About our Country

About New Zealand

New Zealand is a land of magnificent beauty and contrasts. New Zealand is more than a holiday destination; it’s a state of mind.

New Zealand is around 260,000 square kilometres. That’s slightly bigger than the UK and slightly smaller than Japan. New Zealand has 4.5 million people, European (68%), Māori (15%), Asian (10%), Pacific (7%). so, on average you’ll find just 16 people for every square kilometre in New Zealand. That compares to 253 in the UK and 337 in Japan.

The country’s dynamic culture has European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences and its people, often referred to as Kiwis, are hospitable and friendly. The wild natural beauty of New Zealand is reflected in its people, whose attributes include a certain adaptability, self-sufficiency and an affinity for wild landscapes and the ocean.

1st in the World

  • New Zealand is the best place to raise a child globally and New Zealand was the most popular country for expats who want to improve their quality of life.(Expat Explorer Survey,2014,HSBC)
  • New Zealand is the least corrupt country in the world.(Corruption Perceptions Index 2013,Transparency International)
  • New Zealand is the top country for Personal Freedom. It is the most tolerant nation in the world, with 92% and 93% reporting that the country is a good place to live for immigrants and ethnic minorities respectively. (Legatum Prosperity Index™, 2014, Legatum Institute)
  • New Zealand is named best country for solo, independant travelers.( Travel and  Leisure magazine,2014)
  • Air New Zealand is the world’s best airline for the second consecutive year. (Airlineratings, 2014)

2nd in the World

  • New Zealand is declared by WorldBank as the second best country for business in 2014 . (Ease of Doing Business Ranking, WorldBank, 2014)
  • New Zealand breaks into the second among the five most popular adventure destinations in 2014 .(The five most popular adventure destinations,2014,Virtuoso Luxe)

3rd in the World

  • New Zealand is ranked the third most prosperous country in the world and New Zealand is the most prosperous nation in the Asia-Pacific region, and ranks ahead of Canada (5th), Australia (7th) and the UK (13th). (Legatum Prosperity IndexTM, 2014, Legatum Institute)
  • 2014 Mercer Quality of living Survey ranked Auckland as the third best city to live in, just behind Vienna and Zurich. It is the highest ranked city in the Asia-Pacific region. (Mercer Quality of Living Survey, 2014, Mercer)

4th in the World

  • The 2013 Global Peace Index has New Zealand as the fourth safest country in the world. (Global peace index 2014,Institute For Economics and Peace)

5th in the World

  • New Zealand has been named 5th in The World’s Happiest Countries 2013 (The top 10 list of the happiest countries for 2013,the Legatum Prosperity Index). The World’s Happiest Country goes to countries that enjoy peace, freedom, good healthcare, quality education, a functioning political system and plenty of opportunity.

If you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, you’ll have an idea: soaring mountainscapes, mysterious lakes and rivers, dramatic volcanic plateau, vast open plains, braided rivers, native forests, thermal wonderlands, fiords, native forests, glaciers, miles of farmland and even more miles of glorious coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches…. all that sort of thing. And you will find the next three instalments of the Avatar series to be filmed in New Zealand. When you travel in New Zealand, there are also very few animals to worry about – no snakes, venomous insects, crocodiles and no potentionally dangerous big cats.

The 16 Most Influential Teens of 2013

Time magazine has named New Zealanders Lorde and Lydia Ko as the 1st and 2nd most influential teenagers in the world in 2013.

Lydia Ko (the youngest LPGA champion, 2014 CME Group Tour Champion, the youngest millionaire in LPGA history) is a Mairangi Bay School ex-student.

Both of the top two most influential teenagers in the world have grown up in our community of the North Shore in Auckland.

About Auckland

Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and its maritime heritage is alive and well.

Auckland has been rated one of the world’s top 10 cities to visit by travel bible Lonely Planet in 2013.

Auckland is New Zealand’s economic hub. Auckland contributes about 35 per cent of New Zealand’s annual gross domestic product (GDP). Auckland has a youthful population with 37 per cent of Auckland’s population aged 25 years and under.

As the population has grown, so has Auckland’s cultural diversity. More than a third of our population was born overseas and more than 180 different ethnic groups are represented here.

At the last Census, the Asian population of Auckland was 19 per cent, but that is projected to reach 23.5 per cent by 2016 and 27 to 30 per cent by 2021.

Auckland has a pleasant climate which means relatively mild, does not get great extremes between seasons – no weeks of baking heat or months of being snowbound.

Summer (December to February):  

16 – 24oC

Winter (June to August):

8 – 15oC

Cost of Living

Information from the NZ government about the cost of living compared to other countries 

About Mairangi Bay

Paradise is on your doorstep. Kiwi families love this seaside suburb, with its distinctive village-like character, fantastic beach and the best schools in New Zealand.

  • Mairangi Bay beach is an idylic safe swimming beach. Afterwards you can enjoy the cafés and shopping in Mairangi Bay Village.
  • Mairangi Bay Surf Club is a highly respected, award winning club. Many of our students are junior members.
  • Pupuke Golf Club is in a premier location. Play golf and enjoy fantastic sea views. Mairangi Bay School ex-student Lydia Ko, the youngest LPGA champion, 2014 CME Group Tour Champion and Time magazine’s 2nd Most Influential Teen of 2013, started her golf here when she was six years old.
  • Murrays Bay Sailing Club situated beside Mairangi Bay, has produced many world champions and our students are learning to sail there.
  • Mairangi Bay Art Centre is a government funded art gallery which also runs very popular and successful art classes for locals.
  • Tennis club and outdoor bowling clubs are popular for our students and adults.
  • Trip to Auckland CBD only takes approximately 15 minutes on a good run.

Contact

Principal

Bruce Warren
brucew@mairangibay.school.nz

International Services Manager

Frank Jia
frankj@mairangibay.school.nz