Moving to Havelock North, New Zealand

What were your reasons for emigrating?

Was not sure about the future….

What were your reasons for choosing New Zealand?

My wife (who is a specialist in her field) was approached and recruited. All our moving expenses were paid.

Name: Peter
Age: 67
Occupation: Stock Market Analyst
Emigrated with: 4
Emigrated from: Durban, South Africa
Moved to: Havelock North
When did you arrive in NZ: February 1998
My Story Written: June 2007
Daily Commute Time: 10 minutes
What differences have you noticed between your NZ town and your home town?

Kiwis are so socialistic and PC that opinions are seldom offered. Durban is a city whereas Havelock North is a pleasant dorp.

What do you like best about New Zealand?

Food presentation in the better restaurants. Impressive postal service

What don’t you like about New Zealand?

This is a socialist country; a nanny state if you will where the Government intrudes into every aspect of ones life. The government is blatantly anti-business and especially anti foreigners investing here. People are friendly but not hospitable. There is a difference. The houses are just plain shoddy, the roads are terrible and the drivers, generally, are inconsiderate. The education system is NCEA which is a disaster. The prevailing ‘tall poppy’ syndrome of Kiwis.

What do you miss from your home country?

Decent roads. Decent houses. Wide selection of quality goods in the shops. The weather in Durban. The enthusiasm of the people and their high communication levels……And warm sea!

How easily did you find work in New Zealand?

My wife was recruited before we even considered NZ.

How does your working life in New Zealand compare with your previous work experiences?

There is not much drive in the workplace. Americans, Soth Africans and Urugayans (from my experience) have to keep on top of their jobs and deliver. Here it is almost impossible to be dismissed and the tall poppy sysndrome rules. I have always believed one should give of one’s best!

How does your quality of life now compare with your previous country?

Safer, yes. Quality of life just doesn’t come close to what is available in South Africa and indeed in newly emerging countries such as Uruguay.

Do you have any other personal experiences or observations that would be useful for people considering immigrating to New Zealand?

Depends on what a person wants. If you are happy with a nanny state then inferior housing, schooling and goods and services will not bother you. If you are an individual with opinions and drive, then steer clear of NZ. As my daughter said after a trip back to South Africa, “I didn’t know that such lively people existed. New Zealand sucks the life out of you.”Consider Uruguay instead.

Do you have any other personal experiences or observations that would be useful for people considering immigrating to New Zealand?

Bring everything with you. The container is not more expensive than replacing things here. There is a limited choice on furnishings etc. Preferably come for a holiday first. There is a big difference between North and South Island, people need to know which lifestyle they want.

Would you like to share your own experiences of living in New Zealand? You can do this at My Story. Or you can read more more about people’s lives in NZ.

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