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  • 27 March 2017
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If you are reading our article, then you are ready to go to the Land of the Long White Cloud!

Here you will find the most important and useful information about what you need to foresee before leaving, what things to take, what you need to think about in advance. In addition, it contains the most important and useful information that is needed upon arrival in a new environment for you. These are answers to the most popular questions asked by all new arrivals in the country of the Long White Cloud. Please carefully read each item of this information brochure, as it will greatly help you avoid mistakes, saving your money and time.

Since the article was quite voluminous, we decided to add links to sections for easy navigation:

Before leaving:

Documents
Money
Transit visas
Climate
Things
Medical preparations
Customs
Arrival card
Temporary accommodation
Meeting at the airport

After arrival:

Visas and rules
Mobile communications
Permanent residence
Electricity and gas
Internet
Banks
Insurance
Products
Tax number IRD
Driver license
Salaries
Jobs
Public transport
Vehicles
Household purchases
Weather
Entertainment
Immigration issues
Help phones
Social networks

BEFORE LEAVING

Documents

If you are planning a short trip, then take with you:

  • Civil and foreign passport
  • Driver’s licenseIf your trip is for a long time, and you plan to apply for a new visa without returning home, then take along all the documents that may be useful in the future:
  • Civil and foreign passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Diplomas, certificates, certificates
  • Marriage and Birth Certificates
  • Certified copies of property documents

In addition, we recommend that you write a general power of attorney on someone who remains in the Russian Federation for possible operations, for example, in order to discharge you from housing.

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Money

Open an account in a New Zealand bank remotely, after which you can make a transfer to it. But you can activate your account and use the money only on arrival, providing a passport and confirmation of the New Zealand address in person at the bank. Such opportunities are carried out by several banks, we most often worked and can recommend ANZ.

Open an account at your local bank, which has an affordable and convenient Internet banking. Pre-configure the ability to transfer money online. Upon arrival, you can open an account in a local bank and transfer your funds.

You can bring the availability of money in US dollars or euros. If the amount exceeds the equivalent of 10,000 New Zealand dollars (including traveller’s checks) per person, then a mandatory declaration must be made upon import with the provision of documents of legal possession, for example, a certificate from the tax service with the transfer.

You can bring money in traveler’s checks. If the amount exceeds the equivalent of 10,000 New Zealand dollars (including cash) per person, then a mandatory declaration is also required when importing with the provision of official documents and transfers.

You can use your Visa or Mastercard, at your bank in New Zealand. The cost of transactions depends on the conditions of banks. Do not forget to call the bank in advance and warn them that the card will be used abroad so that the security system will not block the card.

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Transit visas

Please note that some countries require transit visas. Carefully review your tickets, sometimes data on landing and refueling may not be written legibly.

For example, flights through Australia require a transit visa for Russian citizens, and if the flight passes through Arab countries, there is almost always an additional landing in Australia. Information on the necessary transit visas is always available on the websites of the embassies of the respective countries.

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Climate

In New Zealand, the weather may vary, depending on the location of the city and the season. On the South Island you will meet all 4 seasons, and on the North, in fact, only three: Spring, Autumn and Summer. Under these seasons and need to pick up clothes. Large down jackets and fur coats are useless, but warm clothes for the house will be useful, since rental housing often is warm and rather cool in cold months.

Waterproof clothing that also protects from the wind will be useful in this cool time. Otherwise, spring and summer clothes will be your most used.

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Things

In New Zealand, you can get, if not all, then almost everything. So you will not feel an urgent need for anything. Take only the most valuable and convenient things for you that fit into the luggage. It will be very convenient if you take an extension cord to several sockets.

In New Zealand, a different type of sockets, but an extension cord will allow using only one adapter, but connecting several devices with the Russian type of sockets at once.

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Medications

You can bring with you medications that do not require a doctor’s prescription, but with a margin of no more than 3 months of use. You can also bring with you prescribed drugs by a doctor, with a margin of no more than 3 months of use, but you need to have a prescription letter with with the translation, and also declare these medicines once you arrive. Read more on the official website of customs in the Prescription Medicines section.

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Customs

In short, the import of organic substances that may damage the unique ecology is prohibited in New Zealand. Be sure to ensure that you do not carry any open food (fruits, vegetables) when passing through customs, it is fraught with fines. Read more on the customs website.

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Arrival Card

In the brochure that you can download below, you will find the Russian version of the Arrival Card, as well as an example of a completed card in English, which will need to be filled in on the plane or on arrival.

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Temporary residence

Finding a home immediately and for a long period of time remotely can be very difficult, since most landlords want to see a person in person before signing an agreement with him. In addition, we recommend that you also carefully consider the choice so that both the accommodation and the neighbors suit your conditions. Thus, you need housing to start for a short time. This could be:

Family (Homestay) from your school. Typically, the selection of a family costs from 250 nzd at a time, and the accommodation itself from 250 nzd per week, but including two meals and a separate room. Not everyone is suitable for this type of accommodation, as living with other people is not always comfortable, so this option is at your discretion.

  • See hostels on Booking
  • See rooms or homes on Airbnb 
  • One of the most inexpensive hostels in the center of Auckland Ymca 

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Meeting at the airport

If you have agreed with us about meeting at the airport, then look at the sign with the Kiwi Education logo immediately upon entering the waiting room. If no one with a sign could be found, then the collection point is immediately to the right near the stands of car rental companies.

We urge you to IMMEDIATELY report flight delays to the general address info@education.kiwi.nz and to your personal manager.

If you have any questions on arrival, you can contact us by phone: +64220294713 (Catherine).

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AFTER ARRIVAL

Visas and rules

Remember that you must comply with the conditions of the visa. Violation of the rules for the use of a visa is fraught with difficulties with further immigration. If you come to study, it is necessary to attend classes, as this is verified by the immigration service.

It is also impossible to break the rules regarding the opportunities for additional work, this can also have a negative impact on the immigration history. If you follow all the rules, you will have a positive and interesting experience.

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Mobile connection

You can buy a SIM card in any shop of a mobile operator. Here are the most popular operators:

In addition, a SIM card can be bought at almost any grocery store, like the Dairy Shop or in supermarkets. SIM cards are sold without money on the balance sheet, which means it needs to be replenished with some amount, usually from $ 20.

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Permanent residence

To reduce the cost of living, you can rent a house with someone. You can find ads for renting rooms on

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Electricity and gas

In New Zealand, the mass of energy companies offering different tariffs. You can choose any supplier that you like best. Here are some of the most popular examples:

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Internet

As with electricity, New Zealand has two major Internet service providers:

But as it often happens, their prices are far from the most “democratic”. For ease of searching and comparing Internet plans, we recommend using the Broadband compare service.

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Banks

To open an account in a New Zealand bank, you only need a passport and confirmation of your current residential address (an account in your name), or you can receive such confirmation by making a corresponding request at a bank branch. The most popular and large banks:

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Insurance

Free consultations in Russian for all types of insurance Svetlana Connolley:
+64 21 227 6597
Svetlana_connolley@amp.co.nz

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Products

You can purchase products in supermarket chains. Prices may vary from place to place, from season to season. In descending order of the average purchase price:

In addition, you can buy in Asian supermarkets, prices in which may be even slightly lower. In descending order of average purchase price:
– Fruit World
– Tai Ping
– Whenuapai
– Dahua
– Lim
– Fresh and Save

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IRD tax number

If you have come for a long time and are planning to make money in New Zealand in the future, you need to get a tax ID number, an analogue of the Russian tax ID. To do this, you need your passport and a copy,  and you need to go to any post office and fill out the appropriate form there. Addresses of post offices on the official website.

At the moment, an online IRD service is available, detailed information on the official website.

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Driver’s license

You can use your driver’s license for a year if you make a licensed translation of it. Phones of licensed translators:
Julia Potapova +6422 189 1234
Larisa Zhivykh +6421 890 345

During the year you need to convert your rights into New Zealand by passing exams. In this case, as well as in the case of obtaining new rights in the absence of previous ones, use the official site.

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Salaries

To estimate the approximate level of salaries in your area, you can follow the links:

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Job

You can start your job search from the most popular places where you can find jobs that interest you:

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Public transport

Routes and their numbers can be viewed on Google Maps. The full schedule, routes and cost of public transport can be found on the official website.

If you are a student, you can get a significant discount on the use of such transport. For details, contact your school.

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Vehicles

You can find a vehicle for purchase on Trademe website.

You can check the entire vehicle history by registration number at a convenient site.

You can check the entire vehicle history by registration number at a convenient site.

Registering a vehicle is easy. In New Zealand, you just need to come to any post office and fill out the appropriate form. A similar procedure is done by the seller. No additional procedures or documents are provided.

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Household purchases

On the main ad site of New Zealand you can find almost any TradeMe household items.
Or, you can get into the largest supermarket chain of household items The Warehouse.

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Weather

The weather in New Zealand is very changeable, so we recommend watching the forecast before planning trips or walks. For possible storm warnings, weather forecast, as well as conditions for surfing or navigation, see Met Service.

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Entertainment

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Immigration issues

All the immigration details are described in detail on the official website of Immigration New Zealand.

Also, if you have questions, you can contact us at Kiwi Education, and our licensed specialists will help you with all questions.

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Help Phones

Ambulance, firefighters and police in New Zealand are available through a single emergency number:
111

Our Auckland office phone:
+64 9 302 3077

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Social Networks Kiwi Education

Join our group on Facebook , where we post information about emerging job opportunities, housing and events, and students share their experiences and advice.

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Remember that plenty of useful information can be found on the Internet in general and on the Kiwi Education website in particular. If, for any reason, you could not find information that is important to you, contact us and we will help you.

We are sincerely happy to help our customers. Education, immigration, work, investment. We will not only select the most beneficial way for you to achieve your goal, but we can always make special, more favorable conditions.

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