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.
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
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
Arriving in New Zealand
New 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.
New 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
New Zealands 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 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!
Brief 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.
What is Culture Shock?
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.