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Day to day living

Day to day living in New Zealand is stress free and easy going. Kiwis generally have a ‘can do’ attitude and “She’ll be alright” is something they live by. It is very unusual to see a Kiwi having a temper tantrum or hooting in the traffic. They are friendly and always willing to help where possible.
Some people find Kiwis “aloof”. Understand you are a stranger in their country and while they are accommodating and friendly, it takes a while to earn their trust. You need to prove yourself.

  • Utilities - Water All New Zealand tap water in cities and towns is safe to drink and generally of very high quality. Fluoridation In most towns and cities the reticulated water supply is also fluoridated, to assist...
  • Garbage collection - Rubbish collection and recycling When and how rubbish is collected from your home will depend on where you live, so talk to your neighbours or contact your local council for details. Most councils provide rubbish...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...