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New Zealand comprises three main islands, North Island, South Island and Stewart Island and is located 1600km east of Australia and extends from latitude 34ºS to 47ºS.

New Zealand became a Dominion in 1907, and its forces took part in both World Wars. The country is a member of the Commonwealth and also several other international organisations, including ANZUS, the Five Power Defence Agreement and the South Pacific Forum.

The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC and in winter between 10-15ºC.

New Zealand’s society reflects many years of migration from all parts of the globe. The majority are of British descent, along with other European cultures such as Greek, Italian, French, Dutch, Dalmatian, Scandinavian and German.

More recently people from islands throughout the Pacific, such as Samoa and Fiji, have also migrated here, along with immigrants from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The largest non-European group of people are the Maori, the first settlers of New Zealand, known as the 'tangata whenua' (the people of the land) who make up around 15 percent of the population. Maori culture, art and traditions are an important part of New Zealand’s heritage and culture.
English and Maori are both official languages, though the vast majority of people speak only English.

One of the last places in the world to be discovered and settled, New Zealand today is a modern high-tech western nation with a well-developed economy and a government structure based on the British parliamentary system.

New Zealand is a great country for sports and leisure - its countryside offers limitless possibilities, and New Zealanders enjoy playing sport. Outdoor sports include tramping, skiing and cycling; team sports include rugby, basketball and netball. New Zealanders are very serious about rugby particularly, and their national team, the All Blacks, are world renowned. Gymnasiums operate throughout the country for personal fitness.

New Zealand's coast, lakes and rivers have been the mecca of game fishermen world-wide. New Zealand golf courses are of international standard, not at all overcrowded, and charge very reasonable green fees. Many New Zealanders own their own yachts, from small "p-class" children's vessels, right through to ocean going luxury and sports yachts. And for the adventurous, there’s always bungy jumping, white-water rafting, para-gliding, hang-gliding and skydiving!

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As well as the National Opera, Royal New Zealand Ballet and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, many cities have theatres, orchestras and sometimes opera companies of their own. Auckland is home to several professional modern dance companies, while Wellington is acknowledged as the theatre capital, with three full time professional theatres operating.

New Zealand has a lively film and television industry with a huge international profile- the cult series "Hercules" and "Xena" were both filmed in Auckland, and the international teenage hit "The Tribe" is filmed out of Cloud Nine studios in Wellington. Currently the trilogy "Lord of the Rings" is in post production in Wellington, having been filmed entirely in New Zealand, with a New Zealand director and crew. The first film picked up 13 Oscar nominations, winning 4. Anna Paquin, then only 11, became the country's youngest Oscar winner a few years ago for her performance in "The Piano", shot entirely in New Zealand.

Shops in New Zealand open most days of the year. Most open at 9am and close at 5.30pm from Monday to Friday (although supermarkets open earlier and close later). One can buy almost every type of food in New Zealand - from specialty stores such as butchers and delicatessens to large supermarkets. New Zealand has most international fast food chain outlets.

You will find restaurants, cafés and bars throughout New Zealand, of all nationalities, especially in the larger cities. Wellington has more cafes and bars per capita than New York. Most restaurants are licensed, which means they can sell you alcohol, and some are BYO (or Bring Your Own), which means you can bring your own alcohol (usually wine only) with you. Alcohol is available from supermarkets and specialty Liquor outlets 7 days.

With the exception of air travel, which is extensive and regular, New Zealand's public transport system is not as extensive or developed as one might expect. This is because the small population and high level of car ownership make it increasingly uneconomic for public transport companies to operate. 

Cars are the most popular way of getting around in New Zealand, (2.3 million vehicles for a total population of 3.8 million people) particularly for long distances. Many families own two cars. If you have a driver’s licence in your home country and also have an international driving permit, you can drive in New Zealand for a maximum of one year. After one year, you will need to apply for a New Zealand driver’s licence and pass a theory test and a practical test. However, if you come from Australia, Canada, Norway, countries in the European Union, South Africa, Switzerland, or the United States, you can apply for an exemption from sitting the practical part of the licence test as long as you meet certain criteria. You will need to get specific licences if you ride a motorcycle or drive a heavy transport (HT) vehicle.

You do not need to be a resident of New Zealand to open a bank account. It is an easy process - most banks will open an account for you within a matter of days. To avoid a high rate of tax on interest earned by the account, you will need to provide a New Zealand IRD (tax) number to the bank. You will also need to give the bank your permanent address details.

New Zealand has a wide variety of banks and banking services and are quite competitive, especially in the mortgage market. Many banks offer special services for new migrants and have staff who can help you with information, advice and useful introductions.

All major retail outlets and many smaller ones operate a system called EFTPOS (Electronic Fund Transfer at Point of Sale). This allows you to pay for goods and services by swiping your card through a small reader at the checkout and entering your pin number. If you have enough funds in your account, the money is automatically debited from your account and credited to the retailer, so it is like paying in cash. New Zealand was the first country in the world to have this system in common use (because it was first trialed here) and many New Zealanders rarely use actual cash.

New Zealand has four national free to air television channels. There are also regional television stations and some other private, specialist channels. New Zealand has many competing providers of telecommunications services - the biggest are Telecom New Zealand and Telstra-Saturn. Telecom operates most of the "local call" network, although several firms compete in this market now, as well as in the market for national and international toll calls. w Zealand.

New Zealand has a wide variety of religions, although the country is predominantly Christian in one of many forms including Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian. However many New Zealanders attend church only rarely. Anyone can attend any place of worship they choose. Many ethnic groups also have their own places of worship.

Smoking is banned in New Zealand on public transport (including airlines) and in public places such as meeting rooms and shopping malls. Also schools are smoke free. Shops are prohibited from selling cigarettes to persons under 18.


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