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Indian New Zealanders have emerged as the rapidly expanding ethnic community in New Zealand, positioning them as the second-largest group among New Zealand Asians, just behind the Chinese population.

Did you know that as of the 2018 census, Hindi has secured its place as the fifth-largest language spoken language in New Zealand?

Based on data from the 2018 New Zealand census, the Indian ethnic group accounted for 239,193 individuals, constituting 4.7% of the total population of New Zealand. This marked a substantial rise of 84,015 individuals (a growth of 54.1%) since the 2013 census.

There are many factors to consider when deciding to move to New Zealand from India. Listed below are some of the factors you should consider.

1. Economic Prospects: Despite New Zealand having a population that is less than 4% of India’s, the country boasts a sturdy and flourishing economy, characterised by minimal unemployment rates, a high GDP per capita, and robust trade affiliation. The nation presents a range of promising prospects for skilled immigrants, particularly in domains like information technology, education, engineering, healthcare, and the hospitality industry. The Skilled Migrant Category visa is designed for individuals with the expertise that the country needs. You can view the complete list of occupations offering Indian migrants pathways to NZ residence here.

2. Well-Being and Societal Gains: New Zealand consistently ranks high in quality-of-life indexes, offering complimentary or subsidised healthcare, education, and social safety nets.

The country has a relatively high standard of medical care, with public hospitals and healthcare facilities available to all citizens while India’s healthcare system is more diverse, with a mix of public and private providers.

Additionally, the country maintains a low incidence of crime, a pristine environment, and a culturally diverse population. New Zealand is globally recognised for its superior rankings in human development, contentment, democratic values, and peace.

3. Welcoming Atmosphere: While India’s climate is highly diverse, ranging from tropical in the south to temperate in the north and alpine in the Himalayan regions, New Zealand’s temperate climate with its four distinctive seasons and moderate temperatures contributes to a comfortable living environment. The nation’s captivating natural panorama encompasses a wide array of landscapes, encompassing mountains, lakes, forests, beaches, and even volcanoes. You can learn more about New Zealand – seasons and landscape here.

4. Cost of living: Compared to India, the cost of living in New Zealand is approximately 225.5% higher (according to Meridian Overseas Education Consultants). If you are planning to move to New Zealand for educational purposes on an NZ student visa from India, it’s advisable to plan a budget ranging from NZ$15,000–$20,000 per academic year for living expenses in the South Island, and NZ$18,000–$25,000 in the North Island, depending on your choice of location.

5. Indian community in New Zealand: If you like some community support, check out the different Indian associations and Facebook groups available across different parts of the country. A few links to those are given below.
New Zealand Indian Central Association Inc. (NZICA) –
Wellington Indian Association –
Auckland Indian Association –
Auckland Diwali festival –

6. Entrepreneurial ventures: Dream of starting your own business? New Zealand offers pathways for Indian entrepreneurs to set up shop and contribute to the local economy. The Entrepreneur Work Visa and Entrepreneur Residence Visa are avenues to turn your business aspirations into reality. You can learn all about how we support entrepreneurs looking to migrate to New Zealand here.

7. Safety: New Zealand has a reputation for being one of the safest countries in the world with low crime rates and a stable social environment. It has relatively low levels of violent crime and theft compared to many other countries. Its cities and communities are known for their safety. The country is known for its inclusive and diverse society, which promotes tolerance and understanding among various ethnicities and cultures.

8. Lifestyle: Kiwis place a strong emphasis on work-life balance. Take advantage of the country’s relaxed pace and prioritise leisure time with family and friends. The country promotes a healthy lifestyle, offering opportunities for sports, exercise, and wellness activities. Stay active and make the most of the well-maintained parks and recreational facilities. New Zealanders are known for their friendly and approachable nature. Engage in conversations, strike up friendships, and don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed.

Moving to a new country from India is a big step, but New Zealand’s inclusive society, boundless opportunities, and captivating landscapes make it an exciting one. Whether you’re seeking educational growth, career advancement, or simply a change of scenery, this island nation promises to make your dreams a reality.

Contact us today with your needs and find out how we can help you move to New Zealand.

Here are some points for you to think about before making the move from India to New Zealand.

1) It is always best to know beforehand about New Zealand so do your research on where to live, why move, what the country has to offer, climate, what to bring, visa requirements including transit visas, etc. Woburn posts articles on different parts of New Zealand, that can be a starting point for you.

2) Talk to your friends/family already living in New Zealand to gain knowledge and information about our wonderful country.

3) Take expert advice on Visa matters – don’t take a chance on listening to hearsay!

4) Students wanting to gain a better quality, higher education – there have been a lot of changes implemented in terms of Student Visa rights and study that will help you gain residence down the track – please just ask us.

5) For Migrant workers who are New Zealand Citizens/Residents and want their parents to gain Residency in New Zealand, the pathway for the Parent Category is open to apply – again please just ask, we work a lot in this area.

6) If You want your family members to visit New Zealand to celebrate Diwali, spend Christmas and summer holidays on a Visitor Visa, or a Business Owner/Entrepreneur who would like to come to New Zealand, a Business Visitor Visa is an option.

7) Once you have made the wonderful decision to move here, we have helped you with your Visa and everything is ready, probably one of the most important things to remember is to bring with you, on your person, your important documents, jewellery and anything special to you. It is always a concern if you have to wait for something to be sent, will it arrive safely or possibly it could be lost in the post. Documents can be replaced but they take time – it is important to have these when moving to a new country.

8) And finally, New Zealand needs skilled, qualified professionals like Health Care Professionals, Teachers, Engineers, Sea Farers, Skippers, and Bus Drivers – If this is you, there are pathways available for Straight to Residence; Woburn can help you so please reach out!

If you have any questions or would like our help, please get in touch with our experienced New Zealand Government-appointed immigration advisors here at Woburn International for assistance.

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