Welcome to our very popular migrant tales series – first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand.
Today’s tale was left by a British migrant in response to another person’s migrant tale – “NZ vs UK – not all its cracked up to be. Is it just me?“. She has been in New Zealand for less than 2 years and already has family there, and thought the transition would be relatively easy.
The authors find the isolation and lack of culture a struggle. She has lost money by moving to New Zealand and can’t wait to return to Europe. Her story will likely resonate with many of our readers…
Hi All, we are new to the forum.
This post struck a chord with me, we moved from the UK and have been in NZ for about 21 Months and we are struggling big time.
It has been a life long dream of mine to live here and with family here (fathers sister moved her a long while ago) we thought that we would be well placed to fit in and settle into a new life.
Boy how we are wrong, we never hear form our family and have a limited number of friends. We struggle to hear from people back home too so its like a double whammy.
Had we known what we know now we would not have come. The standard of housing makes life hard, although we have a lovely house we long to upgrade to double glazing! central heating would be a dream.
We thought we wanted the quiet life after years of working in London but until you live here i dont think you 100% realise how isolated and out of touch with the rest of the world NZ really is. We struggle hugely with the lack of culture and cannot wait to return to Europe worts and all.
Sadly we have lost a lot of money on this venture – selling our UK home just before the prices started rising and buy here just before a recession is about to hit – transferring money last year and only getting $2 to the pound….. i could go on. I guess they are the chances you take but where i used to dream of NZ shores now my dreams are filled of the English country side.
moving to the other side of the world is hard, harder than anyone realises. I don’t think anyone will ever be able to empathise unless they have done it themselves.