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

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      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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      Waikato

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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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      Whanganui

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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.

      Manawatu

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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.

      Northland

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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.

      Auckland

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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.

      Gisborne

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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.

      Taranaki

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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. 

      Wellington

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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.

      Canterbury

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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.

      Otago

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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.

      Marlborough

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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.

      Southland

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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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Renting

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It’s not always easy to find a flat or house, especially one that meets all your needs. To help you find the right property, you could:

  • Search on the internet
  • Look in the ‘To let’ column in the classifieds section of your local newspaper. In most areas, the best days to look are Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Place an ad in the paper to say you’re looking for a property
  • Ask people you know if they know someone who’s looking for tenants
  • Post notices locally. This could be at your local dairy, community noticeboard, supermarket, polytechnic, university or wānanga, or local social media pages
  • Ask at real estate agents and property management companies.
Choosing a landlord

It’s important to get along with your landlord so that you’re comfortable raising any issues. Before you agree to rent from them, find out as much as you can about them. Search for Tenancy Tribunal orders on the Ministry of Justice website to find out if the landlord’s been involved in disputes in the past.

Discrimination

Discrimination is unlawful under the tenancy law when it breaches the Human Rights Act. When providing accommodation, it is against the law to choose tenants based on:

  • gender
  • religious or ethical beliefs
  • race or colour
  • nationality, ethnicity, origin or citizenship
  • physical or mental disability or illness
  • age
  • political opinion
  • employment status eg, if unemployed or on a benefit
  • marital and family status – including any responsibilities for dependents
  • sexual orientation.
Signing the tenancy agreement

Read the tenancy agreement carefully (including the terms and any conditions) before you sign it. Only sign a tenancy agreement when you’re sure you want the property. Keep a signed copy of the agreement and any receipts in a safe place. Make sure you have the landlord’s contact details. If you want, you can ask them to complete a contact details form.

Expect expenses when you first move in including:
  • Furniture: many flats are unfurnished so be prepared to buy items such as a bed, desk, couch, whiteware, cutlery and appliances.
  • Bond – Usually 4 weeks rent. You’ll get the bond payment refunded at the end of your tenancy, provided you leave the place in good condition. To help avoid hassles at the end of a tenancy, bonds are held by MBIE, not the landlord.
  • Connection fees: You may need to pay a bond and/or a connection fee to connect your power, phone and internet.
Who pays for what?

Paying Rent – you may pay this weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on the terms of your lease. When you first rent a place you’ll need to pay two weeks’ rent in advance as well as a fee if you use an agent (letting fees are normally one week’s rent plus GST). A landlord can only ask for two weeks rent in advance.

The landlord pays local council taxes like rates.

  • You, the tenant, pay day-to-day running costs like electricity or gas.
  • Some homes have water meters, in which case tenants must also pay for the water they use.
  • Insurance: If you’re renting, the landlord is responsible for insuring the building. You are responsible for getting cover for your own possessions and liability for any damage they may cause to the property.
  • When you are renting you will need to pay for all your services like power, gas, phone, internet and tv.
Paying rent and bond

Rent is what you pay to the landlord for the right to live in a property. You will normally pay either weekly or fortnightly. The bond can be up to four weeks’ rent. It is held by Tenancy Services for the length of the tenancy. If you look after the property and pay your rent you should get the bond refunded at the end of the tenancy.

It’s important to work out what you can afford before renting a property. For example, if your weekly rent is $250 you may need to pay upfront costs of:

  • our weeks’ rent as bond ($1,000) and
  • two weeks’ rent in advance ($500).
What is a tenant?

If you have signed a tenancy agreement with a landlord, you’re a tenant. You’re legally responsible for the place. Tenants are jointly responsible for all the rent and any damage, not just their own share.

What is a flat-mate?

If someone else signs the tenancy agreement but lets you share the flat, you are a flatmate. Flatmates live in the property but are not part of the tenancy agreement.

Flatmates are not responsible to the landlord for the rent and the state of the property. They are responsible to the tenant for their share of the rent.

What is a 'pre-tennancy application'?

Landlords should ask potential tenants to complete a pre-tenancy application form. This form includes important information that helps them choose a tenant. Information often asked for includes:

  • their name and contact details
  • where they’re living now and their renting history
  • ID details
  • references you can contact to find out more about them.

Many landlords will also want to do a credit check. You will need to give permission before they do a check. A credit check report will usually give the following information:

  • full name and date of birth
  • any known aliases
  • information about their occupation and employer
  • their involvement in payment defaults, collection actions, court judgements, bankruptcies or other public notices information
  • other recent addresses
  • cross-references to other credit enquiries made against them
  • their credit rating.
What is an 'initial property inspection'?

Property inspections are important. Tenants and landlords should check the property together at the start of a tenancy to avoid problems later on. During the inspection it’s a good idea to take photos. This can help show the condition of the property. Building a good relationship is important during the property inspection. Inspecting the rental together shows that everyone wants to help and be honest. This is also a great chance to ask questions or mention any maintenance problems. Both the landlord and tenant(s) should sign, date, and keep a copy of the property inspection report.

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