About New Zealand
 

Key facts and figures of New Zealand

NATURAL AND CULTURAL FACTS

Geographical environment

Located in the Southwestern coast of the southern hemisphere of the Pacific Ocean, 1,600 miles east of Australia, located between latitude 33 ° ~ 53 ° S and longitude 162 °W to 173°E

Land Area

270,534 square kilometres

Climate

North of the North Island is a subtropical climate; the southern North Island and South Island has a temperate climate.

Ethnic Groups

Residents are mainly European descents, Maori, South Pacific Islanders, Chinese, Indians and others.

Demographic Composition

445 million (2012), including
67.59%  European,
14.63%  indigenous Maori,
6.86%  Pacific Islander,
9.17%  Asian,
1.75%  other ethnic groups

Education

New Zealand has a very high national literacy rate of 99%. 91.6% of the population has a high school education, and 29% have a university degree or above

Official languages

English and Mäori

Religions

Anglican, Roman Catholic and Presbyterian

Capital and major cities

Capital: Wellington£»major cities: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin

Government

Parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy

Investment authority

Overseas Investment Office; OIO

ECONOMY

Currency

New Zealand Dollar

Gross domestic product

US$164.8 billion £¨2012£©

Economic Growth Rate

2.5%£¨2012£©

GDP per capita

US$37,342£¨2012£©

Top 5 Industries

Financial services, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and retail

Total export

US$36.8 billion£¨2012£©

Main export commodities

Milk powder and milk related products, Meat and other food ingredients, timbers and related products, Machinery and equipments, aluminum products, mineral fuels, Fruits, Fish, electrical machinery and equipment, beverage and wines

Main Export Partners

Australia, China, the United States, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore

Total import

US$37.7 Billion£¨2012£©

Main import commodities

Minerals and energy resources, mechanical machinery and equipments, vehicles, electrical machinery and equipments, textiles and textile articles, plastic and plastic articles, iron and steel, optical and medical equipments, paper and related products.

Main Import Partners

China, Australia, the USA, Japan, Singapore, Germany, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom

Benefits of Studying in New Zealand

You will receive excellent teaching and internationally recognized qualifications.

  • You can get help in finding suitable accommodation with a family (homestay) or in a hostel.
  • Tuition fee and living costs are economical.
  • You will improve your English language skills.
  • You will make new friends with relaxed and friendly New Zealanders.
  • You will feel safe and enjoy our ¡®clean green¡¯ country. New Zealand has a small population and wide open spaces. We are a multicultural society.
  • You can try high adrenaline sports like bungy jumping, jet boating, white-water rafting, skiing, snow-boarding, indoor rock climbing, mountain climbing, and trail bike riding.
  • You can enjoy relaxing recreational activities like scuba diving in marine reserves, bush walking and golf. We have over 400 golf courses, more per population head than anywhere in the world.