Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience. Here at Abley we do our best to help you settle in quickly.

About New Zealand

New Zealand Culture

New Zealand culture is generally relaxed and supportive of people from all backgrounds. New Zealanders have a ‘can-do’ attitude and a willingness to get the job done. New Zealand is a multi-cultural country and a variety of sub-cultures exist throughout the country. New immigrants generally find it easy to integrate with New Zealand society and communities of people who have emigrated from a similar area can be found in most New Zealand cities.

The culture at Abley mirrors New Zealand culture in many ways. To read more about the culture at Abley click here.


The New Zealand Workplace

New Zealand workplaces can have a very different dynamic to other countries, particularly eastern cultures. A few things you will notice are that:

Here at Abley we encourage diversity in the workplace and we do our best to make sure that new recruits from different countries feel comfortable with the way in which they are expected to work.


You do not need a work visa to work in New Zealand if you are an Australian citizen, or the holder of a current Australian permanent residence visa including a current Australian resident return visa. If there are conditions on your residence visa/resident return visa, then you will require a work visa. These are the visa conditions for Australian citizens /permanent residence at the time of writing and should be checked through Immigration New Zealand to confirm they have not changed.

The Long-Term Skill Shortage List published by Immigration New Zealand specifies skills that are in demand in New Zealand. If you have either a Washington Accord degree in Civil Engineering or a Bachelor of Science specialising in Geography or Computer Science with two or more years of experience as a GIS specialist; you can apply for a working visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. If you don’t fit either of these criteria you can still apply for a work visa and if you are successful in your job application with us we can assist you with the paperwork. More details about applying for a New Zealand work visa can be found here.

The work visa application process can be simplified through using an immigration agent but this can be expensive.

Note that if your flights to New Zealand include a transfer in Australia, you may require a Transfer Visa. More details can be found here. This can be avoided by simply ensuring that your flights to New Zealand do not include Australian airports.

Medical Exams and Police Checks

A reasonable standard of health is required in order to enter New Zealand. For this reason, a medical certificate is required by applicants intending to stay in New Zealand for a reasonable length of time. More information about this can be found here. Note that the medical exam needs to be carried out by a physician approved by Immigration New Zealand. A list of such physicians can be found here.

You may also be required to present a Police Certificate from your country of origin and any other countries where you have resided for more than 12 months. More information can be found  here.


New Zealand has a world-class education system and ranked as the 16th best education system in the world in 2015. Education is state provided but there are additional overheads charged for class trips, stationary, extra-curricular activities and school donations. Integrated (semi-private) and privately run schools are also present in most New Zealand cities and fees of variable amounts are charged to attend these schools. Schools generally have zones attached to them where students are automatically able to attend the school. Out-of-zone students are also taken by most schools however this can be extremely competitive, particularly in areas like Auckland where certain school zones have very high housing prices. For more information on school zones click here. For more information on the New Zealand schooling system click here.


The traditional New Zealand diet is very similar to the British diet. Mainly it consists of vegetables, meat, dairy and carbohydrates like potatoes, bread and pasta.

In the last 25 years the ‘normal’ New Zealand diet has changed dramatically because of the influx of immigrants from different cultures. Most New Zealanders now eat a diet which includes food from a variety of cultures. Asian and Indian supermarkets are now common in most New Zealand cities and supermarkets stock a variety of products from different countries.

Outdoor Opportunities

New Zealand is well known for its abundance of outdoor opportunities including hiking, skiing, water sports, climbing and cycling. Hiking tracks exist throughout New Zealand with several great walks held in particularly high regard for their natural beauty. Ski fields also exist in both the North and South Islands. Water sports are popular in New Zealand with a majority of the population living close to the ocean. New Zealand has also begun development on a series of scenic cycleways which will eventually traverse the entire country. For information about more specific outdoor opportunities near our office locations click here for Auckland or here for Christchurch.