Lonely Auckland

Old May 17th 2006, 6:52 am
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This caught my eye
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3669965a11,00.html
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Old May 20th 2006, 4:09 am
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Originally Posted by Joshlin
Interesting but how accurate really? The methodology seems incredibly simple and without verifiers. I could argue that there are many reasons for it,eg, rain keeps people indoors so they are on pc more often. People who spend a lot of time on pc may have loneliness issues, etc, etc.

Auckland is also a city that has undergone a lot of change in recent years, for instance increased migration from overseas and from other parts of the country, more urban sprawl, higher cost of living leading to less socialising for some, etc

In Australia the sense of community spirit and willingness to make aquaintances/friendships with newcomers appears non-existent for many migrants here.

Worse places to live than Auckland in my book.
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Interesting but how accurate really? The methodology seems incredibly simple and without verifiers. I could argue that there are many reasons for it,eg, rain keeps people indoors so they are on pc more often. People who spend a lot of time on pc may have loneliness issues, etc, etc.

Auckland is also a city that has undergone a lot of change in recent years, for instance increased migration from overseas and from other parts of the country, more urban sprawl, higher cost of living leading to less socialising for some, etc

In Australia the sense of community spirit and willingness to make aquaintances/friendships with newcomers appears non-existent for many migrants here.

Worse places to live than Auckland in my book.



Thanks for that I have only been here for 4 months and now I have read that I want to move out lol
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" Auckland's incessant rain, the fact that everybody is in such a hurry, traffic jams and an obsession with cars, clothing and money"

You can't beat a good bit of generalisation & Auckland bashing !!
What a load of rubbish - I've been here for 5 years and don't relate to that description at all... even the incessant rain quote, it does rain heavily but seems to clear quickly and then the sun comes out.
The traffic is pants if you have to get into the city during peak times ( and I do unfortnately ) but I guess that's down to choice as to where you to live, and work.
I do know one person who's obsessed with cars but every one else thinks he's sa a aad !
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Originally Posted by sharkyuk
Thanks for that I have only been here for 4 months and now I have read that I want to move out lol
LOL. My post was intended to challenge the accuracy and methodology of the alleged survey that labelled Auckland as one of the loneliest places in the world. I just don't buy it.

I found Kiwis quite a friendly bunch overall, certainly more friendly to new comers than I have perceived Aussies to be. I'd give it at least a good 12 months or so before thinking of moving. Remember you have to get out and about to have any chance of making new friends, anywhere.

Other parts of NZ may appear more laidback and easier to meet new people because their lives and work commitments may not be as hectic. Auckland is after all the economic and commercial hub of the country and an unfortuante by product of such places thesedays is that many get too caught up with status and materialism.
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Originally Posted by xpat19
" Auckland's incessant rain, the fact that everybody is in such a hurry, traffic jams and an obsession with cars, clothing and money"

You can't beat a good bit of generalisation & Auckland bashing !!
What a load of rubbish - I've been here for 5 years and don't relate to that description at all... even the incessant rain quote, it does rain heavily but seems to clear quickly and then the sun comes out.
The traffic is pants if you have to get into the city during peak times ( and I do unfortnately ) but I guess that's down to choice as to where you to live, and work.
I do know one person who's obsessed with cars but every one else thinks he's sa a aad !
Yep I agree with you about that comment being an over-generalisation. There's a lot of good stuff about Auckland. I also think this "survey" probably looked at Auckland city as opposed to the Greater Auckland region.
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