In just a short period of time,
business industries in New Zealand have developed
into an unrestrictive and sophisticated environment
which aggressively competes with global markets.
coincides with then country’s economy which is still
largely based on agriculture.
A decreased number of
unemployment, rising stock values, strengthening of
the NZ dollar, and confidence in foreign investments
are definitive signs of this success.
The vibrant increase in the business market has advanced
deepened and broadened the industry’s technological
capabilities and provided businesses the momentum to spend
on new staff, machinery, and plants.
Some of the businesses really moving forward are in niche
sectors of communications and information technology,
manufacturing, film production, tourism, special effects and
editing, wood processing, bio-tech, construction, retain
trade, and call centers.
One of the things which immediately be strikes those
that come to work in New Zealand is the organic way
work is carried out in major businesses.
do not stand on ceremony, they very rarely use
titles in referring to fellow employees, the dress
code is entirely more informal than what most people
are used to, and work colleagues mix socially with
each other regularly.
The general work attitude of most NZ employees is to
get in and get the work done. This just means
working really hard even it means working long hours
to finish it.
But this does not mean to say that
they do “all work and no play”.
On the contrary, New Zealanders are known for their love of
sports, the outdoors, family relationships, and community
The balance of work and life is really important in
New Zealand. Because of this, options for working
arrangements that are non-standard are numerous and
give employees the ability to negotiate with their
employers as to working hours and arrangements.
The availability of flexible arrangements at work,
job sharing, part-time work, home-based work, and
parental leave which is paid all help New Zealand
workers to strike a balance between their personal
lives and work, so that they can give more quality
time to themselves and their family.
New Zealanders are techno-savvy.
They enthusiastically adopt, as soon as it is introduced, a
range of whole new technologies and are the world’s most
heavy users of the internet based on a recent survey.
have one of the highest penetration rates for mobile phones
and they use credit cards more than any other country.
Even though New Zealand is small geographically, its
state-of-the-art telecommunications networks connects it
immediately to the world, making keeping in touch easy. Its
international airports fly daily to Europe, the US, Asia and
in the region of the Pacific. And their financial and
banking systems are on par with world standards.
Even if immigrants find work in one of the areas where there
is currently a shortage, transferring from it until their
arrival in New Zealand to look for a job has its own
challenges. It sometimes takes as long as six months for
migrants to find another position which is appropriate.