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    T H E M A G A Z I N E F O R N E W A N D I N T E N D I N G S E T T L E R S

    HOW TO GET A JOB THE DOS AND DONTS EXPLAINEDRECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN NEW ZEALAND MIGRATION POLICIES

    HOW TO MIGRATE? HELPFUL TIPS RELOCATION GUIDE

    EXPERIENCENEW ZEALANDS

    FANTASTICLIFESTYLE

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    Moving to a new country is a

    huge challenge but the key to

    success and a happy, settled life

    is finding out as much as you can

    about your new destination.

    In the New Zealand Migration

    News we have collected together

    specific information about

    immigration as well as interesting

    facts and real life stories about

    life in New Zealand.

    We hope you find it helpful as

    encouragement to see your idea

    through, or as a practical guide

    for making your dream a reality.

    Graeme Fraser

    Editor

    WELCOME

    KEY CITY PROFILES 6An introduction to New Zealands cities

    MIGRANT PROFILE 9Calling New Zealand home

    CASE STUDY 9See the lifestyle you can buy in New Zealand

    OFFICIAL REGISTRATION

    AND VISA FAQs 10

    IMMIGRATION UPDATE 11Recent Developments in New ZealandMigration Policies

    IMMIGRATION REGULATIONS 12New Zealand Immigration Regulationsat a glance

    RELOCATION GUIDE 14

    NEW ZEALAND NEWS 19

    CITY GUIDE 20Auckland

    EMPLOYMENT GUIDE 22How to get a job in New ZealandDos and donts

    PROFESSIONAL

    REGISTRATION BODIES 25

    REGIONAL PROFILE 26Canterbury

    BUSINESS MIGRATION GUIDE 28Website guide

    MIGRATION BUREAU UPDATE 29

    MOVING CHECKLIST 30

    WEBSITE GUIDE 31Key information at your fingertips

    VISIT US ONLINE ATwww.migrationnews.com

    Contents

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    YOUR GUIDE TO LIVING AND WORKING IN NEW ZEALANDYOUR GUIDE TO LIVING AND WORKING IN NEW ZEALAND

    Welcome to

    www.migrationnews.com

    NEW ZEALANDNEW ZEALAND

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    TourismAuckland

    NEW ZEALAND KEY CITY PROFILES

    PALMERSTON NORTHPalmerston North is one of the countrys largestprovincial cities, situated in the heart of the ruralManawatu region. The city is home to MasseyUniversity and the students lend the city muchof its lively personality.

    Population: 79,000www.pncc.govt.nz

    NEW PLYMOUTHThe majestic Mt Taranaki dominates the skyline ofNew Plymouth, the urban centre of the Taranaki

    region. New Plymouth is surrounded by aspectacular environment and offers a great outdoorlifestyle. Energy and dairy farming are the regionstwo largest industries.

    Population: 70,000www.newplymouthnz.com

    HAMILTONHamilton is New Zealands fourth largestmetropolitan area and largest inland city.Straddling the banks of the Waikato River, it isa major service centre for the fertile agriculturalregion of the Waikato.

    Population: 132,000www.hamilton.co.nz

    AUCKLANDA vibrant city perched within glistening harboursand surrounded by lush forests and subtropicalislands. Auckland, the City of Sails, is New Zealandslargest city and offers an incomparable urban lifestyle.

    Population: 1.3 millionwww.aucklandcity.govt.nz

    INVERCARGILLInvercargill is New Zealands southernmostcity and the commercial heart ofSouthland. In the past few years,Invercargill has benefitted from a growthin further education and agriculturalproduction, becoming a bustlingprovincial centre offering varied culturalattractions and access to superbsurrounding scenery.

    Population: 52,000www.invercargill.org.nz

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    KEY CITY PROFILES

    NELSONNelson is known for its year-round sunshine,

    community character and an enjoyable, relaxedway of life. Renowned for its natural produce,

    National Parks and golden beaches, Nelson alsoboasts a large creative community of working artists.

    Population: 45,000www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz

    CHRISTCHURCHChristchurch is the largest city in the South Islandand the second largest city in New Zealand and

    is the hub of the Canterbury region. With a compactcity centre, Christchurch offers a mix of historic

    charm and exciting city life.

    Population: 370,000www.christchurch.org.nz

    DUNEDINNestled amongst bush-clad hills surrounding the

    Otago Harbour, Dunedin is an endearing city ofclassical architecture and cultural heritage. Hometo the University of Otago, New Zealands oldestuniversity, the student culture lends Dunedin much

    of its vibrant, bustling character.

    Population: 125,000www.cityofdunedin.com

    WELLINGTONWellington, the capital of New

    Zealand, is perched on the edge ofa dramatic harbour and is encircled

    by green, towering hills. A very compactcity centre spanning only 2km in diameter,

    Wellington is also the cultural heart of NewZealand and combines the stimulation and

    sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness ofa charming village.

    Population: 380,000www.wellingtonnz.com

    TAURANGALocated at the entrance of a natural harbour,

    Tauranga is a stylish city offering a warm coastalclimate. The area is famous for its long white surf

    beaches and is a favourite holiday spot for manyNew Zealanders.

    Population: 115,000www.tauranga.govt.nz

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    For an obvious reason, the Napier Family from Birminghamin the UK, felt drawn to the Hawkes Bay region whencontemplating their move to New Zealand. They were keento explore the town on the East Coast with the same name astheirs and so included it on the itinerary of their initial exploratoryvisit in 2006. In the end, however, the Napiers Chris, Rose and

    their daughters Emma and Chloe decided that theyd like tosettle in the Wellington area where they have lived ever since.

    We were lucky, Chris says. We met up with the staff of theMigration Bureau during a seminar in Manchester and we receivedlots of great advice about the best approach for obtaining ourresidence visas and for finding employment in our preferred area.

    Although we loved the relaxed atmosphere of Napier and thebeauty of the Hawkes Bay area, we felt that Wellington wouldoffer us more employment opportunities and a wider range offacilities, such as schools.

    Chris works in IT and Rose is a registered nurse, and both ofthem have commented that they were pleased how easy it had

    Add it all up and this is

    what your new lifestyle in

    New Zealand could cost!

    The House NZ$ 385,000

    The Car NZ$ 30,000

    The Holiday Home NZ$ 280,000

    The Boat NZ$ 20,000

    NZ$ 715,000

    Now you too can live a millionaires lifestyle in New Zealand

    For NZ$715,000/ 329,000/US$465,000/279,000 you could buya new home with sea views, a new car, a beach holiday home anda boat for relaxing on the weekends.

    THE HOUSELocated in North Beach. Handy for a swim in the sea. Only 10 minutesfrom central Christchurch.

    NZ$385,000 177,000 US$250,000 150,000

    THE CARBrand new Mazda3, 2.0L manual.

    NZ$30,000 13,800 US$19,500 11,700

    THE HOLIDAY HOME3 Bedroom hideaway, close to Mount Maunganuis beautiful beaches.

    NZ$280,000 129,000 US$182,000 109,000

    THE BOATWhy not escape for weekends on the water on this 15 foot runabout?

    NZ$20,000 9,200 US$13,000 7,800

    SEE THELIFESTYLEYOU CANBUY INNEW

    ZEALAND!

    been to find good, rewarding jobs in locations which mean thatthey only have 15 to 20 minutes commuting time in the morningsand evenings. We certainly dont miss the endless traffic queuesand rainy days associated with travelling to work in the Midlands.

    And the girls have a short bus trip to school and have made lotsof friends in our new neighbourhood.

    Living near Wellington, the family has the best of both worlds,with easy access to the theatres, cinemas, restaurants, artgalleries, museums and shops of the city; while at the same timebeing able to escape quickly to wonderful scenery and outdoorpursuits in the surrounding area. Emma and Chloe both love thebeaches around Wellington, as well as the chance to go for aweekends skiing at Mount Ruapehu in June or July.

    We definitely live more active lives here, says Chris. Back inthe UK, the weather often rules out many outdoor activities, somore spare time is spent indoors. Here its so easy to pop overto the hills nearby for some walking, or to take a day trip acrossthe Cooks Strait to the stunning Marlborough Sounds. We certainlyfeel we made the right choice and wish wed done it years ago.

    MIGRANT PROFILE

    Source: QV 20 August 2009. For property updates see www.qv.co.nz

    CALLINGNEW ZEALAND HOME

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    ?How long does it take to get a permanent residence visa?Processing times vary widely from branch to branch at Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and alsodepend on the type of visa being applied for. As a general rule however, it takes most applicantsfor permanent residence in New Zealand 6 to 12 months (including the time required to preparethe application and qualification recognition before lodgement) to receive a decision. This maybe quicker if applicants have a qualifying job offer. Spousal and temporary work visas tend to bea little quicker at 2 to 6 months, while applicants requiring professional registration can take anadditional 6 to 12 months to process.

    Once approved, how long before I must move?

    Normally, your arrival must be within one year from the date of your medical tests or policecertificates, which occur during the processing of your residence visa application. So, if you deductpart of the official processing time, you will generally be left with 6 to 12 months to land in NewZealand. The exception is for temporary visas, such as work visas, in which case you may onlyhave a number of months to enter the country.

    Will the immigration authorities or Embassy help me to prepare my applicationand make sure that everything is correct before applying?NO. This type of service is no longer provided by the Government. The authorities exist to enforceimmigration law, make decisions on residence applications and to issue residence visas. Althoughbasic information and application forms are available, the authorities are unable to provideindependent adv ice and persona l ised gu idance on your spec i f ic case.Only a professional New Zealand migration consultant can provide this kind of service.

    Can the immigration authorities refuse my application?YES. A surprisingly large number of applicants are unaware how strictly the immigration regulationsare enforced and are often unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors on theirapplication or by submitting the wrong supporting documentation. So it is advisable to seek the

    professional guidance and independent advice of a migration consultant BEFORE lodging anapplication for residence. Consultants exist to help you find the best way through the immigrationmaze and are highly effective in doing so.

    My migration consultant has assessed me as being eligible for residencein New Zealand. If I apply without his or her help, can I be certain of success?NO. Although you may fundamentally qualify under the immigration policy, you are by no meansguaranteed of success. In order to be approved, your application must be prepared in accordancewith the prevailing immigration regulations and submitted together with the appropriate supportingdocumentation. The ways in which to do this are not always clearly set out by the immigrationauthorities and can result in many applicants presenting their cases wrongly, inevitably leadingto refusal. So you are strongly advised to seek the assistance of a migration consultant for theentire residence visa process.

    Why do most people use an officially-recognised migration agent todouble-check their visa application?Mostly to protect themselves from the HIGH FAILURE RATE: up to 50% of D.I.Y. permanentresidence visa applicants fail to receive their residence visas due to application errors,

    misunderstandings or confusion that commonly arise during the immigration process. This comparesto an average success rate of over 95% for those applicants that apply through an officially-recognised migration agent.

    What is a permanent resident?Essentially, a residence permit is a right affixed into your passport granting you the permanentright to live and work in a country. As a resident, you are eligible for state medical care, but mustbe resident in New Zealand for at least two years before qualifying for social welfare assistance(i.e. Unemployment benefits). Temporary residents (those on student and work visas) are generallynot entitled to medical care or social welfare assistance at any time and are generally unable toremain in the country for longer than 4 years. These applicants are recommended to take outprivate health insurance.

    When I migrate, will I lose my current passport?NO, not necessarily. Firstly, you will enter as a permanent resident which does not affect yourcurrent citizenship status. After five years you can apply for New Zealand citizenship (but this isnot obligatory). The New Zealand Government universally allows dual-nationality (i.e. the holdingof two passports), so you could retain your current passport and obtain a New Zealand passportas well. Having said this, you must check that your own country of citizenship allows dual-nationality, as this right must be reciprocal. If not, you will need to surrender your other passportin order to become a New Zealand citizen.

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    The Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) is

    responsible for the regulation of the New

    Zealand immigration advice industry. Since4th May 2009, anyone based in New Zealand

    providing immigration advice has to be

    officially licensed by the IAA. For advisers

    based outside of New Zealand, licensing

    will be mandatory from 4th May 2010.

    For more information - including a list of allIAA-licensed advisers and details of any

    exemptions - please see www.iaa.govt.nz

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    The Migration Institute of New Zealand

    (MINZ) was established in 2007 with the

    aim of promoting objective, positive and

    proactive discussion and communication

    over the immigration policy of New Zealand

    in a way that serves the best interests of

    New Zealand, all migrants and the

    migration industry.

    MINZ is committed to serving the interestsof

    every region of New Zealand.

    For more information visit www.minz.org.nz

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    NEW BUSINESS MIGRANT SCHEMEIn July 2009, the New Zealand government introduced a revampedbusiness migrant scheme, aiming to boost economic performanceby making New Zealand more attractive for business andentrepreneurial migrants.

    Announcing the new policy, Dr Jonathan Coleman said that since2005 there has been a significant drop off in business migrationinvestment due to unrealistic investment expectations and Englishlanguage requirements. For investor migrants, the previouslyexisting three categories are streamlined to two, with more realisticrequirements for capital, language skills and time spent in NewZealand annually, as well as a far greater flexibility in terms ofinvestment vehicles.

    For entrepreneurial migrants the new policy introduces a newEntrepreneur Plus category which complements the existingEntrepreneur category. Entrepreneur Plus offers a faster path toresidence for applicants who create at least 3 fulltime jobs andinvest $500,000 in their business.

    Ministers believe that most New Zealand business leaders back

    the new policy, which would lead to more investment andentrepreneurship coming to New Zealand. This fresh approachwill ensure we bring more investors, connect them with existingbusiness networks, and create real jobs for New Zealanders,said Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee.

    IMPROVEMENTS TO TRANS-TASMAN IMMIGRATIONImmigration Minister, Dr Jonathan Coleman announced in August2009 that Australian and New Zealand immigration officials wereworking together to streamline immigration processes for

    trans-Tasman migration. His announcement followed a jointstatement by Prime Minister John Key and Australian PrimeMinister Kevin Rudd that both countries had agreed to worktogether to streamline trans-Tasman air travel.

    Dr Coleman, who is also Associate Minister of Tourism, saidimproved border processes between Australia and New Zealandwould help make travel and migration between the two countrieseasier and more attractive.

    This will be a boost for the tourism industry and our economy,Dr Coleman said.

    CHANGES TO WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEMEIn July 2009, the New Zealand government introduced measuresdesigned to improve the countrys working holiday scheme. Wewish to make New Zealand even more attractive for young peoplefrom overseas, said Immigration Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman.

    From now on, the restriction to a single course of study for workingholiday visa holders has been removed. In addition, New Zealandwill be able to negotiate on a country-by-country basis for thestudy entitlement to increase from three months to six months.New Zealand has schemes with 30 countries, which generallyentitle 18-30 year-olds to holiday and do incidental work here forup to a year (two years for UK citizens).

    Working holiday schemes are a great way of encouraging youngpeople to visit New Zealand. They raise New Zealands profileand, in foreign policy terms, signify a strong bilateral relationship,Dr Coleman says.

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    IMMIGRATION UPDATE

    RECENT DEVELOPMENTSIN NEW ZEALANDMIGRATION POLICIES

    RESIDENCE APPROVALSBY VISA STREAM

    2008/9

    BUSINESS / SKILLED 28,547

    UNCAPPED FAMILY SPONSORED 8,946

    PARENT S IBLING ADULT CHILD 5,100

    INTERNATIONAL / HUMANITARIAN 3,504

    TOTAL 46,097

    RESIDENCE APPROVALS TOTAL1999/00 - 2009/10 (by financial year)

    RESIDENCE APPROVALSBY NATIONALITY

    2008/9

    UK 19%

    CHINA 15%

    SOUTH AFRICA 12%

    PHILIPPINES 8%

    FIJI 7%

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    Do I qualify for immigration to New Zealand? Which

    class should I apply under? What conditions do I need

    to satisfy? Well, the New Zealand immigration system

    is quite complicated but here is a brief summary.

    Essentially, there are five main ways to immigrate. The usual

    categories for permanent residence classes are: Skilled

    Migrant, Family, Business and Investor. The other option is

    to apply for a temporary visa.

    SKILLED MIGRANT CATEGORY

    Applying under skill categories has always been the most popular visaclass for permanent residency in New Zealand. All applicants for thisvisa class must be under 56 years of age and are required to meet aminimum of 100 points and meet the health, character and Englishlanguage prerequisite before an Expression of Interest can be lodgedwith Immigration New Zealand.

    Points are awarded for an offer of employment in New Zealand, workexperience, qualifications and age. Bonus points are available foremployment in areas of identified future growth, cluster or absoluteskill shortages. Bonus points are also available for employment outside

    Auckland and for New Zealand qualifications.

    Expressions of Interest are pooled and then ranked by ImmigrationNew Zealand according to specific selection criteria. Those applicationsthat meet the selected criteria will be selected in sufficient numbersto meet the places available and will be invited to lodge an Applicationfor Residence in New Zealand. It is not on a first in, first served basis.

    Applicants will then need to send all the necessary documents tosupport the claims made in their Expression of Interest.

    The key to success under this class is meeting the prerequisites asoutlined above AND arranging a relevant, valid skilled job offer in NewZealand. Recent changes to the SMC policy now mean that applicantswith skilled jobs in New Zealand or an offer of skilled employment priorto applying have a greater likelihood of being selected and invited to

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    apply for residence. Applicants are strongly advised to engage theservices of a recognised migration consultancy with a job search oremployment office in New Zealand, as they will be able toassist you withthe lodgment and processing of your visa application as wellas the coordination of job leads/ interviews in New Zealand.

    FAMILY

    The family class is divided into four sub-classes: Partnership, Parent,

    Sibling/Adult Child and Dependant Child.

    You may apply as a partner if you are legally married to a New Zealandcitizen or resident OR if you are in a genuine and stable de-facto(common law) or same-sex relationship of at least 12 months duration.

    You may apply as a parent if you satisfy the centre of gravity test,meaning you have an equal or greater number of adult children livingin New Zealand than in any other country. Dependent children with aparent in New Zealand may also be eligible to apply for permanentresidence. You may also be eligible to migrate to New Zealand if youhave a parent or sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen.

    BUSINESS

    The Long-term Business Visa (LTBV)/Entrepreneur visa pathway isgenerally open to business owners, senior managers, company directorsor those applicants with a successful history of self-employment or

    business ownership.

    To immigrate to New Zealand under this class there is no minimumcapital or past business ownership requirement. Instead applicantsmust prepare a viable, well-researched business plan and possesssufficient funds and relevant business experience to establish orpurchase the proposed business in New Zealand. It is important thatthe business must be of benefit to New Zealand, in terms of creatingemployment for New Zealanders, increasing foreign exchange earningsor exports, revitalizing an existing business, or introducing new products,services or technology into the New Zealand market place.

    The process to immigrate to New Zealand on this pathway involvestwo visa applications. Firstly, you will be issued with a long-termbusiness (work) visa, for an initial period of nine months, to enter NewZealand to establish or purchase your business. Upon satisfying thevisa officer of this, you will then be issued a further work permit for upto a maximum period of 3 years, allowing you to continue establishingand running your business. Permanent residence is applied for underthe Entrepreneur Class, once the business has been successfullyestablished in New Zealand for at least 2 years and meets the prevailingcriteria. The success of the first stage (LTBV) largely depends on thequality of your business plan, so make sure that you seek professionaladvice from a Migration Consultant on this aspect.

    The New Zealand government is looking to introduce a new EntrepreneurPlus category which will offer a faster path to residence for applicantswho create at least three full-time jobs for New Zealanders and investat least $500,000 in their business.

    INVESTOR CLASS

    The Migrant Investment Policy is divided into 2 categories

    Investor Plus: For those investing at least $10 million in New Zealandfor three years. The age and English language requirements are relaxedfor this category.

    IMMIGRATION TARGETSNew Zealands immigration policy for 2009/10 proposes thefollowing number of places (approximately) for thesepermanent residence categories:

    Skilled / Business 26,800 29,950

    Parent, Adult Child & Adult Sibling 4,950 5,500(Family Sponsored)

    Partner and Dependent Child 9,900 10,700(Family Sponsored)

    International /Humanitarian stream 3,350 3,850

    TOTAL 45,000 50,000

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    IMMIGRATION REGULATIONS

    Investor: For those investing at least $1.5 million in New Zealand forfour years. Applicants must be 65 years or younger, with at least $1million in settlement funds and at least 3 years business experience.There are more requirements relating to English language and minimumannual time spent in New Zealand.

    All applicants under both categories must meet health and characterrequirements. The main advantage of this visa stream is that there isno requirement to actively own or operate a business in New Zealand.

    TEMPORARY VISAS

    A number of temporary visas are also available;

    Work visa: If you are offered a job that cannot be filled by a New Zealanderand the New Zealand employer is willing to sponsor you, then it maybe possible for you to apply for a work visa. The visa is issued for theduration of the employment contract or 3 years, whichever comes first.

    Important note: New Zealand employers are generally reluctant tosponsor offshore candidates unless there are specific skills shortages,and often do not consider applicants unless they are ALREADY inpossession of a New Zealand residence visa, present in New Zealandfor interview and able to start work within 4-6 weeks. So, unless youare to be transferred to New Zealand by your current employer, thiscan be a very difficult visa to obtain.

    Talent and Accredited Employer options also exist for applicants whohave a pre-arranged, skilled job offer in New Zealand.

    Working Holiday visa: Citizens of certain countries who are agedbetween 18 years and 30 years may consider obtaining a WorkingHoliday Visa. This visa enables you to work and travel for 1 year (2 years

    for citizens of the United Kingdom) but work must be restricted to casualpositions and you must not undertake permanent employment.

    Student visa: If you are enrolled into a qualifying course at a NewZealand tertiary institution, you can apply for a student visa. This visaallows you to study and to work up to 20 hours per week.

    For further information on these visa options please contact yournearest New Zealand Migration Consultant as they will explain theimmigration regulations and entry criteria in greater detail. Alternatively,visit www.migrationnews.com for a FREE initial assessment of youreligibility to migrate.

    CAUTION: Immigration regulations can change without advance notice.You are strongly advised to seek the advice of a Migration Consultant.

    (Information in this feature correct as at 1st September 2009.)

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    GEOGRAPHYLocated in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,900 km east of Australia, NewZealand is comprised of two main adjacent islands, the North Island andSouth Island, and a number of small outlying islands. With a total land areaof 268,680 sq km New Zealand is similar in size to Britain and Japan. Over

    half of the countrys total land area is pasture and arable land and morethan a quarter is under forest cover. It is predominantly mountainous andhilly with 13% of the total area consisting of alpine terrain including manypeaks exceeding 3000 metres.

    CLIMATENew Zealands climate is complex and varies from warm subtropical in thefar north to cool temperate climates in the far south, with severe alpineconditions in the mountainous areas. Mountain chains extending the lengthof New Zealand provide a barrier for the prevailing westerly winds, dividingthe country into dramatically different climate regions. The West Coast ofthe South Island is the wettest area of New Zealand, whereas the area tothe east of the mountains, just over 100 km away, is the driest. As NewZealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, summer starts in December andwinter starts in June. January and February are usually the warmest monthsand July the coldest. Average temperatures range from 8C in July to 23Cin January. A pleasant feature of the New Zealand climate is the highproportion of sunshine during the winter months but in the warmer monthsthe sun is very strong so caution is advised.For further information please visit www.metservice.co.nz

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    POPULATION AND SETTLEMENTNew Zealands population is at 4,322,180 (1st September 2009) withapproximately 75% living in the North Island. Despite the countrys continuedreliance on agricultural exports, the population is mainly urbanised. Themajority of New Zealanders are of British descent complemented by many

    other European cultures including Dutch, French, German and Scandinavian.The largest non-European group is the indigenous Maori who arrived in NewZealand about 1,000 years ago. The first European settlements began inthe early 1800s. There are vibrant and growing communities of PacificIslanders, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic origins.

    LANGUAGEEnglish and Maori are the official languages and English is spoken by almostall New Zealanders. Maori is the first language of about 50,000 people andthe second language of about 150,000.

    POLITICAL SYSTEMNew Zealand is an independent state within the British Commonwealth.Queen Elizabeth II is represented by the Governor General who summonsand dissolves parliament and assents to legislation. Since 1996 the Parliamenthas been elected using the mixed member proportional (MMP) system.Parliament is comprised of 120 seats, 65 being electorate representatives

    and 55 members coming from party lists. Elections are held every three yearsand persons over 18 have the right to vote. Enrolment on the electoral rollis compulsory, voting is not. Permanent residents may vote providing theyfulfil certain other requirements which also apply to New Zealand citizens.For further information please visit www.parliament.nz

    LAW AND JUSTICEThe justice system is based on the English model and is independent ofgovernment. The Supreme Court Act was established in 2003 whichestablished within New Zealand a new court of final appeal (previouslysituated in the United Kingdom). All courts exercise both criminal and civil

    jurisdiction. A number of specialist courts exist and include the employmentcourt, family courts, youth courts, Environment court and the Maori landcourt. There are about 270 Judges in New Zealand.

    ECONOMYNew Zealand has a mixed economy which operates on free marketprinciples with sizeable manufacturing and service sectors complementinga highly efficient export oriented agricultural sector. The agricultural,

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    horticultural, forestry, mining, energy and fishing industries play afundamentally important role in New Zealands economy, particularly inthe export sector and in employment. Overall, the primary sector contributesover 50% of New Zealands total export earnings. The service sectoraccounts for over two-thirds of GDP and employs around 65% of theworkforce. Transport is a major component of economic activity in NewZealand with the efficiency of the countrys internal transport systemplaying a critical role in New Zealands economic growth. Tourism is oneof the largest single sources of foreign-exchange revenue and a majorgrowth industry in New Zealand.

    The economy is strongly trade-oriented, with exports of goods and servicesaccounting for around 33% of total output. The largest export markets are

    Australia, USA, Japan and China, Korea and the UK.

    The Consumers Price Index for the year to June 2009 rose by 1.9%, thelowest increase since late 2007.

    The Reserve Bank of New Zealands Official Cash Rate (OCR) stands at2.5% (at 1st September 2009).

    Source: Statistics NZ and Treasury NZ

    For an extensive summary of the NZ economy see the website ofThe Treasury at www.treasury.govt.nz/nzeconomy/

    TAXATIONThe tax year begins on 1 April. Employees have tax deducted from theirincome on a pay as you earn (PAYE) basis. Since the introduction in 1985of consumption or Goods and Services Tax (GST), currently set at 12.5%,income tax rates have been considerably reduced.

    Doctors Visits: Visits to the doctor are free for children under 6 years. Visitsfor older children (generally aged 617 years) are approximately NZD$10.Basic dental care for children is free generally until aged 18 years.

    Pharmaceutical Benefits: Prescriptions are subsidised by the government,however, obtaining approved medicines and drugs from a pharmacy carriesa part-user charge.

    Hospital Benefits: If you ever need to stay in hospital for treatment, you canchoose to go to a public hospital where your stay is free or a private hospitalwhere you will have to pay all the charges. A waiting period may apply forpublic hospitals depending on the seriousness of your illness or injury.

    Accident Compensation Scheme (ACC): ACC provides coverage to peoplewho suffer accidental injuries in New Zealand. All accident victims areentitled to free hospital treatment. ACC also subsidises all other types oftreatment involving accident-related injuries, as long as the treatment isprovided by registered health professionals. The patient usually pays a part-charge for the treatment. If your injury stops you from working, ACC pays

    weekly compensation, usually based on 80% of your weekly income beforetax. It can also help with residential nursing care, home help and childcare,as well as subsidising transport and training costs while you recover. Insome cases involving permanent physical impairment, compensation orlump sum financial payments are also made.For further information please visit www.moh.govt.nz

    EDUCATIONMost New Zealand children attend pre-school from age 2 1/2 years till 5years, when they start primary school. Education is provided free (excludes

    foreign students) in state primary, intermediate and secondary schoolsbetween the ages of 5 and 19. There are also private or independent schoolsand integrated schools, formerly private schools which have decided to jointhe state schooling system and receive government funding.

    The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is NewZealands main national qualification for secondary school students andpart of the New Zealand National Qualifications Framework (NQF). TheNQF is benchmarked internationally which means that the NCEA will berecognised overseas.

    There are eight universities and 20 Polytechnics, Insti tutes of Technologyand Colleges of Educations which offer a broad range of courses in theprofessional, technical, vocational and trade areas. There are also a largenumber of private tertiary education providers who are registered withthe New Zealand Qualifications Authority and also provide a broad rangeof courses.

    The National Qualifications Framework brings together senior secondaryeducation, industry training and tertiary education under one system. It isadministered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), whichis also the body which assesses the equivalency of overseas qualificationsfor immigration purposes.

    Education is largely free at all state schools, however, many are beginningto charge optional fees to cover extra equipment and facilities. Tuitionfees for New Zealand students at public tertiary education institutions are

    SOCIAL WELFAREUnlike most overseas social security schemes, the New Zealand schemeis non-contributory. Benefits are financed from general taxation and wageand salary earners are not required to pay regular contributions to a socialsecurity fund. The system provides a range of assistance with cash benefitspaid as of right to those who meet income, residency and other eligibilitycriteria for each category, and other assistance available to help with specificexpenses such as accommodation or those related to disability. Immigrantsto New Zealand are not eligible for unemployment and sickness benefitsuntil they have been in the country for at least two years.For further information please visit www.winz.govt.nz

    HEALTH CAREThe New Zealand health system is made up of both the public and privatesectors. Whilst the level of state health care is excellent, 60% of the populationchooses to supplement this with private health insurance. The health careprovided by General Practitioners is partially funded by government, andfunding is also extended to specialist and laboratory diagnostic services.

    All maternity care (from the point of positive pregnancy test) to the birth ofthe child is 100% paid for by the state. Specialists if required or preferredare paid for by the patient.

    For new arrivals, as soon as a residence permit is granted you will beafforded the same care and access to these health services as New Zealandcitizens and residents.

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    partly subsidised by the government. Tuition fees at private institutions vary,however, many receive Ministry of Education tuition subsidies and/or fundingfor Skill NZ programmes. Full time students (with permanent residency) areeligible for the means tested student maintenance grants called studentallowances. Permanent residents who do not qualify for student allowancesmay borrow money through the government-run student loans scheme topay for maintenance and tuition.For further information please visit www.minedu.govt.nz or www.tki.org.nz

    TRANSPORT, COMMUNICATION AND MEDIAFrom the three main international airports (Auckland, Wellington, andChristchurch) New Zealand is well served by international airlines. A numberof domestic airlines operate from airports throughout the country with AirNew Zealand being the largest domestic operator of scheduled services.Ferries transport passengers, cars, road and rail freight between the Northand South Islands. New Zealand has an extensive network of well-maintainedroads. Cars are the most popular form of transport, especially for longdistances. Most cities operate a public transport system (usually buses)

    and there is a national bus and limited train transport system. Mail andgoods can be delivered between the main centres in 24 hours, and smallercentres are served by efficient links of postal and courier services. The mainproviders of telecommunications services are Telecom New Zealand andTelstraClear. Television and radio services are provided by both public andprivate channels. Most cities and large towns have a daily newspaper.

    DRIVINGIt is illegal to drive without a drivers licence. The minimum age for driving inNew Zealand is currently 15 yrs when a provisional licence can be obtained.

    A British or International Drivers Licence is valid for 12 months after arrivalin New Zealand. After this period a New Zealand licence must be obtained.This involves passing a theory test and a practical test. Migrants from Australia,Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Switzerland or the USA can

    MEDIAN HOUSE PRICES (NZD$)June 2009Northland $310,000

    Auckland $435,000

    Waikato/Bay of Plenty $319,000

    Hawkes Bay $280,000Manawatu/Wanganui $222,000

    Wellington $375,000

    Taranaki $271,000

    Nelson/Marlborough $334,000

    Canterbury/Westland $295,000

    Central Otago Lakes $439,000

    Otago $220,000

    Southland $194,000

    All New Zealand $340,000

    Source: REINZ

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    apply for an exemption from the practical part of the licence test if they canproduce a current overseas drivers licence (or one that has expired within thelast 12 months) which they have held for at least two years and they sign adeclaration that they have not been disqualified from driving. The theory testmust still be passed. New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road.Seat belts are compulsory. The maximum speed on the open road is 100km/hand the maximum speed limit for urban areas is 50km/h. Most main routesare of a high standard and are sealed, however, in more rural areas there aremany unsealed roads and livestock are often herded along roads.Further information see www.nzta.govt.nz

    ELECTRICITYNew Zealand uses the AC 240 volts 50 cycle electrical system, althoughmost hotel rooms have 110 volt sockets for electric razors. Equipmentbrought from Europe will need to be fitted with new plugs or adaptors used.In some cases it is advisable to purchase new equipment in New Zealand.

    HOUSINGMost houses are of wood construction, detached with three/four bedrooms,kitchen, dining room, separate toilet/bathroom and lounge. The standardsize of a New Zealand section used to be a quarter of an acre but as propertyprices have risen in recent years, subdivisions have become more common.The main sources of mortgage finance for housing are registered banks,savings institutions and finance companies.

    When you first arrive in New Zealand, it is likely youll need some rentalaccommodation while youre looking for a house to buy. Rental propertiesare generally widely available throughout the country, and the cost of rentwill vary depending on the area and facilities e.g. furnished or unfurnished.Rental housing can be sought through real estate agencies, newspapers oronline. A bond equivalent to one months rent and two weeks rent in advanceis usually required when you first rent a property.

    IMPORTING PERSONAL EFFECTS

    If you are taking up permanent residence in New Zealand for the first timeyour household effects will be admitted duty free, provided you have ownedand used them prior to your departure. New Zealand has very strictly enforcedregulations regarding the importation of items which could contain insectsor disease. Items may be removed for fumigation or cleaning. Many itemsmust be declared; food and plants or parts thereof must not be taken at all.For further information see www.customs.govt.nz+ www.maf.govt.nz

    IMPORTING MOTOR VEHICLESA first time migrant has the right to import a motor vehicle, motorcycle and/orboat without payment of GST, provided that the vehicle has been personallyowned and used for not less than 12 months. Conditions do apply if theimported vehicle or boat is sold within two years of importation or if it is to beused for commercial purposes. Vehicles are subject to a quarantine inspectionon arrival and must be certified by the Land Transport Safety Authority.For further information please visit www.customs.govt.nz

    IMPORTING CATS AND DOGSAn import health permit must be obtained prior to importation into NewZealand of a domestic cat or dog from a country approved for the exportof dogs and cats to New Zealand. Quarantine and other restrictions mayapply, depending on the country of origin.For further information see www.maf.govt.nzor www.biosecurity.govt.nz

    WEATHERMean daily maximum Bright Meantemperature C sunshine annual

    hours rainfallmm

    Jan Jul

    Auckland 23.3 14.5 2,060 1,240

    Wellington 20.3 11.4 2,065 1,249

    Christchurch 22.5 11.3 2,100 648

    Dunedin 18.9 9.8 1,585 812

    Source: NIWA Climate Summary

    WHAT DOES IT COST?To give you an idea of living costs in New Zealand we give

    you below the official average retail prices for a small range

    of household items as at 1st August 2009 (NZD$).

    Apples, 1kg $2.44

    Bananas, 1kg $2.92

    Oranges, 1kg $3.57

    Potatoes, 1kg $1.43

    Beef Steak, 1kg $12.56

    Lamb Chops, 1kg $12.94

    Middle Bacon, 1kg $23.44

    Eggs, 1 dozen $3.21

    Milk, 2l $3.23

    Source: Statistics New Zealand

    Butter, 500g $2.99

    Cheese, Cheddar, 1kg $8.92

    Bread, sliced white, 750g $1.80

    Rice, white, 1kg $2.65

    Tea Bags, 100 $4.12

    Coffee, instant, 100g $5.54

    Sugar, white, 1.5kg $2.43

    Fish and chips $5.33

    Hot meat pie $3.14

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    New Zealand Good for MumsIn Save the Childrens 2009 Mothers Index, New Zealand

    was rated as the 3rd highest ranking country in terms of womens

    health, educational and economic status. Looking at how

    countries rate in terms of a wide range of criteria

    such as maternity leave benefits, life expectancy,

    male/female income equality, access to

    education and political participation, New

    Zealand scored higher than most

    European countries and the USA.

    Source: Mothers Index Save the Children, May 2009.

    THE AWARDS JUSTKEEP ON COMINGNew Zealand continues to win praise and prizes for its

    outstanding scenery, recreational facilities and warm Kiwi

    welcome. During the last year, the Land of the Long

    White Cloud was voted Best Worldwide Country by

    the Sunday Times (UK), Country of the Year by Australias

    Getaway travel show, Best Destination by the

    Telegraph (UK) and even Golf Destination of the Year

    2009 by a major sporting tour operator.

    Source: Tourism New Zealand

    NEW ZEALAND NEWS

    New Zealand No.1 forQuality of LifeNew Zealand has topped the poll in a recent quality-of-life

    survey carried out by Nat West International. The survey of more

    than 2,000 British settlers living in 12 countries, found that New

    Zealand rated highly in all areas researched, including climate,

    house prices and the general cost of living. For a healthier lifestyle,

    great family environment and excellent financial conditions,

    New Zealand has once again proved to be a leading destination.SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTSCHEME A GLOBAL MODELNew Zealands strategy for promoting cycling within cities

    has been used as a model for similar schemes in several

    European countries. Efforts to improve safety and health

    through increasing numbers of cycling commuters and

    tourists have also been given a boost by the New Zealand

    governments commitment to developing a nationwide

    cycleway. In July 2009, Prime Minister John Key announced

    the long-term aim of creating a network of Great Cycle

    Rides throughout the country.

    LOWER UNEMPLOYMENTRATE IN NEW ZEALANDStatistics New Zealand reports that New Zealands unemployment

    rate is the 9th lowest of the 30 OECD nations. At 6.0% (June

    2009), it remains well below the OECD average of 8.3%.

    New Zealand is coming through the recession well due to its

    historically strong labour market, recent tax cuts and large

    reductions in interest rates.

    NEWS

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    POPULATIONAucklands population is approximately 1.3million making it by far the largest city in NewZealand, with one third of the countrys entirepopulation. However, it is the second smallestcity by land area.

    GEOGRAPHYAuckland is built on a narrow isthmus betweentwo harbours, and is surrounded by extinctvolcanoes and picturesque islands. The city,suburbs and gulf islands cover an area of 637km2.The Auckland region is made up of four cities

    (Auckland City, Manukau, North Shore andWaitakere) and three districts (Franklin, Rodneyand Papakura).

    HOUSINGThe Auckland housing market is very wide,ranging from small apartments in the centralbusiness district (CBD) to large lifestyle blocksin the Auckland region. House prices varyconsiderably depending on the location andsurrounding area.

    ECONOMYAuckland City is a modern, business friendly citywith unique lifestyle opportunities. It is positionedas the economic powerhouse of the Asia-Pacificregion. The CBD is the workplace for 65,000people, and home to over 8,000 residents andmany education providers. The key industriesthat drive economic growth in the Auckland regionare property and business services, wholesaletrade and manufacturing, tourism and transportand communications.

    WEATHER

    Average summer maximum temperature23.3 degrees Celsius

    Average winter maximum temperature14.5 degrees Celsius

    Bright Sunshine hours per year 2060

    Mean annual rainfall 1240mm

    TIME

    Hamilton time is GMT +12 hours.From September to March one hour ofdaylight saving time applies.

    CITY GUIDE

    DINING OUTAuckland is a gourmet lovers delight - hundredsof restaurants, locally-grown specialities andaward-winning wines to match. Pacific Rimcuisine is an Auckland speciality, fusing Pacificand Asian flavours with fresh local produce.

    Auckland offers a top selection of cuisine anddining attractions where you can sample someof the finest foods. The variety ranges fromspecialist seafood, steak, lamb, pasta andvegetarian menus to excellent ethnic restaurantsfeaturing Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Chineseand Japanese dishes.

    LOCAL TRANSPORTAs with any growing city, traffic congestion is

    a concern in Auckland as private cars are thedominant mode of transport. Auckland publictransport relies heavily on buses, with trainservices to the south and west of the city andsome ferry services to the North Shore andlarger islands.

    SHOPPINGAuckland city is an excellent shopping destinationwith a vibrant homegrown fashion industry andretailers stocking all the latest internationaldesigner labels. The Kiwi fashion industry fusesinfluences from Europe, Polynesia and thePacific Rim.

    PERFORMING ARTSAuckland is a centre for the arts andentertainment. The Aotea Centre, Town Hall and

    many other venues regularly play host to world-

    class performances of music, dance and theatre.In addition to major events, there are many otherevents to enjoy during the year, including a widevariety of performing and visual arts

    extravaganzas, food and wine festivals as wellas multi-cultural, sporting and community events.

    LIFESTYLE AND

    OUTDOOR RECREATIONThe city teems with life, from the vibrant waterfrontlife (not for nothing is it called the City of Sails)through the busy, ever-expanding Downtowndistrict to the highly individual suburbs andglorious beaches. Aucklands blend of landscape,Polynesian culture, glistening harbours andmodern city environment creates an unbelievablelifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world.

    EDUCATIONAuckland has two universities and a technicalinstitute together with a range of private andstate secondary and primary schools. Every yearmore than 40,000 international students takeadvantage of Aucklands world class institutions.

    AUCKLAND ON THE NETAuckland City Councilwww.aucklandcity.govt.nz

    Tourism Aucklandwww.aucklandnz.com

    Heart of Auckland citywww.hotcity.co.nz

    Auckland, the City of Sails, a vibrant city offering an urban lifestyle is situated within

    glistening harbours and is surrounded by lush forests and subtropical islands.

    Whether Auckland is your intended destination or just a brief stopover on the way to

    your new home, we have compiled this guide to help you get your bearings on arrival.

    To obtain more details about the city visit the websites listed at the end of this profile.

    TourismAuckland

    TourismAuckland

    AUCKLANDAUCKLAND

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    DOS AND DONTSIt is never easy searching for a job from overseas. Here is

    a summary of the dos and donts for overseas jobseekers

    in the New Zealand employment market place.

    DO

    Do visit the various New Zealand job websites BEFORE deciding

    to emigrate to familiarise yourself with the job opportunities in

    your field.

    Do apply for your permanent residence visas. Very important.

    Prospective employers will ask about your immigration status

    and having your residence visas (or at least being in the

    application process) will remove barriers and make you moremarketable in the New Zealand employment marketplace.

    Do start applying for advertised job vacancies from OVERSEAS,

    but only 1 to 12 weeks before a possible start date or a visit to

    New Zealand.

    Do send a cold letter of application and CV to EVERY potential

    employer and recruitment agent in the region of New Zealand

    you intend settling in to let them know that you are available.

    Use www.yellowpages.co.nz to locate companies.

    Do prepare your CV in the New Zealand style and write a short

    but clear covering letter confirming that you have been granted

    permanent residence visas (or that you have been assessed as

    eligible and are in the visa application process). Do provide a New Zealand postal address and New Zealand

    mobile phone/email address in your CV where possible.

    Do visit New Zealand for job interviews as very few employers

    will employ candidates on a sight unseen basis.

    Do make a positive impression in the interview, be flexible and

    have copies of your residence visas and references available

    for employers to sight.

    DONT

    Dont apply for job vacancies OR visit New Zealand for job

    interviews more than 1 - 12 weeks away from a possible start

    date. Employers will not be interested.

    Dont expect everything to work like home. Be flexible and

    willing to fit in with local ways of doing things.

    Dont expect a job at the same level or higher than you had

    overseas. You may lack New Zealand local knowledge and

    may need to take a step back in order to advance later. Wait

    one year.

    Dont expect the same salary or more than you had overseas.

    The cost of living and income tax rates are lower in New Zealand

    than many other western developed nations, so look at your

    NET INCOME not the gross amount.

    Dont expect a job offer in the first week.

    Dont over negotiate the contract with your first employer. Be

    flexible and understand that employment law and contract

    terms may be different in New Zealand.

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    HOW TOPREPARE YOUR CV/RESUMEFor FREE instructions, example format, wording,

    and a CV template that you can use yourself,

    please visit www.migrationnews.com under the

    Employment Guide section.

    JOB VACANCY WEBSITES

    www.seek.co.nz

    www.jobs.govt.nz

    www.careers.govt.nz

    www.trademe.co.nz/jobs

    New Zealand welcomes new migrants with valuable skills and qualifications, however searching for employment will be

    a challenge. It is important to be realistic and understand that you may not be able to find your dream job straight away.

    TOP TIPS:HOW TO GETA JOB INNEW ZEALAND

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    Holiday Entitlement20 days after the first year

    of employment

    Sick Pay Entitlement5 days

    (after 6 months of employment)

    Minimum Hourly WageNZD$12.50(August 2009)

    Average Hourly WageNZD$24.33(August 2009)

    Average Weekly Paid Hours37.9(August 2009)

    INCOME TAX INNEW ZEALAND

    Taxable income Tax payable

    NZD$0 - NZD$14,000 12.5%

    NZD$14,001 - NZD$48,000 21%

    NZD$48,001 - NZD$70,000 33%

    NZD$70,001 + 38%Source: www.ird.govt.nz

    GUIDE TO AVERAGEHOURLY EARNINGS

    (Qtr to June 09 NZD$ before tax)

    Forestry and Mining $28.45

    Manufacturing $23.18

    Construction $22.68

    Retail and Hospitality $16.51

    Transport, storage andCommunication $23.91

    Finance and Insurance $34.14

    Education $30.21

    Health and CommunityServices $26.66

    Source: Statistics New Zealand

    KEY EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION AND STATISTICS

    ANNUALUNEMPLOYMENT RATES

    (as at June quarter each year)

    2000 6.4% 2005 3.9%

    2001 5.4% 2006 3.6%

    2002 5.2% 2007 3.7%

    2003 5.0% 2008 3.9%

    2004 4.2% 2009 6.0%

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    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION BODIESOccupation Authority Website International

    Telephone Number

    Architect NZ Institute of Architects www.nzia.co.nz +64 9 623 6080

    Barrister/Solicitor NZ Law Society www.lawsociety.org.nz +64 4 472 7837

    Chartered Accountant NZ Insitute of Chartered Accountants www.nzica.com +64 4 474 7840

    Chiropractor Chiropractic Board of NZ www.chiropracticboard.org.nz +64 4 474 0703

    Dental Professional Dental Council of NZ www.dentalcouncil.org.nz +64 4 499 4820

    Dietitian NZ Dietitians Board www.dietitiansboard.org.nz +64 4 474 0746

    Doctor Medical Council of NZ www.mcnz.org.nz +64 4 384 7635

    Electrical & Electronics Worker Electrical Workers Registration Board www.ewrb.govt.nz +64 4 472 3636

    Engineer Institution of Professional Engineers NZ www.ipenz.org.nz +64 4 473 9444

    Financial / Insurance Adviser Institute of Financial Advisers www.ifa.org.nz +64 4 499 8062

    Librarian NZ Library Association www.lianza.org.nz +64 4 473 5834

    Midwife NZ College of Midwives www.midwife.org.nz +64 3 377 2732

    Motor Industry NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation www.mito.org.nz +64 4 494 0005Nurse Nursing Council of NZ www.nursingcouncil.org.nz +64 4 385 9589

    Optometrist/Optician Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board www.dispensingopticiansboard.org.nz +64 4 474 0705

    Osteopath Osteopathic Society of NZ www.osnz.org +64 3 313 5086

    Podiatrist Podiatrists Board of NZ www.podiatristsboard.org.nz +64 4 474 0706

    Pharmacist Pharmaceutical Society of NZ www.psnz.org.nz +64 4 802 0030

    Physiotherapist NZ Society of Physiotherapists www.physiotherapy.org.nz +64 4 801 6500

    Plumber/Gasfitter/Drainlayer NZ Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Board www.pgdb.co.nz +64 4 494 2970

    Psychologist NZ Psychologists Board www.psychologistsboard.org.nz +64 4 471 4580

    Surveyor NZ Institute of Surveyors www.surveyors.org.nz +64 4 471 1774

    Teacher NZ Teachers Council www.teacherscouncil.govt.nz +64 4 471 0852

    Veterinarians Veterinary Council of NZ www.vetcouncil.org.nz +64 4 473 9600

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    After work would you like to be able to have a swim in the

    Pacific Ocean, mountain bike on the edge of an extinct

    volcano, take a stroll along the banks of a flowing river or

    play golf on a course a few minutes walk from the central

    city? Canterbury can offer all of this and much more which

    makes it an ideal place to settle, live and work.

    AWESOME LIFESTYLE

    Canterbury is New Zealands largest geographical region and islocated on the east coast of the South Island. It consists of 45,346

    square kilometres. In comparative terms, Canterbury is similar in

    size to The Netherlands. The Canterbury region is bordered by the

    Southern Alps to the West, the Pacific Ocean to the East and goes

    as far North as the Kaikoura district (famous for Whale Watch

    activities) and south to Waimate. Over half a million people (530,000)

    live in Canterbury. The region enjoys a pleasant, temperate climate

    with no harsh extremes.

    Christchurch, the second largest city in New Zealand, is the central

    heart of the Canterbury region and gateway to the South Island.

    With around 370,000 people, Christchurch accounts for just over

    two-thirds of the regions population.

    Known as the Garden City, a deserved title with over 650 parks

    and reserves, the city offers all the vibrancy of a major metropolis.

    It is a city offering stylish shopping, easily accessible outdoor pursuits,

    first class cultural activities and above all, friendly, internationally

    focused people.

    Canterbury provides everything you need for a fantastic lifestyle;

    amazing scenery, diverse range of outdoor activities, internationally

    renowned wine and cuisine, arts and culture and above all a relaxing

    way of life.

    VIBRANT AND STABLE ECONOMYThe region of Canterbury and the city of Christchurch present a

    wide range of business opportunities. The local economy is one

    of the most dynamic and robust in the country. The region offers

    a unique blend of assets and capabilities, including excellent

    infrastructure, a highly educated and innovative workforce plus

    access to world-class research facilities. Canterbury is truly a place

    from which you can challenge the world!

    The city is the recognised leading electronics producer in New

    Zealand and the electronics sector is growing faster in Canterbury

    compared to any other New Zealand region, producing around

    40% of the countrys electronic goods.

    Christchurch is also a leading provider of international education

    with around 15,000 students travelling to the region each year to

    CANTERBURYAND THE CITY OF CHRISTCHURCH

    - THE GOOD LIFE!

    CANTERBURYAND THE CITY OF CHRISTCHURCH

    - THE GOOD LIFE!

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    learn English. It also has a diverse

    and technologically advanced

    manufacturing sector, plus a

    growing service and tourism

    sector. Regional Canterbury has

    strengths in traditional and

    emerging land-based industries

    and tourist activities. The region has

    a strong innovative base from which

    to leverage science and technology-

    led economic growth and to enhancethe value of both the established and

    emerging land-based industry sectors.

    The Canterbury economy represents around 13% of

    national economic activity. With all key sectors represented, the

    Canterbury economy parallels with the New Zealand economy

    more than any other region and like the national economy,

    Canterbury is export focused.

    New Zealand is an investment-friendly business environment with

    red tape kept to a minimum and where business procedures are

    relatively straightforward. Canterbury is no exception to this and

    welcomes foreign investment with investors free to acquire controlling

    interest in ventures. Whether looking to invest in an existing business,

    land-based assets, stocks and bonds or a green fields venture,Canterbury offers an attractive investment opportunity.

    WORKING IN CANTERBURY

    Canterburys burgeoning economy has resulted in a growth of the

    regions workforce. Canterbury is the powerhouse of job creation

    in New Zealand and since June 1998, 33% of the jobs created in

    New Zealand have come out of Canterbury. This has seen the

    region create 54,700 new jobs representing an increase of 24%

    in the labour market, more than any other New Zealand region.

    In the past five years, Canterbury has diversified from traditional

    land-based activities and seen a corresponding increase in

    employment in the service sector with the largest increase in the

    health, property, education and retail sectors. Manufacturing

    remains the largest industry.

    MODERN & COST EFFECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE

    Christchurch and Canterbury have a well-developed, stable and

    cost-effective business infrastructure. The region is well served by

    an international airport and two sea ports. Low cost electricity,

    communications and commercial property rental mean business

    costs are highly competitive. These key business advantages are

    supported by world-class research and academic institutions as

    well, plus excellent conference and exhibition facilities.

    If this brief overview of the Canterbury region has given

    you a taste of what life could be like for you then visit

    these websites for further information:

    Canterbury Development Corporation

    www.cdc.org.nz

    Christchurch City Council

    www.ccc.govt.nz

    Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

    www.christchurchnz.com

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    REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

    Northland www.enterprisenorthland.co.nz

    Western Bay of Plenty www.priorityone.co.nz

    Waikato www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz

    Hawkes Bay www.investhawkesbay.com

    Taranaki www.taranaki.biz

    Wanganui www.wanganui.govt.nz

    Manawatu www.visionmanawatu.org.nz

    Otago www.dunedin.govt.nz

    North Shore www.ens.org.nz

    Auckland www.aucklandplus.com

    Manukau www.em.org.nz

    Wellington www.growwellington.co.nz

    Nelson www.eda.co.nz

    Marlborough www.mrdt.co.nz

    Canterbury www.cdc.org.nz

    Southland www.southlandnz.com

    Northland

    Auckland

    Waikato

    Taranaki

    Wanganui

    Wellington

    Coromandel

    Bay of PlentyEast Coast

    Central Plateau

    Hawkes Bay

    Waiarapa

    Marlborough

    Canterbury

    Otago

    Southland

    Fiordland

    West Coast

    Nelson

    Christchurch

    ManukauNorth Shore

    Useful websites and

    information about doing

    business and investing

    in New Zealand

    TAXES

    Corporate tax 30%

    Goods and Service Tax (GST) 12.5%

    Fringe Benefit Tax 61%

    Capital Gains Tax Nil

    Please visit www.ird.govt.nzfor more detailed information on theabove tax rates.

    INTEREST RATES

    Visit the Reserve Bank of New Zealand

    www.rbnz.govt.nz

    How to Set Up a Business

    www.business.govt.nz

    www.worksite.govt.nz

    www.companies.govt.nz

    www.businessnz.org.nz

    Businesses for Salewww.businessesforsale.co.nz

    www.linkbusiness.co.nz

    The Franchise Association

    of New Zealand

    www.franchiseassociation.org.nz

    Find a Franchise

    www.franchisebusiness.co.nz

    HELPFUL WEBSITES

    Investment New Zealand

    www.investmentnz.govt.nz

    New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

    www.nzte.govt.nz

    Employment Relations Service

    www.ers.dol.govt.nz

    WEBSITE GUIDE

    BUSINESSMIGRATION

    REFERENCEGUIDE

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    The Director of Visa Centre and MigrationBureau, Grant King and his London andEuropean office teams have had a busyyear attending numerous events at NewZealand Embassies and High Commissionsaround the world. These included afunction at the New Zealand Official

    Ambassadors residence in The Hague forKEA New Zealand where Grant was askedto address the group together with the

    Ambassador. Grant and his team also met

    Immigration New Zealand (INZ) officials toreceive updates on the NZ Governments

    immigration policy and migrationopportunities for clients.

    Following the meetings, Grant commentedthat attending regular events at the NewZealand High Commission and meetingkey New Zealand decision-makers ensuresthat our staff remains fully abreast ofchanges in immigration policy and that wehave up-to-date information on NewZealand to pass onto our valued clientele.

    It further enhances our position as theundisputed market leader.Grant King of the Migration Bureau and Visa Centreattending a function at New Zealand House.

    Migration Bureau & Visa Centre attendevents at New Zealand Embassy

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    FREE JOBSEEKERPROGRAMMEGet a head start in your searchfor employment in your new

    home country!

    ODG Recruitment Internationalprovides invaluable guidance for allMigration Bureau, Visa Centre & FourCorners clients, including advice onlocal job markets and on tailoringyour CV and interview skills tolocal requirements.

    www.odgrecruitment.com

    The Dangers of Do-it-yourselfIndustry feedback hasindicated that anestimated 30% of allapplicants who lodgetheir application onlineand directly with theimmigration authoritiesget it WRONG ANDFAIL because they did

    not use a migration agent to compile anddouble check their application and immigrationeligibility first.

    It is estimated that a further 20% of applicantswho do not use an agent become confusedand frustrated with the application processand find it difficult or impossible to getanswers to their specific concerns orquestions from the immigration authorities.As a result, they unnecessarily drop out ofthe application process.

    Overall, this equates to an estimated up to50% FAILURE RATE for do-it-yourself

    applicants applying directly to theimmigration authorities.

    This compares with a SUCCESS RATEOF 98.5% for applicants that apply

    through migration agencies such as theMigration Bureau.

    Grant King of the Migration Bureau, one of thelargest international immigration agencies,commented that We want to protect applicantsfrom these risks and ensure that applicantssecure the right of residence that they areentitled to in the quickest possible time. To doso, the key is for new settlers to use an agentBEFORE applying and to instruct the agent tocompile, double-check and lodge your onlineor physical residence visa application on yourbehalf - this will avoid unnecessary delays andrisk, and means that you will receive your visasas soon as possible, and not be one of thethousands of applicants who are unnecessarily

    refused every year. So the moral of the story isto get it right the first time.

    Our clients now have accessto a wide range of financialproducts and advice, speciallydesigned for new settlers,through our sister company

    ODG Financial Services. Fromtravel and health insurance, tohigh-interest bank accounts,mortgages, pension transfers,taxation, investments and localbusiness advice (in line with

    ODG Financial Services RELOCATION ARRANGEMENTS

    MADE EASYyour visa criteria). Everythingcan be organised for you underone roof. For more informationand a free initial telephoneconsultation, please visitwww.odgfs.com

    NEW ASSISTANCE AVAILABLEFOR NEW SETTLERSODG Associates is the specialistlegal and business advisorydivision of the Migration Bureauthat aims to assist new settlers inmaking important arrangementsfor their move to a new country.ODG Associates draws on a team

    of in-house qualified legal advisorsand experienced businessconsultants, to provide you withhighly personalised assistancethat is tailored to your individualsituation and needs. In doing so,

    our objective is to ensure thatyour move to your new countryis as smooth and as successfulas possible.

    This year, we have added twonew services to the ODG

    Associates portfolio; LearnEnglish Online (customized,self-scheduled courses ofdifferent levels), and ODGFinancial Services (offering awide range of financial productsand assistance).

    For more information please visit www.migrationbureau.com or www.visacentre.co.uk

    www.migrationnews.com

    UPDATEMIGRATION BUREAU& VISA CENTRE

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    The list of things to organise for your move to New Zealand can be quite daunting so we have

    put together a checklist which we hope you will find useful.

    6 MONTHS BEFORE MOVE

    Obtain quotes from moving company.

    If you are shipping vehicles check legal and customs requirements foryour new country.

    Open a bank account in your new country.

    Transportation of pets. Arrange necessary vaccinations and fill out anyrelevant paperwork e.g. health certificates, immunisations and permits.

    Remember that some items may have restrictions in certain countries.Each country has different rules and restrictions so please check with thecustoms department of your destination country.

    Make your travel arrangements make sure you have transit visas etc(if required).

    Begin to inventory and evaluate your possessions. What can be sold ordonated to a charitable organisation? What havent you used within thelast year?

    Set up a trading account with a currency broker.

    CLOSE TO THE MOVE

    Notify schools.

    Collect all family medical records. Obtain medical certificates and recordsfor the whole family.

    Transfer funds to your destination. We recommend you use a currencyexchange company as they are able to offer a better exchange rate thanthe high street banks.

    Locate marriage and birth certificates.

    Redirect your mail to a close friend or family member who can then forwardto you.

    Inform everyone about your change of address.

    Cancel subscriptions of any magazines, book clubs or satellite TV provider.Remember that sometimes you must give them a months notice, in writing.(It is good to keep a hard copy of this in case problems occur).

    Arrange travel insurance.

    Confirm shipment dates with moving company.

    Arrange shipment insurance.

    Check with Inland Revenue (or equivalent depending on your home country)that you do not owe any tax or are owed a tax rebate if you have notworked a full tax year.

    Check whether any permits are required, e.g. for vehicles, firearms.

    Are you moving to a country where vaccinations are required?

    Advise your lawyer, bank, doctor, dentist, insurance companies, and theDepartment of Social Security.

    Obtain invoices for new purchases (for customs import formalities).

    Clear out your loft, attic, garage and shed.

    Contact the chamber of commerce, tourism bureaus, go online or subscribeto the local paper in your community to familiarise yourself with your new

    location, local government, community and social news and activities.

    Find temporary accommodation in your new destination.

    Request up-to-date statements on any endowments, pensions and

    investments.

    3 - 4 WEEKS AWAY

    Conclude any outstanding credit agreements.

    Run down stocks of food and drink.

    Confirm your travel documents and tickets are correct.

    Arrange special transportation for your pets and plants.

    Arrange private health cover, if required.

    Cancel any redundant direct debits or standing orders.

    ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO

    Arrange for main services to be disconnected and meters read.

    Place a stop on the delivery of any newspapers, milk or any otherdaily services.

    Empty lockers at school/work.

    Drain fuel from any power equipment e.g. Motor mowers.

    Give away any plants and perishable food.

    Make sure any pets have received any necessary immunisations.Get copies of pets veterinary records.

    DAYS BEFORE (for those shipping personal items)

    Separate all personal items which are to travel with you, e.g. keys,documents, passports, tickets, certificates, currency, clothing, etc.

    Disconnect, clean and dry any electrical appliances that you wish to ship.

    Disconnect lights for shipment and secure wiring.

    Dismantle furniture items.

    Arrange with neighbours to leave sufficient parking space for theremoval vehicle.

    Identify those items for air freight as opposed to those being shipped.

    Defrost your fridge and freezer and secure the doors.

    Pack box of personal items that will be needed immediately at your new

    home. Have this box loaded last or carry it with you.

    REMEMBER TO NOTIFY:

    Insurance companies.

    House insurance company.

    Car insurance company, ask for written confirmation of no claims bonus

    (if you have one!).

    Life insurance.

    Health insurance.

    Telephone company, Internet provider.

    Bank/building society cancel all direct debits/ standing orders.

    Tax office.

    Schools.

    Driving license authority.

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    CITY GUIDECITY GUIDE

    CHECKLIST

    MOVING CHECKLIST

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    The MIGRATION NEWS is published by Oceania Development Group(EMEAR) Ltd and is the official publication of Migration Bureau,Visa Centre, Four Corners Immigration, ODG Recruitment

    and ODG Associates.

    Editor : Graeme FraserAdvertising : Graeme Fraser

    Contributer : Vicky KufeldtDesign and artwork : www.robertsoncreative.co.nz

    For distribution, advertising and subscription enquiries,please contact the publishers;

    Oceania Development Group (EMEAR) LtdLevel 2, Ibis House, 183 Hereford Street,

    Christchurch, New ZealandPhone ++64 (0) 3 377 4411

    Email : [email protected]

    Disclaimer: All opinions and statements expressed in this publication are notnecessarily the views of the publishers and are based on information believed tobe reliable and true at the time of publishing. However, the publishers issue noinvitation to anyone to rely on this information and intend by this statement toexclude liability from any such opinion. All readers should contact the publishersor seek independent advice before acting in reliance of any information containedin this magazine or enter into contractual agreements with advertisers.

    migrationnews 31www.migrationnews.com

    CITIES & REGIONS

    Tourism New Zealand www.newzealand.com

    Northland www.northlandnz.com

    Auckland www.aucklandnz.com

    Bay of Plenty www.visitplenty.co.nz

    Waikato www.waikatonz.co.nz

    Taranaki www.taranakinz.org

    Hawkes Bay www.hawkesbaynz.com

    Wellington www.wellingtonnz.com

    Marlborough www.destinationmarlborough.com

    Christchurch & Canterbury www.christchurchnz.com

    Dunedin www.cityofdunedin.com

    Queenstown www.queenstown-nz.co.nz

    West Coast www.west-coast.co.nz

    Southland www.southlandnz.com

    Otago www.otago.co.nz

    You may wish to do some research before you arrive in

    New Zealand so we hope you will find the websites listed

    below useful. The links are also available on our website

    www.migrationnews.com

    GENERAL

    New Zealand Government www.newzealand.govt.nz

    Climate www.metservice.co.nz

    Economy www.treasury.govt.nz/economy

    Find a phone number in NZ www.whitepages.co.nz

    Find a business in NZ www.yellowpages.co.nz

    SETTLING IN NEW ZEALAND

    Settlement Information www.immigration.govt.nz/nzopportunities

    Health Care www.moh.govt.nz

    Education www.minedu.govt.nz

    www.tki.org.nz

    Tax www.ird.govt.nz

    Banks www.bnz.co.nz

    www.asb.co.nz

    Social Welfare www.workandincome.govt.nz

    Driving www.ltsa.govt.nz

    Housing www.realestate.co.nz

    Farming News www.farmnews.co.nz

    Importing Personal Effects www.maf.govt.nz

    & Motor Vehicles www.customs.govt.nz

    Importing Cats and Dogs www.maf.govt.nz

    EMPLOYMENT

    Employment Relations Service www.ers.dol.govt.nz

    Job Vacancy Site www.seek.co.nz

    www.jobs.govt.nz

    www.careers.govt.nz

    www.trademe.co.nz/jobs

    NEW ZEALAND MEDIA

    New Zealand Herald www.nzherald.co.nz

    National News www.stuff.co.nz

    RESOURCE GUIDE

    NEW ZEALAND

    Photograph Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust

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