Facts and Statistics of New Zealand for Work Study and Travel
  • New Zealand
    Capital: Wellington
  • Time Zone - UTC+12
  • Country Code - NZ
  • Calling Code - +64
  • Currency - New Zealand dollar (NZD)
  • Total Population - 4,21 million
  • Area - 267,710 sq km
  • Internet TLD - .nz
  • Electricity - 240V, 50Hz
  • Weight and Measures - Metric
  • Language Used - English and Maori
  • GDP - $122.193 billion
  • Religion - Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostal and Baptist.
  • Government - Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Education System

The education system in New Zealand is a three-tier model which includes primary schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at universities and/or polytechnics. The academic year in New Zealand varies between institutions, but generally runs from late January until mid-December for primary schools, secondary schools, and polytechnics, and from late February until mid-November for universities. In 2009, the Programme for International Student Assessment, published by the OECD, ranked New Zealand 7th best at science and reading in the world, and 13th in maths. The Education Index, published as part of the UN's Human Development Index consistently ranks New Zealand among the highest in the world. However, this index appears to be based primarily on the average number of years that children spend at school rather than their level of achievement.

Food and Cuisine

New Zealand cuisine is largely driven by local ingredients and seasonal variations. Occupying an island nation with a primarily agricultural economy, New Zealand yields produce from land and sea. Similar to the cuisine of Australia, the cuisine of New Zealand is a diverse British-based cuisine, with Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influences as the country becomes more cosmopolitan. Historical influences came from Māori culture. New American cuisine, Southeast Asian, East Asian, and South Asian culinary traditions have become popular since the 1970s. In New Zealand households, dinner (also known as "tea") is the main meal of the day, when families gather and share their evening together. Restaurants and takeaways provide an increasing proportion of the diet.

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