How living in New Zealand compares
Our countries have many elements of a shared British colonial history in common. They make it easier for people from South Africa to feel at home here.
We’re also a peaceful, stable and friendly country. Wealth is relatively evenly distributed and families feel safe to come and go without the constant fear of crime. And we’re a great place to be bringing up children. That’s why, when it’s their time to start a family, so many ex-pat Kiwis return
A lifestyle to envy
People in New Zealand enjoy a great lifestyle. We work hard and are keen to succeed, for sure. But we also guard our time away from work jealously. 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.
New Zealand's skill shortages
There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as construction, engineering, IT and medicine. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.
If your job is on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, the work visa application process is likely to be faster. And you may even be able to apply for a resident visa.