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!

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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 www.workingin-newzealand.com to find masses of other reasons to want to move here!

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?

Where to live in New Zealand

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!

Property Prices Stabilize

There was no change in the average New Zealand house price from June to July this year, stabilizing at $340,000.  The number of house sales however was the lowest for 10 years, a massive 40% lower than the same period last year.

REINZ President Mr Murray Cleland clarified, saying, “There is an unmistakable degree of recovery in July, which is surprising given that it is generally regarded as the worst winter month, with good improvement in median prices around the country despite continued low sales volumes.

“However, Auckland was the notable exception, with a further fall in the median price from $435,000 in June to $421,000 on dismal sales of 1,411 properties.”

For ideas on where to livein New Zealand, advice on buying and renting property and finance and relocation guidance, visit www.workingin-newzealand.com.

Net Migration Into NZ on the Up

According to recent figures released by Statistics New Zealand net migration into the country is gaining ground.  SNZ data published today showed a permanent or long-term (PLT) migration gain of 700 people last month, up from 200 in July, with PLT arrivals up by more than 800 which was partly offset by almost 400 more PLT departures.

You could be part of this influx.  New Zealand is currently undergoing an occupational skills shortage, like many other OECD countries, and is actively encouraging skilled migrants to enter the country to live and work.  Perhaps you have skills that are in demand in New Zealand?  Have you ever dreamt of starting a new life in a clean, green, jaw-droppingly beautiful country?  Go to www.workingin-newzealand.com to see what may be in store for you in NZ.

NZ Houses Becoming More Affordable

Its looking good for Kiwi home buyers at last.  According to mortgage broker John Grant, director of New Zealand business at Wizard Home Loans, housing affordability in NZ is better than it has been for the past 18 months.

Mr Grant explained, saying ‘Home buyers are in a much stronger position than they have been for a long time. It is a buyer’s market and falling interest rates, rising wages and lower tax rates are all working in favour of home buyers as we head back into summer’.

So not only is New Zealand beautiful, spacious and clean it is also becoming more affordable.  If you have ever thought about emigrating here, NOW is the time!  Check out www.workingin-newzealand.com!