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NEWZEALAND IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCES SLUMP IN NEWCOMERS

New Zealand, whose economy depends heavily on skilled immigrants, is experiencing a slump in newcomers following the recent earthquake and the global financial crisis of a few years ago, according to new statistics released by…


CHANGES INTRODUCED TO ATTRACT MORE INVESTMENT TO NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand’s Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman has confirmed several changes to the country’s business migration policies, designed to build on recent success in attracting over half a billion dollars worth of new investment. The changes…


IMMIGRATION HARDER FOR SOME INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman says he’s planning to make it harder for some international students to study in this country. Dr Coleman has announced changes to the immigration policy which are aimed at weeding out…


N.Z. Business Confidence Rises to 12-Month High

N.Z. Business Confidence Rises to 12-Month High By Tracy Withers – May 31, 2011 New Zealand’s business confidence rose to a 12-month high in May as record-low interest rates and higher commodity prices bolster the…


General

Shopping New Zealand shops and supermarkets are similar to those in most Western countries. New Zealanders use the word ‘dairy’ to refer to small local shops that sell ice creams, sweets, newspapers, magazines and some…


Libraries

Auckland Libraries There are 55 libraries in the Auckland Council Region. Membership If you live or pay rates in the Auckland Council region, you are entitled to free membership at the libraries. Non-resident students at…


Technology

Telephones There may be a phone at the property you move into, or you can buy one from a wide range of shops; an electrical goods specialist or bargain chains. Prices vary widely. Skype works…


Getting Around

New Zealand is a land of cars. Several factors have influenced the preference for the automobile. The single most obvious is that only the car has been able to provide convenient access to almost every…


Buying a car

Protection against mechanical faults – A number of organisations in New Zealand offer a pre-purchase inspection for car buyers. VTNZ (Formerly Vehicle Testing New Zealand) is the largest operator with over 80 outlets throughout the…


Money

Cash – New Zealand has a decimal currency system, with money broken down into a mix of coins and notes. The smallest denomination coin is 10c, followed by 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins. Bank…