10 Interesting, Fun Things You Need to Know About Living in NZ

New ZealandA record number of individuals have moved to New Zealand for work, study, or to live there permanently. Official statistics show the country is an attractive destination for individuals, families, entrepreneurs, and businesses.

Moving to the country is a bit complicated, though. Authorities are encouraging everyone to work only with licensed immigration service companies for their migration needs. Removal company Transworld International Removals Auckland adds that before a big move, it is important to do thorough research about your new home and the moving process.

With that, here are some of the most interesting, fun, and useful facts anyone moving to NZ needs to know about the Land of the Long White Cloud:

  1. Friendly People

New Zealanders are some of the friendliest people in the world. From the shopkeepers and the bartenders, to the neighbours and the average person you meet walking down the street, you can count on most locals to be lovely and friendly to everyone.

  1. The Kiwi

Kiwi is the informal name of people from New Zealand as well as the name of the flightless bird native to the country. The local name for the fruit is Chinese gooseberry.

  1. Zeeland

The first known name for what is now the country of New Zealand is Staten Landt, given by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642. In 1645, Dutch cartographers renamed the landmass to Nova Zeelandia, after the Dutch province of Zeeland. It was subsequently anglicized to New Zealand by British explorer James Cook.

  1. The Monarchy

Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen and Head of State of New Zealand. She is represented by her vice-regal representative, the Governor-General, who was appointed by Her Majesty on the advice of the Prime Minister.

  1. God’s Own Country

New Zealand is one of only three countries with two official national anthems (both of equal standing): God Save the Queen and God Defend New Zealand.

It also shares the nickname/phrase “God’s Own Country” with several places, including Australia, the US, Scotland, and Wales.

  1. The Language

There are three official languages in New Zealand: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.

  1. Affordability

Auckland and Wellington have been named as some of the cheapest cities in the world to live in.

  1. Green All Around

About one third of the land is protected national park.

  1. The Produce

The country produces about 65kg of cheese and 100kg butter per person each year. It also has a strong hold in the sheep meat sector. There are about 9 sheep for every 1 person in New Zealand.

  1. The Wizard

More than the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, New Zealand has a government-appointed National Wizard. His job includes protecting the Government, casting out evil, cheering up the population, designing and promoting a new, improved universe that puts the country “on top of the world both physically and metaphysically.”

Whatever your reason for wanting to move to New Zealand, there’s sure to be a lot of things to love about the country, the people, and the culture.