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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Reasons Not To Move To New Zealand

Today we're opening up both blogs to our readers so that they can share their reasons not to move to New Zealand.

The best comments will be included in this post.

Here's the first, left by tanya1574 on our Wordpress blog
1. "Small-minded, xenophobic locals (not all, but many)
2. Hugely expensive produce, no variety in supermarkets
3. Above also applies to clothing
4. Above also applies to housing. Prohibitively expensive
5. Above also applies to child care
6. Shocking youth culture (drugs, alcohol, boy-racers etc)
7. Weather – better than some places, but if you come from a sunny, warm climate, NZ’s climate is a shock to the system. Lots of rains, lots of wind and extremely high humidity in summer
8. Low wages and jobs-for-buddies system. If you don’t know the right people and speak with the right accent, getting a decent job is almost impossible. Prepare to be washing dishes, driving a taxi, working in a call-centre or coffee bar etc (no matter how good your qualification/s and experience)

All that said, if you have a lot of money and know enough people in NZ, in other words if you don’t need to work for a living and don’t need the locals for your social life, you might like it. It is beautiful and, for the most part, peaceful. Not great for teenagers though, but possibly to retire. NZ Immigration will welcome you (or more accurately, your money) with open arms as long as you don’t expect to earn a living or integrate into Kiwi society"

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2 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I looked up reasons not to move to New Zealand a little too late. Having been here for the last three months I've come to realize a few things. I'm trying to be honest with my observations and these are just MY opionions: 1 - the scenery is beautiful but it can start to look the same 2 - It rains more than you would imagine (at least on the northisland) and its cooler here than you think it would be 3 - New Zealanders can be nice or rude (like people anywhere in the world) but they're always blunt 4 - Most of the racism I've seen come from the white kiwis, not the maoris 5 - White hick, sheep-loving, ignorant kiwis stole my ipod and fucked up my ute, NOT maoris 6 - kiwis can't spell worth a damn 7 - Whangarei (northisland) is the most un-dog friendly place I have ever been (which really sucks considering I spent a few 7 grand getting them here) 8 - Organic produce?? Only if you shop at the farmers market 9 - strange sense of national pride...protect the native bush at all costs but spray pesticides and chemical fertilizers over crops?? Guess who runs the (corporate) grocery stores? Not the farmers...... 10 - Hidden speeding cameras suck ass, and the speeding limits suck ass too. 50 kms in the city?! My grandma could run faster.. 11 - And finally the one last thing that makes living in New Zealand harder than it should be is...the...cost. Everything, and I mean everything costs more here. I believe it is even more expensive than living in Hawaii...and Hawaii is a very small island, also in the middle of nowhere.

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  2. Lived it for seven years. Went backwards financially, even though we had a 'thriving business' by local standards. It was HARD making a living there. Having moved to Canada, I can look back with rose tinted glasses and reminisce over the beauty of the place, esp Dunedin pennisula and surrounding beaches (when the weather was nice). I have never felt quite so isolated as I felt there.... I pay 71 cents for gas, it was $2.50 in Nz when I left....an amazingly awesome place if you eithe have money or are prepared to scrape from week to week.

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