Moving to New Zealand

There are numerous companies offering load shipping to New Zealand, but we make sure that you get a fast and efficient service.

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. New Zealand is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of New Zealand.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials), a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your load shipping to New Zealand easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to New Zealand . For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; Immigration New Zealand


Population; 4,035,461 (July 2005 est.)

Location; Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia

Geography; total area: 268,680 sq km. The terrain is predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains

Climate; temperate with sharp regional contrasts

Language; English (official), Maori (official)

Currency; New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Government; Unicameral House of Representatives - commonly called Parliament

Religion; Anglican 14.9%, Roman Catholic 12.4%, Presbyterian 10.9%, Methodist 2.9%, Pentecostal 1.7%, Baptist 1.3%, other Christian 9.4%, other 3.3%, unspecified 17.2%, none 26% (2001 census)

Economy and jobs

Work permit; Work Visa and Permit applications are very complex, require careful handling and must meet a high threshold of proof that there are no local workers available to fill the position.

Finding work; Getting a job in New Zealand may be a challenge if you have not arranged work before arriving. The more experience and qualifications you have to offer, the better your chances will be in securing a position. However, even well qualified migrants may take six or more months to find suitable employment.
It is also common for highly qualified migrants to accept more junior positions than they held at home. Disappointing as this may be, it does provide new migrants with the New Zealand work experience most employers demand. These difficulties tend to diminish with time, but it is important to be prepared for a period of adjustment during at least the first year of residence.

Moving to New Zealand

Visas & Passport; If you have made the decision to come to New Zealand to live, work, invest, or study, you will need to apply and be approved for a Visa.
There are many types of visas issued for temporary purposes, for which an application may be made. The type of visa determines whether you are eligible to come to New Zealand for a particular purpose for a defined time period, they include;
Skilled Migrant
Temporary Work
Work to residence
Employee of a locating Company
Working Holiday
Business Inverter, Entrepreneur
Long-term Business Visa/Permit (LTBV)
Employees of a Business Relocating to New Zealand (EBR - Residence)
Studying in New Zealand
Family Assessment

Residence; Immigration policy changes and required point increases are making it increasingly harder for some people to meet the latest requirements. You will find that immigration policy changes rapidly and frequently as our Government responds to the changing needs of New Zealand . It is therefore critical that you receive current advice direct from within New Zealand , with the latest information.
Using every possible opportunity to ensure you are well informed about the New Zealand immigration requirements is imperative.
The New Zealand Immigration Service has a set of guidelines for determining if you would qualify for residence. These can be reviewed in detail by visiting their website at

Pets and animals; All animals must come through Auckland International Airport and most are subject to quarantine. They must have typically spent at least 6 months freely resident in Briton, and will require full vaccinations and a subcutaneous identity chip.

Living in New Zealand

Renting; The majority of migrants choose to rent a house (long or short term) when they first arrive in New Zealand . The benefits of initially renting a house far out-weigh any long term financial benefits of owning a home when first shifting to New Zealand . People who have obtained permanent residency to New Zealand usually arrive with little understanding of the good (and not so good) areas to reside in, or which part of the country will offer the best employment or education opportunities suitable to them. For these reasons short or medium term rental allows a new migrant the freedom to move to different parts of a suburb, town, city or even the country without being committed to a mortgage or owning a home that is no longer suitable to their family requirements.
Furnished apartments are available and usually come equipped with everything you need. However, the vast majority of homes available for rent are unfurnished (although they will usually have curtains, carpet and a cooker) so if you are planning on staying on a more permanent basis bringing your belongings from home is probably more cost-efficient in the end.

Education; New Zealand is generating worldwide recognition as a country that provides quality education to New Zealand and international students. From early childhood education through to polytechnic and university, New Zealand offers a professionally unique learning environment.

Health; Compared to 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.