Six years later and we're still here, almost living the dream
So my husband, myself and our at the time 2 year old son emigrated in 2011 to Wellington.
Wellington was never our dream but that is where my husband got a confirmed job offer for a job on the skills shortage list - we flew through our application process - 5 months from initial expression of interest to flying (we got a residents visa straight off). Wellington is nice (except for quakes) - we spent about a year living in Island Bay, then a year out in Pukerua Bay (Porirua) then a year on the Kapiti Coast before deciding that we'd had enough of commuting and busy suburb living and it was time to live the dream in rural South Island. We sold our UK home after almost 2 years of being here and upgraded to permanent residents (my daughter was born here and become a citizen straight away).
We've now done 3 years in Kakanui, 10kms south of Oamaru. Living on an acre trying to be self sufficient where possible (we have chickens, sheep, a veggie garden and my husband hunts for meat). It was great for our lifestyle but lack of jobs has put an end to it all. I spent one year working 3 part-time jobs whilst by husband worked freelance. It has been difficult financially but I love Oamaru and Kakanui ans I'm glad we tried to make it work.
We're now headed to Auckland (I know - massive contrast of lifestyles here). We're not sure if we'll love it or hate it...it will be nice to be back in civilisation for a while if only for the shops! Only time will tell but no regrets about our NZ move at all - I'm glad we did it and won't be spending future years wondering what life would have been like if only we'd been brave enough to do it.
I'm not sure if NZ is forever but it's great for now!
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