Why Choose New Zealand?

Known as the ‘land of the long white cloud’, New Zealand is situated in the southwest Pacific Ocean close to Australia and consists of two large islands, north and south, with similar land area and topography to those of Britain and Japan. With a population size of approximately 4.8 million and two official languages, English and Maori, New Zealand is famous for both its beautiful scenery and being one of the most liveable country in the world. Buoyed by its abundance of cultural heritage, fresh environment, pleasant climate, beautiful scenery and tourist resorts all over the country, New Zealand has witnessed significant growth as a travel destination in recent years and has garnered an impressive line-up of international awards by tourism leaders and travel publications that include being declared the best country in the world in the UK Daily Telegraph’s travel awards for the fifth consecutive year!
Due to the country’s sparse population, New Zealanders are generally laid-back and lead a high quality of life at a relatively relaxed pace, prioritising time away from the office by exploring their sandy beaches, great native forests, mountains, lakes, rivers and fjords. It is also a great, safe place for children, with many recreational activities and a world-class education system that is varied with the highest percentage of education public funding in the world. It is this believe in giving everyone the education they deserve that has resulted in the growth of its education system which focuses on both practical and academic achievements.

Early Childhood Level

New Zealand’s early childhood education curriculum, Te Whariki, is play-based, where children’s play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is understood. This encourages children to gain confidence and control of their body as they learn strategies for active exploration, thinking, and reasoning. This mode of learning prioritises learning resilience and risk taking over milestones in literacy or numeracy. Hence, early educators in New Zealand use narratives to assess the progress of each child, combining careful observations with reflective practice to integrate assessment and play into one.

Early Childhood Level

Primary Level

New Zealand’s primary education is free for all New Zealand citizens and those entitled to live in New Zealand indefinitely. Starting from the age of 5, students in New Zealand will undergo 8 years of primary education with the last 2 years of primary education taken at either a primary school, secondary school or a separate intermediate school depending on the area. Students will then transit to their secondary education.

Primary Level

Secondary Level

Just like primary education, New Zealand’s secondary education is free for all New Zealand citizens and those entitled to live in New Zealand indefinitely. Students at the secondary level will begin to work towards the main secondary school qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), through 9 major learning areas: English, the arts, health and physical education, learning languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social sciences, technology, and Maori language. Some schools also offer Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) alongside NCEA.

Secondary Level

Post-Secondary Level

New Zealand has an abundance of tertiary level education options with 8 universities (all of which are ranked in the top 500) throughout the country, along with 18 technology institutions and over 600 training schools to help with specialised skills. Based on the New Zealand Qualifications’ Framework (NZQF) which allows for flexibility, choice and great support, students may choose from any of the qualifications in a series of levels, from Level 1 to 10, that matches the learning complexity they would like to pursue.

Post-Secondary Level

Living and Education Costs

As the second most prosperous country in the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index, New Zealand may have one of the highest standards of living in the word. However, living costs vary greatly depending on which part of the country one lives in as its largest city, Auckland, has a living cost that is significantly lower than other major cities such as London, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guangzhou and New York.

While tuition fees at international and private schools in New Zealand typically fall within the range of $28,000 to $40,000 annually, government-funded schools are much cheaper and usually cost between $16,000 and $20,000 each year.