RANKED NO. 2 COUNTRY IN HSBC EXPAT EXPLORER SURVEY 2015
POPULATION: 4.69 MILLION (ANNUAL INCREASE 2.1%)
AREA: 270,534 SQUARE KILOMETRES
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH, MAORI
CURRENCY: NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR
CAPITAL CITY: WELLINGTON
HEAD OF STATE: HRH QUEEN ELIZABETH II
NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHY
New Zealand is an island nation in the south western Pacific Ocean. Situated 1,500 km east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 km south of the Pacific Island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga, the country geographically comprises two main landmasses, the North and South Islands and numerous smaller islands.
Its geographical remoteness and absence of human settlement, lead to a long period of isolation in which New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
NEW ZEALAND HISTORY AND POPULATION
1250-1300 AD Polynesians settled developing distinctive Maori culture
1642: Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman, first European to sight New Zealand
1840: Treaty of Waitangi makes New Zealand a British colony
New Zealand has two major populations; over 70% of the population is from Europe, the dominant ethnic group, with 15% Maori the second major ethnic group with other ethnicities making up the balance.
NEW ZEALAND ECONOMY
New Zealand is a developed high income country with a market economy. It ranks high in international comparisons of national performance including health, education, economic freedom and quality of life. Its national currency, the NZ dollar and GDP per capita is $36, 254.
Major Economic Sectors:
- Raw Material extraction
New Zealand is highly dependent on international trade with exports 24% of economic output.
NEW ZEALAND HEALTHCARE
Public and private healthcare systems
New Zealand has a public and private healthcare system, both offering high standards of care. In the public system, essential healthcare services are provided free for all New Zealanders and people in New Zealand on a work permit valid for two years or longer.
Alongside the public system, private healthcare offers access to private hospitals for the treatment of both urgent and non-urgent conditions (excluding Accident and Emergency Care). The network of private hospitals and clinics provides a range of services that include recuperative care, elective procedures and a range of general surgical procedures. There are also private radiology clinics and testing laboratories.
The public system
The government-funded public health system works on a community-oriented model, with three key sectors.
• District Health Boards - District Health Boards (DHBs) are funded by the government and are responsible for providing or funding health and disability services in their district.
• Primary Health Care - Primary health care covers a broad range of out-of-hospital services, although not all of them are government funded. Primary health care includes first level services such as general practice, mobile nursing and community health services.
• PHOs (Primary Health Organisations) - PHOs are the local structures for delivering and co-ordinating primary health care services. PHOs bring together doctors, nurses and other health professionals (such as Māori health workers, health promotion workers) in the community to serve the needs of their enrolled patients.
The private system
Private healthcare in New Zealand includes specialist services, primary care and private hospitals which provide non-urgent and elective treatments that complement the public health service's focus on urgent and essential treatments.
There are also many private accident, emergency and medical clinics that operate in the private sector, often providing services outside the usual hours of doctors and clinics in the public system.
NEW ZEALAND LIFESTYLE
- The landmass of UK or Japan but with a fraction of the population, its gloriously uncrowded.
- Unique flora and fauna - a land full of interesting plants and creatures
- Immense and diverse landscape - spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills, subtropical forests, a volcanic plateau, and miles of coastline with sandy beaches. National Parks with walks and trails.
- Enviable work - life balance, ranked 2nd in the world in HSBC 2015 Expat Explorer
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RESOURCES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
- UN DATA : STATISTICAL DATA, ECONOMIC INDICATORS, SOCIAL INDICATORS, ENVIRONMENT AND TRADE PROFILE
- CIA WORLD FACT BOOK: HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, SOCIETY, GOVERNMENT, ENERGY, ECONOMY, MILITARY
- 100% NEW ZEALAND: HISTORY, LIFESTYLE, TOURISM
- REALESTATE: FIND RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY FOR SALE AND RENT
- MEDICAL COUNCIL OF NEW ZEALAND: MEDICAL LICENSURE
- NEW ZEALAND IMMIGRATION: VISAS AND RESIDENCE PERMITS
- NEW ZEALAND NOW: LIFESTYLE
- HSBC EXPAT EXPLORER: COMPARE EXPAT LIFESTYLES
- HOUSE PURCHASE: GOVERNMENT GUIDE TO PROPERTY PURCHASE