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
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
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
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...
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...