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Living and Working in New Zealand: A Survival Handbook Paperback – 3 Feb 2003
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This book is for anyone thinking of visiting, working, studying or generally living in New Zealand. Readers can find out how to find a good job, how to obtain a permit, education facilities, how to find their dream home and much more.
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The factual information contained in the book is clearly laid out and easy to understand, as a travel guide it is not particularly useful, although read in tandem with more tourist orientated information it is extremely helpful.
The area where this guide is a bit of a let down is in givng the reader a feel for what a New Zealand lifestyle would actually be like, it is, of course, useful to know what postal services, ferries, schools etc. are available but it would be nice to have more anecdotal evidence from other ex-pats currently living in NZ.
There is not enough guidance and information about which areas in New Zealand are best to consider for relocation purposes, although anyone wishing to make such a major step would be able to glean ideas from other sources.
Overall a good reference guide for those interested in moving to New Zealand, however, it only covers certain aspects. To get a full picture of life in New Zealand, in one volume, this is not the book to buy. It does though make an excellent source of information for those that are prepared to fully investigate all that New Zealand can offer, from a practical point of view, and when used in conjunction with other guide books makes a useful additional source of facts and figures.
I bought this book along with - the rough guide to New Zealand, as I am planning to live there for the better part of a year. However this particular book contains more information on imagrating for life and starting a fresh. Not what i was needing.
But it does still contain a wealth of usefull information on living in NZ, but has a very dated feel to it. Im sure that there are beter books on the market if you are planning to move out there, the rough guide was the one for me.
2 out of 5 - More for imagrators than long time visitors.