About New Zealand

New Zealand is a country in the south western Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciations. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum.

Basic facts about New Zealand

  • The world’s first commercial bungee jump was a 43 metre leap off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown in 1988.
  • New Zealanders love their cars! 2.5 million cars for 4 million people (including the kids) makes New Zealand’s car ownership rate one of the highest in the world.
  • Although it is around the size of Japan, New Zealand’s population is just over four million, making it one of the world’s least populated countries.
  • In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote.
  • Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest in 1953, was a New Zealander.
  • Baron Ernest Rutherford, the first person in the world to split the atom in 1919, was also a New Zealander.
  • Here’s a really good reason to visit New Zealand – there are no snakes in the country!
  • There are also no nuclear power stations in New Zealand.

Why Study in New Zealand

  • New Zealand bases its education programmes and degrees on the world’s most recognised and accredited education system-the British system.
  • New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education.
  • It has a progressive education system with many state of the art facilities.
  • It offers a safe learning environment with excellent study opportunities and support services for international students.
  • New Zealanders are famed for their friendliness, hospitality and warmth to overseas visitors, and enjoy meeting folk from other cultures.
  • Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at New Zealand institutions – universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments.
  • The cost of studying in New Zealand is also much cheaper than the USA, Australia, UK, or Canada.
  • The quality assurance practices that the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has in place gives both local and international students confidence when it comes to choosing a course of study in New Zealand.
  • Combining the benefits of a developed country with the charm of a quiet and peaceful countryside, New Zealand offers some distinct advantages over other countries as a destination for education.

Eligibility to Study in New Zealand

  • Minimum 50% 12th grade for undergraduate study in a University or Community Colleges
  • 5.5 Bands not less than 5.0 Bands in every modules,
  • PTE or TOEFL are also accepted in some of the institutions.
  • For PG Programs or Master’s Degree, a minimum of 6.5 Bands with no Bands less than 6.0 is accepted.

Living In New Zealand

New Zealand has a temperate climate – in other words, generally warm, dry summers and relatively mild, wet winters. We don’t get the extremes that some parts of the USA have to endure. No stiflingly hot summers or months of being cooped up by snow. So year round, it’s easier to enjoy a healthier, outdoors lifestyle.

The New Zealand Minimum Wage

The rates are reviewed every year. This table sets out the before-tax minimum wage pay rates that

Minimum wage Hourly rate 8-hour 40-hour week
Adult rate $17.70 $141.60 $708.00
Starting out and training rates $14.16 $113.28 $566.40

apply from 1 April 2019.

Auckland Median Hourly Rate by Job

Job Average
Registered Nurse (RN) NZ$27.91
Office Administrator NZ$20.53
Early Childhood Educator (ECE) NZ$23.51
Electrician NZ$29.43
Builder NZ$27.42
Carpenter NZ$25.90
Office Manager NZ$24.84

Subjects you may be interested in studying in New Zealand

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • MBA
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Teaching
  • Web Development
  • Fashion Design
  • Finance
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Leadership


University/Polytechnic Name Location
University of Auckland Auckland
Wellington Institute of Technology Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington Wellington
Otago Polytechnic Auckland
Aspire2 International Auckland
University of Canterbury Christchurch
University of Otago Dunedin
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Nelson
Massey University Palmerston
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Rotorua
Whitireia New Zealand Wellington
University of Waikato Hamilton
Auckland Institute of Studies Auckland
Ara Institute of Canterbury Christchurch
Eastern Institute of Technology Napier
AUT University Auckland
Lincoln University – New Zealand Lincoln
Cornell Institute of Business and Technology Auckland
Manukau Institute of Technology Auckland
Universal College of Learning Palmerston
Unitec Institute of Technology Auckland
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Wellington
Southern Institute of Technology Invercargill
Waikato Institute of Technology Hamilton
NorthTec Whangarei
Pacific International Hotel Management School New Plymouth
Vision College Hamilton
International Academy of New Zealand Auckland
Tai Poutini Polytechnic Auckland
Newton College of Business and Technology Auckland

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