Study In New Zealand

Country Overview

New Zealand is located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean and consists of two main Islands as well as a number of smaller ones. The principal Islands are the North and South Islands which are separated by the Cook Strait.

North Island has a mountainous center with many hot springs and volcanic peaks. South Island is much more mountainous with the Southern Alps, which has some 350 glaciers, running across the length of the Island. Much of the lowlands are broken and hilly while plains are not prominent on either Island.

History

It is estimated the Maori inhabited New Zealand around 800AD. Around eight hundred years later the Western world discovered New Zealand. In 1642, in a bid to locate the mysterious, rich land Australia, the Dutch Explorer, Abel Tasman caught sight of the West Coast of the South Island.

The First European to set foot on New Zealand soil was Captain James Cook of England, in 1769. He also made the first, but inaccurate map of the country.

Settlers from England started to arrive in the 1830’s, and by 1840 a Treaty was signed between the crown and the chiefs of the Maori tribes. The Treaty of Waitangi handed sovereignty of New Zealand to the Crown, and is a matter of dispute even today, as the Maori translation is not quite the same as the English.

One hundred and seven years later, in 1947 New Zealand declared independence, and became its own country.

Economy

New Zealand has a modern, prosperous, developed economy with an estimated GDP (PPP) of US$119.549 billion (2010). New Zealanders have a high level of life satisfaction as measured by international surveys. The country was ranked 20th on the 2009 Human Development Index and 15th in The Economist’s 2005 worldwide quality-of-life index.

New Zealand is a country heavily dependent on free trade. Its principal export industries are agriculture, horticulture, fishing and forestry. These make up about half of the country’s exports. Its major export partners are Australia, US, Japan, China, and UK. Tourism plays a significant role in New Zealand’s economy.

Climate

New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, so January and February are the warmest months, autumn is from March to May, winter is from June to August, and spring runs from September to November.

The climate is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The weather varies a lot between different regions – the far north is subtropical while the south gets icy wind straight from Antarctica. The far north of the country has an average temperature of about 15°C, while the Deep South has a cooler 9°C average.

New Zealand does not have a large temperature range, lacking the extremes that are found in most continental climates. However, the weather can change unexpectedly — as cold fronts or tropical cyclones quickly blow in.

Culture

While New Zealand is culturally and linguistically part of Polynesia, forming the south-western anchor of the Polynesian Triangle, much of contemporary New Zealand culture is derived from British roots. It also includes significant influences from American, Australian and Māori cultures, along with those of other European cultures and – more recently – non-Māori Polynesian and Asian cultures.

Celebration of Diwali and Chinese New Year are held in several of the larger cities. The world’s largest Polynesian festival, Pasifika, is an annual event in Auckland.

Food

New Zealand cuisine is largely driven by local ingredients and seasonal variations. Occupying an Island nation with a primarily agricultural economy, New Zealanders enjoy quality local produce from land and sea. Similar to the cuisine of Australia, the cuisine of New Zealand is a diverse British-based cuisine with Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influences.

Historical influences came from Māori culture, and New American cuisine, Southeast Asian, East Asian and Indian traditions have become popular since the 1970s.

Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day – January 1st
  • Day after New Year – January 2nd
  • Waitangi Day – February 6th
  • Good Friday – varies every year
  • Easter Monday – varies every year
  • ANZAC Day – April 25th
  • Queen’s Birthday – 1st Monday in June
  • Labour Day – 4th Monday in October
  • Christmas Day – December 25th
  • Boxing Day – December 26th

Time Zones

New Zealand has two time zones.

  • The main Islands use New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) – 6:30 hours plus IST
  • Chatham Islands use Chatham Standard Time (CHAST) – 7:15 hours plus IST

Facts

  1. Full name: New Zealand
  2. Population: 43,73,146 (2010 estimates)
  3. Capital: Wellington
  4. Largest city: Auckland
  5. Area: 268,021 sq km
  6. Official languages: English, Māori
  7. Major religion: Christianity
  8. Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women)
  9. Monetary unit: 1 NZ dollar ($NZ) = 100 cents
  10. Main exports: Wool, food and dairy products, wood and paper products
  11. GNI per capita: $25,200 (World Bank, 2008)
  12. Internet domain: .nz
  13. International dialing code: +64

List of Universites

Name of the University Links
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en.html
MASSY UNIVERSITY (Albany) http://www.massey.ac.nz/
AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY http://www.aut.ac.nz/
UNIVERSITY  OF WAIKATO http://www.waikato.ac.nz/
UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/
VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON http://www.victoria.ac.nz/
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO http://www.otago.ac.nz/
LINCON UNIVERSITY http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/
UUNZ (Institute of Business) http://uunz.ac.nz/
ZSE (new zealand school of education) http://www.nzse.ac.nz/
N.Tech http://ntec.ac.nz/
ICNZ (international college of new zealand) http://www.icnz.ac.nz/
RBC (Royal Business College) http://www.royalbusiness.ac.nz/
SIT (Southern Institute of Technology) https://www.sit.ac.nz/
AWI (Auckland International Education Group) http://www.awi.ac.nz/
AIS (Auckland Institute of Studies) http://www.ais.ac.nz/
WITT (Western Institute of Technology) http://www.witt.ac.nz/
Avonmore Tertiary Institute http://www.avonmore.ac.nz/
IPU (Institute of the Pacific united) http://www.ipu.ac.nz/
NZTC (New Zealand Tertiary college) http://www.nztertiarycollege.ac.nz/
COMPUTER POWER http://www.computerpowerplus.ac.nz/
EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology) http://www.eit.ac.nz/
edenz college http://www.edenz.ac.nz/
NMIT (Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology)  https://www.nmit.ac.nz/
Universal College of Learning https://www.ucol.ac.nz/
Aoraki Polytechnic http://www.ara.ac.nz/
Laidlaw College https://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/
New Zealand Film Academy http://www.edenz.ac.nz/nz-film-academy/
Media Design School http://www.mediadesignschool.com/
SAE Auckland http://auckland.sae.edu/
Yoobee School of Design http://www.yoobee.ac.nz/
NZ Radio Traning School http://www.radioschool.co.nz/
PRBS  http://www.pbrs.ac.nz/
Cornell http://cibt.cornellgroup.nz/
Newton College of Business and Technology http://www.ncbt.ac.nz/
Telford http://www.telford.ac.nz/
De La Salle College http://www.delasalle.vic.edu.au/
TUAKAU College http://www.tuakaucollege.com/
Toi Whakaari http://toiwhakaari.ac.nz/
ACG (Academic Colleges Group) http://www.acgedu.com/
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic https://www.boppoly.ac.nz/
waiariki institute of technology https://www.waiariki.ac.nz/home
(EIT) Eastern Institute of Technology  http://www.eit.ac.nz/
Whitireia New Zealand http://www.whitireia.ac.nz/Pages/home.aspx
Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design http://www.whitecliffe.ac.nz/
Travel Careers & Traning http://nzschooloftourism.co.nz/
Te Wananga o Aotearoa http://www.twoa.ac.nz/
(MIT) Manukau Institute of Technology  https://www.manukau.ac.nz/
Unitec Institute of Technology http://www.unitec.ac.nz/
Howick College http://www.howickcollege.school.nz/
Rodney College http://www.rodneycollege.school.nz/
Laidlaw College https://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/
st john's college auckland http://www.stjohnscollege.ac.nz/
(CPIT)Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology NO LINK
ARA http://www.ara.ac.nz/
New Zealand College of Chiropractic http://chiropractic.ac.nz/
ICA http://www.ica.ac.nz/
Weltec https://www.weltec.ac.nz/
Regent  http://www.regent.ac.nz/
NSIA http://www.nsia.co.nz/
NZCC http://www.nzcc.ac.nz/
NZIE http://www.nzie.ac.nz/
NZIOS http://www.nzios.ac.nz/
NZTC http://www.nztertiarycollege.ac.nz/
RBMC http://www.rbmc.ac.nz/
NCBT http://www.ncbt.ac.nz/
NITT http://nitt.ac.nz/