Immigrating to NZ
Returning home or immigrating to New Zealand? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We can assist you through the job search and immigration process.
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New Zealand is a land of scenic diversity and contrasts, ranging from beaches and thermal wonderlands to snowfields and alpine exquisiteness. From busy cities to remote country townships and rugged, uninhabited bush.
New Zealand has an estimated population of 4.0 million, with the North Islanders making up 3,040,000 of the population and the South Islanders 960,000.
The Main Centres of population are:
New Zealand is located in the southern Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,600 km (995 miles) east of Australia. It is comprised of two main islands (the North and South Islands) and a number of smaller islands, with a total land area of 268,021 sq km. Our geography includes a range of spectacular landscapes including the mountain range of the Southern Alps. The fiords, rainforests, glaciers and lakes and the coastal plains of Canterbury add to the variety of the South Island scenery, also the volcanic region of the North Island.
New Zealand’s seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. Warmer months are December through to February, while the colder months are from June through to August. Winters tend to be relatively short in New Zealand, with signs of springs showing well before the official winter is over.
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(Source: Statistic New Zealand, website www.stats.govt.nz)
Life and Leisure
Getting away from the crowds is never a problem in New Zealand. Even those living in the major centres are often within less than a twenty minute drive to open and unspoiled countryside. As a result many New Zealanders enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits with most weekends and holidays spent in the outdoors. New Zealand is also home to many fine wineries, which can be found in both the central North Island and the South Island.
New Zealand operates a decimal currency system with 100 cents to the NZ Dollar.
Coins: 10, 20, 50, $1, $2
Notes: 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars.
All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand including, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card and Visa.
There are a variety of commercial banking facilities throughout New Zealand. Banks are normally open from 9.00 am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. ATM’s are widely used throughout New Zealand and operate 24 hours. Opening a bank account is easy however you will need to visit the Bank branch in person. Generally most Banks will require the following information:
- A permanent postal address, such as a residential address
- Two forms of identification such as a passport or drivers license
- If opening a cheque account a deposit may be required
- Your IRD number
Income Tax and Annual leave
Salary and Wages earners have an amount of tax (PAYE) approx. 32% up to $70k and 35% above, deducted from their wages and salary by their employer, which is then forwarded to the IRD (Inland Revenue Dept.) on a regular basis. All employees must have a tax IRD number that can be obtained from the IRD department.
Annual leave is typically 4 weeks with 11 statutory holidays per year.
Goods and Services Tax
This is a consumer tax on the purchase or sale of goods and services supplied within New Zealand. The current GST rate is 15%. Most goods and services are purchased GST inclusive.
New Zealand has a good range of transportation including air, train, buses, taxis and rental cars.
All drivers must have a driver’s license. If you have an international driving license or permit you can drive in New Zealand, however you will need to apply for a New Zealand drivers license within 12 months of arrival.
The medical services in New Zealand are good but public hospitals can get overloaded therefore waiting lists are commonplace and can be long. Generally non-residents of New Zealand are not eligible for free Public Health and thus will be billed for health services.
The price and quality of rental homes vary and it is advisable that you visit the property personally before signing a Tenancy Agreement also known as a lease.
If buying a home it is advisable that you take time to look around and become familiar with the market. Prices for homes in New Zealand vary considerably and a lot depends on where they are located.