General Information with advice, hints and tips about moving to New Zealand – not specific relocation advice or about specific towns
We’re guessing your head is spinning with everything you have to remember for your emigration? It’s the packing list, the shipping list, the accounts-to-settle-list…and, and, and!
You probably haven’t even had a chance to think of what has to get done once you arrive in New Zealand.
Worry not – we’ve done the work for you. What you’ll find below are the four top priorities as soon as your feet are on New Zealand soil.
1. Get an IRD number
Your IRD number (Inland Revenue Department) is your tax number.
It’s important to apply for your IRD number before you start working. If you don’t have an IRD number when you get your first paycheck, you might pay more tax than you need to.
But how do you know if you should pay tax?
New Zealand Now advises that it’s every individual’s responsibility to find out if they’re liable for a personal income tax return. As a general guideline, New Zealand will consider you a ‘tax resident’ if:
- You’ve been in New Zealand for more than 183 days in any 12-month period and haven’t become a non-resident, or
- You have a permanent place of abode in New Zealand, or
- You’re away from New Zealand in the service of the New Zealand government.
You can read more about personal income tax on the website of the Inland Revenue Department.
2. Find schools for your children
While early childhood education is optional for younger children, children between the ages of 6 and 16 must go to school in New Zealand.
When choosing where to send your children, your first choice will be the type of school. You can choose from:
- State schools: Schools owned and funded by the government.
- State-integrated schools: A former private school which has integrated into the state education system, becoming a state school while retaining its special character.
- Private schools: Schools that charge set fees for a term or year.
Your second choice will be to which school to send your children. Schools in New Zealand are grouped into areas known as ‘zones’. Your children are guaranteed a spot in a school if you live within its zone. You can apply for admission to schools in other zones, but children living within the school’s zone will get the first choice.
It’s not all schools that have zones though. State-integrated schools, such as Montessori schools, and private schools generally do not have zoning restrictions.
You can read more about school zones on the Ministry of Education’s website.
3. Find a family doctor
The relationships we build with our family doctors are some of the most valued in our life. These GPs are our first port of call for information and care if one of our loved ones fall ill.
To find a family doctor in New Zealand, you can search on Healthpoint, which is New Zealand’s National Health Service Directory.
For information on New Zealand’s other health services, such as dentistry, you can turn to New Zealand Now. Here you’ll find in-depth information on each of New Zealand’s regions. Each region’s healthcare page also tells you where to find public and private hospitals.
Please note that you’ll have to enroll with your local Primary Health Organisation before seeing a doctor. You’ll also find the contact information for each region’s PHO on New Zealand Now.
4. Apply for a New Zealand driver’s licence
You’re allowed to drive on your overseas driver’s licence for the first 12 months of your stay in New Zealand. Thereafter, however, you must have a New Zealand driver’s licence.
You can convert your overseas driver’s licence to a New Zealand one. To do this, your licence:
- Most not be suspended, disqualified or revoked in the country of issue, and
- Must be either current or expired within the preceding 12 months.
Keep in mind that New Zealand licence classes are not exact matches to those that apply overseas. If your licence class has different specifications in New Zealand, it’s advisable to adhere to the New Zealand equivalents or to obtain a New Zealand driver’s licence right away.
There you have it – your four top priorities
We suggest that you bookmark this page for later. Then continue concentrating on getting your visas approved! If you need help with your visa applications, please feel free to contact us. Our licensed immigration advisors assist you from start to finish.
If there is one part of the immigration process that’s underestimated by many, it’s the English language test.
“But I can speak English, it won’t be a problem”, we hear you say.
This may be the case, but can you speak English to the level Immigration New Zealand requires? How’s your spelling and grammar? And when was the last time you were subjected to the nail-biting anxiety of having to complete a test in a certain time?
Your English language test score is an important part of your visa application. It could even mean the difference between being able to submit a visa application or not. Won’t you want to be as prepared as can be?
Tip 1: Understand the test format
Both of these tests consist of four parts:
In turn, each part consists of a set of questions and tasks. Familiarising yourself with all the parts, questions and tasks will prepare you for what’s coming on test day. Going in blind is setting yourself up for failure!
Let’s give you the Reading section of the IELTS as an example:
The Reading section consists of 40 questions and you have 60 minutes to answer them. You’ll get tested on a wide range of reading skills which include:
- Reading for gist, main ideas and detail.
- Understanding logical argument.
- Recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
The reading material will come from materials you are likely to encounter on daily basis in an English-speaking environment such extracts from books, magazines, company handbooks, and advertisements.
When it comes to the questions, you can expect a variety of questions ranging from multiple choice and identifying information to summary completion and matching features.
And while this may be the reading part of your English language test, you will be penalized for poor spelling and grammar!
Can you already see why it’s important to prepare for your English test?
Tip 2: Practice with sample tests
Completing sample test materials will help to prepare you for the test in a big way! You’ll be able to:
- Familiarise yourself with the test format.
- Experience the types of tasks you’ll be asked to do.
- Test yourself under timed conditions.
- Review your answers and compare them with model answers.
This is like the tests that came before the big end-of-year exams at school. Do you think you would’ve done half as good in the exam if you didn’t write the tests beforehand?
Tip 3: Consider working with an English language teacher
You don’t have to prepare for this important test on your own! You are allowed to work with an English language test teacher.
Most teachers work with you over Skype but there also teachers who’ll meet up face-to-face. The content of the session and the support provided also range from one teacher to the next.
In general though you can expect English language teachers to introduce you to the test format, take you through sample tests, give feedback, and focus on your developmental areas. Some teachers also provide you with learning materials and ebooks.
Intergate has a list of English language teachers we recommend and you can access this list if you’re a client of ours. If you haven’t asked us for this list yet, do so today.
Tip 4: Know what to expect on test day
Cast your mind back to those important end-of-year exams at school. Remember how you had to be seated at a certain time? Remember that you had have at least two pens, a ruler and a pencil?
The English language test environment is similar. You’ll obviously have to be on time, but there are in fact also items to bring to the exam. One such item is a means of identification.
If you’re an Intergate Emigration client, your advisor will be able to advise you on exactly what to expect on test day. Alternatively, you can chat to your English language teacher who’ll also be able to guide you.
This is not ‘just’ an English test.
Your English language test score counts towards your overall points score which determine whether or not you can live and work in New Zealand. Scoring well is thus important if you want to boost your chances of immigrating.
If you don’t prepare you’re potentially setting yourself up for failure – and we’re sure you wouldn’t want to do that.
Why are so many people emigrating from South Africa to New Zealand?
The only downside, it seems, is the regular rain on the South Island. Let’s be honest though – it’s a small price to pay, considering all of the above.
Let’s hear from some South African expats
The best way to get information on any topic is to go straight to the source. What better source on emigrating from South Africa to New Zealand than people who’ve already done it?
The Du Plooy family
Sarahann and Andries du Plooy, who told their story to Oamaru Mail, moved from Johannesburg to Oamaru, a small North Otago town. While they miss their home and loved ones, ‘In South Africa, it’s hard to get what you want. It’s a fight. There is a lot of restrictions and red tape’.
The Du Plooys love their new life. They say, “It’s exciting. There’s a lot of fresh stuff happening in Oamaru.” There are no regrets. The couple now lives a slower lifestyle and is loving it.
Grant Marshall moved to New Zealand with his family 15 years ago. In his piece for Stuff New Zealand, Grant writes that New Zealand seemed like paradise for his family. The family was tired of the crime, corruption, and lack of opportunity in South Africa.
Today Grant considers himself a Kiwi. He’s found New Zealand to be ‘a place of great opportunity, beauty, and freedom’, and ‘wouldn’t want to live anywhere else’.
Is emigrating from South Africa to New Zealand your dream too?
If you’re reading this and your heart is set on moving to New Zealand, you should absolutely do these three things first:
1. Find out if you qualify
This is always worth repeating – you have to start your emigration by doing an assessment to find out if you qualify to live and work in Australia.
It’s only after you’ve completed an assessment with a licensed adviser that you’ll know which, if any, migration pathways are open to you.
The benefit of that? You can set yourself up for success and you don’t spend money on an unreachable dream.
2. Decide if you want to go it alone or with the help of an adviser
Immigration assessments should be non-obligatory, giving you the option of shopping around or deciding to apply for your visa on your own.
Our advice is to always choose the adviser route. Ensure it’s a licensed adviser! Such a person does hundreds of applications each month and is well-versed in what’s required as well as up to date on immigration developments. You’ll give yourself the best shot of getting your application correct the first time!
3. Find a job
While emigrating to Australia without a job is possible, it’s near impossible to move to New Zealand without a job offer.
Luckily for you, we’ve written extensively on the job search process for New Zealand:
- How to get a job in New Zealand.
- Tips for applying for a job in New Zealand.
- Ace your New Zealand job interview.
- Interview tips.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on Find a Job New Zealand’s job section too. This is where our recruitment partner regularly posts available positions. However, if you’d like the jobs to come to you, do follow us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter.
New Zealand makes regular changes to their immigration laws, so it’s always better to start an emigration sooner rather than later. You don’t want to wait for ages, only to find out that you are now too old or will earn too little for permanent residency. It’s happened to too many people – trust us!
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You may think moving overseas with your partner won’t affect your relationship, but a life change of this magnitude test even the strongest unions.
While some couples start a new life in a new country and do come out of the experience stronger, other couples find themselves struggling to keep things together after a while.
The reason why some relationships fall apart? Packing up your life and moving to another country is stressful! You’ll have a million things to tick off your to-do list in the application stage and have to deal with culture shock, uncertainties and homesickness in the settlement phase.
None of this is impossible to overcome though, as is evident in the many relationships that do survive a move overseas.
Here’s how the successful couples do it:
Relationship experts all agree that communicating effectively is key to having a successful relationship. Keeping the lines of communication open becomes even more important during a move to a new country.
What you do:
Raise your concerns, fears and worries. That way both partners know what kind of headspace the other one is in and you can support each other. It also prevents little issues from becoming huge arguments.
Don’t forget to mention the good stuff too, whether it’s complimenting your partner on how they handled a visa issue or sharing a story after your first day on the new job.
Balance is key!
They have common goals
Not everyone find living and working overseas appealing for the same reasons. For some the drawing card is making lots of money, while others see it as an opportunity to travel more. These goals aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, but when there is no compromise, it’s a recipe for disaster.
What you do:
Sit down and discuss what each of you are hoping to get out of your time overseas. In an ideal world, you’ll have the same goals, but if you don’t, discuss how each person can compromise a little bit to give the other one what they want.
They have a plan
It’s not just having a plan but working on the plan together, so that both partners are on the same page.
What you do:
Start from the beginning, from the visa application. Then work your way right through to finding a house once you’re in your new country.
Your list should also include who’s responsible for what, so that things get done but more importantly, so that both partners know who’s responsible for what. That way there doesn’t have to be ‘But you were supposed to do this’ fights.
They make big decisions together
You may be responsible for finding a new home, but you should never sign on the dotted line without first speaking to your significant other. Life-defining decisions should always be made together.
What you do:
Exactly that – make the big decisions, like where to stay or whether you’re going to buy or rent a house, together. Sit down, go through all the details together and make a decision before going on with your day.
They make time to have fun
Successful couples know that emigrating can’t only be hard work and make time for some ‘time out’ along the way.
What you do:
You set aside time to relax while going through the motions of moving. Go see a movie, have dinner with friends or go hiking, whatever takes your fancy.
Once you’re settled on the other side, take time out to visit the tourist sights, explore your neighbourhood and taste the local flavours.
They spend time apart
Most couples are not used to spending all their time together or being dependent only on each other. Most couples also know that not taking a break could eventually lead to frustration and tension.
What you do:
Take a break and give each other some space at least once a week. Go have a coffee at a corner café, go see a movie, explore a part of the city on your own or join a hobby group. Your options are virtually endless!
They reach out
Being homesick and lonely happens to couples too, so couples who do it right reach out to new friends, but also keep their ties with family and friends back home strong.
What you do:
They decide if and when they’ll return home
Unless it’s a temporary work contract, with a definite end, the question of when to return home, or to do it all, is sure to pop up. Unless both partners are clear on the answer, this issue could lead to fights down the line.
What you do:
Discuss if your stint overseas is permanent or temporary. If it’s temporary, how long do you want to stay? Talk about what happens if one of you decide it’s time to go home, despite all that’s been discussed. Also chat about the possibility of moving to more countries.
The most important thing you can do for your relationship when moving overseas with your partner, is talk. Talk about how you want this adventure to play out, talk about your feelings and definitely discuss the big decisions.
When you keep the lines of communication open, your relationship is sure to survive The Big Move.
You have to be meticulous when importing household goods to New Zealand, because the government is known for being strict about what enters the country.
To simplify the process for you, we’ve scoured the internet and found the essential pieces of information you should know when emigrating to New Zealand:
- The steps in the process.
- The required documentation.
- Restricted and prohibited items.
Let’s start with the steps in the process:
Importing and clearing your goods
When importing household goods to New Zealand, you must do the following to avoid border clearance problems:
1. Prepare an inventory:
A detailed inventory listing all items in the consignment must accompany your shipment. You must also list and declare the necessary items.
2. Complete the necessary declarations:
You’ll need to complete an Unaccompanied Personal Baggage Declaration form if your personal items are shipped by sea or by air.
Should your shipment contain goods that pose a biosecurity risk, it’s advisable to complete a Personal Effects Supplementary Declaration. This declaration provides more information about specific items and could change the risk status of your consignment.
3. Clearance of your items:
You can clear any household or personal items yourself, you would just need to give New Zealand customs the required documents (listed below) by mailing everything to your nearest Customs Office.
If your shipment arrives in New Zealand before you do
Should your belongings arrive in New Zealand before you do, you must authorize someone else to clear your shipment on your behalf. This person will need:
- Written permission from you to clear the shipment.
- Photocopy of the biographical page of your passport.
Please note that having someone else clear your consignment may result in extra charges.
To get customs clearance for your belongings, you must submit:
- A completed NZCS 218: Unaccompanied Personal Baggage Declaration.
- Any permits you need, for example:
- Your passport and/or evidence that you’re allowed to live in New Zealand. This would be your visa or permit.
- A full inventory.
- The shipping arrival papers, for instance Bill of Lading, Airway Bill or Arrival Advice.
- Clearance from the Ministries of Primary Industries.
Restricted and prohibited items
The following items must be accompanied by official certification:
- Any packets of food.
- Honey, pollen, propolis, honeycombs and other bee products.
- Plants, bulbs, cuttings, corms, rhizomes or tubers, commercially packed seeds and seeds for planting.
- Packaging such as straw or used fresh food cartons.
- Items restricted under CITES such as coral, ivory, snakeskin or whale bone items, turtle shell and some sea shells.
In closing on importing household goods to New Zealand…
The information above is only the essential details to know, but there are still more to be aware of. You can go to the website of the Ministry of Primary Industries (MIP) for more information and for the forms you’ll need to import your personal belongings successfully.
Moving abroad with your family can be the best of times, but also the most testing of times.
However, you can come out the other end in one piece! It’s not impossible. Especially not with our survival guide by your side.
We’re going to tell you what to do:
- Before you move; and
- Once you’ve arrived.
It’s the day you’ve been waiting for – your visas have arrived. Suddenly it’s all too real and your mind starts racing. Instead of trying to do a million things at once, start here:
Share the news
Instead of telling the family in a throwaway manner, call a family meeting and share the news.
You’ll find that children, especially older ones, may have a lot of questions and calling a formal meeting will give them the chance to get answers.
More than that, sitting down with the family will give you the chance to paint this as a massive adventure, to get everyone on the same page and excited.
Involve the children
The quickest way to get children on board when moving abroad with your family, is to make them part of the process. It will make them feel like they have a say in what’s happening to them.
- Ask for their input and give regular updates on developments.
- Let them make decisions, such as which toys to take.
- Assign age-appropriate tasks to them.
- Let them help you pack.
Get to know your future home together as a family
It’s safe to say that you have already done research, but now is the time to introduce the rest of the family to their new home. It might go without saying, but include the city and neighbourhood you’ll be staying in too.
Use the internet, country and city guides, maps, videos – whatever is going to make it a fun and interesting experience for your family.
Create a checklist
Moving abroad with your family is no easy feat! The only way to keep track of everything is to create a checklist.
A checklist does so much more than just spell out what should be done though. It also brings a sense of security and structure to a manic time in your lives. Plus, with everyone knowing their responsibilities, arguments are kept to a minimum.
Take care of the basics
Perhaps you can’t enroll your children just yet, and you probably won’t be able to secure medical insurance just yet, but at least know your options.
You won’t believe how stressful it can be to leave these three tasks to last when moving abroad with your family.
No-one likes goodbyes but in this case there’s no avoiding them.
Start preparing your children well in advance! Get them to say their goodbyes to teachers, friends and family, but not all in one go. When goodbyes happen over time, your children will get used to saying goodbye and it softens the blow just a little bit.
You should do the same, but without overwhelming yourself. Your schedule is going to be jam-packed, so squeezing in too much will only stress you out.
The move went well and now you’re ready to tackle the new adventure as a family.
Make the new house feel like home
Unpack boxes with key items first and decorate with family favourites straight away. Think family pictures from your hold home, beloved stuffed toys and the well-worn living room couch.
Doing this will make everyone feel more comfortable, and more at home, in a flash.
Explore the neighbourhood
You’ve already done the research – now go out and explore! It’s another great way to make everyone feel at home.
If your children is still a bit sad about leaving home, make their points of interest the focus of your exploring. Go see what the local play parks look like, drive by their school and go to the beach, if that’s an option.
Stay in touch with family and friends back home
In the age of Skype, it couldn’t be easier to stay in touch with loved ones. Set up Skype chats as a family and as individuals, so that the whole family gets to speak to everyone they’re missing. Seeing familiar faces and catching up are great comforts.
Involving everyone in the process is the best thing you can do when moving your family abroad. Apart from that, make an effort to work as a team, to get everyone excited and to make your new place feel like home as quickly as you can once you’ve arrived.
Avoiding this one mistake will:
- Stop you from spending large sums of money that you might not need or want to.
- Prevent you from building up your hopes of your New Zealand Emigration before you know if you can even qualify.
- Explain clearly what the first step is with your New Zealand Emigration.
- Ensure you can get all the information you need about your eligibility to migrate, to enable you to make informed decisions.
So what is the one mistake to avoid with Your New Zealand Emigration
In short not being properly assessed as to your chances of migrating.
What do we mean by being properly assessed?
Follow these simple rules to ensure you get properly assessed:
An assessment should take the form of a written report.
It should be based on a proper, comprehensive assessment questionnaire that you have completed, along with a review of your qualifications.
It should be compiled by a Licensed Immigration Advisor.
It should cost you no more than GBP150 or currency equivalent and commit you to nothing other than the assessment, not Your entire New Zealand Emigration.
What goes wrong if you do not avoid this one mistake with Your New Zealand Emigration
A proper assessment takes time and expertise. It is simply not possible to carry out a 5 or 10 minute assessment over the telephone and be sure that you receive concrete advice that you do or do not qualify to emigrate to New Zealand.
Seminars can be useful – for generic information. You are an individual and the assessment must be done to your own unique set of circumstances.After all it’s your Emigration to New Zealand.
Prospective migrants commit to a full application process prior to being assessed. Then end up both out of pocket and with their hopes dashed. Simply because they did not have a proper assessment carried out.
Surprises may come up throughout your application process. Meaning extra costs or worse still changing your eligibility status.
You appoint an individual to look after you for the entire process without having had any experience of their service levels or how they work.
You are about to embark on one of biggest changes in your life – free online assessments, seminars and the such like simply do not do the magnitude of the decision justice.
Make sure you avoid this one mistake with Your New Zealand Emigration and contact us about getting properly assessed.
That’s why Intergate has put together an initial checklist for your move to New Zealand to help make it go a bit smoother:
Ensure that you bring all your documents.
When you are in New Zealand it is going to prove worthwhile to have all your documents with you and easily accessible at all times. This will make life in New Zealand much easier.
Here are some of the most commonly required documents:
• Your CV
• An international drivers license
• Work references
• Academic qualification transcripts
• Credit references
• Bank statements
• Marriage certificate
• Birthday certificate
• Identity document
Please be aware that all of your documents should be the originals and not copies. They also need to be in English otherwise you will be required to bring a certified translation with you.
Learn what you can and can’t bring with you
You may or may not be surprised to know that the New Zealand rules about what you can and can’t bring into the country may be a bit stricter than other places you have lived in and been. New Zealand is very safety conscious and they aim to protect their environment.
Understanding and reading the list of items to declare will prove useful.
Reading and understanding the official list of items coming into New Zealand (New Zealand customs) will prove extremely beneficial too.
Set up your finances
It is a going to be within your best interest to set up a New Zealand bank account, prior to arriving. You will need to be able to make cash and credit withdrawals when you arrive.
It is going to be beneficial to learn everything you can about the New Zealand currency, prices, money systems and tax prior to arriving in the country.
Research the different living areas
It goes without saying that you will need to organise accommodation for when you arrive. If you have friends and family to stay with for the first few days until you get settled in then that could be an option too.
Alternatively you can organise somewhere to stay in advance. It is going to prove useful to start researching everything which you will need to know as soon as possible. The more research you do, the more knowledgeable you will become.
Make use of a New Zealand ready software tool
Doing your homework and preparing in advance will prove to be extremely useful. One of the best tools which will help you with your preparation to New Zealand is the NZ Ready tool.
Here you will find a comprehensive and informative list of things to do before you leave. Based on your own set of criteria’s and customised information, generated list of things to know and tasks to do be done, will be created especially for you.
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) 11 234 4275 (SA) or +44 (0) 1392 531730 (UK). If you prefer, you could instead send us an email.
If you are looking for a safe and peaceful lifestyle, where you will be able to give your family the future that they deserve, then you may want to consider relocating to the beautiful country of New Zealand.
You may not know it yet, but New Zealand may just be your perfect choice. It is never easy to relocate to any country; therefore you are going to want to find a country that is a good fit for you and your family.
The good news is that many families all over the world are relocating to New Zealand and are happy and proud of their new life.
New Zealand welcomes everyone
Regardless of the country which you are relocating to New Zealand from, New Zealand is a fairly easy country to settle into. New Zealand is known to be a very friendly country.
People from all over the world and from all different walks of life are welcomed openly in New Zealand. The good news is that in terms of adjusting, parents have reported that their children adjust surprisingly quickly into their new life in New Zealand.
New Zealand is stable
One of the biggest considerations when moving across the world is the stability of the country. There is no point moving to a country which has a struggling economy and a government which is unstable.
Fortunately New Zealand is an extremely stable country, both in terms of its government and in terms of its economy.
Wealth is relatively easily distributed and the majority of families who live in New Zealand feel safe to move around without worrying about crime.
Everyone has a chance of success in New Zealand
One of the best aspects about New Zealand is that there is more than enough to go around. New Zealand does not have a scarcity of resources and therefore everyone has an equal chance of success.
People are treated with respect in the workplace. There are many employee rights which are strictly implemented. You will not need to worry about equality in the workplace, as New Zealand has this covered for you.
Enjoy a work/life balance in New Zealand
New Zealand offers people a great lifestyle for everyone. People in New Zealand pride themselves on having achieved the ideal work/life balance. They work extremely hard but they also value family and recreational time.
In New Zealand workmates and employers have a tendency to respect the fact that you have a life outside of the office. The respect goes both ways and “family time” is valued just as much as “work time”.
Let’s face it, one of the biggest things people look at when considering relocating to New Zealand is the weather. Fortunately just like everything else in New Zealand, this does not fail to disappoint.
The weather in New Zealand may be dependent on the area in New Zealand where you stay, which allows you to literally pick the weather that suits you. If you are looking for long warm summers and cooler winters, there is definitely an area in New Zealand which you can choose to live, that will meet your requirements.
Move to New Zealand
If you wish to move to New Zealand, the very first step which you will need to take, is to do an assessment. It is best to book an assessment with a fully licensed New Zealand immigration adviser, who has the expertise and knowledge in this regard.
When it comes to your chances of moving to New Zealand, you should never take any short-cuts.
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. If you prefer, you could instead send us an email.
Many people choose to pack up all of their belongings and travel across the world, moving from South Africa to New Zealand. New Zealand offers South Africans a balanced, calm, safe and happy lifestyle. More and more South Africans are choosing New Zealand as their country of choice.
How does living in New Zealand compare to South Africa?
There are many differences between South and New Zealand. Firstly in New Zealand you will be able to walk around freely. You will not need to worry about crime. New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world, which offers a free and calm lifestyle.
Purchasing a car in New Zealand is much easier. Registration and transfers can be done at a post office, normally open 7 days a week. Moving from South Africa to New Zealand may initially be difficult but you will soon learn to enjoy all the benefits.
Cost of living
The cost of living in New Zealand is comparable to many western style countries. Many people have found the cost of living in New Zealand higher than South Africa, while other people have found the cost of living to be lower or similar. The truth is that it all depends on your lifestyle, where you choose to live, as well as various other factors.
Children can be children in New Zealand
In New Zealand your children will be able to experience the joys and excitement of childhood without the added pressures of having to grow up too fast because of crime, finances or community disintegration. Moving from South Africa to New Zealand will allow your children to grow up in a very child friendly country.
Working in New Zealand
New Zealand offers an excellent work/life balance, which means you will always have time to spend with your family and children. New Zealand also has many public holidays, but parents have more rights than in South Africa. For example when a child is born both parents are allowed to take leave.
The weather in New Zealand is very much dependent on the area in New Zealand, which you live in. The north is sub-tropical with temperatures probably very near to what you’re used to in South Africa. New Zealand’s south is cooler but on the plus side you will get to experience snow.
In many places in New Zealand the weather is very similar to South Africa. For example if you choose to live in Auckland you may be in luck because the weather is very similar to that of Cape Town except it is more humid.
In South Africa if you do not have medical aid you are stuck making use of public health services. As many South Africans know this can be extremely problematic for many reasons. In New Zealand the health care system is very different.
New Zealand residents can choose to make use of private medical cover, however many of them do not feel the need to do so. Excellent health care is one of the many benefits you will experience, if you plan on moving from South Africa to New Zealand.
Although both countries offer public transport, the South African public transport system is fairly unreliable. In New Zealand many people take public transport and find it to be very reliable and consistent. The public transport system in New Zealand is excellent.
It is very common to walk or take a bicycle to and from work in New Zealand. Although this can be done in South Africa, there are many risks associated with it. New Zealand in general offers a more peaceful and calmer lifestyle.
Top hints and tips for New Zealand Immigration from South Africa
If you would like to learn some useful hints and tips for moving from South Africa, to New Zealand, then we welcome you to read one of our previous blog posts entitled: New Zealand Immigration from South Africa
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