New Zealand has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting our unique mix of Māori and European culture.
Māori were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaiki about 1,000 years ago. A Dutchman, Abel Tasman, was the first European to sight the country but it was the British who made New Zealand part of their empire.
In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, an agreement between the British Crown and Maori. It established British law in New Zealand and is considered New Zealand’s founding document and an important part of the country’s history. The building where the treaty was signed has been preserved and, today, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a popular attraction.
You’ll find amazing Māori historic sites and taonga (treasures) – as well as beautiful colonial-era buildings – dotted throughout the country. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become.
AWI welcomes you to Auckland, New Zealand.
At AWI we provide quality education in a caring, conducive to learning, multicultural and friendly environment. We understand that choosing to study overseas is challenging, fun and exciting but needs a lot of planning and organizing so our friendly team are on call to help make this transition as easy as possible.
Our resident Pastoral Care Team will help make your time at the school a memorable experience. You will miss your family (whanau) back home in the settling in stages and staff will encourage you to keep regular contact with family back home and free wifi is available on campus. We also encourage and buddy students up to support one another, especially outside normal course hours. Our Pastoral care team is oncall 24/7 to support and guide our students.
Your Guide to Living and Working in New Zealand
Aotearoa (New Zealand) is a safe country, and is clean, green and steeped in Maori traditions. Like your country it has lots of places of scenic and historical places to check out. AWI Staff are more than happy to advise on places to visit and things to see and do. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is very multi-cultural.
Generally most people work Monday – Friday from 8.30am-5.00pm. There are of course those that work night shifts and other hours. Saturdays and Sundays are usually days off and spent at the beach, around the house, visiting family and friends or simply just resting. Auckland is surrounded by water where you can kKayak, swim, wake board and simply soak up the sun.
Accommodation – houses, flats, apartments, boarding, hostels are the main types of accommodation available. When living with a group you can share the costs helping bring living costs down and you can all support one another in your studies and work life.
Transport – if purchasing a vehicle you must ensure that you have a valid license to drive in New Zealand and that you know the road rules before driving. There are cheap, accessible forms of public transport, eg trains and buses available and central to the campus.