New Zealand has a great deal to offer and with our economy and employment sector going from strength to strength, there’s never been a better time to look at emigrating. Here are just some of the great things about living and working in New Zealand.

Balanced Lifestyle – Kiwi’s have a fantastic work life balance. New Zealanders are innovative and ambitious but great importance is placed on finding a healthy balance between work and play. It’s one of the reasons why the country consistently ranks highly in global lifestyle survey’s. On the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2013 ‘Where to be Born’ index, New Zealand ranks seventh, ahead of 70 countries including Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, UK and USA.

Family Friendly – New Zealand is an idyllic place to raise a family. Access to the great outdoors is pretty much a given wherever you are, making a healthy, active lifestyle achievable for your family. There are a range of housing options to suit individual requirements and budgets. New Zealand has an excellent education system and healthcare is affordable and accessible.

Natural Beauty – Both Island’s of New Zealand boast incredible scenery including glaciers, fiords, mountain landscapes, rolling hills, subtropical forests, and miles of uninterrupted coastline. Much of these landscapes are protected by National Parks with walking and cycling trails providing public access.

Download ‘Living and working in New Zealand’ document here and find a range of useful information on working and living in New Zealand including practical information, guides and tips on: Education, Lifestyle, Economy, Taxation, Immigration, Settlement, Employment

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 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

Download Our Living & Working in New Zealand Brochure

Moving to a new country can be pretty daunting, especially if you've never visited that country before. The Talent Hive created a comprehensive brochure providing an overview of what life is like in New Zealand. Our information pack contains practical, real world advise about living and working in NZ. Connect with The Talent Hive and download our free brochure to discover what life is really like in New Zealand by entering your details here. .