New Zealand has always been one of the top countries to emigrate
to. As ‘New Zealand Now’ says “The pace is relaxed, the people are friendly and the
prospects are great”.
Caroline Ryan, Licensed Immigration adviser said New Zealand attracts well over 100,000 people a year and for good reason one being that violence and crime are less of an issue here.
New Zealand has recently been named the second most peaceful
country in the world in the Global Peace Index, way ahead of Australia. Although our location isolates us from the
rest of the world’s troubles, Australia had increased its military expenditure
and weapons imports resulting in a lower score than New Zealand.
The report ‘measures the “peacefulness” of 163 countries with
a range of measures including military spending and deaths from conflict and
terrorism, as well as an estimated economic cost of violence’.
Apart from New Zealand’s scenic beauty, there is a unique
culture, a great work/life balance, wonderful climate for outdoor living,
excellent educational standards, affordable living costs and
investment/entrepreneur opportunities. New Zealand also has a long tradition
of relatively calm political debate.
New Zealand has become a
very culturally diverse country. From the 1980s noticeably a wide range of
ethnic groups have been encouraged to settle here and New Zealand is now much
Hindi is the fourth most
common language in New Zealand, after English, Māori and Samoan.
Zealand has a migrant settlement strategy which supports recent migrants to
settle well. The
Strategy provides for settlement information and services to support migrants
in five areas:
There are many different
areas to choose where to live in New Zealand. Different lifestyles, job
opportunities and services are variable across the regions and cities.
Migrants are helped by
the Settlement Strategy to choose an area that suits their skills and
expectations. All areas have the same
unique features that make New Zealand stand out in the world.
Northland is a popular
place to live with its sub-tropical climate and scenic beauty. Auckland, New
Zealand’s largest city is the country’s commercial hub and one of the world’s
most liveable cities. The Waikato, base of the dairy industry is a rich
agricultural and pastoral area. Gisborne with its beautiful forests is popular
for surfing and fishing and a centre for wine and agriculture. The Bay of
Plenty has some of the country’s most fertile land while the Hawkes Bay with
its extensive vineyards and large orchards is renowned for its horticulture.
Wellington, a compact
city is built on dramatic hills with a deep water port and beautiful
And that is just the
North Island. The South Island boasts dramatic
mountains and rivers, remote beaches, vast plains, national parks, majestic
scenery and unique cities full of character.
Wherever migrants settle
they will notice a vibrant country which although inherited much from its
British settlers, has established its own identity away from the settlers with
a focus on its relationship with Pacific and Asian neighbours and has continued
successfully to retain its reputation as being one of the most peaceful
countries in the world.