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Settling In

Do you have questions about renovation, education, kids, transport, healthcare and more.  Within the 'Settling In' section we cover anything and everything to do with owning a property and/or living in New Zealand.

 


National sports and pastimes

It’s somewhat ironic that I’ve moved to New Zealand as I’m about the least sporty person I know and New Zealand is a sports-mad nation. Everybody seems to be off playing something or other!  Top of all the list of sports is without a doubt, rugby. The international team, the All Blacks, are all over the news here and people are mad for the game. Think of the coverage when there’s an England football match and you’ll get an idea of the  More...


Law and the Police in New Zealand

When you relocate to another country, it is essential that you take the time to investigate the legal system so that you know what you can and can't do and what is acceptable behaviour. This week, Pattie Pegler of the New Zealand Buying Guide provides an insight into law enforcement and policing in New Zealand and provides some need-to-know background on the most important areas of the law... For most British expats arriving in New  More...


Finding work in New Zealand

Beginning the search for jobs in New Zealand can seem like a daunting task, especially given the current economic climate. This week, Pattie Pegler of the New Zealand Buying Guide provides an insight into the various employment opportunities available and some valuable tips on how to find work once you arrive in New Zealand. How easy it is to find work depends on what type of work you are looking for. My personal experience has  More...


Healthcare in New Zealand: Part 1

New Zealand has a good publically funded healthcare system. Broadly speaking those with permanent residence visas, citizenship or two year working visas are all eligible for free healthcare under the system, but if your situation is unusual in any way it’s worth checking the Ministry of Health website here for eligibility criteria rather than taking it for granted. There are many similarities to the healthcare system in the UK. The  More...


Communications

Most of us nowadays expect to have a mobile phone, a home phone and broadband at home. Here in New Zealand there’s a reasonable amount of choice in all these areas but which provider and which plan you choose are really down to how you use your phone and internet. As in the UK, you can find horror stories about customer service with most of the major suppliers but experiences vary for everyone. For us, one of the most important things to have is home broadband. I  More...


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