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Removals To New Zealand

Are you relocating or moving to New Zealand? Do you need removals to New Zealand? We can help and save you money!

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Even the idea of moving to New Zealand, on the other side of the planet, is enough to scare some people away from living in this beautiful and unique country.

Removals Brokers has several partner removal companies who specialise in home removals to New Zealand, meaning you will receive the highest quality service possible.

Let us take the worry and effort out of choosing a removal company to complete this task, and instead allow you to spend time on the other aspects of the removal process.

New Zealand removals often take place on a weekly basis and include a door-to-door service for the moving of a single box to a large family home. The services offered are also completely flexible and can be tailored to your every need, no matter how big or small.

Services provided can include:

  • Full and Part Loads
  • Full or Partial Packing Service
  • Secure Possession Storage

Areas covered include:

Kaitala
Bay of Islands
Auckland
Hamilton
Tauranga
Waitomo
Rotorua
Taupo
Grisborne
Napier / Hawkes Bay
Wellington
Picton
Nelson
Blenheim
Greymouth
Kaikoura
Hokitika
Glaciers
Christchurch
Timaru
Wanaka
Milford Sound
Fiordland
Queenstown
Te Anau
Dunedin
Invercargill
Stewart Island
Masterton
Woodville

Our partner removal companies cover the entirety of New Zealand so call us to discuss and arrange your Kiwi removal today!

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Moving to New Zealand

The decision to pack up your life and move to a new country is a huge one. There will inevitably be challenges, and it is important to remember why the decision to move was made in the first place and to give yourself and your family credit for what you have achieved in moving - you've turned your dream into a reality!

However you have come to the decision to move to New Zealand, be prepared for the period of adjustment that is bound to take place. Research has shown that adaptation is often most difficult for an accompanying spouse and older children. It isn't just your job you have to consider once you have arrived in New Zealand - keeping your spouse and children happy and settled is of vital importance. If the rest of your family feels at home and happy, then your move is far more likely to be successful. For the expatriation to see long-term success, the entire family will need to acclimate to your new home. Focus on your reasons for moving and do as much research as possible before you arrive. Be realistic and patient, and don't lose the excitement that got you here!

New Zealand has various ways to get into the country, including the skilled migrant category, business investment category, and the family category.

The most popular way of gaining entry into NZ is through moving as a skilled migrant. This category works on a points system; you apply for residence in NZ, and your qualifications, job and job offer are assigned a number of points. If you reach the required standard, you will be allowed to live in NZ.

Many people already settled in New Zealand wish their close family to join them, and family members, often alone, wish to come to New Zealand to be close to relatives. There are a range of family policies facilitating partners, dependent children, parents, siblings or adult children of New Zealand citizens or residents to come to live in New Zealand.

Healthcare in New Zealand

Before you finally decide to immigrate to New Zealand, it is important that you fully understand the health care system of this country since it greatly varies from the European and American medical systems, or the British national health systems either. It is essential that you know what you will be paying for, the levels of health care to expect, and where to find the medical specialists in New Zealand. New Zealand's healthcare system is funded mainly through general taxation. Treatments are usually free or subsidised. Medical treatment is generally very good. Private healthcare is also available. You must be a permenant resident to receive state healthcare.

Many New Zealanders have private health insurance because it allows them to bypass the waiting times in the public health system for treatment of non-urgent conditions. People who have private health insurance are also entitled to free public health services.

The other free services offered are subsidized general practitioner general practitioner referral visits, free treatments for patients suffering with chronic conditions, and subsidized prescriptions for children six years old below.

Over and above these things, it may be worth your consideration to pay every time you visit your general practitioner. Additionally, if you are truly attracted of the thought of living in New Zealand; way too attracted that you end up wanting to be away from the city life and live in the rural areas instead; be aware that healthcare services from these areas are limited. With that, you should be ware of the fact that you will be driving for quite some distance to seek for basic medical assistance. Since most of the specialists in health care are located in large towns and cities in New Zealand, living in rural areas is not quite a good idea not unless you have the patience to drive to and from your GP just to seek for medical assistance.

Aside from paying for your visits to your general practitioner, be aware that you will have to pay for the prescriptions and dental care. These are really very expensive, so much that just for the dental bills alone, hundreds of expatriates who ended up investing for a real estate property in New Zealand and permanently relocating there, realize that some levels of those international health insurance actually makes sense a lot for them. This ensures that they are generally covered in medical expenses in the event of unexpected emergencies, or that their daily medical needs are met, or they are aware of what they will have to pay on their claims.

Driving in New Zealand

You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver's licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). After 12 months you are required to convert to a New Zealand licence. This applies to each visit to New Zealand. In New Zealand all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years.

New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road. Drivers give way (or yield) to all traffic crossing or approaching from the right. The speed limit is 100km/h on the open road and 50km/h in urban areas.

You will find multi-lane motorways and expressways on the approaches to the larger cities, with most roads being dual carriageways. Signposting follows standard international symbols and all distances are in kilometres (km). Both drivers and passengers must wear a safety belt in both the front and back seats. All children under the age of five must be properly restrained by an approved child restraint when travelling in cars or vans. Get plenty of sleep before a long drive. Take regular breaks - one every two hours and when you get sleepy. Do not drink alcohol before driving in New Zealand, drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced.

Banking in New Zealand

To open an account while overseas, you need to find the nearest office of a New Zealand bank, e.g. by looking in the telephone directory or asking your bank for assistance. You probably won't find a great deal of choice, but there are branches of New Zealand banks in most major cities in Europe, North America and Asia. You don't usually need to visit a branch in person, as an account can be opened by telephone or post. Note that most banks require an opening balance of at least $200 and up to $500 in some cases.

To open a bank account in New Zealand, simply choose a branch of any of the registered banks that's convenient to your home or place of work (or where you hope to live or work). Different banks require different documentation, so you should check exactly what's required beforehand; typically you will need two forms of identification, your IRD number and possibly statements from your current or previous bank. Note that if you don't have an IRD number when you open an account, you will be charged resident withholding tax (RWT) at 39 per cent. If you think that you may wish to apply for an overdraft, loan or mortgage in New Zealand at some time, it's wise to obtain a reference from your overseas bank manager to the effect that your account has been maintained in good order.

Education in New Zealand

Education in New Zealand follows the three-tier model which includes primary schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at universities and/or polytechs. The Programme for International Student Assessment ranks New Zealand's education as the 7th best in the world.

Education is free and compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16; though typically, children start school on their 5th birthday, or the first School Day after it. Post-compulsory education is regulated within the New Zealand National Qualifications Framework, a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training.

The academic year in New Zealand varies between institutions, but generally runs from late January until mid-December for primary and secondary schools and polytechnics, and from late February until mid-November for universities.

New Zealand Facts

  • The last fatal earthquake in New Zealand was on the West Coast of the South Island in May 1968. Three deaths resulted
  • Compared with some other countries, New Zealanders are not heavy drinkers - The average New Zealander drinks over 10% less than the average Brit
  • It's a fact: at 41.2 degrees South, Wellington is the most southerly capital city on the planet. Cities on similar latitudes in the Northern hemisphere are Barcelona, Istanbul and Chicago
  • With 2.5 million cars for four million people, including children, New Zealand's car ownership rate is one of the world's highest
  • New Zealanders make only about 2% of their journeys by bus and fewer than 1% by rail
  • Since 1990, total tobacco consumption in NZ has fallen by over one-third
  • Little known amongst facts about New Zealand is that 22% of its residents were born overseas. This compares with 24% in Australia, 20% in Canada, 12% in the USA and 8% in the UK
  • New Zealand's (and Australasia's) highest mountain is Aoraki Mount Cook. It is 3,754 metres (12,316 ft) high
  • New Zealand's largest lake is Lake Taupo, extending to 616 square kilometres (or 238 sq miles)
  • Due to the moderating effect of the ocean, summer and winter temperatures in most NZ locations differ by less than 10 degrees C

10 Reasons To Move To New Zealand

Moving to New Zealand can be a fantastic idea for you and your family, for a number of reasons. However, before you do decide on settling in NZ you will need to brush up on the New Zealand Immigration system. Immigration Partners are a great source of information, and regularly help families and individuals emigrate to New Zealand. So what makes New Zealand such a great place to live? Here are 10 excellent reasons for moving to NZ.

1. The climate in New Zealand is far superior (and most importantly of all, much more reliable) than in the UK. There are still seasons, just like in Britain, but the large majority of the country enjoys a sub-tropical climate.

2. As you will no doubt be well aware the UK has one of the highest rates of tax anywhere in the world. New Zealand, however, has one of the lowest; the average rate of income tax paid by NZ residents is 17 per cent.

3. The VAT rate in the United Kingdom has just been increased to 20 per cent, while GST (which is the same variety of tax in NZ) is just 15 per cent.

4. If you're moving to New Zealand with your family then obviously inheritance tax will be a concern for you. Fortunately, there is no inheritance tax or capital gains tax in the country.

5. The land prices in NZ are substantially lower than in Britain. This is largely due to the fact that New Zealand is larger than the UK but has a much lower population.

6. New Zealand has not been as badly affected by the global recession as the UK has, so there is still a high demand for individuals with key skills. The economy as a whole is recovering at a much faster rate than Britain.

7. The standard of living in New Zealand is excellent, much the same as in the UK. However, the majority of your daily essentials will be a great deal cheaper, including petrol and eating out.

8. New Zealand is an 'outdoor' country; this makes it the ideal location to bring up your children with a healthy and active lifestyle. The country's near-perfect climate makes it much easier for your kids to engage in numerous outdoor sporting activities.

9. The scenery in New Zealand, especially in the South Island, is simply breathtaking. Living in a country with such amazing scenery is sure to de-stress and relax you very quickly.

10. The New Zealand people are extremely friendly and there is a huge expatriate community, so you and your family will never feel alienated or home sick.

To find out if you could make the move to New Zealand visit www.mynzimmigration.co.uk and take their free assessment.

 
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