Most new migrants find that New Zealand offers a better balance between cost of living and lifestyle than in their home countries. Salaries tend to be slightly lower than in some OECD countries but the cost of living is lower too.
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Cost of Living Survey
In a 2009 international cost of living survey of 143 cities across six continents, Wellington ranked as the least costly city in the Australasia region.
The survey, conducted in March 2009, measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. It is the world’s most comprehensive cost of living survey used to help multinational organisations and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees. Wellington was ranked the 139th most expensive place to live in the world. By comparison, Tokyo was the most expensive city, followed by Osaka, Moscow, Geneva and Hong Kong.
Quality of Living Survey
In a 2011 international quality of living survey, Wellington ranked as the 13th city for quality of living and came in as the 9th safest city in the world to live.