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Welcome to InsurancesafeNZ

Welcome to Insurancesafenz.com. Whether you're travelling to study, work or simply explore the globe, it’s important to make sure that you have the right level of insurance cover to protect you in the event of unexpected loss or illness.

InsurancesafeNZ provides three different travel insurance policy categories: Studentsafe, Workersafe and Explorersafe. This means that if you’re travelling to New Zealand, travelling within New Zealand or temporarily leaving New Zealand, we have something to offer you. Use the Policy Finder to narrow your policy search and get a quote. Our website is also packed with great information on how to keep safe, how to make the most of your time abroad and how to understand your travel insurance policy better. If you need further assistance contact one of our friendly staff on our toll-free number 0800 486 004 (within NZ) or +64 9 488 1638 (outside of NZ).

Handling Exam Season Stress

Wellness for good work

Wellness for good work

A healthy worker is a more productive worker. It seems like an obvious statement to make, but in today’s working world, many workers feel that they have keep pushing and pushing to get results – even at the expense of their health and wellbeing. Workplaces need to be more supportive of their staff to make sure that they feel they are able to take time to get healthy if they are unwell, or to express their concerns if they are overburdened with stress.

Visiting Europe from New Zealand

Visiting Europe from New Zealand

If you’ve spent a while in New Zealand, you might be feeling like it’s time to try somewhere else for a little holiday. Rather than just heading home, or visiting somewhere close by, why not make it a real adventure and trek to the other side of the world – Europe?

Seasonal planning

Some people chase summer, avoiding the colder months of the year. Other people – mostly skiers and snowboarders – will go anywhere in the world there’s snow. Pick your time of year depending on wha

What To Expect At A New Zealand School

Socialising for Free in New Zealand

Socialising for Free in New Zealand

Ask any adult what their student years were like, and there will almost always be two things that everyone has in common – lots of fun, and hardly any money! But if you’re new to a city or even a country, it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to finding social activities that you can do on a student budget.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our top tips for free and cheap things to do in New Zealand’s main student cities and towns to get you started!

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Kiwi Workplace Etiquette

Kiwi Workplace Etiquette

Adjusting to a new workplace comes with challenges wherever you are in the world – and if you're in a new country as well as a new workplace, those changes can be even more extreme. New Zealand culture is quite friendly and informal, and this extends to many workplaces. But it can be difficult at times to understand where the limit is – how casual is too casual and what will make you look unprofessional? How formal is too formal and what will make you look too unapproachable?

Some of

Taking care of your sexual health

Taking care of your sexual health

If you’re reading this article, you’ve already made a sensible choice. If you’re in a new relationship, or thinking about starting to date, it’s important to think about how you can ensure that you and your partner stay safe when you’re having a little extra ‘fun’.

So read on to learn more about what steps you should be taking to keep safe. The consequences can range from irritating to life-threatening – and that isn’t a gamble anyone should take.

STI protection

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Perfect Packing

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Making sure you return from holiday with great memories

Travelling can be a real adventure – but an important part of any overseas experience is making sure that you keep yourself safe while you’re exploring.

When you’re planning adventures overseas, there’s so much excitement that it can be easy to forget about the parts of travel that are a little less glamorous. Organising travel insurance may not be as thrilling as planning your routes and researching the major attraction

The best ways to escape the Kiwi Winter

The best ways to escape the Kiwi Winter

Escape the Kiwi winter – discovering the Pacific and Australia

Unless you’re really into skiing, winter in New Zealand isn’t really the most exciting time of year. It’s not cold enough for there to be pretty snow falling in the cities, but it’s still cold enough that you don’t want to spend time outside unless you have to. Instead of snow, we mostly get rain and wind. It’s certainly not terrible – but it does give you a good excuse to go somewhere sunny if you have the time and budge

Dealing with anxiety

Dealing with anxiety

Everyone experiences periods of stress in certain situations – perhaps exams are coming up, or you’ve spent a little more than you intended to at dinner and pay day is still a couple of days away. That’s a normal part of life, and most of the time, it goes away fairly quickly when the source of the stress comes and goes. You pass your exam, you check your bank account and ther

Navigating Kiwi Customs

Navigating Kiwi Customs

Any new culture will have customs that you will start to learn very quickly as soon as you arrive! To give you a head start on your time in New Zealand, we’ve got a few key bits of information about Kiwi culture – and a whole lot of detail about speaking like a local!

Knowing your left from your right

When you’re walking the streets of New Zealand – or even when you’re still at the airport and navigating escalators – it’s good to remember that we drive on the left, not the righ

Finding Hidden Gems

Navigating New Zealand Airports

Flatting on a Budget

Flatting on a Budget

Creating a rewarding lifestyle you can afford

There are always going to be some expenses when you’re moving to a new place – but there are plenty of ways to minimise the costs.

Flatting doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a number of ways you can set up a flat on a budget without losing out on quality and the occasional treat. To make sure that you get the best experience possible no matter what your income may be, we’ve brought together a few of our favourite tips and t

How to make friends

How to make friends

How to make new friends while you’re studying abroad

It’s natural to feel homesick and very far away from friends and family while overseas – but there are some easy ways to find new friends wherever you may be!

When you’re away from your family and community that feeling of homesickness can feel very overwhelming. Making friends and keeping busy are the easiest ways to prevent homesickness – but you need to put the effort in. If you sit at your computer looking over your soci

Finding a place to call home

From Study To Salary

From Study To Salary

Simplifying the start of your working life in New Zealand

In order to get the best start possible when it comes to working in New Zealand we have some advice from those who have done it themselves!

For many people, the shift from university study to the working world is one of the biggest changes they will ever experience. Life until that point is focused on formal education – sitting in class, doing homework, taking notes… and then all of a sudden, it’s time to step out into

Transitioning from study to work

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Looking after yourself when you’re caught up in your new life

Knowing how best to look after your health and look out for your safety is key to travelling with peace of mind.

No matter where you go in the world, someone will tell you to keep safe and often there’s a good reason for it. When travelling or moving somewhere new it can be tempting to step outside of your comfort zone and give everything a go. While this is a great attitude it’s important to explore your new surrou

Keeping in touch

Keeping in touch

The best ways to stay in contact with those back home

While you’ll want to make new friends and connections while abroad, it’s really important not to forget about everyone back home.

Relocating to a new country for work is hugely exciting. Getting a new job and home and navigating new cultures, practices and languages is an immersive experience and can be incredibly consuming.

An “out with the old, in with the new” approach can be tempting – after all, you’re making a

Everybody needs good neighbours

Keeping Things Honest

Learning a foreign language

Learning a foreign language

Tips for expat parents

When you arrive in a new country, exchanging a few words of conversation with a local can help you to feel settled. It’s a great way to get to know people, and a useful skill to have for your time abroad. Here, we take a look at how expats parents can prepare themselves and their children for this challenge and provide some tips for successfully mastering the local lingo.

In general, the younger your children are the easier it will be for them to pick u

Moving overseas with a pet

Moving overseas with a pet

For many of us, our pets are part of the family. For expats intending to move overseas with their pet, planning and research before the move is essential. It is crucial to ensure the welfare of your beloved pet during and after transit, and that regulation surrounding the importation and exportation of pets is complied with.

Before you go:

Research animal import regulations for your new country of residence, to determine what conditions must be met for your pet to be allowed en

Making your travel dollar go further

What To Expect At A New Zealand School

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Starting a new school is a big change for anyone. It’s an extra big change if your new school is also in a new country! It’s natural to feel nervous and unsure about what school in New Zealand might be like, but the good news is that most schools here are friendly, supportive environments where students of all ages are encouraged to do their best and find subjects that they are interested in.

What ages will the other students at my school be?

The most common way that schools are arranged in New Zealand is primary, intermediate and secondary. Primary schools are for Year 1 to Year 6, for children aged five to ten or eleven. Intermediate school is just two years, Year 7 and Year 8, and students will be ten to thirteen. Finally, secondary school – also known as high school or college – is for Year 9 to Year 13, with students usually ranging in age from twelve to eighteen.

You may hear some adults refer to different years of schooling as ‘Form 1’ or ‘Third Form’ or other names like that. That’s just the way that the years in intermediate and secondary schools used to be known. Form 1 or First Form is the same as Year 7 – and Form 7 or Seventh Form is the same as Year 13. It’s good to know – just imagine that you’re fourteen and in Year 10 and suddenly a kind older person is asking if you’re in Fourth Form and wondering why they think you look so young!


What are teachers like in New Zealand?

New Zealand is generally quite a casual and informal country – and teaching is no exception. Teachers tend to be friendly and want to help their students learn and enjoy the subject, rather than forcing them to memorise facts they don’t want to learn.

At some schools, students even call teachers by their first names, which can be a big change for Kiwi kids, let alone international students! Most, though, will go by their title and family name. You can usually assume that a male teacher will be Mr Family name – with female students, they will usually tell you if they are Mrs Family name or Miss Family name – or if they prefer Ms Family name. It’s an easy mark of respect to remember which title they prefer.

How big are the schools and the classes?

There are schools of all kinds of sizes in New Zealand – so the number of students in your school will depend on which school you attend. The largest high schools have around 3000 students, with many of the more popular schools in Auckland having over 2000 students.

If you’re attending a high school in a city or large town, there could be anywhere between 150 and 500 students in your year level! You might not get to know everyone who’s at the same level as you, but you’ll start to meet and make friends with people in your classes.

As for classes, many will have around 30 students, especially for compulsory subjects. Again, the exact size will depend on the school that you are attending.

What subjects will I study?

At intermediate school, most of the time everyone will study the same subjects. Subjects will usually include things like English (reading and writing), mathematics, science and technology. Often there will be drama, art and music included, and some schools may offer another language to study.

At high school, things are usually quite similar for the first two years – and then in Year 11, things change. English, mathematics and science will usually still be compulsory – but you’ll have different options for your other classes. There may be languages to choose from, social sciences like history and geography, technology, music, drama, art or design… there’s often a lot to choose from, so it can be hard to pick! Year 11 is also when formal assessment begins, with Level 1 NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement – New Zealand’s secondary school qualifications).

Many schools will have compulsory English in Year 12, when you take Level 2 NCEA, with options for all other courses. By Year 13, and Level 3 NCEA, it’s typically all up to the student. Some of these rules are in place because of the requirements to get into university in New Zealand. The basic requirements for university entrance are 10 numeracy (mathematics) credits at Level 1 or above, 10 literacy (English) credits at Level 2 or above, and three Level 3 subjects.


How much homework will I have to do?

Again, each school is different – and different subjects will also have different demands. It’s generally suggested that Year 9 students should expect up to an hour of homework each night, Year 10 students could be doing up to an hour and a half, an Year 11, 12 and 13 students should prepare for up to two hours. Some weeks you might have very little – other weeks you might have lots of projects and essays going on and be very busy indeed.

Will I have to do physical education?

Physical education, also known as phys ed or P.E, is a compulsory part of the New Zealand curriculum up until Year 10, though many schools also make it compulsory for Year 11 students too. P.E. can include all sorts of things, from team sports to athletics to swimming to classroom-based health education classes.

What is a school day like?

School usually starts sometime between 8:20am and 9am. Many schools have form time/tutor group/home room (there different names at different schools!) right before your morning tea interval break. Your form teacher will be your contact for administrative information, and the students in your form class will often be the same people you have certain compulsory subjects with – like English or P.E.

Apart from form time your learning time is divided into periods. Some schools have four periods a day, some have seven – but the average these days seems to be five. So one day might look like:

8:40am – Period One – English

9:45am – Period Two – P.E.

10:40am – Form time

11:10am – Interval/Morning Tea

11:30am – Period Three – Social Studies

12:35pm – Period Four – Maths

1:35pm – Lunch

2:15pm – Period Five – Science

And school would finish at 3:10pm. Different days of the week have different subjects at different times.


Will I have to wear a uniform?

It’s fairly likely, yes! Most secondary schools and many intermediate schools in New Zealand do have school uniforms. Often it will be a blouse or polo shirt with a skirt or kilt for girls, and a polo shirt or collar shirt with shorts or trousers for boys. Some schools are more flexible these days, allowing girls to wear trousers too. Some schools may have more formal uniforms for special occasions, with blazers and ties.

It may feel a bit boring to wear the same thing each day, but it saves you time in the morning! Many schools will have a ‘mufti day’ once a term, where you are allowed to wear your own clothes (and show off your own style) as long as you bring a gold coin donation ($1 or $2). The money raised will often go to school development projects or charities that the school supports.

What activities can I do?

Your options will be different depending on what school you go to. Sport is a big part of life in New Zealand, and most schools will have a range of different sports on offer. Rugby, cricket, netball and soccer are all really popular. Many schools will also have hockey teams, and basketball is on the rise too! There may be different racquet sports like tennis, squash and badminton on offer, and there are almost certainly athletics and cross country teams for keen runners.

Many schools also have different music options. There may be choirs, orchestras, concert bands, stage bands, string ensembles… basically, if you sing or play an instrument, there will be a place for you to do it alongside other people. There are even schools with programmes for students who want to learn to play and sing in rock and pop bands, with a huge competition each year called RockQuest where high school bands compete against each other!


Drama and dance might also be on offer. While drama is often a classroom subject too, there are often other activities like performances for Shakespeare festivals and the opportunity to perform in a school musical. For people who think they can be clever, funny and quick, some schools even offer improvisation or theatre sports.

And one really great option for you if you’re interested in getting to know New Zealand’s traditional culture better is kapa haka! Most schools will have a kapa haka, or Māori cultural performance, group – and many will compete at Polyfest each year. Polyfest is the largest Polynesian festival in the world, and as well as kapa haka groups, there are stages for groups from Tonga, Sāmoa, Niue, Fiji, the Cook Islands and Niue. And in more recent times, they’ve added a ‘diversity’ stage, where other cultural groups can bring their performances – everything from Indian to Korean to Thai and many other cultures too! So even if you’re not sure about kapa haka, perhaps you can help make a new group with your cultural background.