Re-starting your life in New Zealand

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 by admin
Hallowween is celebrated in New Zealand, Photograph by Sherelee Clarke.

Hallowween is celebrated in New Zealand, Photograph by Sherelee Clarke.

When you finally arrive the big rush starts to get your life in New Zealand going. The sooner you can get your life back into a familiar routine, the easier it is going to be to adapt to your new surroundings.

This is especially true for the kids. You want as little disruption to their routine as possible. The sooner they are back in school, making friends, etc. The sooner they will settle in to their new lives as Kiwis.

Below you will find a checklist which will help your remember all the important things that need to be taken care of :

Starting up in New Zealand

First Day

Pick up rental car
Book in at initial accommodation
Unpack and settle in
Find nearest supermarket and petrol station
Buy Sim card for phone and let everybody know you have arrived safely
Ensure everybody knows the emergency contact no (111)

First Week

Let the work know you have arrived / Start looking for work
Convert driver’s licenses
Register with IRD
Go see estate agents for longer term housing
Drive around often to get a feel for your new surroundings
Set up Internet on your phone / laptop so you can remain in contact with family and potential employers
Look for a car to purchase
Activate / Open bank account
Inform your immigration agent that you have arrived if required

First Month

Arrange longer term accommodation
Take out any required insurance (car, house contents, etc.)
Arrange Landline phone
Arrange Electricity
Let the container company know the delivery address
Let the pet shipping company know your address
Update your contact details with all employment agencies
Buy Freeview decoder or have Sky connected
Arrange Kindy and enroll kids at school
Register at the local doctor
Buy / rent any essentials you need around the house
If you don’t have work yet – get out of the house and POUND THE STREETS until you do have work, NEVER GIVE UP. UNTIL YOU HAVE WORK, YOUR JOB IS TO FIND A JOB!!!!!


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