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>> No. 431358 Anonymous
15th October 2019
Tuesday 5:53 pm
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Alright lads, I need some input on whether to move to the other side of the world. (Yes I posted >>13299 but I can't delete the thread because it has too many replies).

I'm consulting friends, family and now this place as none of you know me and can be as unbiased and not care about hurting my feelings. Yes I know ultimately it also has to be my decision.

With that said, have any of you lads ever been to NZ? Lived there? Know people that lived there? Lived anywhere that's not the UK? It's a small country but trying to find anybody who has actually lived there is a bit of a pain.

I've been offered a job I wasn't expecting, it's more money (About 100k NZ dollars which is about 50k GBP), it's in a well known place and it means that I'll get lots of fresh air, lots of nice scenery and compared to living in London I can afford my own one bed/studio rather than a houseshare with strangers.

That said, I'm worried it just looks...well... boring. I love the outdoors, but it seems like you really have to enjoy that and the isolation, otherwise it's fucking lonely. London has its faults, but I'm never bored, I have my network here and I have lots I can do here, even if it can be a bit polluted and grimy at times.

Having consulted with people I know (even my gf), they all think it's ridiculous not to take it and try it out and if it's shit come back after a year or so, find a new job and carry on living my London life. My gf said if it's good she will come visit and then come and join me after 6 months or so.

Any of you lads got any opinions on NZ or wanna shout out things in general to consider about moving abroad? I've only ever lived in the UK so I feel like I am trying to weigh up the wrong things.
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>> No. 431359 Anonymous
15th October 2019
Tuesday 6:05 pm
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Someone I know went into a chippy in New Zealand. They asked for mushy peas so they mashed peas up with a fork.
>> No. 431360 Anonymous
15th October 2019
Tuesday 6:08 pm
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I don't have a worthwhile response to your luxury problems, but I'm curious how it's possible to be qualified enough to get a cushy job offer in another country yet still have to live in a houseshare in London.
>> No. 431362 Anonymous
15th October 2019
Tuesday 6:43 pm
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>>431359
That's awful.
>> No. 431363 Anonymous
15th October 2019
Tuesday 7:11 pm
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>>431358
I lived in Wellington for 10 months after travelling NZ. Wish I'd never left, i was very happy there. The work life balance and work culture in general is better, people are more friendly than in the UK and it's just a really lovely place to live.
>> No. 431364 Anonymous
15th October 2019
Tuesday 8:17 pm
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>>431358
I've spent a decent amount of time in and around Nelson though I haven't actually lived or worked there, just visiting my extended family. Beautiful scenery, friendly people and the sweets are to die for. Aside from outdoorsy activities I did find it a bit boring but that might be more of a countryside thing; the TV was rubbish and I couldn't find many people to bond with over my nerdier hobbies. Things might be different now though, I last went in 2011.
>> No. 431402 Anonymous
16th October 2019
Wednesday 7:56 pm
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>>431360

Even 50k / year really doesn't get you that far in London. At one point I was earning ~70k and the missus was earning around ~25k and we still didn't exactly have a life of luxury. Moving out of London and getting my rent cut in from 1500 to 500 made a massive change to my quality of life.
>> No. 431403 Anonymous
16th October 2019
Wednesday 8:07 pm
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>>431402
>household income of £95k
I'm sorry you had to go through that.
>> No. 431406 Anonymous
16th October 2019
Wednesday 8:31 pm
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>>431402
That's bananas. London's turning into Blade Runner LA with worse architecture.
>> No. 431426 Anonymous
17th October 2019
Thursday 9:42 am
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>>431359
There's that Joe Strummer song, ironically about a Kiwi who arrives in London looking for mushy peas, only to be told there's only curry and bagels to be had.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI7UCJN-mu8
>> No. 431431 Anonymous
17th October 2019
Thursday 12:25 pm
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Me? I'd have been on the plane yesterday.

But then again you don't sound like a depression ridden tortured soul who'd like nothing more than to just disappear one day and forget about everything that ties you to your current place. A fresh start.

For you this represents a much more disruptive affair. How much will you miss your existing friends? How comfortable are you spending time in your own company if you don't find an active social scene to fit in with over there? Will you be able to pursue the same hobbies?

I think a lot of what I feel troubled by in life would cease to matter if I had a peaceful existence in a small town on the other side of the world, and nobody minded if I spent all day sat by myself learning to play Rush songs, instead of trying to keep up with what's going on in the world around me. But that's just me.
>> No. 431433 Anonymous
17th October 2019
Thursday 4:39 pm
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> it means that I'll get lots of fresh air, lots of nice scenery and compared to living in London I can afford my own one bed/studio rather than a houseshare with strangers.
> it just looks...well... boring. I love the outdoors, but it seems like you really have to enjoy that and the isolation
Sounds about alright. Also what >>431431 wrote.

Sage because in all frankness I'd be exactly conflicted what should I do if I really found myself in a similar situation. That sort of nullifies what I've stated a few lines before so take it that I just find the idea tempting. Really tempting.
>> No. 431455 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 1:02 am
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>>431358
Have you decided yet lad?
>> No. 431459 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 11:46 am
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>>431455

I've got until Monday.

I'm reading these responses, asking mates, asking family.

Everybody seems split, but the consensus seems to be if it's that shit come home, but it might be the best thing I ever do and I'll regret not taking the chance.
>> No. 431460 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 11:47 am
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>>431363

How come you moved away? Was it boring? Were there women in such small places to date?
>> No. 431461 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 12:07 pm
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>>431364
> the TV was rubbish

I sometimes see "we missed British telly" in expat regret stories and I think it's really sad that television can be such an important thing in peoples' lives.
>> No. 431462 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 12:50 pm
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I'm not saying it.
>> No. 431463 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 12:57 pm
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>>431460
My girlfriend now fiancee persuaded me to return to the U.K as she values my family a lot ( she is estranged from hers). I wasn't so bothered as I think that there always has to be one generation who starts a new life in a new land and I was OK with only seeing my family once a year or so.

She said that she values my family like it is hers and said that we could always come back if we wanted (true). It's been two years since we returned and I think she is certainly open to moving back as after working in Liverpool and Bristol for a couple of years Wellington was a better fit for our temperament.

I think i'm at about 70/30 in favour of going back now and she is 50/50. If this thread is still alive if/when we move back I shall update.
>> No. 431464 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 1:09 pm
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Do you reckon there's a New Zealand version of Britfa?
>> No. 431466 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 1:40 pm
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>>431462

Oh stop being such a miserable bastard.

>>431461

I, for one, do not even own a television.
>> No. 431467 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 2:14 pm
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>>431466
Well memed.
>> No. 431468 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 3:08 pm
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>>431467
We don't do memes here.
>> No. 431469 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 3:12 pm
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>>431468
The "we don't do memes" meme is my favourite britfa.gs meme.
>> No. 431470 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 3:27 pm
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>>431467
>>431468
>>431469

You two make such a fuss over the fact that I do not even own a television that I wonder if even owning a television has addled your brains.

I'm just glad that I, for one, do not even own a television. Right-o lads, time to drive my Prius to the cycle lane and ride to an XR protest. I think I'll pick up some Indian street food on the way, you know it's so much more authentic than restaurants or shop food.
>> No. 431474 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 7:01 pm
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>>431470

Funny behaviour for a crusty.
>> No. 431475 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 8:03 pm
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>>431468
I WISH TO DECLARE MY LOVE FOR THIS THREAD AND ALL ITS PARTICIPANTS
>> No. 431476 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 8:04 pm
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>>431475
Best wordfilter ever.
>> No. 431477 Anonymous
18th October 2019
Friday 8:31 pm
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>>431476
Try it the other way around.
>> No. 431501 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 2:13 pm
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>>431477
The Mrs didn't take to kindly to it.
>> No. 431502 Anonymous
19th October 2019
Saturday 2:17 pm
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>>431501

Did you have the one with the flanged base?
>> No. 431673 Anonymous
23rd October 2019
Wednesday 7:50 am
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I'm going.

Made my decision, gonnagive it a whirl.
>> No. 431677 Anonymous
23rd October 2019
Wednesday 2:13 pm
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>>431673
Been curious about NZ myself, let us know how it goes mate.
>> No. 431693 Anonymous
23rd October 2019
Wednesday 8:00 pm
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>>431673
Good for you lad.
>> No. 431717 Anonymous
24th October 2019
Thursday 4:58 pm
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>>431677

Thanks lad will do.

As these things typically happen my referee is away for a while so it's holding me up slightly but I should be there by the start of next year and will update some point then.

>>431693
Thanks lad and thanks to all you lads for the advice.

Hope there's not some sort of location block on accessing this site that the mods have turned on.
>> No. 431720 Anonymous
24th October 2019
Thursday 5:58 pm
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>>431717
>Hope there's not some sort of location block on accessing this site that the mods have turned on.
I hope so, you kiwi turncoat. How dare you escape our sinking isle to a land of quantifiably higher living standards.

Have a great time, lad.

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