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Tell me how to do this
says he really likes the culture.
what a stupid bland statement
not a whole lot you can say without sounding like a bit of a belm "hey, having a good time, wow, miss you loads, see you soon! xx"
and then posted it on the internet for everyone else to see?
ha, and to think he was disappointed in people posting pm's on here. amazing.
because I have thought it might've been a knowing joke.
The serendipity of it has me grinning like a lunatic.
alternatively: marry a Kiwi. that's what my sister did
I'll have to talk you down from the ledge if you are
which may make him act against his better interests. Like moving to Dunedin and freezing his nuts off
My plans are in such an early stage that making this thread is pretty much the extent of my research though.
Do know though that it fits my criteria of: nice, relatively easy to get a job, no language issues
The gay capital of NZ
You can only work for 12 months of those 2 years though.
which city has the best weather
what are living/rent costs like
how much would do I wanna save to be there for 1/2 months before I have income coming in
and the new site told me to do one because the subject line was a bit long.
will try a truncated speed-dating version
NZ being loooong and narrow, broadly speaking weather is warmer the further north you go - far north you're pretty much in the tropics, deep south you've only got a bit of ocean between you an antarctica Although there are odd exceptions (Nelson and Napier are probably the sunniest places in the country despite being located in the middle).
Wellington would be my recommendation as a place to base yourself - compact, plenty of good venues/restaurants/bars, some weird geography (vast swathes of the city built precariously onto steep tree-covered hills, CBD built entirely on land reclaimed from the sea during a relatively recent earthquake, a beach 5 mins from the centre of town), good place to get to the south island from if you want to see that. Downsides - weather not always the best, photos of bemused LOTR cast members with the restaurant owner's arm around their shoulder sellotaped to most restaurant counters.
Smaller places you could base yourself which will have fewer Brits would be Napier and Nelson. Even smaller again but probably difficult to find work would be the Coramandel, although if you could swing something there that would be the best lifestyle.
Not so up to date with the finance stuff anymore - haven't lived there in quite a few years. Generally speaking the rent will be a lot less than you're used to, and groceries will be relatively more than you're used to.
this gives me a good starting point. wellington sounds good
about to move up to Auckland. Wellington's generally thought of being the San Francisco/Melbourne of NZ, quite arty and diverse. It's almost its own microcosm in NZ in that the attitudes in Wellington tend to be a lot more free. Very left-wing leaning city. Very young population too, as you'd probably expect from a uni city.
As Lucien said, Napier's good - where I am right now - and where I mostly "grew up". It's ridiculously hot here - Mediterranean like weather, and some very nice beaches only 15-30 minutes up and down the coast. They're never all that crowded either. It's a nice lovely town, but it's probably a lot smaller than what you're use to. It's about a 3-4 hour drive to Wellington from here and a 5-6 hour drive to Auckland.
As for which city is the most fun... It really depends. Auckland probably has the most diverse night life. Every time I've gone out there I've had a great time. Wellington can be a bit grim because of all the tragic drunk first year uni kids on Courtney Place, but you learn to find the nice bars and clubs that they don't know about. Wellington has a ridiculous amount of cafes too. I think I read somewhere it has more cafes and bars per capita than anywhere else in the world. Dunedin has a massive electronic music scene that has really blown up recently. As you probably already know, they also have a historic indie scene there too which is still big to this day.
Rent in Wellington is expensive in the city, but otherwise it's not too bad. It is comparatively more expensive than anywhere else in New Zealand though, besides Auckland.
but compared with major cities elsewhere in the world... Not at all
to come over to work in Christchurch following the earthquake.
Would there be a limit on how long you could work there for that?
oh i was confused.
There's a .pdf worth having a look at on there too
The work visa can lead to resident visa, like a Skilled Migrant Category visa, where you can stay indefinitely. The company that would employ you would fast-track this too, from what I've heard from friends involved down there.
and about a week after he found out he'd passed, got a telephone interview for a job in NZ. The phone call was just a general chat and about 15 minutes in the dude offered him a job. Within a month, he'd gone and he's still there with no plans to come back.
In summary: get an osteopathy degree?
You don't need a visa or anything. 'Officially' you do, but Kiwis are all pussies so tell them to fuck off if they ask. They'll have declared you King by Monday teatime.
but basically you can't, unless you're very wealthy, have a PhD, or own a corrupt business in China.
Except you don't have to 3 months fruit picking or other rubbish work to get an extra year. Read all about it here: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/unitedkingdomworkingholidayscheme.htm
here's a more permanent way: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workperm.htm
living in Dunedin. They love it.
I think if you're into a nice work-live balance and are quite outdoorsy (walking, skiing, surfing etc etc) and if you are ok with being a long way from home then it's a no brainer. go for it!
quite like Wellington in that you can happily walk everywhere.
Nice people. Small city. Bit of culture and music. Nice restaurants. It's in the arse end of nowhere but they are super happy. Can't wait to head out and visit
so you're never truly isolated, which I've always liked. You can feel like you're on a retreat without ever truly being at world's end.
just massively isolated from the entirety of the rest of the world.
THERE ARE NO PEOPLE THERE