Brian Smith wrote:
At present I am looking into the opportunity of emigrating to NZ.
I am getting lots of mixed information from the internet with regards job opportunities, salaries, cost of living and houses. I am a plumber to trade and have worked in management for several years. I am a family man with a couple of kids so as you can imagine there is lots to consider before we make our final decision.
Is there any brother who could assist me with where I could get more information to allow me to do some further research to assist our decision.
Brian Smith, Lodge Clydesdale 511
Hi Brian and welcome to the forum. I am English but moved here from Scotland about 16 years ago and haven't looked back. I miss the history but not too much else. I found my happy place here in the South Island but there is plenty of New Zealand to look at. I'd recommend a holiday if you get chance to see what's what. I toured NZ in a car for 3 weeks on a holiday, which helped me decide on where I wanted to live. Here are a few links to get you started:
I found this comparison site worthwhile, putting things side by side to give a fair indication of the cost of living:http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/co ... ew+Zealand
This is the site relating to the Education Review Office. Every school has to undergo a thorough inspection by the office every wee while (2 years I think?) and the reports for each can be read and compared online. Very helpful when choosing a school for your kids:http://www.ero.govt.nz/
House and land pricing can be looked at and compared on this site. You need to compare prices in say a small South Island city like Timaru, Nelson, Blenheim, Greymouth with prices in a larger centre such as Dunedin (which as you have gathered has a Scottish flavour) and Christchurch. In the North Island have a look at a good spread of locations from Wellington, Palmerston North, Hastings, Tauranga, Kaitaia, Auckland and a few of the rural spots in between:http://www.realestate.co.nz/
I hope that helps a wee bit. If you have any questions for an ex-pat, feel free to ask.