What were your reasons for emigrating?
Needed a change of scenery – wanted to try something new and exciting. Am looking to start a family in the next 2 years, NZ is well suited to raising a family in. Crime and Violence in SA is on the rise – this wasn’t my main reason but it did feature as one of the contributing reasons.
Occupation: Quality Assurance Officer
Number Emigrating: 2
Emigrated from: Queensburgh, South Africa
Moved to: Mount Eden, Auckland
Daily Commute Time: 15 Minutes
What were your reasons for choosing New Zealand?
Good to raise a family in. Safe. Heard a lot about NZ from friends who lived here for a while – all had great things to say. Love the fact that you can go for walks in the park in the evening without being afraid. Beautiful landscape.
Mount Eden, Auckland
What differences have you noticed between your NZ town and your home town?
Safety is the number one difference. People in NZ are not in a rush, they are definitely more laid back and relaxed. People in NZ take the time off to stop and have a chat. There are more job opportunities here in the fields of Biotech and Engineering which are the areas of study my husband and I qualified in. People focus a lot on family time and hanging out with loved ones. The air is fresh and crisp – it does get a bit rainy though.
What do you like best about New Zealand?
Less of a ratrace – I feel appreciated at work, I also feel comfortable with what I own and where I live as people are not terribly materialistic. It is quite a nuturing environment for young families. I love the libraries – really great. I enjoy the parks – live near Cornwall Park – it is the best.
What don’t you like about New Zealand?
It is colder than SA. The (spring) weather has been unpredictable – rainy and then sunny and then windy all in one day. I don’t like the All Blacks – am a Springbok fan!
What do you miss from your home country?
My parents. My brothers. My friends. The great weather in Durban. Nandos tastes different here. I miss Sewende Laan (the soap) and I miss the roads – much bigger and better than the narrow streets and busy motorways in Auckland.
How easily did you find work in New Zealand?
No problems – great job with a great company in less than a month of arriving here – same with my husband.
How does your working life in New Zealand compare with your previous work experiences?
Much more appreciated here. Working hours are better – bosses and supervisors are more understanding when it comes to family committments etc. Lot less stressful than SA – here the company views its staff as its greatest asset and not its equipment or production lines.
How does your standard of living in New Zealand compare with your previous country?
I had more spare money in SA – higher bracket of earning there. I owned my own home in SA which I plan to do here next year, otherwise it is pretty much the same.
How does your quality of life now compare with your previous country?
I have a better quality of life. I feel FREE and safe and I have learned to embrace everyday here and live it to its fullest. I have more time to spend with my husband since I now work straight hours. I eat more healthily as there are always adverts on TV talking about healthy living. I am definitely happier. i am also more confident because leaving home has broadended my horizons.
Do you have any other personal experiences or observations that would be useful for people considering immigrating to New Zealand?
Whenever you get sad or homesick – remind yourself of why you came here in the first place. Step out of your comfort zone and approach people and be friendly – that way you will make friends. Call SA often, makes you feel in touch with your family and helps you deal with the homesickness. Wear your rugby jersey on the weekends – South Africans will spot you in the malls and come chat to you!