Living and Working in New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand

Living in New Zealand

New Zealanders know what it’s like arriving somewhere new, so we want to make getting to know New Zealand as easy for you as we can. Our country is a land of wide open spaces, where the elements come alive. We share a fierce appreciation of the land that inspires us and provides opportunities for ourselves and for future generations.

The lifestyle of New Zealanders is one of Balance; New Zealanders believe life is for living. It’s about balancing a good day’s work with time for family and friends plus all the recreation and wide open spaces our country offers. We are a nation of adventure and leisure, from planning your weekend going surfing or swimming at the beach in the morning to skiing and snowboarding up the mountain in the afternoon, our small size allows for this much in one day.

Our small population of 4.5 million also means relatively low crime rates, smaller less crowded cities and residential towns and communities and therefore less commuting to and from work.

Link to more information about New Zealand:

www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/why-choose-nz

Working in New Zealand

Working hard is important in New Zealand – but so is making good use of time outside work. Life is for living and employers generally respect that, which is why New Zealand workers enjoy about the best work/life balance in the world.

New Zealand companies generally have a relaxed atmosphere – but in return there is an expectation that employees will get their work done. Most New Zealand employers work hard to make their work place more enjoyable.

Check to see what the right visa you need before you arrive in the country, this will make sure the immigration and work search goes smoothly: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/

‘NZ Ready’ is a free online planning tool to help you build a checklist of things to do before you leave and when you arrive:  http://nzready.immigration.govt.nz/#/

If you are not able to find work before you arrive in the country, please contact Crescent Consulting  www.crescent.co.nz to help you on your way to finding the perfect job.

Living and Working in Christchurch

Christchurch is a city that lets you dictate the pace to suit your life – be it relaxing or action packed.

With a population of 362,000, Christchurch is most commonly described as New Zealand’s Garden City, with picturesque parks, stunning gardens and flowing rivers through wide open land.

The beauty of the old is perfectly balanced by the city’s vibrant cultural scene. A bustling nightlife, strong arts focus popping up around the city, thriving cafés and bars on almost every corner and a number of wineries all provide hours of entertainment to suit your tastes.

Recreation is also well catered for, with the city’s natural surroundings providing unspoilt playgrounds for a host of activities. Just minutes from the city, a round of golf can be enjoyed on one of a number of quality courses, or if you’d prefer, sprawling beaches offer the perfect destination to relax in the sand or play amongst the waves.

If getting close to nature is more your thing, the Port Hills are the place for you. Towering on the outskirts of the city, the hills are a favourite among mountain bikers, walkers and those who appreciate the captivating scenery that is there to be taken in. A number of ski fields are also within easy reach by car across the Canterbury Plains.

Christchurch’s climate is the envy of many, delivering the best to suit the season – balmy in summer and cool in winter – perfect for those alpine activities!

Christchurch has been hit hard over the past 4 years but the City is on the mend and work opportunities are on the rise. Christchurch is bouncing back with a new energy and inventiveness.

There is always something happening, from festivals and family friendly events to career seminars and workshops to enhance learning opportunities.

http://www.christchurchnz.com/events/ 

http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/whatson/events/christchurch

All levels of education are well catered for, with an excellent selection of educational facilities, including Canterbury University, Lincoln University and CPIT.

Follows these Links for more information about Christchurch:

www.cdc.org.nz/christchurch/moving-to-christchurch

http://www.cdc.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/workforce-infographic-poster-a4.pdf

Web sites to visit for more information about living in Christchurch

Immigration

www.immigration.govt.nz

www.ird.govt.nz

www.movetonz.org

Education

Christchurch has one of the best selections of some of the finest educational facilities in the country, from primary to university level.

www.christchurcheducated.co.nz/

www.ero.govt.nz

www.studyinnewzealand.com/

www.minedu.govt.nz/nzeducation.aspx

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_schools_in_the_Canterbury_Region

Vehicles

New Zealand motorists can choose from a comprehensive selection of vehicles – both new and used. With a high number of Japanese imports on our shores, finding something to suit your needs is both easy and affordable.

www.autotrader.co.nz

www.autobase.co.nz/dealer/Details.aspx?id=1804

www.trademe.co.nz/motors

Housing

Christchurch offers some of the most affordable housing in New Zealand. There are a range of options available to suit your particular circumstances and tastes, and the links below provide an insight as to what you can expect.

www.realestate.co.nz/rental/house/canterbury/christchurch-city

www.reinz.co.nz

www.realtor.co.nz

www.harcourts.co.nz

www.trademe.co.nz/property

www.mikegreerhomes.co.nz/

www.benchmarkhomes.co.nz/

www.horncastle.co.nz/

 

Shopping / Tax

This site will give you an indication of what you can expect to pay for basic grocery items in New Zealand.

www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=New+Zealand&city=Christchurch

www.countdown.co.nz

www.newworld.co.nz

www.paknsave.co.nz

www.freshchoice.co.nz/

This site is the Inland Revenue site that will explain what the level of tax is in NZ.

www.ird.govt.nz

Income tax rates for tax year 2014-2015

Taxable income Income tax rates for every
$1 of taxable income
(excl ACC earners’ levy)
PAYE rates for every
$1 of taxable income
(incl ACC earners’ levy –
see “Note 1” below)
up to $14,000 10.5 cents 11.95 cents
from $14,001 to $48,000 17.5 cents 18.95 cents
from $48,001 to $70,000 30 cents 31.45 cents
$70,001 and over 33 cents 34.45 cents
No-notification – see “Note 2 below” 45 cents 46.45 cents

NB: ACC is the government levy on work related accidents which is partly paid for by the employer and partly by the employee, this pays for you injury treatment and recovery.

Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand

www.ipenz.org.nz

Local Interests

www.christchurchnz.com

www.christchurch.org.nz

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