Family of 5 heading to NZ.

I received an email today from a family of 5 currently in the French Polynesia.  They plan on spending a year in New Zealand.  Here are his questions:

Did you get a work permit while in New Zealand?  Is it difficult to get?  Where is the best place to be with children ages 8-12 so that we may put them in school?


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Spent the last 5 years of our lives floating around the globe. Amazing how much we have seen, experienced and lived through. Sharing the experience and knowledge with others out there or planning on making the jump.
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3 Responses to Family of 5 heading to NZ.

  1. says:

    Not exactly the answers you were looking for but food for thought anyway….

    Come to Norfolk Island instead..its fantastic living here..just ask Michele..she popped by last year..sure its small but the community does an amazing job at keeping a great events calender…we are rarely bored. The school is great and the children completely own their environment. Its totally safe, and the beach in summer (all 7 months of it) is heavenly.

    Lucy Janssens Norfolk Island.

    • sailingmoms says:

      It would be a desired location if only Norfolk Island had a safe harbour :). I do recommend a stop, if possible, to Norfolk island if the weather is right. Norfolk island is on my top 5 favorite places I visited.

  2. Toast says:

    Getting a work visa is a matter of having a skill on their list. There is a point system, required medical testing, and the process can be very time consuming. If you are considering this path, I encourage getting started immediately on figuring out if you will qualify. Our application took 3 mo but was relatively easy as we were both on the Skilled Migrants Category.

    The second question is easier. If you do have a work visa, your children are required to attend school for free in their zone unless you file oodles of paperwork to keep them at home. A year in New Zealand schools, however, can be a very fun “year aboard” for boat kids. Your biggest expense will be a start up cost of up to $325 New Zealand for uniforms since all NZ schools wear uniforms. If you do not have a work visa, the cost is generally about $10K per child per year for an International Student status which nearly all schools, primary through college (their high school) accept.

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