Living in New Zealand guide

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Our selection of articles for expatriation in New Zealand

Opening a bank account in New Zealand

Banking in New Zealand is almost always electronic, so it is important to have a bank account locally. This is how you will ...

Healthcare in New Zealand

New Zealand's healthcare system is a complicated one, relying on both a public health system and a private health system. To be ...

Post COVID-19 changes in New Zealand

The COVID-19 crisis had an impact not only on New Zealand's economy but also on the labour market, real estate, education ...

Working in New Zealand

Over the years, New Zealand has become a top destination for foreign professionals looking to boost their career abroad. Working ...

Accommodation in New Zealand

You may not want to jump straight into buying a house, or finding a long term rental when you arrive in New Zealand. The best ...

Accommodation in Wellington

New Zealand's capital Wellington is home to a wide range of things - the Government (located in the famous ‘Beehive'), a ...

Accommodation in Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island in New Zealand and is home to almost 400,000 people. The city was struck ...

Accommodation in Dunedin

Dunedin is home to over 120,000 people and is one of the southernmost cities in New Zealand, located on the Otago Peninsula ...

Accommodation in Hamilton

If you are looking to settle in Auckland, but can't afford the ever-inflating prices, then Hamilton is a great alternative ...

The labour market in New Zealand

Thanks to New Zealand's large economy and required workforce, along with its relatively small population, New Zealand can't rely ...

Starting a business in New Zealand

Starting a business isn't easy, but New Zealand is ranked as one of the best countries in the world to start a business. Many ...

Internships in New Zealand

Internships are a popular work experience tool worldwide, but still a new thing in New Zealand. In general, internships in New ...

Working in Wellington

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, and as well as being home to the government, it is also home to a wide range of ...

Working in Christchurch

Christchurch is one of the major South Island cities in New Zealand. It is the capital of the Canterbury province and is slowly ...

Working in Hamilton

Located in the Waikato region, just over 100 kilometres from Auckland, Hamilton is a city on the rise. It is the fourth largest ...

About New Zealand

Aptly known as Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud) to the Maori, New Zealand stretches over 268,021km² with over 15,000km of coastline, the 9th longest coastline in the world.

Even though Auckland is the most populated city, New Zealand’s capital is Wellington, located at the bottom of the South Island. This is also where the government is based. Auckland is the largest city with 1.6million people (almost a third of the population!).

The demography of New Zealand

Over 4.9million people call New Zealand home, with roughly a quarter of Kiwis born overseas, according to the most recent census. There is a range of ethnicities that call New Zealand home, including Maori, Pacific Islanders, Europeans and Asians. There are three official languages in the country - English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language. English is the most widely spoken, with Maori, Samoan and Hindi being spoken by some communities.

New Zealand economy  

New Zealand ranks among the easiest countries in the world to start a business in. It has also been rated the third freest economy in the world, and also came out of the 2008 economic crisis faster than most countries - due to which it is also considered to be one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

New Zealand is known for its agricultural industries, but tourism and construction have quickly become two main industries. As of 2019, New Zealand’s GDP is US$205billion - or 0.33% of the worlds’ economy.

Politics in New Zealand

New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy. This means it has a democratically elected House of Representatives who advise the head of the State (Prime minister). The Queen represents New Zealand. However, the Queen’s head of state duties are carried out by a representative within New Zealand, called the Governor-General. The Governor-General is appointed by the Prime Minister and is currently Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy.

The House of Representatives (Government) is typically made up of 12 Members of Parliament, or MPs. They are elected every three years by a mixed-member proportional representation voting system. Everyone gets two votes - one for their local MP, the other for their preferred political party. The party wins by getting the highest number of seats in the House of Representatives - the winning local MP’s receive those seats followed by other party members. In 2017, New Zealand gained a coalition government (two parties joining together for a majority), with the Prime Minister being Jacinda Ardern, only the second woman leader to have a child while in office.

New Zealand's climate 

New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, which means summer is in December through February. Auckland and the upper North Island is closer to the equator, indicating a warmer climate, whereas the Deep South of the South Island is closer to Antarctica and much colder. Temperatures range from 20-30º Celsius, while in winter - from June to September - has temperatures ranging from 0-15º Celsius.

Due to the geography of the country, the climate is strongly affected by the sea and mountains. The north is almost sub-tropical. Wellington has a more maritime climate, and the South Island has large temperature ranges and snowfall throughout winter. New Zealand gets more sunshine per year than Europe, but with the ozone hole above the North Island, you will need suncream on all day.

Quick Information

Capital : Wellington
Official Languages : English , Maori
Currency : Dollar
Area : 268680 Km2
Population : 4252277
Calling Code : +64

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