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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.

Our 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 way.

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 and pets.

Arriving in New Zealand
Leaving HomeNew 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.

Transportation
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.

Social Values
Social ValuesNew 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 outing.

New Zealand Leisure
New Zealand’s 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
Leaving HomeNew 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!

Practical Matters
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!

Legal Matters
Culture ShockBrief 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.

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.

By | 2016-11-26T18:57:38+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments

About the Author:

Danny de Hek

Like most people, I have many passions, goals and dreams. As a self made business professional, my focus is helping my clients, associates and friends, build, strengthen and maintain their success. It would be fair to say I am in the full time business of building relationships and feel my purpose and skill is connecting the right people with the right people.

My professional work tends to dominate my personal life, to the horror of my partner and business mentor. They both fully support me yet give me the hard truths when I need to hear this. I am always investing in my personal development to have a fulfilled work/life balance. I enjoy Target Shooting, Hiking & Mountain Biking to clear the brain and to take the guilt away when indulging at a quirky cafe for a cooked breakfast or brunch.

My passion for travelling has seen me experience the world on many occasions, my next adventure will be doing the Tibet Rail Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Lhasa to Golmud as long as they have Wi-Fi aboard ;-) I have many goals I still wish to achieve but am pretty chuffed that I have accomplished so many of these already.

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