What were your reasons for leaving your home country:
Fed up with the rat race in London.
What were your reasons for choosing New Zealand:
Emigrated from: Maybole, UK
Moved to: Wellington
When did you arrive in NZ: February 2003
My Story Written: August 2004
What differences have you noticed between your NZ town and your home town?
More relaxed pace of life. I live in Hataitai, in Wellington, which I love. The views over the harbour are to die for, and it’s only 10 minutes into the town centre. Wellington kind of reminds me of Edinburgh, where I studied; both are capital cities, but not the largest city in the country. Wellington is fairly small and compact, but with being the capital, has lots of cultural advantages, not least of all Te Papa, and a thriving café life. I work outside the town in an industrial estate, and despite taking 40 minutes or so by bus, the commute is relatively painfree, unlike London. I am looking forward to having a job in the city centre though!
What do you like best about New Zealand?
The people and scenery.
What don’t you like about New Zealand?
It’s so far away from everywhere else.
What do you miss from your home country?
How easily did you find work in New Zealand?
Temping fairly easily (Working Holiday Visa). It took seven months to find a permanent role. I’m working in IT – analyst programmer role. Looking to get back into website development.
How does your working life in New Zealand compare with your previous work experiences?
Hellish. Twice as much work for half the pay. That’s only my current job though.
How does your standard of living in New Zealand compare with your previous country?
Pretty much the same. Financially, I’m probably worse off here in NZ than I was in London. However, in terms of buying property I’m much better off here – what I can get for my money here is much better. Be warned though, NZ houses are rarely adequately heated, and when that southerly blows from the Antarctic, it’s bitter inside – to the extent of seeing your breath indoors…
How does your quality of life now compare with your previous country?
Some things better, some worse. I had hoped to find that working life was more relaxed over here, but the job I’m in is particularly stressful.
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