Moving to a new country is an exciting yet daunting experience for any new migrant. Suddenly everything is different – you may not understand the local slang, the banking system, the law or where to meet new friends.
Our mission is to provide new immigrants with helpful advice covering different aspects of the New Zealand lifestyle and its people in the hope of providing you with a better understanding of the Kiwi way.
Before Leaving Home
Moving to a new country brings with it both challenges and opportunities. Before coming to New Zealand it is important to sort your bank accounts and legal documents. Determine what clothing to carry with you, money requirements, postal mail arrangements, NZ electrical voltage and bringing your belongings and pets.
Arriving in New Zealand
Leaving HomeNew Zealand has strict laws to protect its agricultural industries from imported pests and diseases, find out what you can bring through Customs as well as information on international arrivals such as airport departure, shopping times, opening a bank account, time zones and other migrant services.
Becoming A Kiwi
Learning about New Zealand history and culture is part of becoming a New Zealander. Becoming a Kiwi provides a brief overview of the Kiwi language, Maori culture and NZ citizenship.
New Zealand has good air, train, taxi and bus services to ensure easy navigation for new migrants. New Zealand driving conditions and road rules are similar to most Western countries however extensive rules apply regarding speed limits, car seat belts and bicycle helmets.
Social ValuesNew Zealanders have a very similar way of life and share values common to most Western countries but there are some special features that make us unique. A must read for anyone new to New Zealand covering social relations in the local work place and everyday acceptable Kiwi behavior.
Social Events & Protocol
Before you are invited to a New Zealand dinner party and told to “bring a plate” – find out what your host really means. When is it appropriate to sing the National Anthem? New Zealand weddings and funerals can be startling to the uninitiated so we recommend you read this article before your next social outing.
New Zealand Leisure
New Zealand’s national sport is rugby but New Zealanders also participate in a full range of other sporting activities, and getting away from the crowds to experience the wilderness or the sea is never a hassle. New Zealand is a jewel offering many leisure highlights for new migrants from National Parks to fishing and skiing.
New Zealand Slang
Leaving HomeNew Zealand slang stems from such a diverse mixture of backgrounds that it is sometimes difficult to establish exactly what phrases and slang words are originally from New Zealand! Be assured that the words and phrases listed are popular throughout the country and will provide you with a better understanding of what your Kiwi mates are really trying to tell ya mate!
New Zealand is a modern democratic country. Find out more about providers of free information and assistance on matters such as the law, translation services, social welfare, health, education, housing, budgeting, employment rights, consumer rights and personal and family issues. Covering a diverse range of topics, learn more about electricity in NZ, daylight savings time, emergency information and rubbish collection!
Culture ShockBrief overview on legal matters concerning New Zealand marriage, divorce and making a Will. Find out more about alcohol and drink/driving laws in this country.
Culture shock is the term used to describe the feeling of anxiety or stress that a person can experience after they have moved into a new environment. A majority of migrants experience some form of Culture Shock upon arrival in a new country. This article answers common questions on the subject and provides advice for overcoming some of the stresses associated with a new country and lifestyle.