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    jonb_5 is offline Junior Member
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    Default Opening a bank account


    I am currently living in the UK with the plan in the next couple of years to move to NZ.

    I am going to NZ in Jan 2011 on holiday for a month to make sure we definately want to move.

    I am thinking it would be beneficial to open NZ bank account to use for the holiday but also in preperation for when we move.

    I have read you can set them up on line:

    What is the best bank to use?
    What is the minimum amount to open the account with?
    Do I have to pay anything to put the money in, i.e. if I wanted to put 1000 in the account, what would the charge be? I have read it could be 10%, this is obviously a lot to take out of the money I put in.



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    Hi Jon,

    I've thrown in a few links about migrant banking in case they can provide some information. Perhaps some members can add their personal comments about dealings with their prefered banks.

    Bank of NZ.
    Natonal Bank.
    Mother Bear

    Try to bloom wherever you are planted.

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    Hey, what about Kiwibank???
    Arrived in Auckland on August 6, 2008.Now live in Kawakawa with my kiwi partner.
    I just started working at Bay of Islands Hospital at the beginning of December 2009.
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