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Education & schooling

Creating confident, connected, life-long learners

About New Zealand's schools and education


If you have children, finding a good school and getting them settled in will be a priority for you.

Fortunately, you can feel confident about New Zealand’s education system.

Ensuring a good education for all is part of the Kiwi concept of 'giving everyone a fair go'. In fact, of 32 developed countries surveyed in the OECD’s 2013 Better Life index, New Zealand devoted the highest percentage of public expenditure to education.

Actually, the OECD had some very nice things to say about our education, calling us “a top-performing country in terms of the quality of its educational system”.

We pride ourselves on an education system that is world-class, modern and responsive.

Secondary school students at desk

Both academic and practical, skill-based achievements are valued here. Young people are encouraged to be questioning - to see the bigger picture and be open minded in finding new ways of approaching things.

The overriding goal is creating “confident, connected, actively involved life-long learners” equipped for the knowledge age.

Add in a safe learning environment and a healthy dose of the outdoor recreation our wide open spaces offer, and it’s a recipe for producing resourceful and confident young adults ready to take on the world.




School lunch and books







In most cases, you’ll need to arrange a student visa for your children until they become New Zealand residents.

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