Continuing in our series of Migrant Tales – first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand.
Today’s tale was written by a migrant married to a New Zealand woman, living in Christchurch. His family lost thousands of dollars after the Canterbury earthquakes, and have experienced corruption in the city.
Fed up with the lack of opportunities for skilled migrants, poor standards, ignorance and bullying he wants to warn other migrants from wasting their time and money going to New Zealand. He and his family will shorty be leaving to live in Australia.
“Unfortunately, I read the comments on this site and they disturb me. I have experienced corruption after the Christchurch earthquake. I lost a considerable portion of my life savings dealing with the inept EQC insurer. The EQC coffers have been pilfered by the NZ Government, leaving an IOU to be repaid. As a consequence the folks in Christchurch have never been paid their true entitlements, what I have observed on the ground in Christchurch is absolutely disgusting and criminal.
If any migrants are considering moving to NZ, do not sell up in your country of origin and give serious thought before moving here.. I have never encountered so much arrogance, ignorance and bullying here in NZ There are very few opportunities for skilled migrants and if you are prepared to do menial work for little remuneration then this is the place for you.
The only redeeming feature living in NZ is the picturesque countryside. The education standards are very poor and I sent my daughter to an OS university to receive a quality education.
There is to much internal focus on rugby and it is the topic of conversation 24/7. The abuse of alcohol is of concern and it saddens to see many young people intoxicated.
I am married to a New Zealander and my wife agrees with me that her country has not matured. We are leaving NZ to take up residence in Australia and I will not return to NZ again.
Generally the standards right across the board are lacking. It is a very sloppy place to do business and the she will be right attitude with poor attention to detail is annoying.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY TAKING UP PERMANENT RESIDENCE HERE. YOU WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED.
If I can prevent intending migrants making the same mistakes as I have and regretted will give some comfort to me.”