Coming from overseas?
We realise that moving internationally is a significant project in itself, and that there are many practical implications beyond just your new job. If you're moving to join us here at NIWA, we want to say thanks for choosing us by helping you with your big move.
Provided you're joining us permanently, NIWA will be pleased to pay for economy airfares to NZ for you and your significant other.
We'll also be happy to contribute towards the cost of moving your household and personal effects. When you arrive here, we can assist with your transition into Kiwi life by providing you with up to two weeks motel accommodation if needed.
What you can expect in NZ
We've put together some useful information about NZ and the great Kiwi lifestyle!
Each of locations above is home to a NIWA Regional or Field Office.
Finding somewhere to live will be one of your highest priorities when you first arrive in New Zealand. Lots of people choose to rent a house first and then buy later as it gives them a chance to become familiar with the city or region they'll be living in, before they buy.
You may find the following links useful:
If you're considering buying a house in NZ, you may also be interested in the home loan information from NZ's major banks. Remember, as a NIWA staff member you'll be eligible for a special staff banking package with ANZ.
Health Care System
Compared with many countries, New Zealand has a very good public health system. You'll have to pay for routine visits to the doctor or dentist, but there are subsidies for children and for people on lower incomes. The public health system provides for more expensive services such as hospital treatment. You are not required to have health insurance but some people choose to.
You may find the following information helpful:
The Ministry of Education has published a guide to schooling in NZ which looks at the school system, what schools teach and how schools are run.
Tax Rates & Inland Revenue Department (IRD) Number
You can find a list of current tax rates on the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) website.
If you would like to calculate your after tax income, the Inland Revenue Department can help you do this.
There may be tax implications for working in multiple countries in one year. The IRD has published a list of countries with double tax agreements, and more information on the subject.
To enable us to tax you at the correct rate when you start with us, you will need an IRD number. You can apply for one on the IRD website.
Goods and services tax (GST) is a tax on the supply of most goods and services in New Zealand. It is generally charged at a rate of 15% and most retail prices are inclusive of GST.
Chances are you'll be looking to buy a car when you arrive. You'll need a valid licence to drive in NZ and the NZ Transport Agency has information about driving in NZ. Auction company Turners Auctions has some great information about car prices.
Is your partner looking for a job too? These are some of the most popular job seeker websites here in NZ: