New Zealand truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of about 5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The two main islands are divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
New Zealand is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands. Due to its relative remoteness and being water locked, New Zealand was one of the last countries to be found and settled.
The country is made up of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.
Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In central Queen Street, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes.
Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Mission Bay Beach is minutes from Downtown
The economy of New Zealand is the 53rd-largest national economy in the world when measured by nominal gross domestic product (GDP) and the 68th-largest in the world when measured by purchasing power parity (PPP). New Zealand has one of the most globalised economies and depends greatly on international trade – mainly with Australia, the European Union, the United States, China, South Korea, Japan and Canada. New Zealand’s Closer Economic Relations agreement with Australia means that the economy aligns closely with that of Australia.
The New Zealand economy has been ranked first in the world for Social Progression, which covers such areas as Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and the level of Opportunity available to its citizens.
New Zealand was ranked 1st on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index
The majority of New Zealand’s economy is located in its three main cities – Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch
Fertile soil and excellent growing conditions coupled with sophisticated farming methods and advanced agricultural technology provide the ideal environment for pastoral, forestry and horticulture activities. Various primary commodities account for around half of all goods exports and New Zealand is one of the top five dairy exporters in the world.
It’s an outward-looking, internationally competitive economy with exports accounting for about 30% of GDP.
We have a low-inflation environment, with monetary policy managed by the Reserve Bank, our independent central bank that is charged with maintaining price stability.
We have a long-standing flexible exchange rate. There are no exchange controls or restrictions on bringing in or repatriating funds.
he New Zealand economy made a solid recovery after the 2008/09 recession, which was shallow compared to other advanced economies. Annual growth has averaged 2.1% since March 2010, emphasising the economy’s resilience.
In the year ending September 2017 the economy grew 2.7%.
Our top ten trading partners in 2016 were, in order, Australia, China, the European Union, USA, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and India. The government is pursuing further opportunities in Europe and also in emerging regions including the Middle East and Latin America.
While we export a wide and growing range of products, commodity-based products remain a main source of export receipts.
Students will always come first at FIAT. We love living in this country and hope that you will enjoy your time with us and treasure the memories forever. Some of you may even join us as future New Zealanders.
A range of guidance and support systems is available to students in order to ensure that a safe, caring and supportive environment is created for students which meets individual needs and provides for full personal development.
If at any time you have any needs, issues or concerns we will provide you with any assistance or guidance we can. FIAT is committed to helping students achieve the best outcome from their study.
For any support you need, please contact either the Administrator of the CEO/Principal.
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