The Educational theme ‘Think New, New Zealand Education’ gives the impression with the innovation and creativity of the country. So is the educational system in New Zealand encourages to innovation and creativity in learning. So your decision for choosing to study in New Zealand is rewarding to your career goal.
OverviewNew Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, and the South Island and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated about 1,500 kilometres east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland. Polynesians settled New Zealand in 1250–1300 CE and developed a distinctive Māori culture. Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, was the first European to sight New Zealand in 1642 CE. In 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori Chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, making New Zealand a British colony. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.5 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. The official languages are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language, with English predominant. The country's economy was historically dominated by the export of wool, but exports of dairy products, meat, and wine, along with tourism, are more significant today. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a Governor-General. In addition, New Zealand is organized into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes.
- Full name: New Zealand
- Government Unitary Parliamentary & Constitutional Monarchy
- Population: 4.57 million
- Capital: wellington
- Largest city: Auckland
- Area: 268,021 Sq. Km (103,483 sq. mile)
- Population: 45,70,038
- Administration :16 Regions and 1 Territory
- Major language: English
- Major religion: Christianity
- Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 83 years (women)
- Monetary unit: 1 New Zealand dollar = 100 cents
New Zealand is located near the center of the water hemisphere and is made up of two main islands and a number of smaller islands. The two main islands (the North Island and the South Island) are separated by the Cook Strait, 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide at its narrowest point. Besides the North and South Islands, the five largest inhabited islands are Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier, d'Urville Island and Waiheke Island (about 22 km (14 mi) from central Auckland). New Zealand is long and narrow (over 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) along its north-north-east axis with a maximum width of 400 kilometres (250 mi) with about 15,000 km (9,300 mi) of coastline and a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi) Because of its far-flung outlying islands and long coastline, the country has extensive marine resources. Its Exclusive Economic Zone is one of the largest in the world, covering more than 15 times its land area.
The South Island is the largest landmass of New Zealand, and is divided along its length by the Southern Alps. There are 18 peaks over 3,000 metres (9,800 ft), the highest of which is Mount Cook at 3,754 metres (12,316 ft). Fiordland's steep mountains and deep fiords record the extensive ice age glaciation of this south-western corner of the South Island. The North Island is less mountainous but is marked by volcanism. The highly active Taupo Volcanic Zone has formed a large volcanic plateau, punctuated by the North Island's highest mountain, Mount Ruapehu (2,797 metres (9,177 ft)). The plateau also hosts the country's largest lake, Lake Taupo, nestled in the caldera of one of the world's most active super volcanoes. The country owes its varied topography, and perhaps even its emergence above the waves, to the dynamic boundary it straddles between the Pacific and Indo-Australian Plates. New Zealand is part of Zealandia, a micro continent nearly half the size of Australia that gradually submerged after breaking away from the Gondwanan supercontinent. About 25 million years ago, a shift in plate tectonic movements began to contort and crumple the region. This is now most evident in the Southern Alps, formed by compression of the crust beside the Alpine Fault. Elsewhere the plate boundary involves the subduction of one plate under the other, producing the Puysegur Trench to the south, the Hikurangi Trench east of the North Island, and the Kermadec and Tonga Trenches further north.
Climate of New Zealand has a mild and temperate maritime climate (Köppen: Cfb) with mean annual temperatures ranging from 10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north. Historical maxima and minima are 42.4 °C (108.32 °F) in Rangiora, Canterbury and −25.6 °C (−14.08 °F) in Ranfurly, Otago. Conditions vary sharply across regions from extremely wet on the West Coast of the South Island to almost semi-arid in Central Otago and the Mackenzie Basin of inland Canterbury and subtropical in Northland. Of the seven largest cities, Christchurch is the driest, receiving on average only 640 millimetres of rain per year and Auckland the wettest, receiving almost twice that amount. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch all receive a yearly average of more than 2,000 hours of sunshine. The southern and south-western parts of the South Island have a cooler and cloudier climate, with around 1,400–1,600 hours; the northern and north-eastern parts of the South Island are the sunniest areas of the country and receive about 2,400–2,500 hours. The general snow season is about early June until early October in the South Island. Snowfall is less common on the North Island, although it does occur.
The population of New Zealand is about 4.5 million. New Zealand is a predominantly urban country, with 72 percent of the population living in 16 main urban areas and 53 percent living in the four largest cities of Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Hamilton. New Zealand cities generally rank highly on international livability measures. For instance, in 2010 Auckland was ranked the world's 4th most liveable city and Wellington the 12th by the Mercer Quality of Life Survey. Life expectancy of a New Zealand in 2012 was 84 years for females, and 80 years for males. Life expectancy at birth is forecast to increase from 80 years to 85 years in 2050 and infant mortality is expected to decline. New Zealand's fertility rate of 2.1 is relatively high for a developed country, and natural births account for a significant proportion of population growth. Consequently, the country has a young population compared to most industrialized nations, with 20 percent of New Zealanders being 14 years-old or younger. By 2050 the population is forecast to reach 5.3 million, the median age to rise from 36 years to 43 years and the percentage of people 60 years of age and older to rise from 18 percent to 29 percent. Despite the high life expectancy, mortality from heart disease is higher in New Zealand than it is in various other developed Western countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Largest urban areas in New Zealand Rank Name Region Pop. Rank Name Region Pop. 1 Auckland Auckland 1,413,700 11 New Plymouth Taranaki 55,600 2 Wellington Wellington 393,600 12 Whangarei Northland 54,400 3 Christchurch Canterbury 375,200 13 Invercargill Southland 49,800 4 Hamilton Waikato 218,800 14 Kapiti Wellington 41,000 5 Napier-Hastings Hawke's Bay 128,800 15 Whanganui Manawatu-Wanganui 39,200 6 Tauranga Bay of Plenty 127,700 16 Gisborne Gisborne 35,400 7 Dunedin Otago 116,200 17 Blenheim Marlborough 30,200 8 Palmerston North Manawatu-Wanganui 82,400 18 Pukekohe Auckland 28,400 9 Nelson Nelson 64,100 19 Timaru Canterbury 28,400 10 Rotorua Bay of Plenty 56,200 20 Taupo Waikato 23,400
Primary and secondary schooling is compulsory for children aged 6 to 16, with the majority attending from the age of 5. There are 13 school years and attending state schools is free to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents from a person's 5th birthday to the end of the calendar year following their 19th birthday. New Zealand has an adult literacy rate of 99 percent and over half of the population aged 15 to 29 holds a tertiary qualification. There are five types of government-owned tertiary institutions: universities, colleges of education, polytechnics, specialist colleges, and wānanga in addition to private training establishments. In the adult population 14.2 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher, 30.4 percent have some form of secondary qualification as their highest qualification and 22.4 percent have no formal qualification. The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment ranks New Zealand's education system as the 7th best in the world; with students performing exceptionally well in reading, mathematics and science.
New Zealand’s education system focuses on teaching students to solve problems, absorb, analyse and apply information, to work with others to create and innovate. The system supports debate, free thinking and flexibility, and our teachers encourage students to be confident, connected and actively involved, lifelong learners. Most of the international students go to New Zealand for their further studies in English Language program, Vocational Education (Diplomas) and Universities Studies. Basically there are two path of education system in New Zealand, Academic and Vocational. There are 8 universities, 18 polytechnics and Private Institutions 600 above. The New Zealand qualification is valued as credible and robust both nationally and internationally. New Zealand is welcoming large no of immigrants from around the globe. The population in New Zealand is composed by the immigrants. Still they are welcoming large number of people. After completing degree in New Zealand it will be easy to be settled in New Zealand and abroad.
There are 10 levels of study in New Zealand schools and universities. The lowest level is a certificate and the highest is a doctoral degree. Each level is more complex than the one below it. These are the names of our qualifications and their levels:
- Certificates are levels 1 to 4
- Diplomas are levels 5 and 6
- Bachelor’s degree, graduate diplomas and certificates are level 7
- Postgraduate diplomas and certificates and bachelor’s degrees with honors are level 8
- Masters degrees are level 9
- Doctoral degrees are level 10
Each of the qualification has clear pathway to further study in New Zealand education system. Most of the providers in New Zealand offer the qualification stated above.
All major education providers are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), so you can be sure you are studying for an approved qualification that has been assessed to ensure that it is high quality. Some private training establishments don’t use NZQA qualifications so you should consult with best education counselor to make sure you are choosing high quality education provider.
Industry Partnership with Education Providers
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has implemented industry partnership initiative with selected education providers from December 2013 to support streamlined processing and provide nomination letters to offshore student visa applicants.
Providers taking part in the pilot phase of this industry partnership will be able to choose, for individual offshore students, whether to support ‘streamlined’ visa processing.
When choosing streamlined visa processing, the industry partner takes responsibility for ensuring the student:
- has sufficient maintenance funds,
- has genuine intentions to study,
- is choosing an appropriate course,
- meets all course entry requirements, and
- will adhere to the conditions of their visa and leave the country when required to do so.If a provider chooses to support an individual for streamlined processing it will provide that individual with a letter of nomination. This letter of nomination must be submitted to the relevant INZ Visa Application Centre along with a completed application form; all other required documentation; and the relevant fee.
Work permit while studyingYou may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours each week and full-time during all scheduled vacations and/or during the summer vacation period if you are enrolled into approved educational provider and meet the conditions regarding work permit.
Full-time work rightsYou may work full-time during all vacations scheduled by your education provider if you are undertaking a full-time program of study of at least one academic year’s duration. An academic year means a program of study of a minimum of 120 credits during a period of at least eight months, that is, a minimum of two semesters.
If your full-time program of study has a duration of at least eight months, and is a minimum of two semesters, but is less than 120 credits, you can work full-time over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. You do not have to have a job offer.
Unlimited work rights for PhD and Masters by research studentsIf you are enrolled in Masters by research or doctoral degree programs awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, there are no restrictions on the hours you can work.
Cost of Living in New Zealand
As per the government of New Zealand standard international students needs NZ$ 1250 per month in New Zealand for their living. But the actual cost of living depends on the spending pattern of person as well.
- Application requirements
- All academic documents
- Evidence of acceptable English Test
- Relevant application forms
- Unconditional offer of enrollment
- Bank Balance or Educational Loan
- Police report
- Relationship certificate
- Property valuation report
- Income sources
- Affidavit Support
- Other documents as advised.