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.

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.

The Top Six Globally Transferable Skills…

Investment site Shelter Offshore is running an article this week listing what it suggests are arguably the most globally transferable skills today.

Top of the list is construction, followed by financial services, IT, teaching, translation services and tourism.

If you have skills and have dreams of relocating to New Zealand, take a look at www.workingin-newzealand.com today to find out how emigrating could be easier than you imagine!  The site lists employer profiles, links to relocation, employment and immigration specialists, plus heaps of information on what life in New Zealand is really like.

More Migrants Choosing to Use Immigration Consultants

Latest research from ‘Destination New Zealand’ shows that more and more prospective migrants to New Zealand are opting to have their applications lodged through migration specialists.  The survey showed that 47.1 per cent of migrants used a consultant to help their application process in the past year.

The two most common complaints of the immigration process by potential migrants are the amount of time it takes for applications to be processed and the plethora of paperwork and bureaucracy involved.  Immigration consultants are the perfect solution to both issues, taking stress and time out of the equation and maximising the chances of a successful application, with as little fuss as possible.

For information and advice on how to emigrate to New Zealand, check out www.workingin-newzealand.com or, if you are based in the UK, why not plan to visit one of the Opportunities New Zealand Exposheld in Leeds and London in October?  The Expos are a great place to offer your CV to prospective employers in NZ or to talk to immigration and relocation specialists.  Easy!