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Acknowledgements To the moderators of the AKLnzPINOYS who contributed articles for this booklet. To Ayan Abela who conceptualised and did the initial layout and front cover artwork. To Nil Baculo and Ka Uro for their help in completing the final layout. To Ruby Tomacruz who meticulously did the re-structuring and final editing. To Paulo Garcia who reviewed the topics on immigration and provided legal advice during the writing of this manual. To Karl Reyes for suggesting an inspired title for this booklet. To Jun Dolon, Noel Bautista, Carlo Jaminola and Frances Samonte for the shared photos. To Jesse Enriquez for the AKLnzPINOYS logo. To members of AKLnzPINOYS and Pinoyz2NZ who by unselfishly sharing ideas, precious time, invaluable information and personal experiences to other migrants and would-be migrants, have been the inspiration for this booklet.


Contents Introduction

Driving in New Zealand

About the authors 5 Why a new migrant’s booklet? 6 Who is this booklet for? 6 Who is this booklet NOT for? 6 Disclaimer 7

The Road Code and driving basics 27 Driver licensing 28 Car buying 28 Vehicle insurance 30 Car accidents 31


Accommodation and Housing

Pre-departure questions 9 Money matters 10 Bringing goods to NZ 10 Formalities 13 Preparing for your new life ahead 14

Upon Arrival and Your First Few Weeks

Transport from the airport 15 IRD number 16 Banking 16 Community services 17 Getting around the city 20 Mobile phones and making overseas calls 20

Short-term housing 33 Longer term housing - renting 33 Moving in to the property - utilities 35 Furnitures and appliances 36

Education, Childcare and Healthcare School system 39 Choosing a school 40 Enroling your children 41 Childcare 41 Healthcare 42

Immigration Matters Employment Job search methods 23 CV preparation 23 Job interviews 24 Tips on job interviews 24 Job offer, signing a contract 24 Employee rights 25


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Seminars/forums for WTR visa/permit holders 45 The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 45 Useful links for further reading 46 Sponsoring a relative or friend to visit NZ 47


Shopping 49 Dining 50 Money remittance, balikbayan box 50 Filipino community in NZ 50 Migrant support 51

For Pinoys, by Pinoys: In their own words Wanted: Local experience 55 Ang Kwento ni Ivy 57 Kabaligtaran 58 An etiquette guide for visitors and new migrants in NZ 59 Being an Ideal Guest in a New Zealand Setting 60 Puna’t Puri ng Kabayang Naligaw sa Middle Earth 61

Appendices List of URL Shortcuts a1 Pinoy Business Directory b1

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Introduction About the authors This information booklet is a collaborative effort by the moderators and members of the AKLnzPINOYS, a Yahoo group comprised of Filipinos residing or have plans to reside in Auckland, NZ.

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The founding members of AKLnzPINOYS were originally members of another Yahoo group, the Pinoyz2NZ. Back in December 2005, four members of Pinoyz2NZ, Beah U, Ana C, Ervin L and Rina L, who back then, were staying together in an Auckland CBD apartment held a dinner party and invited other Pinoys who were also members of Pinoyz2NZ. Among those present that night were Vicky and Bryce, Cherrie and Bob, and NZ old-timers Jun D, his wife Myra and Ka Uro and his wife Jean. That night turned out to be the first Pinoyz2NZ meeting in Auckland and the conception of a new group. A few months later, in February 2006, Jun D formally created AKLnzPINOYS.


Today, the group has a membership of around 1300 members, led by its moderators -- Jun D, Carlo J, Ervin L, Ka Uro, Anthony P, Jinkee S, Jim & Bim T, Beah U, Carina & John F, Chris A, and Roland & Jade D.

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AKLnzPINOYS understands every migrant’s difficult and often lonesome plight during the course of settling in a foreign land. This is why AKLnzPINOYS aims is to be every Pinoy migrant’s 3K’s in NZ -kaibigan, kabarkada and karamay. The group wants every Pinoy in Auckland to have a network of friends willing to listen, support and assist anyone in need. At the same time, the group encourages members to help out others as soon as they are able to. AKLnzPINOYS subscribes to the concept of “pay it forward” i.e. paying the debt of gratitude not to the person who offered the favor, but to others instead. This information booklet is one of our ways of paying forward the debt of gratitude we received back when we were new migrants ourselves.

Authors’ contact details Website: Email:

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Why a new migrant’s booklet? An inventory of the internet for materials catering to new migrants to NZ reveals a vast amount of information already available out there. From official advisories and step-by-step instructions from government websites to online guides and migrant packs from websites of private organisations. The amount of information is enormous such that it is very easy to be overwhelmed and end up being even more confused and lost. Furthermore, most of the materials available publicly tend to be broad in scope; catering to all migrants from different parts of the globe. Some information are also most likely to be more applicable for those coming from the UK, USA and Europe, or Asian migrants in general. There is none written specifically with Filipinos in mind. The main aim of this booklet is therefore twofold. First, simplify the complexity of settling in NZ; and second, tailor it for Filipinos. By only including the most important aspects in settlement, and by arranging the topics in more or less chronological order; from pre-departure to attaining permanent residency and assimilation with the community-- this booklet aims to provide an easy to follow and yet complete recipe a new migrant could use as a guide in the journey towards living a happy life in New Zealand. While a great deal of effort has been made to simplify the materials in this booklet, readers are nonetheless encouraged to do further readings by referring them to links to relevant websites all throughout this booklet.

Who is this booklet for? Much of the information contained here was based from experiences and points of view of Filipinos currently living in Auckland. Therefore, it is reasonable to say that this booklet best suits Filipino new migrants intending to settle in Auckland. All the same, new migrants regardless of nationality and regardless where they want to settle in New Zealand should find most of the materials written here to be useful.

Who is this booklet NOT for? This is not for visa or NZ Immigration applicants looking for tips and guidance on how to go about their applications. This is a settlement guide; NOT an immigration guide.


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Disclaimer The information contained in this booklet is not intended to address specific circumstances or immigration issues particular to any individual. AKLnzPINOYS makes no warranty as to the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information contained in this information booklet. Readers should be aware that New Zealand policies on immigration, labour, health, housing and other policies relevant to new migrants are constantly changing and therefore should seek appropriate professional advice in respect of their individual circumstances. All links and references to websites and other organisations are provided for the reader’s convenience only, and should not be taken as an endorsement of those websites or organisations. URL Shortcuts To make it easier for users to access websites, shortcuts ( have been created to replace long website links (URLs). E.g. can be used in place of www.aucklandairport. Note that shortcuts are case-sensitive. A list of these shortcuts can be found in the appendix. While all care has been taken to ensure all links are working at the time of writing, but because of the constantly changing nature of websites, we can not guarantee that links won’t be broken. If you discover any link or any information which you believe is incorrect, inaccurate or out-of-date, feel free to send the authors an email.

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Pre-departure Pre-departure questions Which city in NZ? Most immigrants choose among the three biggest cities in NZ: Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Different factors affect this decision, but the main consideration should be employability. To get an idea on which city could offer you the best chances of finding a job, search online job sites such as for job vacancies relevant to your qualifications. You can use the number of vacancies per city as an indication of your employability in each city. Do this for several weeks to get a more accurate picture of the labour market per city and then use the information as basis for your decision.

Should I dispose of/sell all my properties/assets? This is a personal decision that depends on your own circumstances. If you need the cash, then you probably have no choice but to liquidate some assets. Avoid, however, borrowing huge sums of money just to support your immigration plans. In case your plans do not materialise and you must return home, you don’t want to end up with an enormous debt. Weigh your options carefully. One option is to defer your move to NZ until your financial situation has improved.

Should I travel to NZ ahead of the family, or should we all travel at the same time? There are advantages in going to NZ ahead of the rest of your family: •

While you are looking for a job in NZ, your partner can stay back home to continue working and looking after the kids. It may take many months to find a suitable job in NZ. With one of you still earning, the cash flow wouldn’t be too bad.

Because you only need to support yourself in NZ, you have significantly less expenses.

You have more mobility, especially in looking for a job.

However, do not stop looking for jobs in the cities that you did not choose. Be open to all possibilities and do not let your initial decision limit your options.

Should I resign from my current job? This is a personal decision that will depend on your own circumstances, financial standing, assessment of the situation, and confidence level in risk taking. Some migrants who find it hard to adjust to the new lifestyle, weather, and culture may decide to return home. Some may not be able to find suitable jobs and are forced to return when their permits expire. It is a good idea to have the back up option to return to a previous job in case the move to NZ does not work out.

Once you land a job, you can start preparing for your family’s arrival. This way, the transition for the rest of your family will be easier and smoother when they arrive.

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Should I apply for jobs online while still in the Philippines?

Sample calculation (weekly):

You get a head start if you start applying online while still in the Philippines. Don’t feel disappointed if responses are mostly rejections. While most companies do not entertain overseas applicants, some may line you up for an interview. It could be helpful to inform prospective recruiters/employers of the date of your arrival in NZ so interview schedules can be pre-arranged.

Cost of living in NZ

In this calculation, you must bring a minimum of $4800 to live comfortably for 12 weeks. Take note that this minimum amount does not include any allowance for other expenses such as money to buy clothes, appliances, furnitures, or a car, or to pay medical bills if you have to.


Money matters

Total per week: $400

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In NZ, cost of living is computed on a weekly basis. The easiest way to estimate your total weekly living cost is to use an online tool such as livingInNZ. For an estimate of the cost of house rentals, read the section on Accommodation and Housing in this booklet. For general information on the cost of living in NZ, refer to

How much money should I bring? Generally, you must have around 3 to 6 months’ worth of money per person. This is based on the assumption that it would take you about that much time before you can find a job.


Is it better to bring NZ$ or US$? Filipino migrants who recently arrived in NZ say that they got a better deal by converting their pesos to NZ$ right away. However, it still depends on the exchange rates at the time of conversion. Calculate how much your pesos will be worth when converted directly to NZ$, and when converted to US$ then to NZ$. Include any applicable commission or conversion fees that are charged by the bank or money changer.


Generally, the months of February though July are good months for job hunting. From November to January, most companies are winding down because of the long Christmas to New Year break. August, September, and October are not too bad.

Accommodation (flatting/room rental): $150 Food, transport, etc: $250

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What are the better months of the year to come to NZ?

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Bringing goods to NZ What goods can I bring? You can bring clothes, shoes, jewelry and other personal items considered for personal use only without paying any duty. Other household goods and appliances must have been owned and used by you to qualify for duty-free entry.

What goods should I not bring? Some goods are strictly prohibited from bringing to NZ. Failure to abide with Customs regulations can land you a stiff fine or imprisonment. On your arrival to NZ, you will be asked to fill up a Passenger Arrival Card. You must tick “YES” in the Customs section of the card if you are bringing:

goods that may be prohibited or restricted, such as weapons, objectionable (indecent) articles, or illicit drugs,

goods in excess of the $700 allowance and the tobacco and alcoholic beverages allowance,

goods for commercial, business, or trade purposes,

goods carried on behalf of another person, or

NZ$10,000 or more, or the equivalent in foreign currency. It is not illegal to bring in more than NZ$10,000, however, you must declare it in the arrival card.

Shipping cost. Before bringing any electronic item, check the prices of similar items in NZ. It might be cheaper to buy in NZ because you don’t have to worry about shipping costs to NZ.

Warranty. Check the warranty card of the items bought in the Philippines and ensure that it is applicable in NZ.

For prices in NZ, refer to: • •

Is it better to buy a laptop from the Philippines? Buying a laptop in NZ is usually a better option, unless the laptop has warranty that will be honored in NZ, and the price compared to NZ price is significantly lower.



There are prohibitions and restrictions in bringing in fruits, plants, medicine, food, agricultural products, wood carvings, guns, DVDs, etc. Some are prohibited because they are deemed harmful, while some may be allowed but only after thorough inspection or treatment. If in doubt, always DECLARE to avoid prosecution or fines. If a declared item was later found to be prohibited, it will be confiscated by Customs, but you will not be charged with any offence.

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For more information, refer to:


Can I bring electronic appliances?

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The alternating current voltage in NZ is 240 volts and frequency of 50 hertz. In the Philippines, we use 220 volts and frequency of 60 hertz. Most electrical and electronic gadgets from the Philippines will work in NZ but will need a power plug adaptor which can be purchased in stores for $5 or less. However, consider the following when bringing electronic items to NZ: •

Potential difficulty in servicing the items if they need to be serviced. Some gadgets, even with the use of transformers, may not work properly or may not last long because of the difference in frequency.

If you prefer to buy a laptop from the Philippines, choose a brand that is popular in NZ, such as HP, Compaq, Toshiba, Sony, Apple, Dell, Acer, Asus, IBM, or Lenovo. These brands have service centres in NZ and have good resale values. For laptop/computer prices, refer to: • •

What important documents should I bring? If your visa is anything other than a visitor visa, the documents that you might need in NZ include: •

Philippine driver’s licence valid for at least the next 12 months. This will allow you to drive legally in NZ and could be used as a secondary ID.

Any other photo ID (in the absence of a driver licence). Some banks and government agencies, such as the IRD, require a second form of identification aside from passport.

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Child’s immunization and health records for school admission purposes.

Important note for Visitor or Limited Purpose Visa holders:

Birth certificates, marriage certificates.

A certification from your vehicle insurance company that you have not made a claim in the past 3 to 5 years. This could help you get a discount on vehicle insurance premiums.

Bringing in some of the documents mentioned could cause Immigration NZ to presume that you intend to seek employment in NZ, and your entry to NZ could be denied.

Health records for medical or life insurance purposes.

Educational documents such as transcript of records or diploma. These may be required if you intend to study in NZ.

Professional certificates: These are needed for professional board registration (e.g. lawyers, accountants, scientist, engineers, teachers).


Shipping your goods to NZ There are freight forwarders that can ship your personal belongings, furniture, and household items to NZ. Consult the phone directory from your origin country or the Pinoy Business Directory at the end of this booklet.

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Formalities CFO or POEA? If you are a WTR visa holder, you must register with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and attend their half-day Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS). Your passport will then be stamped with a registration/emigrant number. The CFO stamp is required by immigration officers in Manila before leaving for NZ. NZ Work Permit holders or contract workers, on the other hand, must attend the PDOS conducted by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The POEA’s Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is the counterpart of the CFO stamp, and is required at the Manila airport prior to departure. For more information, refer to: • •

CFO’s Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Filipinos leaving the country to settle permanently abroad are required to register with the CFO and attend the PDOS. Emigrants 12 years old and below are exempt from attending the PDOS but must still be registered (registration by proxy is allowed). Emigrants aged 13 to 19 must attend the Peer Counseling Program to help facilitate their adjustment to a new environment. The topics discussed in the seminar include: • • • • • •

Travel regulations Immigration procedures Cultural differences Settlement concerns Employment and social security concerns Rights and obligations of Filipino migrants

For the registration procedure and requirements, contact: CFO Manila Phone: +63 (2) 562-3848, +63 (2) 561-8321 ext. 104, 105, 201- 203 Fax No.: +63 (2) 561-8332 E-mail: cfomieo@info. CFO Cebu Telefax: E-mail:

+63 (32) 255-5253

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Preparing for your new life ahead Get used to life at home without domestic help If you are used to having helpers at home, adjusting to a lifestyle without house help is one of the most difficult challenges you will face in a foreign country.

Learn to drive The car is the preferred mode of transport in NZ. Some jobs also require applicants to have a valid driver licence. If you don’t know how to drive, learn at least the basics of driving before coming to NZ. If you have a driver licence, ensure that it is valid for at least the next 12 months. You are legally allowed to drive in NZ for 12 months using a valid overseas driver licence.

Read materials about NZ

It is a good idea to experience living on your own without anyone helping you with house chores. This will force you to learn how to do everyday chores like cooking, washing, cleaning and taking care of your children.

Familiarise yourself about NZ. Read materials about its people, culture, history, sports, etc. Make sure to share what you learn with the rest of the family. Learn common Kiwi terms and phrases -you can search “kiwi slang” on the Internet.

Learn self-help skills

See your health specialists, manicurist, hairdresser...

On your spare time, learn new skills such as cooking, baking, hairdressing, sewing, swimming, carpentry, car mechanics, replacing a fuse, or fixing a leaking tap. These skills can save you money or even help you earn extra income. For example, giving your child a haircut can save you around $15.

Learn to use software tools popular in NZ Some software that are widely used in NZ may not be common in the Philippines. When you do an online job search, these tools or programs are normally mentioned in the job requirements. Learning such tools beforehand could give you an advantage over other applicants.

In NZ, you may find the fees to see health specialists somewhat over the top. Most specialists charge from $200 per consultation. It is therefore highly recommended that you see your health specialists prior to your departure— your dentist/ orthodontist for a complete dental checkup, your optometrist to get an extra eye wear, and your skin specialist for skin treatments. Likewise, why not treat yourself to some salon services? Get a haircut and your nails done a few days before your departure. You won’t regret doing so because such services are not cheap in NZ. The usual price of a haircut starts at $15 for men and $20 for women.

For example, most accounting jobs require some familiarity with MYOB, an accounting package used by a lot of NZ companies. If you are aiming for an accounting job, you have a better chance if you already have MYOB skills.


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Upon Arrival and Your First Few Weeks Transport from the airport If you have not arranged for somebody to pick you up from the airport, you can use any of the following: • Bus. Regular bus services connect the airport to the central city and other local centres. • Taxi. Most taxis accept credit cards or bank cards. For specific taxi fares, contact the taxi companies directly. • Shuttle. Indicative one-way fare to the city is from $25 to $40 per person. For specific fares and booking, refer to For more details, refer to: •, if in Auckland •, if in Wellington •, if in Christchurch Information desks are available in the airport arrival area where you can ask for directions on how and where to take a bus, taxi or shuttle.


IRD number


An IRD number is the NZ counterpart of the BIR’s TAN (tax account number) or TIN (tax identification number). You need an IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number for employment, family assistance, student loans, and other related purposes.

Do I need a bank account in NZ? You need a bank account for the following reasons:

How to get an IRD number: 1. Fill out and sign the IR595 form. This form is available from any IRD office or from the IRD website (

In the bank, your money earns interest.

Convenience: You can use your bank card for EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) transactions. Nearly all shops and establishments accept EFTPOS for payments. The amount is directly debited from your bank account, so it is like paying by cash.

You money is safer in the bank. Burglaries happen in NZ, and new Asian migrants are often the targets. Do not keep cash or jewelry at home – deposit them into your bank account or use a safety deposit box as soon as possible.


2. Submit the form to an AA (Automobile Association) Licence Centre or any of the selected NZ Post outlets, together with photocopies of both Category A and Category B documents:

Companies pay salaries through banks. When you start an employment, you must provide your bank account details to your employer.

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The issuance of the IRD number could take several days, so it is best to apply for it as soon as possible.

Category A: Passport


Important note: The documents must be current. You must present the original documents for authentication.

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Photocopies of the pages showing your photo and name, signature, and current NZ permit or visa. Category B: Any of the following:

a. International Driver’s Permit (issued by a member country of the UN Convention on Road Traffic) b. Valid driver licence c. An “offer of employment” from your employer, on their company letterhead. Read the back of the IR595 form for more information, or refer to:


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Which bank should I choose? Things to consider when choosing a bank: • • • • •

The types of products offered, Interest rates, fees and service charges, Locations and accessibility of branches (for over-the-counter transactions) and ATMs, Minimum amount for opening a bank account, Availability of internet banking and phone banking.

Keep in mind that you can always move to another bank if you are not happy with the bank that you have chosen. For more information, refer to the respective websites of major banks in NZ:

ANZ Bank ( ASB Bank ( BNZ Bank ( Kiwibank ( National Bank ( Westpac (

How to open a bank account 1. Go to the nearest branch and fill out the bank forms.

The whole process usually takes less than an hour. The bank normally mails a welcome pack, which includes your bank card (if applicable).

Community services Most community services offered by local councils are free but some have minimal fees. • • • • •

Library services Community centres Citizens Advice Bureau Justice of the Peace Recreation centres

Library services

Public libraries operate a network of libraries that offer a wide array of books, periodicals, and other resources, as well as internet services. At the library, you can: •

Borrow up to 35 books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs. Most are free but some have rental fees.

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2. Present the relevant documents: a. A photo ID such as passport or driver licence. b. Proof of address. Any mail posted to your residential address in the last four weeks. If you do not have a permanent address yet, explain the situation to the bank staff. The bank will normally defer this requirement, on the condition that you advise them of your permanent address once you have one. c. IRD number. This is optional when opening a bank account, but you must eventually provide the bank with your IRD number for tax purposes. d. Proof that you are a student. Required only if the bank offers special packages for students and you want to open this type of account.

3. Deposit your cash/money to your bank account.

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Use a computer with free Internet access, or get Internet connection while in the library via their free Wi-Fi service. This is handy for job and house hunting if you do not have a computer or Internet access at home yet. You may need to book a computer in advance.

Community centres Community centres are public venues available for family and community activities. Groups can hire rooms and halls for very competitive rates.

Scan, print, or photocopy documents. There is a minimal fee when you use the printer or photocopy machine.

For more information, refer to: • Auckland ( • Wellington ( • Christchurch (

Attend activities and classes such as storytelling for kids, computer classes, reading programmes, and book clubs.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Note: Some services require membership or a library card. City Libraries Library hours are usually from 9am to 5:30pm, Mondays to Fridays and from 10am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays, but may vary from one library to another. For more details, refer to: • Auckland ( • Wellington ( • Christchurch (http://christchurchcitylibraries. com) Other city libraries in Greater Auckland:

Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) provides free information or advice about any issue (flatting, employment, immigration, disputes with a neighbor, consumer rights, etc.). Information sheets on various topics are available free from the CAB. Trained volunteers are available to assist you with any problem. The CAB offices are usually located in the same vicinity as community centres and community libraries. For more information, refer to:

Justice of the Peace

• North Shore ( • Manukau ( ) • Waitakere ( )

You go to a Justice of the Peace (JP) to get documents notarised. Aside from notarial services, JPs also perform ministerial and judicial duties.

How to get a library card

Take note that JPs are sworn to the following:

1. Go to the nearest library and fill out the application form.

2. Provide the following: • A photo ID (passport or driver licence), and • Proof of address. Any mail posted to your residential address in the last four weeks, or a printout from your bank stamped and dated with today’s date.


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All JP services in NZ are provided free of charge. No JP may accept any offered payment or gift. No JP may ever ask for any payment or gift.

Most JPs are listed in the Yellow Pages. You can contact a JP directly for an appointment, or visit a CAB office for the JP on duty (if available). For more information, refer to:

Recreation centres City councils maintain a number of recreation and leisure facilities, such as swimming pools, gyms, and sports grounds available either for free or at very affordable rates. For more information, refer to: • Auckland ( • Northshore ( • Waitakere ( (Click “R” for “Recreation & Leisure”)) • Manukau ( • Wellington ( • Christchurch (


Getting around the city Do I need a city map? Yes. A map can help you to get familiarised with the area, and find out how to get to your destination. You can buy a good quality map for $20-$30 at bookstores, supermarkets, or any branch of the Automobile Association (AA) ( Alternatively, you can view maps online: • • •

Using the bus, train or ferry Each city has a different transportation service provider. • Auckland - MAXX ( • Wellington - METLINK ( • Christchurch - METRO ( nz) Plan your journey ahead of time. Visit the website of the transportation service provider to find out the transport options, routes, bus or train stops, and fares to get to your destination. Various ticket types are usually offered. You can either use the single-trip cash fare, or purchase a monthly, one-day, 10-ride, or multi-operator pass. For regular travelers, it is cheaper and more convenient to use a pass. Refer to the provider’s website for more information on these ticket types.

bus. When you get on the bus, ask the driver how much it would cost to get to your destination, and give your payment to the driver. Most fares start at $1.70 or $2.00, and increase with each ‘stage’. Make sure that you have smaller notes or coins at hand, and try to give the exact amount. Avoid using big notes (for example, $20 note for a $2 fare). To get off the bus on the next bus stop, push one of the stop buttons inside the bus. If you do not know the exact bus stop, you can ask the driver to drop you off at the bus stop closest to your destination. When getting off a bus, it is common courtesy to thank the bus driver.

Using taxi services Taxis are more convenient but are more expensive. Most flagfalls start at NZ$2.00 and then $2.00 per kilometre. You can hail an empty taxi or go to a designated taxi stand (usually located close to commercial centres). You can also call a taxi company to pick you up at a specified place, date and time. Refer to the Yellow Pages for contact details of taxi companies. Most taxi drivers are friendly and trustworthy. They do not overcharge, and they give you the exact change. Most taxis accept payment by credit card or bank card.

Mobile phones and making overseas calls

Fare discounts apply to children, students, and senior citizens upon presentation of a suitable ID.

Can I use my Philippine cellphone in NZ?

Making a single-trip bus ride

You can use your cellphone if it supports multiple SIM cards (open-line), and either GSM dual-band or CDMA network technology.

Go to the designated bus stop and wait for the


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Which mobile service provider should I choose? A GSM phone will work under Vodafone and 2Degrees, while a CDMA phone works under Telecom. Provider Vodafone Telecom 2 Degrees

Cost per text messageage Cost of call per minute • $0.89 within NZ • $0.20 within NZ • $2 for 2 hrs off-peak • $0.30 to international calling to Vodafone destinations mobiles in NZ • $0.20 within NZ • $0.30 to international $0.89 within NZ destinations

Cost of SIM Card

$0.09/text within NZ or to $0.44 within NZ or to 21 21 other countries other countries

$20 with $20 of credit

$29.95, with $10 credit $29.95, with $10 credit

Note: The prices and details above may have changed. Check the details as well as international calling rates by referring to the providers’ websites.

Where can I buy a SIM card and load for my SIM card? You can buy SIM cards and load (top-up) from supermarkets, dairies or superettes, PostShops, gasoline stations, or from respective provider outlets in malls and commecial centres.

What is the cheapest way to call someone in the Philippines or in other countries? If you have an internet connection, you can save on calls by using the calling feature of Yahoo Messenger, Gmail, MSN, or Skype. You can also use your mobile phone or landline/home phone to make overseas calls. Check with your mobile network or home phone provider for international calling rates. As an alternative, you can buy phone cards from supermarkets or dairies. The cheapest way, however, depends on: •

Whether you are calling a mobile or landline number (some providers offer special rates when you call a landline in selected countries)

The frequency and duration of calls (providers have various calling plans to suit your needs, and some have capped rates for specific countries), or

Any ongoing promotions by the network provider. From time to time, for example, Vodafone offers $2 for 60 minutes for calls to any landline number in the Philippines.

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Employment Job search methods

• • • • • • •

Using the internet Referrals from family and friends Sending out CVs to employers From newspaper adverts Recruitment agencies Door knocking/cold calling Job hunting in groups

Avoid long sentences or narratives—they can bore the reader. Summarise using bullet points instead.

Tailor each CV to the role that you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a junior role, you do not have to mention your Masteral degree or a managerial role in the past. Otherwise, the employer might find you over qualified.



Research shows that the last two methods have the best success rates. Knocking on doors of offices (whether or not they have a vacancy) and doing the same thing in groups have success rates of 47% and 84%, respectively. On the other hand, using the Yellow pages to call prospective employers has a success rate of 69%.

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There are several methods in finding a job:

Emphasise your good qualities, achievements, and awards on the first page. For example, mention “Model Employee for the Year” or “Outstanding Salesperson” to generate interest.

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These statistics tell us that you must not confine yourself to job hunting via the Internet or through advertisements in newspapers.

For more tips and information on careers and job searching, refer to To go directly to the website’s job search page, visit

CV preparation Tips on CV preparation •

CVs must not be more than four pages long. Your CV is an advertisement of yourself. It has to be brief and straight to the point to grab the reader’s attention.

For more tips, refer to

Free workshops for CV preparation and job hunting The Auckland Chamber of Commerce conducts the Kiwi Career Success programme, a workshop on writing an effective CV and job hunting. It is free for NZ Residence or Work permit holders, including those on WTR. Participants also get to share their job hunting experiences with other new migrants. For more information, contact (09) 309 6100 or send an e-mail to Other organizations such as the Auckland Regional Migrant Services (www.arms-mrc. and the Migrant Action Trust (www. hold seminars on effective CV preparation and job hunting.

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Job interviews Tips on job interviews •

Don’t be late for your interview. Come at least 10 minutes early.

Dress appropriately. If you are applying for an office job, come in business clothes (usually coat and tie for men, and blazer or coat for women).

Give a confident first impression. Always give a firm but gentle handshake.

Bring an extra copy of your CV.

If applicable, bring samples of your work.

Be prepared for questions like “Give us an introduction of yourself “ and “Why do you think you are fit for this job?”.

Narrate experiences to highlight your good qualities. For example, if you are a good leader, cite a past situation where you demonstrated your leadership qualities.

Play down your weaknesses by drawing attention to your better qualities. For example, if your lack of experience is an issue, emphasise that you are a fast learner and are very keen to learn.

Thank your interviewer at the end of the interview.

Job interview tips and advice are available from various websites, such as

Job offer, signing a contract What should be in the employment contract to support my application for Permanent Residence? Ensure that the job fits your situation before accepting it. If you are on WTR visa (as the principal applicant), the job offer must be for a full-time, skilled employment. Otherwise, you cannot use that job to support your PR application. Important note: Read the succeeding section on WTR to PR conversion. If you think that the job is skilled but the job description in the contract needs to be amended, talk to your employer and request for a revised contract to suit immigration requirements. In amending the contract, you may need assistance from an immigration lawyer or adviser. It is better to get this right the first time (even if it entails an extra cost) than put your PR application in jeopardy.

How much should I be paid? Your salary should be within the NZ market rate. This is the rate of pay NZ citizens and residents are paid to do the equivalent work. For average wages and salaries by occupation, sector, or industry, refer to: • • •


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Employee rights What employee rights should I be aware of? By law, two types of employment rights apply to all employees: • •

The minimum pay and conditions you must receive, and The way you must be treated at work.

You are advised to understand employment rights and obligations, especially those that relate to employment agreements, health and safety, minimum wage, break entitlements, annual holidays, etc. For more information on minimum employment rights, refer to the NZ Department of Labour’s Employee Relations web page minimumEmpRights.

Employment PAYE = pay as you earn SEEK = refers to the job search website Situation Vacant = job available Sparkie = electrician Solicitor = lawyer CV = curriculum vitae, resume FTE = full time equivalent OSH = occupational safety and health

Do employees on WTR visas and work permits have the same rights as residents and NZ citizens? Yes. The same labour laws apply for employees on work permits and employees who are NZ citizens or permanent residents. Outside of work, there are some privileges that are available only to NZ citizens and residents. For example: •

Government subsidies on hospital expenses or medical treatments (except accidents). This privilege, however, is extended to holders of at least two-year work permits.

Tertiary students, whose parents are WTR visa or work permit holders, are regarded as international students; therefore foreign student fees apply.

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Driving in NZ The Road Code and driving basics What is the NZ Road Code? The NZ Road Code is a guide to NZ’s traffic laws and safe driving practices. The theory and practical tests for driver licences are based on the information from the Road Code. You can either buy a copy of the Road Code from bookstores or AA outlets (, borrow the book from the public library, or access it from the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) website ( Read the latest edition and appropriate version (there are versions for cars, motorcycles and heavy vehicles).

Speed cameras are positioned in strategic places. If you are caught for a traffic violation such as speeding or driving through a red light, you will receive an infringement notice (with the corresponding amount of fine) by post.

Roundabouts (rotundas or circles) are very common in NZ. Before attempting to drive in NZ, learn the rules on roundabouts and intersections.

All vehicles in NZ must have a current Warrant of Fitness (WOF). A WOF is a sticker issued by the NZTA, which indicates that the vehicle is roadworthy or safe to be on the roads.

Some basic driving information •

The steering wheel is on the right-hand side of the car; you always drive on the left side of the road.

Multi-lane roads always have lane markers. You cannot just swerve between lanes without indicating.

Horns are hardly used. If someone uses their horn on you, you must be doing something wrong.

Show road courtesy. For example, if a driver gives way or stops to let you pass, show courtesy by giving a simple wave.

Road rules are strictly followed, with or without a policeman around.

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Driver licensing

Tips for taking the theory test Study the Road Code, and take the sample tests in the book.

Can I use my Philippine Driver Licence to drive in NZ?

For other sample tests, refer to: • • •

You can use a current and valid overseas driver licence or an international driving permit to drive in NZ for a maximum of 12 months from the date of your arrival in NZ. You must acquire an NZ driver licence before the 12-month period expires.

You can no longer drive in NZ unless you have an NZ driver licence. To get an NZ driver licence, you must pass the theory test and then the practical test.

Familiarise yourself with the area where you will take the exam. Take note of traffic signs, speed limit signs, pedestrian crossings, school zones, and road hazards. Traffic flow varies depending on the day and time, so practise driving in the area around the same time and day of the week of your exam.

Don’t be late for your test. Come at least 10 minutes early.

Make sure the car you will use for the test has a valid Warrant of Fitness (WOF) and the registration is current.

Ensure that the headlights, brake lights, indicators, horn, speed gauge, wipers, seat belts, and mirrors are all in working order.

During the test, NEVER go over the speed limit, but do not cause traffic by going very slow either.




The theory test is a written examination to test your understanding of the NZ Road Code. A practical test is an actual on-road driving test where an examiner rides with you for about half an hour. The examiner will assess the way you drive and perform common driving manoeuvres such as overtaking, stopping, turning, parking, getting on and off driveways, busy roads and motorways, and the way you abide by traffic rules and regulations.

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What happens after 12 months?

Tips for taking the practical driving test

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Once you are ready to sit the test and apply for a driver licence, visit any of the authorised licensing agents of the NZTA, such as:

Car buying

• Automobile Association (AA) ( • Vehicle Testing NZ (VTNZ) ( • Vehicle Inspection NZ (VINZ) (www.vinz.

Things to consider when buying a car

For a list of licensing agents, refer to:


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General inspection. Get someone who knows things about cars to help you do the inspection. Check the mechanical, electrical, and exterior/interior condition, such as the

Road test. Drive the car for around half an hour to see how it handles speed, steering, braking, and going uphill. Take note of the car’s suspensions when going through bumpy roads, and the overall engine noise.

Professional mechanical inspection. A full pre-purchase inspection from specialist shops such as AA or VINZ costs up to $120. The buyer pays for this cost. It is up to you as the buyer if you want this to be done. Paperwork. Check the ownership documents. Ensure that the seller matches the name on the documents. It is advisable to get a VIR (Vehicle Inspection Report), which you can buy from for around $30. The report includes the full ownership history, and information on any expired warrant of fitness or flood damage. It also tells you if the vehicle is stolen or currently under financing, or if there are inconsistencies in odometer readings.

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Advertisements in local and national newspapers. Car fairs. One of the most popular is held every Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Ellerslie Race Course grounds in Greenlane. Second-hand car dealers. Car auctions such as Turners Auction in Penrose Road, Mt Wellington.

What are the different ways of buying a car? Keep these things in mind, especially if you are not buying from a car dealer or trader: •

For your protection and peace of mind, you may get at least a Vehicle Inspection Report ( or a pre-purchase inspection from AA or VTNZ. Make sure the Warrant of Fitness and registration are current and valid.

Private sale • There is no guarantee for the car, but the price could be cheaper than buying from car traders or dealers.



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lights, wipers, brakes, steering, and tyres, signs of accident damage or repairs, or fluid leaks.

For more information, refer to “Car buying guide” on


Second-hand imported cars

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Second-hand imported cars are common in NZ because they are more affordable and are often as reliable as brand new ones. You can buy mechanical and electrical breakdown insurance at the time of purchase to cover any unexpected repairs.

Where to look for second-hand cars •

Websites such as:

Second-hand car yard or car dealers/traders • Expect to pay a bit more compared to buying privately. • Some car dealers accept trade-ins for your old car. • The car comes with a guarantee. • You can haggle for the price. The window price is often two to three thousand higher than the final price. • Car yard salespeople generally discourage a pre-inspection report because some fault might be found with the car. It is however, to your own advantage to insist on having a preinspection done even if you have to pay extra. • If the car is newly imported and you are the first owner in NZ, it is normal for the car to have no registration yet. The car dealer will organise the registration and change of ownership for you. This is referred to as “onroad” cost (around $270) and is usually added to the window price.

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Car auctions • Cars bought from auctions are cheaper than those from car traders • There is no guarantee for the car. • Attend one or more auctions to experience the bidding process. • Pre-inspection and test drive of the car is normally scheduled a few days before the auction. Car fairs • Prices are negotiable. Take someone who knows things about cars to help you do the inspection and negotiate for a good price. • You may be buying from a total stranger, so it is best to get a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) before paying for the car. In big car fairs, there are mobile stations where you can get a VIR in just a few minutes.

Financing: things to consider

Change in ownership •

If you buy a car from a dealer, the dealer normally takes care of the paperwork for you.

• If it’s a private sale: 1. Go to a Post Shop or NZ Transport agent such as AA or VTNZ. 2. Fill out and sign the Notice of Change of Ownership of a Motor Vehicle form (MR13B). 3. Pay the fee ($9.20). You will be given an ownership label by the agent. 4. The ownership document will be posted to you within a few days by the NZTA.

Vehicle insurance

Before entering into a credit contract, consider the following:

Comprehensive or Third Party Insurance?

It is advisable to insure the car before driving it.

Finance rates for car purchases can be very high, with some charging over 20% per annum. Financing can have hidden costs, such as admin/booking fees, loan protection insurance, etc. You get full ownership of the vehicle only after you have repaid the loan.

Some finance companies will not allow you to repay the whole loan sooner than the length of the contract. This means you will not be able to cut short interest payments.

Most finance agreements have extra conditions such as full car insurance, or restrictions on re-selling the car.

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A comprehensive insurance (full cover) pays for damages to both your car and the car of the other party. A third party policy pays only for damages to the car of the other party; you shoulder the cost of repairs on your own vehicle. Naturally, full car cover is more expensive than third party insurance. If you can afford it, a comprehensive policy is recommended. However, in some cases (for example, the car is old or has little value), it is more practical to get third party insurance.

How to buy car insurance 1. Refer to the Yellow Pages for insurance companies. 2. Call at least three insurance companies for free quotations. Ensure that you have the

details of the vehicle, (make, model, year, registration number). 3. Choose the best quotation or offer then call the insurance company to confirm the policy. The insurance should take effect on the date you take ownership of the vehicle. The insurance company will send you an invoice for your premium payments.

number and insurance details of the other party. Check the WOF sticker of the other car to make sure it is current. 9. If there is someone in the scene who saw the incident, try to get their contact details and ask them if they can be contacted as a witness.

Car accidents

10. Report to the police. If anyone is injured, or animals are involved, you are required to report the incident to a police station within 24 hours.

What should I do if I get involved in an accident?

11. If your car is immobile, arrange it to be towed. Don’t leave any valuables in the car. In most cases, your insurance company can organise towing for you.

1. Stay calm; don’t panic. 2. Stop! By law, you must stop and do what you can to help. 3. Check that everyone is okay. If someone is injured, call 111 immediately. 4. If it’s just a minor collision and the car is still mobile, you are expected to move your car out of the way so as not to obstruct traffic. 5. Note down the details of the accident, such as your speed and the other car’s speed, the exact place, street, date, time, weather, scene, etc. Take note of the details of the other vehicle (plate number, make and model) and the damages to the cars involved. If possible, draw a sketch or take pictures of the scene. 6. Do not admit fault, but don’t expect the other party to admit fault either. There is no point in arguing with the other party as to who was at fault. Leave that to the insurance companies to settle. Get as much facts as possible and provide your insurance company with the information. 7. Give your name and contact details to the other party.

Driving in New Zealand Bonnet = car hood Boot = car trunk Courtesy car = car an auto shop lends a customer while the customer’s car is being repaired Footpath = sidewalk Motorway = highway, expressway, freeway Panel beater = auto body shop Pavement = sidewalk Petrol = gasoline Petrol station = gas station Rego = registration, plate number Round-about = rotunda Traffic lights = stop light at street intersections Tyre = tire Ute = utility vehicle, pickup truck Windscreen = windshield WOF = warrant of fitness

8. Get the name, licence number, contact

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Accommodation and Housing Short-term housing Flatting Flatting is a cheaper option for singles or couples who want to live in a shared accommodation and split the expenses. Flatting could mean a weekly rent for a room (sometimes referred to as “homestaying”), or the house rent and utility expenses equally divided between or among the occupants. Residents share a common lounge, kitchen, toilet, and bathroom. Room arrangements depend on what the occupants agree on.

advertisements outside supermarkets, schools and community halls. Online forums, like AKLnzPINOYS is also a good source because many members often advertise rooms for rent online.

Longer term housing - renting Before you decide to rent your own place, familiarise yourself with the different suburbs. Consider the cost of rent, demographics, and proximity to schools, transport, recreational parks and your workplace.

Cost of flatting

Choosing a suburb

You usually pay the rent on a weekly basis, with the first two weeks paid in advance. You have the right to request a written contract with the landlord. Always keep a record of your payments. If you pay in cash, ask for a receipt, or have a logbook of payments signed by the landlord for every payment.

If you are in the Auckland region you may consult ‘Where to Live in Auckland’, a book on population profiles, types of housing, transport, leisure, and the cost of buying or renting a property in every suburb. If you want to buy a copy, go to where2inAKL.

A room in a shared flat costs from $100 to $150 per week, exclusive of food. The landlord may charge extra for power, water, phone, and Internet connection. Before signing in, check if utility expenses are included in the rent.

Searching for flats Go to the TradeMe ( website and search its “flatmates wanted” section. You can also check local newspapers or posted

Types of rental properties • Apartment. Generally a high-rise building commonly located in the central business district (CBD). • Unit or Flat. Mostly a semi-detached or row house. • Townhouse. Usually a stand-alone house, but it could also be attached to another house. In general, townhouses are relatively modern. • House. A stand-alone house, usually with its own lawn, driveway, garage or carport. From Carabao to Sheep An Information Booklet for Pinoy Migrants in New Zealand


Rental properties in NZ are usually unfurnished (except for stove and/or oven). However, semior fully-furnished apartments are also available, especially in the CBD.

Rental property search Rental properties are advertised on TradeMe, local newspapers and websites of real estate companies:

Tenancy Bond. Equivalent to up to four weeks’ rent and is required to cover any damages or debts accrued by the tenant. The bond money is deposited to the Department of Building and Housing. You can recover the bond on termination of the tenancy if there were no unpaid amount or damages to the property.

For a $300/week rental property, moving in cost is $1537.50, broken down as follows: $600.00: Advanced rent for two weeks $337.50: Letting fee equivalent to one-week rent ($300) + 12.5% GST $600.00: Tenancy bond (two weeks)


The Tenancy Agreement

Cost of rent



The rental cost is always indicated on a weekly basis. The cost depends on the type of dwelling, its physical condition, location, and whether it has extra furnishings. For an indication of rental costs, refer to the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) website

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From this website, for example, the average rent for a two-bedroom house in Glenfield, North Shore is $315 per week (based on the period June-November 2009).

“Moving in” cost

“Moving in” cost is the total initial amount that you need to pay before you can occupy the property. This amount can be equivalent to four to five times the week’s rent, depending on the rental terms of the landlord or property manager. In most cases, moving in cost is broken down as follows: Advanced rent for two weeks


Sample calculation of moving in cost:

You can also go to real estate offices for flyers and listings.

Letting fee. The service fee paid to the real estate agent, usually equivalent to one-week rent plus GST.

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A tenancy agreement is a contract between the landlord and the tenant. It outlines the terms and conditions of the tenancy, and must be signed by both parties. The landlord must ensure that the tenant receives a copy before the tenancy starts. The agreement must specify the names of the parties involved, the bond requirement, a list of chattels, the start date (and end date for fixedterm tenancy), terms of contract termination, and the landlord’s address, among other things. The minimum length of the tenancy is usually six months. The tenant or landlord can end the tenancy agreement after giving proper notice to the other party. A standard tenancy agreement form is downloadable from

Your rights and responsibilities as a tenant The best way to know your rights is to know the law. The Department of Building and Housing’s booklet Renting and You – a Guide to Law about

For more tips on renting, refer to the DBH website:

Common problems in renting

Insurance. Home contents insurance covers you financially in case of accidental damage to the property. It also provides cover for loss or damage to your personal and household possessions. Refer to the phone directory for insurance companies, and get a free quote from at least three insurance companies. Compare then decide on the policy and premiums that suit you.

Discrimination. By law, a landlord cannot discriminate against you because of colour, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or disability. If you feel you are a victim of discrimination, call the Human Rights Commission (0800 496 877).

Termination of Tenancy. Tenants must give 21 days’ written notice, unless the landlord agrees to a shorter period. The landlord, on the other hand, must give at least 90 days’ written notice. However, if members of the landlord’s family wish to move in or if the property has been sold, they only have to give 42 days’ notice.

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Repairs. If something needs to be repaired (for example, broken glass window, plumbing or electrical problems), let the landlord know as soon as possible. To avoid any liability on your part, never attempt to remedy the problem yourself.

Before moving in to the property, you must ensure that utilities are available on the day of your occupancy.

Water connection In most cases, the water connection stays under the landlord’s name. The landlord receives the water bill (generally every three months), who in turn will send it to you for payment. Always ask for a copy of the bill and keep a record of your payments. On the day you move in, you and the landlord must get the water metre reading and record it. This way, when the bill arrives, you can calculate how much water you have consumed and the amount you need to pay.


Moving in to the property - utilities

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Renting is a good resource and is available from

Disputes. If the problem cannot be sorted out with the landlord or property manager, get advice from the DBH by calling 0800 TENANCY (0800 836262), or go through a mediation process outlined by the DBH (refer to As a last resort, you can go to the Tenancy Tribunal ( TenancyTribunal), a special court that handles problems between landlords and tenants.

Power connection About a week before moving in, call the power/ gas company to open an account and arrange for connection. Provide the exact address of the property, and ensure that you have noted down the power metre reading. You may choose from the following power companies. • • • • •

Contact ( Empower ( Genesis ( Mercury ( Meridian (

To compare pricing from different companies, refer to

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Telephone and internet connection About a week before moving in, organise your landline phone connection with your chosen provider.

Furnitures and appliances Buying brand new

Most companies have specific plans or packages for telephone and broadband connection. Shop around to get the best deal that suits your requirements:

The trick to buying brand new items is to wait until the item you want is on sale. Some stores put items on sale quite frequently. Keep an eye for those bargains to get better prices.

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Here are some popular stores that sell brand new furniture and home appliances:

Orcon ( Slingshot ( Telecom NZ ( TelstraClear Ltd ( Vodafone NZ ( WOOSH ( WorldxChange (

Movers If you need to move heavy or bulky furnitures or appliances when moving houses, you can hire a moving company. The cost of movers depends on the distance between the two places, the estimated number of hours to do the work, and the estimated volume of the items to be moved. The moving company supplies the truck and the workers to carry the items. To save time and money, you must pack your belongings beforehand for easier and faster removal. Get free quotes from at least three companies (search for “movers” in the Yellow Pages) before hiring a moving company. Alternatively, if you want to move the items yourself, you can hire a van or a trailer on an hourly/daily basis. Search the Yellow Pages for truck or trailer rentals. Small trailers are also available in many petrol stations and can be hired from $20 per day.


• Appliance Shed – home appliances, whiteware, audio/video equipment, clearance items • Bond and Bond – computers, audio/video equipment, whiteware • Briscoes – small appliances, homeware • Dick Smith Electronics – electronics, computers, audio/video equipment • Farmers – furniture, computers, small appliances, whiteware • Harvey Norman – furniture, computers, home appliances, whiteware, audio/video equipment • Noel Leeming – computers, home appliances, whiteware, audio/video equipment • Furniture City • Target Furniture • The Warehouse – small appliances, whiteware, homeware, etc. It is a good idea to compare prices before actually buying. You can check the prices from their respective online stores. For computers and accessories, see or www.priceme. for the best prices. You can also ask most stores if they can match or beat the price of other stores.

Buying second hand is your first stop when you want to buy second hand goods. This site is NZ’s version of eBay. In order to buy stuff from TradeMe, you first need to register. Registration is free. Simply follow the online registration process in TradeMe and you are set to go. Just keep in mind that because you are

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buying from an auction, items you buy are sold as is and normally do not have any warranty unless explicitly stated by the seller. Brand new items are also sold in TradeMe and are clearly marked “NEW”. If you prefer buying from a physical store, there are a number of specialised stores that sell second hand. For instance, along Dominion Road, you will find a number of shops selling second hand whiteware (washing machine, refrigerators, stoves and ovens). Look for these stores in the Yellow Pages directory.

What is a Garage Sale? Some households put their used items on sale, normally in their garages, hence the term “garage sale”. Garage sales are usually held during weekends, particularly Saturday mornings. Going to garage sales is fun because you often do not know what bargains and treasures you will find. The earlier you are, the better your chances are of finding the best buys.

NZ power plug adaptor You may need a power plug adaptor if you plan to bring your own electrical appliance from overseas. Adaptors are available from some two-dollar shops for $2 each. You can also buy them from supermarkets or hardware/electronic/ appliance stores for around $6 each. The pins on a NZ power plug look like this:

Accommodation and Housing Cul de sac = dead-end street Flat = apartment, unit Forthnight = two consecutive weeks Ground floor = first floor. Confusing because when using an elevator, pressing 1 takes you to the floor next to the ground floor, which is actually the second floor. Lavatory = toilet Lift = elevator Lounge = living room Lounge suite = sofa Postal code = zip code Rubbish = garbage Rubbish bin = garbage can Section = plot of land Sky = cable TV State house = rental house owned by the government To Let = for rent Toilet, Loo = CR, bathroom 1/20 Holly St (read as “1 bar 20 Holly Steet”) = First house at number 20 Holly St. Just as 2/20 is the second house at #20, 3/20 is the third house, and so on. PW = per week ROW = right of way WC = water closet OSP = off-street parking

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Education, Childcare and Healthcare School system Age levels Education is compulsory from age 6 to 16. Most children start going to school at the age of 5. Students in primary and secondary schools are grouped in year levels, from Year 1 (age 5-6) to Year 13 (age 17-18).

Preschool (age 2 ½ – 5) While preschool is not compulsory, many parents send their children to early childhood programmes. There are many types of early childhood education available, both state-funded and private.

Primary school (age 5-11) A child can start attending primary school on the day they turn 5 (Year 0); no need to wait for the next school year. Primary schools cover Years 1-6, but some primary schools offer Intermediate levels (Years 7-8). Tuition and other fees (such as books and other teaching materials) in public or Catholic schools are from $100 per year. Most schools offer installments. Also consider other costs such as uniforms (from $400) and stationeries (around $50).

Intermediate school (age 12-13) Depending on local school options, children in Years 7 and 8 can either stay at their primary school (if Years 7 and 8 are offered) or move to an intermediate school for these two years. Some schools offer both intermediate and secondary levels.

Secondary school/High school/ College (age 13/14-18) Secondary schools cover Years 9–13. In some rural areas, primary and secondary schools are combined to form an Area School (Year 1–13). Attendance at secondary school is compulsory to age 16 (Year 11 or 12). Although most have left by age 18, students can attend secondary school until the end of the year they turn 19. Tuition and other fees (such as books and other teaching materials) are from $150 a year in public schools. Some Catholic or private secondary schools charge up to $10,000 a year because they are not subsidised by the government. Also consider other costs such as uniforms (from $400) and stationeries (around $150). Donations in primary and secondary schools In lieu of tuition, some schools ask for a “donation”. It is not a requirement for enrolment, but parents are strongly advised to pay the donation. Keep the receipt so you can claim for a rebate or tax credit from the Inland Revenue Department at the end of the tax year. From Carabao to Sheep An Information Booklet for Pinoy Migrants in New Zealand


Tertiary education

For entry requirements, contact the university registrars or visit their websites.

Tertiary education in NZ covers universities, polytechnics and colleges of education (teachers’ training colleges).

When does school start in NZ? The school year for Years 1-13 runs from late January or early February to December, divided into four terms. There are two-week school holidays between terms, and a six-week summer break after the last term.

Tuition and other fees (from $3,000 per year for local students) are not fully covered by the state. International fees (over $15,000 per year for a full-time course) apply to those on student visas/ permits or whose parents are WTR/work permit holders. The fees vary depending on the course.

NZ Universities

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Auckland: • AUT University ( • Manukau Institute of Technology (www. • Massey University (http://auckland.massey. • UNITEC ( • University of Auckland (www.auckland. Wellington: • Victoria University ( • Massey University in Wellington (http:// Christchurch: • Christchurch University (www.canterbury. • Lincoln University (

Hamilton: University of Waikato (www.waikato. Dunedin: University of Otago (


Choosing a school


The Medical Assurance Society also offers special financial services to tertiary students studying to be health professionals.

For information on NZ’s education system, refer to: • • •

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Permanent residents can avail of the Student Loan offered by the government for university education. The loan is interest free while studying, payable after graduation or upon employment.

The school day generally runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (primary) or 3.30 p.m. (secondary).

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What is a school zone? Public schools enforce an enrolment scheme that limits the number of students accepted by the school to prevent overcrowding. The scheme includes a home zone that clearly defines the geographic area covered by the school. Students living within the zone have a right to enrol at the school. To find out which schools your home address is zoned for, refer to Your child may still be accepted as an “out-ofzone” student (i.e. you live outside the school’s zone), depending on the school’s enrolment policy and availability of slots. You must contact the school a few months to half a year in advance.

What is the decile rating? A school’s decile rating reflects the average family/socio-economic background of its students; it is not a measure of the standard of education delivered by the school.

Decile 1 schools have the highest proportion of students from low-income families; Decile 10 schools have the highest proportion of students from families with high socio-economic backgrounds. For more information, refer to

School standards All schools must meet a set of nationally administered standards. To view a report on a school’s performance, refer to

Enroling your children

No. They are considered international students and are therefore not eligible.

Childcare At what age can a child be left alone at home? 14 years old. It is against the law to leave children under 14 at home without supervision from someone who is at least 14 years old. 14 is also the minimum babysitter’s age.

After-school arrangements for primary/intermediate students


Can I still enrol my child to school in the middle of the year?

Can children of WTR holders avail of student loans for tertiary education?

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The Ministry of Education uses a school’s decile rating when allocating funds to the school. Schools with a lower rating receive more funds from the government.


Yes. Primary and secondary students do not have to wait for the next school year to start. Tertiary students can start at the beginning of a term.

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I have a child who just finished high school in the Philippines. Can they go straight to University?

It depends on the course and the requirements of the University. Contact the university registrar or visit the University website.

I have a WTR visa, and my children are on student visas. Are they eligible for free schooling in NZ? They can avail of free schooling at the primary school level. International fees apply to secondary and tertiary students.

Most schools have arrangements with Community Centres or private individuals to look after children after school. Contact the school or the Community Centre closest to the school for information and pricing.

Childcare arrangements for preschoolers There are many daycare centres and kindergartens (refer to that can take care of your child while you are at work. It is best to call two or more centres near you to inquire about pricing and check how they operate. You can also book an appointment to view their facilities. It is also a good idea to get recommendations from other parents. Preschools in NZ are quite different from those in the Philippines. NZ preschools emphasize physical and personality development, so children are given more time to play and interact with other kids. Teaching subjects like reading and writing are usually deferred until primary school.

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If you find childcare centres too pricey, an alternative is to find a baby sitter. There are other mums and retired grandparents who look after other children for extra money. Price and time arrangements are negotiable and payments are usually in cash. You may request for a receipt which you can use for tax purposes. Tax rebate for child care expenses Keep all receipts for childcare expenses and record your expenses for the tax year in your tax return to get a rebate.

Healthcare Do I need health insurance? NZ’s public health system is free to citizens and residents (and those with work permits of two years or longer for urgent cases). Some services, such as visits to the GP (General Practitioner), dentist, optometrist, and other specialists are not free, regardless of residency status. Surgeries are free to residents. However, there is a waiting list for non-urgent cases. It could take months or even years before you can get a schedule for your operation. Regardless of your residence status, it is a good idea to have health insurance. If you are on a work permit that is less than two years, it is essential that you have a health insurance. A Surgical Care or Hospital Only policy is the most affordable type of health insurance. It covers hospitalisation, surgery, and specialist visits and costs from $100 per month for a typical family of four.

Where can I get health insurance? Get quotes from different health insurance


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providers to get the policy that best suits your needs. • • • • • • • • •

Southern Cross ( Sovereign ( Tower ( State ( ING ( UniMed ( ASB ( BNZ ( TSB (

You may also want to get a free no obligation quote from the insurance brokers listed in the Pinoy Business Directory in the appendix of this booklet.

Are new migrants eligible for public healthcare? If you are a permanent resident or have a work permit valid for at least two years, you and your family are eligible for publicly funded healthcare.

Finding a doctor In NZ, your first point of contact for any medical problem is a family doctor or GP. If necessary, the GP will refer you to a specialist or a hospital. In most cases, you cannot go directly to a specialist (except dentists and optometrists) without a referral from a GP. To find a GP, ask around for recommendations or look under “Registered Medical Practitioners” in the phone directory. A visit to a GP costs from $10 for preschoolers, and $40 to $60 for adults. Some GPs waive the fee for children under 6 years old. Blood tests and laboratory tests are free if referred by a doctor. A visit to a specialist costs from $200. To search for a GP, medical specialist, clinic or hospital, refer to

Is dental or eye care expensive in NZ? Yes. Tooth extraction or tooth filling costs from $100 per tooth. A set of dentures will set you back by $1000 or more. Basic dental care for eligible schoolchildren (up to 18 years of age) is provided free by private dentists contracted by district health boards. Ask the dentist if they provide this free dental care. An eye checkup costs up to $150 and prescription eyeglasses cost around $200. Dental treatments and prescription eyeglasses are relatively cheaper in the Philippines, so it is a good idea to see your dentist and optometrist prior to your departure for NZ.

ACC The ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) is a government-run insurance body that covers anyone in NZ, including non-residents, for any type of injuries due to an accident. ACC pays for the medical expense including rehabilitation and compensation for lost income resulting from any accident. For more information, refer to http://acc.

Education, Childcare and Healthcare College = high school, not university Creche = day care center Form 1 to Form 7 = grades at intermediate to secondary school Kindy = kindergarten Standard 1 to Standard 4 = grades at primary school Uni = university Sit an exam = take an exam GP = General Practitioner, family doctor Pharmacy, Chemist = Drug store

What to do in case of an emergency In case of any emergency requiring medical assistance, the police, or the fire brigade), dial 111. In medical emergencies, an ambulance is usually dispatched to the specified location. NZ also operates a helicopter ambulance to reach places not easily accessible by land.



Immigration Matters Seminars/forums for WTR visa/permit holders AKLnzPINOYS and other migrant support groups occasionally conduct seminars for WTR visa/permit holders to assist with job search and conversion of permits to permanent residency. In the past couple of years, AKLnzPINOYS had conducted free seminars, not only in Auckland but also in Manila and Cebu. Conducted by NZ practising lawyers, the seminars received very positive feedbacks from the participants. A sample of the questions discussed during these seminars were: • • • • •

I now have a job offer, when can I apply for PR? What are the documents I should submit to apply for PR? Do I have to wait for 3 months before applying for PR conversion? Do you think my job as ___________ will be considered “skilled” by INZ? I have already lodged my PR application but my WTR will expire soon, can I continue working? If not, what can I do to be able to continue working?

If you have the same or similar questions in mind and wish to attend a WTR-to-PR seminar, contact AKLnzPINOYS by e-mail ( for a schedule of seminars.

The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act This Act was passed in May 2007 to protect the interests of people receiving immigration advice. The Act requires anyone giving immigration advice about NZ to be licensed unless they are exempt. When seeking immigration advice, ensure that the adviser has a valid license issued by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) or is exempt from obtaining one (such as lawyers with current practising certificates in NZ). INZ will refuse to accept your application and/or request if the adviser acting on your behalf is unlicensed and is not exempt. Refer to the following pages in the Immigration Advisers Authority website for more details: • What is the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act? • Who is exempt from licensing? • Search the Register for a Licensed Adviser

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Useful links for further reading WTR visa/permit holders should familiarise themselves with WTR policies as well as the Essential Skills Policy by reading the materials published by INZ on their website. Below are useful links, most of which are from the INZ Operational Manual, specifically relevant for WTR visa/permit holders.

Refer to

INZ policies, criteria applicants wanting to come to NZ must meet, visa requirements

Skilled Migrant Category

Essential Skills Work Policy

What INZ considers Skilled Employment

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If you are looking for informaton on...

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classifica- tion of Occupations (ANZSCO)


ANZSCO Appendix 11 List of Skilled Occupations www.immigration.govt. nz/opsmanual/i13160.htm

NZ market rate salaries per industry


Definitions of ‘employment’, ‘full-time employment’, ‘NZ Market Rate’

Additional requirements for Skilled Employment www.immigration.govt. nz/opsmanual/i17629.htm

Immigration Frequently Asked Questions

Applications for Work Visas and/or Permits

www.immigration.govt. nz/opsmanual/20532.htm

Determining the availability of NZ citizens or residents, Labour Market Tests, Definition of “genuine attempts”

www.immigration.govt. nz/opsmanual/13155.htm

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If you are agreeing to provide accommodation for the visitor(s), you must provide evidence that you own or hold a rental agreement on the property that the visitor(s) will stay.

If you want to sponsor someone to visit NZ, you will need to fill up Form INZ 1025 (Sponsorship Form for Visiting NZ). The form is downloadable from You can also get the form from any branch of INZ, Citizens Advice Bureau, or most travel agencies.

If you are sponsoring your partner (or intended partner) for a visitor’s visa/permit, you must complete the Form for Partners Supporting Partnership-Based Temporary Entry Applications (INZ 1146), otherwise use INZ 1025 form.


You must take the form (INZ 1025) and the evidences you are providing to a person authorised to take a statutory declaration (such as a Justice of the Peace) and sign it.

You must be a relative or a friend of the visitor(s) you are sponsoring

You must be a NZ citizen or the holder of a NZ residence permit.

If you are providing financial support/the cost of accommodation/the cost of return airfares for the visitor(s), you must provide evidence that you have sufficient funds.

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Miscellaneous Shopping Shopping malls • Atrium on Elliott ( • Botany Town Centre (www.botanytowncentre. • Dress Smart ( • Lynn Mall ( • Meadowlands Shopping Plaza (www. • Sylvia Park ( • Westfield ( branches nationwide • Westgate (www.westgateshoppingcentre.

Supermarkets • • • • •

Countdown ( Foodtown ( Woolworths ( Pak n Save ( New World (

When shopping especially for food items, don’t limit yourself to buying from the big supermarkets. Also visit the smaller groceries, butcheries, fish shops, fruits and vegetable shops. Their prices are generally lower.

Consumer rights The Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA) and the Fair Trading Act (FTA) are two laws created to protect the rights of consumers.

was not done properly. It covers personal or household goods such as clothes, whiteware, cars, etc. It also protects you for services provided by lawyers, auto mechanics, painters, hairdressers, etc. For more information about the CGA and remedies for consumer rights issues, refer to ConsumerGuaranteesAct. The Fair Trading Act prohibits misleading and deceptive advertising in the sale of goods and services. It protects you against buying goods or services based on false advertisement. If you suffered loss because of being misled by a trader, you can lodge a report with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. For more information about the FTA, refer to How to settle disputes The first thing to do to settle any dispute is to talk it over with the other party in a calm and objective manner. If a settlement looks unlikely, then you may need to lodge a claim with the Disputes Tribunal. The Disputes Tribunal is a place where disputes are settled. The Dispute Tribunal assigns a Tribunal Referee to hear your case and help you reach an agreement with the trader. If this fails, the Tribunal will decide on what it deems fair. The Tribunal deals with claims up to $15,000 (or up to $20,000 if both parties agree). The cost of filing a claim with the Tribunal ranges from $30 for claims less than $1000, and up to $100 for claims $5000 or more. For more information about the Disputes Tribunal, refer to

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Buying Philippine made Most Asian shops have a separate section for products imported from the Philippines where you can find your favourite condiments (sinigang mix, bagoong/shrimp paste, patis/fish sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, lechon sauce, etc.), canned goods, and snacks. Refer to the Pinoy Business Directory in the appendix. Look under sections “General Merchandise” and “Food, catering”.

Money remittance, balikbayan box If you want to send money or a balikbayan box to your loved ones in the Philippines there are many companies who can do this for you. Refer to the Pinoy Business Directory in the appendix. Look under “Money remittance”, “Balikbayan box, freight forwarding”.


Filipino community in NZ

Are there any Filipino restaurants in NZ?

Filipino organisations

There is one named “Turo-Turo Philippine Cafe” located at Glenn Ines Auckland where you can eat your favourite Filipino dishes such as La Paz Batchoy, Dinuguan, Sisig, Goto, adobo, caldereta, pansit, tapsilog and many more.

A list of organisations and associations registered with the Embassy of the Philippines in NZ can be found on

Filipino radio programmes

Refer to the Pinoy Business Directory in the appendix. Look under “Food, catering”.

Where can I buy pre-cooked Filipino food?

Several stalls at the Good Shepherd Parish in Balmoral, Auckland sell cooked Filipino food (sisig, dinuguan, kaldereta, kare-kare, etc.) every Sunday, right after the Filipino mass. The mass starts at 11:15 a.m., and the stalls usually open at around 12:30 p.m. Alternatively, contact any of the shops listed in the Pinoy Business Directory in the appendix. Look under “Food, catering”.


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Samut-sari Philippine Cultural Radio Programme hosted by Virginia Russel. 104.6 Planet FM, Sundays 5-6pm. Tinig Pinoy. 104.6 Planet FM, Saturdays 12:252pm. Ang Mabuhay hosted by Serge Ruiz. 96.9 Plains FM, Saturdays 7-8pm.

Filipino newspapers/magazines • • • •

Diario Filipino Filipino Migrant News Maya Pasa Pinoy

Filipino newspapers are free in most Filipino owned stores.

Labour weekend Filipino festival Held annually during the weekend of Labour Day (4th Monday of October), this festival is widely attended by Filipinos from all over NZ. Every year the festival is hosted by a different city. • • •

2008: Hamilton 2009: Wellington 2010: North Shore City

Sports tournaments, a cultural show, and a pageant are the highlights of the festival.

Catholic services • Good Shepherd Parish (Filipino Mass) Every Sunday @ 11.15 a.m. 27 Telford Avenue Balmoral, Auckland 1041 Phone: 09 620 9517, Fax: 09 620 9515 Parish Priest: Rev Ruben Elago • St. Joseph Church (Filipino Mass) Every 4th Sunday of the month, 1:00 p.m. 10 Dominion St. Takapuna, North Shore City Phone: 09 489 6486 For other Catholic Services, refer to • Auckland - • Wellington - • Christchurch - For other religions, churches, or religious groups, refer to the phone directory or the Yellow pages.

Philippine Embassy and Consulates Philippine Embassy

50 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 Website: Phone: +64.44729848, +64.4729921 Fax: +64.4472-5170

Philippine Consulate in Auckland

Level 4, 15 Huron St. Takapuna, Auckland Website: Phone: +649 909 6184 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00AM -12:30PM

Philippine Consulate in Christchurch 230A Clyde Road, Christchurch P.O. Box 22-303 Phone: +643 3518602 Fax: +643 3772804 Email:

Services provided by the Philippine Embassy/Consulates • •

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Travel document Acknowledgement of documents: Special Power of Attorney, Affidavits, Parental Support and Consent, Certification of Documents and Oath Taking Authentication of documents NBI Clearance – fingerprinting and acknowledgement of personal appearance. Passport application/renewal

It is advisable that you call and make an appointment prior to visiting the embassy or consulate.

Migrant support The following organisations provide support and offer settement information and advice to new migrants and would-be migrants. • AKLnzPINOYS ( group/AKLnzPINOYS) – online group of Filipinos living or intending to settle in Auckland. • Pinoyz2NZ ( group/pinoyz2nz) – online forum comprised mostly of Filipinos wanting to emigrate to NZ. Members help each other by sharing informaton, ideas and experiences.

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• CHCnzPINOYS ( group/chcnzpinoys) – online group of Filipinos living or intending to settle in Christchurch. • Move to New Zealand (www.movetonz. org) – online group that provides help and support for the NZ Immigration process. Most members come from the UK and USA. • Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) ( – a nonprofit organisation which supports migrants, refugees, and returning kiwis to settle successfully in the Auckland Region.

• KASAGIP Charitable Trust (www. - a Wellington based organisation whose main objective is to provide assistance or relief to migrants who are experiencing personal or financial difficulties. • NZ-Phil SCOT Charitable Trust ( - aims not only to assist children of Filipino migrants but also street children and orphans in the Philippines.

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• Migrant Action Trust (MAT) (www. – a non-profit organisation supporting migrants and refugees. MAT regularly runs support group meetings on job search, employment, CV writing, and job interview preparations.

• Shakti Community Council (www.shakti. – a support group for ethnic women, especially those experiencing domestic violence.

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• wlnzpinoys ( wlgnzpinoys) – a group of Filipino friends and families in Wellington.


Shopping and Dining

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Aotearoa = Maori name for New Zealand, meaning “land of the the long white cloud” Aussie = Australian Barbie = barbecue Bloke = man Bring a plate = bring food to share with others, potluck Boxing day = Dec 26th and Jan 2, nothing to do with the sport of boxing Bum = butt Dub-dub-dub = www, world wide web Earth = electrical ground Heaps = means a lot Kiwi = can refer to New Zealander, kiwi bird or kiwi fruit depending on context Mate = buddy Mum = mom Maori = indigenous people of New Zealand Pakeha = non-Maori person Root = to have sex Shout = to treat as in “lunch is my shout” Smoko = short break period usually to smoke outside Supper = late evening meal/snack Sweet-as = “cool”, “awesome” Take-away = takeout or food “to go” Tea = dinner, generic name for evening meal, but can also mean any short break period anytime of the day, as in Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea Telly = TV Tramping = hiking Zed = Z, the last letter of the alphabet

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Bitter melon = ampalaya Bok choy = Taiwan pechay Chemist = drugstore Chips = french fries Choko = sayote Cotton buds = Q-tips Dairy = convenience/“sari-sari” store Duvet = quilt, comforter, thick blanket Entrée = appetizer Fizzy drink = softdrinks Gumboots = rubber boots Ice block = popsicle Jandals = rubber slippers Jersey = sweater Jumper = woollen sweater Knickers = underwear Kumara = kamote Lemonade = 7-up or sprite Lolly = any candy; not necessarily lollipop Nappy = diaper Ong choy = kangkong Pawpaw = papaya Pork crackling = chicharon Rubber = eraser Sausage = hotdog Serviette = table napkin Taro = gabi Tofu = tokwa Togs = swimsuit, bathing suit Tomato Sauce = catsup Torch = flash light Veggies = vegetables BYOW = bring your own wine EFTPOS = electronic fund transfer at point of sale GST = goods and services tax HP = hire purchase ONO = or near offer TM = refers to

OE = overseas experience OZ = Australia

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For Pinoys, by Pinoys: In their own words Bayanihan is what the Carabao to Sheep Booklet is all about. It is in this spirit that we share a compilation of stories written by Filipino migrants in NZ. They talked about their NZ journey and how they struggled, persevered, and triumphed over adversities in a foreign land. Some shared a few tips and tricks on settling in NZ and fitting in. Some used humour. But one thing is for sure: each one imparts a lesson or two. Let these stories serve as an insight, an inspiration, or an eye opener.

1st AKLnzPINOYS Meet (12 March 2006) at Pt Chevalier Community Centre


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Wanted: Local experience By Jun Dandoy Much is said about this topic “is it true,mahirap buhay sa Nz?” And we read different views and opinions both from people na “nandun na at mga papunta pa lang dun.” Well for us who have experienced the “best of both worlds”, we can only share our personal experiences in order for some Pinoys to have a glimpse of what’s in store for “your decision to migrate” and leave your native land. And in order to lighten up the spirits of those undecided pinoys, here’s my life story (buhay NZ, ika nga). My wife and I started to entertain the idea to migrate to NZ sometime in 2003. But we only got serious in 2005 when (Immigration NZ) INZ replied to our queries and started to lodge our application. Si Mrs ang masigasig maginquire thru on line (since office work siya - madami siyang time and ako field work- Sales & Distribution-South Luzon Coke) and at one point I asked her, “baka scam yan?” We even tried the services of Mheta but since malakilaki sinisingil nya, nagduda na kame and applied on our own. Year 06 Dec when we were interviewed by the famous Frrrannccesss Wuuu- hu-hu-hu? in Makati city (kase nag coup d’etat sa Thailand noon). Got our WTR-2yrs last Mar’07 and flew to Christchurch (CHCH) July’07. We left our kids muna with my in-laws sa Ilocos Sur. Ang dalang baon namin bukod sa sang-katerbang damit, ay yung pinagbentahan ng auto ko (P85k), tibay ng loob, determinasyon at dasal sa May Likha. I didn’t pay much attention to the forum (Pinoyz2nz) then (kase kanya-kanya opinion), tsaka gumugulo lang sa isip ko, eh. We both stayed at my cousin’s farm in Hokitika for 2 weeks and we met some members of the West Coast Filipino Community. They were all very hospitable & gave us microwave, iron, TV, plato atbp. Sang ka pa? Libre kagamitan. While staying in the farm doing nothing and watching the cattle fall in line in the shed to have their precious milk extracted, we applied on-line announcing that we are already here in CHC. We received several mails (telling us that our appli is unsuccessful), so we went to Greymouth and tried our luck there. Kumain lang kame sa McDo Greymouth at nag-dare-ran lang na what if we apply here? We asked the service crew if they have job openning & was referred to their owner/manager (Indian guy) & after some very short chat, he asked if we can start right away!?

“Ganun lang talaga buhay ng migrant, handang mag-sacripisyo sa lahat ng mga bagay-bagay” Dito na nagsimula ang kalbaryo namin to have a “local experience”. Since baguhan lang ako, these kiwis always pick on me & told me to do this & to do that? Utusan ako. Habang nag-mop ako ng kitchen, halos ma-iyak ako (kase di-katulong ako sa Pinas). And when I had an overseas call to my son, he asked me bakit ako naglilinis ng floor sa Mcdo? I told him we loved them so much that we are doing these sacrifices for them. There is also an instance wherein I was tasked to collect/pick-up the rubbish inside & outside the Mcdo premises. Gigising ako ng maaga para pulutin lang mga upos ng sigarilyo at wrappers ng mcdo. Sa isip-isip ko, pinag-aral ako ng mga magulang ko sa Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas, tapos yayo lang ang work ko d2? All this for an $11.25/hr job, not bad kung mag-coconvert ka. Siempre, mega-compute kame how much kikitain namin for a week, for a month, etc. We tried to save our small earnings by not buying unecessary things. Dahil hindi sanay hindi kumain ng kanin, nagsimula kaming mag-bread na lang para tipid. I aso applied & was hired as grocery assistant at Grey New World supermarket. Yung work na hindi gagamitan ng college degree, mag-fill ka lang ng grocery shelves (merchandizer). Tanung ko, pang-PR na ba ito? Sales ako sa Pinas, eh merchandising work lang ito? So, parang malabo maging skilled work? Bale pan-dagdag na lang ito sa CV as local experience. We celebrated my wife’s bday last Aug’07 without our kids by our side and it made our journey more lonely. Lungkot ang kalaban mo. I had these two odd-jobs until Oct’07 because lady-luck struck & gave me a break last Sept’07. I was shortlisted by one of the companies I applied for in the newspaper. It was an Australian firm doing business in NZ & soon I found myself booked for a business trip(training) in Melbourne, Australia & another week in Auckland Sales office, then back to Chc (last wk of Oct’07). And during that business trip to Melbourne, last From Carabao to Sheep An Information Booklet for Pinoy Migrants in New Zealand


Oct10’07 is my youngest son’s bday. Nasa ilocos silang magkapatid, nasa Greymouth asawa ko(‘coz she’s still working sa Mcdo Grey) at ako naman nsa Melbourne for my training. Hiwa-hiwalay kaming mag-anak. Diba nakakalungkot? Pero kasama sa sacrifices natin yan. Dasal ang ginawa ko and wished we will be re-united with our beloved kids soon. After serving and proving my worth to the company for three months, I was confirmed as a regular/permanent staff. So, I submitted my third month payslip requirement of Immigration NZ and received a letter of approval (conversion of WTR to PR). Then we submitted our passports and have it stamped last Jan.23’08 (barely 6 mos upon arrival last Jul25’07). Together with our passports, they send also our CD interview with Frances Wu. So I pressume whatever you declared during your interview, dapat yun ang maging permanent work mong i-declare sa immigration officer assigned to you dito sa Chc. So, kung tugma yung sinabi mong gusto mong work na a-applyaan at yun na ang present work mo, the Ofcr will probably grant your conversion (WTR to PR) without questions asked. Tinawagan lang nila employer mo just to confirm your status with the Company, then yun natatak kaagad ng PR passport mo. Along the way, we met a lot of nice and supportive friends in Chc who helped us adjust to our new life here. Meron dyang patutuluyin ka ng libre sa flat nila, kase pinag-daanan nila ang dinadaanan mo ngaun. Ganun lang talaga buhay ng migrant, handang mag-sacripisyo sa lahat ng mga bagay-bagay. Wag ka nang mag-inarte dito. Iwan mo sa Pinas mga di mabubuting ugali. Lastly, kukunin na namin mga anak namin next month at hindi na sila dadaan sa ahensya ng gobyerno, para wala ng kuskos-balungos. Para wala ng pahabol s’men gov’t. Thank you sa mga tumulong regarding this issue. I do hope this experience of ours will inspire others who seek this so-called “New Zealand dream”. Kung kaya namen in less than 6mos, kaya nyo rin yan mga kababayan. Konting tiis lang at pasencya at buo dapat ang loob mo-tutal ginusto mo itong pag-migrate in the first place, di ba? Indeed, the Lord knows how sorely we miss our kids back home. Kaya He made all these things happening to our lives.


Ang Kwento ni Ivy By Ivy Asis In my personal experience sa pakikibaka in migrating to NZ, madami din po akong pinagdaanan na struggle. Pero sabi nga ng karamihan sa atin, dasal lang and eventually you’ll reap the fruit of your labor. I’m sharing this para naman mabuhayan ng loob ang mga desidedo talagang makarating dito sa nz. My experience may not be applicable to Juan nor to Maria. Here is my story: I visited NZ sometime 1996 (KU: correction, I think this should be 2006) as tourist. At that time, it was 12 months in the waiting ako sa application process, just lodged ITA. I was only granted with LPV. I tried my luck in applying jobs. Got several interviews but wala akong swerte noon. Hindi ako natanggap, tho, muntikanan na. Alam ko may kulang pa ako na skills...skills of good NZ english communication (ang hirap intindihin kase salita nila) and what nz employers want to hear from job applicants. Kaya uwi po ako ng Pinas bago mag-expire ang 1-month visitors visa ko. After 1 month back sa Pinas, I was scheduled for interview by my VO. We were the 1st batch na sa Pinas nagconduct ng interview ang mga Visa Officers. Take note, hindi po ako nagresign muna sa job ko when I left for NZ. So tama ako, may binalikan pa ako na job. After a month, I got AIP-PR, biglang PR baga. Hindi ko po ini-expect yun. Luck nga kaya yun? Seguro, since si ML ang VO ko, na sabi nila mabait & very considerate si ML. Ano raw ang factor why I got outright PR? Kase, nagvisit daw ako sa NZ, so na-i-relate ko ng maigi sa VO ko yung how well am I prepared to migrate to NZ. Sipag din seguro, kase nag-research ako sa tulong ng madaming members dito sa group na to, sila ang nagbigay sa akin ng tips (lalo na yung kelan lang na-grant nya ng outright PR before me). Eto yung sinasabing, “do your homework”. One month after, fly na po ako with my daughter sa NZ. Wow! exciting! Sa wakas wala ng balikan ito!

“..naiiyak ako dahil sa Pinas manager po ako ng malaking warehouse!“ Naku, almost 2 months na po ako dito sa NZ noon hindi pa po ako makahanap ng work related to my job. Bakit??? Sa kagustuhan kong may pagkakitaan, nag-apply ako ng mga temping job. Yun bang on-call ka kung may need na odd job sa mga company na hawak nung agency. Hayyy, minsan tinawag ako for a job. Sa isang big wholesaler store. And ang work ko for the week? Magpupulot po ng emptied cartons sa shelves! Grabe...naiiyak ako dahil sa Pinas manager po ako ng malaking warehouse! And now tagapulot ng carton? Sabi nung friend ko, bakit ko daw sobrang pinababa sarili ko. Basta pray lang ako. At last, may tawag sa akin for interview in the same industry where i was working back sa Pinas. Nag-research ako. Sabi ko, this time, I should be accepted. And tama ako, I got Job offer. A big Luck? seguro, kase hindi ko inaasahan yung salary offer sa akin na mas mataas as to what I was expecting. In 2 month’s time working with the company, I got pay rise. Unexpected din po ang % increase ko. Praise to God! Monetary wise, in less than 3 months working, I was able to save money katumbas ng nagastos ko sa pag-aapply sa NZ. Aside sa nakabili din po ng kotse. Yung, 15 years ko po sa pagtratrabaho sa Pinas, naipon ko lang po dito sa NZ in 3 months time. Baka hindi po kayo maniwala pero totoo yun. (Kase mahirap po makaipon sa Pinas, un ang totoo...) In 12 month’s time, nakabili po ng sariling bahay. Sana po huwag panghinaan ng loob ang ilan sa atin na nasa Pinas pa. Try your luck, do your homework. Kung may hirap....may ginhawa na naghihintay sa atin. Cheers and more strength to hold on for those who are in struggling times now... From Carabao to Sheep An Information Booklet for Pinoy Migrants in New Zealand



At para bang kulang dapat na dagdagan Puting reklamadaor dapat parusahan Ginisang bagoong biglang isinalang Langhapin mo lahat simoy na masangsang

ni Rod Alcoriza Pagmumuni-muni aking binalikan Ang takbo ng buhay sa sariling bayan Nagdaang kahapon ay kabaligtaran Nitong naging buhay dito sa New Zealand

Mapulang mansanas, orange na makatas Itim, berde’t pula, makulay na ubas Hirap na matikman noong nasa ‘Pinas Ngayo’y hindi pansin hanap ay bayabas

Bayang Pilipinas pansilid sa tiyan Ang daing at tuyo ay pangkaraniwan Talbos ng kamote karaniwang gulay Ang dahon ng kangkong sahog sa sinigang

Mabango’t matamis na manggang kalabaw Makatas na atis at mabahong duryan Tsiko at lansones at langkang madilaw Ngayon ay pangarap mahirap matikman

Dahil araw-araw ganito ang ulam Ang kabag ng tiyan ay panay ang hataw Hangin sa pang-upo ay panay ang singaw Amoy ng paligid nakakahimatay

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Doon sa tanggapan English ang usapan American accent at conscious sa grammar Sagana sa porma’t panay ang pasosyal Ang sariling wika ay halos iwasan

Ang isdang galunggong pangsalit sa gulay Kahit na tinapa o maging paksiw man Ito’y walang paltos maging sino ka man Bahagi ng menu pagkain ng bayan


Ngayong nandirito sa ibayong bayan Iba’t ibang karne ay pangkaraniwan Nakakasuya na halos ay maduwal Pagkain ng karne ay parusang mortal

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O daing at tuyo kayo ay nasaan Kami ay natiis buhay ay nilisan Sa ami’y ihasik ang inyong linamnam Ang pangungulila huwag nang dagdagan

Kay hirap hanapin pagkain sa bayan Kung matagpuan ma’y saksakan nang mahal Pagkaing mahirap ngayo’y pangmayaman Dating hinahamak ngayo’y dinadasal At kapag pinalad ito’t natagpuan Niluluto pa lang tulo na ang laway Kahit na mabantot walang pakialam Parang nasa langit sa kaligayahan

Kahit magreklamo puting kapitbahay Sa sangsang ng amoy ay halos mamatay Ang mabunying Pinoy walang pakiramdam Basta’t mairaos hinaing ng tiyan


Itong mga anak sa sarilng bansa Ang turo ay English sa pagsasalita Ngayong nandirito sa Ingles na bansa Dapat kausapin sa sariling wika


Manok, baka’t baboy, pagkaing espesyal Mamahaling karne pagkaing mayaman ‘Pag mayroong handaan iyong matitikman Kaya kung laklakin ay bundat ang tiyan

Ngayong nasa banyang English ang salita Hanap ay kausap sa sariling wika Pati mga puti kapag nabibigla Ay tina-tagalog hindi nahihiya

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Itong ating buhay sadyang balintuna Ating hinahanap ay ang mga wala Sa lamig at init tayo’y sadyang sala O buhay, o buhay alin ba ang tama Ngunit mayrong bagay na hindi nagbago Pangit na ugaling tsismosa’t tsismoso Saan man mapunta saan man tumungo Laging lumulutang ang ugaling ito Kahit na magsimba’t dasal ay usalin Kahit paikutin bali-baligtarin Hindi nabawasan nadagdagan mandin Ang taong tsismoso ay tsismoso pa rin Hataw sa tsismisan itong kayabangan Hindi nabawasan bagkus naragdagan Kahit na tumuwad kahit hubaran Talagang mayabang, mayabang, mayaabaaang! Aking paumanhin kung nasagasaan Ang balat sibuyas na mga kabayan Ito’y isang biro na katotohanan Huwag nang magalit magbago ka na lang

An etiquette guide for visitors and new migrants in NZ By Dolly Rubiano Villacort OK, so you finally got that coveted visa, said goodbye to all your family and friends who were so glad to see you go, contacted your distant relatives, long-lost mates and new online friends in NZ and, if you’re a migrant, also followed DAYO’s 10 Things You Need to Know Before Coming to NZ ( article2927.php). But wait, there are also 10 things you need to know upon arriving in NZ. 1. If you’re temporarily staying with relatives or friends, remember that you are a guest only for a day, strictly speaking. But since Filipinos are known for their hospitality, the novelty of having house guests lasts for a week or two. Know your place.

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2. Help with house chores. This needs no explanation and is the easiest rule to follow. 3. After the honeymoon period is over (see rule #1), offer to share in the rent and other expenses. Do not assume that your host is rent- or mortgage-free, has no bills to pay and has unlimited internet access. Water is free (at least in Wellington) but hot water in the shower is not. Having no work yet is not an excuse to be a freeloader. You’re supposed to bring enough funds with you. 4. If you don’t follow rule #3 or in case your saintly host declines your offer, do not overstay. Find your own place.


5. Bring a plate, not a friend. It is customary in NZ to ‘bring a plate’, i.e. food or drinks, when invited to a gettogether. But that doesn’t mean you can bring a friend, too. Ask first. 6. Be courteous and take off your shoes. If you come to the door and you see a seating bench with a shoe shelf nearby or a door mat piled with shoes, take the hint.


7. If someone invites you out (for coffee, lunch, dinner or birthday drinks), it doesn’t generally mean they are going to pay for it. Unless they say “my shout” (shout means treat), it’s K-K-B (kanya-kanyang bayad) so bring your wallet.


8. Thank the driver when getting off the bus.

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9. When a stranger asks “How are you?”, say “I’m good, thank you!”, but don’t bother to ask him how he is. Trust me. 10. Lastly (because I can’t think of anything else), when in doubt, ask!


Being an Ideal Guest in a New Zealand Setting By Ka Uro So now, alam mo na kung ano ang Tea, Dinner at Supper. Ano naman ang mga common protocols na dapat sundin kung ikaw ay naimbitahan dumalo sa isang kainan sa ibang bahay? You would want to project yourself as an ideal guest, siempre. Dahil kung hindi maganda ang impression sa iyo ng iyong hosts, asahan mong hindi ka na maiinvite sa uulitin. Sundin ang mga sumusunod. Huwag ma-late. Huwag pairalin ang Filipino time. Try to come 5 to 10 minutes early. And if you’re gonna be late for more than half an hour, give the host a ring. Huwag mag-sama ng iba na hindi naman invited. Kadalasan, tamang tama lang ang food na naka-prepare para sa mga invited guests. It’s a very awkward situation for the host kung may kasama kang isang banda, tapos ang nakahandang sinaing e isang rice cooker lang. Corollary to the previous rule, if you are not invited, don’t come. This is true in most children’s parties where only the children are invited. Malalaman mo ito kapag may naka-specify na drop off at pick up times for your child sa invitation. Kung walang naka-specify, ask. Huwag kang sumali sa children’s party, dahil usually wala naman nakahandang pagkain para sa adults. Sumali ka kung naka dress up ka na clown. Magdala ng drinks or food. This is optional pero kung malakas kang uminom better bring your own, a six-pack or bottle of wine. If you don’t drink, bringing something for dessert will give you pogi points. Take your shoes off before entering the house. This is a common practice in NZ homes as a sign of respect and consideration for the house owner. Wala naman kasing maid dito na pwedeng maglinis ng sahig later. Pagkatapos mong hubarin ang iyong sapatos, ayusin mo sa isang tabi nang hindi ito maapakan o makatisod ng ibang guests. Make an effort to introduce yourself to other guests. Medyo hirap ako dito kasi likas akong mahiyain. But lately, I try to approach other guests, introduce myself “hi, I’m Brad, Brad Pwit” and shake hands with them. Offer to help in the kitchen. This will definitely give you more pogi points at tiyak na matutuwa ang iyong hosts. NZ households don’t have the luxury of domestic help, hence, they appreciate the slightest gesture to offer assistance especially in the kitchen. Restrain your kids. There is nothing more annoying than out-of-control kids running inside the house, spilling food and drinks on the floor and carpet. The sight of carpet stains, a sure thing to make your hosts’ blood boil or give them a heart attack. TIP: If you are the host and want to avoid carpet stains, offer only water or Sprite or 7up for drinks. No coke or red wine. When it’s time to eat, huwag makikiuna sa iba. Paunahin mo muna ang iba. Minsan nauna ako sa pagkuha ng pagkain; susubo na sana ako nang biglang nagsalita yung host: “Mag-pray muna tayong lahat. In the name of the Father and of the Son….”, pahiya ako, gusto kong maglaho nung oras na yon. ... Amen. Be considerate of the neighbors. After 10pm lalo na kung may pasok the following day, most people will already be sleeping. Ibaba ang volume ng karaoke or close the doors and windows. Patulugin niyo naman ang mga kapit bahay. Otherwise baka ma-report kayo sa noise control. Know when it’s time to leave. A party normally lasts around 2 to 3 hours. If you notice your host yawning or says something like “hay naku pasukan na naman bukas” o kaya nagpatay na ng TV at entertainment unit, it’s time to say goodbye. Kapalmuks ka na lang talaga kung hihintayin mo pa silang maglabas ng banig at kulambo. Follow these simple rules and you’ll be assured for people to invite you again on the next occasion. Unless….if you never bother to invite them or reciprocate the favor, eventually makakahalata sila. Dahil bakit ganoon? Sila na lang parati ang naghahanda, ikaw, you don’t invite others to your home kahit, pa-skyflakes lang at pa-kape. Huwag madamot, paminsan minsan ikaw naman ang magpa-lunch or dinner.


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Puna’t Puri ng Kabayang Naligaw sa Middle Earth By Noel Bautista Dear Mahal: Salamat kay God Mahal at naayos rin ang papel mo finally. Parang di ko maimagine na after four years masusundan mo na rin ako rito. Napabilib mo ako sa tyaga at patience mo sa paghihintay at paghain ng visa application, alam ko masalimuot proseso nya pero natapos mo rin nang maayos di ba? Mangilan-ngilan lang naman mga paalala at reminder ( pareho lang ) sa yo para di ka magulat pagdating mo rito sa ating temporary adopted land : Siguro ito ang pinakamahalagang paalala Mahal, pagtawid mo ng kalye rito, titingin ka muna sa KANAN at hindi sa KALIWA. Paglampas mo ng gitna, sa KALIWA ka naman magmamasid. Ewan ko bakit ganito ang pamamalakad nila rito, pero may kinalaman ito sa RIGHT HAND DRIVE o paglagay ng manibela sa kanang bahagi ng sasakyan. 3 taon na ako rito at nagkakamali pa rin ako twing tumatawid, minsan kapag minamalas, ngali-ngali na akong masagasaan; nasisigawan at minumura pa rin ako ng mga drayber. Mas grabe minsan si Kuya Flatmate, binubuksan pa rin nya minsan ang passenger side ng car nya at napapasigaw nang, nakupo, ninakaw ang manibela bago sya matawa at makitang mali na naman ang bukas nya ng pinto. Kakaiba ang accent ng mga Kiwi at Maori ( tribu ng katutubo ) rito Mahal, palibhasa nasanay tayo sa American accent na mahahabang vowel at nakabuka ang bibig madalas, wag kang magulat sa pananalita nila. Minsan me pagkaBisaya sila magsalita, minsan naman parang Ilokano. Wag kang matawa Mahal, bagkus pakinggan mo sila nang mabuti at sanayin mo ang sarili mo sa mga impit nila. Madalas, malumanay sila magsalita, parang Ilonggo at minsan ka lang makakaranas ng taong di sanay sa banyaga tulad natin (tayo na ang banyaga rito ha?). Merun din namang mga salbaheng intolerant at wag naman sanang racist pero kakaunti lang sila. Kaya ko po pinaalala sa yo na magdala ka na ng mga toiletries dahil como mataas ng bahagya ang sweldo rito, mataas din ang halaga ng mga produkto nila lalo na mga gamit sa katawan tulad ng shampoo, conditioner, jabon at deodorant, atbp. Para sa kanila ay katanggap2 lang ang presyo pero for us in the Philippines, hihimatayin ka. Kaya yung mga pinakamaselan mong gamit, bilhin mo na dyan, mga 1 buwang supply. Wag ka ring mamangha kapag may nakikita kang mga Kiwi (yun pala ang tawag ng mga puti sa sarili nila) na parang mas mahal pa nila ang mga alaga nilang hayop kesa sarili nilang uri. Aso, pusa at kung anu-ano pa,


sobrang malapit sila sa mga ito at higit pa sa pangu2lila nararamdaman nila kapag nawala o namatay ang mga ito. As you might expect, tiba-tiba mga veterinarian o manggagamot ng mga hayop dito, pero kadalasan pet lover din sila; halos atakihin nga sila nung sinabi ko na sa dakong Norte natin, kinakain pa ang aso at minsan pusa. Hindi ito biro para sa kanila, muntik na akong sapakin ng bisor ko. Dahil summer ang dating mo rito, baka manibago ka rin sa Haring Araw na sumisilip pa rin sa kanluran dakong mga 830 n.g., extremes kasi yan. Pagdating naman ng winter, halos alas ocho na n.u., pero pababa pa lang ang buwan at lumiliwanag pa lang. Malayo kasi tayo sa equator Mahal kaya either masyadong mahaba or masyadong maigsi naman ang araw. Kung tutuusin Mahal mas swerte ka pa nga sa akin, dahil open ang WP mo at pwede kang magtrabaho kahit kenino, basta nakursunadahan nila abilidad mo. Ayusin mo lang ang pakikitungo mo sa kanila, mga magiging boss mo, at siguradong magkakasundo kayo. Lastly, di naman sa tinatakot kita, nagaalinlangan din ako minsan, pero ang mga puti rito ay madaling magkagusto sa Asyana, lalo na sa mga Pinay. I’m sure nabalitaan mo bout mga internet dating service para sa mga puti, ang una nilang hinahanap bukod sa mababangong bebot ay yung mga magagaling magluto, marunong mag-alaga at katamtaman sa katawan. Ed diba ganon karamihan ng mga kalahi natin? So there, mag-ingat ka na lang at wag kang magpaligaw rito hmm? Siguro, ako dapat ang matakot. Naku, I’m sure every day will be an adventure for you here Mahal, nagpapasalamat ako na at least makikita mo ang lahat na dati’y kwento ko lang sa mga chat natin pero ngayon ay mararanasan mo nang 3D, high def at THXsensurround. Counting the days po. Gua ai di. ingat palagi, ha? Mahal


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Pinoy Business Directory

Hisway Biz See advertisement on page b22

Accounting Services, Tax returns

Accounting Services, Tax returns

Jabb Accounts

Bookkeeping and tax returns services

Arlene Ahorro 31 A Caribbean Drive, Glenfield, Auckland h: 9am-7pm p: (09) 443 8407 m: (021) 209 4237 e: Accounting Services, Tax returns

Small Business Accounting

Small Business Accounting is a supportive accounting service for the self employed, partnerships and small companies.  Our services include Computerised Cashbook, Profit Summaries, GST & Tax returns, year end Profit & Loss statement, Balance Sheet, Depreciation Sched, Rental Property Accounting & Payroll 

David Yang m: (021) 038 9855, (022) 011 9434 e: Balikbayan box, Freight forwarding

Balikbayan box, Freight forwarding

Philippine New Zealand Global Cargo

Worldwide alisbayan/balikbayan freight service / air or sea freight / personal or commercial consignement / custom brokerage / money transter & your fund is secured / only Filipino custom broker with over 10 years NZ shipping industry experience.

Ariel Abrogena PO Box 57087, Owairaka, Auckland h: 8am-10pm p: (09) 627 9795 m: (021) 732 898 f: (09) 627 9795 e: w: TindahanPnoy

Balikbayan box, Freight forwarding

TindahanPnoy-Para sa Filipino “Your Total Filipino Grocery in New Zealand”

See advertisement on page b18 Jojo Velasco 288 Sunset Road, Windsor Park, North Shore City, Auckland h: 10am-8pm, Mon-Fri p: (09) 479 6271 m: (021) 914 192 f: (09) 479 6271 e: w: Balikbayan box, Freight forwarding

Forex Umac Express Cargo NZ Ltd

Tranfex NZ Ltd

We do care about your Cargo. We love to deliver!

Freight Forwarders. Balikbayan boxes from NZ to the Philippines

Marlon Manuyag 105 Edgewater Drive, Pakuranga Auckland 2010 h: 9am-5pm p: (09) 577 1383 e: w:

Oscar and Mercy Catoto 52 Queens Rd Panmure Auckland 1072 New Zealand h: 9:30am-6pm, Mon-Sat p: (09) 5708986, (09) 5708981 m: (021) 969022 f: (09) 5702187 e:,

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Freightwise International Global Logistics

YOUR ONE-STOP TOTAL GLOBAL FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS PROVIDER. We offer New Zealand and Worldwide Import & Export Freight handling ( Sea and Air ), Customs clearance, warehousing & distribution,  documents and parcels Courier and Household relocation. Be WISE, use FREIGHTWISE !!!

Edwin Quindo East Tamaki Park, 320 Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland h: 9:30am-6pm, Mon-Fri p: (09) 948 WISE or (09) 948 9473 m: (021) GO WISE or (021) 246 9473 f: (09) 929 3915 e:, Balikbayan box, Freight forwarding

LM Money Transfer Ltd See details under Money Remittance

ANZ Bank

Banking, Finance & Loans

We welcome you to see ANZ about your banking & financial needs. Please contact Luth Millares ANZ St Lukes 09 2522644 or Gemma Dominquez ANZ New Lynn 09 2522524

Luth Millares ANZ St Lukes 61-63 St Lukes Rd (opposite Westfield St Lukes, next door to Washworld & AA Autos) p: (09) 252 2644 AssetMax Ltd

Banking, Finance & Loans

“We cover you all the way. We take care of your Insurance, Finance & Investments”

See advertisement on page b11 Cecilia Tan h: 9am-5pm, Mon-Sun p: (09) 4807 498 m: (027) 692 3022 f: (09) 480 7498 e: w:



Banking, Finance & Loans

MHL Business Services Ltd

Helping you create wealth! For personalized service, give us a ring first before you go to the bank. We can save you time, money and stress! We have access to over 15 lenders so we can shop for the best deal for you. Best of all our service is FREE so give us a call today!

Amigos Mexican Cuisine

Food, Catering

Sumptuous Mexican, Tex-Mex and Filipino dishes at food court prices

See advertsiement on page b23

Joey and Angie Llanes Shop 10 Ponsonby International Food Court, 2/F 106 Maria Charina Tuyay Ponsonby Rd, Auckland PO Box 280053, Flatbush, Manukau 2160 h: 10am-7pm, Mon-Sun p: (09) 271 5508 m: (021) 534 467 f: (09) 271 5502 p: (09)-376 5088 m: (027) 503 3345 e: e: Banking, Finance & Loans w: New Zealand Home Loans Food, Catering New Zealand Home Loans is a dedicated managed home loan provider, committed to helping you and your family become debt free, faster.

See advertisement on page b14 Massey: Patrick Pardo / Tess Aranas 1 Exotic Place, Massey, Waitakere 0614 p: (09) 833 8570 m: patrick-(027) 4574489, Tess-(021) 2019014 e:, w: Northcote: Rex Yap p: (09) 419 4038 m: (021) 573 113 e: w: Pacific Invoice Finance

Banking, Finance & Loans

Ambrosia’s Kitchen Food stall and catering

Nonong and Mel Amrosio p: (09) 834 8375 m: (021) 187 2814 Bebot’s (Honey) Cakes and Catering

Food, Catering

General catering services. Cakes for all occasions.

Bebot Tipace p: (09) 620 4529 m: (027) 268 4670 e: w: Capital Bakery Ltd

Food, Catering

TURN YOUR INVOICES INTO WORKING CAPITAL! WE give you instant funds using your debtors as security. Benefits include up to 80% of the value of the invoices; reduced administration costs; working capital that grows with your business; no additional security requirement; and confidentiality

The first & original Filipino bakeshop in Wgtn, NZ. We sell pandesal, ensaymada, pan de coco, mamon, spanish roll, bibingka, biscocho, siopao, kakanin, sandwiches, hot pies, cakes & more. “Iloilo Best”- a sister company of Tibiao Bakery Inc.Iloilo City. Vist us and enjoy the rich taste of our delicacies

Germaine Tang Level 10, 52 Swanson St, Auckland Central h: 8am-5pm p: 0800 INVOICE (0800 468 642) f: (09) 913 3363 e: w:

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Domestic/Homecare Cleaning Services

We offer the following services; domestic or home care cleaning, deep or spring cleaning and other cleaning services. Call us for your free quote and estimate. We could give you the best price and all our works are guaranteed. Call us now!!!

Anna Gonzales 53 Cook Street, CBD, Auckland City p: 09-379 7133 m: 021 223 3028 e: w: ShoreSweep 1998 Ltd

Domestic/Homecare Cleaning Services

For chimney and window cleaning. We deal with residential and commercial. Our business has been for over 20 years. For prompt service give us a call. Free Quote.

Derek Bond P O Box 36283 Northcote h: 8am-5pm, Mon-Sat p: (09) 444 2909 m: (0274) 391 090 f: (09) 443 4189 e:


Gold Ribbon Foods Ltd

Food, Catering

Cafe* Cakes & Pastries* Delicacies* Catering

See advertisement on page b24 Omar Ramos Bldg 79, Unitec Mt. Albert Campus, Carrington Rd., Mt. Albert, Auckland p: (09) 815 4321 ext 8050 m: (021) 0232 8586 e: w: Great Tasti

Food, Catering

“Great Food, Great Taste, Great Service - Just Great!” Soon to be the Best Filipino Food Centre in Wellington...

Centre City Plaza, 43 Queens Drive, Lowerhutt, Wellington p: (04) 569 3421 Gumbo Special Kakanin

Food, Catering

Specialised in kakanin such as Bibingkang Malagkit, Bibingkang Galapong, Kutsinta and Sapin-sapin

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Maricel Falqueza 1 Levesque Street, Birkdale, North Shore p: (09) 482 6746 m: (021) 043 8572 e: J & M Foods & Butchery Ltd

Christie Jose Healthy Products Food, Catering

We are a number one supplier of Processed Meat (Kebab or Satay/ Barbeque, Tocino, Tapa, Longganisa(Chicken, Pork and Beef), Fresh Meat and Poultry. Also available Imported PHILIPPINE PRODUCTS. Please call us for your orders for all your catering needs.

Cybertalk Ltd

General Merchandise

Unlimited phone calling to the Phi thru Bayan Tel Family Ties, Tagalog movies/shows via TFC Now

Food, Catering

Jollibake offers you the most innovative and delicious baked products, breads and pies that will delight your taste buds and impress you to no ends. Years of experience in making bakery products that excel in presentation and taste to make every occasion special. Choose from over 300 different products

See additional details under Money Remittance GeoffsMusic Ltd

General Merchandise

Sounds/lights and live band --- for corporate and private functions

Geoffrey Gonzaga p: (09) 265 2863 m: (021) 155 5539 e:

2 Birkenhead Avenue, Corner Mokoia Road, Birkenhead h: 7am-4pm, Mon-Fri p: (09) 418 BAKE f: (09 418 2153 e: w:

Golden Harvest Rice/Kesco Holdings

General Merchandise

Established 5 years ago, importers and exporters of NZ food items, sole Distributor of Golden Harvest Rice imported from Thailand and Vietnam. We wholesale our goods but are looking for more distributors. Write us your requirement and one of our local director will get in touch with you

Jollibake Ltd t/a Schenley Bakery 151 SunnyBrae Road, Glenfield, Auckland p: (09) 442 4935 f: (09) 442 4935 Lito and Merly’s Food Catering

We offer unique herbals containing all natural ingredients in their purest and highly concentrated form. Our product delivers four key stages (CLEANSING - REPLENISHING - STRENGTHENING AND BALANCING). If you need assistance regarding product information please contact me: Tiens Independent Consultant

Christie Jose 103 Taylor Street, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland p: (09) 828 2110, (09) 948 8825 m: (021) 0235 9180 e:

Joel and Mina Montarde 3/15 Manuroa Rd., Takanini, Auckland h: 8am-5:30pm p: (09) 299 3179 m: (021) 675 981 f: (09) 299 3180 e: Jollibake Ltd

General Merchandise

Food, Catering

See advertisement on page b19

Specializes in Filipino food like Pancit Palabok, Laing, Dinuguan, Sisig, Kare-kare, atbp.

No. 15 Huron St. Level 4, Intergen Bldg, Takapuna, Auckland m: (021) 653 168 f: (09) 489 8735 e:

Lito and Merly Abuyan 7 Killeen Place, Donegal Park, Botany Downs, Manukau p: (09) 273 8537 m: (021) 326 247, (021) 175 6270 e:

JB Hi-Fi Westgate

Tibiao Caterers

Food, Catering

The leader in Filipino Cuisine....Offering excellent Choices of Filipino Cuisine / delicacies and value for money...

Food, Catering

New Zealand’s only Filipino Cafe offering Filipino cuisine from empanada, bihon guisado, joyful chicken, tapsilog and dinuguan to sisig, and deserts like puto, buko pandan and biko. A place to socialize and bring your non-Filipino friends to try our food.

Charie Shearer or Mary Jane Roxas 26A Mayfair Place, Glen Innes, Auckland, (Behind NZ Post Shop) h: 10am-9pm p: (09) 528 6050 m: (021) 257 3667 e: w:

Electronics & Software. The best deals and widest range on Flat screen TVs, dvd and blu ray players, home theater systems, laptop and desktop computers, ipods, mp3 players, cameras, pc software, gaming consoles, DVDs and CDs. We guarantee to beat any price in New Zealand.

Ramil de Jesus Westgate Megacenter 1 Hobsonville Road, Hobsonville, Waitakere, Auckland h: 9am-5:30pm, 7 days p: (09) 831 2005 m: (021) 108 2587 f: (09) 833 3175 e: w:

Sonny/Nieva Lim # 5 Jasmine Grove Maungaraki, Lower Hutt Wellington p: (04) 589 1099 m: (0274) 495037 e: Turo-Turo Philippine Cafe

General Merchandise

Jet FashionOnline

General Merchandise

Fashion Clothing Online

Jet Conde m: (021) 209 3540 e:

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LR Health and Beauty Systems

General Merchandise

Your chance to change . . Health . . Beauty . . Opportunity

Tess Peeters p: (09) 846 5321 m: (021) 429 912 e: w: myBlooms

General Merchandise

Flowers and floral designs. All-occasion floral designs: Weddings, Church decorations, Receptions, Dinner parties, Birthday parties, Office functions. Call or email for free consultation.

Fritzi Ann Udanga p: (09) 580 3137 m: (021) 222 8156 e: w: Party Island

General Merchandise

April Santayana m: (022) 12345 87 e: w: and General Merchandise

We are a Direct Importer, Wholesaler and Retailer of whole line of Philippine quality products ranging from Groceries, beverages and frozen products (fish, processed meats, fruits, veges) etc.

Daisy Curtis- Managing Director, Rey Cadiz- Sales Manager 213 Dominion Rd., Mt. Eden, Auckland h: 9:30am-7pm p: (09) 631 0215, (09) 631 0172 m: (021) 0266 1731, (021) 038 3557 f: (09) 631 0172 e:, Pinoy Central

General Merchandise

“The No.1 Filipino Goods Store in Wellington.” Halina po kayo at mamili

43 Queens Drive, Lowerhutt, Wellington h: 10:30am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri, 10:30am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun p: (04) 589 3421 f: (04) 589 3428 w: Pinoy Oriental Superstore

General Merchandise

A Filipino store which carries all variety of Filipino and Asian product on a reasonable price.

Glenda Marasigan 24 Mayfair Place, Glen Innes Auckland h: 9am-6pm, Mon-Sat, 9:30am-3pm, Sun p: (09) 528 4150 m: (021) 812 256 f: (09) 528 4150 e:

General Merchandise

Online Bookstore & Gift shop - Shop online, buy your favourite tagalog romance, and all other original Pinoy publications at the comfort of


Marjory Gerona p: (07) 577 9237 m: (021) 265 4789 e: w: Sophie’s Trinkets

General Merchandise

Each trinket is made with cold porcelain clay and handcrafted with great attention to details. Perfect as giveaways/favors, for weddings, christenings, birthdays and special occasions and are instant conversation pieces. I also customise cake toppers to give a final touch of character to your cakes.

Minerva L. Jongco m: (021) 0277 2398 e: w: General Merchandise

For your party needs (birthdays, weddings, etc.): balloon decorations, banners, etc.

Philippine Trading Limited

your home. We also sell Philippine made gift/souvenir items and deliver them to you or your behalf anywhere in the world.

TindahanPnoy See advertisement on page b18 or details under Balikbayan Box, Freightforwarding Tres Marias Trading Ltd

General Merchandise

Importer of Philippine Products, Dry and Frozen Goods, Money Remittance Service, Wholesale and Retail

Oscar and Mercy Catoto 52 Queens Rd, Panmure, Auckland 1072 h: 9:30am-6pm, Mon-Sat p: (09) 570 8981, (09) 570 8986 m: (021) 969 022 f: (09) 570 2187 e:, Harvey World Travel Browns Bay

Holiday Travel

Specialises on: balikbayan airfares, round the world airfares, group and individual cruises to South Pacific, Mediterranean, Europe, America, as well as packages to Europe, America, Asia, Middle East and Australia.

Gloria Hooker 24 Clyde Rd Browns Bay, Browns Bay, Auckland, 0630 h: 8.30am-5.30, Mon-Fri p: (09) 478 4416 m: (021) 039 1419 f: (09) 478 4693 e: w: Lucky Travel Ltd. North Shore

Holiday Travel

Local Tours to The Philippines and Ticketing. .

Ariel Sanchez 18/61A Birkdale Rd,. Birkdale North Shore p: (09) 962 5622 m: (021) 970 857 e: / w: Meadowlands Travel

Holiday Travel

Meadowlands Travel brings you an extensive range of competitive and affordable holidays and last minute deals to choose from including ski holidays, cruises, holiday packages and many more. For all your travel needs contact one of our expert consultants. Don’t miss out on any of our great deals.

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Jan Martin 32 Whitford Road, Howick, Manukau h: 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri, 9am-12nn, Sat p: (09) 532 8791 m: (021) 889 890 e: w: Planet Earth Travel See advertisement on page b20 Target Travel Ltd See advertisement on page b24

Harold Tarun 26A Edgeworth Road, Glenfield, North Shore City, Auckland h: 24/7 m: (021) 157 9955 e: w: Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel

IT On Demand

IT Services

IT Support and Website Creation. We offer smart I.T solutions to suit your personal or business needs. We will look after your online business requirements such as Online Shopping Carts, Online Customer Accounts Management and Billing System, Upskill IT Training Program and more.

Johanna Nonato Level 7, 3 City Road, Auckland City Centre Insurance h: 9-5pm, Mon-Fri AssetMax Ltd m: (021) 226 6103 See advertisement on page b11 or details under Banking, e: w: Finance & Loans IBG Insurance Co. Ltd


Zarah Jane Peralta, Insurance Advisor 126 Vincent Street, Auckland p: (09) 302 1028, (09) 273 1402 f: (09) 302 1169 m: (021) 227 7274 e:

MHL Business Services Ltd See details under Banking, Finance & Loans Team Ramirez

Arvin Cortez Capulong 26A Edgeworth road, Glenfield, North Shore City p: (09) 443 4485 m: (021) 062 9723 Insurance


NZ Services Auckland Ltd

IT Services

Manufacturers and Extended Warranty Repair Services for – Brother, Canon, Epson, FujiXerox, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Compaq, etc.

29 East Street, Newton, CBD, Auckland h: 8:30am-5pm, Mon-Fri p: (09) 916 1210 f: (09) 309 5219 Insurance e: w:

For your Real Estate and Insurance needs: CALL TEAM RAMIREZ. Quality living from the Team that Cares!!!!!

PC & Laptop Troubleshooting and Repair

See advertisement on page b13 Leo and Inday Ramirez p: (09) 272 9094, (09) 265 4566, (09) 265 4554 f: (09) 272 9097 m: (027) 490 2956, (021) 902 956, (027) 223 8434 e: w: adobo solutions

IT Services

We provide repair to LCD monitors and service to majority of IT equipments, PSP consoles, XBOX players. It’s your ONE STOP SHOP TO YOUR ELCTRONICS NIGHTMARES. Satisfaction guaranteed with corresponding warranty to work carried out

Personal risks, business insurance

Insurance Shop See advertisement on page b23

LCD Repair and Sales

IT Services

PC & Laptop repair based in Auckland. Can service your PC/laptop right at your home, available during evenings and weekends so your work would not be affected. Can recover old PC/laptop and make it run like new.

Sam Arroyo p: (09) 827 1574 m: (021) 127 8968 IT Services e:

A collaboration of New Zealand Filipino (kiwinoys) I.T. Professionals that specializes in providing quality software and network solutions to SMBs (small to medium sized businesses)

Eric Cristal, Omar Dizon, Mauro Oreta m: Eric-(021) 125 2672, Mauro-(021) 297 4881 e:

Premium Logic Systems Ltd

IT Services

We are an Information Technology (IT) and Multi-Media company that caters to various IT and Multi-Media companies re- Software Development , Web Designing and Network Security Solutions services

Daisy Curtis-Managing Director/Chris Dometita-IT Manager 213 Dominion Rd., Mt. Eden, Auckland IT Services h: 9:30am-7pm p: (09) 631 7495 f: (09) 631 0172 CyberCircuits Laboratory w: Computer Repair, Operating System installation, Any Windows Password Recovery, Disaster Data Recovery, Virus/Spyware Removal, HDD upgrade & transfer of your OS, Recovery Partition, Wired & Wireless Network Setup, Web site development Online Shopping, For complete range of services visit our website

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IT Services

QuickWeb Hosting Solutions

Empower your business today, we specialise in hosting & building tailor-made “unique” website especially for you. QuickWeb operate enterprise class servers in NZ, USA , Europe data centres & is currently serving hundreds of customers worldwide. Contact us today for a free no obligation consultation

See advertisement on page b21 Rhoel Gerona PO BOX 15190 Tauranga 3144 h: 24x7 m: (021) 265 4789 e: w:

“Your computer problems... solved!”

IT Services

var-IT Limited

VBA\Access\SQL\Oracle database support and programming | MS Network support & installation | PC repair & maintenance | Software installations | Network cabling

Jerome Macapagal 5 Melness Place, Flat Bush, Auckland 2016 h: 8:30am-5pm m: (021) 875 919 e: Migrant Support and Advocacy

We are professionals with a common commitment to create unlimited opportunities for personal growth and development. We shall achieve this through sharing of knowledge, expertise, resources and by providing affordable quality innovative products and services. Our core competency is in Software Testing.

Maritoni Pasay m: (021) 162 2909 e: KASAGIP Charitable Trust

Mildred Laurilla, Secretary / Rachel Pointon, Chairman 21 Argyle Grove, Trentham Upper Hutt 5018, Wellington p: (04) 528 5238 e: w: See advertisement on page b20


Migrant Support and Advocacy

Publishers of the Filipino Migrant News - the only monthly Pinoy newspaper in New Zealand and Pinoy NZ Life, a year book for Filipino Migrants.

The Asian Network Inc. (TANI)

Migrant Support and Advocacy

Migrant Support and Advocacy

Migrant Support and Advocacy

Provides health and well-being to all Asian communities

Samuel Cho h: 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri p: (09) 815 2338 e: w: Cybertalk Ltd

Money Remittance

Affiliated with ABS-CBN, BayanTel, SMART, Globe, MetroBank, and much more. Our products include: unlimited phone calling to the Phil thru BayanTel Family Ties, Tagalog movies/shows via TFCNow, SMART Padala and Globe G-cash remittance. Contact us for more info. “Sa Cybertalk, Feel At Home Ka Dito!”.

Joval Moredo p: (09) 940 9376 e: w:

iRemit Migrant Support and Advocacy

Registered with the Charities Commission (Registration # CC41607 ), listed as a donee institution with the IRD. Provide basic or emergency assistance to migrants. KASAGIP is an acronym for Kapatirang Kabalikat sa Kagipitan, a Filipino phrase which means Community Partners in Times of Need.

Migrant Action Trust See advertisement on page b15

Nanette Carillo 94 Reynella Drive, Massey p: (09) 833 9925 m: (021) 0265 3242 e: w:

Sheila Mariano Po Box 40646, Glenfield 0747 p: (09) 838 1221 m: (027) 445 7887 e: w:

Elias R. Ravillas Jr. m: (022) 034 1368 e:

Infinite Technology Society Inc

Migrant Support and Advocacy

Aims to set up and assist with poverty reducing and education intervention programmes empowering Pinoy street children & orphans to live life abundantly. Registration # CC 44336

SM Publications Limited IT Services

Techelp NZ

NZ-PHIL SCOT Charitable Trust

Money Remittance

“may ngiti sa bawat padala” - your remittance partner to and from the Philippines and to select countries around the world

See advertisement on page b12 Juancho de Guzman and Johnnathan Samaniego Unit 903A Level 2 Fountain Lane North, Botany Town Centre, Auckland 2013 h: 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm, Sat-Sun p: (09) 277 2181 m: (021) 8-REMIT (8-73648) f: (09) 277 2196 e: w: JC International

Money Remittance

JC International offers an affordable means for Filipinos who live in New Zealand to safely and reliably send money to their loved ones in the Phillippines. Same day service, flat fee of $5 on any bank in the Phil for any amount - - “kasaligan ni bai!” - - For more info please contact us!

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Jilma Camaongay Auckland, New Zealand m: (021) 068 2458, (022) 019 8917 e: w: LM Money Transfer Ltd

Money Remittance

Remittance for $5 fee, Competitive exchange rate, Same day remittance nationwide (Luzon, Visayas, & Mindanao). Also accepts Balikbayan & Alisbayan Boxes.

Larry Marundan 87 Caribbean Drive, The Palms, Northshore City, Auckland h: 8am-4pm, Mon-Fri p: (09) 442 1119 m: (021) 611 158 e: w: NZSForex Ltd

Grasp Marketing Solutions offer sales and marketing consultancy for small businesses. Grasp’s subsidiary, Escapade, offers travel toiletries and travel accessories. For more details, visit

Money Remittance

Johanna Nonato 39/99 Mays Road, Onehunga h: Anytime m: (021) 226 6103 e: w: Professional Services – Dress making, clothes alteration

Pants Alteration

Pants repair and alteration Money Remittance

Zaldy Cayton p: (09) 826 4568 m: (021) 260 2085 e:

Money Remittance

Signal and Electrical Services

Worldwide alisbayan/balikbayan freight service / air or sea freight / personal or commercial consignement / custom brokerage / money transter & your fund is secured / only Filipino custom broker with over 10 years NZ shipping industry experience.

Ariel Abrogena PO Box 57087, Owairaka, Auckland h: 8am-10pm p: (09) 627 9795 m: (021) 732 898 f: (09) 627 9795 e: w: RLC Remittance

Oscar P. Batucan 190 Barrack Road, Mt. Wellington, Auckland 1060 p: (09) 570 1139 m: (027) 570 1139 f: (09) 570 1169 e: Professional Services – Consultancy

29 East Street, Newton, CBD, Auckland h: 8:30am-5pm, Mon-Fri p: (09) 309 5218, (09) 916 1210 m: (021) 510 637 f: (09) 309 5219 e: w:

Philippine New Zealand Global Cargo

“Education - Employment - Enterprise Services offered: Marriage Celebrant for NZ, Student Education Adviser (Intl & Local), Debt consolidation, Project & Event Management, etc”

Grasp Marketing Solutions, Ltd

Money Remittance Services to and from the Philippines and other countries.

OrbitRemit Global Money Transfer Ltd See advertisement on page b22

Professional Services – Consultancy

Batucan Consulting International

We do electrical, alarm, telephone, TV-aerial and satellite works.

Ruben Peco PO Box 18026, Glen Innes , Auckland 1743 p: (09) 570 8586 m: (027) 241 7527 e:

Repair of LED, LCD, Plasma, Rear Projection, CRT, audio & home theatre systems, microwave ovens & other electronic appliances. Sony, Panasonic, LG and The Warehouse brands authorised repair agent. UHF/VHF aerial, install terrestrial and satellite receivers (Freeview), TV wall mounting & tuning

See advertisement on page b23

“Wellington’s most reliable Pinoy Remittance agents.” - Sa RLC magtiwala ka!’

Mary Ann Anacan 1784 Great North Road, Avondale, Auckland p: (09) 827 7677 f: (09) 829 2846 e: w:

Maria Cabauatan p: (04) 569 3421 Money Remittance

TindahanPnoy See advertisement on page b18 or details under Balikbayan Box, Freightforwarding Western Union Co See advertisement on page b16

Professional Services -- Electrical

Teletech Electronics

Money Remittance

Professional Services -- Electrical


Money Remittance

Professional Services – Graphic Design

Better design ideas to the best output in print design. I also provide educational and tutorial services to individual and corporate requirements such as NZQA approved courses in graphic design and seminars.

Jesse Enriquez m: (021) 022 95970 Professional Services – Consultancy e: ATQC - A Total Quality Concept ISO Consultancy, Training & Auditing

See advertisment on page b21

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Professional Services – Home improvement

Blinds n Screens North Shore Ltd

FREE CONSULTATION. FREE QUOTE. FREE MEASUREMENT. Our products are sourced from quality manufacturers and installed by experienced staff to give you a quality service and guarantee your satisfaction. There is also a DIY option whereby you measure, we supply and you install

Fatima E. Zanoria p: (09) 441 9455 m: (021) 057 8184 e: w: Tropical Interiors

Professional Services – Home improvement

Interior Design and Consultancy with focus on Asian Modern, Tropical and Filipino concepts.

Carlo Espejo m: (021) 0240 6002 e: Immigration Assist Limited

etc.) Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, LG mobile phones. We offer unlocking, firmware upgrades and repairs of almost all 3G and GSM phones currently on the market.

Naz Nunal 2 Dillon Street, Blenheim, New Zealand h: 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri p: (03) 579 3274 m: (022) 349 3663 e: w: Professional Services – Personal Care

Helen Windleburn - Hair Stylist/Beauty Therapist

Services offered: Haircut for both men and women; Hair Colour Foils,Highlights, Perm, Permanent Straightening, Waxing, Facial, Eyelash Tint, Eyebrow Tint, etc. I am doing these services to my clients with extra care for their utmost satisfaction.

Helen Windleburn 37 Western Springs Road, Morningside, Auckland p: (09) 846 7894 m: (021) 025 68760 e:

Professional Services – Immigration

An immigration consultancy with a heart. Our licensed immigration adviser is a former immigration officer who offers services at flexible payment options.

Arnold Viray Photography

Professional Services – Photography

Engagements and Weddings, Family Portraits, Corporate and Family Events, Photography Workshops, Passport Photos for Philippine Machine-readable Passport, NZ Passport, US Visa, etc.

Maria Shearer 201 St. Johns Road, St. Johns, Auckland p: (09) 528 8591 m: (021) 257 3667 e: w:

Arnold Viray Unit 1505 Aura Apartment, 53 Cook Street (corner Nelson Street), Auckland City 1010 p: (09) 354 3098 m: (021) 060 2227 e: Professional Services – Immigration w: NZ Immigration Help Service Ltd Professional Services – Photography See advertisement on page b24 Digital Viking Photography + Cinematography Professional Services – Law, Solicitor

GarciaLaw New Zealand Limited See advertisement on page b24 Dr Tony Fernando

Professional Services – Medical and Health

Psychiatrist and Sleep/ Insomnia Specialist

See advertisement on page b17 54 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden Auckland p: (09) 638 9804 e: w: Professional Services – Medical and Health

Glenfield Family Doctors

Your Filipino GP in North Shore. We offer general medical consultations, Immig. medicals, Women’s health,Cervical smear tests/Menopause advise, Men’s Health, Children’s health, Childhood and Flu immunisations, First Trimester Maternity Care, skin cancer checks/Liq N2 treatments/minor skin surgery, etc.

Why wait for 3 to 6 weeks before you can see your Wedding Video if you can watch it together with your beloved guests during your wedding reception. We are the specialist in Same-Day-Edit wedding videography. See our work at

Val Bunao p: (09) 2281 65733 e: w: Foto Hut Photography

Professional Services – Photography

Photography services such as wedding, portraits and special occassions.

Joey Aguas / Warren Herrera 81A Manuka Road, Glenfield, North Shore City 0629 p: (09) 441 3173 m: (022) 622 5945 e: w: Pixcels Digital Photography

Professional Services – Photography

Photo coverage for Wedding, Debut, Baptismal and other events

Dr. Jocelyn Lydford Shop 1, 575 Glenfield Road, Glenfield, North Shore City h: 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri p: (09) 444 8575 f: (09) 444 8576 Phone Solutions Limited

Christine Villanueva Auckland City p: (09) 963 7075 m: (021) 048 8855 e: Professional Services – Mobile Phones w:

We are New Zealand’s specialists in Nokia, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile (HTC, O2, iMate, etc.), Android powered phones (G1, Hero,


Professional Services -- Property Management

MDG Property Management Limited

MDG Property Management Limited is a Filipino-owned company

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offering the following services: rent collection, regular inspections on the properties, arranging of necessary maintenance and repairs, tenant selection with credit checks and going to mediations and tenancy court if necessary.

Manu Yam Belmont Park Racquets Club & Browns Bay Racquets Club p: (09) 410 1033 m: (021) 886 583 e: w:

Mark Dizon p: (09) 845 8565 m: (021) 880 727 e: w:

Professional Services – Recruitment, Local and International

Staffbuilders International Ltd (NZ)

We combine our international expertise and knowledge in HRM, recruitment and search processes, evaluation and shortlisting techniques to meet our business partner’s staffing needs. We provide permanent/temporary staffing for healthcare, oil & gas, construction, among other industries.

Professional Services – Video

MemoriesOnDVD will transfer your digital images onto DVD and create for you a slideshow complete with background music, menus, titles, captions and visual effects to add flair and drama. The end result is an entertaining video presentation that will move you and your audience to cheers and tears.

Mauro Oreta 8 Northbrook Close, Greenhithe, North Shore City 0632 m: (021) 297 4881 e: w:

Dan De Guzman/Emma A. Martinez L-3, 369 Queen St., Auckland CBD 1010 p: (09) 306 8817, (09) 306 8818 m: (021) 0224 3636 f: (09) 358 8102 e:, w:

Video Editing Specialists Ltd.

Professional Services -- Video

Video coverage for all occasions and video transferring of all format to DVD. We also do video editing, demo reel, photo-video slides and Audio visual presentation for corporate events.

Professional Services -- Tuition, Training and Education

Ann De Guzman

Vocal Coach, Opera Broadway Pop and Jazz

24 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, North Shore City p: (09) 419 4237 m: (021) 0239 8842 e:

Jayson Landerito 21A Quebec Road, Milford Auckland h: Anytime p: (09) 410 0235 m: (021) 235 6070 Barfoot & Thompson Nida Gray

Professional Services -- Tuition, Training and Education

ANZSIIS International School Ltd.

ANZSIIS International School, Ltd. (AISL) shares your dream of a meaningful life through quality education, genuine learning and professional training. Come and join our educational community.

Real Estate

I always treat my clients as very important people and give them a professional advise. I’m always ready to listen to their needs and give them the best possible price for their properties. I can also refer them to brokers or any other banks for their finances. So call me now!!

Nida Gray Barfoot and Thompson Northcote Branch p: (09) 444 2909 m: (021) 235 7669 f: (09) 443 4189 e:

Rosemarie Scholes Level 5 and Level 7, Smith and Caughey Building, 253 Queen Street, Auckland CBD 1010 h: 9:30am-5pm p: (09) 301 1130 m: (021) 474 406 f: (09) 301 1129 e: w:


Professional Services -- Tuition, Training and Education

HP Associates

We are one of the leading education consultancy companies, renowned for its expertise to provide on time, creative, practical and comprehensive solutions to business issues. Results-driven, dedicated to delivering competitive advantage through business strategies development and refinement.

Real Estate

We are here to help you with any real estate decisions. Whether you are buying, selling or investing in real estate we are happy to be of service. Call us anytime for a free consultation with no obligations.

Glenfield: Jane Roque, Sales Consultant 438 Glenfield Road, Glenfield, North Shore p: (09) 442 3058 m: (021) 585 104 f: (09) 444 6645 e: w: Mt Eden: Tess Mercado, Sales Consultant OCI Realty Ltd. 373- 375 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden 1024 p: (09) 623 2700 m: (021) 119 3792 f: (09) 631 7495 e: w:

Exzur Peralta PO Box 15-938, New Lynn 0600, Auckland p: (09) 273 1402 m: (021) 168 5034 e: w: Professional Services -- Tuition, Training and Education

Remeura: Thelina Nuval, Sales Consultant, Mitsi Hansen , Sales Consultant 320 Remuera Road, Remuera Professional Services -- Tuition, Training and Education p: (09) 5206114 f: (09) 522 1590 m: Thelina-(021) 945018 e: SquashCoach Squash Coaching services available for everyone across all levels of play m: Mitsi-(021) 413 535 e: by Manu Yam, former Philippine Squash Champion ( 10 years ) and was w: jessegraphics See details under Professional Services – Graphic Design

awarded 2009 New Zealand Squash Coach of the year.

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Jun Ablanida 7E Ryan Place, Manukau h: 9am - 6pm, Mon-Sat p: (09) 263 5829 f: (09) 263 5833 m: (021) 037 5454 Vehicle Sales and Auto Services e: Don Jay Collision and Mechanical Repairs Real Estate

Team Ramirez See advertisement on page b13 or details under Insurance

We offer fast and reliable mechanical repairs and maintenance, panelbeating and car painting services catering to all insurance claims, private work and car dealers. We guarantee 100% satisfaction. Minor touch-ups or complete make over. Courtesy cars available. We offer car valet service for FREE.

Ben Uy 157-B Target Road, Glenfield, Auckland p: (09) 442 5441 m: (027) 294 2644 e: w: Joe’s Garage

Vehicle Sales and Auto Services

Auto repair shop, panel beater

Joe Unit C 145A Target Road, Glenfield. North Shore p: (09)-442 5834

Roger’s Auto & Tyre Worx Ltd

Vehicle Sales and Auto Services

Services: WOF, mechanical repairs, electrical services, selling new and used tyres. All works guaranteed!

Roger Calicdan 7D Ryan Place, Manukau h: 9am - 5 pm, Mon-Sat p: (09) 263 5698 m: (027) 478 6722 Vehicle Sales and Auto Services

Wheels on West Ltd t/a Cheaper Cars

We have better prices! We got a few cars in on the peak of the exchange rate and Dante has found a supply of cars at better than average prices. If you are looking for something and you don’t see it here call or email and tell us what you are looking for. We think you will be surprised.

Dante Salvador 3003b Great North Road, New Lynn Vehicle Sales and Auto Services p: (09) 827 2142, (09) 827 7723 JR Panel and Paint Ltd m: (021) 349 318 f: (09) 827 7760 Services: Panelbeating and spray painting, Rust repairs and welding works, Muffler and exhaust repairs, Rotor/brake drum refacing, Car grooming and polishing. Accepting insurance works. All works guaranteed!





Cirila Ramirez Insurance Broker

DD: (09) 265 4554 Fax: (09) 272 9097 Mob: 027 223 8434

• Life insurance • Health Insurance • House & Contents • Car Insurance

“ You only live once - but if you do it right, once is enough”


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Migrant Action Trust ‘action when you need it’

Programmes for migrants (includes refugees and Pacific migrants) • Migrants Supporting Migrants - support to find meaningful jobs as quickly as possible • Assimilation to Integration - support at the next level after finding an employment • Supporting Groups - enabling groups to have more time helping their communities settle


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Amigos Mexican Cuisine Ponsonby International Food Court

(the building next to Work and Income NZ office)

2/F, 106 Ponsonby Rd. cnr. Pollen St. Auckland City

Open 7 days a week: 11am - 10pm (Monday - Sunday) Owned and Operated by: Joey and Angie Llanes Tel. : +64.9.376.50.88 / +64.27.503.33.45 Email : Website : Below are some of the items in our menu.

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Paulo Garcia, B.A. LL. B. Director/Barrister & Solicitor

42 H Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay P O Box 101-323, NSMC Auckland, New Zealand DX BP 63505 (for New Zealand only) Email: Tel: 09 478 0561 Fax: 09 478 0562

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Discuss only with a Licensed Immigration Adviser Licensed Adviser = Protected Migrant


Phone (09) 836 4935 email:

Our products are all made from scratch and always fresh, we only use the best quality ingredients from imported and local suppliers. Our food has no preservatives and no additives.


Café 79, Bldg 79 UNITEC Mt. Albert Campus Carrington Rd., Mt. Albert, Auckland 09 8154321 ext 8050 02102328586 / 0210507381

Our Immigration Adviser Maricel Weischede is Philippines’ first licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand. Her license details can be found through IAA website:


From Carabao to Sheep is an information booklet for new migrants in New Zealand. If you have recently moved or are planning to move to NZ, this booklet is a good resource to know your way around the Land of the Long White Cloud. It contains valuable information and practical tips that new migrants will find very helpful — from pre-departure preparations, transport options, banking, and using overseas mobile phones to CV preparation, job search and interviews, driver licences, accommodation, childcare, WTR, and so much more. For those who require more specific information, the booklet can point you to the right direction via the links to various web sites including immigrationspecific web pages. And there’s more! Within its pages is the Pinoy Business Directory with more than 100 companies and individuals that offer goods and services — really handy for the new Filipino migrant in NZ. The booklet was written by Filipinos and with the Filipino migrant in mind. However, it could be just as helpful for new NZ migrants in general, regardless of their country of origin.

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From Carabao to Sheep - Complete  

Complete version of migrant handbook

From Carabao to Sheep - Complete  

Complete version of migrant handbook