Can immigrants buy property?

There is nothing to stop an immigrant immediately purchasing a property but many choose to first rent to give them opportunity to get better acquainted with the pricing, areas and property options. Be aware though there are some restrictions that include:
If you not hold permanent residency you can only purchase property of less than 5 hectares, this reduces further if the property is located on or close to a sensitive areas to 0.4 hectares.

Can you get a mortgage (bond)?

New Zealand banks will lend to new immigrants and generally speaking, immigrants are classified into 3 groups:
1. Those with permanent residency – a lesser deposit is sought from holder of permanent residency which can be as low as 5 -10% of the purchase price.
2. Those with temporary permits such as work – in this case the deposit require tends to be higher
3. Holiday homes – more stringent checks and higher deposits will be required.

Who is eligible for publicly funded health care?

* Permanent residents
If you are a permanent residency holder or hold a resident visa then you are entitled to publicly funded health care. This extends to dependants under the age of 17.
* Work visa holders
If the work visa permits you to stay in New Zealand for 2 years or more or the visa in conjunction with an immediate legal stay equals in or exceeds 2 years, you are then entitled to publicly funded health care.

What sort of health care is provided?

Comprehensive life-long medical care is available to everyone. All essential health care is provided free through the public health system. This means that while some routine services, such as visits to local doctors and dentists, have to be paid for, more costly services, such as hospital treatment are, with minor exceptions are available free to all residents.

What are the geographical highlights in New Zealand?

Some of the geographical highlights include:
* Beaches
New Zealand has in excess of 15,000 kilometres of delightful and changed coastline.
* Landscapes
Mountains cover 1/5th of the North Island and 2/3rds of the South Island.
* Ice sheets
New Zealand’s Southern Alps have various icy masses, the biggest being Tasman glacial mass, which you can see by taking a short stroll from Mount Cook town. New Zealand’s most well-known icy masses are the Franz Josef and Fox on the South Island’s west drift.
* Sunken Mountains
Mitre Top peers over one of the loveliest parts of New Zealand- Milford Sound in Fiordland.
Over many years, the procedure of subduction has seen parts of the New Zealand scene get submerged. The Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland are illustrations of high mountain ranges that have “sunk” into the ocean, making tremendous inlets. These sunken mountains offer some of New Zealand most beautiful views. Clear, profound still water encompassed by excellent bramble makes these regions perfect for sculling and kayaking.

What age does school start?

Schooling is compulsory from age 6 to age 16, Primary school starts at age 5 and then secondary school from 12 onwards. Secondary schools can also be known as college, high school or grammar school. There are also some intermediate schools for children in their final primary school years from 11-12 years old.

What are the school terms and hours?

Typically school will commence at 9 am and finish between 3 and 3:30 pm.
The school year is split into four terms commencing in late January through to mid-December. Each term normally ends with a 2 weeks holiday and a 6 week holiday in December.
* Term 1: Late January to mid-April
* Term 2: Late April to early July
* Term 3: Mid July to late September
* Term 4: Mid October to mid-December

What are the educational standards in New Zealand?

With an excellent education system New Zealand has a 99% literacy rate and spends over 7% of its GDP on education.
The average teacher to student ratio is excellent with primary level being an average of one teacher for every 23-29 students and one teacher to 17-23 students at secondary state schools.
There is a national curriculum and all schools, state and private, are measured against it every three years by the Government’s Education Review Office (ERO). Individual school reviews are available at ERO.
Some schools also offer Cambridge International Examinations or International Baccalaureate at senior levels.