Righto, so we’ve chatted about the weather – now let’s get down to brass tacks, shall we? So, you and your family are seriously considering moving to New Zealand – or perhaps you know someone who has been making noises about making a move for some time now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to shed some light on what living the Kiwi dream is like. The ramblings, musings, facts, opinions and whatever else this blog draws out of me should be tested and compared with others to ensure that you don’t just “take my word for it”.
As mentioned in the overview – the aim of this is to provide real, and by that, I mean sometimes raw, insider information as to what immigration has been like for us. Some things are pretty normal, standard immigration realities that most South Africans will face when moving here. Others may be a little more unique to our own situation and experience. I guess that, at the end of the day, immigration is a pretty big deal. It warrants careful thought, planning and execution. The biggest question that begs answering, however, before you start renewing your passports and gathering inordinate amounts of documentation, is why.
Why do I want to leave South Africa? Why do I want to move to NZ specifically? Stupid question? Maybe not. Remember, when you move from one place to another you take yourself with you. Duh! Bear with me a minute. Anger, bitterness, hatred… well – that stuff will go with you wherever you move. Those may not be the best reasons to haul yourself out of every comfort zone you’ve ever known and start over fresh. I have heard many sad-as (randomly adding the word “as” into a sentence – a Kiwi thing) stories about South Africans that have sold up, closed up, uprooted and left SA and carried that disenchantment with them and bad mouth the country wherever they go. Some may have to return within months. Jobs fall through and work permits vanish with them, or they just never fully considered their reasons for moving and when things aren’t as they expect or hope for, they do it all over again – pack up and head back to SA. What a waste. Of time. Of energy. Of money. Not to mention the emotional upheaval. If you are serious about emigration – consider answering your why question as the first step in the process – wherever you decide to go. You may just need that answer in the days to come. When you find yourself in the thick of it? When everything seems foreign, its pouring with rain (again), your kids are sniffly, you are tired, your head is throbbing and you find you have little desire, after a day’s work to do the laundry at some awfully late hour because that’s the only time you can get to it… and you miss your family and friends something chronic. Suddenly your why may be rather important…
An interesting read…https://transferwise.com/gb/blog/pros-and-cons-living-in-new-zealand