16 • Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience, and never swim alone. • Don’t forget to be sun smart – slip, slop, slap, and wrap! ( slip into a shirt or some shade, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a sunhat, and wrap on a pair of sunglasses). Alcohol The minimum legal age to purchase alcohol in New Zealand is 18 years. Photo identification that shows your age is often requested before you are allowed to enter a bar or purchase alcohol at a shop. This must be in the form of a New Zealand driver’s license, Hospitality NZ 18+ card, or passport, otherwise it will not be accepted. Bar managers can be heavily fined in New Zealand for allowing a person to become overly intoxicated on their premises, or serving alcohol to an intoxicated person. Please be aware that you may be asked to leave a bar if you appear heavily intoxicated. It’s also important to note that your insurance does not cover any alcohol or drug related incidents. Recreational drugs and tobacco It is against New Zealand law to sell, buy, use, import, or possess certain drugs (including cannabis). Visitors to New Zealand who are caught with illegal drugs face criminal charges and a termination of their visa. Cigarettes and tobacco are legal in New Zealand, although it is illegal for shops to sell these items to anyone under 18 years old. Smoking is prohibited in all bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, offices, work places, shopping areas, and on public transport. All University of Auckland campuses are also smoke free. Staying safe Emergency services To reach the police, ambulance, and fire services in case of emergency, dial 111 from any private, public, or mobile phone. Only dial 111 when a crime is being committed, or someone’s life or personal safety is at risk. For non-emergency calls to the police (e.g. to report a crime that has already taken place), you can phone the Auckland City District Headquarters on 09 302 6400, or your local police station. Personal safety New Zealand is generally regarded as a very safe place. However, as in all big cities, it is sensible to take precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. • Don’t carry your passport with you unless necessary. If you require proof of age, you can apply for a Hospitality NZ 18+ card at any New Zealand post shop. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash with you as well, use your EFTPOS card instead. • Be aware of what is going on around you, try not to be distracted by your phone! • Don’t leave your belongings unattended in public areas, or when on campus. • Try to avoid parks, empty roads, and alleyways after dark. If possible, always travel with a friend at night and stick to well-lit main roads. • Avoid using illegal drugs or becoming overly intoxicated. This is not only a risk to your health, but also your safety. Please look out for one another! • If you do encounter problems, don’t be afraid to ask for help or call the police. Pedestrians and cyclists Walking and cycling are great, affordable ways to get around the city, but it’s important to take precautions and make sure you are aware of New Zealand road rules. Check out th e Auckland Transport website for more information on walking and cycling in Auckland. • Look BOTH ways before crossing the road. Remember, cars travel on the left side of the road, so they may approach from a different direction than you’re used to. • Only cross the road at pedestrian crossings. • Look and listen for traffic entering or leaving driveways. • Always wear a helmet when cycling (it’s NZ law). • Cyclists must obey the road rules. Make sure to read the Road Code for Cyclists . • Bicycle lights must be used if riding in the dark. Driving in New Zealand Road accidents are unfortunately the most common cause of injury for international students in New Zealand. The roads in Auckland are often congested, and roads outside the city can be very narrow and winding. Please be cautious if you choose to drive in New Zealand, and give yourself some time to get used to the road rules and conditions. • You must have a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle. International driving licenses are permitted for up to 12 months (you must also provide a translation if your license is not in English). You must always carry your driver’s license with you when driving. • Always wear your seat belt and keep to the speed limit. • Keep LEFT! We drive on the left-hand side of the road. • Drive to the conditions. You’ll need to reduce your speed if it’s raining, icy, snowing, or windy. • Do not drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime. • It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in New Zealand. • Familiarise yourself with the New Zealand Road Code , and obey all road rules. Water safety Each year approximately 100 people drown in New Zealand. If you choose to go swimming, stick to beaches that are patrolled by surf lifesavers, and follow safety precautions. Please be aware that New Zealand’s east coast beaches are generally safer for swimming than west coast beaches. Check out the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving website for more information on water safety. • Swim in areas where lifeguards are present, and make sure to stay between the flags. • Wear appropriate swim attire. Clothing is heavy when wet, and can pull you down and restrict your movement. • Learn about hazards to be aware of, like rips, holes, and different types of waves. • Never swim after consuming alcohol, or if you are cold or tired. You will be less able to recognise danger and keep yourself safe.