What are some life hacks for living cheap in New Zealand?

There is a sustainable living movement, where they build homes for a fraction of the normal cost by using recycled and natural materials. Things like tires and bottles, clay and straw, or even recycled newspaper bricks. They will probably opt for solar or other

Which is the most damaging alien plant species in New Zealand?

Clematis vitalba is a noxious vine that kills forests. NZ listed this as a dominant and nasty invasion.

What is a good location to setup a movie production company in New Zealand? And why?

There are a few movie production companies in New Zealand.You would have to consider Auckland as the best location for such a venture. These are the reasons.Most of the Cast and Crew are Auckland based.Studio facilities are much better in Auckland than anywhere else.Government subsidies are strongly backed by Auckland City Council and

When is Netflix coming to New Zealand?

Netflix will come to New Zealand only after our international broadband rates drop to more competitive levels.  Netflix streams HD video, so broadband costs matter, but there are few fibre optic cables that connect NZ to the world. Most traffic to and from the country is on the Southern

When is Netflix coming to New Zealand?

Netflix will come to New Zealand only after our international broadband rates drop to more competitive levels.  Netflix streams HD video, so broadband costs matter, but there are few fibre optic cables that connect NZ to the world. Most traffic to and from the country is on the Southern

Is Moana based on Maori culture?

No.While Moana is also a Maori name and not an uncommon female name in NZ, the Disney movie Moana is set in a

What is a good location to setup a movie production company in New Zealand? And why?

There are a few movie production companies in New Zealand.You would have to consider Auckland as the best location for such a venture. These are the reasons.Most of the Cast and Crew are Auckland based.Studio facilities are much better in Auckland than anywhere else.Government subsidies are strongly backed by Auckland City Council and

Why is there a gap of about 130 years between Abel Tasman's voyage to Australia and New Zealand and James Cook's voyage to that region, when the exploration by north Europeans seems to have stopped?

The area was considered uninteresting. In the seventeenth and eighteenth century exploration for the sake of exploration was rare, that was more something for the late nineteenth century. Instead, areas were explored for financial reasons - to get areas to trade with, lands to conquer, trade routes to travel. Australia was mostly known for

Has New Zealand ever been part of Australia?

New Zealand is mentioned as a state in the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act:

Why is the meat (lamb and beef) from New Zealand typically zabihah/halal?

New Zealand is one of the largest exporters of Halal meat as noted in the New Zealand Meat Report.  Because of the various trade deals between Middle Eastern countries and New Zealand, the kiwi country slaughters 98% of its sheep and lamb as well as 60% of its cattle in accordance with shariah laws

Do people in New Zealand eat spicy food?

Yes.Three decades ago it was an impossible thing. The mention of a curry or a spicy dish would send Kiwis into spasms. The fear was so overpowering.The curry or anything else remotely relative to chillies was Asian junk food.Kiwis then were used to bland, tasteless food. It was all about meat

How skinny is too skinny for men to wear when it comes to jeans in New Zealand?

We're not really judgmental when it comes to what people wear (understatement of the year!) I sometimes think it's partly because, being in the Southern Hemisphere, we're 6 months behind the fashion trends in the countries that most influence what's ‘in'. So, by the time we can wear something here

What do Australians think of New Zealanders, and vice versa?

It's precisely because we are so alike that we feel the need to exaggerate our differences and take the pi55 out of each other. Highlighting those differences distinguish us as individual entities with our own character, much as siblings do in their teenage years.I've heard people - primarily

Are there any Michelin star restaurants in New Zealand?

No. There are no Michelin starred restaurants in New Zealand, although a couple of other replies to this question claim otherwise. They're wrong.There can't be any Michelin-starred restaurants in New Zealand because Michelin has not published one of their Red Guides for this country.The way it

Do Australians like Theresa May?

To be honest most Australians don't think about her all that much. She hasn't been the PM for a full year yet, she's never visited Australia and I think I'm right in saying our PM has never met her in

Do people tip in New Zealand?

Short answer is yes, but it happens so rarely that it isn't worth mentioning. Never in my entire life have I ever left a tip, and that goes for pretty much everyone else. Tipping in most circumstances is left to the visistors discretion (usually someone who is visiting from

In New Zealand, Switzerland and Denmark, the unstunned slaughter of animals is banned. How then do Muslims or Jewish people obtain kosher/halal meat products?

Pretty much all lamb/mutton slaughtered in New Zealand in the major processing facilities is Halal, it has to be because the Middle East and Indonesia are major export markets, and all animals are definitely stunned before being slaughtered.I worked at a large freezing works (lamb/sheep slaughter house) in New

Is New Zealand racist towards Indians?

No,I'm referring to the Genuine, well qualified and educated New Zealanders, who don't violate the law of the land.Of course there are some New Zealanders who create unnecessary trouble, but that's just a small percentage.I reacted to the question the

Are there any Michelin star restaurants in New Zealand?

No. There are no Michelin starred restaurants in New Zealand, although a couple of other replies to this question claim otherwise. They're wrong.There can't be any Michelin-starred restaurants in New Zealand because Michelin has not published one of their Red Guides for this country.The way it

Do Australians like Theresa May?

To be honest most Australians don't think about her all that much. She hasn't been the PM for a full year yet, she's never visited Australia and I think I'm right in saying our PM has never met her in

Do people tip in New Zealand?

Short answer is yes, but it happens so rarely that it isn't worth mentioning. Never in my entire life have I ever left a tip, and that goes for pretty much everyone else. Tipping in most circumstances is left to the visistors discretion (usually someone who is visiting from

In New Zealand, Switzerland and Denmark, the unstunned slaughter of animals is banned. How then do Muslims or Jewish people obtain kosher/halal meat products?

Pretty much all lamb/mutton slaughtered in New Zealand in the major processing facilities is Halal, it has to be because the Middle East and Indonesia are major export markets, and all animals are definitely stunned before being slaughtered.I worked at a large freezing works (lamb/sheep slaughter house) in New

Is New Zealand racist towards Indians?

No,I'm referring to the Genuine, well qualified and educated New Zealanders, who don't violate the law of the land.Of course there are some New Zealanders who create unnecessary trouble, but that's just a small percentage.I reacted to the question the

What are New Zealand's immigration policies?

We're 4 weeks away from an election and Immigration is one of its contentious issues with the incumbent Government under fire for an influx of low-skill people willing to work for very low wages because of a loophole that allows people

Australia and New Zealand -which is better for a foreign student to immigrate to?

What would make it "better" for you?Australia is bigger so has more opportunities.Australia has higher wages.New Zealand is easier to immigrate to.The cost of living is lower in New Zealand.I've heard though that the cost of living in Auckland is too high in comparison with the low wages there.

What are the things not to do when I visit New Zealand?

Here's a few -Don't assume you can get petrol in the next town. There's some long long stretches of road with no towns here.Don't get all of your food from the big international fast food chains. Get stuck into some of the great local ‘cuisine' like

Are there black people in New Zealand and Australia?

First point to note; South Africa was not kept ‘exclusively' for whites. There's still millions of black people living in South Africa and there always has been.As for black people living in Australia it's fairly similar. In Australia we have two kinds (best word

I am an Indian citizen, can I go to New Zealand for my vacation with an Australian student visa?

Of course you can! As long as you have the residential permit in Australia and the time has not expired.

What do Americans think of New Zealand?

If you'd ask most Americans about what they think about New Zealand this will probably be there responses:It's Australia's little brother

Do people tip in New Zealand?

Tip if you want, but tipping makes it seem that 'being nice' or performing a service well is something that should be paid extra for. That's not the attitude here. We use a genuine 'thank you' and a smile as a way of expressing gratitude for a job

Does New Zealand really need a new flag (see details)?

No. But then New Zealand doesn't need a flag at all. It doesn't even need to be an independent country or have a national anthem.Those are all things New Zealand (like most other countries) chooses to do.And so currently it is choosing whether to adopt a flag which better reflects 21st Century New Zealand or

Why should one move to New Zealand?

OK so you have noticed all the tourist pictures, watched Lord of the Rings 30 times and want to come here. Here is why you should not come. But remember these can also be positives too. First we are far away from

Do I need an Australian tourist visa if I have an New Zealand student visa?

Yes you will need a visa of some sort. What matters is which passport you hold not which visa you hold.If you are from the EU or some other European countries you can apply for an eVisitor before travelling and citizens of various other countries including the US

Are Australians/New Zealand people foreigners in England?

It depends on your definition of what ‘foreign' is. Culturally, not at all, the language is the same and we generally welcome Aussies and Kiwis like long lost relatives. Legally however, they have no automatic right to live and work in the UK just

Which is better to immigrate to, Australia or New Zealand?

I am anArabic ..... That's nice. Would you like to become an Australian or a New Zealander? If you move here your kids will speak English with our accent, and will have our values. You will always be an Arab, but your kids and their kids will be Aussies or

What do you think of the New Zealand news media?

It is mostly absolutely terrible apart from Radio NZ. We don't even have a TV any more in our house due to the poor content of broadcast TV in general, and the news websites seem to rely on trawling social media for fluff stories about

What should I never say to a New Zealander?

I lived in a few other countries before New Zealand, namely, Israel and Iran. I could write quite a few things that will get you killed or at least badly maimed if you will say them... There are no such things here. I totally agree with the other answers

How to start a new life in New Zealand

As far as I am concerned, starting a new life in New Zealand, you can set an reasonable target, and then towards the goal. For example, you can do some small business, on the one hand, you can make money, on the other hand, you can gather experience. I think the wall

How is Hamilton, New Zealand?

A bit wet today.It is a city on the Waikato river. For basic stats and information just look at Wikipedia. It is a nice place to live, but it is a city which is not salubrious. It is not a party town, it is a place to live. It is a growing city.

What should I learn before moving to New Zealand?

Don't be fooled by NZer's friendliness. Kiwiland is a very competitive country. Mainfreight and Fastway Couriers both were born in Godzone. Practice idiomatic New Zealand English and Maori languages . Speech is spoken slurred ,with much slang and a sprinkling of

What is the coolest thing to do in New Zealand?

Seriously: talk to us.About ordinary things. We sometimes have interesting ideas. And funny expressions. Talking to people is the coolest.Also, it's one of the best ways to find out how to do whatever you want to do here. Ask everyone about [whatever it is]. Applies anywhere, I guess.Country

When is a good time to visit New Zealand?

Any time.Four seasons offers year round outdoor activities.Spring touring the countryside is fantastic with views of natural beauty plus farming, orcharding and new seasons growth.Summer, beaches swimming fishing diving enjoying.Autumn/fall, natures bounty a plenty.winter- skiing on some fantastic mountains where you can view the sea, the awesome beauty of

Do Americans get culture shock when visiting New Zealand as some parts of New Zealand are much more liberal?

I didn't experience much culture shock as a 19 year old.Nor did much of NZ shock me when I was there. Yes, they're more liberal. Not in ways that shocked me, however!The one thing I did find disturbing was the lack of armed police. Say what you want about guns - but when you're staying

How safe is New Zealand?

According to The 2015 Global Peace Index, New Zealand is the fourth safest country after Iceland, Denmark and Austria, when it comes to personal violence.And as a New Zealander who has lived in two major cities, as well as a town notorious for gang activity, I'm going to say -

Does Amazon ship to New Zealand?

Same as with the other non-US countries, some products can be shipped there, but as mentioned - some. Lot of sellers decided to deliver to the US addresses only so shipping their products anywhere else than the US isn't possible directlyYou can