WELCOME TO NEW ZEALAND!
ALL ABOUT NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is a country rich in natural beauty that can be seen from many of the films box office, like the movie “Lord of the Rings”, “The Last Samurai”, etc..
Located in the southeast of the continent of Australia, New Zealand is a city country that consists of two (2) big islands, the North Island and South Island. State member of the British Commonwealth also has dozens of major islands. Size of this country is about 268,021 km2.
New Zealand has two(2) time zones. Daylight Saving Time in the summer of last week of September until the first week of April, also enforced by adjusting the time into one (1) hour early.
- New Zealand Standard Time (NZST): GMT +12 GMT +5 or Indonesia
- Chatham Standard Time (CHAST): GMT +12:45 GMT +5:45 or Indonesia
The Government of New Zealand runs the system of government with a parliamentary democratic constitutional monarchy, headed by a Governor and the Prime Minister; as two (2) representation than the Queen of England.
The number of the New Zealand population is more than 4 million. Most of its residents come from European descent, followed by Maori tribes. The national language for this country is English.
Cost of living is like elsewhere, it will vary according to the city where people live and the lifestyle of each individual. The average cost required by each student generally range between NZ $ 1,500 to NZ $ 1,800 per month. This fee covers the cost of accommodation, meals, transportation, telecommunications and other daily necessities.
PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL
Schools in New Zealand start from the age of five (5) years, and their academic year is from January to December.
In general, the length of primary and secondary education in New Zealand is 13 years old. The length of Primary School is 8 years, and Secondary School is 13 years.
Compulsory education in New Zealand is up to year 10. After year 10, students may proceed to the Diploma to explore a particular expertise.
When students go on to Secondary School to finish, they will get the qualification National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is recognized throughout New Zealand.
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY & POLYTECHNIC (ITP)
As mentioned earlier, the student can continue to take education and training after spending 10 years of learning. They can take the Certificate, Diploma or Bachelor Degree in the Institute of Technology and Polytechnics in New Zealand.
The programs offered emphasis on experience and practical application in work situations, such as agriculture, art and design, building and construction, media studies, hospitality and tourism. All of them are developed based on cooperation with advisory groups representing industry, organized a program for relevant, current and innovative.
The graduates from this education obtain an equal status with university degree.
Costs & Polytechnic Institute of Technology ranged from NZ $ 15,000 – NZ $ 20,000 per year.
New Zealand has 8 universities that offer an attractive learning environment and high quality qualification, ranging from undergraduate to post graduate levels in academic and professional studies.
The eight universities are spread throughout New Zealand. Universities that located in the North Island are The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), University of Waikato in Hamilton, Massey University, Victoria University. While the one that were located in the South Island are the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, Lincoln University who is also in the city of Christchurch, and the University of Otago in Dunedin.
Tuition at the university are usually between NZ $ 20,000 – NZ $ 25,000 per year (depending on the direction taken), while for the Postgraduate level of about NZ $ 22,000 – NZ 28,000 per year.
NEW ZEALAND Qualification AUTHORITY (NZQA)
As a Commonwealth country, New Zealand has the British education system recognized in the world. Equality of quality in all educational institutions both public and private regulated by NZQA, part of the Ministry of Education.
NZQA has the objective to develop and ensure quality education programs organized by the teacher training schools, polytechnics, institutes of technology, and other educational institutions, except universities.
Just like in Australia, the international students in New Zealand have a wide selection of accommodation such as boarding, renting an apartment until the homestay option.
At this time, full-time student can work part time 20 hours per week during college and working full time 40 hours during the holidays. Even after graduation, international students are still allowed to work for one (1) year.
Before doing sideline work, students are required to get permission from the New Zealand immigration office, where there is the cost required to obtain it.
Salary earned during a sideline work around NZ $ 8 – NZ $ 15 per hour.
● The social and economic condition is stable
● New Zealand society and culture which is open to foreigners
● High quality of education and internationally recognized
● The environment of a comfortable and safe learning
● The study cost that is affordable with a high quality education
● Permit to work part time 20 hours per week during school and full-time 40 hours during the school holidays
● A modern country and has many natural attractions that are very beautiful
• Wairarapa A quintessentially New Zealand blend of rustic charm, rugged scenery and wineries.
• Nelson Three national parks, golden beaches and turquoise water make this a natural paradise.
• Queenstown Sparkling resort in an outdoor adventure playground against a stunning backdrop of lake and mountains.
• New Zealand produces 100 kg of butter and 65 kg of cheese each year.
• A kiwi is not a fruit – it is New Zealand’s native flightless birdand a slang term for a New Zealander. Kiwis call the fruit “kiwifruit” – they are also known as Chinese Gooseberries.
• New Zealand is one of only three countries that have two official (and of equal standing) national Anthems. The first is God Save the Queen (the English National Anthem) and the other is God Defend New Zealand.
• New Zealand was the first country to have its three top positions of power held simultaneously by women: The Prime Minister (Helen Clark), the Governor General (Dame Silvia Cartwright), and the Chief Justice (Sian Elias).
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