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    I would love to hear honestly from people especially with children the pros and cons of moving to New Zealand. What have people found the hardest to live with in their new life. I know everyones thoughts will be different but it would be good to know to prepare myself beforehand, even though the same things might not effect me.

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    We have this kind of thread crop up from time to time and it usually offers up some interesting insights to life in NZ and immigration in general. Sounds like a good time to catch up with this thread again, to hear what everyone has to add to it. More new immigrants = more new insights. .

    Unfortunately I can't add to this as I'm not in NZ yet .
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    I think the pros for us are probably much the same as for everyone else ... the children being able to stay kiddies for longer, and generally safer and free-er.

    The biggest con has to be the guilt ... the guilt of the grandparents missing out, those horrid moments on the phone when my children are talking to granny and say something like "see you soon" etc. Yes, we will see each other again, but 2 weeks a year, probably doesn't touch seeing them nearly on a weekly basis.

    I'm sure there will some more views along soon ....
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    Thats where I see it differently from Lou, If you ever met her Mother you would know the pro is that you dont have to see her every week. The con? the fear she may come over for a couple of weeks (or more!)

    On a more serious note. I think I have spent more time talking to my parents via skype than I ever spoke to them in person which can only be a good thing. The guilt of leaving them behind is fairly bad, made worse recently when we learned my sister has had a breakdown and is suffering from severe depression which was due to a lot of factors but in her own words "i was doing ok until you all went to NZ". Which is nice.
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    Ya I agree on the note of the guilt of grandparents missing the kids. My in-law is pretty upset and not able to accept the fact. We even had to register the kid in local school and pay some deposit to pacify her (so we paying 2 school fees now...) as she's anticipating that the kids won't be able to adapt and will come home. Well, she's hardly to blame since she's been caring for them day & night for some years...
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    Hi
    We found the goodbyes terrible,i am very close to my parents
    Also i had to say goodbye to my eldest boy,which was heartbreaking
    I thought it would be sad,but nothing really prepares you for how sad it can actually be.
    Good thing is though,they will be here on the 3rd dec
    My parents for 9 weeks and my boy for 4

    The school my 7 yrold goes to is fantastic,he loves it and has loads wee mates
    My 16 yrold daughter is starting college in feb. Even though for 10 months we have been here,and she hasnt been to school ,she still seems to like it here. I know she misses the b/f back in Scotland,but she is on puter constantly to him,and she is looking forward to starting college here

    We find people to be a lot cheerier and say hello to you,or chat in school to you etc

    Weather is great

    We are eating better,more veggies and salads,fruit

    Dont really like the chinese take aways the same here,so thats a good thing.Save money and weight

    I like loads of things better here than i did in Scotland,and honestly can say i dont miss anything to badly(well irn bru seems to have disappeared of the shelves in woolies now ,so having to resort to lemonade in me vodka...hmph)But im sure i will survive,considering when i left Scotland i honestly thought i would never see my beloved orange stuff again

    I like the fact i have seen only one junkie,and if i hadnt been sent to her house through my job,then i probably would never had clapped eyes on her.
    In Glasgow it was an every day occurence

    Well i also think do plenty of research before you come too,i looked into it for about a year.
    I joined myspace etc and asked Kiwis questions too
    i think it made the move easier for us
    We love it here
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    Quote Originally Posted by rasin View Post
    My in-law is pretty upset and not able to accept the fact. We even had to register the kid in local school and pay some deposit to pacify her (so we paying 2 school fees now...) as she's anticipating that the kids won't be able to adapt and will come home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn View Post
    "Originally Posted by rasin
    My in-law is pretty upset and not able to accept the fact. We even had to register the kid in local school and pay some deposit to pacify her (so we paying 2 school fees now...) as she's anticipating that the kids won't be able to adapt and will come home."
    They need the reassurance that we'd have the common sense to consider back if we're not coping well with the kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rasin View Post
    They need the reassurance that we'd have the common sense to consider back if we're not coping well with the kids.
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    A big pro is for us that we have more time for each other and that we have more outdoor activities.

    A contra is the school zoning concept and the big differences. We found a really nice house but we didn't buy it because of the school. (The house is in Naenae). Now we have to look for a house in a good school zone.
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