Three institutions of higher education in New Zealand provide instruction in accordance with Maori customs.

Country Overview

The Maori, a Polynesian people, arrived on the islands of New Zealand some 1,200 years ago. However, the identity of the islands changed forever 160 years ago, when tribal leaders signed a pact regarding land rights with the British, who went on to colonize the land and defeat the native people in battle. The country became an independent member of the British Commonwealth in 1947. Starting in the 1990s, the government awarded money and land to the Maoris in an attempt to resolve longstanding grievances. New Zealand is known abroad for its national obsession, rugby, and for its natural beauty, from mountains to beaches, and its unique flora and fauna. The country is a world leader in the use of renewable sources of energy, particularly hydropower.


Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you travel south. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 to 30 C (68 to 86 F) and in winter between 10 to 15 C (50 to 59 F).

Annual rainfall
New Zealand's average rainfall is high—between 640 millimeters and 1500 millimeters (25 and 59 inches)—and evenly spread throughout the year.





Overview of Higher Education

Higher education in New Zealand comprises universities, polytechnic institutes, colleges, and schools of art and music. There are eight state universities and 20 polytechnic institutes. Three institutions provide instruction in Maori tradition.
A bachelor’s degree generally requires three years of study; an honours degree is awarded after four years. The master’s degree requires a further one to three years of study, while a doctorate requires at least two additional years of research.
Special doctorates may be awarded after publication of a significant body of work.
(Sources: BBC, The World Factbook, New Zealand Ministry of Education, World of Learning)

Number of Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutes

Number of Colleges, Universities, and Technical Institutes (total): 28

Number of Higher Education Students

Number of students enrolled: 238,000

Number of international students enrolled: 40,775

Contact Information

Ministry of Education

45-47 Pipitea Street, PO Box 1666, Thorndon, Wellington 6011

Web site: http://www.minedu.govt.nz/

Phone: (04) 463 8000

E-mail: enquiries.national@minedu.govt.nz

Contact: Hon Anne Tolley, Minister of Education and Minister for Tertiary Education