New Zealand is located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean and consists of two main Islands as well as a number of smaller ones. The principal Islands are the North and South Islands which are separated by the Cook Strait.
North Island has a mountainous center with many hot springs and volcanic peaks. South Island is much more mountainous with the Southern Alps, which has some 350 glaciers, running across the length of the Island. Much of the lowlands are broken and hilly while plains are not prominent on either Island.
It is estimated the Maori inhabited New Zealand around 800AD. Around eight hundred years later the Western world discovered New Zealand. In 1642, in a bid to locate the mysterious, rich land Australia, the Dutch Explorer, Abel Tasman caught sight of the West Coast of the South Island.
The First European to set foot on New Zealand soil was Captain James Cook of England, in 1769. He also made the first, but inaccurate map of the country. Settlers from England started to arrive in the 1830’s, and by 1840 a Treaty was signed between the crown and the chiefs of the Maori tribes. The Treaty of Waitangi handed sovereignty of New Zealand to the Crown, and is a matter of dispute even today, as the Maori translation is not quite the same as the English.
One hundred and seven years later, in 1947 New Zealand declared independence, and became its own country.
Main intake every year commences in Jun-July, Dec-Jan. Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics have two semesters – February to June and July to November – with holidays similar to secondary schools. Some half-year courses start in July. Universities prefer applicants with very good academic background and decent score in TOEFL or IELTS for admission.
- Under Graduate Programs – NZ$17000 to NZ$ 19500 Per annum
- Post Graduate Programs – NZ$19500 to NZ$ 25000 Per annum
- 18 years of age
- Minimum 10+2 qualified
- Minimum IELTS score required is 5.5 (can be waived if medium of instruction is in English)
- Major intake Feb & July
- Rulling Intakes available in Pulytechnic institute and Culleges
There are 10 levels of study in New Zealand schools and universities. The lowest level is a certificate and the highest is a doctoral degree
|12th Standard||1 to 4 Level study|
|First Year||Level 5|
|Second Year||Level 6|
|Third Year||Level 7|
|Post Graduate Diploma||Level 8|
|Master Programme||Level 9|
|Doctorate / PhD Programme||Level 10|
While New Zealand is culturally and linguistically part of Polynesia, forming the south-western anchor of the Polynesian Triangle, much of contemporary New Zealand culture is derived from British roots. It also includes significant influences from American, Australian and Māori cultures, along with those of other European cultures and – more recently – non-Māori Polynesian and Asian cultures.
Celebration of Diwali and Chinese New Year are held in several of the larger cities. The world’s largest Polynesian festival, Pasifika, is an annual event in Auckland.
Popular Programmes Available in New Zealand
- IT & Computer Science
- Adventure Sports
- and many more…
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Day after New Year – January 2nd
- Waitangi Day – February 6th
- Good Friday – varies every year
- Easter Monday – varies every year
- ANZAC Day – April 25th
- Queen’s Birthday – 1st Monday in June
- Labour Day – 4th Monday in October
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- Boxing Day – December 26th
New Zealand has two time zones.
- The main Islands use New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) – 6:30 hours plus IST
- Chatham Islands use Chatham Standard Time (CHAST) – 7:15 hours plus IST
- Full name: New Zealand
- Population: 43,73,146 (2010 estimates)
- Capital: Wellington
- Largest city: Auckland
- Area: 268,021 sq km
- Official languages: English, Māori
- Major religion: Christianity
- Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women)
- Monetary unit: 1 NZ dollar ($NZ) = 100 cents
- Main exports: Wool, food and dairy products, wood and paper products
- GNI per capita: $25,200 (World Bank, 2008)
- Internet domain: .nz
- International dialing code: +64