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    I know we dont like to dwell on the bad side of things but i need your opinions... other than missing family and friends, what is the worst thing about moving to nz?

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    For me,
    I feel that I expected to0 much, my ideas were preconcieved. Even though we came from SA we had all the modern convienencies for example nice shopping centres, we are now in Small town NZ and I miss the shops!
    We went to the pantomime, it cost us quite a bit and I found it amateurish and dissapointing. I think it is the little things that we take for granted in our home country that we now miss.
    But it does not mean that I would go back!
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    It was and is family for me. It is mostly what you were familiar with, Sometimes you can't even explain it or put a word on it. It can be friends, work, food, sports, TV, shopping.

    You can miss things but don't whinge on it. accept the new and find new things to fill it. family is the one you can't really replace. The tighter you are with your family the harder you will get hit. If you are more distant it won't get to you as bad.

    This is something which is not true just to NZ but anyone who relocates far away. NZ is about as far away as you can get.

    You should and probably have done a pro./ con list. What do you want or expect here? There is a lot of good things here but it is not for everyone.

    Post some of the things you expect to gain here and see what people have to say. NZ is like anywhere. It has its good and bad. You just have to see where that stacks up in your merits. For example if you hope to get rich, NZ isn't the best place. You won't be poor but rich would be difficult. A lot here is free that is not attainable in other countries. In the Uk there is no real fishing. If you like to fish nz might seem like heaven.

    One thing which is different that I got used to is jean sizes. In the USA the shops had every size of waist and length combination. You have most waist sizes here but usually just one length - long. You custom cut the length to fit. I got used to it and is normal to me now.
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    I found the lack of life-long familiarity took a while to get over. Silly things like knowing where to go or who to call if I need something like parts for my guitar, a gas pipe for the BBQ or bits for something in the house. I can usually find what I need, but inevitably spend a day or two chasing shadows.

    The good news is that it gets easier over time and you'll soon start to find your way around. I enjoy the fact that there are still a lot of independent specialist outlets in NZ. If you like the bland monotony of UK High Streets, you probably won't enjoy it here. It's just a shame that no-one sells decent shoes for the children......

    As to the other things I miss, I'm not allowed to mention the BBC so I won't!

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    Besides friends and family...

    My full-time nanny.

    Having friends and family who could babysit once in a while.

    Knowing where to shop for things and which products I preferred buying. Shopping was effortless.

    This place is awesome though, we are loving being here

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    thanks for all your answers.

    I guess im just trying to get a whole over view of what moving is going to be like.

    Im totally excited, and really want to go, but im also terrified. About wether im going to find a job, make friends, be made welcome, enjoy it, etc etc...

    just a lot of things to thnk through!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeznBex View Post
    thanks for all your answers.

    I guess im just trying to get a whole over view of what moving is going to be like.

    Im totally excited, and really want to go, but im also terrified. About wether im going to find a job, make friends, be made welcome, enjoy it, etc etc...

    just a lot of things to thnk through!
    You need at least one NZ friend who can help you. It will make a huge difference. They can explain things you don't understand or see. It is lie having a guide. This board is excellent but someone to help with just small everyday questions will help your transition. You won't feel like a fish out of water so much and will make things easier.
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    Hey bud :]] we find we miss the strangest little insignificant things and that it suddenly hits you when you're least expecting it but, like Cliff says it's more of a 'Ooooo do you know what I really fancy....' and it'll be Birds instant custard or proper Weetabix or Galaxy chocolate or 'All of a sudden I just really need to see/smell/hear/touch........' whatever that may be. It's here one moment and gone the next.

    And yes, the BBC.....
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    Birds custard and Weet-A-bix. Flipping heck Dawn, we're living parallel lives!

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    Default miss and hits

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    Well, we both miss..

    Being able to go out and have a decent Indian.
    Cosy pubs
    Competition amongst shops and lots of supermarkets.
    Meat that lasts more than a few days.
    Professional people and people that really want to do a good job!
    Wit and humour ( alas, my brummie humour is often over locals heads!!)
    A decent wage..
    Being able to fly to Europe easily and cheap.
    My wifes little mini.
    Decent music played on the radio..
    My beloved football and going to games.
    My Kids


    What we dont miss.

    Sitting for hours on the motorway..
    Winters that last 10 months
    Grumpies and jobsworths
    The fast lane in business pressures with it.

    Masses of people

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