I lived in Auckland for 10 years. we stayed in Torbay north shore, Waimauku rural west and Henderson while waiting to move to Aus. I would agree 100% with the post above a few years ago.
I would also add that i found Aucklanders unfriendly and hard to make friends with, (i dont mean ex pats here) on the other hand there is a big difference if you move rural i found people far more friendly and easy to make friends.
I work as a draftsman and my wife works as an occupational therapist and we eraned quite good wages, evan with the above average salaries we found it very hard to get on, i often wondered how people survived.
The house prices are out of control and cost of living is running close behind it.
The weather is by far worse than the UK and the houses far less equipped for the weather, damp is a major problem. so much so they made up a "leaky house syndrome" to cover plain crap design and condtruction of houses.
Gangs are a major problem. all over really some areas being worse than others
the police are more worried about there quotas than actually policing crime. I saw more crime with my own eyes in NZ than i did staying in South Africa for 10 years. this included bag snatching, violance, stealing cars. and these were ment to be "good" areas
my advise would be to pick were you Live very carefully, go and visit it first and then go back and see it again
but on saying that
We moved to Brisbane 4 years ago and yes the salaries were 30 to 50% more and the price of living was far cheaper but the truth is Brisbane has gone down fast in the last 4 years. the cost of living is now on par with NZ, and salaries are just about the same there may be a 2 to 3% difference if that.
the same would go in Brisbane as the original post Unless you are coming with some serious cash you will struggle on the average wage.
hope this helps
Little surprised by the above post, I work in IT and my family have been on a single wage for some time. Paid off our mortgage thanks to owning property since 2001 when property prices went thought the roof in Aus and NZ (like much of the developed world). We are able to save a bit each week and live fairly comfortably as long as we aren't stupid with money. Wife is returning to work soon and our desposable income will be pretty good to say the least.
Not sure if the cost of living has ever been cheaper in Brisbane, been and stayed there a number of times in the last 20 yhears always thought it as more exspensive in some ways cheaper in others.
I work with 3 or 4 poms here in NZ and they seem happy enough. I guess its all about personel experience and perspective. My firends all pushing 40 seem to be doing ok excpet one who is a lasy bas**** :P .
Hi is this any where near Thames??
We think we've got the balance about right now but I still have to pinch myself when I look around and see how good it is. Of course YMMV but it's pretty good and I honestly can't think of anywhere else better
Hi I have just had a look at house rentals in Howick. Is it expensive there? My OH is a Social Worker and we have 4 kids. Would a Social worker's salary allow for reasonable living in that area? We are from Manchester. Martin
Living in oz 4 years now, suprised that so many kiwis live here. After meeting so many kiwis or people who lived in nz most of them don't rate the place.
THE PAST IS A COUNTRY WE KNOW LONGER VISIT.