Useful information for migrants

If you are thinking of immigration to New Zealand or if you are in the process of doing so, you may find the following links helpful.

Migrant social clubs in New Zealand

There are several migrant social clubs in New Zealand, where you can meet other migrants, to share information and tips or to help you to settle in your “new” country or just to have a good time with.


ACC – The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) administers New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme, which provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand.
In return people do not have the right to sue for personal injury, other than for exemplary damages.

This means if you suffer any injury in New Zealand, whatever the cause and whoever is at fault, you will be entitled to free medical and possibly other care, plus a proportion of your salary while you convalesce, and/or compensation.

This also means that in New Zealand, even if they are at fault, you cannot sue someone for causing you injury as the ACC scheme replaces the right to sue for damages.

Read all details at the website of ACC

What NOT to bring with you to New Zealand

New Zealand has strict laws concerning the import of organic material of any kind and if you plan to bring animals, animal product, plants or plant products, furniture made of organic material such as wood, cane, rattan or any souvenirs made from animal products/taxidermist products, best is to check what you can bring and cannot bring with you at the website of the NZ Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry: MAF

If you are not sure about the goods that you bring, best is to declare your goods instead of hoping for the best for when NZ Customs finds any goods that are not allowed in New Zealand that have not been declared, you will get fined.

Pregnacy and Childbirth in New Zealand

Most Midwifes Collectives provide the following services free:

  • Pregnancy testing, blood testing and ultrasound scans
  • Continuity of midwife care throughout pregnancy, birth and first 6 weeks with your new baby
  • Choice of birth venue – hospital, home, water-birth
  • Specialist obstetrician if required
  • Breastfeeding support and information

For more info, visit New Zealand Midwifery & Childbirth Care – New Zealand College of Midwifes

More info about this subject at Baby WebNZ

Temporary Tax Exemption for Foreign Income

Since 3 April 2006, returning New Zealanders and new immigrants to NZ have had the opportunity to have an automatic temporary tax exemption for most types of foreign income (part of the Taxation (Depreciation, Payment Dates Alignment, FBT, and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill).

The legislation focuses on these two key points:
1) to minimise the cost of New Zealand employers who hire employees from overseas with certain types of foreign income, and
2) to encourage people to consider New Zealand as a viable and competitive place to live and work when deliberating moving and working to a different country and making it easy to make use of the temporary exemption (it’s automatic).

Please visit the IRD web site using the link below for more detailed information:
IRD Temporary Tax Exemption

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