• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland

      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.



      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.


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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.


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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.


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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.


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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.


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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.


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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.


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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 


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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.


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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.


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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.


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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.


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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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Tax Residency Rules for Migrants in New Zealand

Tax rules can be complex and can vary depending on your residency status. If you are a migrant in New Zealand or moving away, it’s essential to understand how your tax residency status impacts your tax obligations.

Defining Tax Residency Status

A New Zealand tax resident is someone who has been in the country for more than 183 days in any 12-month period, or someone who has a permanent place of abode in New Zealand. If you’re leaving New Zealand and your tax residency status changes to a non-resident taxpayer, your tax obligations will change. You become a non-resident taxpayer if you:

Resident Status Definition
New Zealand Tax Resident Someone who has been in the country for more than 183 days in any 12-month period, or someone who has a permanent place of abode in New Zealand
Non-Resident Taxpayer If you do not have a permanent place of abode in New Zealand and are away from New Zealand for more than 325 days in any 12-month period

Double Tax Agreements (DTAs)

Double tax agreements exist between New Zealand and certain countries or territories of residence. These agreements may influence how your income from New Zealand is taxed.

Finalising Your Tax Position

If you’re leaving New Zealand and becoming a non-resident taxpayer, you should update your tax details accordingly. Finalising your tax position includes updating your bank account details and payments of interest or dividends to deduct the correct non-resident withholding tax (NRWT).

Transitional Tax Residency

As a new migrant or returning New Zealander, you might qualify as a transitional tax resident. This status can temporarily exempt you from paying tax on most types of overseas income. However, certain types of overseas income are not exempt. The exemptions start and end on certain criteria. You can opt out of the exemption, but if you do, you cannot re-apply for it.

Seasonal Workers or Fishing Crews from Overseas

Special rules apply if you are in New Zealand on a Recognised Seasonal Employer Limited Visa or a Fishing Crew Work Visa. You will not qualify as a tax resident and will be taxed as a non-resident.

Becoming a Non-resident Taxpayer

If you are a New Zealand tax resident, you’ll become a non-resident taxpayer if you do not have a permanent place of abode in New Zealand and are away from New Zealand for more than 325 days in any 12-month period.

Further Guidance

More detailed guidance on tax residency rules is available. It’s always advised to consult a tax professional if you are unsure about your tax residency status.

Migrants living in New Zealand should be well-informed about tax rules to avoid any potential issues and to ensure they are paying the correct amount of tax in their new country of residence.