Moving to New Zealand from Ireland

Looking for somewhere the prospects are good and you can secure a better future for yourself and your family? Look no further than New Zealand.

How living in New Zealand compares

There’s a lot to make you feel at home in New Zealand. We speak the same language and we share a lot of history and many traditions. With roughly the same population as the Republic of Ireland spread over four times the land area, you’ll find more wide open spaces.

But perhaps the biggest difference you’ll notice is economic. Although we didn’t escape the global recession, we’ve come through relatively well. 

A great work/life balance

New Zealanders like to get ahead on the job as much as anyone else. But life away from work is just as important to us. So we balance things out by making space for social activities, family time and enjoying the huge range of recreational opportunities available.

New Zealand's skill shortages

There’s a positive ‘can do’ attitude and good opportunities for work, especially in certain parts of New Zealand and for people with particular skills we need. There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as construction, engineering, IT and healthcare. 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.

More information

Deciding to move to a new country is a big decision. To learn more about the great quality of life you could have in New Zealand, visit our Living in NZ and Working in NZ sections. 

Real opportunities. Real life.

  • Jobs in NZ

    Chronic skill shortages

    Our economy is among the strongest in the OECD. We have skill shortages in over 150 professions.

  • Job opportunities

    Opportunities to advance

    Our flatter business structures mean you’ll be closer to senior people and able to prove yourself.

  • Living in NZ

    Enjoy work-life balance

    Spend more time with family and friends. We consistently lead quality of life surveys.

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