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reply to post by Galadriel
The biggest pro for living there I've heard is the fly fishing for Brown trout. Absolutely fabulous if you're into that kind of thing.
And if you're not into fishing there's always the Hobbits.
reply to post by Galadriel
Hi I'm in NZ. Answer some of your questions. Pretty much if you can contributed to NZ society your welcome and allowed in. We have a lot of immigrants from Polynesian area all the time which is cool. North island more people and warmer. South island is cold in winter but vast areas untouched by humans. When a murder happens here it is national news. Cops don't carry guns and will wave and say hi if you do the same .
I feel safe walking down the street at night but as everywhere there are some areas I wouldn't go walking at night.
Our government has just started selling the countries resources ( deep sea drilling blah blah) and a lot of protests about that.
But all in all awesome place to live.
We are pretty layed back. If your not a wanker and can take a joke you will be fine.
I'm in the US, and have always heard wonderful things about New Zealand -- from a tourism standpoint.
Am wondering what it would be like to actually leave the US and reside there?
Any US expats in NZ now or in recent past?
Anyone planning to make the move?
I'm someone who has 25 years experience in communications/PR type of work. Am a senior manager. For those who live in NZ, is it even remotely possible to find an employer willing to look at a CV/resume from someone out of the country?
Pros/cons of NZ life?
Best places to live/work? (I'd have to be a renter)
Pros/cons of North vs South?
Crime? Hazards? Concerns?
Would just be me, my kids are over 18 and wouldn't join me.
It's probably a real pipe dream, but I've always been interested in NZ, but suddenly tonight I went on the immigration site and signed up for emails/info.
Would love to hear feedback...thanks!
Ahh NZ! Definately a favorite vacation spot for me and the wife. We visited recently for a few weeks in November and often debate trying to relocate there ourselves.
Pros: Comfortable weather temps year round, gorgeous mountain views, beautiful clear blue water - basically a dream place if you enjoy being outdoors. The locals are very nice easy-going people (even to americans ) and I've found them to also be open-minded, for example on conspiratorial topics. Here's a pic I snapped in the south island near Lake Pukaki:
Cons: Not many. The cost of living is little higher than the US. It's a very long flight. I would also say the food -but I've never had much of a taste for english food so I guess that one's debatable.
If you're trying to find a job in your field, then certainly hit the larger cities first - Auckland, Nelson, Christchurch. If you're just trying to get your foot in the door to relocate then you might consider something in the tourism industry; we've come across many American tourguides. Good luck to you in whatever you decide.
Hey! I just recently moved to Auckland, NZ and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I'm currently finalizing my residency process as we speak.
New Zealand is kind of like what the U.S back in it's golden age. The country is full of opportunity for all types of people, it's a very eclectic place to live.
I would suggest you look into Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Nelson as possible places to live. Auckland is the largest city, yet still has this great "big town" feel to it (despite it's growing population)
The weather is perfect, not too hot or cold. The air is phenomenal, and unlike the coast of Northern Cali I am not getting blasted by radiation fallout (from 60+ years of bomb tests + fukushima) --- The hazards are basically the fact that when you move anywhere, your body needs to build new antibodies so getting sick will happen once or twice. Yeah, that's it.
Even the tap water here is amazing.
The people here are extremely friendly, almost naively so. When they hear my American accent, I'm all of a sudden treated like royalty in some areas- which I find really funny.
I was not even financially stable, I'm 24 years old and my main skill was music theory- I'm now a part time dental assistant making a little under 2,000 dollars a month living in a GREAT apartment. The food is great- but everything here *IS* expensive. There is a 10% currency exchange rate from USD to NZD, which helps if you are bringing in cash- but that does not compare to the 40% it was 5-6 years ago unfortunately.
I highly suggest the move, if you're ready.
Born and raised in New Zealand for 20 mellow years. Best part besides all the pretty stuff, turning 18 and being able to go to all the 'underground' bars in Wellington, (finally legally being able to drink), and checking out all the amazing live NZ bands and musicians here hidden and undiscovered. If you ever move, go to Wellington if you want a wide range of cultural and creative diversities and acceptance. One night out in Wellington will send you on an unexpected journey of meeting the most interesting people ever.