There are various options of stay in New Zealand for students. Since the quality of living in New Zealand is fairly good for students, the preferred options are:
- Student Accommodation or Halls of Residence
- Living in apartments/flats
Home-stayThis usually means that the student lives within the home of a family that has room to spare. Although the student is invited to take part in many of the family activities such as sharing meals and chores, he or she would have an independent room. For student’s who needs to improve their English, or who have come to the country expressly to study English, this provides an excellent opportunity to practice the language. Approximate cost: 220 – 275 NZ$ per week (inclusive of food)
Student Accommodation or Halls of ResidenceEvery educational institute in NZ is duty bound to find accommodation for their international students if informed in time. The types of accommodation may vary from sharing with several students to single occupancy rooms. Living rooms and kitchens are shared, and as per students requirements and financial means, rooms may be en-suite or with sharing baths/toilet. Halls of Residence is popular with domestic students as well, so may get booked early or may often have deadlines for room booking. However, since pre-departure processes such as loans and visa processes take very long, it is always in the interest of the student to at least decide on what accommodation he would like and make a deposit on the room. Approximate costs: may vary as per the amenities and duration of stay. Water and electricity bills are normally included in the cost, but food and telephone/ internet bill may not be. 150 – 220 NZ$ per week.
Living in Apartments/ ‘Flatting’Renting of an apartment or flat by a group of students/ course mates/ friends is also popular. The weekly rent, cost of utilities as well as some of the chores are divided amongst the group, thus making it an affordable option. It also gives the students the opportunity to mingle with students of other nationalities and to learn to budget while absorbing the NZ way of life. Approximate costs: 120 – 230 NZ$ per week
BackpackersThis type of accommodation is suitable only for a short duration. In case a student is unable to get any kind of long term accommodation in the above categories at the time of flying, it is wise to book in a motel for a period of 3 to maximum 7 days. This ensures a roof over your head on landing and gives you enough time to look for long term stay options first hand. However, this can be expensive and should be kept only as a last resort. It is best to book one of the above-mentioned options. For More Details Please Click On The Following Link: http://www.nzstudy.com/ http://www.studentaccommodation.co.nz/
The New Zealand Reserve Bank is the sole supplier of bank notes and coins to all trading banks. They manage the design and manufacture of this currency as also the withdrawal of used or damaged notes and the general quality of currency in circulation. The New Zealand currency is Dollar and Cent. The Notes come in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100, whilst Coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c (silver colored) and $1 & $2 (gold colored). For international travelers, banks and currency depots are good places to change money. For students however, it may be best to carry some money in the form of ready cash and the rest in Traveler’s Cheques. These are safe from risk of theft, easy to carry and are acceptable almost everywhere. Any un-cashed ones may be deposited into a bank account once the student opens one.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and Wiring Money.ATMs are popular with everyone today. A single card issued by the bank against a bank account can be used to both draw money from ATMs as well as often to pay for sundry other items in case of grocery and retail bills. However, it is important to be aware of the limits of cash withdrawal and card usage. There may be daily limits to the amount that you can withdraw money as well as taxes at certain outlets. A further option of getting money from your home country at an economical cost is to Wire Transfer it. This is an electronic transfer, hence safe and comes directly into your college/university account. This is one of the most accepted forms of transferring money, especially tuition fees. For More Details Please Click On The Following Link: http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/notes-and-coins
New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere and so its seasons are in direct reverse to with other parts, in the northern hemisphere, know in India, UK or US. Weather is largely temperate: with temperatures that are mild, with a fair amount of rainfall and large periods of sunshine. The climate is influenced by the two main geographical features of New Zealand, via, the mountains and the sea. The average range of temperature (other than in the south which is much colder) is from a warm 20-30 deg Celsius to the cooler 10-15deg Celsius.
‘Four seasons in a day’The four seasons are seen in an annual year of NZ, and sometimes, because of sudden changes in the weather, one can glimpse a bit of each season in the passage of a day!! It is therefore always a good idea to carry a light waterproof coat as it is difficult to predict the weather for the entire day just from its start. Spring: September, October, November Summer: December, January, February Autumn: March, April, May Winter: June, July, August Moderate weather is conducive to the New Zealanders zeal for outdoor sports and recreational pursuits such as hiking, biking and water sports. The NZ sunshine can be quite harsh on one’s skin during high summer and so the use of sun block or hats is advised. Warm clothing in winter, especially in the south island is also recommended. For More Details Please Click On The Following Link: http://www.newzealand.com/int/seasons-in-new-zealand/
New Zealand follows the Western culture in clothing and lifestyle, but has its own unique relaxed pace and style. This is reflected in their clothing as well. New Zealander for the most part, dress casually, but are known to be smartly and often formally turned out when going to restaurants, theatre and night-spots.
National CostumeYou might like to bring your national costume to wear at functions organised by your educational institution or local community. (Ethnic food recipes are also welcome.)
Winter and Summer ClothingFor winter, you will need:
- Warm footwear for wet weather
- Thick, Woolen clothes
- Wind proof jacket or waterproof coat
- A sunhat or cap
- Cool cottons
- Suitable footwear for outings to the beach and the bush
The Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts, 50 Hertz. Most housing facilities provide 110-volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors. For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option. Power outlets should be flat 3 or 2-pin plugs, depending on whether an earth connection is fitted
New Zealand’s traditional food is influenced by European, Asian and Polynesian cuisines to emerge into what is now known “Pacific Rim’. Being an island it goes without saying that fresh seafood in the form of crayfish, lobsters, mussels and various types of fish are a hot favorite as it is fresh and reasonably priced. Lamb, pork and other meats too grace the dining table. The Kiwis as the New Zealanders like to call themselves, have made the casual, relaxed way of eating into an art form. Often a glass of NZ’ owns homegrown wine accompanies most meals. Eating out during summers is usually at open-air cafes while dining at restaurants and hotels is a more elaborating and sophisticated affair. The Maori ‘hangi’ (pronounced ‘hungee’) is a year-round tourist attraction. This is a traditional meal cooked, often for large gatherings, in an underground pit filled with stoned and features the NZ sweet potato (kumara), chicken, lamb, pork and seafood. The Hangi thus cooked, is known for its distinctive smoky flavors. The local wines are fast becoming popular the world over, putting NZ on the Wine-Makers Map alongside with France, USA and Australia. Over the years, New Zealand has seen a large number of people from other countries making it their home and as such the food available here reflects that. Thai, Chinese, Indian and Mediterranean are some of the new cuisines that have become popular among New Zealand’s food lovers.
SupermarketsMore practically though, most towns and cities have large supermarkets where the local population shops for daily provisions. Some shopping stores have a free calling service for taxis for shoppers to take their weekly shopping home.
New Zealand is said to be one of the first countries to provide universal health care. The system is funded through the taxation system. Treatments are either free or subsidized. Medical help is of the highest quality. Nevertheless, private help is also available. Universities usually have a Student Health Service team on campus consisting of doctors, nurses and even counselors. Since most New Zealand education institutions insist on international students paying their health insurance premium along with their tuition fee, the student does not have to take out any separate insurance. Many Universities prefer Student-safe University Insurance, an insurance provider for students. In this scheme, if a student requires treatment for any of the ailments that are covered by the policy, they visit their Student Health Service which provides them with a prescription against which those medicines can be obtained without payment. The Insurance provider is ‘billed directly’. The Student Health Service is equipped to handle all small ailments as well as provide assistance and directions to After-Hour Clinics or Accident and Emergency Departments of nearby hospitals in an emergency. It is important to be aware of what is covered under the policy. Most packages cover minor ailments, travel, certain emergency treatments as well as personal effects, money and travel documents in some cases. Specialist Appointments, cosmetic surgery, contraceptives and pre-existing conditions are normally not covered.
New Zealand welcomes international students – you will find friends quickly and feel included, and for homestay students, you’ll enjoy becoming a member of a New Zealand family. Family members want to visit New Zealand as tourists while a student is studying here. Such visits should be carefully planned to ensure that their timing is best for both the student and the family. Pre-mature visits may disrupt the adapting process to a new country and language. If your family visits after you have finished your course of study, you will be able to focus better on your study – the main reason for your visit to New Zealand. You may prefer to enjoy your family’s company in holiday time or after your studies have been completed, and use your new English skills as you travel around together. It is possible to reserve air tickets to New Zealand for your family while you are here. However, international travel agency rules mean that only local agents can offer a wide range of special deals, so it will probably be more affordable for your family to buy tickets in your home country.
New Zealand is an island country in the Southern Hemisphere made up of the two main islands, the North and South Island, and a few smaller ones such as Stewart Island. The North Island has a large central plateau and is known to have volcanic activity even today. The South Island has a ‘spine’ of steep mountain range which divides the land with gentle slopes of farmland on both sides. The longest river is Waikato on the North Island.
WEATHERBeing in the Southern Hemisphere, high summer is around December-January while June-July is the coldest months. Of the two, the North Island has more moderate weather with temperatures ranging from 16-21 degree C. South Island has much colder weather where temperatures can drop to about 5-6 deg C and have a high of 15 deg C.
POPULATIONOf the two islands the North Island is more populated with almost three fourths living in these parts. The main cities have a denser population with Auckland being the most popular settlement. The largest ethnic group is that of European descent, the second largest the Maoris and various other migrants make up the rest.
New Zealand is a shopper’s paradise for Shopaholic. It has a blend of the regular stand alone shops as well as malls and factory outlets. There are also the Boutiques and Designer studios for the more fastidious shoppers. All purchases attract a Goods and Service Tax of 12.5% and are normally included in the retail price. Shops are generally open Monday to Friday from 09.00 am to 05.00 pm. Some shops may have extended hours on weekend nights. A tip for students to ensure that they get fair prices is to make sure that they shop at the right shops and at the right times. Talking to your New Zealander classmates, keeping a lookout for sale notices on billboards and in newspapers can make shopping both exciting as well as economical. Students traveling home for holidays may also make use of Duty free shops at the airport where very often branded items can be bought at a tax-free discount. For weekly vegetables, visiting farmers’ markets can be an ideal outing. At the countryside one will often see product for sale at farm gates. If unattended, just take what you want and put the right amount of cash into the container provided. It is called the “honesty system”. The local ‘dairy’ (New Zealander’s iconic corner shop) stocks up on fresh milk, bread, ice-cream, newspaper and a few other items that may be required in daily use.
Distances between regions in New Zealand are short and there is good transport facility. In addition to domestic airlines, just about every town and city in New Zealand is linked to a network of coach and rail services (operated by InterCity, Mount Cook, Newmans and TranzRail), making it easy for students to access every part of the country.
Air TravelDistances between cities or towns are fairly large and so even though New Zealand has a good surface transport system, air travel within this two- island nation can often be more economical in both time and money. Booking is mostly done on-line and the use of electronic tickets is extensive. At the time of travel, along with the e-ticket, identification is required. The three main airlines offering domestic routes are Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Pacific Blue (which has now shut down their domestic business). Air New Zealand has the largest network serving both larger cities as well as regional areas. The larger cities such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Wellington have regular buses plying to the airports while the regional airport towns operate on-demand shuttles from town centres. With distances being large, even domestic holidays are quite often air-travel based. Luxury and customized holiday packages are fast gaining popularity with travelers being ready to spend money in return for good services. Insurance today is a must and travel insurance for domestic travel is also available for travel within the country. Domestic pets such as cats, dogs and birds can travel as checked-in baggage provided all precautions are taken.
Public TransportBecause New Zealand has low population density, its public transport is not as frequent as in some other countries, however in most cities, buses run at least every 30 minutes. Auckland and Wellington also have commuter rail services. Ten-trip and monthly passes or electronic stored value fare cards provide the cheapest fares. Secondary school students are eligible for a discount on travel to and from school by bus. Some cities offer tertiary students discounts on public transport. Large institutions operate shuttle buses between different campuses within the same city.
CyclingAs a cyclist, you must be aware of and obey the rules in the Road Code, including the need to use lights and reflectors and always wear a helmet. Ride near the left side of the road, not on the footpath. You will need a good quality lock for your bike.
MotorcyclesTo ride a motorcycle, you must be at least 15 years old and have a motorcycle licence. Both the driver and the pillion passenger must wear helmets.
Driving a CarIf you possess a valid overseas driver’s licence or an international driving permit, you are permitted to drive in New Zealand for up to a year after you first arrive. After that, you will have to pass a theory test and probably a practical driving test to get a New Zealand driver licence. Vehicles in New Zealand drive on the left side of the road. Make sure you learn the New Zealand rules for “give way” and “stop” and what to do at traffic lights. Different speed limits are applicable in different parts of the city and countryside and you can be fined for speeding. Any vehicle you drive must be registered and have an up to date vehicle inspection certificate (“Warrant of Fitness”). The Automobile Association and State Insurance both offer a roadside breakdown service. Most cars run on petrol but some use CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas), or diesel. A second-hand car costs a few thousand dollars. Insurance and vehicle registration cost several hundred dollars. Remember to insure your vehicle.
Road SafetyTraffic in New Zealand drives on the left side of the road. When driving a car, you can be fined if you or your passengers are not wearing a seatbelt. Cycle helmets are compulsory for people riding bicycles and motorcycles. There are serious penalties for drunken driving.
Rental CarsThese are available to licensed drivers, but be prepared to pay a large bond if you do not possess a credit card. The Land Transport Safety Authority has useful information about driver licensing and vehicle ownership.
New Zealand is fairly advanced when it comes to Media and Communication. The main channels of news distribution are Print Media, Television, Radio and Internet. There are four main companies, all overseas owned that dominate the media space of New Zealand.
Print Media:In spite of the influx of various newer and modern channels of media and communication, New Zealand still sees a growing trend in their print media. Circulation numbers of newspapers is stable and advertising is growing in this domain. Publications include dailies, weeklies, business magazines, lifestyle magazines and community newspapers. Two companies viz. John Fairfax Holdings and APN News Media share the largest market in this space. A few independents make up the rest.
Television:There are two State-owned and two Privately-owned (including a music channel) free-to-air channels. Also, there are several subscriber cable and satellite channels also available. Most are in English with a few in Maori and some regional languages as well. Government subsidized Digital television; Free-view (as opposed to pay TV such as SKY) is also making its mark in the country. Their viewer-ship has exceeded expectations in the very first years of operation.
Radio:For many years the state owned RadioWorks was the only radio channel that covered almost 95% of the country’s population. Now there is the privately owned The Radio Network and the smaller non-profit voluntary Community Access Radio networks as well.
Internet:With the computer fast becoming a part and parcel of the individual’s daily life, Internet is a growing source of information and entertainment. The print media companies and even some of the radio and moving image media have now got their own websites and are getting more and more commercially popular compared to their own more traditional material of paper and TV and radio sets. For More Details Please Click On The Following Link: http://canterbury.cyberplace.org.nz/community/CAFCA/publications/Miscellaneous/mediaown.pdf
Pastoral Care & the Code of PracticeWe believe it is important that students who come to New Zealand are well-informed, safe and properly cared for while they are here.
Code of PracticeThe Ministry of Education has created the “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students” which sets out the minimum standards for the welfare of students and the way advice is given to them. These standards are required of all education providers who have students enrolled on international student permits. The code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only, and not to academic standards, which are regulated in other ways. The Code is continuously being upgraded. The code ensures that:
- High professional standards are maintained
- Recruitment, financial and contractual dealings with international students are done ethically and responsibly
- Students receive comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information
- Students receive information before making commitments
- The particular needs of international students are recognised, especially those who are Susceptible because of their youth or lack of experience
- Support services are sensitive to cultural matters
- Appropriate accommodation is provided, with special measures to ensure the safety of students under 18
- There are fair procedures for the resolution of grievances
As is in all urban industrialized societies, there is a variety of modes of communication in NZ, telephone, radio, television and internet to name a few.
TelephonesMost cities and towns have public phone booths where normally a phone card is required. Very few will accept coins. Phone cards are available at convenience stores, petrol stations and some book shops and come in the denominations ranging from NZ$5 to NZ$50. Local calls between local landlines in New Zealand are free. National calls cost 20cents to 60 cents per minute depending on the time of day the call is made. International calls cost 50 cents to $2.80 per minute depending on the country the call is made to. Area codes (drop the 0 if calling from another country) are:
- Northland/Auckland – 09
- Waikato/ Bay of Plenty – 07
- Central and Southern NorthIsland – 06
- Wellington/ Kapiti – 04
- South Island and Stewart Island – 03
Mobile and Internet ServicesTelecom NZ and TelstraClear are two all-NZ service providers that you can get hooked up to for broadband, mobile and TV services. Telecom NZ was born as a division of the NZ Post Office in 1987. Today it is a state owned government owned business with a commercial focus. TelstraClear is owned by Australia’s Telstra Corporation and is NZ’s second largest communication services provider.
Postal ServicesThe NZ Postal service is not merely a system that delivers your snail mail. It has a variety of products to offer today. Besides the sale of ordinary postage stamps and postage material, it also provides for personalized business mail, prepaid gift cards, iphone applications for post, travel insurance and more. For international mail, traditional postage paid envelopes; aerogramme and stamps in various denominations are available. Pre loaded cards are available for payment on-line, in-store and to get cash from ATMs. Besides these, gift cards of various Brands, calling cards and mobile top-ups are also available. And for the philatelist lovers of collectibles, commemorative stamps and coins are also a big draw. For More Details Please Click On The Following Link: http://www.nzpost.co.nz/products-services
New Zealand, being an island country as well as built by volcanic activity through the ancient times, is endowed with a natural beauty that is beyond comparison There are mountains to climb, rivers to raft and forest land to explore, truly a traveler’s delight. International students though busy with their studies, can find the time to explore this country’s natural surroundings. Most universities have a Sports and Recreation Department who arrange activities throughout the year, during the weekend and after study hours. International students can avail of these facilities as it is a good way of making friends as well as getting their bearing around the initial stages. The cities and bigger towns have a burgeoning culture with movie theatres, casinos, night clubs as well as beaches, nature trails and some unique features such as bushwalking. Adventure Sports are a popular draw – Rappelling /Abseiling, Kayaking, River Rafting, Bungee Jumping as well as the more traditional Cruises and Boat trips. For the animal lover, there are plenty of Zoos, WildlifeParks and Aquariums. Activities are arranged the whole year round. Many of the activities are funded by the Government, Universities or Social Organizations and are often free.