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Financials

How much does it cost to buy a property in New Zealand?  How much does it cost to maintain a property in New Zealand?  How can you finance the property?  What about employment, claiming your pension in New Zealand, or finding other sources of income?  And what is the biggest financial mistake that New Zealand property buyers make?  Find answers here…

 


Taxes associated with buying in or moving to New Zealand

When moving to New Zealand there are a number of costs and taxes that you will encounter along the way. Today Pattie Pegler of the New Zealand Buying Guide outlines the costs associated with a New Zealand property purchase... You can move to the other side of the world but you can never escape the tedious business of taxes.  Luckily in New Zealand, the tax system is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t provide too many big surprises for  More...


Organising your finances to leave the UK

There is a lot to clear up before you make the move abroad ranging from sorting out your taxes and personal finance to establishing yourself a good retirement plan and working out that ways to get the most out of your pension. Today Pattie Pegler of the New Zealand Buying Guide takes a look at the financial matters which need to be taken care of when moving abroad. When it comes to emigrating, one of the most important things to get right is organising your  More...


Banking in New Zealand

In my personal experience, banking in New Zealand is a whole lot less stressful than banking in the UK. There’s no language barrier, there’s a good choice of high street banks and the customer service is of a far better standard than some of the major UK banks I’ve dealt with. The main banks on the high street here are Westpac, ANZ, BNZ, ASB and Kiwibank. Kiwibank is a subsidiary of state owned New Zealand Post and therefore you bank through post offices. It  More...


Don`t lose money when sending funds to NZ!

When you move overseas the chances are that you still have some money remaining in the UK, either from a pension or some sort of income, savings, or even an asset such as a house that you rent out. When this is the case you may find that you need to transfer some of your UK money over to New Zealand now and again. How often and how much obviously varies with your personal circumstances. Since we moved we haven’t had to transfer any millionaire amounts, unfortunately, but  More...


Day to day living costs

Let’s get one thing straight, New Zealand is not a cheap country to live in. For many expats arriving from the UK, the price of day to day items such as groceries and household goods can come as an unpleasant surprise. This coupled with the strong NZ dollar that has seen the value of GBP£1 go from $3 to $2 over the last few years and life in NZ can often be a hefty hit on the wallet for many Brits. Let’s take a look at groceries. I was stunned by the price of  More...


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