Oz versus NZ
Just wondered if any of you considered NZ at all before deciding on OZ and what factors influenced you (apart from the weather)
I am still undecided as i like both for different reasons. Still seem drawn towards Adelaide though!
My main reason for not choosing NZ was that although it does appear to be a beautiful country, & good for young families, I get the feeling that theres not much for the older children/young adults, sorry if I'm wrong but thats just the feeling I get from people I know that have lived/visited NZ. So therefore thinking ahead it had to be Oz for us & also the OH lived in Oz for a few yrs boefore we met & he really wanted to go back!!
It really depends on your circumstances, your job and where you live in NZ. Also the type of lifestyle you want. In some ways there are some similarities - both are pretty laid back, life tends to be based on outside activity and the beach, less crowded (NZ more so). Jobs are better paid in Oz and tax is lower which is why there is a mass exodus of young professionals over the 'ditch' from here to Oz. Driving is atrocious - kids can drive at 15 here and many dont even both with taking a test! Eating out, food in shops etc is much cheaper than uk and prob. cheaper than oz but things are going up all the time. Petrol is dearer here. You have to deal with frequent earthquakes - we had a small one last night! But the place is beautiful, people are friendly and the weather is still pretty good unless you live in the far south of the south island where it is much like Scotland. We live about an hour from Wellington - we plan to be in Adelaide at the end of 2008 even though my OH is a kiwi! Prob. go with your instinct and if Adelaide feels good then go for it!.
Mariane & Cliff.
I hear that the wages are much lower as well, are they even lower than in OZ. I guess it is all relative with cost of living etc.
The way i see it is that it is close enough to go on hols and go skiing!!
Might see a hobbit or two!!
Yes you can have the best of both worlds and visit for hols. I think air prices will be coming down around the pacific area as there are a few budget airlines starting service soon. As for hobbits ..... yes there probably are a few around here!
Hi Mariane and Cliff,
I posted my reply before i read yours, thanks for answering my questions.
So you are moving to adelaide.
My problem is that i live in a beautiful part of the country and love dramatic scenary.
I also love horses and would love to keep my own. I hear there is equine flu in oz.
I am an Occupational therapist and NZ seem to be crying out for us although my job is on MODL for Oz so should be easy to get a job.
Well there are some very beautiful parts of the country here and the scenery is very dramatic. Some people ride their horses past our house at the weekend and when we stayed further down the coast they would exercise them on the beach first thing in the morning - it was an amazing sight. Many homes here come with much bigger sections than in Oz unless you live right in the city of course and a lot of people do keep horses. Something to consider is, if you go to Oz and have PR you can still go to NZ and work and live due to the arrangement between the two countries. If you come to nZ, unless you are a citizen or married to one, you would have to apply for residency for oz. So you could always come over to NZ later if you felt it was better for you. They are certainly crying out for people in the health service here. not sure about salaries. I know nurses have just had a huge increase here and the salaries are about the same as oz but I know doctors are not as well paid. Sorry if that confuses you even more!
that is interesting as i could always retire there when i have enough money!!
That is a great optin, best of both worlds.
I can ride in OZ just worried about all the flies as they love horses!!
I've lived in NZ now for about 8 months, and I could direct you to NZ emigration sites (mostly full of poms), as well as give you some advice. The weather is NZ is not much better than England, and the wages are crap, which are 2 very good reasons to go Oz instead. There is a reason it's harder to get into Australia;)