Living in New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean
comprising two main landmasses, the North Island and numerous
As a multicultural society, New Zealanders are tolerant people
and are very welcoming and friendly towards visitors. Alongside the
diversity of its population, New Zealand is also host to a large
international student population with people from over 180
different nationalities having been granted study permits over the
past five years. Students easily assimilate into the New Zealand
Unlike many other commonwealth nations, foreign nationals who
are permanent residents in New Zealand are eligible to vote in a
general election, provided they have lived in New Zealand for one
year or more.
A Land of Tradition: The Maori People
New Zealand was first settled by Eastern Polynesians who arrived
in canoes from across the Pacific Ocean about 1000 years ago. Over
several centuries in isolation, these settlers developed their own
language, tribes and mythologies, gradually emerging as the Maori
peoples as they are known today.
The first thing to note about New Zealand’s climate is that the
seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere.
||September - November
||December - February
||March - May
||June - August
"Melting Pot" - A Multicultural Society
The ethnic makeup of New Zealand’s population is very diverse.
Over the years, people from all over the world have gone to New
Zealand and now call it home. More than 23% of New Zealand’s
population were born overseas. The New Zealand population mainly
comprises an assimilation of European, Maori, Asian, Middle Eastern
and Pacific Islands people.
The Great Outdoors
Volcanoes, high snow-covered mountains, spectacular lakes, white
sandy beaches – New Zealand is a land of unparalleled beauty.
Dubbed a “natural playground”, New Zealand’s pristine landscape
provides the backdrop for some extreme adventure activities. From
mountain climbing which embodies the spirit of New Zealand’s
greatest adventurer, Sir Edmund Hillary, to the thrill of bungy
jumping, skydiving, zorbing and white-water rafting, New Zealand is
the home for lovers of the great outdoors.
New Zealand has a sporting culture, international students will
find an array of solo and team sports to participate in during
their studies including rugby, cricket, netball, skiing, swimming
and so forth.
Amidst New Zealand’s breathtaking environment, students will be
surprised to find cities abuzz with excitement and culture. Known
as a relaxed and fun-loving society, New Zealand’s cities are a
cosmopolitan blend of cafes, shopping, movies and nightlife.