Why study in New Zealand?
Tucked away on the southern hemisphere, way out in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand remained unspoiled and isolated for millennia.
Its land mass is similar to that of the United Kingdom, but it has a fraction of the population (4.4 million, compared to 62 million in the UK). New Zealand is a unique place to study and brings something of its own to any subject.
Whereas most countries conservatively clutch tight to notions of tradition and old-fashioned values, New Zealand has often demonstrated an easy willingness to change.
It was one of the first nations in which men and women were granted an equal vote and New Zealanders have elected two female Prime Ministers.
Liberal political environment
In 1992, a referendum resulted in a constitutional shift towards an electoral system of proportional representation. New Zealand has been nominated the second least corrupt country in the world.
Often referred to as a ‘classless society’, New Zealand has a relatively mild rich/poor divide. Most people enjoy a great quality of life. There is a strong welfare state and workers unions are encouraged.
New Zealand is the most recently populated country on the planet. It was occupied by tribal Maoris until the latter half of the 18th Century and has had a constant influx of colonists ever since.
Two thirds of the population identify as European and only a small minority as Maori. There are also sizable Asian, Pacific and American communities. Christianity is the dominant religion, but most major religions are represented.
Isolated and undisturbed for centuries, New Zealand has unparalleled natural beauty. The Maori name for the northern island, Aotearoa, translates to ‘land of the long white cloud’. Apparently, when you are out at sea, no matter what the weather on land, you can see a long wisp of cloud above the island.
The country’s beauty was most notably showcased to the world in Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien may have based Middle Earth on rural Lincolnshire in the UK, but Peter Jackson found his magical locations in New Zealand.
Higher education in New Zealand is a rapidly growing sector. There are eight major universities and a number of technical colleges, polytechnics and colleges of education.
New Zealand’s institutions offer cutting edge facilities. As well as offering traditional courses in the arts, science, engineering and medical sciences, New Zealand specialises in vocational or polytechnic courses that vastly increase the opportunity for employment after graduation.
- Population: 4.4 million
- Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
- Capital city: Wellington
- When Abel Tasman first sighted New Zealand in 1642, he assumed it was South America
- Celebrity exports: Peter Jackson, Jonah Lomu, Flight of the Conchords