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New Zealand Lifestyle

New Zealand is known world-wide for its beautiful landscapes and warm, friendly people. New Zealanders enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, surrounded by the natural beauty of the country. Here there is a focus on work-life balance, and because it is quick and easy to travel around New Zealand, residents regularly enjoy getting away to their favourite beaches, mountains or rural areas to relax and unwind.

New Zealand is a country which embraces people of all cultures, with the largest in the general population being those of NZ/European descent and Māori. The University of Waikato proudly promotes and maintains strong links with Māori culture, in particular with the local tribe, Tainui. With approximately the same land mass as the United Kingdom, NZ has just four million residents. It enjoys a warm climate for the most part, although the South Island is generally colder than the North.

In figures released from StatisticsNZ around the best places to live in New Zealand (according to the 2006 census) – four regions were highlighted as those which New Zealanders most wanted to move to. These are (in no particular order):

  • Waikato
  • Bay of Plenty, (Tauranga)
  • Otago
  • Canterbury, (Christchurch)

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