Emigrating to New Zealand: What’s important to know once I’m there?

The official language

English, with a clearly audible accent, and Maori (since 1987) are the official languages ​​of New Zealand. There is a kind of “Kiwi slang”.

The Maori is spoken by more than 3% of the population, and the Maori’s speak both languages. The number of Maori’s who still speak Maori is getting smaller. The Maori has some similarities with Indonesian dialects and Polynesian languages ​​as spoken in Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia.


Private schools

There is a wide choice of private schools in the big cities. From Montesori, Rudolf Steiner to Catholic and Christian schools. Most private schools have a kindergarten, primary, middle and high school department. In Auckland, Kristin School is the only international school.


Kindergarten education: ‘kindy’

In New Zealand, children usually go to the Kindergarten when they are over 3 years old. There is no fixed age at which toddlers can begin, this depends greatly on the number of enrollments per kindergarten. At most public Kindergarten, 3-year-old children go 3 afternoon to ‘afternoon childy’, by the time they are over 4 years old, they can go to ‘morning kindy’ for 5 mornings.


Primary education: primary school

On the fifth birthday, the toddler is allowed to go to primary school. Five-year-old children start school in a ‘New Entrants Class’. This is very similar to group 2 in the Netherlands, but with reading and writing on the daily agenda. In the city most children leave primary school in group 6 and then go to a special middle school for two years. In rural and remote areas, intermediate school (groups 7 and 8) is often connected to primary school.


Special education

There are not many schools in New Zealand for special education. Even in the big cities there are not many choices. Most children with learning or behavioral problems are captured in regular education. Depending on the problem, a teacher will be assigned to the school who works with the child in class for a certain number of hours a week.


School choice

Every school in New Zealand is once again visited the Education Inspectorate, the Education Review Office, for so many years. All evaluated schools receive an ERO report.


School zones

In the big cities, we work with ‘school zones’. This means that schools do not just take students who do not live in the area. House and rent prices near a good school are therefore often higher!

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