New Immigration Minister Sworn In

Dr Jonathon Coleman has recently been sworn in as New Zealand’s new Broadcasting and Immigration Minister, after the National Party’s recent election win.

The party is hoping to make significant changes to the nation’s immigration policies, including creating a new Silver Fern Visa, which will enable skilled migrants to work temporarily in New Zealand while they find suitable permanent jobs.

National’s Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith explains, “National wants to assure potential immigrants, along with all New Zealanders and Kiwi employers, that they will be given an efficient, world-class immigration service that acts with integrity and produces the best outcomes for the widest interests of New Zealand.”

Do you have aspirations to live and work in New Zealand? Do you have skills that may be in demand here? Why not take a look at www.workingin-newzealand.com? You’ll find answers to all your immigration questions and masses of information that you may not have considered.

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The Price of a Beer in New Zealand!

If you have a tendancy to dream of moving to New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud, where the scenery can stop your breath, the people have a tendancy to almost kill you with kindness and the weather can cover four seasons in one day, there are some basic questions around cost of living which no doubt you are asking.

So here, courtesy of Lonely Planet’s latest NZ edition, are some every day costings…..

Glass of local tap beer: New Zealand Dollar 3.80
Litre of petrol: New Zealand Dollar 1.60
Small bottle of water: New Zealand Dollar 2.50
Small bottle of beer: New Zealand Dollar 3.50
Souvenir T-shirt: New Zealand Dollar 20.00
Meat pie: New Zealand Dollar 3.00
Cup of coffee: New Zealand Dollar 3.50
Movie ticket: New Zealand Dollar 15.00
Motel/hotel double: New Zealand Dollar 100.00

($1 NZ = 36 pence, 85 AUS cents and 5.7 ZAR)

For other information on living in New Zealand, real life stories of migrants who’ve made the move and ideas on where to live, visit www.workingin-newzealand.com today!

Could There Be Hope? NZ House Prices Begin To Turn

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) has reported that October has been a surprisingly good month for the NZ housing market with the average house price rising to $335,000, up $5000 on Septembers figures.

REINZ vice-president, Peter McDonald commented that these figures were in stark contrast to financial experts’ predictions from a year ago, which expected property prices to drop by a massive 30%. As it stands the number of house sales is still incredibly low, 30% lower than last year but the price is beginning to shift.

“Going forward, the news is even better. Up-to-date reports post election show the level of activity has increased with more enquiries showing the market may be picking up. Uncertainty caused by the election has stabilised and with interest rates and fuel prices going down, people’s confidence in real estate is returning,” he said.

Wondering where in New Zealand you would like to live? Thinking about immigrating to this fabulous country? Take a look at www.workingin-newzealand.com for answers to all your emigration questions, plus loads of stuff you probably haven’t thought about yet!

Ah, Summer In New Zealand!

Yesterday, Kiwis could be forgiven for getting a little over-excited about the weather. Summer, it seemed, had arrived. (Sitting in Wellington today, it is obvious that the nation’s enthusiasm may have been a little premature, but yesterday sure was a good appertiser!).

And what better way to enjoy yesterday’s sun than at the annual Toast Martinborough Festival. Held every November in the Wairarapa region of the North Island, the Toast Festival brings together that perfect blend of wine, food and music.

Spread around many of the region’s internationally recognised wineries, with free bus transport between, the festival showcases the Martinborough region’s fine fare. The wineries combine their homegrown talents with offerings from gastronomic partners, to create mouth watering taste sensations, all set to a background of live music. Around 10,000 people attend.

And Toast is just the start of the Summer fun. Wine and food festivals are happening up and down New Zealand, from Marlborough to Hawkes Bay, from Devonport to Oamaru.

Just one fabulous reason to live and work in New Zealand! Check out www.workingin-newzealand.com for some more!

More Accolades for NZ in Top Country Listing

New Zealand has found itself at the top of a variety of categories in a recent survey conducted to find the most popular country in the world.

Futurebrand’s Country Brand Index (CBI) 2008 interviewed 2700 people from around the globe to determine the top country in around 30 different categories and New Zealand topped the ‘natural beauty’, ‘authenticity’, ‘desire to visit/visit again’ and ‘friendly locals’ categories.

Rina Plapler, from CBI, said, “New Zealand appears dedicated to maintaining its true and unique essence – highlighting nature, culture and its people… High mountain country, remote beaches, endless green bushlands, lakes of rare beauty and sparkling clear rivers – New Zealand’s scenery is diverse and breathtaking.”

New Zealand also took second place as the country most people would like to live in if they were to emigrate from their homeland. Australia came in at the top.

It seems it’s all happening Down Under. Got you thinking? Visit www.workingin-newzealand.com to access masses of information on how to make the move, find a job and settle in. It’s all there. Now’s good!

New National Government Plans Visa Changes

The newly elected National Party has announced planned changes to the New Zealand migration system. Following on from their election promises to encourage Kiwis working overseas to return home and foreign skilled migrants to move to NZ, Dr Lockwood-Smith, the party’s immigration spokesman, has announced three new visa categories.

The three new categories include a Silver Fern visa, which will be introduced to allow would-be migrants the opportunity to travel to NZ to find employment. They will be allowed to work in temporary jobs whilst they hunt for something permanent and once they have found long term work they will be able to transfer the visa into a two year working visa.

National is also proposing a new 6 month, temporary work visa for anyone who obtains seasonal work and a Retirement visa which will allow wealthy retirees to emigrate to New Zealand with funds to invest.

For information on how to obtain a visa to New Zealand and masses of ideas on where to live and how to make your emigration plans run smoothly, take a look at www.workingin-newzealand.com.

It’s Not Just The Clean Green Lifestyle That Is Attracting Men To NZ

It seems there is more to New Zealand than its fresh air and can-do attitude, its wide open spaces and its excitingopportunities, that is attracting men from overseas to live here permanently.  Tourism New Zealand, apparently trying a new marketing angle, has begun promoting The Land of the Long White Cloud as the land of the lonely lady.

Women, between the ages of 20 and 45, outnumber men in NZ by 35,000! Tourism NZ has seized upon this ‘man-drought’ as a way of encouraging skilled British men to get over here and get lucky!

A Tourism New Zealand spokeswoman said, “The population numbers speak for themselves, and it is a genuine problem.  The campaign is a bit tongue-in-cheek but people are really worried about the issue. If I was a guy, I might think about heading over there if I was single and looking for a girl.”

If you aren’t the type to be already packing your case in eager anticipation of meeting the girl of your dreams in New Zealand, you might want to do a little more homework on this incredible land.  Visit www.workingin-newzealand.com to find masses of other reasons to want to move here!