Before Your Arrival

Here’s a brief practical checklist of things you’ll need to do prior to your move to New Zealand.

6+ months before departure

  • Start collating all key documents that will be required such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, driving licences, personal and employment references, and passports
  • Obtain advice regarding visa eligibility (contact The Talent Hive if you would like a recommendation for a New Zealand based Licensed Immigration Advisor)
  • List your property on the market

3 to 6 months before departure

  • Make initial contact with the Talent Hive and send over your CV team@thetalenthive.co.nz so that one of our recruiters can ascertain how we can assist, talk to you about market conditions and potential employers.
  • Arrange shipping of any personal and household items
  • Speak with financial advisors regarding pension transfers and other investments
  • Make arrangements for shipping pets to New Zealand

3 months before departure

  • Begin having initial discussions and interviews with New Zealand employers. Utilise Skype or other web based video conferencing tools to enable these discussions.
  • Contact New Zealand schools to enroll your children
  • Request medical and health related records
  • Open a New Zealand bank account
  • Investigate accommodation options
  • Book your flights to New Zealand
  • Arrange travel insurance
  • Sell any unwanted personal and household items not being shipped to New Zealand

1 month before departure

  • Bring utilities up to date and cancel all household accounts
  • Arrange for post redirection
  • Transfer funds to New Zealand
  • Arrange private health cover in New Zealand (optional)
  • Gather employment references and any other relevant employment documentation
  • Prepare a travel file of key documents
  • Arrange for rental car upon arrival in New Zealand

1 week before departure

  • Check in with The Talent Hive to receive confirmation and schedule for job interviews and prospect meetings
  • Ensure household items and goods being shipped have left for New Zealand
  • Arrange airport transfers to/from the airport is organised