Welcome to our series of Migrant Tales – hundreds of immigrants’ stories and tales about New Zealand that contain first hand accounts of the migrant experience gathered from various places around the net, plus some that have been sent in by readers.
New tales are being added all the time, to read the latest click here: E2NZ.org/tag/Migrant-Tales there are hundreds to chose from.
What better way to find out what it’s like to live in New Zealand but from the experiences of others, the more you read the more you’ll see themes, patterns and commonalities emerging, from these you’ll have a good feel about how you’re going to fit-in to the country.
Some of the recurrent themes we’re seeing are
Problems finding work, overseas qualifications not recognised by Kiwi employers
Xenophobia, racism, bigotry and discrimination
Expensive, poor quality accommodation
Problems with the education standards
A lackadaisical attitude towards safety and security
Feeling that NZ is actively mis-sold to outsiders
Isolation, missing family, friends, old lifestyles etc.
Crime and a frustration with the way its dealt with
High cost of living -especially food, “Rip off NZ” etc.
Lack of culture
Dangerous roads and drivers, drinking and driving, hoons
No future for kids, older kids feel isolated and cut-off from friends and family, no support networks.
Bullying problems in schools and workplaces, harden-up attitude, not knowing where to turn for effective counselling services
The ‘Kiwi way’, ‘WWINZ’ (won’t work in NZ) small mindedness, #8 wire mentality, etc.
If you’ve already emigrated to New Zealand these tales may help you to realise that other people are having the same problems as you and you’re not alone in your experiences.
Do you think you were misled before you emigrated to New Zealand, are there things you know now that would’ve prevented you from emigrating if you’d been aware of them?
There is also another section of tales called “What Kiwis say about NZ“ you may find it useful to know what New Zealanders are saying about their own country.