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1. Apply for a personal IRD (tax) number
If you are working you must pay tax. For more info, visit www.ird.govt.nz.To do this you need an IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number. Your children will also need to have IRD numbers to receive government benefits.
Website: Inland Revenue - Te Tari Taake
Application form for Personal IRD numbers: Adult IR 595, Child IR 594
You need to attach a photocopy of ONE of the following forms of identification:
• Birth certificate
• Passport (must show page with passport number and personal details)
• NZ photo identification such as a driver’s licence.
• Certificate of identity

2. Open a bank account
It is a good idea to open a bank account as soon as possible. Banks usually ask for three forms of identification, one of which should have a photo on it, e.g. passport, overseas driver’s licence. Many banks have multilingual call centres to help non-English-speaking customers. All banks are not the same and charge different fees for their services. They may also offer different types of services. If you get a credit card or bank (EFTPOS) card the bank will give you a PIN (Personal Identification Number). Do not tell your PIN to anyone. If you lose your bankcard or think someone else has your PIN, contact your bank straight away on their 0800 number.
EFTPOS: (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale):
EFTPOS is available in most shops in New Zealand. You can use your bankcard to make payments in shops using EFTPOS machines. You also need a PIN number. Check it out with a bank near you.
Banks have many other services. They have competent staff who will discuss and explain their services. Be sure you ask all the questions and acquire knowledge of the services you may want to use.
• ANZ Banking Group: (New Zealand) Limited: Personal - Online Banking | ANZ
• ASB Bank Limited: www.asbbank.co.nz
• Bank of New Zealand: www.bnz.co.nz
• Kiwi Bank Limited: Kiwibank - Banking New Zealand
• National Bank: Redirect | ANZ
• Westpac Banking Corporation: Westpac New Zealand - Helping Kiwis with their personal banking
Most banks are open for business Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00am - 5.00pm

3. Find a place to live and where to buy your food
Most newcomers decide to rent a house or apartment when they arrive until they know the areas and can find a house to buy in the suburb they choose. There are many types of houses available. You should also think about the school you want your children to attend because schools have home zones (see under Choose a school).
Renting a private house or flat:
Properties for rent are usually advertised in newspapers. Look in the classified advertisements section under Houses To Let and Accommodation Vacant. You can also visit or call a real estate agent to look at their list of houses for rent. You can also check on various websites such as trademe
Buying a house:
Properties for sale are advertised through local real estate agents. Listings are also found in the local newspapers, the New Zealand Herald, local community newspapers, as well as in Property Press available at your local real estate agencies. It is useful to consult your lawyer for advice, before making a final decision.
Where to buy your food
There are many supermarkets, butcher shops (fresh meat outlets), fresh fruit, and vegetable markets, all around the district. These are listed in the Yellow Pages of the telephone book. Some of these supermarkets carry stocks of international foods as do some smaller grocery stores.The main choices include New World (the most selection, but often agreed to be the more expensive), Countdown (a very good selection with average prices), and PaknSave (the cheapest, especially for bulk buying, but less choice).

4. Choose a school for your children
All children in New Zealand must be enrolled in school by the time they are age 6 to 16. Most children begin school on or soon after their 5th birthday. Visit the Ministry of Education website - Welcome to the Ministry of Education - Ministry of Education

Types of schools:
Most students attend state-funded public schools, but there are other options such as religious based schools (eg: Catholic, Christian), special schools, and boarding schools.
To obtain a government report on any particular school go to website -www.ero.govt.nz
Home zones:
Check the ‘school zone’ before enrolling your child in a school. If you live out-of-zone your child may have to go on a waiting list.
School terms:
School starts at the end of January and ends mid December and is sectioned into 4 terms. More information about the New Zealand education system can be found at Welcome to the Ministry of Education - Ministry of Education
VIP LAW - By law, children under the age of 14 years are not allowed to stay in a house unsupervised. To leave children under the supervision of other children who are under the age of 14 is also illegal.

5. Job search / self employment

To work in New Zealand you must have (a) citizenship in New Zealand or Australia; or (b)a residence permit, work permit or a Variation of Conditions which allows you to work on a student or visitor permit.
You should have an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV), one that is suitable to present to NZ Employers. A CV tells the potential employer about your education, work experience and skills. Your documents may have to be officially translated. See Yellow Pages of the telephone book and listed under the title of Interpreter & Translation Services.
Career Services has free services for migrant job seekers. These include information, advice, guidance and strategies for effective job seeking. They will also help you prepare your CV. Ph: (09) 438 8875 or 0800 222 733, or visit Homepage :: Careers New Zealand.
Where to look for jobs
Recruitment Agencies: These are listed in the Yellow Pages of the local telephone book under “Personnel Consultants” and “Human Resources Management Consultants.”
Newspapers: Local newspapers, and The NZ Herald for jobs advertised in the region you are living in. There are many recruitment agencies listed in the Yellow Pages.
Jobs on SEEK - New Zealand's no.1 Employment, Career and Recruitment site
Homepage :: Careers New Zealand
www.newkiwis.govt.nz
JobCafe - NZ's Best online Talent Pool & Job Site; Jobs, Job Seekers, Job Advertísing, Job Board, Head Hunting, Employees, Employers, IT Jobs, Retail Jobs, Health Jobs, Engineering Jobs, Government Jobs, Manufacturing Jobs, Management Jobs, Recruitme
NZ Herald Jobs - New Zealand Employment, Careers & Job Search
www.jobstuff.co.nz
www.worksite.govt.nz
NZ Herald: New Zealand's Latest News, Business, Sport, Weather, Travel, Technology, Entertainment, Politics, Finance, Health, Environment and Science
Buy online and sell with NZ's #1 auction & classifieds site | Trade Me
Careerjet.co.nz - Jobs & Careers in New Zealand

6. Driving in New Zealand:
You can drive using a current overseas licence or an international driving permit for a maximum of one year after you arrive. It is recommended that you read a Road Safety brochure. Some are available in different languages. They can advise you about “What’s Different About Driving in New Zealand” or you can visit NZ Transport Agency | NZ Transport Agency or phone 0800 822 422
You must convert your overseas licence to a New Zealand driver’s licence before one year has transpired. You will have to pass a theory test and, depending on the country you have come from, pass a practical driving test as well.
The Transport Safety Authority and its driver licensing agents can supply you with an application form for an overseas licence conversion.
In New Zealand you must carry your driver’s licence or permit at all times when you are driving. If your overseas licence is not in English, NZTA suggest you carry an official translation with you.
Drivers who are new to this country, people learning to drive and people wanting to gain a new licence class need to refer to the ROAD CODE. You can buy a copy or read one at your public library. For more information: www.ltsa.govt.nz or phone 0800 822 422
If you have young children in the car, they must use an approved child safety seat. Do not leave unsupervised children in the car. Car seats are available for hire from Plunket

7. Find a regular doctor (GP) or a Primary Health Care ProviderFind a family doctorIt is a good idea to register with a family doctor or GP (General Practitioner) when you move into the District. A GP is your primary health care provider. To find a GP look in the front section of the telephone directory under Registered Medical Practitioners & Medical Centres. If a member of your family is sick, your GP is the first person you should call.
You are free to register with a GP of your choice. See listings for local registered general practitioners in the front of the white pages of the telephone book.
GPs set their own fees and provide different services from other GPs. Fees vary so check with the GP before deciding which one to enrol with.
Children under 6 years can visit the doctor for free.
If you have health insurance, some or all of your costs may be covered. To find a health insurer go to the Yellow Pages of the local telephone book for listings under - Insurance Medical.
For an explanation of the New Zealand health system and health insurance see Home Page - Everybody - Health Information for New Zealanders
Healthline | Ministry of Health
Having a Baby
Permanent residents and long term work permit holders are entitled to free maternity care in New Zealand. Once you find out you are pregnant you need to register with a midwife who will look after your health while you are pregnant and deliver your baby.
Midwifery practices can be found in the Yellow Pages.
Plunket is a national society providing services for children under 5 years. Plunket has information for new parents at parent centres. For help and support. Plunket - Parenting advice, car seat hire, PlunketLine, Plunket nurse visits, Plunket clinics or free phone: 0800 933 922. Children’s car seats can also be rented from the Plunket Society.

8. Emergency Services
Accident and sudden sickness:
In the case of a sudden sickness or serious accident, you can visit an Accident and Medical Centre, often called an A and E (Accident and Emergency) Clinic, in your local area, or the emergency department of a public hospital.
You can call the Ambulance service by ringing 111. There is usually a call-out fee approxiamtely $80

Hope this helps. Please feel free to add to it!!

Jen

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Hi Jen
Thanks for the info you have posted.
I am in the planning stages at the moment and your post is very useful. Thanks Sie

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Thanks for sharing!

Talk about complete information on a specific subject, this is the most detailed "how to" post that I've ever read. I'm still in college right now so maybe this tip will be very useful for me once I get a job in about 3 or 4 years from now. But at least now I know where to look for information about getting started here in NZ.

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Great info on here
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Hello. My family and I are wanting to relocate from UK to New Zealand and we were wanting some help please from people who have made this move already, Me.. Im a joiner with 20 years experience, my wife is a newly qualified teacher who has not yet completed her induction year (will this be a problem?) and my 3 children aged 17, 12 and 10. I know its an expensive process but have been quoted NZD$1995 to help me secure a job ready for our arrival, i was hoping not to pay this expense as its already expensive enough,
Please can someone offer some advice or suggest some firms that need joiners please

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Hello. My family and I are wanting to relocate from UK to New Zealand and we were wanting some help please from people who have made this move already, Me.. Im a joiner with 20 years experience, my wife is a newly qualified teacher who has not yet completed her induction year (will this be a problem?) and my 3 children aged 17, 12 and 10. I know its an expensive process but have been quoted NZD$1995 to help me secure a job ready for our arrival, i was hoping not to pay this expense as its already expensive enough,
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Hi,
First off - don't hand over any money to anyone who promises to find you a job in return for a payment.
I'd be very concerned.
Jobs are found by your own research and determination. Sounds very dodgy to me.
The only person or company we handed over money to when we started the process was an authorised Immigration Agency called "Working In" based in Auckland. We met them at an emigration expo and after interviews etc and a bit of negotiation decided to use their services instead of applying ourselves as our emigration was unlikely to be straightforward.

Before giving you any advice on jobs etc, tell us how far down the line you are.
First off....... have you looked through the Immigration NZ website - www.immigration.govt.nz ?
This is your first port of call to find out if you are eligible to emigrate here and if so what type of visa to apply for.

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thanks so much for your response, i have contacted a firm who are based in London at the moment recruiting tradespeople to go to NZ and as you rightly said he didnt ask for money and said he gets paid by the company who employ me
thanks for your advice.

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hello everyone
my hubby and I are considering a move to NZ or Australia but don't know what to do my hubby is a qualified plasterer and cant get the skilled working visa in oz through his age is over 45 so now the point is we would like to have a warmer better weather than here in the UK is NZ warm or the same as the UK cold and rainy all year trough can anybody tell me that it would be a big help we haven't got any small children we only moving with our 2 dogs and this firm you said what employs on the moment tradesman are they looking for plasterers too any help would be great to make the right decision OZ is warm but is it too warm TO WORK ON THE BUILDING SITE NZ IS THERE ANY NICE WARM PLACES TOO .ANY ADVICES WOULD BE HELPFUL KAZ AND WILL

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my hubby and I are considering a move to NZ or Australia but don't know what to do my hubby is a qualified plasterer and cant get the skilled working visa in oz through his age is over 45 so now the point is we would like to have a warmer better weather than here in the UK is NZ warm or the same as the UK cold and rainy all year trough can anybody tell me that it would be a big help we haven't got any small children we only moving with our 2 dogs and this firm you said what employs on the moment tradesman are they looking for plasterers too any help would be great to make the right decision OZ is warm but is it too warm TO WORK ON THE BUILDING SITE NZ IS THERE ANY NICE WARM PLACES TOO .ANY ADVICES WOULD BE HELPFUL KAZ AND WILL
Hi,

The weather you get all depends on where you would settle.
We've been in Wellington just over a year now and the weather has really surprised us. Much better than we ever expected. Yes it does get windy with driving rain but no more so than Manchester in my opinion.
On the whole the weather we've experienced has been very good and we've had an excellent summer.
I'd say summer average - min 15 deg C / max 27 deg C.
Winter average - min 3 deg C / max 15 deg C.
We saw two sleet showers, a couple of frosts & no minus temp values last winter with a fair bit of rain but it just doesn't seem as miserable as the UK. Still bright with blue skies often.

With your hubby being a plasterer I'd expect you to be heading to the South Island and Christchurch.
This is more like the UK weather wise but has more of the extremes. Christchurch can be really cold with snow in winter but then again can be very warm and settled in summer (as it was this year) up to the mid 30's.

If you want warm then you only have the option of the North of the North Island - around Auckland and further up in Northland which is more sub tropical.
Yes it is warmer but also a lot wetter and more humid. South of Auckland around Hamilton also definitely a few degrees warmer than Wellington most of the time but due to the flat terrain suffers from lots of fog and frosts in winter.
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hi again I am not sure what to do we are considering on the moment more the north as there is it not so cold but we have to see of my hubby can get work we are a wee bit critical with Christchurch with al the earthquicks what we wrote in the facs from NZ so don't know of that is save to live there build a life and than it gets destroid from an earthquick hmm don't know ???kaz

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