From East Yorkshire, UK
|Emigrated from:||East Yorkshire, UK|
|Moved to:||Whangarei, Northland|
|When did you arrive in NZ:||April 2006|
|My Story Written:||March 2007|
|Daily Commute Time:||20 minutes|
My husband was the driving force behind our move. He had become totally disillusioned with the UK and secured a job through an immigration agency as an HGV Driver.
A secured job offer, lower crime rate, climate, english speaking, drive on the same side of the road (although NZ has some of the worst drivers I have ever come across), scenery, laid back lifestyle, fresh food (especially fish and shellfish), wine and an overall sense of a slower pace of life.
Lack of public transport – meaning you have to drive everywhere. Lack of social facilities – take for granted the corner shop or your local pub. Closing times of shops, restaurants, bars etc is earlier than back home.
Not as stressed! The kiwi’s are very friendly and helpful and have really made an effort with us enabling us to integrate and settle more easily. Scenery and beaches – some fantastic scenery and when you visit a beach sometimes you are the only ones there. Good food and good wine.
Low wages and lack of holiday entitlements, the way New Zealanders drive, lack of retail therapy opportunities. Sometimes it takes so long to get things done. NZ Immigration Policy seems to change rapidly and without much open discussion/debate. They are not as animal friendly as the UK. Dogs beware!
My family and friends. Walkers Cheese and Onion crisps and Thornton Chocolates. UK TV (although we complained about this, it is hugely more appealing than NZ TV).
I found employment within the first 3 months although the employment agencies that I signed on with were pretty useless in finding even temporary work for me. I feel lucky though in finding this job as I believe I could have easily still been looking even now.
I work longer hours for less pay and conditions of service but I am not as stessed as I was working in the UK and I don’t feel I have to prove myself all the time. My employer has been very appreciative of my skills and abilities which really does make a difference, something which UK employers take for granted.
We have been fortunate to have been in a position to buy our own home outright whereas in the UK we had a mortgage. We are fortunate to both work and be able to afford some luxuries, although eating out is not as regular as it was back in the UK.
I would say this is equal in comparison.
I would suggest do your homework and research NZ really well. As a country it has a lot to offer but at the same time can be quite a culture shock. Think carefully about why you want to move to NZ and keep these reasons valid after your arrival – it is worth all the effort you put in – even for me and I didn’t really want to leave the UK, but have since found living and working in NZ a challenging and invigorating experience.