PROS and CONS of living in New Zealand
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This video is from my personal perspective as an Asian who grew up in this country since I was a little kid. Honestly, it is a little biased towards the pros section simply cause I love this country. Both Yen and I get homesick whenever we are away too long. New Zealand is one place that no matter where we are in the world we will always call home.
As it's a pretty detailed topic, for clarification and more details about my comment on free healthcare and education in New Zealand, please see below:
== FREE HEALTHCARE IN NZ ==
- New Zealand has about 40 public hospitals spread across the country. With minor exceptions like cosmetic surgery, hospital treatment is free for those eligible for healthcare services and NZ residents. Waiting lists can be long to receive public healthcare though.
- Most costs of injuries from accidents are covered by ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation). This covers everyone in New Zealand.
- GP (General Practitioner/family doctor) visits have a consultation fee but if you're enrolled with the practice it's generally subsidized so it's cheaper. For more info:
- Under the Talk Teeth programme, children get free basic care for their teeth until they are 18. Otherwise, dentists are not part of the free public health system.
- From birth to five years, all children in New Zealand qualify for a free health service called Well Child/Tamariki Ora. All children under 13 are eligible for free general practice visits (includes immunization, eyesight and hearing checks at school and visits to the doctor). NB: not all GPs provide free visits though so it's best to check with your GP first. Basic dental care through schools are also free while children are at school.
- In New Zealand, publicly funded COVID-19 related care – including diagnosis, testing and treatment – is provided to anyone who requires it, who has symptoms. This is irrespective of citizenship, visa status, nationality or level of medical insurance coverage.
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== FREE EDUCATION IN NZ ==
- Education is free between the ages of 5 and 19 at state schools (schools that are government owned and funded) if you're a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.
- Private schools get some government funding but are mostly funded through charging parents school fees.
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- One year of tertiary education fees is free for NZ citizens and ordinarily residents enrolled in school in or after 2017 or you may qualify for two years fees free for industry training. Just need to check eligibility:
Another video of ours that might help you if you're planning on moving to New Zealand is our Cost of Living in Auckland, New Zealand video:
== MOVING TO NZ ==
Interested in how to apply for a visa to migrate to NZ? check out these websites. They have all the information that you'll need to know.
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Local people & culture in Morocco
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Moroccan People, Culture , Customs and Traditions
Morocco is a land with an expansive history of customs and traditions. The country is worldly renowned for its incredible hospitality and its impressive blend of cultures and religions. It is also a land of extraordinary contrasts and remarkable diversity. What could be more emblematic of Moroccan people, customs and cultural heritage than a traditional Moroccan wedding? Moroccan weddings are an elaborate affair that celebrates unity, love, happiness, and prosperity. It is a vibrant commemoration of sanctity and virtue that engages all five senses, through the colors, the music, the clothing, and the food.
Moroccan cuisine is worldly renowned for its intense and diverse flavors, colorful blends and artistic presentation, so naturally when it comes to weddings, the food is just that much more scrumptious and exceptional. Hosting an unforgettable feast entails opulent displays of splendor and sophisticated taste, and this translates to the clothing. People wear their most luxurious and extravagant frocks, with exquisite beaded caftans and fascinating sequined takshitas in vibrant colors.
Weddings aside, the variety in traditional Moroccan clothing is specific to each occasion, based on how casual or formal it is. Djellabas are the most relaxed form of traditional clothing, you can find people sporting while running for errands or while visiting family and friends. Whereas caftans and jabadors can be worn for religious holidays or engagement parties and takshitas are reserved for more formal settings.
With centuries of trade, conquest and immigration, Moroccan food preparation and consumption habits have been frequently shaped and reshaped. The region takes pride in its culinary scene with its exquisite flavors and tantalizing aromas. Geographic diversity and climate greatly allow for the cultivation of an impressive range of foods and ingredients.
Because of its strategic location, Morocco has been part of the spice trade route in the past. This marked a truly defining period in the history of North Africa and Morocco in particular. It also helped broaden the country’s culinary scope to incorporate new ingredients, herbs and spices that have now become a staple in Moroccan cuisine.
The rich history of Morocco, from the indigenous Berbers to the nomadic Arabs, the Phoenicians, and the Romans, is emulated in the gastronomy. Moroccan people may differ in terms of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, or political affiliation, but they do share an avid appreciation for food and cooking.
Understanding the food culture is a great way to see how people of different regions come together, share ideas and contribute to the creation of new dishes, meals, and cooking traditions. Tajine, Couscous, Pastilla, and Harira are testimony of regional influences combined with ancient cooking traditions.
A lot of Morocco’s staple dishes, lamb tajine with dried apricots or couscous with caramelized onions and raisins, for example, consist of blending sweet and savory flavors together, a tradition that goes back to Ancient Roman cuisine. When you try to dissect the history of any traditional Moroccan dish, you will find hints of Sicilian, Maltese, Greek, and Arab influences.
This makes it a bit challenging to pinpoint what belongs to whom. Nonetheless, whether it’s street food, a lavish restaurant or a homemade meal, you can expect unctuous dishes full of flavor and panache that will inevitably make you fall in love with the region and its cuisine.
Moroccan Music Scene
The multi-ethnic background of Moroccan culture cannot be more evident than in the country’s musical landscape and dance forms. Despite the Western music scene’s heavy impact on contemporary Moroccan artists, there has been a recent yearning for more traditional and authentic Moroccan music.
This longing to revisit one’s history is encapsulated in the revival of Gnaoua, Berber, Rai, and Andalusian music through annual concerts and festivals dedicated to these ethnic genres. A lot of young musicians and artists have also contributed to this revival by performing covers of traditional songs using more modern-fitting rhythms and instruments to appeal to the youth.
Like a lot of customs and traditions, Moroccan music also varies depending on the geographic location of each region. Andalusian music, a mixture of Spanish and Arab influences, dates back to the 9th century. It’s considered to be Morocco’s classical music, and it’s generally played on special occasions and national celebrations like Eid.