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We didn't have any pets, was just me wife and a baby.
We used an agent called "WorkingIn" based in Auckland. We met them at an emigration expo in Manchester and were offering free initial consultations/advice about EOI points, skilled migrant category visas etc and if you decided to sign up with them there and then they were basically offering a hall price service.
We used PSS International to ship our household goods. They were excellent and I would recommend them. There are a few international shipping companies so good idea to get quotes from them all and pick the one that provides the best service for you.
We took everything with us from our house in the UK.
All furniture, appliances, beds, bedding, tv's - everything apart from our cars, motorbike and the lawnmower.
I'd advise you to take everything you have and buy more for the container to fill it as its the same cost whether its half full or full.
Everything for home is more expensive here, furniture, appliances, beds, bedding, homewares, curtains, towels........ In fact it would be easier to post a list of things that are cheaper as that's so much easier :-
Fuel!!! (at the moment)
$2.20 a litre petrol, $1.55 a litre diesel.
Car road tax - $278 per year.
Car insurance - approx half the cost.
No council tax.
There is nothing that I would recommend you buy here instead of UK. If its an appliance or electronics in the UK, just cut the plug off when you get here and get the hubby to replace it with an NZ plug top.
All UK appliances/electronics work here as the domestic electricity voltage and frequency are the same 240v/50hz but you will need a plug/socket adapter as these are different. We bought a big bag of them before we came and then slowly replaced the plug tops one by one.
Where you use many items in the same position - ie tv, DVD player, games console just use one adapter or change the plug top on a UK 4 way extension and plug all the items in the extension keeping the UK plugs on. We've done this with our tv combo in the lounge and also with the pc/printer/shredder/camera dock in our home office.

Ask away with questions - we are here to help.
The forum was excellent in answering a lot of our questions before we came and yes keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on with the process. You can just post a new thread or use the PM facility to message individual members directly and if you ever come to Wellington in the future we can always meet for coffee, lunch with the family.

Ps I forgot to mention.
I have a friend who's a roofer here with his own business and knows way better than me how it works with trade people here.
He only employs 1 person permanently. All his other staff are contracted in depending on his workload.
This may be the same situation for your hubby ?
Just letting you know that he may have to work for himself or on the books of a contracting agency and not sure how that fairs with Immigration and the visa.
Also he may be expected to do a lot more than just plastering - ie he may have to board out and undertake other skills under the same title. I'd advise you to research the job here as the skills people use under a job title in UK don't relate to the same job title here. It may be wise for your hubby to look at getting other skills and qualifications under his belt in the run up to emigration. He may also need to do the IELTS exam ?

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Hello "escapedtonz"--

This is my first post, and I want to thank you for all the info that you supply on this forum. It is really helpful info.

Regarding your comment about leaving the motorbike behind, can I ask why you chose not to bring it with you?

We are considering moving from the USA to NZ, and the thought of leaving my motorbike behind brings me to tears.

Is is terribly expensive to import a cycle? I have looked on some of the government websites and found some info on import tariffs, but are there other issues that i should be aware of? As with all other items, the cost of buying a cycle upon arrival seems very expensive. Given all the other expenses that we are sure to encounter, having to put off buying a cycle in order to cover other necessities would be tragic.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Best regards,

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Hello "escapedtonz"-- This is my first post, and I want to thank you for all the info that you supply on this forum. It is really helpful info. Regarding your comment about leaving the motorbike behind, can I ask why you chose not to bring it with you? We are considering moving from the USA to NZ, and the thought of leaving my motorbike behind brings me to tears. Is is terribly expensive to import a cycle? I have looked on some of the government websites and found some info on import tariffs, but are there other issues that i should be aware of? As with all other items, the cost of buying a cycle upon arrival seems very expensive. Given all the other expenses that we are sure to encounter, having to put off buying a cycle in order to cover other necessities would be tragic. Any insight would be appreciated. Best regards, Crossroads
Hi Crossroads,
Oh a few reasons really......
It was a Yamaha YZF-R6R Virgin R6 Cup race bike, actually prepared by the team but just used as the press bike for the 2006 season. At the end of 2006 it was converted back into a road bike and given to a charity as a competition prize. I bought it from the guy who had won it in a local competition, PDI'd it, registered and road taxed it.
It was a bit full on for the road and I kind of wanted something less crazy when I came to NZ and something I could do more miles on - comfort was an issue on the Yam. Seat was as hard as nails and it really made the wrists ache after a long ride cos of the riding position.
I'd had it from new for 4 years, so wanted rid before things started needing to be replaced.
It was the perfect opportunity for a new bike.
The cost of shipping was 1500 and in my eyes way too much for it to be viable.
The nail in its coffin (so to speak) was the original supplying dealer offered me 4250 cash - it was worth 7500 new but only cost me 6000. Had it 4 years and 13500 miles. Was too good an offer to refuse.

Apart from the cost the pitfalls of shipping to NZ are :-
The time it takes - around 12 weeks.
It has to be immaculately clean inside and out for the Maf inspection.
There's a lot of paperwork.
You need to get letters of conformity, compliance etc.
It really is an unknown when it arrives here in NZ as the costs to get it on the road aren't usually included as it's all a bit of a grey area so I was led to believe.
I believe as soon as it arrives you are notified - you must be in NZ when it arrives as someone must be responsible for it.
It then goes through customs and Maf inspections. You could be charged by both at this point for inspection fees for it to clear customs and Maf.
If Maf don't consider it clean enough it will be handed to a contractor to clean in at your expense and you'll only get it back when you've paid.
To get it on the road it has to be inspected by the transport authorities to make sure it complies with all the NZ laws - so were talking road safety, emissions, how it would perform in an accident etc etc.
If NZTA not happy they will issue notice of why and what needs to be done for it to comply - this could cost $k's ?
When you get through this it has to pass a Warrant Of Fitness then with this certificate it can be registered and vehicle license bought.
Vehicle License is expensive here -
$600 a year for mine. Towards $700 I think for a litre bike.
With all the above l just thought stuff it, I'll get a new bike when I'm in NZ!

I don't think bikes are expensive here. Second hand bikes just hold their value more. There's a lot less bikes on the road and less demand for them. People ride and drive older bikes / cars here.
New bikes seem to be the equivalent price of a new one in the UK - for instance the new KTM 1290 Superduke R is 14999 in the UK new. Here it's $28450, which if you have a look at the exchange rate is bang on.
I bought a 12 month old - 2011 Suzuki GSR750 with 7000km on the clock, one owner, full Suzuki history, no bumps/knocks/drops and it had $1500 worth of extras already fitted (Akro pipe, tail tidy, aftermarket screen etc). I paid $10000 plus $250 for them to deliver it to my door and that included all the on road costs.
It was advertised at $12000 plus delivery, plus registration etc so always negotiate. Never pay the advertised price.

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Thanks for the info!

Oh, yes... the road-racer riding position. Been there. Done that. Too old and too fat for that any more. I had a Yamaha FJ1200 several years back. Sore neck, back and wrists were all too common.

I guess the MAF inspection is a big unknown. My bike is rather new. It's a 2012 Victory Crossroads, and I am the original owner. It only has about 5,000 miles. It is totally stock, with only a few Victory factory accessories - passenger back rest, etc..

Chances of finding another in NZ are nil. I don't think Victory has too many dealers outside the USA.

I know this is a difficult question to answer, but when talking about the bike being "clean enough", what level of cleanliness is required?

Is it a matter of being leak free and not showing any road debris, etc?

Or, does if have to be disinfected? I've seen some references to the this term before, but I am not sure what it means, or how it's done.

Buying something in NZ sounds much simpler, but I am sure that I will take a nice loss on the sale of the bike, here.

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Thanks for the info!

Oh, yes... the road-racer riding position. Been there. Done that. Too old and too fat for that any more. I had a Yamaha FJ1200 several years back. Sore neck, back and wrists were all too common.

I guess the MAF inspection is a big unknown. My bike is rather new. It's a 2012 Victory Crossroads, and I am the original owner. It only has about 5,000 miles. It is totally stock, with only a few Victory factory accessories - passenger back rest, etc..

Chances of finding another in NZ are nil. I don't think Victory has too many dealers outside the USA.

I know this is a difficult question to answer, but when talking about the bike being "clean enough", what level of cleanliness is required?

Is it a matter of being leak free and not showing any road debris, etc?

Or, does if have to be disinfected? I've seen some references to the this term before, but I am not sure what it means, or how it's done.

Buying something in NZ sounds much simpler, but I am sure that I will take a nice loss on the sale of the bike, here.
Wow that is a big bike Got a bigger engine than in my car
You can apparantly buy these new here NZ$24995. None for sale second hand on TradeMe. May be one on the NZ motorcycletrader ?

When I mean clean, I just mean no rust, no leaks, no road debris, no plant material, no insects etc - even in all the nooks and cranny's. Doesn't have to be disinfected.

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Thanks for the clarification on the cleanliness aspect. I think I can meet that requirement.

Yes - she's a big-un! Loads of torque and she handles herself quite well. But, she is never really in a big hurry to get anywhere.

$24,995NZD?

I bought mine new for $15,000USD. Maybe I should bring a few extra with me!

Thanks, again!

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Thanks for the clarification on the cleanliness aspect. I think I can meet that requirement. Yes - she's a big-un! Loads of torque and she handles herself quite well. But, she is never really in a big hurry to get anywhere. $24,995NZD? I bought mine new for $15,000USD. Maybe I should bring a few extra with me! Thanks, again!
Yeah that's round NZ $18500, but when you consider another NZ $3000 for shipping and another 15% in GST (goods tax) as you wouldn't have owned a new one for 12 months, all the paperwork and red tape you have to go through to get one here...... $24995 isn't that expensive and that's just the RRP.
I'm sure anyone would save at least 5% by simply making an offer, maybe even 10% if they walked into a dealer with cash.

I'm assuming you've had your bike over 12 months ?

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Only jesting about bringing a few extra bikes with me. Just the one that I already own, and I have owned it for more than 12 months.

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Hello sir/Madam,
1.I am from India I want to know that May I take the photo copy of all documents submitted in new Zealand high commission at visa time.
2.I am on visitor visa may I stay new Zealand for 9 month ?
3.May I transfer /change my visitor visa to business visa
4.may I work here {if some one give me work }its accept as legally or illegally and what are the chances for me. please tell me in details
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Hello sir/Madam,
1.I am from India I want to know that May I take the photo copy of all documents submitted in new Zealand high commission at visa time.
2.I am on visitor visa may I stay new Zealand for 9 month ?
3.May I transfer /change my visitor visa to business visa
4.may I work here {if some one give me work }its accept as legally or illegally and what are the chances for me. please tell me in details
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Hi,

1. If you are intending to cross the border into NZ on a visitor visa I would not bring photocopies of important documents with you.
This may make Immigration question the purpose of your visit. If you have to bring something, scan them all in to the pc and place the file on a usb drive.
Better still upload your documents to something like iCloud or Dropbox etc so you can log in anywhere in the world and access your documents.
2. Being from India, you must apply for a visitor visa to come to NZ. The maximum stay allowed is 9 months in any 18 month period. If you apply for 9 months and have not been here in the last 18 months then you should be awarded a 9 month visitor visa.
3. Don't see why not. If you are here as a visitor and a business opportunity catches your eye and you wish to invest, I'd say Immigration will allow you to apply so long as you meet the criteria. Please be aware though, applying via this route will generally be Residence via the investment category.
Residency visa's can take a while to process as Immigration have to consider you living and working here permanently. It may take longer to process this visa than you have left on the visitor visa.
You cannot stay on after your visitor visa runs out if your investment/business visa application still being processed. You would become illegal and at risk of deportation which would also result in the investment/visitor visa being declined and you being banned from NZ for a period of 5 years.
A person must ALWAYS have a valid visa to be in NZ.
I'd say you would have to approach Immigration within the first month of arrival to have any chance of getting the business/investment visa through before the expiry date of the visitor visa.
4. You cannot work here whatsoever on a visitor visa - even if you are not getting paid. I've read that some volunteer work can be allowed in some cases but must be approved by Immigration first.
Working whilst on a visitor visa breeches the rules of the visa.
You have no chance of working here on a visitor visa. No employer in their right mind would offer you a job as the penalties imposed by Immigration on employers who employ illegal workers is high.

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Thanks a lot , please tell me in details I a have visited new Zealand on visitor visa but now I am want to change my visitor visa to business visa in new Zealand so please tell me that what I have to done in new Zealand in details, and how I could do this easily
2.What are the chances of business visa in new Zealand approval {what documents I have submitted /show in new Zealand
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