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Old Mar 26th 2012, 5:12 am
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what age were you when you emigrated to New Zealand?

I have met quite a few expats since I came to NZ and they all seem to be a little older than I am. I was 27 when I moved here with my family 5 years ago. I haven't really met many people (expats) who are my age and wondered if NZ tended to attract people mid 30+, although I have a few kiwi friends my age now.

Just wondered out of curiosity from reading Genesis' post about the main reasons for coming to NZ
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I was 34 when I arrived.

When I was 27 I was still climbing the corporate ladder in the UK. Started to burn out when I was 30, so I guess your 30's is a good age to start evaluating your life and making life changing decisions.
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Old Mar 26th 2012, 5:39 am
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what age were you when you emigrated to New Zealand?

I have met quite a few expats since I came to NZ and they all seem to be a little older than I am. I was 27 when I moved here with my family 5 years ago. I haven't really met many people (expats) who are my age and wondered if NZ tended to attract people mid 30+, although I have a few kiwi friends my age now.

Just wondered out of curiosity from reading Genesis' post about the main reasons for coming to NZ
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what age were you when you emigrated to New Zealand?

I have met quite a few expats since I came to NZ and they all seem to be a little older than I am. I was 27 when I moved here with my family 5 years ago. I haven't really met many people (expats) who are my age and wondered if NZ tended to attract people mid 30+, although I have a few kiwi friends my age now.

Just wondered out of curiosity from reading Genesis' post about the main reasons for coming to NZ
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Was 49, husband 44, my girls 13 & 11

At 27 was out partying still
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I was 23 when I arrived in 2003, had known my kiwi boyfried for a few months and came for an adventure! now 31, married and 2 children! had 3years away from nz 2008-2011..... 1 year in oz and 2 back home in Isle of Man, been back just over a year
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I was 40 when I got here, at 27 I was living and partying in Durban, South Africa
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I was 26 when I came here
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Me and the Wife were 38, son was 9...
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Was 49, husband 44, my girls 13 & 11

At 27 was out partying still
As was I as I had family to babysit
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We were 34 when we arrived.
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Was 39 and 3/4

No way could we have made it here any younger, bearing in mind the economics of the world have a huge bearing on the timing for peeps of our era. We bought our first house in 1990/1991 just on the cusp of recession and went through the whole negative equity thing and were paying >15% interest on the mortgage.

It took many years to get on an even keel again, but diminshing interest rates did help us pay our mortgage of more quickly as we had got used to paying the high amount, which added leverage to our equity and hence affforded us some freedom to start looking at other options.
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Thankfully I had bog all when I got here so had nothing to lose!
I came over with a backpack and about $3000.

I took a years leave from work, got my WHV, then stayed.
It seemed like a good idea at the time
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I was 38 when I arrived. You know how it is, you meet a kiwi on holiday, like them, decide you may as well have an adventure and before you know it you've unexpectedly moved to the other side of the world and are settled into a domestic life 5 years later That old chestnut

At 27 I was going to Glastonbury, partying too much and generally behaving like I was 10 years younger
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