Sun shines on NZ during the festive season

How does the thought of celebrating Christmas in your shorts and a t-shirt sound? Although the weather in New Zealand at Christmas time may not be that conducive to a traditional roast turkey meal, a Kiwi Christmas in the sunshine can be a lot of fun.

Kiwi Christmas celebrations are often more low-key than overseas celebrations and the food can be different too. While some Kiwis get stuck into a large lunch, other families will opt for a barbecue and salads, or even a picnic at the beach. Read more about NZ´s festive season.

With most businesses closing down for a week or so over the Christmas period, most Kiwis use some of their annual leave to get out and enjoy the many activities that are on offer over summer.

Water sports are hugely popular in New Zealand, due to the proximity to beaches, lakes and coastal areas. Summer´s also the season for outdoor food and wine events.

With all this on offer, now’s a great time to consider a move to New Zealand. Visit to find masses of other reasons to want to move here!


Latest Skilled Migrant fortnightly selection

The Skilled Migrant Category offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to live and work permanently. If you qualify for enough points under the Skilled Migrant Category, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The latest selection took place on 3 December and a total of 775 EOIs were selected. 405 of these had a points total of 140 or more.

July changes to the SMC mean that you can gain extra credit for work experience and New Zealand qualifications.

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Record season for New Zealand’s ski fields

New Zealand’s ski fields have had their best season ever, according to Ski Areas Association spokesman Miles Davidson, with skiers enjoying fantastic conditions through until October in the south and November in the north.

If you’re a keen skier or have always wanted to give it a go, then living in New Zealand could be your ticket to a lifestyle that combines good work prospects with the great outdoors.

Many cities and towns are within easy driving distance of the slopes – plus where else in the world can you ski in the morning and then swim or water-ski in the afternoon?

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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.”

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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)

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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.

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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 for some more!