Moving to Taranaki is easy. If you are considering a move to New Zealand there are a range of support services designed to make the process as simple as possible.  New Zealand Ready is a great tool created by the New Zealand Government that will help you create a customised list of things to do before you leave and when you first arrive.


Settling in

Feeling ‘at home’ in a foreign country can be a challenge for newcomers. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau provides Settlement Information Services for new migrants and refugees. There is also a service called Migrant Connections Taranaki which assists migrants settle into the Taranaki region and helps manage Taranaki’s multi-ethnic council.

www.cab.org.nz
www.migrantconnections.org.nz
www.mobile-relocation.com
www.newzealandnow.govt.nz
www.onarrival.co.nz
 

Building networks


To meet new people and build new support networks many newcomers like to join groups such as the Taranaki Young Professionals, Taranaki Timebank, the New Parents to New Plymouth, and the weekly Migrant Women’s Meet held at Puke Ariki. Contact Venture Taranaki at talent@venture.org.nz for more information.
 

Tax


The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is the government department that collects taxes. You will need an IRD number to work in New Zealand, with the tax year being from April 01 to March 31. Most people pay their taxes as they earn their income, so employers deduct tax on salary and wages.

https://www.ird.govt.nz/


Bank

Opening a bank account is quick and easy, but you will need one before you can start work. 
New Zealand has modern banking practices, from traditional to online. In fact, you may be able to open an account before you arrive.

www.anz.co.nz
www.asb.co.nz
www.bnz.co.nz
www.kiwibank.co.nz
www.co-operativebank.co.nz
www.tsb.co.nz
www.westpac.co.nz
 

Learning english

If you would like to improve your English we recommend you utilise the services of an English tutor, before and/or once you arrive in New Zealand. There are also Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses available at WITT, the region’s polytechnic institute.

www.englishlanguage.org.nz
www.exceltuition.co.nz
www.witt.ac.nz
 

Driving in New Zealand

In New Zealand, we drive on the left. Whether you are here for a short or long stay you will need to be aware that while our road rules are similar to those in the UK and overseas, there are some important differences. We strongly suggest that you familiarise yourself with the New Zealand Road Code before heading out onto the roads. You will need to bring your current driving license from your home country and you may also need an international driving permit. If you are staying for more than a year you will need to get a New Zealand driving license.