Migrant Tales – Immigrant Stories NZ
What’s it really like to live in New Zealand?
Welcome to our series of Migrant Tales – chapters of immigrant’s stories and tales about New Zealand that contain first hand accounts of the migrant experience gathered from various places around the net, plus some that have been sent in by readers (scroll to bottom for a selection)
To read the stories click on the pages of links under the tab “Migrant Tales” at the top of this page. There are now 8 chapters to choose from, with scores of real life experiences. At the bottom of this page you will find a small selection of those tales. We also have a chapter on leaving NZ.
What better way to find out what it’s like to live in New Zealand but from the experiences of others, the more you read the more you’ll see themes, patterns and commonalities emerging, from these you’ll have a good feel about how you’re going to fit-in to the country.
Some of the recurrent themes we’re seeing are
- Low salaries
- Problems finding work, overseas qualifications not recognised by Kiwi employers
- Xenophobia, racism, bigotry and discrimination
- Expensive, poor quality accommodation
- Problems with the education standards
- A lackadaisical attitude towards safety and security
- Feeling that NZ is actively mis-sold to outsiders
- Isolation, missing family, friends, old lifestyles etc.
- Crime and a frustration with the way its dealt with
- High cost of living -especially food, “Rip off NZ” etc.
- Lack of culture
- Dangerous roads and drivers, drinking and driving, hoons
- No future for kids, older kids feel isolated and cut-off from friends and family, no support networks.
- Bullying problems in schools and workplaces, harden-up attitude, not knowing where to turn for effective counselling services
- The ‘Kiwi way’, ‘WWINZ’ (won’t work in NZ) small mindedness, #8 wire mentality, etc.
If you’ve already emigrated to New Zealand these tales may help you to realise that other people are having the same problems as you and you’re not alone in your experiences.
Do you think you were misled before you emigrated to New Zealand, are there things you know now that would’ve prevented you from emigrating if you’d been aware of them?
To read the stories click on the pages of links under the tab “Migrant Tales” at the top of this page. There are now 8 chapters to choose from, with scores of real life experiences. There is a small selection of the tales below, all links will open in a new window. We also have a chapter on leaving NZ.
There is also another section of tales called “What Kiwis say about NZ“ you may find it useful to know what New Zealanders are saying about their own country.
A Selection from our Migrant Tales
Immigrant Kid: A Hong Kong Chinese Tale (Chinese)
I’m cutting myself after move across the world – letter from a teenage girl living in NZ sent to a UK newspaper
Lastly, don’t forget to read the pages “What Kiwis say about NZ“