Multiple ?’s for Kiwis:?

What are comparative advantages & disadvantages in the schooling system there (compared to UK or US)? What is the curriculum like? Does the schooling vary much from province to province?

Where is all this gang activity I read about online? And are methampetamines an overblown problem, or is that just in certain social circles?

Can anyone recommend housing developers? Link please. I’m wondering about this because I’ve read it’s awefully difficult to find a home that has insulation and concrete foundation and as a result mold is a big problem.

Can anyone elaborate on the mortgage loans there? I’ve read that the longest loan you can get is 10 or 12 years. In the states it’s 30 years. How can someone on say, 60k a year (NZD) make payments on a 10 year mortgage of a 250k home??

What is there to do north of Auckland? Activities for familes that you could do in one day?

On a side note, Hollywood films typically screen on Fridays here in the states, how about in NZ?
Picola: thanks for covering the majority of my questions 🙂

As for the movies, yes I meant when do they first release. In the US they come out on Friday nites for premiere running.

Chetak: Actually, the US does have a national standard in the form of a fairly comprehensive (if mundane) barrage of tests. No national standard for curriculum tho.

And US has great films! Granted MOST of the stuff Hollywood puts out is garbage, but there’s so much garbage that there’s a lot of good stuff. Bucketlist is the best movie I’ve seen recently. 1408 is probably my favorite horror films of all time. Just so many gems if you know how to look for them!

Can anyone elaborate on the schooling? That’s a major concern for us, if we were to move there our baby would just be starting school by the time we got there. Any teachers out there? 🙂

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