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    Default Tips to make your 1st month living in NZ a piece of cake...

    Hey all!

    I arrived here in Welly on July 19th after a tiring flight. Since then I have done the following that has gotten me past all the set up stuff for my new life. It's worked out well for me so I figured I'd write up a quick list for all of you who will be arriving soon for your big move to NZ! I did this in this actual order...

    a) DON'T get a contract cel phone as they are too expensive and don't give you enough included minutes. Get a Vodaphone pre-pay account with Text2000 as an addon. Once you meet someone nice.. i.e. your new best friend or a new mate (Girlfriend in my case), order Vodafon's BestMate option for $6.00/month for UNLIMITED calls to them/month. It's a good deal for NZ.

    b) Set up a local bank account: I picked ANZ bank because they also own National Bank and between both, there's no ATM fees for either bank. Get an F-POS card! They are well needed here!

    c) Apply for your IRD number!!! Apply for your IRD number! If you need it fast for your employer, request them to expedite it in writing via fax.

    d) Set up a www.Skype.com VOiP account for cheap long distance called for outside and inside NZ! (yes it's costs far less to use Skype for LD calls within NZ!). AND get a skype tested headset for fun VOiP calls to your friends back home for dirt cheap. It's 2.1 cents/min from NZ to USA/Canada/UK/most of Europe and Australia...

    e) Set up an account at http://www.xetrade.com for international cash transfers. It's sort of cumbersome to get it setup at first, but once you do you'll be very thankful! XEtrade's local NZ account is held at "National Bank" (wink wink, nodd nodd) - see letter "b" makes things e-z when sending your $ to them.

    f) NZ Credit history: Like me, you will have none here but's important to build it up the sooner the better! Even if you had perfect longstanding credit where you came from it does not matter anymore nor does it transfer to NZ. So once you get settled in, get a Qantas Classic Visa card from ANZ bank for earning miles on Qantas. Qantas flies everywhere Air NZ does within NZ, but more places outside of NZ! If you are a PR holder & are employed with a decent salary it should be e-z get one, otherwise on a 30 mth WTR permit/visa (like me), you'll need to show your passport, work permit stamp, a NZ pay stub and your full time perm job offer letter to get an ANZ Qantas Visa card. Be forewarned, pay off your balance on this card each month or you'll be hit with a 19% APR on it.

    g) For US citizens (like me), organize all your receipts from your expenses for your move to NZ as well as the receipts from any RECCY trip you took. Most everything is a tax write off with the IRS. (see the IRS for more info)

    h) DO get a local land phone if you can share it with one or more persons. It will save you on those pricey outgoing cel phone calls.

    i) Sometime sooner vs. later and for free parking and dirt cheap petrol costs, I got a scooter for my job commute to the Wellington CBD. It's fun, and gives you freedom on weekends to explore the town while parking your bike anywhere! Vroom Vroooom! Otherwise, get a car but be forewarned about parking $$$$$$$ and petrol costs!

    j) Apply for a TradeMe (www.trademe.co.nz) account - it's worth it. You can bid on cheap stuff among other things as this is the "Ebay" of NZ!


    Hope this helps and congrats to all you soon-to-be new NZ arrivals.
    If you will be coming to Welly, let me know so we can meet up for a coffee!

    Cheers,

    John
    Last edited by skibumwa; 29th August 2007 at 12:48 AM. Reason: typo

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    Excellent post and great advice John!

    I am a big fun of Skype too..I am using for free from the States for all international calls.

    cheers:Anna

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    Thanks for sharing your info, would like to mention that a few of your points read a bit biased to me i.e. you seem to be recommending certain specific companies when there are others that are equally good or some members may think are better for their circumstances.

    So would say that your points are valid but the specifics may vary on a per person basis.

    b) Set up a local bank account: I picked ANZ bank because they also own National Bank and between both, there's no ATM fees for either bank. Get an F-POS card! They are well needed here!
    It's actually an EFTPOS card (Electronic Funds Transper at Point of Sale), thought I would mention this as I could see someone asking for the wrong thing

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibumwa View Post


    Qantas flies everywhere Air NZ does within NZ, but more places outside of NZ!
    Huh?
    Qantas doesn't fly to Dunedin, Invercargill, Timaru, Greymouth, Nelson, Napier, Taupo, New Plymouth and many other NZ airports

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    They have partner airlines that fly within NZ.. trust me...

    Also Qantas flies to more international destinations by far over Air NZ.

    Quote Originally Posted by aggelon View Post
    Huh?
    Qantas doesn't fly to Dunedin, Invercargill, Timaru, Greymouth, Nelson, Napier, Taupo, New Plymouth and many other NZ airports

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibumwa View Post
    They have partner airlines that fly within NZ.. trust me...

    Also Qantas flies to more international destinations by far over Air NZ.
    Who are these partner airlines flying within NZ? I haven't come across them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibumwa View Post
    They have partner airlines that fly within NZ.. trust me...

    Also Qantas flies to more international destinations by far over Air NZ.
    there have been recent threads on here from people who have flown into NZ on quantas, and then could NOT get a connecting flight on a domestic flight with any carrier but air NZ, and thus had to pay extra baggage costs etc because they were not on a Quantas connecting flight (did not exist) so thats something to watch out for.

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    Thanks to everyone on this thread for the really useful information. We want to ship our car and (ALL) personal effects, but I was interested in the insurance process.

    Does anyone know if, for car or home insurance, the no-claim history can be used in NZ to reduce the initial cost? Also, any good and reasonable insurance companies?

    Kind regards, Russ and Viv

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    Certainly the proof on no claims discount from the UK is honoured in NZ, so would expect they would also accept other countries that have similar systems.

    I seem to recall that they also offered discount for home insurance, but took our word for it?

    As with all insurance companies, need to shop around to get the best deals. Most seem to give a discount if you take more than one policy with them e.g. house and car.

    You can also get protected no claims if you shop around, for some companies you have to wait for a year first though.

    Can recommend AMI, sure there are plenty of other good companies also.

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibumwa View Post
    They have partner airlines that fly within NZ.. trust me...
    True, but still only between Auckland, Wellington, Rotorua, ChCh and Queenstown
    http://www.qantas.com.au/content/dyn/routemaps/nz/index

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