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I want to become a foreign exchange student and want to got to New Zealand. Can anyone give me any info. they have!

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Gidday Willa,

I'm from Orlando, and moved to NZ July 04 (just before the hurricanes). There are some links on my website that may help (links page is www.jamesthecarman.com/nz.htm)

I don't know much about the exchange program, but the the big university in Auckland may have something.

Their site is www.auckland.ac.nz

Not sure if your looking for High School or University.

www.google.co.nz is a good resource for finding stuff within NZ.

Good luck!!

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Gidday Willa,

I'm from Orlando, and moved to NZ July 04 (just before the hurricanes). There are some links on my website that may help (links page is www.jamesthecarman.com/nz.htm)

I don't know much about the exchange program, but the the big university in Auckland may have something.

Their site is www.auckland.ac.nz

Not sure if your looking for High School or University.

www.google.co.nz is a good resource for finding stuff within NZ.

Good luck!!

I would be looking for High School.

And thank yall for your help!

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you've got an interesting site about moving to NZ, jamesthecarman.

Some things looked familiar. I allways wanted to see what's beyond Holland. What's beyond Europe. I recently had my first "overseas experience", a trip to relatives in the US (Seattle) and Canada (Edmonton). I'm fascinated by these countries and I hope to move there after completing University.

By the way, I read you also considered moving to Holland! Could you explain why you wanted to do this?

Personally, I don't like it here. I haven't liked it the past years. It's for a number of reasons.

There's just too many people in too small a country. 16 million people live here, you know!

And then there's racial tensions between muslims and the Dutch. The Dutch tend to be very unwelcoming towards foreigners, while muslims sometimes tend to stick to their own people, rather than making an effort to proper integrate into society.

And the climate here is miserably. We get rainy, moderately mild winters and relatively cold and wet summers. Basically, it rains all year round and you can't be sure you get a good summer.

There are dozens of other reasons why I want to move out of here. I would really like going to the US or maybe Canada, but I've long considered the UK, Australia and NZ as an alternative aswell (I want to speak english instead of dutch, too).

I'm 100% sure that you're better of in New Zealand than in Holland!! You made the right decision by going there rather than going to Holland.

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Thanks for the kind words Ronald!

Holland seemed pretty cool b/c of all the international business going on there. And I checked into the Uni's some and most of them offered Masters degrees in English.

But yeah, I definitely believe I made the right decision. The weather here is amazing (highs of 26 and lows of 10 C [that's 80 to 50 F]). The people are amazingly open to other cultures (coming from the US, it was a really cool.....they don't expect everyone to be just like them). Everyone is laid back. The scenery is the best in the world (and not 5 cities grouped into a small country with no hills :shades:

NZ is way better than Aussie. I thought of going to Aussie when I was younger, but lucked out by going to NZ.

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I did the foreign exchange thing in Wellington fro awhile, you know lived with a family and all that. It was an amazing experience!! Victoria University is a good place to look in Welly, and they are very happy to accomodate international students.

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:thumbsup: That is one nice observation tower.

I believe the Skytower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Has a casino run by Harrahs at th ebase. NZ is a great country. Lived there for 7 years. Emigrated there from Ireland and attended University of Auckland. Now live in good old South Cackalacky inthe US

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:thumbsup: That is one nice observation tower.

I especially love the glass floors on the observation deck too. You look straight down below your feet to the ground.

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that's a nice pic of the skyline -- whats the tallest building in the city, the one near the middle -- 30 stories?

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that's a nice pic of the skyline -- whats the tallest building in the city, the one near the middle -- 30 stories?

It's 38 stories. The Sky Tower is 1076 feet tall and is currently the tallest free standing stucture in the southern hemisphere.

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I see a great deal of boosterism here about Auckland, and I can say from my experience it is both impressive, and dissapointing.

I lived in NZ for a year ending 10/1/2005. I was able to experience living in the country during a lions rugby tour, the tri nations, an election, and the hiliday season. I can say easily 1000 great things about New zealand. there are however huge problems in the cities.

They call it "P" we call it Meth. 10 year old kids are doing Herbal drugs that might as well be narcotic, and by the time they are 13 they have tried P. it seems every other flat has evidence of P production on the walls, and every electric stove has stains from young people "spotting"

DRUGS.. sure every country has problems, but in my experience it is much closer to an epidemic in NZ. the worst thing is that the Maori and immigrant polynesians are the most affected, and a culture of living off the dole (welfare) and doing drugs while Hooning around in a WRX is concidered the good life.

I lived in Aucklands affluant northern suburbs, and spent 1-2 nights a week in Auckland. I was a bartender, and knew most everyone in the hospitality scene/club scene. and yes this is the drug scene. But I also was involved in construction and property development, and knew people from all walks of life.

it seemed to me that everyone smokes weed (likely close to 80%) many people do herbals (60%+) a large number do E, (40%?) and a disturbingly large % smoked or snorted P

all that being said. I would move to Queenstown in a Heartbeat if I thought I had enough money to do so.

To anyone looking to study abroad here I suggest Univ of Otago. its in the best city in the country in the best part of the country, and it has the best reputation of all of the universities. Duneiden (SP) is small like every NZ city outside of Auckland but has more charm than most, and is very close to many of New Zealands best Natural attractions.

If anyone wants to know anything about this country or its cities, please send me a message. I will give honest frank, non sugarcoated answers.

More about Auckland.(good this time)

It's pretty and its tall. If you take the ferry from Gulf Harbor you get a great view of the city If I remember to I will post a picture I took. The city is still undergoing a building boom that has lasted almost a decade. the next time I get back there I am sure I will not even recognize the skyline. there are dozens of condo and apartment towers going up not only downtown, but in the posh inner suburbs. Parnell and Poncaby. The Auckland Museum is incredible especially for Maori and Polynesian artifacts. The maratime Museum on the waterfront is a great place to spend the day. having a major university downtown helps contribute to the cities life, and a simple but effective highway system does a fine job of getting people to work(although they all complain thinking a 30minute comute is long) There is a fledgling rail system and a great bus system. The socialized healthcare kinda sucks, but is nice as long as you do not need surgery.

http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/ci/bu/sk/li/?...;ht=2&sro=1

this link should show all of the built Vs proposed and approved buildings in town. Kind of reminds me of the building boom in Miami. My buddy says the market is just starting to cool a little over there. we will see

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I see a great deal of boosterism here about Auckland, and I can say from my experience it is both impressive, and dissapointing.

I lived in NZ for a year ending 10/1/2005. I was able to experience living in the country during a lions rugby tour, the tri nations, an election, and the hiliday season. I can say easily 1000 great things about New zealand. there are however huge problems in the cities.

They call it "P" we call it Meth. 10 year old kids are doing Herbal drugs that might as well be narcotic, and by the time they are 13 they have tried P. it seems every other flat has evidence of P production on the walls, and every electric stove has stains from young people "spotting"

DRUGS.. sure every country has problems, but in my experience it is much closer to an epidemic in NZ. the worst thing is that the Maori and immigrant polynesians are the most affected, and a culture of living off the dole (welfare) and doing drugs while Hooning around in a WRX is concidered the good life.

I lived in Aucklands affluant northern suburbs, and spent 1-2 nights a week in Auckland. I was a bartender, and knew most everyone in the hospitality scene/club scene. and yes this is the drug scene. But I also was involved in construction and property development, and knew people from all walks of life.

it seemed to me that everyone smokes weed (likely close to 80%) many people do herbals (60%+) a large number do E, (40%?) and a disturbingly large % smoked or snorted P

all that being said. I would move to Queenstown in a Heartbeat if I thought I had enough money to do so.

To anyone looking to study abroad here I suggest Univ of Otago. its in the best city in the country in the best part of the country, and it has the best reputation of all of the universities. Duneiden (SP) is small like every NZ city outside of Auckland but has more charm than most, and is very close to many of New Zealands best Natural attractions.

If anyone wants to know anything about this country or its cities, please send me a message. I will give honest frank, non sugarcoated answers.

More about Auckland.(good this time)

It's pretty and its tall. If you take the ferry from Gulf Harbor you get a great view of the city If I remember to I will post a picture I took. The city is still undergoing a building boom that has lasted almost a decade. the next time I get back there I am sure I will not even recognize the skyline. there are dozens of condo and apartment towers going up not only downtown, but in the posh inner suburbs. Parnell and Poncaby. The Auckland Museum is incredible especially for Maori and Polynesian artifacts. The maratime Museum on the waterfront is a great place to spend the day. having a major university downtown helps contribute to the cities life, and a simple but effective highway system does a fine job of getting people to work(although they all complain thinking a 30minute comute is long) There is a fledgling rail system and a great bus system. The socialized healthcare kinda sucks, but is nice as long as you do not need surgery.

<a href="http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/ci/bu/sk/li/?id=101237&bt=2&ht=2&sro=1" target="_blank">http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/ci/bu/sk/li/?...;ht=2&sro=1</a>

this link should show all of the built Vs proposed and approved buildings in town. Kind of reminds me of the building boom in Miami. My buddy says the market is just starting to cool a little over there. we will see

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Did you make this same post on emigratenz.org?

I got offered a job in Queenstown and I'm in the processes of getting all the paperwork complete. I can't wait! When I get settled in I hope to post some planning/development information regarding NZ here.

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I do not think so. I have been to the site but do not recall contributing.

what section so I can read my clone post

Lucky you. Queenstown rocks! I would buy land there if I wasnt sure that its own success will ruin it.

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I thought it was at that site where I read your post, of course it could have been here. I'll take a look later and see If I can't dig it up. I've quoted your post in discussions with friends many times. You're post contributed to my decision to leave.

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decision to leave... as in leave America or leave NZ?

What was your visa for in Queenstown if you dont mind my asking? they generally only grant visas for construction, cooking, doctor, or vet these days. Its annoyingly hard to get a visa if you are a white collar worker like myself.

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