About the Hawke’s Bay Region
Studying in the Hawke’s Bay region enables students to be employed in jobs closely related to fresh quality foods found in local markets and with primary producers and growers. Farms in the Hawke’s Bay region grow fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, grapes, olives and NZ is surrounded by coastal seas with abundant seafood. Orchards, farms and vineyards flourish in the Eastern Coast growing conditions of good soils and great weather and provides seasonal employment opportunities.
International students have communicated their appreciation of living outside the cities, enabling them to concentrate on studies, less stressful and lower cost living.
Through the availability of seasonal work, students can gain part-time employment reasonably quickly. As skills are developed hospitality employment or similar can be targeted. Once qualified, with students’ transportable skills they can relocate to any destination throughout New Zealand. Many cookery students benefit from the trained Chef skills shortage.
Studying at FutureCOL enables international and New Zealand domestic students to work alongside each other. International students practise their English skills, and NZ students learn more about the global world and international friendships develop. All students learn how to live and integrate with each other within this friendly community of Hawke’s Bay.
Where is Hawke’s Bay
Hawke’s Bay is made up of Hastings and Napier cities located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island and is easy to access. Air flights are 1 hour duration, car is 4-5 hours from Auckland and 4 hours from Wellington.
Weather in Hastings
Hastings enjoys an oceanic climate (according to Köppen climate classification). Sunshine hours rank over 2200 annually while rainfall averages less than 800 mm (31.5 in). It is one of the country’s warmest urban areas annually. Because of its location 15 km (9.3 mi) inland, the sea breeze does not tend to have the same effect on Hastings’ climate. It is not uncommon for the temperature to be in the low 30 °C’s (90 °F) on summer days, while in winter, days of 15 °C+ (60 °F) are frequent, occasionally exceeding 20 °C (68 °F) with north-west winds. Winters tend to be quite still and crisp with frequent frosts, followed by bright, cold, sunny days.
Seasons in New Zealand
- Spring – September, October, November.
- Summer – December, January, February.
- Autumn – March, April, May.
- Winter – June, July, August