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New Zealand Culture & History.

Here we share some general information about New Zealand Culture and History.

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Culture & History.

This is not the place to write a book, but you will find some really good, non-commercial encyclopedia websites below.

Some fun facts about New Zealand:

  • New Zealand is the first country to see the sunrise. The curvature of the Earth, specifically the North Island city of Gisborne on the East Coast, is the first to see the actual sunrise.

  • New Zealand first conquered Everest and discovered the proton.

  • New Zealand has three official languages; English, Te Reo (Maori) and sign language.

Useful Information

New Zealand is a relatively young country but it has a fascinating history. It will help you and your family settle and become part of the community when you learn about our history and culture. You might even find your country of citizenship has connections with New Zealand going back over a century!

Internet Versus The Real Experience

You can learn a lot by reading webs galore. However, nothing beats getting out and exploring the historical and cultural sites dotted all around New Zealand. From Waitangi in the far north where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed to the capital city Wellington and the gold mining townships in the South Island, there is a lot to see and learn.

Planning family holidays to new destinations each time you head away will help you get a flavour of New Zealand and its history. Talk to the locals; they are usually happy to share a yarn (story) or two about their local town.

General Comments.

Go to the trouble of learning how to browse the Useful Links above, and you will have hours of pleasure and will learn a great deal about New Zealand.

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The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21

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