Online dating is both fun and safe if you respect basic rules (and common sense).
There a lot of New Zealand singles just like you looking for the right partner.
Do not judge them and please be very welcoming to these people.
There are many different platforms and communities that exist.
However, you should still take some basic precautions: Inform a friend or a family member that you are meeting a person you have met online.
Tell your family or friend the name, email-address and phone-number of the person you will meet.
If you only follow this one rule and none of the others your will be well served.
You should be extremely cautious when a potential partner you have just met online asks you to help him or her financially.