What’s the cost of living in NZ like?

If moving to New Zealand is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then you may be wondering exactly how far your money will go once you get here.

It can be a little tricky to work out the price comparisons between say the UK or South Africa and New Zealand when you take into account varying salary levels and fluctuating currency conversions.

Salaries in New Zealand vary depending on industry, but may be anywhere from the same level as you’re used to to around a third less. Although New Zealand isn’t particularly well known for high salaries some people in high demand professions may find that they are better paid in New Zealand.

NZ property prices vary a great deal depending on whether you’re looking at living in a city or a rural community, plus there’s a price differential between the North and South Islands.

Property in New Zealand’s North Island tends to be more expensive and you could expect to pay a minimum of $400k for a three-bedroom house. The same amount would probably get you a four-bedroom house in the South Island.

Visit www.workingin-newzealand.com to find out more about the cost of living in New Zealand including vehicle costs, phone and internet, healthcare in NZ, and how much you can expect to pay for fresh produce, eating out or a night at the movies.

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Love your plasma-screen TV? Move to New Zealand!

Fear not couch potatoes: flatscreen plasma televisions are not outlawed in New Zealand as they may be shortly in the UK.

TV aficionados across Britain will no doubt be disappointed by news that plasma-screen TVs, dubbed “the 4x4s of the living room”, may soon be banned in the interests of combating climate change.

The Independent on Sunday reports that Brits can soon expect Europe-wide minimum energy performance standards for TVs to come into effect.

However, New Zealand’s energy minister Gerry Brownlee believes that Kiwi consumers should be provided information on the relative energy efficiency of appliances and then be allowed to make the decision for themselves.

Of course with so much to see and do in New Zealand you may not actually have time to sit down and watch TV.

New Zealand is a beautiful country and is recognised around the world for its clean, green image. The issue of climate change is taken seriously in New Zealand both by Kiwis and the NZ government, which has policies and programmes in place to encourage change. For more information visit www.climatechange.govt.nz.

Visit www.workingin-newzealand.com to access masses of information on how to make the move (with or without your plasma TV), find a job and settle in. It’s all there. Now’s good!