Applying for IRD Number Online

As a migrant coming to New Zealand for the first time, along with work entitlements, you must be also aware of your duty to pay income taxes. There is no way around it. As Benjamin Franklin once said (non-verbatim), nothing is certain in life other than death and taxes. I had briefly shared my experience in getting my IRD number in 2015 and I cannot believe how easy it is now. In this blog I will share how I assisted my newly-arrived housemate’s experience in applying for IRD number online.

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Where to Search for Accommodation in Christchurch NZ

Finding a place to stay in a new city may be a bit overwhelming for most new migrants. I bet there are dozens of questions in your mind like, “where do I find all the accomodation listings?” or “where are the cheaper suburbs in Christchurch?”. These sorts of questions are not easily answerable without proper research and I am writing this article to guide you in the search for your accommodation in Christchurch.

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NBI Clearance Renewal of an Overseas Filipino in New Zealand

In anticipation of a residence visa application, a friend had authorised me to renew her police clearance certificate (PCC) issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) when I visited the Philippines a few weeks ago. The Immigration New Zealand (INZ) requires residency applicants to submit police clearance certificates issued not more than six (6) months prior to application lodgement. I will share with you in this blog my experience of visiting Manila and going through the NBI clearance renewal of a Filipino living in NZ.

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Best Place to Buy NZD in the Philippines

A few months before I left for New Zealand in 2015, I dedicated my time in researching how I should bring money to New Zealand. Dead-set on hand-carrying cold hard cash instead of doing a costly bank-to-bank transfer, I researched where to buy New Zealand dollars and which currency exchange dealer or ‘money changer’ would give me the best Philippine peso (PHP) to New Zealand dollar (NZD) rates.

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