Things to do list
In this 'to do' list I've tried to cover everything you might need to do when
emigrating to New Zealand. I will update it as we go through the process and I
gain more first hand knowledge.
Feel free to print it, and tick things off as you get them done. Good luck. It's daunting isn't it !
- Get house valued & find an estate agent or other means of selling
- Prepare house for sale
- If self-built house get CML approved architects certificates & professional indemnity insurance certificates
- Organise the keys for the new people
- Write a user manual for the house (where the stop cocks are, boiler things etc)
- Check every cupboard, loft & secret hiding place !
- Sell House
- Note final meter readings
- Leave a forwarding address
- Arrange packing & shipping. Get at least 3x quotes. Don't forget local companies.
- Arrange storage
- Arrange possible air freight
- Get packing materials (bubble wrap ?)
- Clean bicycles, garden tools etc
- Sell unwanted things
- Dispose of rubbish
- Make a total inventory of all of your stuff. Keep receipts. Take pictures of everything in case you can't remember what it all is.
- Return borrowed things to whom they belong !
- Dismantle furniture
- Clean & dry everything that may otherwise suffer from mildew during shipping (fridge/freezer/washing machine)
- Drain the oil out of lawn mowers and petrol strimmers etc
- Get silica gel for absorbing unwanted moisture on journey
- Find out which things won't work in NZ (washing machines ?)
- Check containers for leaks etc (close, and from inside, look for light through roof)
- Be prepared to pay GST/bond if you haven't got residency status
Accommodation in UK
- Sort out where to stay until flight
- Council Tax & get rebate
- House Insurance & get rebate
- Electricity, Gas, Water, Phone
- Car Insurance & get rebate
- Mobile phone contract
- Cancel or transfer subscriptions
- Get refund on TV licence (only complete 3-month unexpired periods)
Pay off debts
- Credit cards
- Sell car or organise somewhere to store it & sell it later
- Smear test
- Dental check-up
- If you're with an NHS dentist, book an appointment for a years time to stay registered, and don't forget to cancel it if you stay in NZ
- Eye test
- Get any immunisations for NZ
- Make sure children's jabs are up to date
UK Tax etc
- Contact DWAP about Tax credits, Child benefit, Income tax
- Find out your tax/benefits position if you return to the UK
- Find out about the implications for your pension
- Check whether travelling to NZ affects them
- Notify of change of address
- Get surrender value
- Close before travelling or after or not at all
- Get passport style photos (how many all together ?)
- Get Passports
- Birth certificates (long versions with parents names for visas)
- Get certified copies
- References from banks (you will need proof that you are good payers)
- References from employers
- Proof of employment experience
- Proof of no claims bonus on car & claims history on house
- Certificates of qualifications
- Driving License
- Medical records
- Dental records ?
- Air travel tickets
- Make 2x copies & leave 1x with family/friends
- Arrange for police checks, so you can get them from NZ
- Get a will written when you get to NZ, to apply under NZ law. Use the lawyer conveyancing your property purchase.
- Get a book on CV writing
- Write a CV for electronic media & paper
- What about a CV website ?
- Accommodation details for NZ
- Bank account details
- List of NZ contacts
- Get a diary to note when you must do things etc
- Get dogs & cats micro-chipped at least 6 months before flying
- Get immunisations
- Arrange for someone to look after pets until settled in NZ
- Get paperwork - MAF dog import permit (this is no longer required)
- Get travel box
- Arrange things with vet
- Register dog within 14 days of entering NZ with local government authority
- Sort shipping company
- Book Flights
- Find out what you can put in the hold for nothing
- Ask for special migrant allowance
- Book a bassinet seat for <2 year olds
- Check availability of baby food/reheating
- Travel insurance
- Sort out how to get to airport
Things to take with you by air
- Money (NZ dollars & credit cards)
- Food & drink
- Car seats & booster seats (need to check whether they conform to NZ regulations)
- Computer disks
- Children's toys
- Entertainment for you and the kids on the plane
- DVT socks (look on ebay. http://www.wbrewin.co.uk/ did a great deal when I looked)
- Medicines (including for children/babies)
- How about a few pieces of rope to tie two trolleys together, so one person can push two ?
Things to take
- 3 & 5 amp fuses - they are difficult to get in NZ because the plugs don't have them.
- Make sure mobile works in NZ
- Open an account with a foreign exchange company (like HiFX or xeTrade). You can also use banks like ASB.
- Sort out where to invest the proceeds of the house sale (onshore or offshore). You must open accounts while still in the UK.
- Bank Accounts
- Change address with bank
- Close all UK bank accounts or leave enough money to pay any direct debits you want to keep (endowment policies etc)
- Open NZ bank account
- Credit Cards
- Make sure you can pay off bills on-line
- Change address
- Tell them you are going to NZ and will be spending there, otherwise they might put a stop on your card.
- Buy a laptop in the UK and set it up.
- Get ISP independent email account such as gmail, hotmail, msn, yahoo
- Get email addresses for everyone you can
- Arrange for mail to be forwarded (your local post office has a form)
- Give your details to family & friends
- Organise a web cam for aged parents !
- Have a leaving party (or a going on holiday party if you end up coming back !)
Choose your preferred NZ region
- Study weather
- Crime rates
- Employment types and statistics
- House prices
Jobs in NZ
- Register with recruitment agencies
- Get a list of possible companies (using directories)
- Get sources of job adverts (newspapers & on-line)
- Get IRD number for everyone (get this while still in the UK)
Accommodation in NZ
- Hotels, B&B, Long term motel, Home stays, Rentals, Purchase
- Study 'To let' sections of local papers
Car in NZ
- Car rental for first few weeks
- Car purchase & check credit history
- Car insurance
- Driving test within 12 months for NZ driving license
- Get separate personal injury/accident insurance
Living in NZ
- Arranging for your phone to be re-connected
- How to choose an electricity supplier and get connected.
- Contents insurance for when your stuff arrives
- Registering your car, you need your passport or you'll have to do it at the post office!
- How to get the kids into school once you've chosen one.
- Setting up a family trust
- Bank fees - how to avoid them
- MAF fees - how not to pay too much
Health in NZ
- Health insurance for NZ
- Register with doctor ?
- Locate hospitals
- Enrol kids at the local School Dental Clinic for regular checkups
Computers in NZ
- Sort out what & where to buy
- Sort out internet access
Return to UK
- Research schools etc & decide to where in the UK you would reluctantly return