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Old Jun 15th 2010, 7:29 am
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Default What Do You Perceive is Better in NZ than in UK?

Just wondered pros and cons wise what those moving to NZ think will be better over here and what those over here in NZ think is better in the UK?

One thing I do know is that the perfect place don't exist. Globalisation and the proliferation of internet access has resulted in the world being very sameish these days for better or worse.

As a starter for 10 here are some of my thoughts (4.5 yrs in NZ but spend huge amounts of time in the UK):-

NZ positives:

Less Populated
Nice People
Pretty Scenery

UK positives:

Housing Standards
Education
Heath Service

Just interested to know what others think???
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NZ Positives:
Very small population
Less congestion
Weather (in Auckland anyway!)
Great beaches and all close by
Scenery
Food
Great fishing
People
Education (miles better than the UK)
Health (ditto)
No class system
Patriotic
Bigger houses and more land for your money
Action / adventure (white water rafting, canoeing, sailing etc)
Get-togethers / partying
Better life / work balance

UK Positives:
Wages higher - and no glass ceiling on earnings
Easier to save / pension
Cheap flights
Great holiday destinations nearby (ie Med.)
Better public transportation
Places to visit
Visual history (London, Bath, Stonehenge, castles, etc)
Food
Standard of housing
Newer cars
Disposable income
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Old Jun 15th 2010, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by FrequentFlyer View Post
UK positives:

Housing Standards
Education
Heath Service
Mind me asking what your education and health service assessments are based on?
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Originally Posted by simonsi View Post
Mind me asking what your education and health service assessments are based on?
We are very, very happy with bot health and education services in NZ. Houses here are an issue and there is way more chance of buying a lemon here than in the Uk. However houses here cost roughjly the same as a packet of fags in the Uk so what does one expect.

For us the whole package in NZ as a family with 3 young kids is wildly better than it would be in the UK given the same amount of money we had in the UK after selling up there and moving here with said money.

Better neighbourhood, better house (though I doubt it will still be standing in 100 years) better garden, work less (30% less) as a couple, way more money at the end of each month (which is all frittered away..what is it for aye?) less stress, less traffic, no crowds, live in a rural setting yet have lots to do just minutes away in a half decent town. The list goes on. I do miss the historic stuff of the Uk and europe. Friends and family are missed but I knew all about breaking eggs to make omlettes and they are not a reason I would ever return to the UK. Sounds harsh I know but Kate and my kids are what really matter these days everything else is a huge 2nd place.
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Will do an entry tomorrow, but also very much agree on health (non-dental) and education in NZ being better.
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We are very, very happy with bot health and education services in NZ. Houses here are an issue and there is way more chance of buying a lemon here than in the Uk. However houses here cost roughjly the same as a packet of fags in the Uk so what does one expect.

For us the whole package in NZ as a family with 3 young kids is wildly better than it would be in the UK given the same amount of money we had in the UK after selling up there and moving here with said money.

Better neighbourhood, better house (though I doubt it will still be standing in 100 years) better garden, work less (30% less) as a couple, way more money at the end of each month (which is all frittered away..what is it for aye?) less stress, less traffic, no crowds, live in a rural setting yet have lots to do just minutes away in a half decent town. The list goes on. I do miss the historic stuff of the Uk and europe. Friends and family are missed but I knew all about breaking eggs to make omlettes and they are not a reason I would ever return to the UK. Sounds harsh I know but Kate and my kids are what really matter these days everything else is a huge 2nd place.
Can't comment on recent experience of education, but I would say I never had any criticsms of my experience of UK health system, and though financed by taxation was free at the point of entry unlike nz.

Housing standards in NZ are way inferior to UK, and in way cheaper relative to earnings, certainly in places where the jobs are.

My biggest misses NZ to UK, are the history, and the nearness and cheapest of flying to other places, breadth of sporting news (its 99% rugby with little else here), and accessibility of the outdoors (yep, I enjoy the outdoors in NZ, but accessibility is limited in many areas).
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UK positives:

Bacon, sausages, clotted cream, chocolate........... health service, education, housing, roads (upkeep), choice of affordable overseas holiday desitinations, variety of domestic travel options (ie trains, coaches rather than planes or a long self-drive).

NZ positives:

Fresh foods, cafe culture, less air pollution, sporting opportunities for little kids, easier commute (dang it, took me twice as long to get to work this morning due to junior No 3 making us leave 5 mins later - journey took me nearly 20 mins!!), easier to buy land and build your own house (finances permitting).
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Easy;

England: negative - Expectations of Football team - 1-1 is regarded as a loss

New Zealand: possitive - Expectations of Football team - 1-1 is regarded as an historic win!

Now the All Whites only have to beat Italy, then a draw with Paraguay, beat Holland, and Brazil, then Germany, to meet England in the final !!!
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UK positives:

Clotted cream (oh I wish this hadn't been mentioned!!), variety of overseas destinations closer to home, footie, shopping choice, NHS dentists, higher wage expectation, friends, family.


NZ positives:

Fresh foods, sausages, cafe culture, less air pollution, more outdoor leisure opportunities, more opportunities for children, better public transport (yep I didn't live in one of the main cities), education system, health care although not free, roads in terms of upkeep although not as many motorways etc.
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Hmmm, seems about even as to whether peeps think UK health and Ed better or NZ....
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Originally Posted by chocolate cake View Post
....the nearness and cheapest of flying to other places, breadth of sporting news (its 99% rugby with little else here), and accessibility of the outdoors (yep, I enjoy the outdoors in NZ, but accessibility is limited in many areas).
So you.....
(a) miss NOT being able to easily LEAVE UK
(b) need to get Sky Sports subscription
(c) and can't open your electronic driveway gates

Not much to moan about then! You should get a DoC map for access to the open spaces.
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Originally Posted by mpg View Post
NZ Positives:
Very small population
Less congestion
Weather (in Auckland anyway!)
Great beaches and all close by
Scenery
Food
Great fishing
People
Education (miles better than the UK)
Health (ditto)
No class system
Patriotic
Bigger houses and more land for your money
Action / adventure (white water rafting, canoeing, sailing etc)
Get-togethers / partying
Better life / work balance

UK Positives:
Wages higher - and no glass ceiling on earnings
Easier to save / pension
Cheap flights
Great holiday destinations nearby (ie Med.)
Better public transportation
Places to visit
Visual history (London, Bath, Stonehenge, castles, etc)
Food
Standard of housing
Newer cars
Disposable income
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