Living and Working in New ZealandSnapshot of New Zealand
In this section you will find out things you may want to know about New Zealand - who we are, where we are, where we have come from, what makes us tick. All you need to add is your sense of adventure.
New Zealand is nestled in the South Pacific Ocean 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) from Australia, our closest neighbour and friend.
There are just over four million New Zealanders, and every single one is either an immigrant or descended from one.
By most other standards, New Zealand is a very young country, with European settlement on a large scale only occurring over the last 150 years.
English is the main written and spoken language in New Zealand - with a number of different accents! Maori is also an officially recognised language and is spoken fluently by over 4% of the population.
Being in the Southern Hemisphere, our seasons are completely opposite to countries north of the equator. Winter is June through August and our Summer is between December and March.
New Zealand is a modern parliamentary democracy based on the Westminster cabinet system. New Zealand's Parliament is currently made up of 120 Members representing eight parties.
With majestic mountain ranges, sweeping plains, fjords, imposing native forests, crystal clear inland lakes, miles of golden sand beaches and numerous bays dotted around one of the longest coastlines in the world.
Some important laws
New Zealand enjoys a well deserved reputation as a liberal and tolerant society. We do have enormous freedoms, however there are certain laws that are strictly enforced for citizens' safety and health.
Skills we need
We need skilled people for the following types of work:
Why New Zealand?
Within a relatively short time, New Zealand has developed a sophisticated, unrestrictive business environment that competes aggressively in world markets. It joins our predominantly agriculture-based economy which continues to deliver the bulk of our export earnings.
Work environment and finding a job
One of the things you'll immediately be struck with is the flexible way we carry out our jobs. We don't stand on ceremony, very rarely do we refer to people by their title, we dress a whole lot more informally than you're probably used to and we regularly mix socially with our work colleagues.
Owning a business
The exciting thing about small businesses in New Zealand is that they don't act as if they're small, and they regularly introduce big ideas.
Business case studies
Here we showcase just four examples of successful New Zealand businesses that began with very little cash and not much more than a dream and have now carved out national and international niches.
This information has been taken from New Zealand Immigration. If you require more then please go to their website Immigration NZPlease click here for more indepth information on the cities of New Zealand.