Boutique New Zealand immigration advice
provided by one of the few kiwi licensed advisers.

Whatever your plans in this beautiful country, you can be assured unbiased, friendly, and honest services that do not cost you the world. 

About Moana Migration

Inspired by the spirit of crossing the ocean (or Moana in Te Reo Māori), as all migrants including the first people of New Zealand did to get to this land, Sara Ransley, Licensed Immigration Adviser #201700816 created this service to assist you in your immigration matters. Sara worked in international education from 2007 and became a licensed adviser while in the industry after 10 years. 


Well travelled in Asia and the Pacific, she has worked with migrants from all over the world and offers and refreshing transparency that can sometimes be difficult to find. Sara grew up by the ocean in sunny Papamoa (Tauranga district), now living just north of Auckland in Orewa beach and she knows New Zealand as only a kiwi could. When she is not helping people gain visas to New Zealand, Sara can be found surfing and paddle boarding as well as working on illustrations.


  • Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice - Toi Ohomai

  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) - The University of Auckland

  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages - Trinity College London

  • Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Japanese and Art History) - The University of Auckland

Eligibility assessment

If you are unsure of which direction to take when it comes to achieving your New Zealand immigration goal, consider getting a professional assessment of what visa you could be eligible to apply for and what your chances of success might be. Often there may be multiple ways to reach the same outcome, Moana Migration will present these options to you so you can decide what is best for you.

Applying for visas

Take the stress out of going through the sometime complex process of applying for a visa by having a licensed adviser represent you. This ensures that you will not be declined for some reason that could have easily been avoided such as having all the right supporting documentation and making the correct declarations etc.

When it comes to a visa that may change the course of your career and life, give yourself peace of mind with professional assistance. Please note that applications submitted by people other than either yourself or someone who is licensed or exempt may not be processed by Immigration New Zealand

Issue resolution

Sometimes things do not go as planned. If you find yourself in a difficult situation involving Immigration New Zealand, Moana Migration may be able to assist you to resolve the case positively. Some examples are over staying the duration of a previous visa (Section 61 request), making an application that may be an exception to instructions or requesting a character waiver, requesting a reconsideration after a visa is declined or making an appeal.

Immigration advice services

Client engagement process

All New Zealand licensed immigration advisers must follow the Code of Conduct, administered by the Immigration Advisers Authority. Advisers are held accountable by the IAA and complaints upheld against advisers may proceed to the Immigration Advisers Disciplinary Tribunal.

After your eligibility for a visa has been assessed and you would like to proceed with an application, the immigration adviser will sign a written agreement with you outlining the terms and conditions, work that will be carried out by the adviser, and associated fees.

Feel to get in touch without obligations by using the form below or email directly at You can also find Moana Migration on Instagram for regular New Zealand immigration news and information.

Let’s face it, fees are an important deciding factor when it comes to choosing professional services. Here is an indication of fees  that are charged by Moana Migration for immigration advice services for the following immigration matters:


  • quick phone / email / Skype chat about your situation - free

  • detailed consultation and written eligibility assessment report with visa options and advice $300

  • visitor visa $300 - $1500

  • student visa $300 - $1500 

  • work visa $800 - $2000

  • residence visas $2000 - $4000

  • problem resolution and visa application checking hourly rate $150


Please note that any fees associated with your case will ultimately be determined by the complexity, location (whether you are in New Zealand or not), how much documentation / evidence the applicant has already prepared, number of applicants included in a group, and / or other risk associated with your case. All fees will be indicated to you and agreed on before proceeding with work. You will never be charged hidden fees.

Professional fees

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