A temperate climate, breathtaking scenery and many professional opportunities, New Zealand has plenty of arguments to attract expats. If you also want to go to New Zealand, this page is for you!
Here is some information for a successful move in.
Security in New Zealand
The biggest risk to your safety in this country is the seismic risk. There are nearly 20,000 shocks a year in New Zealand. Stay alert, if an earthquake is particularly strong, a second series of tremors may occur.
Tongariro Mount and White Island still have volcanic activity. Check out the information desks for status and accessibility before visiting.
The number of crime is relatively low in New Zealand. Unfortunately, the rise in the number of tourists goes along with an increase of robbery in mobile homes and vehicles. Therefore we recommend you to camp in approved centers and to avoid wild camping. Also do not leave your belongings in an unattended vehicle. Also close the vehicle when you’re in.
Housing in New Zealand
In New Zealand, rents are paid weekly. Therefore, when looking for a place to live, do not forget to multiply the displayed prices by 4 to obtain the monthly amount.
You may be asked to pay up to 2 weeks of rent in advance. You will also have to make a deposit of 4 weeks rent to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It will be returned at the end of your contract, provided that the accommodation is returned in good condition.
Rental prices are higher in Auckland than in the rest of the country. Count an average of NZ$ 550 (€ 330) per week to live in the capital. It amounts to NZ$ 1,580 (about € 950) per month just for housing. In the rest of the country, the average rent is NZ$ 395 (about € 237) per week. That is NZ$ 2,200 (about € 1,320) per month.
Additional fees are on you: gas, water, electricity, phone, internet...
You will have to give a 21 days’ notice to your landlord before departure. In the event the landlord would like you to leave the place, they will have to give you a 30 days’ notice beforehand.
To find accommodation in New Zealand, visit TradeMe If you don’t find your perfect match there, visit real estate agencies or check out newspaper ads.
Schooling in New Zealand
New Zealand schooling system is officially divided into three levels:
- Early childhood, for kids from birth to 5 years old.
- Primary and secondary school, composed of 13 years of study. Schooling is free for children of New Zealand citizens and of permanent residents in public schools. It is compulsory for children from 6 to 16 years old. Schools are allocated by residential area, your child will thus have a reserved place in the local establishment.
Secondary education ends up by passing the NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) equivalent to A-levels.
- Higher education in College.
Schooling is made in English or Māori depending on the chosen school. English-speaking schools teach the New Zealand curriculum while the Māori ones are based on the Māori philosophy.
If you are citizen of a non-English-speaking country, check out your consulate website to find out if bilingual schools exist in New Zealand.
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