PROS and CONS of living in New Zealand
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This video is from my personal perspective as an Asian who grew up in this country since I was a little kid. Honestly, it is a little biased towards the pros section simply cause I love this country. Both Yen and I get homesick whenever we are away too long. New Zealand is one place that no matter where we are in the world we will always call home.
As it’s a pretty detailed topic, for clarification and more details about my comment on free healthcare and education in New Zealand, please see below:
== FREE HEALTHCARE IN NZ ==
– New Zealand has about 40 public hospitals spread across the country. With minor exceptions like cosmetic surgery, hospital treatment is free for those eligible for healthcare services and NZ residents. Waiting lists can be long to receive public healthcare though.
– Most costs of injuries from accidents are covered by ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation). This covers everyone in New Zealand.
– GP (General Practitioner/family doctor) visits have a consultation fee but if you’re enrolled with the practice it’s generally subsidized so it’s cheaper. For more info:
– Under the Talk Teeth programme, children get free basic care for their teeth until they are 18. Otherwise, dentists are not part of the free public health system.
– From birth to five years, all children in New Zealand qualify for a free health service called Well Child/Tamariki Ora. All children under 13 are eligible for free general practice visits (includes immunization, eyesight and hearing checks at school and visits to the doctor). NB: not all GPs provide free visits though so it’s best to check with your GP first. Basic dental care through schools are also free while children are at school.
– In New Zealand, publicly funded COVID-19 related care – including diagnosis, testing and treatment – is provided to anyone who requires it, who has symptoms. This is irrespective of citizenship, visa status, nationality or level of medical insurance coverage.
For full details check out:
== FREE EDUCATION IN NZ ==
– Education is free between the ages of 5 and 19 at state schools (schools that are government owned and funded) if you’re a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.
– Private schools get some government funding but are mostly funded through charging parents school fees.
For full details check out:
– One year of tertiary education fees is free for NZ citizens and ordinarily residents enrolled in school in or after 2017 or you may qualify for two years fees free for industry training. Just need to check eligibility:
Another video of ours that might help you if you’re planning on moving to New Zealand is our Cost of Living in Auckland, New Zealand video:
== MOVING TO NZ ==
For those interested in how to apply for a visa to migrate to NZ, check out these websites. They have all the relevant information that you’ll need to know.
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