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New Zealand’s Prime Living Locations: Auckland

Once you’ve committed to making your move to New Zealand, choosing a place to live is probably the biggest decision you’ll face. Living in Auckland is popular because it offers the widest range of cultures, employers, and products in New Zealand.

Floating market in Amphawa, Thailand.

Adjusting to Living Abroad in Thailand

The combination of a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital, a fast-growing economy, friendly people, a higher standard of living, and a beautiful landscape make Thailand a paradise. If you’re considering a move abroad to this Asian country, keep an open mind and learn what you need to know to make it home.

Moving your dog to New Zealand will cost you. Photo © Eli Duke, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Moving Your Pet to New Zealand

It’s hard to say goodbye to a pet, but it can be very complicated to immigrate to New Zealand with one. Before you make a decision about bringing your pet with you, ensure you’re well-informed and take all of these issues into consideration.

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Kiwi Stereotypes

Kiwis love to poke fun at themselves—or more often each other—so people from different parts of the country get ribbed about their stereotypical behaviors. This will give you a bit of a head start on your Kiwi stereotypes, so you can be in on the joke too.

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New Zealand Work Visas

Moving across an ocean can be complicated, to say the least. But the great thing about immigrating to New Zealand is that if you meet their requirements, Immigration New Zealand would rather bring you in than keep you out. But what type of visa do you need? Author Michelle Waitzman explains what each type of visa is for along with their pros and cons.

Bronze statue depicting the Maori in Wellington Harbourfront. Photo © Patricia Hofmeester/123rf.

New Zealand Etiquette and Cultural Customs

Kiwis are quite proud of their national identity, and they will appreciate you embracing their ways as a newcomer. Respect the way things are done in New Zealand, including recognizing the bicultural elements of their culture involving the Maori. Generally, you’ll find Kiwi culture is very informal. If you want to fit in, the best thing you can do is relax and try to have some fun.

A worn Thai work permit rests on a map.

Work Permits in Thailand

If you are going to be doing anything in Thailand that produces income, the law requires that you have a work permit. Having a work permit not only entitles you to work legally in Thailand, it’s also an essential document if you want to open a bank account, get a nonprepaid mobile phone, get a driver’s license, and many other small necessities.

Aerial view of Queenstown, located on the south island of New Zealand. Photo © istockphoto.

Immigrating to New Zealand: The Lay of the Land

New Zealand tends to be pictured in the world’s eyes as a couple of islands just off the coast of Australia. Here to help potential immigrants is expert author Michelle Waitzman with the lay of the land: how New Zealanders divide their country, the general landscape and population distributions, and information on regional governments.

University of Otago in New Zealand. Photo © Tomas Sobek/123rf.

A Student’s Perspective on Studying Abroad in New Zealand

U.S. student Melanie Harsch studied abroad for a year in New Zealand, and then returned to take on a PhD researching climate change through its effect on the tree line. Expert author Michelle Waitzman talked to her about her experience, from why she choose New Zealand to advice for other students on how to make it happen.

Unitec New Zealand campus. Photo © Ingolfson at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

New Zealand Student Visas

If you want to study in New Zealand for longer than three months, you will need a student visa. Expert author Michelle Waitzman reviews the entire process from application to graduation, including renewals, health insurance, working restrictions, and what to do if you want to bring your family with you.