particularly in the export sector and in employment. Overall, the primary sector accounts for roughly 7% of GDP and contributes over 50% of New Zealand’s total export earnings. Dairy products alone account for over 20% of exported merchandise.
Services account for around two-thirds of New Zealand’s GDP and manufacturing almost 20%. Tourism, which has been growing rapidly in recent years, is one of the country’s most important sources of foreign-exchange revenue. The sectors of retail and wholesale trade, restaurants and hotels are major components of the New Zealand economy, accounting for about 25% of the services sector.
New Zealand’s main trading partners are Australia (23%), China (9.1%), the United States (10%), Japan (7.1%), the United Kingdom (4.3%), and the Republic of Korea (3.1%). While New Zealand exports more to the United States, the value of exports to China is higher and is expected to increase further. Together, European Union members take 14% of exports (in value terms) and provide 17% of imports.
New Zealand’s economy experienced strong growth in the 1990s and early 2000s, although growth slowed during 1997 and 1998 due to a slowdown in key Asian trading partners. New Zealand went into recession in early 2008 and the economy deteriorated sharply following the onset of the global financial crisis. Overall, the New Zealand economy contracted for five quarters and a cumulative 3.3%. Though New Zealand’s economy will have grown for six straight quarters at the end of September 2010, there are signs that growth is losing momentum. NZ Treasury forecasts the economy to grow at an average of 2.7% over the next three years. The impact of higher goods and services tax, ACC charges, tobacco excise and emissions trading charges is forecast to push inflation up. The large earthquake that struck Canterbury in September 2010 has disrupted economic activity and will continue to do so for some time.
SIZE New Zealand is long (over 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) along its north-north-east axis) and narrow (a maximum width of 400 kilometres (250 mi)), with approximately 15,134 km (9,404 mi) of coastline and a total land area of 268,021 square kilometres (103,483 sq mi)
The population of New Zealand is approximately 4.4 million. New Zealand is a predominantly urban country, with 72 percent of the population living in 16 main urban areas and 53 percent living in the four largest cities of Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Hamilton.
New Zealand has a mild and temperate maritime climate with mean annual temperatures ranging from 10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS New Zealand has an unlimited range of tourist attractions and activities, located throughout the country. Whether you are looking for adrenaline-pumping adventure, or a relaxing game of golf, there is an activity or attraction to suit everyone's tastes, age, culture and budget in New Zealand. less
Attractions and activities in New Zealand include bungy jumping, sky diving, glacial hiking, horse trekking, health and beauty relaxation treatments, scenic flights, fishing and so much more.
With a temperate climate, and stunning variations in our geography - all surrounded by the Pacific and Tasman Oceans – people in New Zealand happily lead an outdoor life. Knowing that you'll spend far less time commuting in New Zealand than in most world cities, you'll also enjoy far more time with your friends and family. No matter where you live in New Zealand, for instance, you are probably less than an hour from the ocean, and less than 4 hours from a ski field. Which means on the same day you can mountain bike, snowboard and surf!
At the same time, cafe society and cultural activities rival those anywhere. New Zealand has produced some of the world's top opera singers, musicians, writers, painters - all of whom are easily accessible for your enjoyment. New Zealand cuisine and regional wineries are well-regarded internationally - so you'll have plenty to tempt your taste buds.
With just over 4 million people living in New Zealand, it's easy to find - or get away from - the crowd. So if your preference is access to big-city shopping, check out Auckland (the largest city with over 1.5 million residents), Christchurch, Wellington (the capital) or Dunedin. But one of the joys of New Zealand is that you can also choose to live a more rural lifestyle, and still live within an hour's drive of the centre of any of these cities.
EDUCATION SYSTEM Secondary Education in New Zealand Year 9 to 13, typically for students from the age of 13 to 18.
After successful completion of assessments in Years 11 through to year 13 the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), which is made up of three levels, is awarded to students
Tertiary Education in New Zealand
Offered at Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology and private tertiary and training establishments.
Students can achieve certificates, diplomas and degrees in a diverse range of subjects.
Bachelor’s Degree During the admissions process students get evaluated on their NCEA results as well as other criteria.
A Bachelor’s degree typically lasts for 3 years at university.
An Honours degree is awarded after an additional year of research at university.
Graduate study in New Zealand
Master’s Degree A Masters degree typically last for 2 years at university.
An Honours degree is awarded after an additional year of research, however it is only awarded to students who do not already have an Honours degree.
Requires a student to have either a Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with Honours.