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Short and Long Term Accommodation
Accommodation is available on site at the Greenlane Clinical Centre, called the “Greenlane Staff Residence”, for those working at Auckland City Hospital or Starship Hospital. For information on the Greenlane Staff Residence, please click here.
Greenlane Staff Residences office is only open on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12pm-5pm and is by appointment only (this is the only time and days you will be able to view the Staff Residences and for checking in and checking out). The last check in time is at 4:30pm.
For further information on the Greenlane Staff Residence, please email: GLStaffRes@adhb.govt.nz
For those working at Middlemore Hospital, please visit Middlemore apartments and Rosella Studios which are close to the hospital. http://www.studiohomes.nz/south-auckland/
There are also a number of serviced apartments, and letting options close to the hospital and in surrounding suburbs.
For further information about serviced apartments in the Manukau area, please contact LJ Hooker Rental Apartments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.accommodation.nz.com/auckland/hotel/ (directory of hotels in Auckland)
http://www.manz.co.nz/ (directory of motels in Auckland)
Rental housing prices and quality vary and it is always advisable to visit a property personally before signing a Tenancy Agreement (also known as a lease). First appearances can be deceptive – make sure you check the basics. Parts of New Zealand can be cold and houses that do not get a lot of direct sun may have problems with dampness during the winter months. Factors such as proximity to transport, shops and schools, as well as the general feel of the neighbourhood, also need to be taken into account.
It is a good idea to find out about all your legal rights and responsibilities well before signing a lease. Tenancy services can help you with this.
Most rental properties are unfurnished, apart from an oven, a laundry facility and things like curtains and carpet. In some cases, you may have to provide your own heater.
Demand for good quality rentals is high. It may take some time to find a suitable property and, when you do, you will usually have to make a quick decision. To get a better idea about rental prices in Auckland have a look at the Department of Building and Housing
Housing stocks are extensive and provide an unusual range of opportunity for those seeking to match their home to a particular lifestyle. Rural 'lifestyle blocks' comprising custom-built homes with several acres of farmland are particularly popular. Most offer easy access to the main urban centres. City housing ranges from restored villas, dating from the early 1900s, to modern suburban homes with large gardens, or 'sections' as they are termed in New Zealand. Inner city apartments, featuring the latest in metropolitan living, have also become a feature of the major cities.
Most urban homes are stand-alone and are either built of wood or brick. Although many are insulated, most do not have central heating or double-glazed windows. Most have open fires, wood burners, gas or electrical heating.
Prices for homes in New Zealand vary considerably. A lot depends on where they are located - homes in Auckland, for example, are generally more expensive than homes in Wellington. House prices in smaller cities and towns tend to be less expensive. Costs also vary within neighbourhoods and it is important to find out as much as possible about an area before purchasing.
There are many areas in Auckland that are great to live in. We tend to recommend that doctors live more centrally – so anywhere within this circle would be fine. Let our team know if you’re looking at a particular suburb outside here and we can let you know about it.
Please note that as per the terms and conditions of your employment contract, it is a requirement that you are competent in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and you will be required to provide evidence or certify that you have completed a CPR/ACLS that meets the NZ Resuscitation Council requirements within the last 12 months.
If you are working at:
Waitemata DHB: You can contact Sharron Grevers (Sharron.Grevers@waitematadhb.govt.nz) for further information.
Auckland DHB: You can contact Arlene De La Cruz (email@example.com) for further information.
Counties Manukau DHB: You can contact RMO Unit (RMOUnit.CMDHB@middlemore.co.nz) for further information.
You may find that some things in New Zealand early childhood services are different from services you had in your home country. The sorts of things that you may find different are:
Ask questions when you visit early childhood education services. It is important that you understand how your child will be taught. The early childhood teachers will be happy to explain how equipment and activities are used to develop your child’s thinking and learning.
Most telecommunication companies have their own Internet Service Provider associated with them and offer packages for phone, internet and where available, digital TV. However you are not obliged to accept any package offered regardless of who is supplying the actual physical connection. There are many independent ISP’s easily searchable on the internet.
There are two major providers of mobile phone services in New Zealand – Telecom and Vodafone. Both companies offer a range of different phone brands and payment plans. These include pre-paid plans (where you pay-as-you-go) or a contract plan (where you pay a set monthly rental fee). Other providers are 2degrees and slingshot.
For more information visit:
Schooling is available to children from five years old, and is compulsory from ages six to 16.
The Auckland urban area has 340 primary schools, 80 secondary schools, and 29 composite (primary/secondary combined) schools as of February 2012, catering for nearly quarter of a million students. The New Zealand school year usually runs from the end of January to mid-December, and is divided into four terms. Both single-sex and coeducational schooling options are available and state (public) schools are secular.
Primary education starts at Year 1 and continues until Year 8, with Years 7 and 8 mostly offered at either a primary or a separate intermediate school.
Secondary education covers Years 9 to 13, (during which students are generally aged 13 to 17). Most secondary students in New Zealand attend Government-funded schools. These are called secondary schools, high schools, colleges or area schools.
Most schools are taught in English, but some schools teach in Maori.
Here is some information about the school structure in New Zealand. Schools are divided into state, state-integrated and private schools. State schools are publically funded, state-integrated typically tend to have some individual characteristics they want to keep but gain partial public funding (i.e. a catholic school) and private schools aren’t funded by the government.
When looking for a school you should check the school’s decile rating. This indicates the extent to which it draws its students from low socio-economic communities. Decile 1 schools are the 10% of schools with the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic communities, whereas decile 10 schools are the 10% of schools with the lowest proportion of these students. A list of schools with their current deciles as well as their contact details is available on the Directory of Educational Institutions (web address: http://www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/directory).
Additionally, you should check the Education Review Office (ERO) report for the school to see how the school rated when most recently reviewed.
Many schools in Auckland are zoned and so you will need to live in a certain area for your children to go to them. You can search for a particular area / school here.
New Zealand's higher education offers a wide range of degree, diploma and certificate courses in many fields.
New Zealand universities are internationally recognized, their qualifications are respected, and students studying here will benefit from full immersion in the English language. There are seven state-funded universities in New Zealand.
Some useful education links for you to look at:
http://www.teamup.co.nz/ For information on schooling in New Zealand, contains comprehensive information; from Early Childhood to Secondary School.
http://www.minedu.govt.nz/ New Zealand Ministry of Education
www.auckland.ac.nz The University of Auckland District Health Board
www.aut.ac.nz Auckland University of Technology
http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/home.cfm Massey University
Though New Zealand seems very far away and the flights do take a long time, check with your travel agent for some good options for stopovers – you can see quite a lot on your way here – Asia especially; as most flights will be routed via it.
Here's a quick guide to New Zealand's airports and the airlines that fly into, and around, the country.
Auckland - First City of the Pacific and New Zealand's largest and liveliest city.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city.
Approximately 1.7 million people reside in the greater Auckland area. This represents over 30% of the population of the whole country.
The city, suburbs and gulf islands cover an area of 637km2.
Auckland is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbours, and is surrounded by extinct volcanoes and picturesque islands. The city is known as the 'City of Sails' because of a great number of yachts that sail in the harbours and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.
English is the main written and spoken language.
Maori, Polynesian and Asian languages are also spoken.
The climate is temperate, with warm summers (averaging over 24 degrees) and cooler winters (averaging 16 degrees).
The summer months are between December and March.
The prevailing wind is westerly.
Auckland is the retail and commercial centre of New Zealand. Auckland is also the 'gateway' to New Zealand for tourism and immigration.
For more information regarding Auckland and its suburbs please visit:
Auckland, known as the "City of Sails" enjoys the vibrancy of an urban lifestyle alongside the tranquil settings of parks and beaches. With a population of 1.3 million people, Auckland has a bustling centre with activities galore, from international concerts and sporting events to cultural festivals and celebrations. Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in New Zealand with a dynamic mix of Maori (indigenous people of New Zealand), European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures.
Uniquely set between two harbours, amongst 11 extinct volcanoes and numerous islands in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland offers dozens of beaches to enjoy within minutes of the city - or you can venture a little further afield to sail the harbour or explore the wild West Coast surf beaches. Whether you are looking for extreme adventure or a quiet morning coffee and a browse in the local market, there's always something to do in Auckland.
With a temperate climate and plenty of sunshine, Auckland enjoys long warm summers and relatively mild winters. Enjoy an outdoor lifestyle all year round with after work and weekend social and competitive sports clubs or build a deck and enjoy barbeques with your new friends!
Getting around Auckland
To get around the city and Aucklands suburbs check out Auckland Transport website.
If you want to explore the wider Auckland region, get away from the city for the weekend or take a trip there's plenty of great rental car companies to choose from Jucy, Apex, Budget, Avis and Thrifty to name a few!
AA Travel is a great website to check out before you go travelling around Aotearoa!
Things to do in Auckland
There is always something happening in Auckland whether it be Music or the Arts. There are many Gig Guides with great events! Here's a few to get you started: Under the Radar, Auckland Theatre company, NZ Ballet, NZ Orchestra, NZ Opera, Auckland Council Events, Bfm Entertainment Guide.
Auckland has so many great places to eat and drink; with many award winning Cafe's and Restuarants to choose from its hard to decide where to go sometimes! Zomato, Metro Top 50 Restaurants and Taste, are just a few sites that will help with your decision.
Auckland has amazing beaches and waterways; from the Manukau Harbour to the white sandy beaches of the Hauraki Gulf and the wild West Coast there is something for everyone! Guide to Auckland Beaches and Top 10 Beaches.
Event Tickets: To purchase tickets for all the great events happening in Auckland check out these great sites! Ticketmaster, Ticketek, Eventfinder, Frontier Touring and Real Groovy are just a small selection.
Auckland is also a great City if you love the outdoors! From Hunua, Awhitu, Tawharanui, Wenderholm, Shakespeare to the Waitakere Ranges there is plenty to do to escape the City and so close! For Parks and recreation Department of Conservation has a great website. Otherwise the Auckland Council website also has all the information you will need about these parks.
Auckland in a nutshell; For everything you need to know about this awesome city!
No matter what the sport, there will be a club here for you in Auckland. From Cricket to Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Equestrian, Archery to Chess there is something for every sports enthusiast.
New Zealand has a very well developed healthcare system and is famous for having an extremely comprehensive healthcare system modelled on the UK National Health Service.
The clinical practice in New Zealand tends to be a mixture of the UK evidence-based healthcare model and the more innovative US style of medicine.
The major provider of healthcare services in New Zealand is the Public Health System but private healthcare facilities are widely available. This is a comprehensive free-of-charge healthcare service for all New Zealand citizens/Residents covering both hospital-based and community-based medical services. If you are arriving to NZ on a Work Visa or Working Holiday Visa, it may be a good idea for you to look into Personal Health Insurance before you arrive.
Some useful links:
Due to the fact New Zealand is sparsely populated and has a relatively large land mass area, the role of a Family Practitioner (GP) in many parts of New Zealand is extended beyond that performed by GPs in other parts of the world. It is not uncommon for Family Practitioners to perform minor operations, obstetrics and some may even provide limited anaesthetics services too.
The actual hospitals in New Zealand as a rule tend to be very well equipped with all the latest technology and facilities. With comprehensive healthcare available to all New Zealanders, the standard of healthcare is extremely high. Over the last ten years there has been a large increase in the availability of protocols, clinical guidelines, evidence based methodology and innovative research coming out of New Zealand and now it is widely acknowledged that the clinical practice in New Zealand is as up-to-date as anywhere else in the western world.
Professional groups representing nurses and doctors are very strong here with most of the hospital directors and senior managerial staff being doctors and nurses themselves and so protect the interests of healthcare workers well.
Some useful links
www.moh.govt.nz New Zealand Ministry of Health
www.nzma.org.nz New Zealand Medical association
If you have secured a job offer you may be in the process of applying for registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). Once approved, MCNZ will send you via email a “Registration in Principle letter which most applicants will need in order to for a Work Visa. This letter from MCNZ outlines the next steps in the registration process so make sure you read it carefully. We are not licensed to provide you with advice on your Work Visa application so please visit the Immigration NZ website for more information
On the final page of your offer of employment letter, you would have been asked to identify if you wish for Northern Regional Alliance Ltd to arrange Indemnity Insurance on your behalf or if you will be providing Northern Regional Alliance Ltd with evidence of your own current Indemnity Insurance. If you opt to join the MPS Group Scheme or join the RDA scheme, Northern Regional Alliance Ltd will pay the cost of the subscription on your behalf; if you opt to provide evidence of your own current insurance, you will need to contact the Allocations Team to query if you are eligible for a reimbursement of this expense.
For more information:
MPS insurance: http://www.medicalprotection.org/newzealand/
RDA insurance: http://www.nzrda.org.nz/
Kiwisaver is a voluntary, work-based savings initiative. Please visit the following site to see if you qualify for this scheme:
Salaries are paid according to the RDA (Doctor’s Union) and DHB collective agreement. You can view this here under the RDA Collective Agreement.
For further information:
Visit the following website for an up-to-date reflection of the current exchange rate:
You will need to set up a bank account in Auckland so your salary can be paid into it. For a list of registered banks visit the following site:
INFORMATION ON MIGRANT BANKING
You can set-up your back account prior to your arrival in New Zealand. Following are some known banks which might be of some help:
If you are interested in banking with Westpac, it would be worth contacting them.
Contact person: David Sutcliffe, Manager for Migrant and Expatriate Banking
To address any enquiries for Migrant Banking either you can contact Migrantbanking@asb.co.nz or firstname.lastname@example.org (Harry Tsui - Team Manager, International & Branch Banking).
For more information on ASB migrant banking; please visit:
The BNZ Migrant Banking Solution includes following:
• Simple online application - no application fee or minimum amount required
• Account opened within 3 working days - should we require further information we will be in contact with the customer sooner
• Open the account up to 12 months in advance
• Funds can be transferred to the account - giving them control over when to transfer funds
• Account number can be given to employer which means no hassles on first pay day
• One less thing to when you arrive
• Access to BNZ UK team
The general email address email@example.com would be a preferable option as all the team has access to this.
The International Banking Services team can be contacted directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To know more about ANZ, kindly visit the following links:
Please also visit www.anz.co.nz/movetonz as this site has some more relevant information for people moving.
If you have any queries, please contact Kiwi Bank on the number listed below between 7am - 9pm from Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, or ask a question using their online help tool at: http://www.kiwibank.co.nz/about-us/contact-us/need-help.asp
You can contact them on: 0800 11 33 55 (in New Zealand) or +64 4 473 1133 (from overseas) Website: www.kiwibank.co.nz
New Zealand is strict when it comes to relocating animals from overseas due to biosecurity controls. For further information you will need to research requirements here.here.
Kennels must collect the animal from the airport in a MAF approved vehicle, so you would not need to worry about collecting your pet yourself.
The New Zealand culture is a combination of a number of foreign influences including: English, Scottish, Irish, American, Asian, Australian and the original Maori tribes. The country is also experiencing an increase in visitors from southern Asia, giving New Zealand a truly multi-cultural feel. There has been a recent renaissance for the original Maori dialect, which is often used to promote the country.
The overall population of New Zealand is heavily influenced by European descendants, with British and Irish connections by far and away the strongest. There is a small but significant community of Dutch, South Slav and Italians who have settled in New Zealand.
The country itself is well known for its strong Maori background, dance, music and to a lesser extent TV and media. Sport also plays a major part in everyday life with the 2011 Rugby World Cup winners the “All Blacks” and cricketing team well known throughout the sporting world as well as the newly famous football team – The All Whites!
New Zealanders have a lot of similarities with other English speakers however we do have a few sayings of our own. Download our glossary of New Zealand words and phrases.
You can listen to our national anthem on YouTube here.
Māori verse: "Aotearoa"
E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
English verse: "God Defend New Zealand"
God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.
Over the years, the Auckland Region has welcomed countless doctors from overseas to live and work in our hospitals. Each doctor brings with them their own unique experience, advice and information. We offer a 'Buddy Program' for doctors relocating from overseas. We connect you with a doctor currently working in the Auckland region from the same country and in the same specialty as you (where possible). They are then able to show your the ropes in getting settled in Auckland and are a fount of knowledge.
If you have accepted an offer of employment and are due to begin working in Auckland, contact your recruiter to request a 'buddy' today.
Otherwise, click through to our Peer Connect page for other ways to connect in.
You may need to post a few personal items to Auckland prior to leaving home. You can do this as follows:
There is a “Post Resante” option available via New Zealand Post (http://www.nzpost.co.nz/home/receiving-mail/poste-restante) through which you can post a parcel and can collect it within three months from one of the Post Resante locations. Do check the terms and conditions thoroughly before using the service.
Their website suggests that you do not need to register for this but it would be to good to drop a quick email to NZ post just to ensure that the Auckland address remains unchanged for this service. It appears they have only one location in Auckland:
09 379 6714
09 377 4622
Visit the link under “Contact us” for an email - http://www.nzpost.co.nz/contact-support. You may expect a response by close of business the next working day.
Ensure you check with your airlines carrier regarding their baggage allowance. If you want to bring more of your personal belongings you can use a relocation company. Some relocations companies include, but are not limited to:
The New Zealand social benefits system is non-contributory, i.e. employers and employees do not pay into a central benefits scheme (the equivalent of National Insurance in the UK). There is however a compulsory Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) that all employees and employers must contribute to. It provides compensation payments to those injured at work.
The traditional social security benefits of income support, health care, etc are all available to residents of New Zealand.
For more information on state benefits, please visit:
For more information on ACC, please visit:
Zsofia Fodor – Account Manager
GMS Account Manager | Crown Relocations | Auckland, New Zealand
200 Bush Rd, Albany, Auckland
PO Box 40183, Glenfield, North Shore City, 0747, Auckland
T (09) 414 3522
Inland Revenue is the government department that collects taxes – it is popularly referred to as the IRD. The New Zealand tax year is from 1 April to 31 March. Most people pay their taxes as they earn their income. Employers deduct tax on salary and wages. Banks and other financial institutions deduct tax on interest as it is derived. People who do not pay tax on all of their income as it is earned are required to file tax returns at the end of the tax year (31 March). In most cases, Inland Revenue will send you all the material you need to file tax returns and make payment.
For more information on taxes, visit the following site for detailed information:
An IRD number is a unique identifying number that you use for all your contacts with Inland Revenue (similar to a bank account number). If you do not have an IRD number before you start a job or open a bank account, your employer or bank will deduct the ‘no declaration’ rate of tax from your salary or interest earned. This rate is much higher than the standard deduction rates and will significantly reduce the net income you receive. Every individual or entity that interacts with IRD needs an IRD number.
To find out how to get an IRD number, visit the IRD website
You must also get an IRD number before you can get paid your salary in NZ.
You can go into any Post Shop/Office in Auckland and apply for this.
Getting around New Zealand is easy, whether you drive, or use public transport, walk or bike! While you might find it’s more convenient to have a car, there are plenty of other options including planes, buses, trains and ferries.
Driving in New Zealand
We drive on the left-hand side of the road, and we give way to cars coming from your right at a roundabout.
At crosswalks you must give way to pedestrians. And New Zealand has pretty strict rules about seatbelts too – if you’re caught not wearing one you’ll be fined.
Overall, our road rules are similar to Western countries. You can learn more about them at NZ Transport Agency:
Roads in New Zealand
To read about the requirements for driving in NZ, please visit:
Bringing a car to New Zealand
Whether you choose to ship your car over to New Zealand or purchase one here will often depend on your finances (and how attached you are to your car!)
Check out www.tauruslogistics.co.nz for details and prices about shipping your car to New Zealand
Buying a car
For more information about car ownership in New Zealand, check out the Automobile Association.
Also, check out www.redbook.co.nz for prices of new and used cars but be advised that you will need to pay to access the information on this site.
Some insurance companies in New Zealand are happy to transfer a no claims bonus with proof of no claims with your current insurance company overseas. Some of these companies are:
ASB Bank (you would need to be a customer first)
Every city and most towns in New Zealand have reliable bus and taxi services, and Wellington and Auckland in the North Island also run train services. People in some places even use ferries to get between work and home, such as from Auckland City to Devonport or Waiheke Island.
Find timetables using these regional transport authorities:
Connect with these groups on Facebook:
The site to link with other medical professionals.
Other useful professional sites.