Emigrating to New Zealand
Firstly Immigration New Zealand have a fantastic website that can answer the majority questions & queries www.ssnz.govt.nz . It is updated on a regular basis so all the information provided is current. It explains about the NZ banking & tax systems, where to live, schooling and the health system among a lot of other very useful information that will make your move to our lovely country a pleasant one. Other websites of use will be:
www.christchurch.org.nz contains everything you need to know about living in this wonderful city.
www.trademe.co.nz is an online site where you can view current rental properties suitable for longer-term. This site also allows you to view cars, furniture etc.
http://bethere.co.nz is a free online events calendar for Christchurch and Canterbury, New Zealand and is provided by the Christchurch City Council.
Here are some helpful basic tips to get started in NZ:
1. HOUSING : Rental houses in NZ don’t usually come furnished. In some cases,“whiteware” (fridge, washing machine etc) are provided. You may need character references to provide to landlords. As a short term option for your arrival there are ‘serviced apartments” – these are self-contained apartments which operate similarly to a hotel but they have full kitchens so that you can self-cater. This is probably not ideal for longer term as the rates vary from $180-250 per night. It can be a good option for the first weeks until you find something more affordable and suitable for you or your family.
2. CAR – trademe.co.nz can help you with this. The process for buying a car in NZ is that you can buy off individuals or direct from registered (RMVD) car dealers. It is usually recommended that you get what is called an “AA Check” – AA is Automobile Association and insurance companies which have people look over your car and can tell you what work may need doing to it. Vehicles must all have a current WOF (this stands for Warrant of Fitness) and Registration. When you purchase a car from someone or a dealer you need to change the ownership details – this can be done at the Post Office.You should also insure your car – there are several insurance providers you can Google.
3. SCHOOLS. www.ero.govt.nz is the website for the Education Review Office – they provide you with a summary of the ‘performance’ of every school in NZ in terms of ‘results” and also the socio-economic background of its students.
Some schools require you to be ‘zoned’ in their area – i.e. live in the surrounding suburbs in order to attend. Some don’t but this could mean a longer commute for your children. Some schools are publicly funded, whereas others are ‘private’ and require the parents to pay.