Hey, disaffected Americans, here's a guide to moving to New Zealand
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.
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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* Americans do move after elections
* How the internet reacted
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.
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.
- 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).
- 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
- 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.
Apparently Americans are furiously searching "Move to NZ" on google. This is good for Auckland. Houses have been too cheap for too long.— Dominic Harvey (@DomHarvey) November 9, 2016
Tonight I will not be taking the piss out of any Americans threatening to move to NZ. in fact, we have a spare room.— Aunty Wah Wah (@_surlymermaid_) November 9, 2016
YALL WHO WANTS TO MOVE TO NZ LMAO #ElectionNight— Leina (@lei_lei_leina) November 9, 2016
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
New Zealand's a pretty welcoming country and we'd love to have you but please leave your political candidates at the border.