Planning on moving to New Zealand? Here are a few things that you should know!
New Zealand is located in the south east of Australia. It is composed of two main islands, North Island and South Island which are further divided into 600 other islands some of which are uninhabited. Although larger than UK, New Zealand has a population of about 4.8 million. In addition, the country’s geography greatly varies from volcanoes and mountains to beaches in the northern areas. The capital of the country is Wellington while the most populous city is Auckland, located in North Island.
Along with the native culture of the Maori people finding its way in the country’s culture, New Zealand fundamentally follows a Western culture. Because New Zealand was a British colony, many people migrated to the country, making the culture predominantly Western. This is why English is widely spoken in New Zealand by about 96% of the population. But this does not hinder the multi-ethnic groups living in the country.
New Zealand has a variety of landscape to offer. Because of this, it is a perfect retreat for backpackers and adventurers. New Zealand offers a rustic lifestyle compared to the modern and urban lifestyle people in the West are used to. This peace and relaxed way of life is promising for most expats.
Apart from the nature New Zealand offers, commuting to work is not a bid deal, which means that you save on time. The weather in New Zealand is also a plus point with warm summers and not too cold winters.
Major airports and seaports
Since New Zealand does not share a physical border with other countries, most of its trade is carried out by shipping via sea. There are several ports and harbors on the New Zealand coastlines including the busiest ones which are Tauranga, Auckland, Lyttelton, Napier, Otaga and Wellington. Tauranga is the largest seaport in New Zealand.
In addition to this, there are many airports in the country that allow shipping including Auckland International Airport, Christchurch International Airport, Wellington International Airport and Queenstown International Airport.
According to New Zealand customs, goods imported to the country are subjected to import duty taxes. You household goods may also be examined upon entry to the country for safety purposes. You should also prepare a list of household effects that you have packed. In addition to this there are other guidelines that you should follow for shipping to New Zealand.
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USEFUL FACTS FOR MOVING TO New Zealand
The current population is estimated at just over 4.75 million in 2018. The most recent census was held in 2018 but these results have not been released yet, however, we have the data from the previous census in 2013 when the total population was counted as 4,242,048. The total surface area within New Zealand comes in at 270,467 kilometers squared (or 104,427.89 square miles). The population density is currently approximately 17.56 individuals per square kilometer, or roughly 6 people per square mile. New While English is the predominant language spoken in New Zealand, there are two actual official languages in New Zealand. Maori became an official language in 1987 while in April 2006, New Zealand became the first country to declare sign language as an official language, alongside Maori. New Zealand Sign Language, or NZSL, is the main language of the deaf community in New Zealand. Maori is only used in New Zealand and nowhere else in the world. Despite its official status, the language continues to struggle against being lost. It is only recently that the Maori language has gathered widespread support. In the present, the Maori language is commonly used in the media and at school. A recent survey by the New Zealand government shows about 130,000 people speak some Maori.
New Zealand culture also known as the ‘Kiwi’ culture, the harder it can be to understand subtle social differences. We describe ourselves as ‘friendly but reserved’ and ‘open but respectful’. It can be hard to know what exactly that means, so expect to feel a bit confused. Give it time and be patient. Eventually you will come to understand just how New Zealanders (“Kiwis”) work.
Auckland Airport is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, with 19,387,627 (10,594,128 international and 8,793,499 domestic) passengers in the year ended October 2017. The airport is located near Mangere, a residential suburb, and Airport Oaks, a service hub suburb 21 kilometers (13 mi) south of the Auckland city centre. It is both a domestic and international hub for Air New Zealand, and as the New Zealand hub of Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways. The airport is one of New Zealand’s most important infrastructure assets, providing thousands of jobs for the region. It handled 71 per cent of New Zealand’s international air passenger arrivals and departures in 2000. It is one of only two airports in New Zealand (the other being Christchurch) capable of handling Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 aircraft.
Major ports: The natural features of Wellington, Auckland and Lyttelton (serving Christchurch) made good harbors because they were sheltered and had deep water. River ports: many ports, such as those at Greymouth, Westport and Wanganui, were built in sheltered river mouths. However, rivers could be shallow or have sandbars and ships were often wrecked.
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