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The majority of schools are state schools and the contributions of the parents are nominal. They are more or less as follows:

  • books/activities approximately $100 per annum
  • donation $150 per child, per annum

One child’s total school fees should not, therefore, come to more than $260.00 and for all practical purposes, school tuition is free with the exception of the amounts mentioned above.It is important to remember that if you arrive in NZ on a work permit, your children must have student visas.

There are private schools, which are a lot more expensive. As the quality of education in state schools is of a high standard, there is no real need to register children in private schools and most migrants don’t.Schools tuition is compulsory up to a child’s 16th birthday. Children normally start attending school as soon as possible after their fifth birthday.

NZ is highly child oriented and Kiwis go to a lot of trouble at school and in the field of sport to equip children for their lives as adults. At the same time it is, like most other Western countries, very liberal, and the parents are responsible, in the final analysis, for the values of their children.

Young people reach maturity at the age of twenty.Schools normally start at 08:30 and end at 15:20.The state subsidises advanced education by the universities, there are eight universities and approximately 25 polytechs.Thanks to these state subsidies, it is relatively cheap for a child to obtain a degree or diploma after school.Bursaries and study loans are readily available and normally no interest is charged on these.

Huge numbers of overseas students flock to NZ to study here and NZ qualifications are recognised worldwide—testifying to the quality of the tuition available.New Zealand offers an excellent level of education, small class sizes, qualifications which are recognised worldwide, a free education up until the age of 19 and a subsidised tertiary education system enabling your children to get the best possibly start in life.