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Old Mar 10th 2010, 9:18 am
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Hi all,

I am new to this forum, but i must say, reading the threads, you guys have posted some great information!

I am in the process of booking flights to Aucland for a job interview that will take me to Northland. My wife and I have been looking at KeriKeri real estate and have fallen in love with the place!

I have been in contact with a couple of people who have made the leap and some are telling me that Brits arent particularly tolloerated in the north including one person being told 'this Maori country, you are not welcome'

I am not daft enough to think that everone can be liked wherever they go, but can someone please tell me if this is indicative of life on the Nort Island?

I am looking to go there to give my wife and Kids a better quality of life. My wife is disabled as is my Stepson (not enough to stop us getting in or not working) and i want the best for all of us.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old Mar 10th 2010, 6:06 pm
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Originally Posted by paulnalli7 View Post
Hi all,

I am new to this forum, but i must say, reading the threads, you guys have posted some great information!

I am in the process of booking flights to Aucland for a job interview that will take me to Northland. My wife and I have been looking at KeriKeri real estate and have fallen in love with the place!

I have been in contact with a couple of people who have made the leap and some are telling me that Brits arent particularly tolloerated in the north including one person being told 'this Maori country, you are not welcome'

I am not daft enough to think that everone can be liked wherever they go, but can someone please tell me if this is indicative of life on the Nort Island?

I am looking to go there to give my wife and Kids a better quality of life. My wife is disabled as is my Stepson (not enough to stop us getting in or not working) and i want the best for all of us.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Paul
I am sure there are both Maori and white here that dislike each other and I can believe that comment above was said by some small minded extremist person.

You could get that comment in Palmerston North if you look hard enough. Fair to say Northland is less populous and you may find yourself in a minority in some smaller towns perchance..or less of a majority lets say.

You will not know what happens till you get here. See I love NZ but many understandably hate it and think I am barking mad staying in a country that in their eyes is CRAP in every respect.

You have to take a chance Paul and get over here and start living the kiwi dream that one assumes you have. Alas tensions betwixt Maori and Pakeha do appear to be on the increase BUT that is NOT a reason not to come.

I hope you find what you are looking for. Not sure we have that many Northlanders of this site..main reason being less jobs. It is supposed to be outrageously beautiful with a great climate...too good just now as they have a devastating drought at present. It also gets waaaaaaaaaaaay less earthquake activity. Which is nice.
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Old Mar 10th 2010, 9:23 pm
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If you are decent, honest,kind hearted people who muck in and like to support your local community eg PTA , are not snobby or ostentatious, then they will like you.
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Unfortunately that comment doesn't surprise me.

And yes, Maori/Pakeha tension is very real, particularly in the north island. But it depends a lot where you are.
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Originally Posted by Hokey-pokey View Post
If you are decent, honest,kind hearted people who muck in and like to support your local community eg PTA , are not snobby or ostentatious, then they will like you.
And who the hell cares if some people dont like me the people that like me matter and ***** the rest
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Hi Paul, what a load of rot!
We live in the Kerikeri area and work even further north in Kaitaia and absolutely love it up here.
One kiwi told us the same thing before we moved here almost 5 years ago. He didn't put us off at all but I did wonder! Turned out he hadn't visited for over 20 years.
Our teeny village is predominantly maori and our patients up north are also predominantly maori and a nicer bunch of people you couldn't meet.
Treat all people nicely, be friendly, be yourself ( so long as you're nice )
As for kerikeri it's not totally a true reflection on northland imho. It's a very well off place. very friendly, incredibly well suited to families, I think.
It is small, the nearest city is Whangarei, but we're really well supplied with everything we need.
If I can help you with anything just ask and I can try!

( my blog is my sig - you can have a gander at what life is like up here - we live way out in the sticks though so are maybe more rural than you're looking for, but then again we're only 2o mins from kerikeri. If you look at the right hand side there's a list of the 'tags' look at Bay of islands if you just want a quick glance)

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It would be unfair to say that the whole North Island is racist. However Northland is quite remote and not necessarily reflective of the rest of NI.

We went to the Bay of Islands on holiday last year and visited Kerikeri. It was lovely, but we did notice a difference between the affluent touristy areas around Waitangi, and the inland towns. e.g. we visited Kaikohe and the poverty was noticeable. We also felt quite conspicuous as Pakeha and Brits.

I liked the area, but just be aware of potential issues.

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When I first moved to the UK, I had a lot of people telling me to f off n go back to France...

You'll meet [email protected], just like anywhere else you go! The important you give to them is what will make the difference....

That's how I see it...
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When I first moved to the UK, I had a lot of people telling me to f off n go back to France...

You'll meet [email protected], just like anywhere else you go! The important you give to them is what will make the difference....

That's how I see it...
Are you a french then? I am half french. The other half is Irish..and I wonder why my kids are odd???
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. we visited Kaikohe and the poverty was noticeable. We also felt quite conspicuous as Pakeha and Brits.

I liked the area, but just be aware of potential issues.

Alison
I am surprised. I go to kaikohe most days, and while I totally agree, it's most definitely not affluent - I don't feel conspicuous at all. It's probably different when you live somewhere. Either that or I am totally oblivious!

It's maybe a bit like - we hear on the news that for example - there are gangs in Wanganoui - but i bet most people that live there never even see a gang ( or am i totally wrong?)
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Are you a french then? I am half french. The other half is Irish..and I wonder why my kids are odd???
You bet I am... Francais et fier!!
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Bonjour, Now f*** off back to France
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You bet I am... Francais et fier!!
Tres bien mon ami. Francais cette un pays encroyable mais non? Avant NZ francais etait notre choisis premier. Nous sommes tres heureuse NZ gagne!!! A bientot. Excuse vocabliare tres mal.
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Bumper stickers seen in the US:

"Welcome to the USA. Now speak English or leave"

"If in doubt, empty the magazine"

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tres mal
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