had its dear Telecom privatised, the
telecommunication industry in NZ made a great leap. All
you need to do to have your own line is to call the
company in which you have chosen and ask to be connected.
A small fee is charged (some donít charge anything), and
they will give you a number. You can buy the phone from
stores or even from the phone company itself. In no more
than 48 hours you should be connected and able to
communicate with the world. Itís important for you to be
aware that If you speak to someone in the same city or
region, you are not charged per minute and only a
connection fee applies. But if you are making calls
between regions or internationally, then you will be
charge by how long the call was. Different companies have
different plans, and some may charge a small monthly line
rental fee, and you pay for the calls that you make. And
others you may pay a fixed amount of around NZ$36, which
gives you free calls to phone in the same area, but not
interregional. Choosing the right one for you will depend
on how much you like to talkÖ best to study your options
before you choose a company and plan..
a boom in the past years. There are two main types: one
for calling inside New Zealand, and one for calling to
overseas. With both, you can call using any public phone,
and all you need to do is to enter the number on the card,
followed by the number you wish to call. These pre paid
cards are sold in $ 5, 10, 20, and 50, and can be bought
from most convenience stores, post office, newsagents,
petrol station. Most public phones do not accept coins
anymore and only use the card system. At the Auckland
airport we found only one phone that still accepted coins.
So if are planning to call someone from the airport, also
plan to by a card.
sold for very cheap prices in NZ. For NZ$ 79 you are able
to buy a brand new phone that already comes with a SIM
card and NZ$ 30 of call credits. There are many different
companies and different deals and plans so best to do you
research before you choose to buy one. If you are bringing
one from overseas its also wise to check if and how it
will work in NZ, as it might not work or you might be
charged big time even to receive calls.
Internet in New Zealand
started a little
later than many other countries, as many did not have a
computer in their homes until 1995. After this time many
started to buy personal computers, and the price of
connecting to the internet also become more affordable.
Broadband also came in more accessible a little later,
around 2000 -2001. and since then the price for broadband
has dropped dramatically each year, and today you are able
to get connected to broadband for around NZ$40 per month
with 1Gigabyte of download. Like cell phones, there are
several internet providers, each with their own prices and
conditions. If you donít have a computer, In the streets
there are many internet cafes that offer internet for NZ$
2 per 30 minute. Students normally have free access in
in New Zealand
has not got the greatest variety and selection. There are
only 3 channels on normal TV and are simply called TV one,
TV2, and TV3. Most programs are imported from the USA, and
even so they donít offer a great variety. There are a
few local comedy programs and a few soap operas. So if you
like watching your TV then you would have to consider
getting Sky TV, which is the paid cable and offers more
channels such as HBO, Sports, Discovery channel and so on.
in New Zealand still
has a great audience and enjoy listening to it during work
or in the car. The kiwi uses the radio as a source of
news, more so then the television and. But like TV there
is limited variety and selection and are very repetitive
in the music they play.
Zealand Post was
also privatised. It is normally very reliable. In the
seven year in which we used it, we didnít once have any
problems. Apart from providing the normal postal service,
you can also pay bills, apply for your New Zealand
Passport, and even buy souvenir all at you local post
office. The post offices have had to supplement their
profits since the boom of the internet and emails.
Competing with the post office are also various local and
international currier companies such as FedEx. The post
office is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, some also
open on Saturdays (normally those located inside shopping centres),
but Sunday it is closed.
Call to New Zealand
xx 64 followed by the area code (without the 0 of the
area code, you only use the 0 if you are in New
Zealand), followed by the number you wish to call.
Auckland (09), Bay of Plenty e Hamilton (07), Central
and the South of the north island (06), Wellington
(04), south island (03).
Call out of New Zealand
00 (zero zero) followed
by the calling out code of the country, country code,
area code, and number you wish to call.
tourist in New Zealand has
a place where they can go to for help. They are called the
Tourist Information or the green ď i Ē. Apart
from the thousands of pamphlets you can pick up about
everything that you can do in the city, you will also have
the best information to have the most enjoyable time. The
services of the tourist information centre are excellent
and free, and they will try to help in everyway that they
can including booking accommodation, tours, rent a car,
and much more.
for Police, Ambulance, & Firefighter is 111 (triple
one) and can be accessed from any private or public telephone
. It is a free call. The emergency response of New
Zealand is considered the second best in the world, losing
only to Sweden.