Why New Zealand?

New Zealand is one of the world’s best places to live and study. Discover our internationally-renowned education system and unbeatable lifestyle. New Zealanders have a welcoming nature and an easy going attitude. A peaceful country, with a low crime rate, the two islands forming New Zealand are blessed with a natural beauty second to none, offering an amazing quality of life and work life balance. 

A melting pot of cultures, ideas and people, New Zealand supports a secular democratic society where freedom of thought, expression and religious beliefs are respected and supported by law. There is a genuine understanding and strong acceptance of everyone’s views and ideas. 


New Zealand is lightly populated with 4.7 million New Zealanders (informally known as Kiwis). Approximately 74% are of European descent, 14.9% are indigenous Māori, 11.8% Asian and 7.4% Pacific Islanders. Geographically, over three-quarters of the population live in the North Island, with one-third of the total population living in Auckland. The other main cities of Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton are where the majority of the remaining Kiwis dwell. New Zealand has two official languages, English and Māori. English is the main language.

New Zealand has an economy dominated by the export-focused agricultural sector, together with significant manufacturing and service sectors. The mixed-economy is strongly trade-oriented with food and beverages representing a large proportion of exports. New Zealand has developed a world-wide reputation for top quality produce, from meat (New Zealand lamb is particularly renowned), to dairy products, seafood, fruit and vegetables, and boutique wines. Service industries, including tourism, consultancy and education, are also extremely significant to the New Zealand economy.


Surrounded by sea, New Zealand enjoys a temperate climate with relatively small seasonal changes. Winter lasts from June until August and summer is from December to February. In Auckland the climate does not get uncomfortably hot or unbearably cold. However, extremes will be found particularly in the mountain ranges in winter, which makes the skiers happy! In summer the average maximum temperature in New Zealand ranges between 20 – 30 degrees centigrade and in winter between 10 – 15 degrees centigrade. Expect rain in the winter months.

New Zealand’s weather is subject to change on a daily basis!

History of New Zealand 

According to Māori legend, Kupe, the great Polynesian navigator came to the South Pacific around 1,200 years ago. His first sight was not of the land itself but of a long white cloud that hovered above it, and so he named it Aotearoa, which in Māori means the Land of the Long White Cloud. The country was later called New Zealand.

Today New Zealand is proud of its identity as a diverse and multicultural Pacific nation, based on a partnership between Pakeha, as New Zealanders of European origin are called, and Māori. At the heart of that partnership is the Treaty of Waitangi, an agreement that lives on as a national symbol for unity and understanding between cultures. 

Helpful Maori Words

Māori word

English Translation

Haere mai


Kia ora



A Māori meeting house and the land around it


A meal cooked underground




A person of European ethnicity


-  A famous New Zealand bird that cannot fly

-  Kiwi is also used to refer to people and things linked to New Zealand


Land of the Long White Cloud


Holiday home


Traditional Maori war dance


Maori greeting by pressing noses


Flip Flops, thongs or rubber sandals


Maori tribal group

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