Why New Zealand
Rated fourth safest and most peaceful place in the world to live South Africa’s paltry 136th position points to the reason many South Africans are choosing to swap their home country for New Zealand.
“It’s surreal living here coming from somewhere like South Africa.
It is the most phenomenal lifestyle available,” Dr Willem Landman said to the government informational website ‘New Zealand Now’.
According to this site South Africa and New Zealand have many elements of a shared British colonial history in common, making it easier for people from South Africa to feel at home there.
Peaceful, politically stable and friendly, residents of the Southern most populated country get on well and families feel safe to come and go without the constant fear of crime, creating a great place to raise children.
Safe for families
Securing a better future for themselves and their children is one of the main reasons South Africans choose New Zealand.
One of the most important things we can offer families from South Africa is the luxury of feeling safe. Of course New Zealand isn’t completely void of crime but does not compare to the level of violence many South Africans have had to live with.
Politically, New Zealand is one of the most stable countries in the world with a form of proportional representation in their Parliament that ensures a wide range of opinions are heard and no group feels excluded.
Economically the country can look forward with confidence, thanks to a number of reforms over the last three decades and ongoing good management.
The quality of the education is another attraction for South Africans. 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).
Healthcare and public services are also top notch.
A beautiful country offering a lifestyle to envy
People in New Zealand enjoy a great lifestyle. A community of hard works have ensured economic growth – even while the rest of the world has suffered recessions!
But New Zealanders know how to strike a happy balance and with such amazing fauna and flora, hundreds of sporting and social events means they value their down time. 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.
Can I pack my flip flops?
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.
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.
Will it cost me an arm and a leg?
New Zealand’s costs of living compares to that of other westernized OECD countries. Some things will cost less than you’re used to, others will cost more.
Just like everywhere else, living in New Zealand cities costs more than living in smaller towns. It all depends on where in South Africa you’re coming from, and where in New Zealand you’re going to.
But the job opportunities makes it worth it!
Compared to many countries, New Zealand weathered the global recession relatively well. In fact, by December 2014, annual growth had risen to 3.3%, the fastest rate of expansion in six years and, according the New Zealand Treasury, one of the strongest performances in the OECD
Growth for 2015 is expected to be around 3%, falling back a little in 2016 and 2017.
In comparison, Statistics South Africa reported the Republic’s growth rate to June 2015 was 1.2%.
This means that more jobs are available too.
South African university graduates typically have no problem in having their qualifications and experience recognised by prospective Kiwi employers and there are several areas of the country where the job market is particularly strong.
If your skills are among those covered by the New Zealand skill shortages lists posted by Immigration New Zealand, your chances of finding work (and getting a visa) will be better. Even if your occupation isn’t on the list, there are lots of opportunities in New Zealand for skilled migrants.
Speak to your immigration specialist about qualifying for a New Zealand visa
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