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  • For overseas students and staff unfamiliar with Dunedin

    This section of the New Zealand Information module deals with questions which may be asked by overseas students and staff who come to Dunedin.

    • Where can I find the information I want?

    • What else would it be useful for me to know about New Zealand/Dunedin

    • Is the information I find trustworthy, accurate and complete?

    • How do I find out more?

    The module may also be helpful to others new to Dunedin.

    It contains

    • general New Zealand information

    • information about Dunedin and the surrounding districts

    It suggests

    people to approach

    places to go to

    tools to use, such as library catalogues and online search engines.

  • Case study: a scholarship holder from Papua New Guinea

    Joseph, from Papua New Guinea, has arrived in Dunedin to study at the Dunedin College of Education. He is a technical instructor who has taught trades to adults in a college and technical subjects in a secondary school. He is also enrolled to do a course at the Otago Polytechnic and for another course at the University of Otago.

    Joseph has brought his wife and 20 month old son with him. Before leaving his home, and on his arrival in New Zealand, he has needed a great deal of information in order to organise his study, find accommodation, equip his household, choose a church, consider education/child care possibilities for his son and pursue work opportunities for his wife.

    Joseph’s needs are similar to those for many international students and members of staff who come to Dunedin for academic purposes.

    In tracing his story we can discover what information sources were readily available and those which could have assisted, but were until now, unknown to Joseph.


  • Finding accommodation

    Joseph came to Dunedin on his own and was placed in a homestay for the first two weeks. During that time he was supported in finding accommodation for his family. He used the newspaper and also consulted a real estate agent. It was difficult for him to know what was a reasonable rent to pay as it seemed so much more expensive than at home.

    Real Estate Firms

    The Dunedin City Council site People who can help

    Each tertiary institution has people assigned to assist international students. There are also people who handle accommodation for students. This is often more suited to the single person. Ask who you should contact.

    Family groups have different needs and they may find they are better to live further away from the student area and consider whether they can afford a car, or regular bus use. By paying a little less rent, using the bus might be an affordable option.

    provides advice on renting a property and the addresses of real estate firms that handle rental properties. This is in the Moving to Dunedin – renting a house section.

    Using the site map, accessible from the home page, is a very good way of locating information quickly in a large site. Click to open up different parts of the site map and then go directly to your choice.

  • Finding accommodation

    Joseph has found a one bedroom flat, 30 minutes walk away from the Dunedin College of Education. He is quite happy to walk in the daytime, but on cold nights when he doesn’t finish until after 9 pm he thinks it is too far away. He wonders whether he could find something closer and cheaper.

    What is a reasonable rental for Dunedin?

    Information obtainable from ENZ The New Zealand Immigration Guide at gives an indication of reasonable rents. It is found by following the “House Rents by Suburb Link” found under “Real Estate” on the home page.

    It is important to look for fresh information as these figures will change over time.

    Note that there are two figures for Dunedin. One includes areas close to the University (and other tertiary institutions) as well as some close suburbs with high property values. The other includes varied locations, a few within walking distance, some reached by regular bus services and some beyond bus services. The inclusion of these distant areas may have reduced the average price.

    Consulting a web site, was not an option for Joseph when he first searched for a house as he had not then learned how to use the internet.

  • Using a bus

    Finding the right bus to catch is not easy when you are new to a city. Joseph would have like to have someone go with him for one day and learn about how to make good use of the bus service. He has now got a bus timetable. These are available from …………………

    Online tools

    Bus timetables can also be found online and printed out. Again the City of Dunedin site is the place to start from, but in this case it is probably easier to type “timetable “ into the search box, than to use the site map. By opening the Getting Around section as shown below you will go to the Otago Regional Council web site which has easy to search timetable information.

  • Finding a church

    When Joseph arrived in New Zealand he was particularly interested in finding a church that suited him, in his area. This was not easy.

    People and places:

    Possibilities included going for a walk in the neighbourhood and reading the information provided outside churches. Using the telephone book yellow pages shows 21 churches and religious groups, but this does not cover all denominations and some only provide the church name which does not indicate what type of church it is. If you do not have a telephone you can look up a telephone book in a call box, post office or library?

    Who could help? Dunedin College of Education and the other tertiary institutions that Joseph is enrolled in all have chaplains. These people listen to and provide information for people of all religions

    Harbour Terrace

    Note that you need to look for this information

    under Services and Facilities on the

    Dunedin College of Education home page


  • The online yellow pages, as shown above, have some similar information to the telephone directory.

    Another website: edin/society/religion/christianity/

    has a small but different selection.

    It is obvious that many churches are not listed in the usual directories. So our search continues.

    Online search tools

    When using the online yellow pages for this, or any other purpose, it is necessary to know that Dunedin is in the Otago region.

    Finding a church

  • The City of Dunedin web site Finding a church is a valuable source of information. Will it help Joseph’s family with their church search? Putting churches into the search engine for the site produces 876 results. This is far too many to deal with, but one of these results looks promising it is the Dunedin Online Directory which has entries for churches.

    More online search tools

  • Finding a church

    More online search tools

    The outcome of this search is 18 hits. Most church groups have an entry and it is possible to click on a map of the city to see where the church or their offices are located.

    The Dunedin City Council web site

    contains a wealth of local information. Explore it and revisit it often to find out current events. Bookmark it to your favourites. Use the site map to quickly locate what you want.

  • Choosing a School or Early Childhood Centre

    People and places

    Choosing a school or Early Childhood Centre is an important decision, although all New Zealand schools and centres have to reach standards that are monitored by the Education Review Office (ERO). They also all teach to national curricula so that differences should not be great. ERO reports can be obtained from the local ERO office found in the blue pages of the telephone book.

    Walk around the neighbourhood. If you find a centre or school nearby, go in and ask for information. At the same time you will be able to see what the school environment is like. The sizes of the schools, or centres may differ and some may be more used to working with children with English as a second language, than others. This is something you could discuss with the principal or the head teacher.

    You may need to make an appointment to meet with the principal , or head teacher. Usually an information pack will be available and sometimes a CD or DVD. Schools and centres may also have web sites which contain more detailed information and provide an insight into day to day activities.

  • Locating a school or centre

    Finding possible schools and early childhood centres is made easy by the way they are entered in the Yellow Pages of the telephone book. For children under five there are various names used inclu