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New Zealand

7 Surprising Skills That Could Qualify You For A Kiwi Visa

Wednesday September 14, 2016 (14:15:26)

New Zealand is famed as a rugged, rural and utterly stunning landscape. The scenery is so magical that it was the backdrop for the visual extravaganza of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

But the country is more than just a film set; its mountains, grasslands, beaches and forests are only part of New Zealand’s charm. The untouched landscape is home to a rich, varied culture which celebrates its native Maori heritage alongside that of European settlers and later arrivals from Asia.   more ...

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New Zealand

New Zealand - Recommended Blogs

Tuesday September 13, 2016 (12:53:04)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at New Zealand and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.   more ...

New Zealand > Living

New Zealand

5 Things You May Not Have Considered About Living In New Zealand

Monday August 10, 2015 (13:29:45)
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New Zealand has been one of the most popular expat destinations for many years now, especially for students and retirees. It attracts many visitors because of its scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, work-life balance and high standard of living. The pace of life in this country is quite moderate and the residents actually find the time to pursue their hobbies or simply relax with their families.   more ...

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New Zealand

Internet Access In New Zealand: What You Need To Know

Tuesday April 21, 2015 (02:50:20)

One of the priorities for expats when they first arrive in a new country is to stay connected to family and friends back home. The Internet is a convenient and cost-effective way to stay in touch via email and video calls. It also comes in handy for carrying out some quick research on your new town or city. You can find listings for all kinds of services and tips on where to go and what to do.

Expats in New Zealand will have hardly any trouble connecting to the net, as it is an English-speaking country with affordable Internet access. The speed is known to be slower than it is in the United States and European countries and in comparison the costs could also be higher. But this is true only of the rural areas of the country.   more ...

New Zealand > Living

New Zealand

Why Moving To New Zealand Will (Probably) Make You Happier

Thursday February 05, 2015 (20:47:57)

Assuming that you have your finances in order and are engaged in a profession for which there are plenty of employment opportunities in New Zealand, moving to the country could be one of the best decisions you make. New Zealanders are among the happiest people in the world and what better reason could have to move – to be happy and be surrounded by happy people! New Zealand has consistently featured in the top 20 list of happiest countries based on both Gallup surveys and UN World Happiness Reports.

There’s a reason why the Kiwis are such a happy bunch, so before you pack your bags make sure that you’re on the same page and have the same expectations from life. There are various factors that affect happiness, so let’s take a look at some of them.   more ...

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New Zealand

Using The Healthcare System In New Zealand - A Short Guide For Expats

Thursday January 08, 2015 (06:21:42)

New Zealand has a comprehensive healthcare system that is based on the country’s inherent underlying principle of fairness. Expats will find that is quite easy to see a doctor when in need and healthcare services are also affordable. Residents of New Zealand and certain work visa holders can become integrated into the public healthcare system and avail of free or low-cost medical care due to large government subsidies. Non-residents can also use these services, but at a cost. Many non-residents choose to buy health medical insurance from their home countries. Apart from public healthcare, residents can also obtain private health insurance.   more ...

New Zealand > Living

New Zealand

Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To New Zealand

Thursday December 04, 2014 (03:13:15)

New Zealand has become one of the leading tourist destinations, especially with the colossal success of the film adaptation of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series which was shot almost entirely in New Zealand. Scenic beauty aside, New Zealand’s pleasant climate, booming economy and hospitable population make it an attractive destination for working professionals and business entrepreneurs. Moving to a new country means more than just a change in zip code, it is a whole new lifestyle and it can be pretty scary and intimidating.   more ...

New Zealand > Living

New Zealand

A Few Tips For Expats Driving In New Zealand

Tuesday October 28, 2014 (01:58:17)

It is easy to travel around in New Zealand due to its size. Within a few hours, you can make the journey from one city to another on either of the two main islands. But many roads have winding and uneven terrain that could pose a challenge for new drivers. Here are some driving tips for expats in New Zealand.

Eligibility

Expats who want to drive in New Zealand must have a current driver’s license. If the license is not in English, an approved translation or international driving permit is also necessary. This allows you to drive for up to 12 months from the date you arrive in the country.   more ...

New Zealand > Living

New Zealand

Enjoy Awesome Activities on New Zealand's South Island

Saturday May 18, 2013 (23:02:20)
Kaikoura coastline
New Zealand's South Island, though referred to as the "Mainland", should not be confused with other land masses that bear that name: we tend to associate that term with the most populous areas of any given country, and the South Island is certainly not that (less than a fourth of New Zealand's total population lives here, despite the South Island covering a third more space than the North Island).

The island largely enjoys a temperate climate (though with winter and summer months being the opposite of what residents of the Northern Hemisphere expect), though a variety of different weather conditions lead to both a diversified terrain and diversified lifestyles among the South Island inhabitants. Though there are plenty of opportunities on this picturesque isle for doing business, its main selling point may be the opportunities it presents for leisure and adventure.   more ...

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New Zealand

Current Employment Opportunities in New Zealand

Saturday May 18, 2013 (17:08:15)

Despite New Zealand's limited manufacturing and IT sectors, the country has much to recommend it as a workplace: whatever the local portrait of economic diversity may be, New Zealand was rated by the International Herald Tribune as the "most business-friendly country in the world", and more recently as number three in the World Bank's "Ease of Doing Business" rankings (edged out only by Singapore and Hong Kong). New Zealand workers' salaries are fairly competitive, with the average hourly wage in the private sector being $25.42 in local currency, and average weekly earnings of around $1,320. Many other economic indicators for New Zealand are also very positive, such as last year's 7% reduction in the number of unemployed (a number which places it among the best of the developed nations).

However, factors such as the cost of living and lack of obstructions to commerce are not the only draws to the country, and few "Kiwis" would make these the only items on a list of the best things about New Zealand life. One of New Zealand's most lucrative industries - tourism - will probably hint at another reason that many see it as a great country to relocate to. The islands' stunning natural beauty, and the local commitment to stewardship of this environment, are in a class all of their own.   more ...