people live in a modern parliamentary democracy. It is important
for all people contemplating New Zealand as their new home to
learn and understand our New Zealand government. This section
aims to provide migrants with a clearer understanding of the
national government, the electoral process plus extensive
information on the law in New Zealand, your rights and the role
of the New Zealand Police. We have also added information
regarding Income Tax plus important details on Tax Residency.
New Zealand is a modern parliamentary democracy. The
national government comprises a single legislature, the House of
Representatives, which is elected every three years rather than
the five-year cycle customary in the Westminster system.
Voting is not compulsory in New Zealand but, if you are
eligible to vote, you are required to enrol as an elector. Read
this article to learn about the electoral process and obtain a
better understanding of local government in New Zealand.
Income Tax in New Zealand can be confusing for many New
Zealanders. Learn about PAYE, ACC Levies, Provisional Tax, GST,
Resident Withholding Tax, Student Loans and Child Support/Family
New Zealand has an independent judiciary but what is the
Privy Council and is there a difference between a High Court and
a District Court? Find the answers to these questions along with
information on Jury Service, Human Rights and getting legal help.
By international standards, New Zealand is a remarkably
safe and law-abiding society. The New Zealand Police do not carry
firearms and they have an excellent reputation and are generally
considered helpful and friendly. This informative article has
been designed to provide you with information on dealing with NZ
Police, your rights, what to do if you are arrested plus
information on The Domestic Violence Act in New Zealand.
New Zealand residents are liable for income tax on their
worldwide income. If you are a New Zealand tax resident, you will
need to pay income tax on all income you receive from both New
Zealand and overseas. Find out if you meet the requirements for
taxable activity in New Zealand and the role of the Inland
Revenue Department (IRD).