Moving to New Zealand? – Support for New Kiwis
The Kiwi Careers process offers full support and advice on your physical move to NZ – schools, social clubs, housing, health, financial services, coffee clubs for new mums or dads, “the basics” – and we can provide work and social mentors to make moving to New Zealand as smooth and painless as possible.
Practical stuff you can do before moving to New Zealand
Moving Your Stuff From The UK To New Zealand
Furnishing an average 3-bedroom house will cost approx. $7,000 + GST (NZ VAT), so think carefully about what will be most cost effective for you: buying new or shipping your furniture. If you do decide to ship your belongings, do not go with a cheap carrier and be sure to get insurance.
Moving to New Zealand from the UK is a big trip for your possessions, so it is worth insuring in case anything is damaged or goes missing. I used Crown Relocators, a large reputable business that regularly ships goods from the UK.
Mortgages & Banking
In order to apply for a mortgage, you first need to secure permanent residency, but you can review all rates online with the banks listed above.
Once all the paperwork is in place, you need to book with a pet carrier company to get them into NZ and then they will need to be in quarantine for a period of two weeks before being let loose in NZ. I used www.qualifiedpet.co.nz who were awesome: the standard of care and accommodation was amazing. Be aware this is a pretty costly exercise; to bring my rather large dog over cost $6,000.
Useful Information for New Kiwis
Getting from A to B
Uber – Yes, it is here and the app works really well. Drivers are friendly and respectful of their passengers – download the app.
Cycle Lanes New Zealand have recently invested in many safe cycle routes around the city. These can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz. However, cycling outside of these designated areas around Auckland city is probably not such a good idea.
If you want to hire a car on a regular basis, check out www.cityhop.co.nz.They have cars dotted all around the country, in most cities and city fringes.
Dates vary from school to school and from year to year.
Term 1 – Late January/early February
Term 2 – Early May
Term 3 – Late July
Term 4 – Mid October
Contact us so we can arrange an experienced broker to manage this process for you.
Doctors & Hospitals
List of Medical Practices: www.healthpoint.co.nz
The White Cross is a half-way service for minor emergencies such as a deep wound or broken bone: injuries that are not life threatening. White Cross practices are walk-in centres located throughout New Zealand. For areas without White Cross centres, e.g. parts of Auckland’s North Shore, you are able to walk into the local A&E.
Locations of White Cross Centres: www.whitecross.co.nz
Hospitals: Each NZ city has a traditional hospital offering full services from A&E to terminal care facilities: www.health.govt.nz › Your health › Services and support › Health care services.
PLEASE NOTE: It is worth getting private health insurance as not all services are free and hospital bills can mount up quickly.
Famous New Zealand Places To Visit
Goat Island Marine Reserve
90-Mile beach and Cape Reinga
Bay Of Islands
Rotorua & White Island
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
Trademe – EBAY
Warehouse – Wilkinsons
Kmart – Household Tescos
Bunnings – B&Q
Mitre 10 – B&Q
Hallensteins – Burton
Harvey Norman – DFS
Glassons – Next for Women
Countdown – Sainsburys
PakNSave – Asda
New World – Waitrose
Nosh / Farro – Marks & Spencer
…And if you are missing some tastes of home, you can always get a fix at one of the English shops:
Union Jacks / British Cornershop / Brit Superstore
2 January — Day after New Year’s Day
Auckland Anniversary — Last weekend in January
6 February — Waitangi Day
Friday 14 April — Good Friday
Monday 17 April — Easter Monday
18 April — Southland Anniversary Day
25 April — ANZAC Day
Monday 5 June — Queen’s Birthday
25 October — Labour Day
Kiwi Careers offers a £250.00 voucher for referrals.
If we place anyone you recommend to our business into a New Zealand role, not only will your contact be super happy with you, we will give you £250.00 to say thanks.
(Referrals will be paid once the successful candidate has secured their dream job and remained in their new role for 3 months.)