General information about life in New Zealand.
One of the main research point for our clients is the cost of living in New Zealand. Time and again clients tell us they want to know that they’ll be able to live comfortably.
This has lead us to put together the ultimate guide to the cost of living in New Zealand – and today we’re sharing it with you.
You’ll get a better understanding of how much money you could expect to earn and what your average living costs would be:
We’ll even tell you where to go do a realistic cost-of-living calculation. But first let’s look at how much you could expect to earn…
To see where you can expect the most of your money to go, have a look at the information on figure.nz.
You can choose to rent or buy a home in New Zealand. You might have to rent a home when you first arrive so let’s start there:
Trade Me Property reports that the national median rent rose 4.4 per cent to an all-time high of $470 per week in January. Renters in Wellington paid an average of NZ$550 per week, while those in Auckland and Christchurch paid NZ$540 and NZ$400 respectively.
The costs involved
The initial costs will include a portion of the rent in advance, a letting fee if you use an agent and a bond.
A landlord can ask for a maximum of two weeks rent in advance while you can expect that the bond (or deposit) will be equal to four weeks’ rent. This means you’ll have to pay up up to six weeks of rent upfront.
You’ll get the bond back at the end of the leasing term, provided you leave the place in a good condition.
To do a search for rental prices in the area you plan on staying, go to TenancyServices, a website hosted by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
New Zealand’s property market ended 2017 ‘with record asking prices’.
While small (1-2 bedrooms) and medium houses (3-4 bedrooms) continue to be the most popular house type across the country, large (5+ bedrooms) and medium houses reached a record high in December of last year, climbing to $1,156,400 and $641,850 respectively.
The regions with the biggest percentage increases in property prices were:
- Southland (13.5%);
- Otago (13.3%);
- Hawke’s Bay (12.8%); and
- Wanganui (12.2%).
You can check the median values of homes in any region, city or even street on QV.co.nz for an accurate estimate for how much you could expect to pay for your New Zealand home.
Keep this in mind: Property ads in New Zealand usually show either an RV (Rateable Value), GV (Government Valuation) or CV (Council Valuation) figure. These figures refer to the valuation used by the local council to calculate rates for the property. These aren’t registered valuations and often don’t reflect the property’s true market value.
The main utilities for any home would be water and electricity. Of course an internet connection is also considered essential in this day and age.
Most regional councils charge for the water they supply and the rates vary from region to region. If you own your home, the cost is added to your rates as water rates.
When it comes to electricity, you’ll find that there are a number of electricity and gas retailers in New Zealand. You can search for the best deal on the PowerSwitch website run by ConsumerNZ and MBIE Consumer Affairs.
There are a range of internet service providers to choose from in New Zealand. Glimp lets you compare providers by price, speed, data and plan specifics. You can also use Broadband Compare for service provider comparisons.
While public transport is available in New Zealand, most New Zealanders choose to own a car and drive to where they need to be.
Choosing to also go this route means you’ll need to buy a car once you get to New Zealand. You can use New Zealand’s AA website to see how much your favourite car will cost you new, but here are a couple of prices to start you off:
- Ford Fiesta: From NZ$25, 490
- Citroën C4: From NZ$36,990
- Hyundai Sonata: From NZ$45,990
- Maza CX-9: From NZ$58,490
- Toyota FJ Cruiser: NZ$66,930
What about insurance and petrol?
Insurance is not compulsory in New Zealand but third party insurance will insure you against having to personally pay the cost of damage to someone else’s vehicle. Petrol prices are on the AA’s site where regularly updates are published.
The general rule is that local produce will be cheaper than imported items.
Keep in mind that imported items travel very far due to New Zealand’s ‘end of the earth’ location. This means you might pay considerably more for certain items than you’re used to.
Numbeo is a great site if you’d like to see how much food items are in New Zealand. The site lists most of the items the average person will have on their shopping list, from milk and rice to chicken breasts, bananas and lettuce.
And, as promised – how to do a realistic cost-of-living calculation
We said we’ll tell you where to go for a realistic calculation of your cost of living and here it is:
You can use New Zealand Now’s cost calculator. You can tailor your income and expenses (be sure to click on the + signs on the expenses!) and adjust to a monthly or weekly outlook.
Of course here at Intergate we like to go the extra mile, so here is a bonus tip to end off our guide to the cost of living in New Zealand:
If you are contemplating moving to New Zealand, it may be a good idea to learn some basic facts about the country. Too often than not, excited families pack up their lives and move to New Zealand, without even stopping to learn the fundamental basics.
If you are one of the many people, who are seriously looking at migrating to New Zealand for the rest of your life, it may be a good idea to learn some basic facts. All too often the excitement of migrating kicks in and the very basics are often overlooked.
Here are some basic answers to some simple questions, which will help to increase your knowledge about New Zealand. In addition, it should offer you some valuable information should you wish to make the big move to New Zealand.
Where exactly is New Zealand?
Although this may seem a fairly simple question, not everybody is aware of the fact that New Zealand is actually a group of islands in Oceania, southeast of Australia.
What is the capital city of New Zealand?
The capital city in New Zealand is Wellington. The largest city is Auckland. The three biggest cities are Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
What is the population of New Zealand?
We have all seen pictures of New Zealand which are filled with vast open green spaces, but what exactly is the population size?
To give you an idea, there are on average around 4.5 million people in New Zealand. This is equivalent to cities such as Singapore and Barcelona. It is similar in size to countries such as Ireland and Palestine.
What is the time zone in New Zealand?
New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see a new day. It is 12 hours ahead of the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). New Zealand is usually 12 hours ahead of the UK.
New Zealand makes use of “daylight savings” in the summer time, where they put the clocks forward by one hour in order to be able to enjoy longer summer days and longer summer evenings.
What are the official languages spoken in New Zealand?
The New Zealand languages consist of English (official), Maori (official), New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) (official) and Kiwi Slang (unofficial). The primary language in New Zealand is English.
How many public holidays are there in New Zealand?
There are on average, ten public holidays a year.
Included in these ten days are Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday and the Queen’s Birthday.
What is a “Kiwi”?
We all have heard the term “Kiwi” but what exactly does it mean and where does it come from? Firstly it needs to be noted that the Kiwi is New Zealand’s national emblem, which is a flightless bird with hair-like type feathers with a long and slender bill. It makes use of this bill to pull worms and insects out from the ground.
It is only found in New Zealand and it is active only during the night time in specific wilderness areas of the country. When you are in New Zealand you can visit a “kiwi house” where you will be have the opportunity to watch them with the use of special nocturnal lighting.
In addition, the people of New Zealand refer to themselves as “Kiwis” and it is also used as a shorter term for the kiwifruit. On the stock exchange, the New Zealand Dollar is also referred to as “the Kiwi”.
Are there any dangerous animals in New Zealand?
The good news for outdoor lovers as well as for parents is that there are no snakes or dangerous wild animals in New Zealand. This is one of the many benefits of living in New Zealand.
You and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy the wide variety of outdoor activities without the stress and hassle that usually comes along with it.
What side of the road do people in New Zealand drive on?
In New Zealand it required by law that everybody drives on the left-hand side of the road.
What is the most popular sport in New Zealand?
Rugby is the most popular sport in New Zealand. New Zealand is a country which values a rich variety of sports such as cricket, netball, football and golf amongst various others.
Rugby is played and enjoyed all year round. Netball is a very common sport for women which, is played during the winter months. Cricket is a popular sport which is enjoyed during the summer time.
What is the climate in New Zealand?
The seasons of New Zealand are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This basically means that the warmest months take place in December, January and February.
The coldest months are in June, July and August. The good news is that the winter months have a tendency to be short and mild.
I wish to immigrate to New Zealand what do I do?
If you wish to immigrate to New Zealand it may be worth your while to look into all the options available to you for immigrating to New Zealand.
In addition, it is going to be worth your while to consider making use of a licensed immigration advisor who will be able to advise you best accordingly.
Remember that a licensed immigration advisor for New Zealand has the knowledge and expertise necessary to help make your dream of migrating to New Zealand a reality.
Booking an assessment of finding out more
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 (SA). Alternatively, send us an email.
You and your partner have sat down and had “the talk”. After many discussions, long debates and weighing up all the variables, you have both made an important decision. You both have decided that you no longer want to remain in the country and you wish to immigrate abroad.
While looking at your options, it may be a good idea to ask :Why should you choose New Zealand as an immigration destination?
It goes without saying, that different things appeal to different people. While some people may enjoy wonderful warm sunny days, others may prefer the winter months, staying at home wrapped up in blankets and listening to the sound of the rain. Despite individual differences there are many reasons which the majority of people agree upon, when it comes to the reasoning behind choosing New Zealand as an immigration destination.
Some of the best reasons to choose New Zealand as an immigration destination.
Clean and safe
New Zealand offers the best of everything. It is a safe country, which offers high quality living conditions. New Zealand is “clean and green”. Crime is extremely low and the government is very stable. This is besides the factor that New Zealanders are warm and embracing to new cultures.
New Zealand’s education system is one of the best in the world. Their university system is based on the British higher education system. New Zealand is actually becoming the number one choice for international students who are looking for quality education at costs which are affordable.
There are four seasons in New Zealand, however there are no extreme conditions of hot and cold, which is typical in the majority of other countries. New Zealand more often than not,offers a pleasant climate.
New Zealand welcomes business
New Zealand is known to welcome international business from across the world. You may be interested to know that The World Bank reported New Zealand to be , the second easiest country in the world to do business with. It also offers many career prospects and opportunities.
In addition, it is a known fact that New Zealand is constantly on the look out for skilled migrants with experience and qualifications for various positions across all different sectors. There are also all sorts of visa options for people who are wishing to settle permanently.
Quality of living
New Zealand offers a very high quality of living. Not only does it offer the very best of modern technology, but it also has many opportunities for your whole family. It is very possible to obtain a healthy, happy , safe and peaceful life for your family in the country.
Property is affordable
Many people who live in New Zealand own beautiful houses. In many countries owning a beautiful home may be the exception and not the norm. However in New Zealand property is affordable. This is very promising news for families who want to settle in New Zealand and become home owners.
New Zealand offers excellent health care services. New Zealand residents and various visa holders can benefit from a quality public health system that is free or offered at a low cost. This is all thanks to the generous government subsidies.
Non residents are able to make use of health care services at a cost. New Zealand residents can choose to make use of private medical cover, however many of them do not feel the need to do so. New Zealand has spent several years working towards creating an efficient quality national health care system.
New Zealand is a country known for providing an excellent work-life balance. While New Zealand employees are known for working extremely hard, they also known for spending quality time with their families. In fact they spend an equal amount of time engaging in recreational activities. There is a well respected work-life balance in New Zealand.
New Zealand is a beautiful country, with magnificent scenery. It offers a promising combination of everything you could ever ask for, sandy beaches, tranquil forests, mountains, rivers, lakes and much more. There are plenty of different parts of New Zealand to choose from, each of which offers it’s own fabulous advantages and scenery.
Visitors to New Zealand only get a small window of opportunity to explore all the wonderful places, however once you live in the country you will have unlimited amounts of time to visit and explore all the beautiful destinations that New Zealand has to offer.
Literally moving forward
New Zealand offers a wealth of opportunities and possibilities for you and your family. It is a country filled with many wonderful benefits. Families can enjoy a safe and relaxing life filled with health, happiness and success.
If you are seriously considering immigrating then you may want to look at New Zealand as a prospective country.
It is however essential to be aware of the factor that you are required to make use of a licensed immigration specialist by law.
Booking an assessment or finding out more
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200. Alternatively, send us an email.
Each country in the world is unique in its own way; New Zealand is no exception to this rule. In fact, you may be very surprised to learn that New Zealand is actually a very interesting country. There are many interesting facts about New Zealand that are unknown to even some of the people who have lived in the country for years.
New Zealand is one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world. People from all different countries choose New Zealand as their number one choice for immigration purposes. Not only is New Zealand clean, beautiful, safe and secure, but it is also is an extremely interesting country to learn about.
Here are some very interesting about New Zealand
Extreme sports in New Zealand
Organised and commercial bungee jumping originated in New Zealand. A J Hackett made his first ever bungee jump from Auckland’s Greenhithe Bridge in 1986.
The very first commercial bungee site was the Kawarau Bridge Bungy at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge near Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand.
New Zealand is actually one of the top five dairy exporters in the world. New Zealand’s farmers are literally leading the world in dairy and New Zealand represents an entire one third of international dairy trade every single year. The income which is made from dairy is a large contributor to the New Zealand economy.
New Zealand is home to the world’s smallest dolphin. The Hector’s dolphin is found only in New Zealand. It is approximately 1.4 m in length; it is one of the smallest cetaceans, and New Zealand’s only endemic cetacean.
Two subspecies which also live in waters in New Zealand is found around the South Island, and the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin is found off the northwest coast of the North Island.
New Zealand film and media
Most of us aware that the beautiful landscapes and scenery from the popular and world renown Lord of the Rings movies that was filled in New Zealand.
However what most people may not be aware of, is that the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy actually made the New Zealand economy approximately $200,000,000 richer.
A common big fear
Many people all over the world from all walks of life and from all different age groups have a fear of snakes. Snakes are a very common fear that actually goes by the name of Ophidiophobia. Many people’s fear of snakes goes from scared to petrified to the point where they avoid doing activities which could run the risk of seeing a snake.
The good news is that there are no snakes in New Zealand. This should be a huge relief not only for people who have a real fear of snakes but also for parents of children.
Beautiful New Zealand sunrises
New Zealand is one of the very first countries in the world to see the sunrise each day. If you are fortunate enough to be in New Zealand, there is nothing more beautiful than to wake up early to watch the sunrise.
National anthems of New Zealand
New Zealand has two official national anthems. These are “God Defend New Zealand” and “God Save the Queen”. From a legal standpoint, they have entirely equal status, however it should be noted that “God Defend New Zealand” is more commonly used. This is also the preferred national anthem among the two by most people living in New Zealand.
New Zealand transportation
There are approximately 2.5 million cars for four million people. New Zealand’s car ownership rate is one of the highest in the world. The truth is that only 2 percent of the New Zealand’s population commutes by bus or train. The majority of people in New Zealand prefer to travel by cars.
Christmas in New Zealand
New Zealand’s Christmas fall in the summer seasons. This happens to also be the time when the pohutukawa tree comes into full peak and blossoms. This happens every year in New Zealand in late December and has become a very popular part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition.
The pohutukawa is one of twelve Metrosideros species endemic to New Zealand. If you are lucky enough to be in New Zealand during Christmas time, you are guaranteed to experience a beautiful and almost fairy tale like Christmas experience.
Budget friendly living in New Zealand
Auckland and Wellington are cheaper to live in, as opposed to every other big city in the Asia-Pacific region. These facts were confirmed by a global survey, which was conducted. Wellington is literally known for being one of the cheapest cities to live in.
Immigrating to New Zealand
It is highly recommended that you only make use of a fully licensed New Zealand immigration adviser. In addition, it is also highly recommended that you make use of a New Zealand immigration adviser in your own country.
Fortunately for you, our highly experienced and successful New Zealand immigration adviser is one of the few fully licensed immigration advisers for New Zealand in South Africa.
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Many people will agree that New Zealand is the ideal destination to live in and raise a family.
If you are looking to migrate to a country which will offer you and your family a better quality of life, then New Zealand should be on the top of your list.
Here are some of the best places in New Zealand to raise a family.
Wellington is a beautiful place in New Zealand, which has some amazing educational opportunities. The area has a very high success rate and the majority of school leavers in Wellington go on to study at universities.
Wellington is also known for its diverse beauty. It has everything from beaches, parks, fields and magnificent mountains. It offers a wonderful range of activities for all members of the family.
Nelson is situated around everything. The majority of children who go to Nelson Schools end up achieving high academic success. This is one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand and the excellent climate makes Nelson a very family friendly area to bring up children.
There are many fun activities available, which is perfect for the fantastic sunshine. Nelson is a very safe and secure area, where children can enjoy fun and exciting lives outdoors.
New Plymouth offers a stunning variety of both beaches and mountain, which is ideal for children growing up. New Plymouth was rated as the best city of its size in the world. It has also been chosen as the best city in New Zealand to work in and raise a family.
The crime rate is extremely low and the prices of homes are more affordable in comparison to other areas.
Many people would agree that Auckland is one of the best places in New Zealand to raise a family. You will be spoilt for options with just about everything.
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s highest ranking university. The North Shore is seen as one of the best areas for families because of its low crime rate, spectacular beaches and safety elements.
Hamilton is fast becoming a popular area to live in and raise a family. It offers plenty of fantastic activities and choices, yet it is more affordable than Auckland. Its economy is increasing and it is home to a young and aspiring demographic.
Canterbury offers an excellent education system and many fun activities for children. Many migrants have chosen Canterbury as their home as it offers a great work/life balance. The city of Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest and offers fantastic education, amazing parks, wonderful scenery and wonderful arts and culture.
I want to migrate with my family to New Zealand
If you are considering moving to New Zealand with your family, then it is going to be worth your while to know that the best place to start is by obtaining an assessment. Too many people spend unnecessary time, energy and money without even determining if they quality of not.
Determining if you qualify for New Zealand immigration or not should always be the first step. Fortunately for you, we can help you from the very beginning.
Booking an assessment or finding out more:
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 (SA) or +44 (0) 1392 531730 (UK). You could alternatively contact us via email.
The good news is that New Zealand welcomes many immigrants from all over the world. In many countries immigrants may struggle and find it harder to integrate into day to day living. However life in New Zealand for immigrants is much easier than in the majority of other countries.
What’s New Zealand life like for immigrants?
New Zealand is constantly changing as new families arrive on their shores. More and more immigrants are choosing New Zealand to be their country of choice for a new life. Although it is natural to miss home, the majority of immigrants find the quality of life in New Zealand to be better than the quality of life in their previous countries.
New Zealand as an expat destination
New Zealand is home to many cultures and nationalities. People from all walks of life are now living in New Zealand. The population of New Zealand is formed from European descents but the country is attracting more and more expats from all over the world.
Regardless of where you come from, living in New Zealand offers you a pleasant experience and you are bound to meet people who come from the same country that you do, making you “feel at home”. This is in addition to the people in New Zealand being very accustomed to new people; the locals are friendly people who will again help to make you “feel at home”.
The cost of living in New Zealand
Expatriates living in New Zealand are able to enjoy a higher standard of living in comparison to developing countries. Obviously the cost of living is going to vary according to certain variables such as the city you live in and the job you have, but overall you should be able to enjoy either a similar or higher standard of living as you did in your home country.
Children settling into school
Starting a new school for any child can be difficult, especially in an entirely new country. What may be surprising is that parents have reported that New Zealand schools are actually easier to integrate into for children in relation to schools in other countries.
The adjustment period may take some time but overall, the quality of education is extremely high and the school systems themselves are very accommodating and helpful which makes a huge difference for children.
I want to move to New Zealand
If you think that New Zealand could be a good fit for you and your family, then please do not hesitate to simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200. You could also contact us via email.
Let’s face it; if you are looking to migrate to a new country to have a better life with your family, there is a whole world of countries to choose from. This begs the questions: why choose New Zealand?
Why choose New Zealand?
If you have never been to New Zealand and don’t know much about it asking the question: Why choose New Zealand? is a very fair question to ask.
The truth is that there are many fantastic elements about New Zealand that make it a top contender when it comes to choosing a country for immigration purposes.
Some of the best reasons to choose New Zealand
Here are some of the best reasons why families across the world have chosen New Zealand specifically as their number one country of choice:
• New Zealand is the perfect place to raise a family.
• The education system is one of the best in the world.
• It is a known fact that life is safer, simpler and more satisfying in New Zealand.
• The people are warm and friendly.
• It is an easy country to integrate into.
• The government is stable and secure.
• New Zealand is clean with lots of open air.
• There is a diverse range of country and city to choose from.
• There is an ideal work-life balance with plenty of public holidays.
• Life is calm and relatively stress free.
Do you think New Zealand would be a good fit for you and your family?
If you think that New Zealand may be a good fit for you and your family, then your very step in the immigration process would be to obtain a comprehensive assessment.
Starting at the beginning of the process and obtaining an assessment, will help you to determine right from the get-go if you in fact qualify or not.
It is best not to waste your time planning your move until you know for sure if you do in fact qualify.
Booking an assessment or finding out more
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 (SA) or +44 (0) 2038 732150 (UK). If you prefer, you could instead send us an email.
The demographics of New Zealand include the ethnic, gender, religious, geographic and the economic backgrounds of all the people living in New Zealand.
Some interesting demographics of New Zealand
Religions in New Zealand
The biggest religions in New Zealand are Protestant which makes up (38%) and Roman Catholic which makes up Catholic (12%). You may be surprised to learn that over 30% of Kiwis are not religious.
New Zealand national anthems
New Zealand has two official national anthems. One is “God Defend New Zealand” and the other is “God Save the Queen”. Although they have the same equal status, “God Defend New Zealand” is the most preferred and commonly used of the two.
The New Zealand life expectancy
People in New Zealand, on average, live long and healthy lives. The general life expectancy is 80 years of age. Males being 78.88 years and females being 83.08 years.
The birth rate in New Zealand
The average birth rate in New Zealand is 13.4 births/1,000 population.
The death rate in New Zealand
The average death rate in New Zealand is 7.3 deaths/1,000 population.
The population size of New Zealand
The estimated population size of New Zealand is 4.4 million people. Of this number of people, 50% are of European descent.
The major cities in New Zealand
New Zealand has five major cities. These major cities are Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Tauranga.
The capital of New Zealand
The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington. The largest city in New Zealand is Auckland.
The official languages in New Zealand
The New Zealand languages consist of English (official), Maori (official), New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) (official) and Kiwi Slang (unofficial). The primary language in New Zealand is English.
I wish to emigrate to New Zealand what do I do?
If you wish to emigrate to New Zealand it may be worth your while to look into all the options available to you. In addition, it is going to be worth your while to consider making use of a licensed immigration advisor who will be able to advise you best accordingly.
Booking an assessment of finding out more
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 (SA) or +44 (0) 1392 531730 (UK). Alternatively, send us an email.
The New Zealand school zones system is one of the methods that New Zealand uses in order to prevent overcrowding.
If you are planning on migrating to New Zealand with your children, then it is highly advisable that you learn more about the New Zealand school zones and the zoning system which is in place.
What is the New Zealand school zones system?
Firstly it is going to prove useful to understand exactly what ‘zoning’ means. Children who live in the school’s area are guaranteed a placement at their local school. When you enroll your child into school, you will need to provide your address. This has to be your official place of residence.
If you are being dishonest and are caught, this could result in your child’s enrollment being cancelled.
Do all schools have zoning in New Zealand?
No, not all schools have zoning in New Zealand.
How do I know if a school has zoning and whether I’m in their zone?
If you wish to check if a school has zoning and if you fall under that zone, it is going to be best for you to make use of the nzschools website. You can type in a school or specific address and do a search.
You could also approach the specific school directly and ask them if they have a zoning system. They will be able to give you all the information which you will need.
What happens if I live outside the zone?
If you live outside the zone of the school that you wish to enroll your child in, then you will need to understand how the New Zealand school zone system works. In many cases the school may have additional places available. Children who live outside the zone are then able to apply for these extra placements.
Every year schools are required by law to place a notice in the newspaper stating:
- The out-of-zone places which are available.
- The closing date for applications for these places.
- Any ballot dates for out-of-zone places.
At what age can I enroll my child in school?
You can enroll your child in school once they have turned five years of age. It is always best to do as much research and homework as you can. It is never a good idea to leave this to the last minute. You may even want to start collecting your information and talking to various schools before your child turns five.
Do schools in New Zealand get reviewed?
Yes, schools get reviewed every three years in New Zealand. Schools are reviewed by The Education Review Office. Aspects such at the school’s curriculum, performance and special features are all taken into account. Demographic information is also included. These reports are made open to the public.
This is really good news for parents who wish to enroll their children into a specific school in New Zealand, because it means that you can freely look up reports on a school that you are interested in. You can find a school report here.
What should I do if my application is rejected?
If your application is not successful do not despair because New Zealand has a very fair system in place. You will be put onto a waiting list. The moment that a place becomes available the first person on the list will be contacted and will be offered the placement. If the person does not accept the placement, the next person on the list will get called.
The waiting list expires when the next ballot is held. You will however be required to enrol your child into another school in the meantime. There are never any guarantees when it comes to waiting for a placement.
Booking a migration assessment or finding out more:
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 (SA) or +44 (0) 2038 732150 (UK).
It is therefore really important to find out as much as you can about the safety in New Zealand, should this be your reason for migrating.
The truth about safety in New Zealand
Although New Zealand is extremely safe, no country is perfect. There may be a few unsafe elements here and there, however overall New Zealand is known to be one of the safest countries in the world.
How does New Zealand rate?
The good news is that New Zealand is rated in international surveys as one of the world’s most peaceful and least corrupt countries. If you are still feeling unsure, we can prove it.
The Global Peace Index rates 162 countries, according to 23 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. According to the 2015 Global Peace Index, New Zealand rates as the world’s fourth safest country.
Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perception Index rates New Zealand as the second least corrupt country in the world.
The New Zealand police
In terms of safety in New Zealand, the New Zealand police force really helps to keep the country safe. They have a very strict police force that is reliable, trustworthy and extremely dedicated.
The New Zealand police are also in charge of handling traffic, patrolling roads for traffic violations and giving out tickets. This in addition to all their other responsibilities.
Freedom in New Zealand
New Zealand is a very free and safe country. You will be spoilt by all the scenery and beautiful open spaces. Due to the factor that the safety in New Zealand is on such a high standard, you and your family can enjoy all the amazing things that New Zealand has to offer.
New Zealand is known for its fun, exciting and worry-free outdoor activities such as hiking, water sports, beaches, forests, fields, parks, mountains and more. You will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful days in nature with your family.
What about corruption in New Zealand?
As in every country there is always some degree of corruption and New Zealand is no exception to this rule. However the levels of corruption are so low they are almost nonexistent.
When it comes to services and goods, you can expect to pay the price which is advertised. People in positions in authority do what they are meant to do and do not take bribes. Extra fees or ‘favours’ are not something that you will find in New Zealand. The country does everything which it can to keep everything fair and away from corruption.
There are many neighborhood support groups where neighbours work together in order to help keep their areas safe. These support groups help to encourage each other to work together to ensure that people keep an eye out for one another. Even the smallest elements of unsafety in a neighbourhood are dealt with.
I would love to move to New Zealand
If the safety in New Zealand is something that excites you and you would like to consider your options of emigrating to New Zealand with your family, then you have come to the right place.
We are experts at what we do, and we would love to help you make your move to New Zealand become a reality for you and your family.
Contact the experts
You can email your enquiry to us here or phone us:
- Cape Town: +27 (0) 21 202 8200
- Johannesburg: +27 (0) 11 234 4275
- London: +44 (0) 2038 732150
- Exeter: +44 (0) 1392 531730
Let your journey begin with Intergate Emigration.