Kea is passionate about supporting our global community of Kiwi explorers. We know a number of our community are looking to move home to Aotearoa in the near future. To help with this transition, we’ve put together a list of useful guides and resources to help you plan your journey home.
Advice on moving:
- SafeTravel guide for coming home – Advice for New Zealanders overseas
- Immigration NZ advice for moving to New Zealand - Practical advice to make your dream a reality
- Customs New Zealand advice - Advice if you are moving here for the first time or returning after more than 21 months away
- Mobile Relocation’s ‘Move to New Zealand’ checklist - A free checklist to help you systematically consider both logistical and emotional facets of the move
- Moving home to Aotearoa? Here’s what you need to know – Kea and BNZ hosted a webinar that touched on important advice on finances, including how to open a bank account from offshore, the relocation process and five things that should be top of your checklist, and key items to bring home or leave behind
- Finding a home – BNZ have collated a list of everything that you need to think about when looking to take that first step in buying a house.
- Applying for a mortgage – once you’ve found the home you want, BNZ have listed everything you should consider when applying for a mortgage in New Zealand.
- Immigration advice on moving non-NZ family to Aotearoa – explore the different visa options and what to be aware of when moving non-NZ family home to New Zealand with you.
- To plan or not to plan? How do we manage the move? – Tricia Alach explores what she considers to be the four main phases of planning involved when moving country.
- Moving your finances to New Zealand – Finance experts at BNZ give 10 tips you need to know if you’re thinking of moving your life back to New Zealand.
- Helping expat kids make the successful move to New Zealand – Mobile Relocation Experts three top tips for helping your kids manage the move to New Zealand.
- Preparing your kids for the move back to New Zealand – Tips on helping your children adapt to New Zealand.
- Breeze through biosecurity - We want your trip home to go as smoothly as possible, so we have teamed up with Biosecurity New Zealand to bring you five tips to get through biosecurity as quickly as possible.
- Everything you need to know about engaging a recruitment agency - Many of our global community often have questions about the recruitment process, so to help answer the most common questions we spoke to Carly Ford from HainesAttract
Once you’re here
- Job hunting in the New Zealand market - New Zealand can be quite a unique market when it comes to careers and we often hear from returners who struggle to adjust their skills and experience to suit. To get advice on how best to prepare we caught up with Adelene Lynch from Kerridge & Partners.
- Can you work it? Tips on navigating a return to working in NZ – Returning to New Zealand to work after building a career abroad can be challenging. We walk you through everything you need to consider when making the transition.
- DLA Piper: Advice for Returning Kiwis – DLA Piper provides information on everything you need to consider from a legal perspective when coming home to New Zealand.
Kea member stories of coming home
New Zealand awash with tech opportunities - Maz Kassis and his wife chose to move to New Zealand after hearing neighbours talk about what a great place it was to raise children.
- Cricket the catalyst for returning Kiwi - James Gemmell on relocating a young family, and why it’s exciting time for those seeking opportunities back home.
- For the love of language - the Kiwi lifestyle beckoned Ethan Jones and his Chinese partner back to New Zealand after several years working in Shanghai
- Foreign, female and changing the face of the NBA - Chelsea Lane talks us through getting a job with an NBA franchise, the Championship winning Golden State Warriors.
- “New Zealand really casts a spell on you” - American born Jonathan Jolly came to New Zealand as part of an OE several years ago, and has recently moved returned to Wellington.
- Work-life balance top of mind for returning Kiwi - After living in multiple countries for over 24 years, we spoke to Richard Wooton about his decision to return home with his Japanese wife and family
- Snap decision pays off for returning Kiwi - Rebekah Campbell had lived offshore for more than 20 years before deciding to return home with an Aussie husband and two young children while on a tramp in during a Christmas holiday in New Zealand
- The best of both worlds - Annabel Causer left New Zealand in 2012 and set up two highly successful businesses overseas before bringing one home to New Zealand
- Returned Kiwi sets sight on brewing rebellion - Grant and Nicky Caunter talk us through creating New Zealand’s first alcohol free brewery after moving home from Amsterdam
- Remote working opens door for return home - Karen Thompson speaks to us about bringing her job, her partner and her dogs back to New Zealand after living overseas for over three decades.
- Opportunities aplenty in Aotearoa - Travis Harris left New Zealand for his OE back in 2011. Ten years later he returned home to discover New Zealand has changed quite a lot.
For business resources to help you start your business in New Zealand, or manage your global business from New Zealand, click here.
Facebook groups to join
Here is a list of relevant Facebook groups to help you connect with the Kiwi community migrating back to New Zealand.