Moving to New Plymouth, NZ

What were your reasons for emigrating?

The truth of the matter was the wife and I were sick of the way the UK was turning out and felt it was not a place to bring up our 2 children. With an area bigger than the UK, with just over 4,000,000 people ( UK has over 60,000,000!!), it can only be better, plus the weather was a plus as well.

Name: Barry Webster
Age: 36
Occupation: LGV Driver
Number Emigrating: 4
Emigrated from: Huddersfield, England
Moved to: New Plymouth
Daily Commute Time: 10 minutes
What were your reasons for choosing New Zealand?

We actually thought of OZ first, but the point system was against us, as I am a truck driver. So one day I was walking out of my local supermarket and noticed a free copy of Emigrate NZ. There were articles on Education and Housing costs and a section on the shortages for Truck drivers, plus I read stories from ex-pats. So I went from there.

What differences have you noticed between your NZ town and your home town?

New Plymouth, where I now live seems more open and less claustrophobic, and the people seem more easy going, plus parking in the town is really cheap.

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New Plymouth, Taranaki
What do you like best about New Zealand?

The overall feel of the place, how it’s less crowded and the Scenery, I went up Mt. Egmont about a month ago, I say I went up, I actually got about 1700m up and the view was breathtaking.

What don’t you like about New Zealand?

The earth tremors are a bit off putting and the recent tornadoes were a little bit nerve wracking. But the main downside is the distance from the UK, but once you get over that tiny obstacle it isn’t that bad.

What do you miss from your home country?

My family, I am married to Sharon and have 2 children they are back home, trying to sell the house and will join me later.

How easily did you find work in New Zealand?

I got my CV together, I found a NZ style CV template on the net and sent it to about 6 Employment Agencies, I chose 1 agency, as it saves having your CV handed out to the same companies 5 or 6 times. They then arranged interviews for when I came out here.

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

It does seem more laid back and the people are very friendly, even though I am “just a POM”, ha ha.

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

Well it has only been just over 2 months, but, with a population a fraction of that of the UK’s, it could only be an improvement.

How does your standard of living in New Zealand compare with your previous country?

I feel healthier, eating more fruit, some food is more expensive, but overall you can eat healthier for less. You can fill your car up for $50, where in the UK it can cost you 50 pound. I do realise how expensive the UK is now that I have had chance to compare the two.

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

What I found was, that you need to be prepared financially, and pace yourself where your budget is concerned. Find cheap B&B’s while the employment side gets sorted, open a bank account ASAP, then when you have your job offer, you can arrange rental property and the purchase of a cheap run around. You’ll find that people run cars until they literally fall apart, so shop around for a cheap bargain.

The immigration process can be a slow one, so be patient, and I highly recommend you use the services of an immigration specialist, it might seem like an expense you can do without, but they make sure all the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted, without your paper work being returned and there being more delays, which believe me, you can do without. And one last thing if you can, get yourself to an Immigration Fair, we went to one in Edinburgh and found out so much helpful information.

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