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Former British protectorate, New Zealand became a dominion in 1907 and an independent state from 1931 within the Commonwealth. Without a written Constitution, the country is governed by a constitutional monarchy that recognizes the sovereign of Great Britain as head of state, represented by a governor general (in office for 5 years) who is appointed by the same sovereign on designation by the New Zealand government.. The executive power is exercised by the Prime Minister, leader of the majority party, and by the Executive Council, responsible before the House of Representatives, which has the legislative power and whose members, elected by universal suffrage (5 of which Maori) remain in office. for 3 years. The legal system in use is based on the British one, although there is a mixture of Maori rules. International jurisdiction is accepted with reservations. Justice is administered through several bodies: the High Court, the appellate courts and the Supreme Court. There are also bodies of special jurisdiction in trade union matters and for matters relating to the Maori community. The armed forces present in the country are divided into three parts in traditional weapons: army, air force, navy; military service is voluntary from the age of 17. Education has been compulsory since 1852, and has been extended from 6 to 17 years of age. New Zealand’s close cultural ties with Great Britain have greatly influenced the New Zealand school organization which is characterized by large administrative decentralization. Furthermore, the percentage of illiteracy is practically nil. Primary school (in which there are classes in English and Maori or only Maori) is divided into three cycles: infantile (two-year), intermediate (five-year) and primary superior (two-year). The secondary school of general education (five years) includes optional courses of a technical nature and gives access to the university. Higher education is given in numerous universities: Otago (Dunedin, 1869), Canterbury (Christchurch, 1873), Victoria (Wellington, 1897), Auckland (1957), Massey (Palmerston, 1963), Waikato (Hamilton, 1964). According to COUNTRYAAH, New Zealand is a nation in Polynesia, the capital city of which is Wellington. The latest population of New Zealand is 4,822,244.
Although New Zealand extends in latitude between 33 ° and 53 ° S, there are no strong climatic differentiations due to the profound influence of the oceanic waters, relatively cool, and the strong western winds (the so-called westerlies), promoted by the anticyclone. of the Indian Ocean and attracted by the southern depressions, particularly sensitive to the S of the 40th parallel, which almost constantly hit the country, discharging abundant rainfall on the hills perpendicular to their flow: there are on average from 150 to 200 rainy days. The average temperature values ​​are not high and the temperature variations quite contained (in Wellington the annual average is 12.9 ºC with a summer of 17 ºC and a winter of 8.5 ºC): in general the climate can be defined as temperate oceanic. In the northern part of the North Island and in the Auckland peninsula, however, there are semi-tropical climatic conditions (the average summer temperature rises to 21 ºC, the winter one to 11 ºC), of a Mediterranean type, and is affected by the passage of tropical cyclonic perturbations, while in the southern one of South Island, in the Otago and Southland regions, the climate tends to continental (Dunedin averages 6ºC in winter, 15ºC in summer). Precipitation is naturally more abundant on the western slopes, especially along the barrier of the New Zealand Alps where at an altitude of 2000 m, just below the persistent snow limit, over 5000 mm of rain per year also fall. In the eastern regions, rainfall is much more contained, from values ​​around 1100 mm in the North Island, to less than 1000 mm for most of the eastern side of the South Island and even below 500 mm in the Otago region.; the eastern foothills are also affected by the influence of hot and dry winds, of similar genesis to Föhn . Rare at sea level, snowfalls become more intense and widespread on the reliefs; on the highest peaks there is snow for at least thirty days a year; in particular in the South Island the snow remains on the ground for a long time over 1000 m and all year round above 2100 m, feeding numerous glaciers that along the western side descend with their tongues up to 300-400 m.

Semester Abroad in New Zealand

“Take it easy, bro!” The New Zealanders see things as relaxed. “She’ll be alright” is the motto of the kiwis – as they call themselves. In the island nation at the other end of the world, immigrants from Europe and Asia live relaxed with the Maoris, the indigenous people of the green island. They share… Read More »

TOEFL Test Centers in New Zealand

The TOEFL iBT test is offered in this location. The list below shows testing regions, fees and dates as of February 15, 2019, but availability may change when you register. Fees are shown in US$ and are subject to change without notice. To find the most up-to-date list of available test centers (including addresses), dates and times, click the button… Read More »