Welcome to Thinking of Emigrating to New Zealand

Welcome to our little blog.

Are you considering a move to New Zealand? perhaps you’re thinking of living there long term or just want to sample the lifestyle for a while and then move on.

This is a blog dedicated to giving you as much information as possible to enable you to make an informed choice because it’s always better to go into these things with eyes wide open. There is a wealth of information on the world wide web about the benefits of New Zealand, this centres mostly around the beautiful landscape, the laid back lifestyle and how great a place it is to raise kids.

Sounds too good to be true huh?

There isn’t so much information on the realities of life for many newcomers to the country, the problems that migrants face most days and how they manage to overcome them, if indeed they do. (see below) Nor is there much about the poverty, the high level of crime, high number of road accidents, the prevalence of drug, alcohol and child abuse and the dissatisfaction that is felt within New Zealand. Perhaps these are the reasons why over a quarter of the population of New Zealand have chosen to live somewhere other than in New Zealand.

But when you think about it NZ’s loss is your gain – if there wasn’t such an outflow of skilled workers it wouldn’t need skilled migrants to replace them, which is where you come in.

Edit (by Beren) Please read this article in the UK Telegraph:

“It was named the best country for Britons seeking a new life abroad, but the dream of escaping to New Zealand has turned sour for hundreds of UK expats who now face losing their jobs and being kicked out of the country because of the global financial crisis.”

If you’re thinking of emigrating to NZ on a temporary work visa please think very carefully if this is a good time to be doing so, perhaps it would be better to put it off until the situation improves.

The news is buzzing with stories of migrants, many of them from European countries, losing their jobs and/or being refused visas to remain in New Zealand. Be warned there is no social welfare safety net for you if you find yourself in this situation, you may become destitute and still have to find the cash to get home.

It is essential to have a fall-back should the need arise.

You may also be interested in reading
Expatexposed.com: Behind the hype in New Zealand

For today’s posts see: latest posts