Hey, disaffected Americans, here's a guide to moving to New Zealand

Gutted about the US election results? It's OK, you can move to New Zealand - here's how.
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Gutted about the US election results? It's OK, you can move to New Zealand - here's how.

Hundreds of Americans seem to be planning their escape route on the back of Donald Trump's presidential victory.

Throughout the race there was a lot of talk about Americans moving to Canada if Trump won but it seems some are also considering making Aotearoa home.

The number of Google searches by Americans looking to move to New Zealand surged on election day.

Reuters

President-elect Donald Trump spoke of seeking "common ground -- not hostility" with other nations as he pledges to renew the American Dream.

People in the states of Oregon, Washington and the hotly contested state of Florida searched "how to move to New Zealand" the most.

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This thought of escaping the US has been thrown about by others during this election campaign, with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and American comedian Billy Crystal openly discussing this exit plan.

Is this enough to scare you top the other side of the world?
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Is this enough to scare you top the other side of the world?

Just in case any Americans decide to put these thoughts into action; here's a guide to how to move to New Zealand.

HOW NEW ZEALAND COMPARES

- New Zealanders speak the same language and share many cultural similarities so the move shouldn't be too big of a shock.
- Many move to New Zealand for what they call "a slower pace of life".
- New Zealanders - affectionately referred to as Kiwis - are described as friendly and helpful.
- New Zealand has a temperate climate, so escape the extremes that some parts of the US have to endure. 
- New Zealand is also world famous for its beautiful scenery - from glorious sandy beaches, to native forests and rugged mountains.

HEALTHCARE

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- New Zealand has a public healthcare system. This means healthcare is free or low cost if you are a citizen, resident or hold a work visa valid for two years or more.
- Doctors here are usually easily accessible and accident and emergency treatment at hospitals is free.
- If you are injured in an accident, your treatment is covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

Comedian Billy Crystal is also eyeing up a bit of land down under in attempts to escape the political craziness in his ...
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Comedian Billy Crystal is also eyeing up a bit of land down under in attempts to escape the political craziness in his homeland.

EDUCATION

- New Zealand has a state education system from early childhood to secondary school level, as well as a range of tertiary institutions (colleges).
- An OECD report from 2015 found 15-year-olds in New Zealand, perform slightly better in maths and science than their US counterparts.

COST OF LIVING

Some accused US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of overstepping the mark when she said she would move to NZ if ...
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Some accused US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of overstepping the mark when she said she would move to NZ if Trump became president.

- The cost of living averages out to about the same in both countries - some things are more expensive, some things are less expensive.
- Foreigners often comment on the high cost of New Zealand food but it's usually fresh and good quality.

YOU'LL NEED A VISA

To work in New Zealand you'll need either a working holiday visa, a temporary work visa or a skilled migrant visa.

- Working holiday visas give people from the USA aged 18-30 up to a year in New Zealand.
- If you're over 30, you can apply for a temporary work visa that lets you live and work here for a set period.
- If you're considering New Zealand for the longer term (which you probably are at the moment) you may be able to apply for a skilled migrant visa so you can live and work here indefinitely.

WHAT ABOUT FLUFFY?

You can bring your pets with you but we have pretty strict biosecurity.

- Before pets can be imported to New Zealand, they need to meet health requirements. Requirements vary for each animal, and depend on their country of origin.
- New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries sets import health standards for pets to prevent unwanted diseases, pests, and animals from entering New Zealand.

MAKING THE MOVE

If you've read through this quick rundown and are still thinking of moving, Immigration New Zealand has some helpful information and tools to get you started.

If you're planning to get a job in New Zealand, check out the skills shortage list. If your skillset matches up to those on the list, your chances of becoming a Kiwi are even better.

New Zealand's a pretty welcoming country and we'd love to have you but please leave your political candidates at the border.

 - Stuff

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