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Kea is here to support our global community of New Zealanders. We know that the process of coming home can be difficult right now, and every situation is different. We’ve put together a list of useful guides and resources to help offshore Kiwis plan their journey home and have a smooth landing when they arrive.

Before you go

Go to websites:

  • Border closures and exemptions - Advice on border closures and exemptions from the New Zealand Government and information on how to apply for an exemption for a non New Zealand spouse or child.
  • Tania from House of Travel has reached out and is happy to support our Kea members who are returning home with advice on best available flight options, transit requirements and border travel restrictions as well as booking flights and providing support until you arrive home safely. Get in touch with her at [email protected]

Helpful articles:

  • COVID-19: Advice for Kiwis overseas - SafeTravel provides helpful advice for New Zealanders living abroad who wish to return to New Zealand and tips on how to remain safe in your chosen home.

Once you’re here

  • Stranded in NZ? Mind the tax - Advice about things you should be aware of when it comes to tax if you're moving back to NZ, From Rebecca Armour the National Leader, People Services for KPMG New Zealand.
  • Going from Glomad to Glocal - The expat's guide to living at home - moving back home after time abroad can be difficult, you're still filtering life through a global mind-set.

Kea member stories of coming home


  • Kiwis coming home, Tania's story - Kea's global strategy director Tania Bearsley talks us through the whirlwind of coming back to NZ for a holiday just before COVID hit our shores and making the hard decision to stay.
For businesses resources to help you start your business in New Zealand, or manage your global business from New Zealand, click here.


Facebook groups to join
Here is a list of relevant Facebook groups to help you connect with the Kiwi community migrating back to New Zealand.

How you can help

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a massive effect on New Zealand’s most vulnerable. We understand not everyone is in a position to help, however, if you want to give back during this time, here are a few ways you can donate.


News and stories from our community
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Figuring out how to re-enter the NZ job market can be confusing, overwhelming and disheartening for many returners. Get the inside scoop from Home Recruitment on how to reenter the NZ job market.

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Anna Fifield on why she's making the move home

We spoke to Anna Fifield, who's currently based in Beijing as a journalist for The Washington Post, about her decision to come home to New Zealand.

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Stranded in NZ? Mind the tax

Advice about things you should be aware of when it comes to tax if you're moving back to NZ, From Rebecca Armour the National Leader, People Services for KPMG New Zealand.

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