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Here you’ll find top tips for working holidaymakers, our picks for this year’s best tourist destinations, business travel advice & much more



The Cost Of Living In New Zealand – Your Detailed Guide

New Zealand inspires pictures of mountains, forests and pristine lands. After all, this is the land of Middle Earth, kiwis, backpackers and delicious wine! On the other hand, it is also a place that can suck all of the money in your pocket and usually, the country turns out to be more expensive than most […]

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Top Expat Destinations

Today’s life is different than years before when people used to live where they were born. Nowadays many chose to live far from their home town for various reasons. Social, professional, financial or just curiosity could be part of the drivers for moving abroad and choosing the life of an expat. In a recent survey […]

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Visa Applicants Encouraged to Move to Regional New Zealand

New visa criteria applied from 1 November 2015 for those willing to apply for a New Zealand Permanent Skilled Visa and Essential Skills Temporary Work Visa. Changes on the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Program Points for job offer outside Auckland for Skilled Migrant Visa are increased from 10 to 30. Points for entrepreneurs under the […]

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New Zealand Immigration Rule Change

From 1 November 2015, points awarded for New Zealand Skilled visa to people with a job offer outside Auckland will be increased from 10 to 30. Under the current immigration requirements, the applicants who can get 140 points, get residency. Kiwis will still be given priorities for jobs but if there are no locals to […]

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Things You Should Know Before Moving To New Zealand

When you think of New Zealand, you probably imagine pictures of snow-capped mountains, forests, unique wildlife, glaciers, and the world-famous rugby team. And with hiking, skydiving, skiing, caving, amongst many other thrilling escapades, this is the adventure capital of the world and everything here is geared towards getting you outside to do something outlandish. But […]

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eMedicals for New Zealand Onshore Immigration Visa

If you apply for the New Zealand Skilled Migrant visa, you must complete a General Medical Certificate and a Chest X-Ray as part of your visa application. As of 31 March New Zealand, similarly to Australia and Canada, will introduce medicals for all onshore visa applicants. A total of 72 medical clinics, 54 radiology clinics […]

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A Record Number Migrated to New Zealand in 2014

The net migration gain of 50,922 was almost doubled in 2014 compared to 22,468 from 2013. The number of migrants increased by 16 per cent while the departures fell by 18 per cent. The ASB Bank Senior economist Chris Tennent-Brown said: “The attractiveness of the New Zealand labour market relative to Australia’s and the rest […]

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20,000 Irish People have Relocated to New Zealand for the Last Five Years

New Zealand is still a very attractive destination for Irish guys and there are many reasons for this – beautiful nature, cost of living, friendly people, temperate climate. According to Edwina Shanahan, Manager at visafirst.com, since 2011 approximately 18,000 Irish workers have travelled to New Zealand for work and with 4,000-5,000 expected to leave this year the total […]

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New Zealand Named the ‘Favourite Country’ for 2014

You probably come across different polls or surveys at this time of the year. But we want to share with you the results from two totally independent sources on New Zealand, the land of the ‘ long white cloud’ and Maori culture. The Telegraph Travel Awards 2014 named New Zealand as the “favourite country” for […]

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