New Zealand | Frequently Asked Questions

We wanted to create a great FAQ section on our blog covering all the Frequently Asked Questions you may be asking yourself for your move or visit to New Zealand. It covers all your New Zealand questions from the tiny things to the big things!

We plan on adding to this every couple of months with a hope it will be a resource you –  our readers will be able to keep rethings!ferring back to every step of your expat move or whilst you are travelling to NZ. It certainly will answer a lot of your questions about New Zealand and will also cover some interesting facts about New Zealand that are great conversation starters when you are here!

This FAQ section includes:

New Zealand Trivia & Facts;

The Nitty Gritty Details;

Everything to do with money;

Tips before you go;

Travel advise in New Zealand;



New Zealand Trivia & Facts:

Wellington Beehive

What is the capital of New Zealand?

Wellington! The city of Wellington is physically in the middle of the country, which makes it easier for everyone to travel to. Our parliament building is called The Beehive, (apparently it looks like one but I can’t see it!) you should definitely visit it!

How long does it take to get to NZ?

If you’re coming to New Zealand, you’re definitely in for an adventure! In the future, when you’re friends are trying to impress each other by comparing travel times, you can beat them all by telling them your trip to New Zealand took a whole day! Sometimes it can take more than 24 hours though, depending on how much layover time you want.

Why are New Zealanders are called Kiwi’s?

Kiwis are our national bird! Also, our flag is very similar to Australia’s, so during the second world war, our soldiers included the Kiwi bird as part of their uniform to help distinguish them from the Aussies. The name stuck!

Who is NZ prime minister?

After a recent 2017 election, it is now Jacinda Ardern of the Labour party.

How did NZ get its name?

New Zealand actually has two names – New Zealand and Aotearoa. ‘New Zealand’ comes from a Dutch Navigator called Abel Tasman, who discovered New Zealand in 1642, but unfortunately never actually set foot here. If you’re wondering where Old Zealand is, there isn’t one – Abel Tasman named dubbed our islands Nova Zeelandia, after the Dutch province of Zeeland.

As for Aotearoa, it is a Māori word and is generally interpreted as ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’. The word can be broken up as: ao = cloud, dawn, daytime or world, tea = white, clear or bright and roa = long. In Māori legends, this long white cloud is what Māori explorers first saw of New Zealand, so they used Aotearoa to refer to it. Another possible reason for the name Aotearoa is because Aotea was the name of one of the Māori migration waka (canoes), so they named the land Aotea (Cloud), but when they discovered that New Zealand was much larger, instead of Aotea, it was called Aotea-roa (Long Aotea).

When was NZ discovered?

If you are thinking in terms of European explorers, Abel Tasman discovered NZ on December 13 1642, although he didn’t make it to the land – which is why English Navigator James Cook, who only came to New Zealand in 1769, is often cited as the ‘discoverer’ or New Zealand.

What is NZ famous for?

For quite a few things that you might not realised! For instance, there are quite a few actors in Hollywood that are Kiwis, like Karl Urban of Star Trek fame, Russell Crowe and Cliff Curtis. We also gave the world Lorde and Flight Of The Conchords – you’re welcome. There’s the Lord Of The Rings and its director Peter Jackson also, not to mention The Hobbit films too.

As for New Zealand itself, well, we’re generally known for having too many sheep (which is accurate, apparently there’s about seven sheep for every one person in New Zealand, but we don’t ride them to work or anything), being good at rugby and our amazing scenery –  seriously, you’ll have to see it to believe it!

Where’s NZ located in the world?

New Zealand is one of the most southern countries in the world (we even have flights to Antarctica). We’re about a 3-hour flight South from Australia – but we’re definitely not part of Australia.

What is the population of NZ?

New Zealand is one of the smallest first world countries, with a population of just 4 million. To put that into perspective, Sydney a city in Australia has a population of 4 million and NZ is certainly bigger than Sydney!

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The Nitty Gritty:

What plug adaptor do you use for NZ?

New Zealand and Australia both use the same plug/socket type, type I. Type I plugs and sockets are characterised by their 3 prongs, 2 slanted and one straight at the bottom. If you buy something in New Zealand that has a power cable, you will not need your adapter to use it, it will already be type I.

What is New Zealand’s voltage?

The standard New Zealand electricity voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

What is the international dialing code for NZ?

+64, then the area code. Like usual, drop the first digit when calling to NZ from overseas. For example, an International caller might dial an Auckland landline as +64 9 1234567, because the area code for Auckland is 09. Calling mobiles is similar, for example, +64 21 1234567, because mobile phone numbers in New Zealand often start with (021) or (027).

What is the exchange rate in NZ?

As exchange rates do, this often changes. At the time of writing this, 1 New Zealand Dollar equals 0.69 US Dollars, but it may change by the time you’re reading this. Make sure to check yourself for more accurate information.

What is the time difference & what time zone is NZ in?

Here’s the thing – and this will blow your mind – New Zealand is so tiny, it doesn’t actually have different time zones, it just has one: NZST (New Zealand Standard Time). NZST is GMT+13 in Summer, starting in September (Daylight Savings time) and GMT+12 in Winter, starting in April.

New Zealand tends to be around 18 hours ahead of the USA (though this depends on what part of the USA you are in) and 12-13 hours ahead of the UK, depending on whether its Daylight Savings time or not.

What are the NZ interest rates?

For banking and saving rates check out this article on our website for more information.

Can I bring my medication into NZ?

If you have prescription medicine and you declare it, you will most likely be able to bring it into the country. Even if your medicine is not prescription, still declare it – otherwise you could be fined. Please note that if your medicine is plant-based or has organic matter, it may not be allowed into the country due to biosecurity restrictions.

Are vaccinations required to visit NZ?

No, they are not required. It is always recommended to get routine vaccinations from your doctor before travelling, but no vaccines are required before visiting New Zealand.

What is the emergency services number for NZ?

If you need emergency services like fire stations, ambulances or police, please dial 111. Please refrain from dialing 111 if you’re not in an emergency, so our emergency services staff can focus on people who need help.

What is the diver’s emergency service number?

0800 4 DES 111. Please go to the New Zealand Underwater Association for more diving emergency help.

How much is fuel in NZ?

The price of fuel changes quite a lot here, most recently it has been $1.92/litre of petrol and $1.22/litre of diesel. Check out our money saving tips on fuel prices on our blog post by clicking around about…here!

What is the driving speed in NZ?

On most suburban roads, it’s 50km/h (which is about 30mph), on rural roads it tends to be around 80km/h (around 50mph) and on open roads and motorways, the speed limit is 100km/h (around 60mph). 100km/h is the highest speed limit in New Zealand.

What is the New Zealand weather and climate like?

Honestly, it depends on what city you’re in. All the major cities have nicknames or phrases related to the weather, for instance, it’s common for people in Auckland to talk about “four seasons in one day” and for people to talk about “Windy Wellington”, whereas Christchurch is known as the “Garden City”. However, compared to other places around the world, the climate is pretty mild. It doesn’t snow in New Zealand except on the mountain tops (great for skiing) and since we are so far South, the summer is quite pleasant instead of too hot.

Can you tip for service in NZ?

You can, but it’s uncommon. It’s not expected of you, but sometimes it’s nice to leave a waiter that you really like a tip for some extra petrol money. It’s considered a nice gesture, but New Zealand minimum wage is a living wage, so it’s not required or culturally frowned upon if you don’t tip – most people don’t.

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Everything Money:

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How much does it cost to go to NZ?

That depends on where you’re coming from, but you should put aside $3,000 NZD for flights.

How much money do I need to go to NZ?

It’s recommended to have around $150 NZD put aside for each day you’re there, so no matter how long your trip is, you will have enough money to travel (not including any domestic flights you want to take, those will be more expensive) and do all the activities you planned for – and some that you didn’t – while you’re here.

Is NZ expensive?

That really depends on what you define as ‘expensive’, but generally, because we have to get a lot of things imported, the cost of living in New Zealand is slightly more expensive, yes. For a more accurate answer on this matter do check out our highly popular article here on the Cost of Living in New Zealand.

What is GST?

GST is the Goods and services tax (GST) is a 15% tax added to the price of most goods and services in New Zealand. In America, this is generally the difference between the price on the label and the price you actually pay when you get up to the counter. That cost is included in the label price, so you know what you have to pay from the start. In England, we call GST, VAT – same thing!

What are New Zealand working tax rates?

This depends on how much you earn. Please consult the Inland Revenue Department’s (IRD) Income Tax chart for specific information. The IRD is a part of the New Zealand government and functions much the same as the IRS in the United States.

What is the KiwiSaver Scheme?

The KiwiSaver is a voluntary work-based savings initiative in New Zealand that helps residents to set up nicely for retirement. There are lots of different schemes you can join and it’s a hassle-free solution to encourage long-term saving. Basically, your employer puts aside 3% of your wages into your KiwiSaver and you do too. To find out about how all this works, check out our article here!

What does NZ money look like?

Crisp, shiny and colourful, as New Zealand’s money was recently redesigned! We have a mixture of notes and coins – the notes are easy to tell apart because of the different colours: five dollar notes are orange, ten dollars notes are blue, twenty dollars is green, fifty dollars is purple and one hundred dollars is pink. You may find the coins a little harder to tell apart because they are all so light, but you’ll get used to it.

What is NZ minimum wage?

As of April 2017, the minimum wage for a working adult is $15.75 NZD.

Can I bring cash into NZ?

Yes. There’s no restriction on how much foreign currency you can bring into New Zealand. However, if you arrive at an airport carrying more than NZ$10,000 in cash you’ll need to complete a Border Cash Report.

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Before you Go:

Bye Bye England

Do I legally need travel insurance for NZ?

While travel insurance is not legally required, it is highly recommended as the cost of not having travel insurance when coming to New Zealand could be much higher than just getting it in the first place. Read our travel insurance tips for expats here and here for visitors!

Do I need a visa for New Zealand? Will also link to an article

If you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident, you do not need a New Zealand visa to visit New Zealand. If you are not one of these, you will need a visa. Visitor visas are generally issued upon arrival, working visas need to be applied for before you arrive. Click here for a rundown of all the visas.

Is NZ a visa-free country?

Yes, although this only applies to citizens of certain countries. Read the full list of New Zealand’s visa waiver countries.

What is a Working Holiday Visa?

Working Vias allows citizens of certain countries to travel to New Zealand for around a year. We have a lot of different working visas, so it’s best to do your homework and find the one that’s right for you.

Is it easy to work and travel in NZ?

Yes! We have many different work and travel options here, so no matter what your budget, you can get to where you want to go.

How do I bring all my belongings to NZ?

There are many international moving firms you can use to bring your items over to NZ. It pays to do your homework before you arrive. Check out our guide on removal firms for more information and detailed information on what to bring and what not to bring.

Do I need health insurance in NZ?

Like travel insurance, health insurance is not a requirement in New Zealand, however, it is highly recommended. If you decide against getting health insurance and you get injured or need medical attention, treatment could cost you much more than the insurance you forewent.

What is the ACC?

The ACC is New Zealand’s national Accident Compensation Corporation, a part of our government that is responsible for administering universal accidental or injury care. If you get injured while you are in New Zealand and need to go to the Doctor or Hospital, the ACC will be in touch. This is explained further in our article – here!

Is it safe to drive in New Zealand?

It is safe to drive in New Zealand, however, we do drive on the left side of the road, so if you’re not comfortable driving like that, there are alternatives. We have public transport like trains, planes, and buses, or you could take a taxi or Uber – whatever you prefer.

Can I legally drive in New Zealand?

If you have a valid driver’s license in English, or an additional accurate English translation, you are legally allowed to drive in New Zealand. However, this is only valid for twelve months and there are other conditions, so it’s best that you refer to the New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) for more information. A guide to who can drive in New Zealand can be found on this link

Will my mobile phone work in New Zealand?

Yes. You will need to visit a New Zealand phone carrier like Vodafone, Spark, 2degrees or Skinny Mobile to be able to connect to New Zealand phone networks, but it will work once you have done so.

Can I find the same foods at home in NZ?

New Zealand generally has Western dishes, as well as our own signature dishes. We also have a very multi-cultural society, so you will find dishes from all over the world here too. Don’t be afraid to try new foods here, you may be surprised at how good they are!

What foods can’t I bring into NZ?

As our nation is made up of islands, we rely very heavily on our environment to live and therefore we have tough biosecurity laws to protect our environment. Don’t be surprised if New Zealand Immigration confiscates anything that is not processed, as it may be a risk. Any food is considered a ‘risk good’ by New Zealand immigration – so if you have any of the following foods, including food for cooking, you will need to declare it when you enter New Zealand, or you could face a fine:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Seafood
  • Dairy products
  • Dried mushrooms and fungi
  • Honey and honey products
  • Seeds for human consumption and for processing into food
  • Nuts, spices, herbs, and un-popped popcorn
  • Sried, cooked, or preserved fruit and vegetables

Does New Zealand have a tourist tax?

No, although at the beginning of 2016 a border clearance levy of $16 NZD for arriving passengers and $6 NZD for departing passengers was introduced, which applies to both international and domestic travellers going overseas. A tourist tax is currently under consideration by the New Zealand government, but nothing has been decided yet.

How do I find a job in NZ?

There are a few ways to find a job in New Zealand, mostly using online tools. If you’re a student or have graduated in the last year, there is 6Student Job Search ( for jobs specifically for students and entry-level staff. If you are not a student or recent graduate, there is Seek ( or Trade Me Jobs. Those are only a few popular ones, we also have put together a handy resource!

When are the New Zealand school holidays?

The exact dates change every year, but you will notice that our holidays/vacations are very different to those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in terms of timing. We have our biggest holidays at the end of the year, some organisations ending in December or even November, then starting again in January, or sometimes even February or March depending on whether you are studying or not. The New Zealand government has an official list of all 2018 New Zealand public holidays on their website.

What documents do I need to bring with me to NZ?

Please bring with you a valid passport or travel document and your visa papers. If you are moving to New Zealand permanently, you will need the following documents:

  • Your birth certificate
  • Your marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Your academic qualifications
  • References from previous employers
  • Your CV (Curriculum Vitae/Resume)
  • Credit references
  • An international driver’s license or permit

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Travel in New Zealand:

But first…a few epic photos for a bit of inspiration!

What are the most popular destinations and attractions in NZ?

The most popular attractions are tied – it’s a toss-up between our stunning scenery and anything to do with the Lord Of The Rings filming. Queenstown is quite popular due to its range of activities (sight-seeing, jet boating, bungy jumping, white water rafting and sky diving, you name it they have it!).

When is New Zealand ski season?

Mid-June to Mid-October, in the middle of Winter.

What is the New Zealand Great Walks?

There are a lot of fantastic walking tracks here in New Zealand. The Great Walks are 10 walking tracks that New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) have selected as New Zealand’s best walks. If you’re wanting to hike while you’re in New Zealand, the Great Walks are the best place to start.

When is the best time to go hiking in NZ?

Summer can get pretty hot in New Zealand, especially around hiking spots and it can get boggy in Winter – so the best times to go on a hiking trip would be either in Autumn (March-April-May) or Spring (September-October-November). However, if you’re going on an extended trip or going up a particularly high or difficult mountain, please pay attention to all safety precautions asked of you before you begin your hike. The last thing you want to be when you’re exploring New Zealand terrain is under-prepared. If you’re not sure what precautions you should take, please ask a guide before you set off.

Do I need to pre-book accommodation?

Yes, you will need to pre-book accommodation, particularly in more popular spots around holiday seasons. New Zealand is a very popular vacation spot and you may find yourself sleeping under the stars if you don’t prebook your accommodation.

What is the best time to visit New Zealand?

The best time to go to New Zealand in our opinion is in the warmer months. Anywhere from December to March would be ideal as most activities here involve being outdoors and those months have the best weather. We also think this is the best season to visit New Zealand – who doesn’t love the sunshine?!

Does each town have tourist information centres?

Yes, each major town will have it’s own Information Centre. If you can’t find it, don’t be scared to ask a local. We’ll help you out!

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Got a question? Or have we missed anything? Comment below!

The Perfect C.V Kiwi Style


When reaching out to potential employers in NZ you want to make sure you stand out as much as possible! You may also want to make them aware that you are in the country to stay and that you are actually psychically in NZ!

I am not going to point out how to draft up a C.V as I am sure you all know how (but if you want some formal tips check out the link at the bottom of this article), but I will point some key points that will stop your C.V being filed away in 3.2 seconds into the recycling bin!

Firstly you need to make sure your number is a New Zealand mobile or landline number! If they see a UK number or a number from another country they will be convinced you have not even touched ground here yet.

Secondly make sure your home address is local to the company’s location. No point giving them your UK address, ask a friend or relative in NZ or even the owner of the hotel /hostel that you are staying at if you can use there address as a point of contact. It is unlikely the employer you will check you actually live there but if they see an address from overseas they are likely to disregard your C.V straight away!

State in your personal statement or covering letter what type of visa you are on. Make sure this is very clear and make them aware of your long term intentions of staying in NZ and why you are here. The amount of phone calls I have had from recruiters asking what type of visa I am on is endless! I learnt quickly to put this information in both the personal statement and the covering letter. It is usually in the second sentence so it doesn’t get skipped!

When stating your qualification’s put them in a format that makes sense to them. For example I got asked numerous times what GCSE’s were, I ended up editing my C.V to state I completed “high school” followed by the grades.

Also depending on the type of job (maybe avoid this if you are going for a corporate role) consider putting your picture somewhere on the C.V. This may not be typical C.V practice but tell me someone who doesn’t judge a book by its cover?!

And lastly (again less corporate roles here!) don’t be afraid to inject some humour into your Covering Letter, C.V and even in the interview stage. Kiwi’s are the friendliest bunch of people you will ever meet, they work hard and play harder and love a bit of banter. Maybe don’t greet the interviewee with “ What’s up bro” and/ or  start your letter wit h“Hey cuz” but do complement them on their lovely country by maybe expressing why you have moved here, do show them your humorous side and I guarantee you they will love the energy you could potentially bring to their team!

For more formal tips of C.V and Covering Letter styles check out the Seek website for tips below.

And if you need more help finding that perfect job jump over to article about where to start your search for that ideal job here!

Working Life in New Zealand

The New Zealand job market is expanding, which is great news if you’re hoping to live and work in this glorious part of the world! The NZ government are actively encouraging skilled person’s to come here and contribute to the society and economy of the country.

This means that you’ll be able to develop your career while enjoying the fruits of NZ. Before you arrive, though, it’s fundamental that you look into the desired skills list and also if you’re qualifications are accepted here. To read more about this, check out our article on Finding A Job.

Work-Life Balance

So once you’ve discovered you can indeed pursue your dream job in NZ, (you may even have it lined up for when you arrive) you may be wondering how working life will differ from what you’re used to. Well, be prepared for a surprise!

But don’t worry, it’s a pleasant surprise. If you’re coming from the UK and have become accustomed to ‘the rat race’ then you may find the pace in NZ a bit of a culture shock, as the common working environment here is considerably more lax than a lot of places! It’s still professional, yet very friendly and informal.

You’re likely to find that your lunchtimes are spent together out in the sunshine, and a day’s work isn’t complete without a quick detour to a city bar before heading home. You’ll also notice that work relationships flourish quickly, which is largely down to this enjoyable environment.

This can also be attributed to people’s more relaxed attitude in NZ. Many management styles are informal, with management and middle management being friendly and immersed in the team. If you embrace this, you’ll even find that your colleagues become more like a second family to you, with lots of social activities occurring out of work. We also have a few suggestions on how to settle into life outside of work which you can read here.

All said, you’ll quickly understand what people mean when they say that New Zealand provides the best work-life balance. The ethos out here is that life is for living, and employers whole-heartedly understand this and implement it in the workplace.

Lunch time Kayak?
Lunch time Kayak?

Salary & Taxes

When it comes to salaries, it’s a lot like the UK in the sense that salaries for the same roles can vary hugely between employers. In which case, you are the best judge to determine what your salary should look like based on your skill set and living costs. Having this in mind will help you filter prospective jobs, and find the right organisation for your needs.

Again, like the UK, all employees are liable to pay income tax in NZ. You do have the option to start a job without initially paying any, but this isn’t recommended as you’ll end up being taxed later on at a much higher rate to accommodate this. Before starting your job, it’s also important to check how much tax you’ll be required to pay, so that you can factor this into your budget and living costs. These links to income statistics will help you ascertain this:

In order to pay tax you’ll need an IRD number which is free and easy to obtain – usually taking only take a few weeks. You will need to fill in an application form called an IR595, available to download on the Inland Revenue website:

Be warned – if you don’t have this number then you will get taxed at a very high rate!

Tax from your income applies to your first dollar earned, and income tax is deducted at the following rate with the respective salaries/wages:

Taxable income Income tax rates for every
$1 of taxable income
(excl ACC earners’ levy)
PAYE rates for every
$1 of taxable income
(incl ACC earners’ levy – see “Note 1” below)
up to $14,000 10.5 cents 12.20 cents
from $14,001 to $48,000 17.5 cents 19.20 cents
from $48,001 to $70,000 30 cents 31.70 cents
$70,001 and over 33 cents 34.70 cents
No-notification – see “Note 2 below” 45 cents 46.70 cents

The only other thing that will be taken out of your salary is a small fee for the ACC (accident compensation injury insurance scheme) For more information about what this is check out my article here.

Employees Rights in New Zealand

For any job you do, you will have the basic employment rights set by the Kiwi government. These rights can differ largely from those of your home country; therefore it’s worth exploring these details online before travelling to NZ:

These rights are consistent for every employee in the country, so when you start your new job, make sure your employer is acting in accordance with the law.

Public Holidays in New Zealand

The following dates are the annual public holidays in New Zealand:

1st January – New Years Day.

2nd January – Day after the New Year’s Day.

6th February – Waitangi Day.

Good Friday.

Easter (Monday).

25th April – ANZAC day.

1st Monday of June – Queen’s Birthday.

4th Monday of October – Labour Day.

25th December – Christmas.

26th December – Boxing Day.

If any of the above holidays occur on the weekend then the following Monday is given off – happy days! Under the holidays Act 2003, all employees in New Zealand are eligible for a minimum of 4 weeks of paid holidays.

Taking everything into consideration, it’s safe to say that you can anticipate a healthy work-life balance in NZ. Enjoy!

Paying Student Loans Abroad

Ever wondered that if you lived in another country  would you have to pay your student loan back whilst earning in another country? We did!

Our research lead us to discover a massive misconception that if you are abroad you don’t have to repay your student loan and eventually your loan will be cleared. Sounds perfect, but that is incorrect, here’s the deal;

If you are living overseas for 3 months or more you are required to inform the Student Loans company, they will give you a “Self Assessment Form” to fill out, from what you put down on the form (so personal circumstances, income) they will decide how much of the loan you will need to pay off each month you will then pay it direct to them via direct debit. (So it is advisable to keep a UK bank account open for this) Evidence of your income will also be required, payslips would be sufficient.

The repayment schedule will be fixed over a 12 month period so do make sure if you income level drops for what ever reason that you tell them so they can reassess the payment amounts.

Just like in the UK, the Student Loans Company have a repayment threshold, earn over a certain amount and you start paying the loan back. For the UK currently it is earn over £16,910 and you start paying 9% of the loan back. For New Zealand the threshold is currently set at £20,290 which with the current exchange rate is just over $40,000 NZD. So if you are earning over this amount do make sure you contact them!

Apparently this amount reflects on the current economical climate of New Zealand, based on the externally published World Bank data that measures the cost of living in each country. For more detailed information on the World Bank Data click here. (Be warned it may send you to sleep!)

A scare mongering tactic from the student loan company is used in numerous ways! They say if you do not repay your loan or correctly tell them your income when you have moved abroad then you will get default payments of £295.20 (For NZ) billed to you each month! Or fines of £150 for failing to tell them or even asked (worst case scenario) to repay the entirety of you loan back!

It would also be naive to think, “Ah if I don’t tell them they won’t know” As it is likely your employer has told the HMRC that you are moving abroad (that’s if you employer knows?) when they submitted your P45!

Ah, well at least there is only 24 more years to go until our loan is written off completely!

For more information of click here! For ease the overseas assessment form to complete is here!


Finding a Job New Zealand

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If working in New Zealand is going to be part of your trip, then it’s really beneficial to start looking into potential jobs before you go.

You can even go through the interview process remotely from home and secure yourself a position before you get there, which will be a huge weight off your mind! Alternatively, it’s a good idea to have some interviews lined up for when you arrive, so you can start working as soon as possible.

Job Market in New Zealand

New Zealand has a growing economy with many opportunities for those looking to build a career here, or those just wanting to fund travels. If you want to learn a little more about what it’s like to work in NZ, taking into account tax systems, employee’s rights and the working environment, then check out my article here.

There is still a huge demand for skilled workers in many job sectors, and an existing ‘skills shortage list’ of industries where work is readily available. This list may be subject to change though, so it’s worth regularly checking for the most up-to-date version.

It’s also advisable to check in advance if your qualifications hold the same value in NZ. When registering with a professional body, often individuals find that they need to complete further study or training before they can get a relevant job in their profession. By knowing beforehand what may be required, you can start looking into possible routes as well as how you can fund this process. For more information check out government website here.

Speaking of financial considerations, it’s also recommended that you check what fees may be applicable when registering yourself with a professional body. This cost can vary from job to job, but can, again, be researched so you can explore funding options.

Job Hunting Process in New Zealand:

As mentioned before, being proactive and job hunting ahead of your trip to NZ will give you a much better chance of securing a job quickly. The best thing to do is register online at the New Zealand’s main job sites, such as New Kiwis and Seek. These websites are very useful resources, allowing you to shortlist jobs, upload your CV, and receive step-by-step guidance on how to get the right job and build your professional career in NZ.

By providing your CV you maximise your chances of finding a position, as employers can investigate your skills and contact you themselves through this site. Before uploading your CV though, make sure the style is consistent with that used in NZ. For tips on this check out our article on how to make your C.V NZ relevant here! We have made a list of the most popular job websites to sign up to, to check out our blog post on this click here! 

If you are not successful in securing a job before setting off on your trip, then don’t worry – just make visiting recruitment agencies a priority upon your arrival. But don’t forget to take job references from previous employers with you, as this can be really pivotal for a successful job application in NZ!

Good Luck!


Job Hunting – Useful Websites

We have created a nifty little list to get you started on your job hunt! It starts with the most popular websites through to recruitment agency’s that can help you land that dream role. Don’t forget to check out our article on how to create the perfect C.V kiwi style!

Happy Hunting!


A good place to Start:
A job vacancy site where job seekers can set up a profile and online CV.

An extensive list of job vacancies from employers across New Zealand and Australia. Also provides an email notification service and career development resources and training information. Very simular to the Jobsite website in the UK.

Trade Me Jobs
Trade Me Jobs is New Zealand’s most visited jobs site, and provides a wide range of vacancies.

Work and Income job search database
A large selection of current New Zealand job vacancies and general advice.

Aimed at connecting job seekers with recruiters. Job seekers can create profiles for viewing, and recruiters can list job vacancies.

If you are a graduate:

A website that helps graduates to find jobs in Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand self-promotion websites (If Linkedin is not enough!)

Green Sky
A website that allows you to promote yourself to employers by creating an online profile describing yourself and your skills.

I’m Looking
An online community that allows employers to connect with job seekers.

A site that matches job seekers’ skills with current vacancies in a wide range of fields.

An online open job market where people list jobs they need doing, and registered users submit a price for doing the work. Really good whilst you are looking for some more permanent but just need a bit of cash in your pocket.

If you are in New Zealand on a Working Holiday:
Search for seasonal job vacancies across the country, in many industries.
A job vacancy site listing a range of short-term work across New Zealand, mainly in hospitality, agriculture and horticulture.

Directed at new migrants:

Working in New Zealand
Find information on employers and recruitment agencies relevant to the occupation and industry you want to work in.

New Kiwis
A site that links New Zealand employers with skilled migrants who are eligible to work, and currently live or intend to live, in New Zealand.

Workhere New Zealand
Workhere New Zealand connects skilled migrants and expat Kiwis from around the world to New Zealand-based companies with jobs in demand.

Recruitment Agencies (there’s many!):

Able Personnel
A Hawke’s Bay general recruitment agency.

Fanselow Bell
A Nelson-based human resources company that helps people find work in Nelson and surrounding areas.

GBL Personnel
A Wellington recruitment agency that specialises in placing people in permanent, temporary and contract positions in the Wellington region.

A recruitment agency that allows you to search for current vacancies by region.

Advanced Personnel
A recruitment agency that places people across a range of industries, including engineering, roading, stores/warehousing, and building and construction.

Beyond Recruitment
A recruitment agency specialising in IT, accounting, marketing, communications, telecommunications, engineering and government positions.

Enterprise Recruitment
Enterprise Recruitment is a New Zealand recruitment and human resources agency, servicing all industry sectors

A recruitment firm focussing on providing HR and Recruitment services to South Island-based technically orientated companies

Frog Recruitment
Browse jobs available through this agency including Accounting, IT, human resources, and sales.

A recruitment agency operating over a range of industries, including business, IT, and sales.

Browse temporary, part-time, and permanent jobs on offer through this agency.

Kinetic Recruitment
Browse temporary, part-time, and permanent jobs on offer through this agency.

Lawson Williams Consulting Group
A recruitment agency with vacancies in a range of industries.

Martin Personnel
A recruitment agency website with current vacancies in a wide range of industries.

A recruitment agency with 10 specialist areas, including communications, finance, and bicultural employment.

A recruitment agency that lets you search for current vacancies in the main centres of New Zealand. Also provides an email address for sending CVs to the agency.

Salt is a recruitment agency that provides flexible and permanent positions from entry level to management.

Alpha Recruitment
A recruitment agency specialising in executive roles.

Connex Recruitment
A recruitment company based in Auckland, specialising in administration staff, sales, finance, customer service, and other related roles.

Greenlight Recruitment
A Christchurch-based job vacancy and recruitment agency that specialises in sales; accounting and finance; office and administration; and insurance.

Parker Bridge
A recruitment agency specialising in professional roles.

Rice Consulting
A recruitment agency that specialises in finding staff for other businesses in the recruitment industry.

A recruitment agency specialising in accounting, finance, marketing, sales, human resources, production/technical and general management vacancies.

The Ultimate Recruitment Company
A company that recruits for sales and marketing, support, operations and management roles across a range of industries.

Wheeler Campbell
A recruitment agency that specialises in providing recruitment and human resource advice to organisations throughout New Zealand.

Wholeoranges Consulting
A company that recruits staff for executive, managerial and administrative business services support positions.


Education Personnel
A recruitment agency specialising in education vacancies.

NZ Education Gazette
Has an extensive list of teaching vacancies.

Oasis Education Ltd
A Ministry of Education-accredited teacher employment agency, useful for teachers seeking employment in New Zealand (especially Auckland), and schools looking for a teacher (relief or full time).

Engineering, construction, transport, manufacturing and logistics

Agoge Recruitment
A recruitment agency specialising in transport, logistics, infrastructure, and manufacturing industries across New Zealand.

Agoge RecruitmentA recruitment agency specialising in transport, logistics, infrastructure, and manufacturing industries across New Zealand.

AWF Group
New Zealand-wide suppliers of temporary staff to industry.
A job vacancy site with a variety of roles for people wanting to work with buses.

Campbell and Partners
An agency specialising in automotive and heavy automotive recruitment for sales, parts and service-related jobs.

Career Engineer
A recruitment agency specialising in engineering and technical vacancies.

CRS Recruit
A recruitment agency that specialises in engineering vacancies in Auckland.

Dare Contract Services
A company that specialises in recruitment of engineers in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure industries.

Engineer Network Group
A recruitment company that advertises engineering jobs in New Zealand, and also in Australia, Africa, and other countries.

Greenlight Recruitment
A Christchurch-based job vacancy and recruitment agency that specialises in logistics.

Inspirec is a consultancy specialising in the recruitment of oil and gas, engineering, and energy professionals throughout Australasia.

IPENZ Job Hunt
The Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) website provides a list of job vacancies in engineering.

JOBsmith specialises in technical and trade recruitment.

Refocus Recruitment
A recruitment agency that finds jobs for engineers, technical staff, and tradespeople.

Rob Law Max Recruitment
A recruitment agency that specialises in engineering, technical and infrastructure positions throughout New Zealand.

Solutions Personnel
A recruitment agency focussing on the warehousing, transportation and warehousing industries.

Tandr Recruitment
A recruitment agency specialising in engineering, construction, and infrastructure jobs.

Technical Recruitment Solutions
A recruitment agency that specialises in engineering vacancies.

Supplies temporary and permanent workers to the trade sector.

Government, law and safety:

Job vacancies and advice on careers in local government in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Government’s job vacancy website.

The Johnson Group
A specialist recruitment agency for policy analysts, policy managers and other government professionals.

Health and community

Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
A searchable database of senior medical and dental vacancies in New Zealand.

Au Pair Link New Zealand
An agency specialising in the placement of au pairs in New Zealand and overseas.

Castle Recruitment 
Castle Recruitment specialise in recruiting healthcare professionals for temporary and permanent employment for hospitals, rest homes, retirement villages and private care facilities.

Register for jobs in childcare, pet care, home tuition, house-sitting, gardening and elderly care.

Do Good Jobs
A website that lists jobs in the not-for-profit, charity and community sectors.

A recruitment company for voluntary groups, charities, and not-for-profit organisations.

A site that lists job vacancies in the New Zealand health and fitness, sport and recreation, and spa and beauty industries.

Frontline Health New Zealand
A job vacancy website specialising in health jobs.

Geneva Health
A recruitment service that lists health jobs in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the Middle East.

Recruitment website that lists public and private health care vacancies. Allows you to sign up for job alerts.

Health ProfessionalNZ
A recruitment agency specialising in health jobs.

Search for jobs in the health care sector.

Kiwi Health Jobs
Search and apply for jobs in the public health sector. Candidates can deal directly with employers.

KiwiOz Nannies
A company that fills childcare vacancies in Auckland.

Kiwis STAT
A medical recruitment company for locum doctors and allied health professionals, offering short and long-term placements in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Lanz Recruitment
A New Zealand recruitment agency specialising in the placement of health professionals.

Life Recruitment
A recruitment agency for nurses, qualified social workers, locum doctors, home care and community support workers.

Medacs Healthcare
A recruitment agency specialising in health sector jobs.

A free recruitment service from a not-for-profit medical recruitment organisation. It specialises in general practitioner (GP), and nurse practitioner vacancies in rural towns.

Psych Recruitment Ltd
A specialist recruitment agency focusing on employment opportunities in psychology, corrections and mental health.

Hospitality, tourism, recreation and retail

Adventure Jobs New Zealand
Employment vacancy listings for the adventure tourism and outdoor industry.

Frontline Retail New Zealand 
A job vacancy website that lists retail jobs.

Search hospitality job vacancies.

A website that advertises hospitality vacancies from around New Zealand.

Hospoworld Resourcing
Recruitment agency website that lists hospitality and tourism vacancies.

Restaurant Association New Zealand
Browse food service and hospitality jobs.

Information technology and telecommunications

Candle New Zealand
A recruitment agency site specialising in the information technology and communications industry.

A contract and permanent recruitment consultancy working with IT and telecommunications professionals.

An online technology community with an extensive job listing section.

Pinnacle Recruitment
An organisation providing a list of vacancies in the information technology and technical electronics sector.

Find jobs in the information technology sector.

Searchworks Ltd
A recruitment agency specialising in IT and software engineering jobs.

And if all else fails you could grab a bottle of squirty soapy water and a window cleaner and stand at the traffic lights washing peoples window screens!