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The New Zealand Visa System and your options - page 8

  • Why New Zealand? It's plain for all to see.
  • New Zealand's Seven Immigration Categories
  • If you're struggling to qualify for a visa
  • Some truths and tips about the visa application process
  • Should You Use an Immigration Consultant?
  • The Skilled Migrant Category
  • What constitutes 'skilled employment'?
  • The Process
  • Submitting a Skilled Migrant Application
  • Preparing your application for submission
  • Dealing with the NZIS
  • If your EOI is not selected or your application is refused
  • The next steps to take
  • The New Zealand Working Holiday Visa Scheme

The Indefinite Returning Resident's Visa, Citizenship and Passport - Page 27

  • Indefinite Returning Resident's Visa (IRRV)
  • New Zealand Permanent Residency vs. Citizenship
  • New Zealand Citizenship

The Final Countdown - Packing up - Page 31

  • With more than 3 months to go
  • With 2 months to go
  • With one month to go
  • With a few weeks to go
  • With a week to go
  • The big day
  • During the flight and before landing

Arrival in New Zealand - The first few hours - Page 46

  • Clearing Immigration Control
  • Leaving the airport and getting on your way
  • Finding temporary accommodation
  • Sharing
  • Hostels
  • Hotels and B&B's
  • Motels/Apart-hotels
  • Communications
  • The Internet

Finding a permanent home in New Zealand - Page 52

  • How to Decide Where to Live
  • The Rental Market
  • How to Find a Place to Live
  • New Zealand housing types and standards
  • Buying a home in New Zealand

The Major Cities of New Zealand - Page 57

  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Wellington

The Utilities - Page 59

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Telephone
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP's)
  • Recycling - a New Zealand obsession

What do things cost? - Page 61

  • What is 'affordable'?
  • The cost of food
  • Food, groceries and the Kiwi diet
  • Shopping in New Zealand
  • Product quality and return policies
  • Automobiles

Driving in New Zealand - Page 65

  • Traffic jams
  • Speed and distance
  • The golden rule and 4 other special rules of New Zealand driving
  • Can I drive in New Zealand with my existing licence?
  • Licensing (registering) your car and obtaining a Warranty of Fitness (WOF) certificate
  • Some practicalities of motoring in New Zealand

Employment in New Zealand - finding a job - Page 68

  • The state of play as an immigrant
  • The ways to find work in New Zealand
  • Visiting areas where employers are
  • Newspapers and industry publications
  • How and Why Recruitment Agencies Exist
  • How to Approach Agencies
  • How the Agencies may deal with You
  • The Big Secret
  • Some agency tricks
  • How to deal with agencies
  • The Importance of the Job Interview
  • Useful websites

Managing your finances in New Zealand - Page 76

  • Getting money in to New Zealand
  • Bank accounts, service charges and your choices
  • New Zealand's Tax System and 'Rogernomics'
  • Personal and business tax rates
  • Double Tax Treaties

New Zealand's schools and education system - Page 80

  • New Zealand's education system seen in totality
  • Types of primary and secondary schools
  • The costs involved
  • How to select a school for your child
  • The national curriculum and practical matters
  • Useful websites dealing with education in New Zealand
  • Tertiary (university) education in New Zealand
  • Childcare services

Insurance and healthcare in New Zealand - Page 86 Practicalities of life in New Zealand - Page 88

  • Mail services
  • Electrical device and video format compatibility
  • New Zealand's television channels
  • New Zealand's film rating system
  • National and regional newspapers
  • Firearms

New Zealand culture - Page 92

  • Cultural background
  • Fashion, Society and Social Mores
  • Manners and personal space
  • Socialising
  • The roles of the sexes
  • Sexuality
  • Alcohol, smoking and drug use
  • Attitudes toward wealth
  • Racism, bigotry and the social pecking order
  • Religion
  • Crime
  • Leisure
  • The Maori

New Zealand's climate - Page 96

Kiwi-English - Page 97

Facts and Figures about New Zealand - Page 98

  • Geography
  • A brief history
  • Government
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Primary production and industries
  • Economy
  • Some New Zealand trivia

- Chapter 1 -


Why New Zealand? It's plain for all to see

New Zealand has the enviable reputation of being regarded as the jewel of the South Pacific. It is a clean, green and, as the New Zealand tourist advertisement on British television says, "100% Pure" country. It is a land of great natural beauty and offers an unsurpassed lifestyle, a favourable climate, crisp clean air, magnificent scenery and endless outdoor activities and leisure pursuits.

Current New Zealand immigration policy seeks 45,000 to 50,000 new migrants each year who wish to benefit from the opportunities that New Zealand offers. If eligible, this year could be your chance to initiate, not just a new job in a new country, but a whole new lifestyle for the people that matter to you. The application procedure is a demanding one, but armed with this guide and coupled with some effort on your part, you could be enjoying a barbeque on the beach next Christmas.

New Zealand remains one of the easier western countries in the world in which to obtain a permanent resident's visa. It's an English-speaking country about the size of the UK or the state of Colorado in the USA. However, it only has a population of just over 4 million people. There's no lack of space and the absence of overcrowding means people still have time for one another. This quality of life is hard to put a price on.

It's physical beauty ranges from Alpine grandeur in the south to sub-tropical paradise in the north with the occasional orchard, vineyard, geothermal area and many picture-postcard rolling green hills in between. Recreational activity options abound, so if you like the 'great outdoors' then you won't be disappointed.

- Chapter 2 -


There are two documents that will allow you to travel to and from New Zealand without restrictions and without the fear of expiration dates. These two documents allow you to call New Zealand your second home and provide you with the freedom to come and go as you please indefinitely. These documents are:

- Chapter 3 -


Your visa application will take several months to be approved. During this time it is prudent to start making arrangements for your 'Big Move'. What follows is a suggested plan of action that starts off with the most time-consuming tasks and ends with the last minute things best left until your day of departure.

Most people moving overseas have usually only had the experience of a domestic move within their home country. It is understandable to imagine that an international removal is much the same - it isn't. It is far more complicated, costly, stressful and time-consuming. It also comes with an unpredictable watershed point where you cross over to unfamiliar terrain where you are very much on your own.

- Chapter 4 -


Clearing Immigration Control

The vast majority of people arriving in New Zealand do so at Auckland or Wellington International Airports. Just about everything is well signposted and finding your way around isn't too difficult. If you are overawed or feel lost, just follow the crowd.

The procedure involves clearing Immigration Control first, then on to collect your luggage with the finale being a walk through a corridor of Customs officials. If your papers are in order, you're visibly in good health, not carrying anything illegal in your luggage and don't look like you're hiding something, then you have nothing to fear. This process should be a formality taking just under an hour to complete.

As you get off the plane, look up toward the ceiling to spot the signs pointing to Immigration Control.

- Chapter 5 -


Where to live is a function of your personal circumstances. It comes down to what you will accept, what you can afford, where you work, when you work, what transport you require and how long you want to stay. Schooling for children might also be needed. If you're single, a couple or a family with children also plays a large part in this decision. Deciding where to live is not an easy matter to deal with and nor is it speedily resolved in most cases.

The longer you want to stay creates more options for you. Short-term accommodation is relatively easy to come by, but will be in two extremes - very nice or very horrible. The latter is cheap and is anything from dingy hostels, crowding in with friends or family (an emotional "horrible"), sharing with strangers or to sleeping on the streets. "Nice" would be expensive and encompasses hotels, B&Bs or serviced flats.

Longer-term accommodation takes longer to secure for a variety of reasons. Once people find a nice place to stay, they hold on to it for as long as possible. In New Zealand people change jobs far more frequently than they do changing homes. The process of signing up to a new lease can be lengthy too. The quality of accommodation in an area can vary greatly, so many viewings of properties are called for. Expect to see at least a dozen places before finding a place you will sign up to.

If you have a permanent position workwise you will most likely work at the same location on a daily basis. You can then look for the most suitable way of commuting to work. The cost and time involved in commuting must then be considered. This in itself is a function of what you earn. If you earn at least an average salary, you can afford more in the way of transport. Lower-wage workers can't afford to lay out a few hundred Dollars a month on commuting in from outside a city. The best way to get to work usually involves having your own personal car because it is the quickest way. Travelling the same distance with public transport will take several times longer. Don't forget to factor in the cost of parking your car for the day at work.

- Chapter 6 -



The Auckland region stretches from the west coast beaches of the Tasman Sea, to the white sand coastline of the Pacific Ocean to the east. This region represents only 2% of New Zealand's land area but the population total is bigger than that of the entire South Island, the biggest island in New Zealand. This region is a watersports playground, a gateway to New Zealand, a centre for commerce, entertainment and education and it offers a great lifestyle. It is the economic heart of New Zealand and the prime destination for new immigrants to New Zealand.

It is New Zealand's largest city and has a population of over 1.2 million people or almost a third of New Zealand's total population. The region around Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population on earth and thus it has a unique blend of Polynesian and European culture with latterly an increasing Asian influence.

- Chapter 7 -


Whilst setting up your new home in New Zealand, you will need to secure for yourself one or more utility connections. Fortunately it's a relatively quick and painless process. Since de-regulation of the New Zealand utility industry, many different utility companies have sprung up around the country. Where you live in New Zealand will largely determine whether you'll have multiple companies or just one option to select from.

- Chapter 8 -


What is "affordable"?

Doing direct comparisons of price levels in any country is really an exercise of little value. Consumer goods in Cuba are expensive to Cubans, but the same items in Japan (at a higher price in any currency) are cheap to the Japanese. How can this be? What we can afford to pay for goods is a function of what we earn. What we can spend is after tax has been deducted and other essential needs have been paid for. In a country like New Zealand you don't spend as much money on healthcare and safety as in other countries. Those items are already included in the taxes paid. Taxes can be high in New Zealand, but that is slowly changing.

So how do we make a meaningful comparison? The only item everyone worldwide has the same amount of, is time. Consider "time" to be a universal currency. Thus a good measure of affordability is how long it will take you to earn the same item. (The fact that items vary in quality and need replacing more often in some countries will be ignored for now). Calculations for your doing the same job in New Zealand is obviously necessary to conduct a meaningful review, so see the chapter on employment.

- Chapter 9 -


Traffic jams

Don't believe all the bad stories you may have heard about driving in New Zealand. Driving here is no more dangerous than driving in any major city in North America, Europe or Asia.

Traffic jams are becoming the greatest problem in New Zealand. The country's road system was designed for smaller cars and low traffic volumes that existed decades ago. A shortage of funding, inappropriate planning and a lack of government vision has resulted in an infrastructure that is now outdated, struggling to cope and becoming overtaxed. Rush-hour congestion in Auckland and Wellington can be quite bad with typical drive times of over an hour. City governments are responding by subsidising commuter rail providers and trying to convince commuters to use public transport.

- Chapter 10 -


The state of play as an immigrant

The New Zealand labour market is very competitive. The rate at which people change jobs is lower than in countries such as America and Britain. How quickly you are able to find a suitable job depends on a number of factors:

  • which part of New Zealand you live in
  • economic conditions prevailing nationally and locally
  • the overall demand for your particular skills and/or qualifications
  • the number of vacancies in your industry nationally and locally
  • your skills, qualifications, experience and their recognition by the relevant New Zealand organisations
  • your ability to find job opportunities and to position yourself so that jobs find you
  • your skill at using your CV to market yourself
  • your ability to interview well
  • your ability to retain a position, perform well in it and to build your prospects from there

With the last five points above you have much more influence over, so concentrate on doing those well and quickly.

Having been given permission to migrate to New Zealand does not guarantee a job. Think of it instead as having been told that you are eligible to compete in the New Zealand labour market. Be prepared for a scenario of it taking some time to find work in New Zealand. It would be much easier for you (and your dependants) if you or your partner have work of some kind lined up waiting for you when you do arrive in New Zealand.

- Chapter 11 -


Getting money in to New Zealand

Once you have your New Zealand visa then you can start planning to transfer funds into New Zealand currency. Even if you don't have all your funds available you can reserve a good exchange rate using a forward currency contract. Such a product is available from currency brokers who should be able to give you a better rate than a regular bank would. Like with anything else, it pays to shop around. You could be dealing in a lot of money and percentages make a difference. By arranging a forward currency contract to buy New Zealand dollars at an agreed rate you eliminate the risk that the rate will drop by the time you have your funds ready. In a sense you are buying certainty. It could work out in your favour or it could not. You can then have the monies transferred to your New Zealand bank account when required, usually shortly before your arrival in New Zealand.

If you have a pension then may wish to consider transferring it to New Zealand. This can be complicated and it is recommend that you get professional advice on how to go about transferring a pension to New Zealand. By transferring your pension, you are removing the element of currency risk from your pension pot.

There is no restriction on the amount of foreign or local currency which may be imported to New Zealand. There is no exchange control on currency in New Zealand. Cash amounts in excess of NZ$10000, either being brought into or taken out of the country, must be reported to customs authorities. The required forms are available at New Zealand ports and airports. . "Cash" does not include traveller's checks, checks, postal notes, bearer bonds, or money orders. You can read more about this and get the form from the following webpage:

- Chapter 12 -


The New Zealand education system seen in totality

School attendance in New Zealand is compulsory from ages 6 to 16. Children are allowed to attend state schools following their 5th birthday, which is when most parents choose to enrol them.

New Zealand's schools are separated into three levels: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. The Primary level includes NZ 1st Year through NZ 6th Year. Secondary level education is made up of Intermediate schools which incorporate NZ 7th and 8th Years and High Schools (also known as "Colleges") which incorporate the NZ 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Years.

Tertiary level education is provided by several universities, polytechnics and technical institutes which are dotted around the country.

- Chapter 13 -


In the event of an accident, New Zealand's Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) typically pays for treatment to the injured person. It's basically a no-fault system of insurance underwriting that covers most everyone in New Zealand. This means that if you're hit by a car, slip on some steps, get hit by falling debris or encounter some other accidental injury covered by ACC, you will usually not have the right to sue the party that is technically at fault.

If you were permanently hurt, you would typically receive a series of compensation payouts based on the ACC's schedule of maximum benefits for given injuries.

- Chapter 14 -


Mail Services

It takes about 5 to 10 days for mail to get from New Zealand to the US or Europe. It usually takes 10-15 days for mail to come from there to New Zealand.

The postal systems of many countries will allow you to forward certain articles of mail from your previous address to your new address in New Zealand for up to a year at no charge. Check with your own postal service to see what they offer. International mail-forwarding from other countries can cause additional delays of 7-14 days. If you don't mind the delay, it can be a great convenience.

- Chapter 15 -


Cultural background

New Zealand's culture is a fusion of Maori culture and that of the descendants of the early British colonists and later settlers, many of whom were of working class origin. While British culture predominates within the country, Maori culture is increasingly being identified with New Zealand. This is due to Haka displays by New Zealand sporting teams and to the tens of thousands of visitors who each year experience and film or photograph Maori culture events.

British and Irish culture in New Zealand has been significantly influenced by Maori and other Polynesians. Scottish influences are strong, mainly in the southernmost parts of the South Island. In general, early immigrants from other parts of Europe and Asia, and World War II refugees (particularly the Dutch) were easily assimilated.

Small enclaves of these early immigrant cultures remain as islands in a sea of British colonial culture. In recent years there has been a considerable influx of migrants from Asia. These new migrants now make up a significant proportion of the population, particularly in Auckland.

- Chapter 16 -


New Zealand's climate varies from warm subtropical conditions in the far North to a cool temperate climate in the far South. There are even severe alpine conditions in the mountainous areas. The mountain chains that extend the length of New Zealand provide a barrier to the prevailing westerly winds. This has the effect of dividing the country into dramatically different climate regions. The West Coast of the South Island is the wettest area of New Zealand, whilst the area to the east of the same mountains, just over 60 miles away, is the driest part of New Zealand.

Most areas of New Zealand have between 600 and 1600 mm of rainfall per annum. This is spread throughout the year with a dry period during the Summer. Over the Northern and central areas of New Zealand there is more rain in Winter than in Summer. For much of the southern part of New Zealand, Winter is the season of least rainfall.

- Chapter 17 -


If your English was learned in schools based on the British model, then much of modern New Zealand English will be familiar to you. English and Maori are both official languages, but the vast majority of people speak only English.

New Zealanders have a arranged a few words in the English language in an order that has resulted in expressions that are unique to New Zealand. Some of the more popular ones are:

- Chapter 18 -


New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests. Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of just over 4 million - making it one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation, quality of life and relaxation. It is also a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. In a couple of days driving it is possible to see everything from mountain ranges to sandy beaches, rainforests, glaciers and fiords and active volcanoes.

New Zealand is similar to mountainous countries like Switzerland or Norway. The vast mountain chain of the Southern Alps is larger than the French, Austrian and Swiss Alps combined. The country consists of many islands but 2 main islands called simply the North and South Island. The more scenic South Island is a land of spectacular snow capped mountains and steep fiords. The warmer North Island is a land of volcanoes and extreme thermal activity. Both islands contain areas with beautiful natural sandy beaches. Cities in New Zealand all have great night life and tend to be located in spectacular natural surroundings.

New Zealand has 50 million sheep and produces the finest wool in the world and is also the biggest producer of wool in the world after Australia. The sheep outnumber the country's human population by more than 12 to one. British colonists introduced sheep to New Zealand in the early 1800's. Today there are six main sheep breeds and almost 30 breeds in total in New Zealand. Farmers keep breeds that best suit their particular type of farm and climate. There are countless sheep jokes aimed at New Zealanders, coming especially from Australians.

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