|Moving to Taranaki is easy
If you are a visitor to New Zealand, we extend you a warm welcome. We hope that your stay is a pleasant one and that you come again. If you are an immigrant to New Zealand, welcome to your new home. And to all returning New Zealanders, welcome home.
If you are considering a move to New Zealand there are a range of support services that are designed to make the process as simple as possible.
New Zealand Immigration Service
If you are an Australian citizen, you are automatically eligible to enter New Zealand. If you are from anywhere else you will need a visa. Many countries do have reciprocal agreements, so check this out with Immigration NZ, which provides information on what visas are available and which one(s) you may be eligible to apply for.
Visas come under a number of categories – residence, work, study, working holiday, visitor, skilled migrant, family, business and investment, so make sure you apply for the right one to suit your situation.
You may like to employ the services of an immigration advisor to assist with your visa application. As of May 2009 anyone providing immigration advice must be licensed with the Immigration Advisors Authority. The Authority’s website lists those who have achieved accreditation and their contact details. Lawyers are exempt from this legislation and there are a number of law firms and advisors in Taranaki who can assist you with your visa application.
To find an accredited advisor visit www.iaa.govt.nz or contact
In New Zealand, residence and citizenship are different. If you are granted residence, you retain your original citizenship. However, once you’ve held residency here for a certain period of time you may apply for New Zealand citizenship and the right to hold a New Zealand passport.
For official New Zealand Government information on citizenship requirements, visit the Department of Internal Affairs website.
If you are considering a move to New Zealand there are a range of support services designed to make this process as simple as possible.
If you are looking to relocate your possessions, pets or vehicles we recommend you contact a reputable shipping and relocation company to manage the packing and shipping for you.
New Zealand welcomes travellers and trade but also protects its community and environment by controlling what crosses its borders. The New Zealand Customs Service strictly monitors what travellers can bring into the country. There are a number of items that are prohibited and you must declare any animal products, shells, plants and plant products including seeds and nuts, camping / hiking / riding and fishing gear and footwear.
Settling into a foreign country is one of the most important and often difficult processes for newcomers. Whether you feel settled often determines whether you will or won’t stay in a new place or job. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment recognises this and has contracted the Citizen’s Advice Bureau to provide 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. For more information visit.
If you would like to improve your English to increase your chances of finding work and settling successfully then 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.
One thing which newcomers will want to do is meet new people and develop and build new support networks. Some to consider include the Taranaki Young Professionals, the New Parents to New Plymouth, and the weekly Migrant Women’s Meet held at Puke Ariki library
or contact Venture Taranaki at email@example.com.
Deciding to move to New Zealand is a big step, so you will want to make sure all your banking requirements are organised before you leave or as soon as you arrive. 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 and in Taranaki you have all the options available to meet your banking and financial needs. In fact, the region is home to the highly reputable Taranaki Savings Bank (TSB Bank), which is one of the fastest growing banks in the nation.
If you are moving to Taranaki and would like to contact a local banking institution, the following links will take you directly to the banks’ websites for more information.
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. The following tax rates include ACC levies for New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Scheme (Current as at June 2015).
Accountants and lawyers
Getting sound advice for your financial and business decisions is important and can help you successfully settle and reach your work or life goals. There are a variety of accounting firms and legal or business advisors in the region who can assist you with your financial planning.
Deciding to move to New Zealand is a big step, so you will want to make sure that all your banking requirements are organised before you leave or as soon as you arrive.
KiwiSaver is a voluntary, work-based savings initiative that is similar to a pension scheme. It is designed to help set you up for your retirement. Most members build up their savings through regular contributions from their pay.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
GST is a consumer tax of 15%, charged on all goods and services in New Zealand.
Pensions / Superannuation
If you would like to transfer your pension from another country to New Zealand, contact a reputable pension transfer company who can manage this process for you.
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 acquire a New Zealand driving license.
New Zealand has 10 public holidays per year, mostly in the warmer months between October and June, plus one regional public holiday – Taranaki’s Anniversary day is in March each year. www.tapeka.com/publicholidays.htm
New Zealand has 10 public holidays per year, mostly in the warmer months between October and June, plus one regional public holiday – Taranaki’s Anniversary day is in March each year.