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    Smile Fleeing the US! Any suggestions?

    My husband and I are from Delaware. We have 2 bright, beautiful children and we would do anything for them. ASa result we are looking for a safe place to raise them. We are curious about a few things.

    1. How much money would one suggest bringing if we do not have jobs?

    2. What is the typical rental in a safe, child friendly area with the best schools?

    3. Any suggestion on getting jobs? I own my own Appraisal business but have experience in real estate, valuation, retail, and interior design.
    My husband was a director of sales for a large builder, a branch manager for a telemarketing firm, a six sigma black belt (GE), and a VP of marketing.

    4. Is healthcare universal and how long does it take to gain those benefits?

    5. Are there preschools and daycares available, what is the quality and cost?

    6. Are there areas you can live without a car? Adequate public transportation?

    7. I know the schools run year round, which are the best primary schools?


    Anything else? I appreciate any input. We are very excited about our adventure.

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    1. How much money would one suggest bringing if we do not have jobs?

    As much as you can.

    2. What is the typical rental in a safe, child friendly area with the best schools?

    how long is a piece of string? Things are generally pretty kid safe here.

    3. Any suggestion on getting jobs? I own my own Appraisal business but have experience in real estate, valuation, retail, and interior design.
    My husband was a director of sales for a large builder, a branch manager for a telemarketing firm, a six sigma black belt (GE), and a VP of marketing.

    real estate is slow here right now. It would take a while to learn NZ market conditions right now. For yourself and better half check out seek.co.nz to see what you think you can apply for.

    4. Is health care universal and how long does it take to gain those benefits?

    You get PR (permanent Residency) you have them, Thee is no wait. You can get private insurance but you don't need it.

    5. Are there preschools and daycare available, what is the quality and cost?

    Don't have kids so can't speak to cost but yes they are available.

    6. Are there areas you can live without a car? Adequate public transportation?

    yes, Larger cities like wellington. You have the train and bus.

    7. I know the schools run year round, which are the best primary schools?

    There are public and private schools. A similar question to you would be what state is the best to live in. There are good schools everywhere. The bigger and more elite are in the bigger cities.

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    There is a lot of useful info on this site. Read around and you should get a good picture and answer a lot of your questions. By the post it looks as though you are just beginning to look.

    NZ is probably one of he best places to raise kids.

    If you come you will live a rich life but don't look to be rich in monetary terms.

    Things are slow here at the moment thanks to wall street but that is true around the world. The economy is in recession but will rebound. Kiwi's are used to things being up and down and adjust t the changes quickly.

    New Zealand is far away this is a good and bad thing. You need to think about how close you are to your family. You don't go home for weddings or when someone is sick. Some people underestimate this emotional impact and eventually gets them. this isn't a show stopper but something you need to think about.

    If you have lived in a small town it is sort of like that. Everyone knows everyone. All things are smaller. You don't screw people and vice versa as words travels fast. You screw up and everyone knows. Hence your name and reputation are important.

    Store bought good are more expensive as there is not as much competition. We have the highest cell phone rates in the world. Many things there are not unobtainable in other places like a place at the beach are free.

    If you like the outdoors there is lots to do but beware the thin ozone as you will burn quickly.

    Kiwi's work hard when at work but go home at regular time as family is important. People are very friendly and generally accept foreigners. If you are a good person you will have many friends. If you are a user you won't.

    While a democracy they are quite socialist in some ways. Not a bad thing as it fits here. This is not the USA and many things and ways a different. In the USA you sue everybody for everything, Here nobody sues anybody.

    My comments are not sugar coated and are my own thoughts and experiences. REad the site and you will learn.
    Cheers

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    Arrived NZ in 1997 from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    "New Zealand isn't just a physical place it is a state of mind."

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    Cliff, thank you so much! I appreciate the input.

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    If you know the name of a school you can take a look on here to find a report on it. You could use this site to help you find a school if you know where you'd like to settle.

    There are a few helpful education-related sites on our NZ Website List.

    If you use the Search facility at the top and type in 'childcare' it will, hopefully, bring up some previous threads about this. We've had a few queries about that topic recently.

    The minimum recommended amount of money to bring with you is $1000/month per person but, as Cliff says, the more you can bring the better. You don't have to use it all but, at least, you'll have it if you find you need it.
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