New Zealanders believe life is for living. It’s about balancing a good day’s work with time for family and friends. Compared to most countries in the world, New Zealand offers a great work-life balance. That’s reflected time and time again in international surveys.
Moving to New Zealand also means experiencing what many people describe as one of the greenest and most beautiful countries you could find. Just think of the scenery in Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit and you’ve got the picture.
Night owls and culture vultures are equally well served with great restaurants, music, movies and more. And it’s safe to go out in the evenings to enjoy them.
The education system is world-class as is our health care. And the economy has weathered the global financial crisis well, so job and career prospects are generally good.
It is important that you know about the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document.
You will find people from different countries living in New Zealand. There are people from Pacific Islands, South Africa, Australia, United Kingdom, China, India, Vietnam, Philippines and more.
When you first arrive in New Zealand with your family, you will find a lot of public places that are accessible to differently abled people or aged people who need support. For, toddlers and young children you will find a lot of parks of all sizes that are built keeping in mind minor things like rubber mats, small and large size swings and slides, swings have safety harness, little or no use of hard metal. Most of the public places have changing rooms for children and feeding rooms for nursing mothers. You will find it very easy to ask a stranger for help and can expect the right answer or advice. Immigrants feel welcome and Kiwi’s appreciate the diversity and cultural background.
G’day, "Good as Gold", "Sweet as" are a few things you will hear often from Kiwi friends. Here is a great link to some of the Kiwi slangs that you should get used to.
You will find that the weather is not so much like how it used to be back home if you are from India or Africa. The sun does shine but not all the time during the day and a lot during the summer season which is from Nov- Feb. A bit odd as you must be used to the March-June cycles. The winters are a bit harsher and if you are in Wellington you will find it windy than other places. The world’s coolest capital is also called Windy Wellington.
It does matter but only to an extent and most people in New Zealand would balance work and personal life depending on their goals and desires. Most New Zealanders are focused on having a decent living and you will find that there are a large number of small businesses too. New Zealand is a small economy and population as compared to other countries, the closest one being Australia. Kiwis invest in housing mainly and not much in the stock market or other instruments of savings. There is a stock market but much smaller compared to other larger markets. There are a lot of people that opt for Kiwi saver fund that is the equivalent of public provident fund in India. People may have cars and houses that differ in value but that does not come in the way of treating each other with respect and kindness. Kiwi’s believe in simple living and are happy to spend time with family on a holiday or weekend in the park. Status instead of money is more to do with how you contribute to the country and people. Irrespective of your profession, you are respected for how good you are as a person and not how much money you have.