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Frequently Asked Questions about New Zealand.

This FAQ about New Zealand was compiled and written by Phil Stuart-Jones and Lin Nah with numerous contributions by others.

-A0 Introduction: History of soc.culture.new-zealand
The following gives some of the history of the creation of s.c.n-z. ...
-A0 Introduction: Phil Stuart-Jones
Phil Stuart-Jones volunteered to start the soc.culture.new-zealand ...
-A1.1 How To Find NZers And Information About NZ: On The Net
You may also find other URLs in the relevant sections....
-A1.2.1 Overseas Offices Of The New Zealand Tourism Board
-A1.2.2 How To Find NZers And Information About NZ: Traditional Sources (libraries, newspapers, etc.)
Check libraries, travel agents, embassies, consulates. Year books,...
-A1.2.3 How To Find NZers And Information About NZ: In The Wild...
The following comments result from the thread 'Obviously Antipodean' ...
-A1.2.4 How To Find NZers And Information About NZ: In The Wild...
From: aph502@leonard.anu.edu.au (Aidan Philip Heerdegen)...
-A2.1 NZ Consulates/Embassies Overseas
Links to Information on NZ Consulates and Empassies Overseas:...
-A2.2 Information For NZers Overseas: How Do I Get News FromHome?
Check the notes on ftp sites; some current news may be archived there....
-A2.3 Expatriate Organisations
There's an organisation in HK called the New Zealand Society. Point ...
-A3 Internet Access Within NZ
Public internet access is available from a growing number of ...
-B1.1 Where Is New Zealand?
-B1.1.2 New Zealand: Statistics
For the main three: Latitude: 34 S to 47 ...
-B1.1.3 New Zealand: Dependencies
Antarctica (Ross Dependency): between 160 degrees east and 150 ...
-B1.1.4 New Zealand: Time Zones
New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich mean time making it one of ...
-B1.2.1 New Zealand Landscape: General
NZ is a long narrow country lying roughly North/South with mountain ...
-B1.2.2 New Zealand Landscape: Miscellaneous Figures
Mt Cook: highest point in NZ. A landslide in December 1991 lowered ...
-B1.2.3 New Zealand: Flora And Fauna
It is still hotly debated whether or not New Zealand was *completely*...
-B1.2.3.1 New Zealand: Flora And Fauna
cakes@io.org (cakes) has provided the following article (advice on ...
-B1.2.4 New Zealand: Climate
The NZ climate is temperate with no real extremes; the north tends to ...
-B1.2.5 New Zealand: Climate: Is it wet in New Zealand?
Charles Eggen gives us:...
-B2.1 New Zealand People: A Short History
900 AD (+/-) Maori arrived from Pacific....
-B2.2 New Zealand People: Maoritanga
Maoritanga is Maori culture; a way of life and view of the world. It is ...
-B2.2.1 New Zealand People: Maoritanga
Brian Harmer:...
-B2.2.1 New Zealand People: The Moriori Question
Simon O'Rorke provides the following quotes and opinions:...
-B2.2.2 Guide to Maori pronunciation
The five vowels; a, e, i, o and u, are pronounced in two ways:...
-B2.2.3 New Zealand People: The Haka
Non-Kiwis are often baffled by the 'dance' performed by [...
-B2.3.1 New Zealand Demography: General
Total population is about 3.5 million. Over 70% of the population are ...
-B2.3.4 New Zealand Demography: Ethnicity
Data from the 1991 Census of Population and Dwellings publications....
-B2.3.6 New Zealand: Religions
A Massey research project reveals that 28 percent of Kiwis pray, ...
-B2.3.6.1 Russian or Greek orthodox church in NZ
Is Russian or Greek orthodox church present in New Zealand?...
-B3.1.1 Why 'New Zealand'
It is simply New Zealand - not the People's Republic of ...
-B3.1.2 New Zealand: Constitution
New Zealand shares with Britain and Israel the distinction of being one ...
-B3.1.3 New Zealand: Form Of Government
Paul Gillingwater wrote:...
-B3.1.4 New Zealand: The Justice System
There is a four-level hearings and appeals system:...
-B3.2 New Zealand Economy
Since 1984 the government has been reorienting an agrarian ...
-B3.2.1 Defence Against Silly Questions
Lyndon Watson wrote:...
-B3.2 New Zealand Economy: Bringing Home The Cup
Kindly submitted by Paul Walker. Published in the Christchruch ...
-B3.2 New Zealand Economy: Looking Back To 1984
Kindly submitted by Paul Walker. Published in the ...
-B3.2 New Zealand Economy: References
Following are a collection of references on the changes from Paul ...
-B3.2.2 New Zealand Economy: Current Status
Govt: going into ...
-B3.2.3 New Zealand: Currency, Stockmarket, Exchange/InterestRates
Decimal system based on New Zealand dollar, with cent denominations....
-B3.2.6 New Zealand: Taxes
Inland Revenue Department Home Page http://www.ird.govt.nz/...
-B3.2.7 New Zealand: Miscellaneous Prices
litre of petrol; $0.90 - 0....
-B3.3.1 New Zealand: Business Hours
Banks 9:00am to 4:30pm - can vary slightly. Otherwise, Monday to ...
-B3.3.2 New Zealand: Tipping
Tipping is not expected in New Zealand, but is not unheard of. ...
-B3.3.3 New Zealand: Cost Of Living
B3.3.3.1 ...
-B3.3.4 New Zealand: Crime
Yes, we have crime. While it may be 'safe' compared to most ...
-B3.3.4 New Zealand: Crime (continued)
Steffan Berridge has added the following....
-B3.3.5 New Zealand: Finding A Job
-B3.3.6 New Zealand: Schools And Education
Compulsory from age 7 to 15, but almost all children start kindergarten ...
-B3.3.6.1 New Zealand: Online resources for Education
NZ Education http://www.nzeil.co.nz/...
-B3.3.7 New Zealand: Universities
Otago is the oldest, Waikato is the newest, Auckland is the largest, ...
-B3.3.7.1 New Zealand: Teaching Focus
Most Universities have a core of basic subjects common to all; Chemistry,...
-B3.3.7.2 New Zealand: University Addresses
University of Auckland (Auckland)...
-B3.3.7.3 New Zealand: The University Hierarchy
Basically, it goes something like this:...
-B3.3.8 New Zealand: Health
NZ operates a no-fault accident compensation scheme which covers ...
-B3.3.8.1 New Zealand: Water Supply
NZ cities and towns have good public water. Water is safe to drink out ...
-B3.3.9 New Zealand: Communications
Telephone Country Code ...
-B3.4 New Zealand: Holidays
Annual leave depends on who you are employed by and is usually ...
-B3.5 New Zealand: Technical Stuff
If it isn't here, ask in s.c.n-z. If no-one can tell you, your problem ...
-B3.5.1 New Zealand: Electricity
The normal electricity supply is 230 volts 50 hertz alternating ...
-B3.5.2 New Zealand: TV Info, Video Conversion
NZ runs on PAL G on UHF. This gives the same picture and sound ...
-B3.5.5 New Zealand: Telephone
Telecommunications ...
-B3.5.6 New Zealand: Radio, Internet
Apparently NZ radio stations broadcast on different frequencies to the ...
-B4 Coming To New Zealand
-B4.1.1 New Zealand: Online Resources to Immigration
-B4.1.2 New Zealand: Visitor's Permit
Visitors to NZ must have a valid passport. The only exceptions ...
-B4.1.3 New Zealand: Permanent Residence
The following is from a New Zealand Immigration Service pamphlet ...
-B4.1.3.1 New Zealand: Resident Permit
Residency gives you the right to live and work here, but it can lapse ...
-B4.1.3.2 New Zealand: Points System
Paul Nixon has provided the following (reformatted) outline of the ...
-B4.2 New Zealand: Agricultural Restrictions
NZ's isolation has kept its free of many animal and plant diseases. ...
-B4.2.1 New Zealand: Animal Quarantine
Gloria Williams wrote:...
-B4.3 New Zealand: Customs and Duty Free
New Zealand ...
-B4.3.2 New Zealand: Allowances for people relocating to NZ
You will be given an allowance of value of goods to be brought into NZ. ...
-B4.4.1 Moving to New Zealand: Shipping stuff to NZ
Hints on how to move your household good to New Zealand. Hopefully this ...
-B4.4.1.1 Moving to New Zealand: Shipping stuff to NZ p2
Frits Schouten adds:...
-B4.4.2 Moving to New Zealand: Importing a Car
Martin Lange wrote:...
-B4.5 New Zealand: Information for Visitors
A brief summary of entry requirements can be found ...
-B4.5.3 Overseas Embassies In NZ
-B5 Travel Within NZ: Tourism Board, Maps, Accommodation
Be warned that transport services are likely to be VERY well ...
-B5.2 New Zealand Accommodation
There is a wide variety of accommodation available in NZ, with something to ...
-B5.2.1 New Zealand Accommodation: Hotels
Basically these are buildings with rooms rented out by the night....
-B5.2.2 New Zealand Accommodation: Motels and Motor Lodges
These are by far a more popular choice of accomodation compared to hotels....
-B5.2.3 New Zealand Accommodation: Backpackers
-B5.2.3.1 New Zealand Accommodation: Youth Hostel Association
There are about 58 YHA hostels throughout NZ. YHA are a few dollars more ...
-B5.2.3.2 New Zealand: Backpackers Accommodation
There are many different booklets on backpackers accommodation to NZ. ...
-B5.2.4 New Zealand Accommodation: Miscellaneous
Cabins in motorcamps are usually the next step 'down' from motels....
-B5.2.5 New Zealand:Published Accommodation Guides
These can be purchased from Visitor Information Centres (or at ...
-B5.2.6 New Zealand: Online Accommodation Guides
-B5.3 New Zealand: Transport
Trains are good but have limited distribution. Buses tend to be ...
-B5.3.1 New Zealand: Cycling/Sea Kayaking
Excellent cycling in NZ but it pays to like hills... Bringing a bike ...
-B5.3.2 New Zealand: Hitchhiking
Hitching is *relatively* safe in NZ, but generally speaking, busing ...
-B5.3.3 New Zealand: Renting A Car/Campervan
Several main companies; Hertz, Avis, Budget, Maui, etc. Some agencies ...
-B5.3.3.1 New Zealand: Renting A Car/Campervan p2
A while back, Dale Gold wrote:...
-B5.3.4 New Zealand: Train Services
Good, if they go where you are going....
-B5.3.5 New Zealand: Cook Strait Ferry
(See also under B5.3.4 Train Services)...
-B5.3.6 New Zealand: Coach Travel
Buses go pretty much everywhere there are main roads. There are ...
-B5.3.6.1 New Zealand: Coach Travel p2
Other options if you are willing to divert from the mainstream is to ...
-B5.3.7 New Zealand: Driving
Visitors should get, and READ, a copy of the Road Code. The most ...
-B5.3.8 Commercial Tours, Flying
Are available in most main and holiday centres. Prices will vary and ...
-B5.4.1 New Zealand: Film Developing
I recommend Monochrome in Durham Street Christchurch for b/w developing....
-B6. Map Of New Zealand
-C1 Definition Of 'Kiwi'
For a 'definitive' definition of what a 'kiwi' is (and isn't), here ...
-C1.1 'Real Kiwi' Test
From: Dave ...
-C1.1 'Real Kiwi' Test: Results
The scores 0 - ...
-C2 Cities Of New Zealand p1
WHANGAREI. It's the gateway to the Bay of Islands, Whangarei Falls ...
-C2 Cities Of New Zealand p2
QUEENSTOWN is by Lake Wakatipu and is the main tourist trap of the NZ '...
-C3.1.1 New Zealand: Parks And Tracks
Over 20% of New Zealand is Forest or National parks. New Zealand'...
-C3.1.2 New Zealand: Beaches, etc.
There are lots of these. As a result of the 'Queens Chain' law, ...
-C3.1.3 New Zealand: Distinctive Features
There are hundreds of distinguishing landmarks around NZ and any attempt ...
-C3.1.5 New Zealand: Places To Go To p1
Marty Burr is twisting my arm to combine certain areas with ...
-C3.1.5 New Zealand: Places To Go To p2
Tourism Nelson, via Peter Lowish, contributes this tome on the ...
-C3.1.5 New Zealand: Places To Go To p3
The hyperactive Lin then adds (hacked together from two posts):...
-C3.2.1 New Zealand: Tramping
There is extensive tramping in NZ with a range of experience to suit ...
-C3.2.2 New Zealand: Skiing
There are something like 28 ski fields in NZ, only 5 of which are in ...
-C3.2.3 New Zealand: Climbing/Mountaineering
There is extensive mountaineering and rock climbing available. The ...
-C3.2.4 New Zealand: Watersports
New Zealanders are renowned for their love of activites in, on, or near ...
-C3.2.5 New Zealand: Whale/Dolphin Watching
This is becoming very popular around the Kaikoura area (north-eastern ...
-C3.2.6 New Zealand: Pubs To Go To/Nightlife
Little material available as nightlife is fairly transient, and it tends ...
-C3.2.7 New Zealand: Places: Anything Else????
Baldwin Street, Dunedin, is apparently the steepest (suburban?) street ...
-C4.1 New Zealand: Sport
We are basically mad about sports in NZ. Many weekend activities are ...
-C4.1.1 Why do New Zealander Sportspeople Wear Black?
Dave Frame wrote:...
-C4.2 New Zealand: Food
Pavlova, pikelets, Sally Lunn, cream buns, Lammingtons, Afghans, ...
-C4.2.1 What Is Vegemite/Marmite?
For an extensive outline of these, try Jenny George's URL below which ...
-C4.2.2 New Zealand: Pavlova Recipe
Ask Jenny George (jmgeorge@leland.stanford.edu)....
-C4.2.3 New Zealand: The Edmonds Cook Book
This book is the biggest selling book in NZ of all time. I guess you ...
-C4.2.4 New Zealand: Laying A Hangi p1
The following are Hangi instructions were kindly supplied by Ken ...
-C4.2.4 New Zealand: Laying A Hangi p2
Do the next bit as quickly as you safely can....
-C4.2.4 New Zealand: Laying A Hangi p3
Now for the Good Bit....
-C4.5 Some Works by NZ Authors
The following is a short-list of New Zealand books, selected by the ...
-C4.6 New Zealand: Other Bits...
A comprehensive listing of NZ arts web sites exists ...
-C5.1 Famous New Zealanders: Cinema / Films
There's a movie database somewhere with loads of NZ stuff. If ...
-C5.1.2 Famous New Zealanders: People
If anyone can be bothered posting a brief summary of any of these, I'...
-C5.2 Famous New Zealanders: Music
Links to NZ Music on the ...
-C5.3 Famous New Zealanders: Literature
Murray
-C5.4 Famous New Zealanders: Fine Art, Humour and the rest
Fine:
-C5.6.1 Famous New Zealanders: Sir Harold Gillies
-C5.6.2 Famous New Zealanders: Ernest Rutherford
After receiving a master's from Canterbury College, Chistchurch, ...
-C5.6.3 Famous New Zealanders: Charles Upham
Howard Edwards wrote:...
-D1 The Contributors
I don't know why I didn't think of it earlier, but this list is a ...
-D2.1 History of soc.culture.new-zealand: s.c.n-z -- The Early Days
-D2.2 History of soc.culture.new-zealand: CFV List of Voters
List of voters who voted on the CFV to create the ...









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