New Zealand's multicultural population of about 3.8 million is predominantly
New Zealand-European. Sixteen per cent of the people are indigenous
Maori, while Pacific Island and Asian ethnic groups make up 4% each.
English is the common language of New Zealand. Maori, an official
language of growing importance, is spoken mainly in the Maori community.
August is winter in Auckland. Days should be cool and sunny with
the occasional shower. Temperatures of 12° C - 17° C can
be expected during the day although evenings can be cooler. As Auckland
has a maritime climate, a jacket and umbrella are recommended.
New Zealand time is 12 hours ahead of GMT.
Trading and Banks
Banking hours are generally 9:00am until 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
Money changing facilities are available at international terminals
at the airports. Automatic teller machines (ATM's) are found in
most towns and cities throughout New Zealand. International credit
cards are accepted throughout the country and travellers' cheques
can be changed at banks, hotels, resorts and most city stores.
Goods and Services Tax
Goods and services in New Zealand are subject to a 12.5% tax (GST).
This tax is usually included in the price and, if not, it is clearly
stated. This tax cannot be claimed back when leaving the country.
Currency and Banking
New Zealanders use decimal currency with units in dollars and cents.
All major international banks or their agencies have branches in
Auckland. Normal banking hours are Monday -Thursday 9:30am - 5:00pm
and Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm. Most banks are closed on weekends and
public holidays. All major credit cards are commonly accepted.
Passport and Visas
A current passport is required for entry to New Zealand. Whilst
New Zealand has Visitor Visa Waiver Agreements with some countries,
it is important that all delegates intending to travel to New
Zealand check with their travel agent or the New Zealand High
Commission in their country.
For further information log onto: www.immigration.govt.nz/visit/need.html
Travel/Loss of Deposit/Health
It is recommended that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance.
The organizer cannot accept responsibility for any accidents which
occur during this trip. Delegates are encouraged to arrange travel
insurance (medical, personal accident, loss and robbery) in their
home country prior to departure.
Vaccinations are required if travelling to New Zealand from a yellow
fever infected area. This is most likely to affect delegates travelling
to New Zealand from certain regions in Latin America or Africa.
Throughout New Zealand, mains electricity is supplied at 230/240
volts, 50Hz AC. The flat 3-pin connecting plugs are different from
those in other countries. Some hotels provide converters or transformers
for 110V equipment.
You will need an RJ45 type plug to be able to connect your laptop
into a computer socket in New Zealand, and an adaptor with a flat,
angled two or three-point power plug to connect to the power supply.
Tipping up to 10% is normally accepted in New Zealand for outstanding