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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to New Zealand, they said...

"Before moving to New Zealand, expats should research the cost of living in the area they plan to live in. They should also familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the climate and weather patterns. It is also important to research the job market and the availability of housing. Expats should also make sure to obtain the necessary visas and permits before arriving in New Zealand. Additionally, expats should consider the healthcare system and the availability of medical services in the area they plan to live in. Finally, expats should make sure to bring all the necessary documents and items with them when they move to New Zealand," explained one expat living in New Zealand.

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"Here in Dunedin, the location of the home with relation to the sun is very important! Take your time choosing a neighborhood and schools for your children. Find an organization to ask questions about everything, as NZ is ahead of other countries in some areas (on-line access to most government agencies) but very behind in other areas (home insulation and internet speed). We formed such an agency for Dunedin, the web site is www.maverickgroup.co.nz," said another expat in Dunedin, Otago - South Island NZ, New Zealand.

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