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New Zealand Facts

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 Insurance
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.

Electricity Supply
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 service.
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