From Manchester to Christchurch

What were your reasons for emigrating?

We left due to property prices getting out of reach, quality of life being stale and having to work all the time just to survive. Weather, crime and people’s attitudes to it, political correctness gone mad, CCtv cameras on every street, etc. Here you are freer and can do what you like without your nanny government watching your every move and banning everything you do, oh and did I mention all the asylum seekers sponging on the system that the tax payers have to fund….. Need I go on…?

Name: Paul
Emigrated from:Manchester, UK
Moved to: Christchurch
When did you arrive in NZ: June 2003
My Story Written: August 2004
What were your reasons for choosing New Zealand?

Nice and clean, better weather, less crime, less people, more fun, better chances of getting a nice big house for less money, English speaking Commonwealth country which drives on same side of the road…friendlier people and less of them…

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

It’s cleaner here, shops don’t have shutters on them and not all closing down and having windows smashed. Less vandalism / graffiti. A more pleasant experience visiting the shops with better variety. More recreational facilities for the kids to use. Good local council services and responsive to complaints. Good recycling policies.

What do you like best about New Zealand?

Better weather and less population. Also cleanliness of everywhere. A newer country with fresh ideas and development.

Avonhead, Christchurch
What don’t you like about New Zealand?

Maori related issues dogging the press, foreshore debate, land debate, seems like the population is split down the middle, hindering progress of the country as a whole. Also not being able to obtain certain commodities at a good price due to the country’s remoteness.

What do you miss from your home country?

Good fish and chips and kebabs. Certain grocery items, flavoured crisps, types of chocolate and types of beers.

How easily did you find work in New Zealand?

Not too difficult. Applied on line via an ad in the New Zealand Herald and was offered the job on merit.

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

Don’t seem to be able to get into the position I was in the UK and I can’t see the same opportunities arising in the near future. Money here is lower but is almost relative to earnings in UK.

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

Our standard of living is similar but probably on a slightly lower level here than in UK. We don’t seem to have quite as much free money, but very close. Our standard of living would be better if I could get into the employment I want at management level. But the other things like less crime, etc outweigh this.

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

Our quality of life is better now. We have a much larger house than we would ever have had in the UK, but some of this is due to the exchange rate advantage. Leisure opportunities are better due to the climate here than in the UK.

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

We have been here in Christchurch for 14 months and all is well. It was not all plain sailing and yes, the first 6 months were the worst, but now we have our own place and we are expecting another baby to go with the four we already have. We are finding our feet and starting to make our own mark on our home. I had a works injury that put me in hospital here not long after arrival and this meant we had a bit of a struggle as our income is based purely on my wages. If you ever go onto ACC here you only get up to 80 percent of your wages which could be the difference between survival and failure in those early months. An escape plan or plan B would be worth considering when people get here, to protect you from this situation. Don’t bring all your stuff with you but research what things are difficult to source here and bring them.

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