• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland

      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.



      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.


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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.


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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.


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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.


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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.


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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.


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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.


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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 


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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.


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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.


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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.


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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.


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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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Work culture

Knowing and understanding the workplace culture of a country you want to work in is very important for your potential success and happiness. It will help you to know what is expected of you, to be aware of potential differences and learn how to fit in.


Fitting in

New Zealand’s work culture is best experienced when you have a Kiwi can-do attitude. The usual idea of good worker in New Zealand is someone who gets on with things independently and finds solutions. This is due in part to their pioneering history. The early settlers, both Maori and European had to be resourceful and innovative to solve the day-to-day problems that settling a new land presented. No matter their origins, the Kiwis had to tame a rugged, diverse and unpredictable landscape, which has left an imprint on the culture of today. Kiwis are expected to work and think things through alone, but also thrive in a productive collective.
This independence has also influenced the management style of New Zealand’s workplaces. A Kiwi manager will usually take a more hands off approach, with less structure in the workplace. This doesn’t mean that they don’t appreciate you asking for guidance, as effective communication is important in New Zealand too! The manager in a workplace is a respected member of the team, but they are also part of the team and are usually happy to join in and help out. For this reason, most employees in the workplace will operate on a first name basis, with very little focus on status, qualifications and ego.


Kiwi Businesses

New Zealand isn’t a huge place and neither are the businesses there. Most of them have less than 14 members of staff, with small and medium enterprises (SME’s) making up almost half of the country’s economic output! The size of the business really does effect the workplace culture, as the general staff are in much closer proximity to the leadership of the company. This means you are more likely to be noticed or hold some influence over the direction of the business. With fewer layers of management, you can see the organisation for what it really is and understand your role within the working machine.
Smaller businesses also means less specialisation, as workers in New Zealand are expected to help out and fill a variety of other, smaller jobs within the workplace. This means that flexibility is an important thing for an employee to have, along with a desire to skill up and broaden their qualifications. Those with experience of management and can teach skills that may not be common knowledge to the average Kiwi are extremely desirable in this regard, as they offer a lot to the small businesses.
A small team also means that staff get to know each other better, meet outside of work and hold casual chats with each other. Networking, making new contacts and friends is all part of the New Zealand work experience. Friendliness and a willingness to engage in small talk will quickly endear you to the group. This casual nature is also reflected in the dress code of most offices. These small Kiwi businesses have a family atmosphere and encourage feedback from all areas of the team, so don’t be afraid to make suggestions and put forward your ideas.
Finally, New Zealand offers some of the best work-life balance available anywhere in the world. No matter where you are in New Zealand, you are always close enough to a bike trail, hiking path or beach, so Kiwi’s really value their time off. Family is also very important to New Zealanders, so it is good to see that most employees are granted leave for family occasions in most cases. With a fair, flexible and relaxed view on life, New Zealand has one of the best work cultures in the world.

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