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Has anyone watched the latest Wanted Down Under?

Old Jan 13th 2016, 8:03 pm
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Default Has anyone watched the latest Wanted Down Under?

The latest series looks like it's all Australia apart from the one NZ episode, we watched it last night. All the NZ ones seem to follow a very similar pattern and the latest one is no different.
This episode was a classic example of how they're selling NZ short, yet again they show the family Auckland, but when I say Auckland they really showed them a couple of places well south of Auckland and from living up there for a year the places they showed them are easily an hour+ commute or more depending on traffic to downtown Auckland. In the past they have tended to place families on the North Shore, I think the producers must have realised this is well out of reach for the average family now.
As they always do they showed the family 3 house, the first 2 were right at the top of their budgets and the 3rd was well over their decent sized budget. They said they would only consider the third option, they then sat down and were bemused at the much higher cost of living. Now, this family wanted to move to have better family time and more of it, but after speaking to potential employers they realised they'd have to work some pretty long hours.
It's all very confusing, they'd have to work longer, travel longer and be poorer so they could live in a house they'd hardly spend anytime in.
Why don't they just show them somewhere else, somewhere more affordable without the daft commuting times and the stupid house prices?
I'm going to sound awful now but watching the episode one thing clearly stood out, it was quite obvious both parents would struggle to pass a medical. Why would the producers go to the expense of flying a family all this way when they looked like they wouldn't get over the first hurdle?
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Old Jan 14th 2016, 1:46 am
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My understanding is that they need to have their visas in to be accepted for the show. Or it was a criteria when we looked at applying years back
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Episode 2 is also based in NZ, still based in Auckland for some bizarre reason. They're definitely getting too 'cartoon character' in how they are edited and the participants portrayed. I really don't understand why the programme takes people all that way only to shatter their dreams, it seems rather cruel! The female partner in this episode even said they could try looking in other areas for cheaper housing but it didn't go down well.

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Old Jan 15th 2016, 7:05 pm
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Just watched it now. For someone who has apparently has wanted to move over for some time, he seemed very naive towards house prices, cost of living and even some quality of housing.

He walked into the first house and said it felt cold. From what I've read this can be quite normal for older houses.

I agree it's a shame they all seem to be based around Auckland. I know I'm unlikely ever to be able to afford a house there. Why don't they do more in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin etc. Plenty of other cities sorted around the county.

Going to have to watch episode 2 now. If nothing else it gives people like myself, who are right at the beginning of the journey, some other things to look at.
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Old Jan 15th 2016, 8:24 pm
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I think it's good actually as general info for the public at large to get some sense of 'reality' because everyone in UK gets sucked into too much of the idealistic bullshit of emigrating for the lower cost of living in big house, with a boat and an endless summer of beaches and BBQs. This lifestyle can be achieved to some extent in Auckland if you have $$s for a nice house and income to suit.

Love it or hate it, Auckland does offer the expat dream of glittering beaches, boats, stunning houses with views to die for or semi-rural lifestyle and land packages within reasonable commuting distance but unfortunately it comes at a cost and is not all a barrel of laughs. You still have to go to work and pay the bills and housing stock is largely poor and / or very expensive particularly when coming from your 'average' UK town or city (i.e. excluding London) in context with salaries. There's an awful lot of other people that live here, the traffic is diabolical and the numbers increasing day by day. The biggest downside to Auckland is transport and the lack of adequate infrastructure to support the population.

I don't think that Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin really do it for the masses that are looking for endless sunshine and the ideal of a big house by the sea.
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We watched episode 2 and yet again it followed the same pattern. Why on earth they would show a family of 5 that would earn $77k combined around Auckland? The only house they liked was surprise surprise the 3rd one that was way over their budget (just below 600k I think). A total waste of time taking them, they'd convinced themselves NZ was for them until they sat down and looked at the cost of living and the incoming and outgoings, then NZ was just a pipedream. If that same episode had have been shot in Dunedin (for example) that show would have been completely different, they would have been here by now living the kiwi dream, nice house, great schools, 10 minute commute, house by the beach or a lifestyle block etc. The first 2 house they show every family normally get the same reaction, they're compared to caravans with flimsy windows and thin walls. There's house like all over NZ but they're not $400,000, the show needs to try harder as there must be people back in the UK watching it and having their dreams shattered.

NZ isn't a cheap place to live but WDU makes it look much worse than it actually is.
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Why on earth they would show a family of 5 that would earn $77k combined around Auckland?
Haven't seen it but what were the professions leading to the $77k? This is the problem, many people's income level isn't freely available anywhere in the country. Either the pay isn't there or there is very little turnover in the roles that do pay that level...
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Haven't seen it but what were the professions leading to the $77k? This is the problem, many people's income level isn't freely available anywhere in the country. Either the pay isn't there or there is very little turnover in the roles that do pay that level...
Carpenter ($20 an hour) and teaching assistant ($16-$20 an hour).
We couldn't survive on that even down here in Dunedin and our mortgage is less than half of what they were talking about in Auckland.
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they'd convinced themselves NZ was for them until they sat down and looked at the cost of living and the incoming and outgoings, then NZ was just a pipedream. If that same episode had have been shot in Dunedin (for example) that show would have been completely different, they would have been here by now living the kiwi dream, nice house, great schools, 10 minute commute, house by the beach or a lifestyle block etc. the show needs to try harder as there must be people back in the UK watching it and having their dreams shattered.

NZ isn't a cheap place to live but WDU makes it look much worse than it actually is.
The cost of living gets me. In the age of the internet and online shopping, it's not hard to find out how much it will cost to live. I've been looking on trademe at house prices. This then gives me a good idea of what we as a family will need to earn if we do decide to make the move.

As for the show shattering peoples dreams, I'm not sure. If anyone really wants to go, they will have done research and will make sacrifices where they can to help out. It may put people off, but if they really want to go, they will.
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The cost of living gets me. In the age of the internet and online shopping, it's not hard to find out how much it will cost to live. I've been looking on trademe at house prices. This then gives me a good idea of what we as a family will need to earn if we do decide to make the move.

As for the show shattering peoples dreams, I'm not sure. If anyone really wants to go, they will have done research and will make sacrifices where they can to help out. It may put people off, but if they really want to go, they will.
Unfortunately, after many years of viewing, and of being on here, its clear that many people don't do the research!
They rely on the TV producers to tell them the real story just like the people that watch the programme turn up on BE saying they've seen on TV that they can earn $$$$ and have a pool and a few horses and an 8 bedroom home all while working 20 hour a week and having a BBQ on the beach every night. And we get slated when we point out the realities of life.......
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Unfortunately, after many years of viewing, and of being on here, its clear that many people don't do the research!
They rely on the TV producers to tell them the real story just like the people that watch the programme turn up on BE saying they've seen on TV that they can earn $$$$ and have a pool and a few horses and an 8 bedroom home all while working 20 hour a week and having a BBQ on the beach every night. And we get slated when we point out the realities of life.......
My wife and were starting to think we're the only ones frustrated by the obvious lack of research some of these people on WDU do. Whilst I appreciate the Internet wont tell you everything, some of them never even seem to have bothered with the bare minimum.

As for why Auckland, I posted a tweet on Twitter during the last series asking the same thing. One of the production team replied stating they send people where they have asked for, so again this implies no research by those featured.

On a side note, try playing the WDU drinking game where you drink a bottle of wine every time a lady on the show gets excited by a walk-in-wardrobe....
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My wife and were starting to think we're the only ones frustrated by the obvious lack of research some of these people on WDU do. Whilst I appreciate the Internet wont tell you everything, some of them never even seem to have bothered with the bare minimum.

As for why Auckland, I posted a tweet on Twitter during the last series asking the same thing. One of the production team replied stating they send people where they have asked for, so again this implies no research by those featured.

On a side note, try playing the WDU drinking game where you drink a bottle of wine every time a lady on the show gets excited by a walk-in-wardrobe....
Very quick way to get very plastered
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On a side note, try playing the WDU drinking game where you drink a bottle of wine every time a lady on the show gets excited by a walk-in-wardrobe....

Yet, if you ask anyone why they chose NZ and they will trot out the same old trite rubbish about wanting a less materialistic lifestyle.

'Less materialistic' being a euphemism for the eight burner gas BBQ, outdoor entertainment area, pizza oven, swimming and/or spa pool, a boat, a big eff off 4 x 4, a media room and a walk-in-wardrobe.
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The mother of the family (carpenter/teaching assistant) you are talking about put on the WDU facebook page that they were given the choice of Wellington or Auckland as their destination. She had done her research and they went to Tauranga for a holiday afterwards. Unfortunately the seed of doubt had been sown in her husband's mind by that point so there was (literally) no going back.

I have family in Cambridge and have travelled a bit around NZ and wrote to the show asking why always Auckland? They replied saying they had done some from Wellington and were looking to expand outside of Auckland....looks like they haven't got there yet....
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Perhaps someone should tell that 'show' that NZ has more than the North Island.
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