The Country

Located to the southeast of Australia and separated from the continent by a 2,000-mile stretch of the Tasman Sea, New Zealand looks as if it is truly at the ends of the earth. However, its distant geographical location does not mean that it is in any way a boring or backward place. Quite the contrary, in fact: 'Arts and culture form a lively part of New Zealand life. Traditional Maori arts can be enjoyed throughout the country, while professional theatre companies, orchestras, and opera can be found in the main centres. New Zealand pop music is gaining an international reputation, and you'll find studios of the country's best artists throughout the country.

New Zealand is made up of two main islands, and is roughly the size of Japan, California or Great Britain. Our cities, scenery and cultures are vibrant and diverse. New Zealand has a multi-cultural population of 4 million and is home to people from the Pacific Islands, various parts of Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Indigenous Maori make uparound 14 percent of the population.

Most major religions are represented in New Zealand and Human Rights Legislation guarantees freedom from discrimination on the basis of religion, which is seen as a matter of personal choice. Major cities have churches, temples, mosques, synagogues and other centres of worship for most religions. Homestay families and student hostels can ensure that religious dietary requirements are respected.

Employment – Availability, Entitlement
  • Eligible students may apply to work up to 20 hours in any given week, rather than the previous restriction of 15 hours per week.
  • International students undertaking a course of 12 months or more may apply to work full-time over the summer holidays.
  • Students in years 12 and 13, and eligible English language students may apply to work up to 20 hours in any given week.
  • Students graduating from a two-three year diploma, graduate diploma, degree or post graduate qualification, will be eligible for a one-year Graduate Job Search Work Permit. This allows them to search a job relevant to their qualification. Once they have received a job offer the one year work permit will be extended to the length of their job offer.
Living Cost

The cost of living in New Zealand and Australia is same. But, it is less than in Britain. Tertiary students need to budget for up to NZ$15,000 a year in living expenses.

Indicative costs
  • $100 to $200 a week for accommodation
  • 50 cents to post a letter within New Zealand
  • $5.00 for a Big Mac at McDonald's
  • Free local phone calls from a home phone
  • $10 to $15 to go to the movies
  • $1.80 for a 1-stage bus fare

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