New Zealand Citizenship

News and articles from South Africans who have successfully applied for New Zealand Citizenship.

New Zealand to open its borders to 300 qualified teachers from September

New Zealand’s Education Minister, Chris Hipkins, has announced a new class border exemption which will allow 300 qualified teachers from overseas to apply for teaching position in New Zealand. From September this year, the Ministry of Education will invite applications for teaching positions. Successful applicants will then be able to travel to New Zealand, together with their partners and dependent children.

Retirement Pensions in New Zealand

Every adult, no matter how young or old they are, needs to live with the knowledge that during their twilight years, they will be able to live a comfortable life and not worry about lack of money. New Zealand’s government superannuation scheme is one of the most generous in the world and its KiwiSaver scheme offers residents many options, from securing a great pension, to assistance with buying a first home.

New Zealand has three different types of pension schemes: -

Michelle and JJ Calitz - Our Life in New Zealand

In essence, we decided to leave South Africa because we saw no future for our kids. We made the final decision in February 2019 and then put all our energy and time into getting to New Zealand as soon as we could. We signed up with Immigration Migration in March and, by April, Michelle had her first online job interview and she travelled to New Zealand in June and had a face to face interview with the same company. Ten days later her work visa was approved. We arrived in New Zealand in August 2019 - on our son’s 14th birthday. So the whole process took around six months.

Shezelle and Dewald - Our Experience of New Zealand from March 2020 to April 2021

I’m sitting in my quarantine hotel in Auckland with my two kiddies reflecting on my journey to New Zealand. COVID, together with the South African and New Zealand lockdowns, have meant that my husband and I have been apart from 18th March 2020 until now (November 2020) but it’s only a week to go before we’ll finally be a family again and can begin our new life in New Zealand. Roll on next Saturday!

Kerri and Kyle - New Zealand and COVID-19

We’ve only been here for two years and feel we’ve still got a lot to learn. Every day we discover something new, especially about NZ culture which is completely different to South African culture. We feel blessed that we are able to learn and immerse ourselves in a totally new way of life.

We haven’t witnessed any racial discrimination in New Zealand. From our experience everyone is treated as an equal. Another thing we have noticed is that no one judges you. People don’t care what you’re wearing or what you look like, which is a refreshing change from South Africa.

Kerri and Kyle - 2 Years Later

It’s over two years since we arrived in New Zealand with our 3 year old son and 13 year old daughter. We were really lucky in that it took us under three months with IML before we left South Africa for New Zealand. We both found jobs really quickly and had no problem renting a house and buying a car. Our kids settled into their new schools and now sound more like Kiwis than Saffas!

Kids and Education

Cindy, Ruan and Ruvan – Their First 18 Months in New Zealand

We are now enjoying our second winter in New Zealand. Even though we lived in Pretoria, where winters are cold, we weren’t prepared for the very cold weather in Christchurch during the winter. However, we now know what to expect this year, so we’re better prepared. That said, we love New Zealand and are extremely happy here. It’s the best decision we’ve ever made. We do not want to go back to South Africa!

New Zealand’s Excellent Handling of COVID-19

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, today announced that the government would make a decision on 8 th June regarding moving from Alert Level 2 to Level 1. This is two weeks ahead of the previously announced date of 22 nd June. Only 22 people have died of the disease in New Zealand and there’s only one current case; so, unless there’s a spike, New Zealand will be back to normal very soon, apart from its closed borders.

Banking and Finance Services in New Zealand

New Zealand financial system is dominated by banks. There are 26 banks registered with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the major players are ANZ, ASB, BNZ, Westpac and Kiwibank. The first four of these banks are Australian owned and account for 87% of bank lending, while the five New Zealand owned banks account for 8% of bank lending. New Zealand’s building societies and credit unions offer many of the financial services that the banks offer, and they also have to be registered with the Reserve Bank.

Cindy, Ruan & Ruvan - The Journey So Far

Cindy and I first thought about emigrating a couple of years ago, but it was only in May/June of this year that we decided it was definitely the right path for us. We began the immigration process with IML in August this year.

Our first meeting with IML was with both Meggan and Bernard. We were lucky enough to catch Bernard on one of his visits to South Africa. The meeting was formal but relaxed, and we were able to ask many questions on how life in New Zealand compared with South Africa – costs, education, healthcare, housing, jobs etc.

Life in Schools and Universities in New Zealand

New Zealand residents and citizens enjoy one of the best education systems in the world, and it’s free. The vast majority of New Zealanders send their children to public schools, although there’s also a wide range of private schools in the country.

The Worldwide Educating for the Future Index for 2019, which was released in January 2020, placed New Zealand third for preparing students for the future (aged between 15 and 24); the UK came in 15th place and the USA was in 22nd place and South Africa was placed 27th.

Tax and Business Owners in New Zealand

Everyone who receives an income in New Zealand has to pay tax. This includes the self-employed, businesses and contractors. Every business in New Zealand pays income tax on their net profit every tax year. Although the tax year runs from 1st April until 31st March each year, it is possible to get this timeframe changed by applying to the IRD. Note, the corporate tax rate in in New Zealand is a flat 28%.

Preparation Before Leaving for New Zealand

Careful planning can save a lot of headaches, making this new part of your life an adventure rather than a nightmare. Make lists for everything that needs to be done before leaving and enjoy the satisfaction of ticking off tasks when they’re completed.

When you arrive in New Zealand, you’ll obviously have no credit history, insurance history, in fact no history at all. So, it’s important bring documentation with you from various institutions in your home country.