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Welcome to InsurancesafeNZ

Welcome to Insurancesafenz.com. Whether you're travelling to study, work or simply explore the globe, it’s important to make sure that you have the right level of insurance cover to protect you in the event of unexpected loss or illness.

InsurancesafeNZ provides three different travel insurance policy categories: Studentsafe, Workersafe and Explorersafe. This means that if you’re travelling to New Zealand, travelling within New Zealand or temporarily leaving New Zealand, we have something to offer you. Use the Policy Finder to narrow your policy search and get a quote. Our website is also packed with great information on how to keep safe, how to make the most of your time abroad and how to understand your travel insurance policy better. If you need further assistance contact one of our friendly staff on our toll-free number 0800 486 004 (within NZ) or +64 9 488 1638 (outside of NZ).

Making your travel dollar go further

Perfect Packing

Perfect Packing

Get practical with your packing regime to have the best time abroad

If you’re heading overseas for the first time, you might be a little unsure as to what you’ll really need to take with you – so here are our best tips!


You’ve booked your flights and accommodation, bought your travel insurance, taken time off work and are just about ready to take off on your holiday!

Regardless of whether you’re a frequent flier or

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Making sure you return from holiday with great memories

Travelling can be a real adventure – but an important part of any overseas experience is making sure that you keep yourself safe while you’re exploring.

When you’re planning adventures overseas, there’s so much excitement that it can be easy to forget about the parts of travel that are a little less glamorous. Organising travel insurance may not be as thrilling as planning your routes and researching the major attraction

Flatting on a Budget

Flatting on a Budget

Creating a rewarding lifestyle you can afford

There are always going to be some expenses when you’re moving to a new place – but there are plenty of ways to minimise the costs.

Flatting doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a number of ways you can set up a flat on a budget without losing out on quality and the occasional treat. To make sure that you get the best experience possible no matter what your income may be, we’ve brought together a few of our favourite tips and t

Finding Hidden Gems

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Looking after yourself when you’re caught up in your new life

Knowing how best to look after your health and look out for your safety is key to travelling with peace of mind.

No matter where you go in the world, someone will tell you to keep safe and often there’s a good reason for it. When travelling or moving somewhere new it can be tempting to step outside of your comfort zone and give everything a go. While this is a great attitude it’s important to explore your new surrou

How to make friends

How to make friends

How to make new friends while you’re studying abroad

It’s natural to feel homesick and very far away from friends and family while overseas – but there are some easy ways to find new friends wherever you may be!

When you’re away from your family and community that feeling of homesickness can feel very overwhelming. Making friends and keeping busy are the easiest ways to prevent homesickness – but you need to put the effort in. If you sit at your computer looking over your soci

Finding a place to call home

From Study To Salary

From Study To Salary

Simplifying the start of your working life in New Zealand

In order to get the best start possible when it comes to working in New Zealand we have some advice from those who have done it themselves!

For many people, the shift from university study to the working world is one of the biggest changes they will ever experience. Life until that point is focused on formal education – sitting in class, doing homework, taking notes… and then all of a sudden, it’s time to step out into

Transitioning from study to work

Keeping in touch

Keeping in touch

The best ways to stay in contact with those back home

While you’ll want to make new friends and connections while abroad, it’s really important not to forget about everyone back home.

Relocating to a new country for work is hugely exciting. Getting a new job and home and navigating new cultures, practices and languages is an immersive experience and can be incredibly consuming.

An “out with the old, in with the new” approach can be tempting – after all, you’re making a

Keeping Things Honest

Everybody needs good neighbours

Learning a foreign language

Learning a foreign language

Tips for expat parents

When you arrive in a new country, exchanging a few words of conversation with a local can help you to feel settled. It’s a great way to get to know people, and a useful skill to have for your time abroad. Here, we take a look at how expats parents can prepare themselves and their children for this challenge and provide some tips for successfully mastering the local lingo.

In general, the younger your children are the easier it will be for them to pick u

Moving overseas with a pet

Moving overseas with a pet

For many of us, our pets are part of the family. For expats intending to move overseas with their pet, planning and research before the move is essential. It is crucial to ensure the welfare of your beloved pet during and after transit, and that regulation surrounding the importation and exportation of pets is complied with.

Before you go:

Research animal import regulations for your new country of residence, to determine what conditions must be met for your pet to be allowed en

Learning a foreign language

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Tips for expat parents

When you arrive in a new country, exchanging a few words of conversation with a local can help you to feel settled. It’s a great way to get to know people, and a useful skill to have for your time abroad. Here, we take a look at how expats parents can prepare themselves and their children for this challenge and provide some tips for successfully mastering the local lingo.

In general, the younger your children are the easier it will be for them to pick up a foreign language. However, if your children are older, learning a new language may be more difficult for them. They will be joining school at an age where they are expected to participate fully in class and attain a high academic standard. In short, older children will be required to master a new language more quickly.

Start learning a foreign language before you move

Ideally you should begin learning a foreign language with your children before you leave your home country. Both you and your children will be better prepared for the initial challenges you will face in your new country and will find it easier to adjust to moving overseas and settle in faster, if you can attempt conversing in the language of your host country.

Begin by practicing common phrases with your children, use a phrasebook or picture dictionary. Read children's books and comic books in the foreign language, many expat parents find using school books in your new language, which are aimed at four to eight year olds, an excellent aid to getting a basic grasp of the language.

Use this as an opportunity to learn the language alongside your child, if your child hears you speaking the new language, they will be more willing to learn it too.

If you intend staying in your host country for a long period of time, be aware that your children’s language skills may quickly outpace your own. This can lead [k1] and frustration with everyday activities such as homework, so it is vital that expat parents be as invested in learning the language of their host country as their children are.

Take a language class or receive private lessons

Although private language lessons may be expensive, they are a sound investment as intensive one to one learning can result in you and your children mastering a foreign language much more quickly. Receiving tuition as a family will allow you to practice your new language skills in a ‘safe’ environment, where you will feel less self-conscious about making mistakes.

If you began your private lessons before leaving your home country, continue them when you settle in your new destination. Sign up for language classes in your new country, as these will provide an excellent source for meeting people in the same situation as you, with whom you can practice your developing language skills.

Watch children’s movies in your chosen foreign language

Continue this learning at home with the assistance of language DVDs and audio books. Watch your children’s favourite movies in the foreign language, you and your children will already be familiar with the story and will therefore understand the context, but you will be absorbing the movie in the language of your host country.

Your local library in your new destination will be an excellent source for movies and audio books.

Choose the right school

Choosing the right school for expat children is a big decision, particularly if the education system and syllabus is unfamiliar. Older children in particular may find the transition into their new school difficult, with language barriers presenting one of their greatest challenges.

Consider an international school, where the teachers will be more aware of integration issues expat children will face, and the pupils will be familiar with your child’s experience and background.

For younger children there will be various playschool, nursery and Montessori options, where your children will quickly develop a foreign language. These children will have developed their fluency in the language of their host country sufficiently by the time they reach elementary school age, and will therefore be better equipped to join a local school.

Mix with the locals

Many expats will crave the familiarity of home, and may feel more comfortable spending a lot of their time with fellow expats. However, when it comes to learning the language of your host country, it will be more beneficial to immerse yourself in the local culture and form social bonds with the local population.

Forming friendships with native speakers and practicing your language skills with them, will help you to improve your fluency in a comfortable environment where you will be more inclined to take risks and less fearful of making mistakes.

Ensure that your children also participate in developing social connections with their peers. Arrange play dates where you encourage the children to converse with one another in their new language.

Don’t ignore your native language

For many expats an issue arises when their child becomes so adept and proficient in their new language, that it becomes their core language and their skills in the language of their home country diminish.

Depending on how long you plan to stay in your host country, this may prove to be an issue. For expat children, conversations in their native language may be limited to phone calls to relatives at home, or routine conversations with you. They may have very little opportunity to practice reading or writing in their native language.

It is important to remain aware of this issue, and take remedial action if you feel your child’s native language skills are not as well developed as they should be.

Learning a foreign language can be one of the greatest assets your family will gain while living overseas, it also presents one of the greatest assets for you and your children in the long-term.

Take every opportunity to learn the language of your host country, be relaxed, make learning fun and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.