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    naomishiro is offline Junior Member
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    Hi Everyone,
    It's wonderful to find this informative and supportive forum! My husband and two kids and I are hoping to move to NZ from the US. We've always kept to the outskirts of mainstream US culture, which we find way too competitive, acquisitive, elitist, conformist, and anxiety-filled. We really have considered just about every place on earth, and we've come to the conclusion -- which seems so obvious now that we've reached it -- that New Zealand is where we want to be. We're filling out our EOI today, and looking at real estate, and planning our scouting trip, so it's finally starting to emerge as a (hopeful!) reality. Will be posting some questions on the forum, and we're so glad to be able to do so! Thanks!

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    Welcome to the forum, Naomishiro. Glad to have you with us. You could have chosen a lot worse places to live in than NZ . Have you any idea yet where you would like to settle although I guess it all comes down to where the jobs are.

    Good luck with your application.
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    Thanks Mother Bear! We're almost certain we want to be near Auckland. I'm a teacher and a social worker, also an amateur musician. My husband is an IT guy. For lots of reasons it seems access to the city, with all its diversity, will be important to us. On the other hand, we want to live somewhere peaceful, with enough land to garden. So in a way we want everything, and we'll have to compromise on something. Where we live now, it's peaceful and rural, but we have to drive drive drive everywhere, and we do not want that, either. Any suggestions?

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    Hi Naomi!

    Welcome to the forum :)

    If you are considering Auckland, but want peace and a big garden, you can go about 30-45mins out of the city and have a house on a huge piece of land, with horses in your yard and lots and lots of space for the kids and your neigbours far away. But at the same time you ll be close to the city and usually never further than 10mins to the next supermarket etc..

    You can have this close to any city in NZ so you ll also have to look at the weather in each place, what your hobbies are, how you want to spend your spare time etc etc etc

    Enjoy the journey!

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    Thanks Simone! You've described exactly what we're hoping to find. Do you recommend any particular town that's commutable to Auckland?

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    Anywhere South/West/East or North has nice areas!

    Have a look on trade me for real estate!

    The areas Bucklands Beach/Maraetai are really nice and safe, they are Southeast of Auckland. They have lovely beaches as well! West you can look at Kumeu etc there are nice places and it s a really nice little village and only about 30mins from the centre of Auckland. From there you can go to the west coast which has black sand beaches and they are great for surfing but most of them not so great for kids as they can be dangerous.
    If you go south, papatoe, karaka way has lovely lifestyle blocks but quite a bit away from the beaches and north Albany way is the same, beautiful areas and nice family beaches, white sand and no surf.
    South/North and West you can go pretty much on the motorway so it s not a big journey by car but if you are working in the city centre, traffic going into town is horrible between 7am and 9am monday to friday and after 4pm till about 7pm back out as alot of people are commuting!

    Areas you want to avoid are south auckland, otara, manurewa etc as it is quite dangerous down there.
    But there is also Manukau which has become Aucklands city centre in the south, there is work and shopping etc and it s growing fast! So if you decided to live south, working in manukau could be an easier option far as travelling to work goes?

    Hope this helps :)
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    Just quickly, far as commuting into town goes, it really doesnt matter where
    you are, unless you live right next door to work and can walk, traffic in auckland is a shocker! but you might just want to look at it yourself and also see where your job options are! if you are a teacher and social worker than you are more likely to be outside of the city I guess and as there is a high demand here for both you might be able to be a bit pickier?
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    Thanks so much for all this! Really helpful. You're right; we definitely need to spend some time scouting areas. It's so expensive to fly over that we're waiting, trying to time it all just right. I think I'll probably go alone, which is strange, and try to have things narrowed down as much as possible before going. Do you know anything about Titirangi?

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    Yes I have been there many times, it s in the hills out west and they have art shows etc there from time to time!
    It s a little place, nestled away in the hills, relaxed and friendly!
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    Our Baby Boy is due 01/04/10 "whoopwhoop"

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    Sounds nice! Thanks!

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