Welcome to the latest in our very popular Migrant Tales series – first hand accounts of migrant life in New Zealand.
Today’s tale was first published on Reddit, by a Kiwi who emigrated to Australia and then returned to New Zealand on a trip.
I moved to Australia in 2006 with my parents and at the time, I was about 17.
I umderstoof little about GST, minimum wage, cost of living. Growing up in Australia for 10 years now and taking a trip to NZ its easy to see why there is so much struggle. Now don’t get me wrong, NZ is HOME, and I enjoy being there… what I don’t enjoy is being gouged for every last penny I’ve got, especially when it comes to accomadation, groceries, eating out, and general costs of goods there. I recently stayed in Auckland and paid almost $200 AUD a night (which is practically the same as NZD now), for a subpar apartment, and then $30 a day for parking. I was outraged that there was paid parking and convinced the manager to at least give me free wifi with 2 other people that were staying with me.
Anyway, as much as I enjoyed my time there, going shopping for clothing, eating out or doing anything remotely fun costs so much money its a wonder why anyone would want to live there. Sure there is nice scenery and the air is fresh, but at the same time minimum wage is only $14-$15 an hour, housing costs almost the same as what it does on the Gold Coast on average (except far lower in quality), and its just so much less “busy” in terms of nightlife and things to do.
If you go there for a holiday, go prepared. Moving there is out of the question unless you want to lower your living standards and feel like getting gouged for retail items and pretty much everything else.
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