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Living in Oceania guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Oceania with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • New Zealand is a real player in the world economy and offers many opportunities to both natives and expats.

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  • Do you dream of an adventure in Middle Earth? New Zealand is a picturesque country just waiting to be discovered, with lots of opportunities for expats.

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  • Australia is a popular destination for expats thanks to its warm year-round climate, stable government, diverse population and good economy.

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  • A short write up of my journey from a city lifestyle in busy Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to a small country town Mudgee NSW Australia.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • In order to get married in Australia, both parties must be over 18, unless one is over 16 and there is court approval.

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  • It is beneficial to understand New Zealand’s customs policies before you enter the country so as to avoid unnecessary fines and problems at the border.

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  • Getting married in New Zealand is fairly straightforward. Here is some information to help you through the process.

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  • Citizens of many countries can travel to New Zealand visa-free for up to 3 months. A visa is required for other countries, or if you intend to stay longer.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • If your main reason for going to New Zealand is work, then you will need to qualify and apply for a work visa before you arrive.

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  • The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) allows you to live and work in New Zealand for 12 months, if you are between 18 and 30 years old.

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  • Australia abolished the Temporary Skilled Worker (457) visa on July 1st 2017. It has been replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

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  • There a number of visa options for those making a short-term stay in Australia. There is also a specific visa for citizens of New Zealand.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • This article explains how to find a job in Australia. The best way to find a job in Australia is to contact the nearest local Centrelink agency.

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  • Want to become a digital nomad in Australia? The digital nomad's guide to Australia will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • You can rely on job websites, classified ads in local newspapers or hiring agencies to find a job in New Zealand.

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  • If you are setting up a business, then you might want to do it in New Zealand. Kiwis have a special entrepreneurial spirit that the country cultivates.

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  • Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and considered the country’s creative hub. It’s a major economic centre with ample opportunities for expats.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • With one of the best qualities of life in the world, it’s no wonder the City of Sails boasts a population of 1.5million made up of Kiwis and expats alike.

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  • New Zealand’s third largest city is a great place to relocate if you are looking for sun, sea, and ski all within proximity of a cultural hub.

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  • Hamilton is New Zealand’s largest inland city and home to one of the country’s highest ranked universities, University of Waikato.

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  • The world’s ‘coolest little capital’ may be small in size, but it is New Zealand’s second largest city population-wise, with ample cultural appeal.

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  • Situated in the far south and home to the University of Otago, Dunedin is a small, safe city with Scottish heritage.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • If you're looking to study in Christchurch, Expat.com gives you an insight into the local higher education system and some useful tips on student life.

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  • From its world-renowned schools to its lifestyle and landscape, New Zealand is a great place to get an education.

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  • Australia has a number of higher education institutions for potential international students to choose from. Many students choose to live on campus.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • New Zealand has a public healthcare system, though not all those living there will be eligible. Expats are recommended to get private health insurance.

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  • Australia's healthcare system is called Medicare and funded by taxpayers. Expats may be eligible, depending on residency status.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • If you plan to earn money in New Zealand, it will be most convenient for you to have an account with a bank in the country.

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  • Autralia is home to both international and national banks with which you can choose to open an account. The process is rather straightforward.

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  • Moving to Australia takes a lot of effort and if you are aware of the rules and regulations of Australia's financial landscape then you can save yourself a boatload of hassle and money.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • When working in New Zealand for any duration, you will have to register and pay New Zealand income tax on your earnings.

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  • Income tax is automatically deducted from the wages of employees, with a a tax file number. Businesses will require an Australian business number.

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  • In this article, find all that you need to know on Income tax, Effective tax, VAT etc, in the Cook Islands.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • From panes, trains, and automobiles to boats and buses, there are many ways to make your way around New Zealand.

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  • Australian cities have well-developed transportation networks. Air travel tends to be the most popular way to travel around Australia itself.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Driving is one of the best ways to fully explore New Zealand, but you must ensure you’re legally and mentally prepared before you get behind the wheel.

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  • If you decide to drive in Australia, you may need to apply for an Australian driver's licence. Infrastructure in remote area may not be as well kept.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • If you’re moving to New Zealand, you may want to take your household items with you. It’s important to plan to make this process as seamless as possible.

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  • You should select a reliable moving company in order to assist in moving your belongings to Australia.

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  • Customs regulations are quite strict in Australia and numerous foods products, medicines and animal products should be declared upon arrival.

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  • If you are moving to Australia with your pet, that there are formalities that must be completed before travel. There are also a number of banned species.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • There are three major phone networks in New Zealand for both mobile and landlines. Consider your situation and then decide which works best for you.

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  • There are several major service providers in Australia, providing both landline and mobile phone connectivity. You can also make calls over the internet.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • New Zealand is a country like no other, with a wealth of natural, historical, cultural and even adrenaline rushing activities to try at your leisure.

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  • New Zealanders are an athletic bunch. If you’re visiting or expatriating to the country you can continue playing and following your favourite sports.

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  • Due to its size, you can spend your free time visiting other parts of Australia. However, there are many leisure activities within the major cities.

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