Continuing in our series of migrant tales – first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand.
Today’s tale is from a Canadian, resident in New Zealand for three years. Here’s his reasons for why he’ll be headed home soon.
I’m from Canada, and I’d rather spend a winter there where it’s -20C because my entire house has central heating, so it’s a nice cozy 20-22C in every room. I’ve lived in NZ nearly three years and I’ve seen a lot of its beauty, but NZ is seriously at the bottom of the first-world country barrel when it comes to housing standards. I’ll be leaving NZ at the end of this year.
The quality of life is MUCH lower.
There is a housing crisis. No, not the price of housing in Auckland. I’m talking about the other housing crisis – the lack of insulation and central heating.
91% of homes in the UK have central heating, and similarly in other Western countries such as Canada, where I’m from, it’s around there as well. I’ve never known a home to not have central heating where I’m from. I’ve lived in NZ for almost three years now, and it’s been the opposite: I’ve NEVER seen a home with central heating. It’s causing serious health issues across the country due to cold temperatures, especially in regions like Christchurch and Dunedin. The houses are quite honestly crap. Barely any insulation or none at all, and no central heating. Christchurch, a city, mainly relies on wood fires to heat their homes.
I’m from Canada, and it gets much colder in the winter, but it’s healthier to live there because at least every room in your house is at a constant warm cozy temperature year round. Here, it’s early autumn, and just this morning it was 5 degrees outside, so our entire house was that cold.
I’ll be returning to Canada after this year. I’ve had a few good years here seeing and hiking across wonderful natural landscapes, but to live here permanently? No way.
See this study for details: http://www.branz.co.nz/cms_show_download.php?id=a5280831d2e1489927904cc2ef904c1c2301545a
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