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What the Kiwi’s say about moving to New Zealand from South Africa

The New Zealand government’s immigration website devoted a whole section of the website to South African’s considering making the move to their country. It is certainly not strange as Kiwi employers are notoriously fond of employing skilled and educated South Africans. Saffa’s (as South African’s are fondly referred to) are reputed to be hard workers with excellent experience, good ethics and seem to adapt well to life in New Zealand.

What The Kiwi’S Say About Moving To New Zealand From South Africa

“It’s surreal living here coming from somewhere like South Africa. It is the most phenomenal lifestyle available,” these are the thoughts of South African Dr Willem Landman about life in New Zealand compared to life in South Africa.

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What the New Zealand Government wants South African’s to know:

• Similar Background: Our countries have many elements of a shared British colonial history in common, says the website, adding that this makes it easier for people from South Africa to feel at home there.

• Politically Stable: New Zealand is a peaceful, politically stable and friendly country. People get on well together and families feel safe to come and go without the constant fear of crime.
“Politically, we’re very stable with a form of proportional representation in our Parliament that ensures a wide range of opinions are heard and no group feels excluded.”

• A Great Place to Raise Children: New Zealand is well known as one of the best countries in the world in which to raise children. Children have easy access to excellent healthcare, top notch schools and the country offers a safe and healthy environment for children to grow up in.

“The quality of the education is another attraction. A 2015 OECD report ranked New Zealand one of the world’s top 20 countries for ‘Average performance on international student achievement tests’ (measuring 15 year olds' competence with maths and science). And all eight of New Zealand’s universities appeared in the top 500 QS World University Rankings 2015/16 (50% of them in the top 250).”

• A Better Future through a Stronger Economy: South Africans often choose to live in New Zealand where they feel that the country offers a better future for themselves and their children.
“Economically our country can look forward with confidence, thanks to a number of reforms over the last three decades and ongoing good management.”

• Feeling Safe: “One of the most important things we can offer families from South Africa is the luxury of feeling safe. Of course we have crime, but we’re also a remarkably tolerant and easy-going society.
“In fact, the 2015 Global Peace Index which compares 158 countries for the risk of personal violence rated us the world’s fourth safest country, just after Iceland, Denmark and Austria. South Africa came in 136th. We count ourselves very lucky.”

• A Life Style Second to None: “People in New Zealand enjoy a great lifestyle. We work hard and are keen to succeed, for sure. But we also guard our time away from work jealously. Workmates and employers alike respect the fact that you have a life outside the office, to pursue your own interests or simply to share in quality time with your family.”

• The Weather Works for South Africans: “Like South Africa, New Zealand has a temperate climate much influenced by the seas that surround us. But being such a long and skinny country, the weather you can expect depends very much on where in New Zealand you are.

“The north is sub-tropical with temperatures probably very near to what you’re used to in South Africa. In New Zealand’s south, it’s cooler and many areas get winter snow and great skiing (although summertime temperatures in these parts can soar). The great mountains of the South Island also help ensure reliable rainfall and snowmelt for the hydroelectric plants that provide much of our energy.

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• You’ll Still Have a Good View: “While South Africa has lots of spectacular scenery, New Zealand will impress you with the sheer diversity of sights - glorious sandy surf beaches, great native forests, snow-clad, mountains, lakes, rivers and fjords. Because they’re all in a country less than a quarter the size of South Africa they’re easy to get to.”

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