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New Zealand

Expat Experiences > New Zealand

New Zealand

Dawn and Isaac, Wellington

Posted by: Scar on Wednesday November 23, 2016 (11:21:13)   (511 Reads)
Dawn in Queenstown
Who are you?

Dawn and Isaac originally from Cornwall in England! We are very cornish but now live in Wellington! We run our own blog called Going NZ where we document our journey and our move to New Zealand.   more ...

Expat Experiences > New Zealand

New Zealand

Abigail Simpson

Posted by: Scar on Wednesday October 05, 2016 (07:38:59)   (548 Reads)
Abigail Simpson
Who are you?

My name is Abigail Simpson and I’m a 25-year-old writer living in New Zealand. My blog is called Poms Away: A British Immigrant’s View of New Zealand.   more ...

Expat Experiences > New Zealand

New Zealand

Josh And Melissa, Wellington

Posted by: Scar on Monday October 03, 2016 (08:15:25)   (748 Reads)
Melissa and Josh
Who are you?

We are an American married couple that fell in love with travel during our college years. Josh runs an outdoors blog called YonderStoke and Melissa documents our adventures with weekly vlogs on our Youtube channel, TheJoshandMelissa.   more ...

Expat Experiences > New Zealand

New Zealand

Sofie Jacobs, Dunedin (South Island)

Posted by: Carole on Monday July 22, 2013 (20:25:17)   (3262 Reads)
Sofie Jacobs
Who are you?

My name is Sofie Jacobs. I am a 35 year old woman from Belgium. I have a master in Graphic Design and a Teaching Diploma. After I finished my studies I worked several years in the graphic industry. The last ten years I have worked as an arts teacher for different age groups in Belgium. Currently I live in New Zealand and work for a private childcare business. I do several tasks for them such as being a head supervisor in the after school care and the holiday programmes. Besides that I provide craft activities for the children and also work in their office as a resource manager.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I came to New Zealand in October 2012.   more ...

Expat Experiences > New Zealand

New Zealand

Raymond Edwards, Hawke’s Bay

Posted by: Carole on Monday July 22, 2013 (15:42:23)   (4574 Reads)
Raymond Edwards
Who are you?

My name is Raymond Edwards and I live on the east coast of New Zealand in an area known as Hawke’s Bay, the main towns in this area are called Napier, Hastings and Havelock North.

I am a retired IT Project Manager having spent over 40 years in the industry working for Defence, Government and large corporations mainly as a consultant working for either myself or large consulting companies.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I am English born, moving to Sydney, Australia in 1968 when I was 21 years old and where I lived for 43 and a half years.   more ...

Expat Experiences > New Zealand

New Zealand

Laura Jerome, The Bay of Islands (Northland)

Posted by: Carole on Monday May 20, 2013 (20:08:19)   (4037 Reads)
Laura Jerome
Who are you?

I am Laura, I'm originally from Scotland, I'm a gardener/farmer now, but I used to be a teacher. I taught children with emotional difficulties and severe autism. I'm married to the lovely Lloyd, we have no children, but have filled our life with animals. We have 3 big dogs.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved to New Zealand in 2005 from Glasgow, Scotland. We weren't unhappy living in Scotland at all, but had got to the stage in our lives that we wanted a change and an adventure! We were both burnt out at work and if we didn't do something soon who knows what might have happened.   more ...

Expat Experiences > New Zealand

New Zealand

Jenny, Auckland

Posted by: Jamie on Tuesday November 29, 2011 (22:39:03)   (2961 Reads)
Auckland
My name is Jenny. We moved to Auckland, New Zealand in May 2010. My husband, Chris, was presented with a great job opportunity, so we decided to make the move from the States and head to New Zealand.

I had never been to New Zealand, so finding first-hand information from other expats about life in Auckland was a challenge. That was, in part, why I decided to focus some of my blog on what it's like to live here. Completing all of the necessary paperwork for my professional licensure was also a challenge, but I was able to figure everything out thanks to some helpful people both in the US and in New Zealand.   more ...

Expat Experiences > New Zealand

New Zealand

Diane Morgan, Wellington

Posted by: Jamie on Tuesday November 29, 2011 (22:30:18)   (3134 Reads)
Diane Morgan
My name is Diane Morgan and I’m originally from Bergen County, New Jersey, USA. I’ve been living outside of America for nearly 10 years now but have been in New Zealand for the past four of those. I currently work for the NZ government as a business improvement advisor however before coming to NZ I used to sail on boats all over the world.

Although there are at least a million good reasons to move to NZ, including the gorgeous scenery and the laid-back nature of the people, I’m actually here because my husband (then boyfriend!) is Welsh. As it turns out, it was easier for us both to get work visas in NZ than it was to migrate to each other’s countries, so rather than endure a long distance relationship across the Atlantic while sorting out immigration issues, we moved to NZ in September 2007 to live and date like normal people. That said, I’ve always been interested in foreign cultures and love the different perspectives one gains from living in a different country.   more ...

Expat Experiences > New Zealand

New Zealand

Jared Gulian, Martinborough, North Island

Posted by: Jamie on Tuesday November 29, 2011 (22:08:05)   (2301 Reads)
Jared in the olive grove
My name is Jared Gulian, and I’m still not entirely sure how I ended up living in paradise. My partner Rick and I are two American city boys who moved to rural New Zealand in 2006. We live on 20 acres with an olive grove just outside the charming wine village of Martinborough, at the bottom of the North Island.

We sell our olive oil commercially, and we commute into Wellington for our day jobs. We've got chickens and there are cattle and sheep grazing in our paddocks.

I write about our life on my blog Moon over Martinborough.   more ...


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