- Balanced Lifestyle
Survey after survey proves New Zealand’s enviable work-life balance.
New Zealand performs “exceptionally well” for overall well-being says the OECD’, surveying the 36 most advanced economies.
The 2014 survey by Mercer, the global HR consultants, again ranked Auckland third in the world for ‘Quality of Living’, after Vienna and Zurich, and first in Asia Pacific and Australasia. Wellington scored well too, at 12th. A similar survey by the Economist Intelligence unit ranked Auckland 10th of 140 cities.
The UN ranks New Zealand sixth out of 187 countries on its latest Human Development Index.
On the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2013 ‘Where to be Born’ index, New Zealand has been ranked seventh, ahead of 70 countries including Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, UK and USA.
- Safe & Secure
New Zealand is rated in international surveys as one of the world’s most peaceful, least corrupt countries.
The 2013 Global Peace Index, which compares 162 countries for the risk of personal violence, has New Zealand as the world’s third safest country just after Iceland and Denmark.
Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perception Index ranks New Zealand the least corrupt country in the world, first equal with Denmark.
New Zealand is the perfect place to bring up children.
It’s stable, peaceful and safer than just about anywhere else in the world – in fact New Zealand rank third in the Global Peace Index. And there are wonderful opportunities for young people to grow up with easy access easy access to sports and outdoors, space and freedom: to ride horses, to run along open beaches, to swim in clean water, to walk through native forests and to truly experience the beauty of nature etc etc
Families in New Zealand get great support from a range of public services. They include access to welfare and support if someone has an accident or if either parent can’t work because of sickness or unemployment.
New Zealand offers an excellent education system. In fact, the OECD calls New Zealand a “top performing country” amongst developed nations for the quality of education.
Add in a safe learning environment and a healthy dose of the outdoor recreation available in the wide open spaces, and you have a recipe for producing resourceful and confident young adults ready to take on the world.
- Clean & Beautiful
Every country has a certain amount of natural beauty. New Zealand just happens to have loads of it.
Better still, it’s not just concentrated in a few remote corners. The great scenery of wide open spaces surrounds and inspires us, even in New Zealand’s biggest cities.
New Zealanders share a strong sense of guardianship (kaitiaki-tanga) for the environment. For example, New Zealand maintains robust controls over land development, fishing, water quality and conservation. And New Zealand has dedicated over 30% of the land area to national parks and other protected areas.
New Zealand has low population density and temperate climate. Size-wise New Zealand is slightly larger than the UK and slightly smaller than Japan. But New Zealand has a fraction of their populations, just 4.5m. So, on average you’ll find just 16 people for every square kilometre in New Zealand. That compares to 253 in the UK and 337 in Japan. While New Zealand gets her share of wild weather, her climate lacks the extremes that make getting into nature hard. New Zealand doesn’t have months of baking heat or intense snow: temperate climate which means relatively mild, wet winters and warm dry summers.
- A Warm Welcome
New Zealanders open their hearts to newcomers.
In fact, nine out of ten migrants find the welcome they receive meets or exceeds their expectations, according to a recent Immigration New Zealand survey.
New Zealanders know what it’s like arriving somewhere new. New Zealanders are great international travellers and nearly a quarter of New Zealanders were born outside New Zealand. Over 90% of New Zealanders feel some connection with another country through family, friends or interests.
The warmth and hospitality is also a product of the country’s size. New Zealanders don’t have to protect their private space by staying aloof. Quite the opposite – living on the edge of the world, New Zealanders prefer to reach out and make connections.
- Ease of Doing Business
According to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2013 report, New Zealand has been ranked top three economies among 189 economies in the following categories:
– Ease of Doing Business
– Starting a Business
– Registering Property
– Getting Credit
– Protecting Investors
If you wish to settle permanently in New Zealand you will need to apply for a Permanent Residence Visa or Permit. There are different ways of applying for a Permanent Residence Visa or Permit: Skilled, Investor, Entrepreneur and Family Migration.