New Zealand Destination Guide
Posted on 26th February 2018
Capital city: Wellington
Population: 4.7 million (0.06% of the total world population)
Currency: New Zealand Dollar
Official languages: English, Māori, New Zealand Sign Language
Business opportunities: the main employment industries are agriculture, horticulture, fishing and forestry, and tourism – so it’s very likely you’ll be able to quickly find work in any of these sectors. New Zealand also has opportunities in many other areas of business; consult the government website for more detail.
Climate: Most of the country is surrounded by the sea, meaning mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. With abundant sunshine, summers range between 20 – 30 degrees and winters are about 10 – 15 degrees on average.
Average life expectancy: 81.5 years
The Way of Life in New Zealand
Island nation: the furthest you can ever be from the sea in New Zealand is just 75 miles (120km). As such, there are a variety of pastimes to enjoy – such as sailing, kayaking, surfing or fishing – or if you’d rather relax on your days off, there are miles of beaches and secluded lakes to explore.
Rugby: If you’re looking for conversation starters with your new work colleagues, rugby is a good place to start. New Zealand is home to one of the most successful teams in the world – the All Blacks. They play their test matches at a variety of venues across New Zealand, so wherever you choose to move, you’ll be sure to catch this iconic team in action.
Mountainous landscape: activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking are popular and are easy to access with a reliable bus network. The famous Mt. Victoria near Wellington and South Island’s beautiful Fiordland National Park were used for the backdrops to Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so it’ll make for a mythical hiking experience.
Hub for arts and culture: Although New Zealand is one of the youngest nations in the world, it has a diverse range of performing arts, literature, museums and art galleries to explore. A central part of its identity involves Māori culture, and you can experience it firsthand by taking a tour of traditional Marae grounds around Northland, Auckland, Rotorua and Canterbury.
Managing your finances in New Zealand
New Zealand has one of the most progressive taxation systems in the world; it’s fair, predictable and has a minimum amount of loopholes. It’s a favourable environment for your personal assets too, so managing your finances should be relatively straightforward. Applying for an IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number on arrival will ensure you’ll be taxed at the correct rate when you begin earning in New Zealand.
Ease of moving
Depending on whether you’d like to work, move permanently, join family or start a business or invest in New Zealand, you’ll need a slightly different visa. The main emigration requirements include:
- You must be under the age of 56 years
- Meet the health, character and English language requirements
- Be able to meet the threshold of 100 points in the points system
If you meet these requirements, there’s no need to find a job before entering the country, although it is favourable. However, you might be fast-tracked if you’re a nurse, social worker, engineer, mechanic, electrician, or metal worker, as there is a demand for these particular skilled professions in New Zealand. Check the government website for more information.
Young people: if you’re aged 18 – 30, you can apply for a 12 or 23-month working holiday visa. This enables you to live, work and gain experience in New Zealand without a long term commitment. A great option for immersing yourself in the culture and lifestyle, and gaining work experience in a beautiful country.
Moving abroad checklist
- Ensure all your documents are packed, including passports, birth and death certificates, driving licenses and marriage certificates.
- Arrange travel insurance: it’s wise to arrange travel insurance just in case, however, you do qualify for subsidised care if you are a resident or hold a valid work visa that is valid for two years or more. In addition to this, the costs for most accidents are covered by New Zealand’s unique accident compensation scheme (ACC).
- Book in with a reputable moving company: it’s important your belongings are going to be in the best hands possible when travelling such a long way, and to ensure everything reaches you in one piece, or is stored safely back in the UK, it’s imperative to choose a company you can trust.
- Register for a new doctor, dentist and of course open a bank account, to ensure all the paperwork is in place for the best possible transition into your new life.
- Find a job – updating your CV to reflect your current experience and practising writing a good cover letter will help you find a position as soon as possible. In New Zealand, 70 – 80% of jobs aren’t advertised – so doing the research yourself, finding relevant companies and meeting people will ensure you’re able to find a job you really like.
- Brush up on some New Zealand slang: to feel like a local and impress your new Kiwi friends, getting to know some new words and phrases might be a fun way to help integrate with your new surroundings. Check out this list to get started!
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