Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, which includes two main islands i.e. the North Island and the South Island and about 600 smaller Islands. New Zealand is located some 1,500 km east of Australia Wellington as it's capital.

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is one of the youngest countries in the world and also one of the most beautiful. With a history of Māori, European and Asian cultures, New Zealand has become a melting-pot that adds a uniqueness to it.

Originally, discovered by Polynesians between 1200 and 1300C.E., Maoris were the first settlers in New Zealand. The people and areas were named after the Iwi tribe. In 1642, the Dutchman Abel Tasman named the land "Staten Island" but was changed to Nieuw Zeeland, after Zeeland in Holland. Tasman was attacked and never landed, but in 1769, James Cook claimed sovereignty for George III of England.

Today, with a population of the 4.4 million, Kiwis are approximately 69% who are of European descent, 14.6% are indigenous Māori, 9.2% Asian and 6.9% non-Māori Pacific Islanders.

TOPOGRAPHY
New Zealand is a land of varied topography. Active volcanoes, spectacular caves, huge glacier, verdant valleys, fjords, long sandy beaches, and the spectacular snowcapped peaks on the South Island—all adds up to New Zealand’s scenic beauty.

CLIMATE
New Zealand has a temperate climate whereas far north has subtropical climate during summers, and inland alpine areas of the South Island dips down to -10 C in winters. Most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and lots of sunshine.

SCENIC BEAUTY
New Zealand is a land of diverse landscape. You'll see some of the strangest things which you won't see anywhere.
You will find spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, lush green plains, steep hills, subtropical forests, volcanic plateau, and vast stretches of sandy beaches. Most of the landscapes are preserved by National Parks.

PEOPLE
New Zealanders who are known as Kiwis are the people of various ethnicities and national origins. New Zealanders are of friendly nature. The Māori, were the first settlers, who make up around 15% of the population but there are many other different ethnic communities also who are living in New Zealand. Māori are recognised as the Tangata Whenua, which means "People of the Land'.

Zealanders are largely sophisticated and highly educated people having friendly nature. Their isolation and exposure to hardships have forced them to become tough and multi-skilled.

LANGUAGE
People of New Zealand speaks several languages. New Zealand English is spoken by most of the people. Several other languages are also used by ethnic groups. Maori is spoken by the Maoris, the indigenous population of New Zealand. It has been one of the official languages of New Zealand since 1987.

CULTURE
New Zealanders or the Kiwis are friendly people who enjoys meeting and welcoming people from other cultures. The culture of this country is unique and dynamic. It is influenced by the European custom as well as the Maori tradition.
The Māori, were the first settlers but there are many other different ethnic communities also who are living in New Zealand.
People of New Zealand are very punctual about time. They do not discriminate, as it's against their law. They believe in equality. This means that men and women are treated equally. It does not matter what country a person comes from; they will be treated equally.
The main religion in New Zealand is Christianity. However, there are places of worship for other religions too.

SPORTS
Sports is considered to be an important part of life. Kiwis absolutely love sports, and they enjoy playing different games. The most popular sports in the country are rugby, cricket, netball, sailing, basketball, football, golf, tennis etc.

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
PIT
Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT)
North Tec
Otago Polytechnic
Southern Institute of Technology
Unitec New Zealand
UCOL (Universal College of Learning)
Waiato Institute of Technology
Waiariki Institute of Technology
Wellington Institute of Technology
Whitireia Polytechnic
AIS ST Helens Cornell Institute of Business & Technology
Royal Business College (RBC)
ICL
Population: 4,610,006
Capital: Wellington
Important Cities : Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Hastings, Dunedin, Nelson and Rotorua
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Key Sports: Cricket, Rugby, Football, Golf, Netball, Basketball
Languages: English and Maori
National Bird : Kiwi