Emigration To Mount Maunganui, Tauranga

What were your reasons for emigration:

I am a Kiwi but have lived and worked in the UK for 18 years. Paul is British. We came to NZ for a holiday 2 years ago and Paul fell in love with the place, he felt like he had come home. I on the other hand thought how much NZ had changed although I had only been back 18 months prior to us both coming. We felt that UK was a stressful way of life and the pressures of owning your own business and trying to make ends met hard. Just the routine of going shopping was so stressful and too many people on and off the roada

What were your reasons for emigration:

I am a Kiwi but have lived and worked in the UK for 18 years. Paul is British. We came to NZ for a holiday 2 years ago and Paul fell in love with the place, he felt like he had come home. I on the other hand thought how much NZ had changed although I had only been back 18 months prior to us both coming. We felt that UK was a stressful way of life and the pressures of owning your own business and trying to make ends met hard. Just the routine of going shopping was so stressful and too many people on and off the roads made travelling even a short distance so long and hard. We thought by coming to New Zealand we could have a better quality of life for both of us and make a new fresh start, with the help of my family of course.


About
Name: Dianne and Paul
Age: 43 and 45
Occupation: Secretary and Builder
Number Emigrating: 2
Emigrated from: Leighton Buzzard, UK
Moved to: Mount Maunganui, Tauranga

What were your reasons for choosing New Zealand:

As I was a Kiwi and Paul loving the place New Zealand was our number one place to start over again.

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

It is a much more relaxed way of life here, we have bought a house which is only 10 minutes walk to beach, food tastes better and the mild winter suites us.


Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
What do you like best about New Zealand:

Less people, more relaxed way of life.

What don’t you like about New Zealand:

It is so hard for me to get a job in Tauranga it seems to be “who you know” and they don’t seem to like the English. Although I am a Kiwi I suppose I do have a bit of an English accent as soon as you open your mouth in a shop to speak you almost see a wall come down but once I tell them in conversation that I am a Kiwi their attitude changes and I don’t like that. I want to be treated the same as everyone and not treated different because of my accent. Paul does not like the price of cars, he thinks they are way too expensive.

What do you miss from your home country:

Paul does not miss anything. Me I miss EVERYTHING. I mostly miss friends and family. I miss the shops, TV just about everything. We do however miss the local pub, I miss going to the pub on a Sunday luch time and sitting next to the fire drinking wine. However, it is nearly May here now, and we are still able to sit outside enjoying the sun with a good glass of wine so you must weigh it up.

How easily did you find work in New Zealand:

Paul found work in the first 2 weeks of us getting here. Me I am still looking I must have applied for over 40 jobs and only had 2 interviews with companies and neither of them successful.

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

Paul loves his job and the people he works with. He owned his own business in the UK and found it stressful. He now goes to work which is right on the beach has a bit of a laugh with the boys at work and comes home – no stress.

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

We have found it about the same, some things are more expensive here than in the UK but most things are on an equal par. We would never be able to afford the sort of house in the UK as we have bought in NZ and so close to the beach. You really need a car in NZ as everything is so wide spread unlike the UK when you could always walk to the shops or pub.

What is your daily commute time:

About 10 minutes.

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

Quality of life is much better in NZ but you must weigh up the pros and cons of leaving family and friends behind and moving to a much laid back life and sometimes finding that this can be frustrating.

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

Really think about your move, be prepared to have mixed emotions about leaving everything that is familiar to you behind. It is not always a bed of roses and settling in takes at least a year. We have only been here for 3 months and at times I could easy go back to the UK. On the other hand when you leave you always look back with rose tinted glasses and you have to have focused in your mind the reasons why you want to leave. We have given ourselves a year to settle in and see how life is treating us. Make sure that you have all your papers done before you come. We used an agent in the UK for my husband’s papers and we had no problem when arriving in NZ. We also had no problems with our removal company although a few glasses objects were broken. Although I have family over here it sometimes is not enough I have been living away longer than I ever lived in NZ and don’t feel like a kiwi so really think hard about moving it is not always as easy as you think! On the good side, friends and family can always visit it may be the other side of the world on a map but it does only take 24 hours or so to get here (long flight). Nothing is ever too far! I will happily let you know how we are getting on in a few more months.


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s made travelling even a short distance so long and hard. We thought by coming to New Zealand we could have a better quality of life for both of us and make a new fresh start, with the help of my family of course.


About
Name: Dianne and Paul
Age: 43 and 45
Occupation: Secretary and Builder
Number Emigrating: 2
Emigrated from: Leighton Buzzard, UK
Moved to: Mount Maunganui, Tauranga

What were your reasons for choosing New Zealand:

As I was a Kiwi and Paul loving the place New Zealand was our number one place to start over again.

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

It is a much more relaxed way of life here, we have bought a house which is only 10 minutes walk to beach, food tastes better and the mild winter suites us.


Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
What do you like best about New Zealand:

Less people, more relaxed way of life.

What don’t you like about New Zealand:

It is so hard for me to get a job in Tauranga it seems to be “who you know” and they don’t seem to like the English. Although I am a Kiwi I suppose I do have a bit of an English accent as soon as you open your mouth in a shop to speak you almost see a wall come down but once I tell them in conversation that I am a Kiwi their attitude changes and I don’t like that. I want to be treated the same as everyone and not treated different because of my accent. Paul does not like the price of cars, he thinks they are way too expensive.

What do you miss from your home country:

Paul does not miss anything. Me I miss EVERYTHING. I mostly miss friends and family. I miss the shops, TV just about everything. We do however miss the local pub, I miss going to the pub on a Sunday luch time and sitting next to the fire drinking wine. However, it is nearly May here now, and we are still able to sit outside enjoying the sun with a good glass of wine so you must weigh it up.

How easily did you find work in New Zealand:

Paul found work in the first 2 weeks of us getting here. Me I am still looking I must have applied for over 40 jobs and only had 2 interviews with companies and neither of them successful.

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

Paul loves his job and the people he works with. He owned his own business in the UK and found it stressful. He now goes to work which is right on the beach has a bit of a laugh with the boys at work and comes home – no stress.

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

We have found it about the same, some things are more expensive here than in the UK but most things are on an equal par. We would never be able to afford the sort of house in the UK as we have bought in NZ and so close to the beach. You really need a car in NZ as everything is so wide spread unlike the UK when you could always walk to the shops or pub.

What is your daily commute time:

About 10 minutes.

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

Quality of life is much better in NZ but you must weigh up the pros and cons of leaving family and friends behind and moving to a much laid back life and sometimes finding that this can be frustrating.

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

Really think about your move, be prepared to have mixed emotions about leaving everything that is familiar to you behind. It is not always a bed of roses and settling in takes at least a year. We have only been here for 3 months and at times I could easy go back to the UK. On the other hand when you leave you always look back with rose tinted glasses and you have to have focused in your mind the reasons why you want to leave. We have given ourselves a year to settle in and see how life is treating us. Make sure that you have all your papers done before you come. We used an agent in the UK for my husband’s papers and we had no problem when arriving in NZ. We also had no problems with our removal company although a few glasses objects were broken. Although I have family over here it sometimes is not enough I have been living away longer than I ever lived in NZ and don’t feel like a kiwi so really think hard about moving it is not always as easy as you think! On the good side, friends and family can always visit it may be the other side of the world on a map but it does only take 24 hours or so to get here (long flight). Nothing is ever too far! I will happily let you know how we are getting on in a few more months.


Read more UK to NZ Reviews

Hawkes Bay – Ruth
North Shore, Auckland – Alison
Franklin District, Auckland – Alison and Matt
Christchurch – James
Invercargill – The Hart Family
Invercargill – Kat and Bob
Tauranga – Kymberley
Wellington – Richard and Olivia
Wellington – Stephen

You can share your own thoughts, or read more personal viewpoints about New Zealand.

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