While feeling safe is a luxury in many places, it’s one that New Zealanders are accustomed to.
We’re not saying serious crime doesn’t exist here - it does - but the rates are lower in New Zealand than in many other countries.
Compared to what goes on in many other parts of the world we’re an easy-going and happy country largely free of personal violence and strife between communities.
Peace of mind
We’re rated in international surveys as one of the world’s most peaceful, least corrupt countries.
The 2013 Global Peace Index, which compares 162 countries for the risk of personal violence, has New Zealand as the world’s third safest country just after Iceland and Denmark.
Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perception Index ranks us the least corrupt country in the world, first equal with Denmark.
We don’t even have any seriously dangerous wildlife for you to worry about.
About the only thing that might be in danger from an animal is your vehicle. Kea, parrot-like birds found at higher altitudes in the South Island, sometimes display a taste for the rubber on windscreens, doors and mirrors.
New Zealanders are by and large open-minded and believe people should be free to live the lifestyle they choose.
There are laws to prevent people abusing anyone’s freedom of expression and speech, and we have a reliable and trustworthy police force you can turn to which solves a comparatively high number of all crimes.
Police don’t harass you here. They have strict rules they must follow and can’t act arbitrarily. And they don’t as a rule carry personal firearms.
Freedom of movement
Because it’s pretty safe and secure, you and your family can feel free to get out and enjoy everything New Zealand has to offer.
You can expect to walk or cycle the streets, play in playgrounds, catch public transport and generally do the things you want to do without fear.
You can enjoy New Zealand's open spaces at will, discover the beaches, have fun in the playgrounds and parks, picnic, explore the bush, climb mountains and cycle to your heart’s content.
A fair deal
In many countries the blight of corruption makes everyday life uncertain and difficult. Not in New Zealand.
Hidden or unadvertised fees are usually illegal and enforcement is supported by Kiwis’ in-built expectations of ‘fair play’, integrity, honesty and trust. There are cases of corruption, but they make headlines because of their relative rarity.
You can expect to pay the advertised price or fee for services and goods and no more. You can also expect officials and people in authority do what they’re supposed to do without requiring extra cash, ‘service fees’ or favours.
For more on consumer’s rights in New Zealand visit Consumer, our independent consumer watch-dog.