New Zealand is an excellent country for South Africans looking for a better life.
Both countries share a number of similarities, like the English language and our love for rugby.
So why move to New Zealand? Because of New Zealand's robust and resilient economy, with low crime rates, beautiful scenery, and a family-friendly laidback lifestyle.
New Zealand is a safe and stable country. Crime rates are low, and trust in the Government is high. According to Transparency International’s “Corruption Perception Index”, New Zealand’s Government ranked as the 2nd most honest in the world, just behind Denmark.
New Zealand has experienced almost uninterrupted economic progress for decades and recovered rapidly after the 2008 recession.
Enjoying life and the beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer are key aspects of the culture.
Flexible working hours and company cultures that emphasise employees’ wellbeing are some of the reasons why New Zealand ranks 2nd in the world for work-life balance, according to HSBC. The same survey ranked New Zealand as the 5th best place in the world to live.
New Zealand is one of the cleanest and least polluted countries in the world. Its stunning scenery and breathtaking national parks can match South Africa’s natural beauty. Even the largest cities are no more than about 30 minutes away from the sea, forests and other beautiful scenery.
Compared with countries like Germany and England, prices are lower in New Zealand. The housing market varies throughout the country, with bigger cities being more expensive to live in, but with more opportunities. You can find more living costs specific information related to the city you’d like to live in New Zealand in the following link from the New Zealand Government.
New Zealand’s healthcare system is heavily subsidised by the government, being free or low cost, as is in South Africa. The significant difference is not having to deal with such limited resources and high demand.
New Zealand’s health system provides quality services for citizens, residence visa holders or work visa holders allowed to work in the country for at least two years. There are also many private health insurance options available.
Schools in New Zealand are generally well equipped with sports fields and often a swimming pool, and provide a safe environment for students.
New Zealand’s tertiary level has 20 institutes of technology and eight universities. They all provide internationally recognised qualifications and five out of the eight universities are in the top 300 of the QS World University Rankings 2018.
It’s because of New Zealand’s strong education system that the country sits in the 7th position for the Global Human Capital Report 2017, preparing people for future work.
Whether you are planning to do business or to continue your career, there are many New Zealand visa options you can apply for. Every one of them offers different benefits and has its own complex process.
If you are considering making the move to New Zealand, ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers and Job Search Coaches for a Free Assessment of your migration options, to understand in which type of visa suits you best.