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    Life Expectancy
    80.93
    26/223
    Literacy Rate 99%
    Ease of Doing Business index 3/185
    World Least Corrupt 1/177
    Human Development Index 3/185
    Global Peace Index 2/162
    Population as of 2014
    4.55 million
    123/242
  • New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It offers a safe learning environment which provides excellent study opportunities and support services for students. The New Zealand education programs and degrees are based on the worlds most recognized and accredited education system- The British System. All courses, programs and qualifications offered by New Zealand institutions are quality assured by the New Zealand government.

    • Primary and Intermediate Schools – Most New Zealand Primary and Intermediate schools are state-owned and are typically for students aged 5 to 12 – Years 1 to 8.
    • Secondary Schools – Most New Zealand secondary schools are state-owned, although some are private or integrated (half state-funded). New Zealand secondary schools are typically for students aged 13 to 19 (Years 9 to 13). Students in Years 11 to 13 study towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), New Zealand’s main secondary qualification.
    • Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics – New Zealand’s Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are state-owned organisations that provide vocational and applied education and training.
    • Private Training Establishments – New Zealand has many Private Training Establishments (PTEs), some of which specialise in a particular discipline such as business or travel and tourism.
    • Universities – New Zealand’s universities are state-owned and research-based. They offer courses from certificate level to doctorates.

    The benefits of New Zealand universities

    • All New Zealand universities are ranked amongst the world’s best by QS World University Rankings.
    • New Zealand universities rank in the world’s top 100 in 31 subjects.
    • The OECD 2013 Better Life Index rates New Zealand as a “top performing country” for the quality of its education system.
    • As a member of the Lisbon Qualification Recognition Convention, New Zealand qualifications are recognised in over 50 countries.

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      • Disclaimer

        The following commentary is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon as specific taxation advice. Readers should note that this section is not a comprehensive and complete tax guide. As tax is complex and may change, we recommend that you obtain expert advice in relation to your personal circumstances, particularly in relation to your residency status for income tax purposes. While you may need to pay tax on your investments, you may also be able to receive relief due to your residency status.

        Tax Residency

        For New Zealand income tax purposes, if you are a New Zealand resident you are subject to tax on the worldwide income you derive during an income year. In contrast, if you are a foreign resident, you are only subject to New Zealand tax on the income you derive from all New Zealand sources during an income year. Therefore, it is important to determine whether you are a New Zealand resident, temporary resident or a foreign resident when calculating your New Zealand income tax liability. The New Zealand income tax rules are not dependent on whether or not you are a citizen of New Zealand. A taxpayer’s residence must be assessed on an annual basis.

        If a person is a New Zealand resident for New Zealand income tax purposes, they may still be a resident of another country for the purposes of that country’s taxation laws. In the event a person is a resident of New Zealand and another country, it should be determined whether New Zealand and that other country have a Double Tax Agreement (“DTA”). If a DTA exists, regard should be had to the residency tie-breaker provisions of the DTA to determine the individual’s residency status.

        Broadly, New Zealand income tax is levied as follows:

         New Zealand income? (eg interest, rent, dividends)
        Foreign income? (eg interest, rent, dividends)
        New Zealand and foreign capital gains?
        New Zealand resident
        Yes
        Yes
        No
        Temporary resident
        Yes
        No
        No
        Foreign resident
        Yes
        No
        No

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