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Thank you for a detailed post. I loved the South Island and work in IT (may up my skills if I decided to live there). I visited the South Island last year and fell in love with it (West Coast, Te Anau, Queen Charlotte Drive, Haast Pass etc). I visited Christchurch a week before the earthquake too.


Can I ask you why you seem happy about leaving Christchurch ?
Well Im not happy per say, I don't know if I mentioned it but my husband and I intended to stay permanently in Chch. Its a beautiful city, I grew up there, my entire family lives there.
The main reason we left is because of the housing crisis (and it literally is a crisis). A lot of people in Chch became homeless because their houses fell down or tilted or sunk etc etc And the majority of the east side (where my mother lives) is now labeled red zone which means you can't buy a property there let alone live in one. My mother was very lucky. She lives in the north end of the east side where the land is more stable and apart from a few cracks in her house she still has has house intact. So because Im married, and I intend to have children soon our long term plan was to move from renting to owning a home in Christchurch. That is now virtually impossible. I got married in July 2011, and my husband and I moved into the only thing available - a heavily damaged flat (apartment) with cracks so big you could stick your hand through them, no insulation in the walls, no insulation in the roof or floor. And half the floor had sunk as well. It was a nightmare to heat (except in summer because the house was north facing), and the house was constantly drafty and cold and there was a serious mould problem. But because it was intact and in the 'green' zone it was considered livable. We couldn't choose anything else on our modest income. And as much as I hate to say it, the majority of modest homes have that issue - no insulation. Its an epidemic in the entire country. Because I have lived in that kind of housing my entire life, I frequently get bronchitis and asthma attacks. Asthma is a very common condition in NZ children and its because of the poor housing. New houses that are being built are getting insulated, so where ever you move to make sure the house was built in the last 5 years.

It was not my husband who suggested we move back to Canada, it was my mother, and it was a very difficult decision to make. I know Vancouver is hugely expensive, but I also know fruit and vegetables are a lot cheaper in Canada than here, my profession is valued and highly paid in Canada compared to NZ where there are no jobs (in occupational therapy) and my husband's qualification that he obtained in Canada are not recognised by the NZ govt, so he could only work menial jobs on a minimum wage, that in my opinion is not a great start for raising a family.

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Wow, so I take it you don't like Americans. Stereotypes abound! It is quite trendy not to like Americans, I googled it and found out. I am quite satisfied to leave people to their own bigotry, I know everyone does not share the same opinion. USA is on my birth certificate and not imprinted on my soul or forehead. But I do have a Kiwi wedding ring on my finger.

I had asked about living in Christchurch and everyone told me it was destroyed and only the rich parts survived. I like it because it is a small town by the ocean. The "pros" above are the trade-offs of living in a small town. Rural life where the streets roll up before dark, less people and so less of many things. Must be quite quaint and I look forward to visiting it. Thanks for the posts.
I don't hate Americans. Ive got close friends who live in Alaska and Georgia and Washington, and I LOVE Seattle and plan to visit it a lot while living in Vancouver.
Im just being genuinely honest because the general population of New Zealand is really humble and quiet and close knit and interdependant. Think of the Lord of the Rings movie. Americans are the 'big people' and New Zealanders are kind of like the hobbits. Obviously in the movie, hobbits meet and build friendships with the Men but for the most part they consider the men to be overbearing, overconfident and over there and avoidable.

I of all people would love to meet an American who has a realistic opinion of their govt, actually talks and acts on their responsibilities instead of just harping on only about their 'rights' based on a flawed constitution. Are willing to be friends with people with opposing views to their own. Values community instead of worshiping individualism, and like me enjoys wiping their bottom with american gossip magazines.

On a high point the one thing I love about American's (at least the ones Ive met) is how hospitable they are. Maybe its a southern thing, Im not sure if northerners are the same. The only exception being border security people who scared the crap out of me and put me in a seperate room to my husband and accused me of wanting to get into the US so I could dump my Canadian, get pregnant to an American and live off alimony for the rest of my life. For starters I didn't even know what alimony was, all I wanted to do was visit Seattle zoo which had a fantastic reputation. Instead I was treated like some kind of ignorant savage from some backward Pacific island and I was spoken to as if I was mentally retarded. Hopefully when I get my dual citizenship they will treat me more nicely next time I enter the US.
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... I of all people would love to meet an American who has a realistic opinion of their govt, actually talks and acts on their responsibilities instead of just harping on only about their 'rights' based on a flawed constitution. Are willing to be friends with people with opposing views to their own. Values community instead of worshiping individualism, and like me enjoys wiping their bottom with american gossip magazines...
Kiakaha_Chch,
I have lived in every continental USA State and I will tell you that people are people. I have lived in other countries as well. So the regular person on the street in Beijing, Washington, NYC, Tokyo, Manila, Kuala Lumpur etc. all want the same thing. A fair shake.

The OCCUPY movement has swept the world because it tells people that these streets are ours. "WHOSE STREETS? OUR STREETS!" Let's make them as we want them. We are the ones living here.

Don't start with anti-American things like "'rights' based on a flawed constitution" - so we can count on part of the solution happening.

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Id say the ****walk was more successful than the occupy movement in NZ lol

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Id say the ****walk was more successful than the occupy movement in NZ lol
GREAT THAT BOTH ARE SUCCESSES AS THEY CONTINUE TO BE IN THE USA TOO! I probably wouldn't even consider moving to NZ otherwise.

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This is a great news that you are moving to Christchurch. Try to pack all your belongings which are necessary and highly important. Don't forget to take all your essential documents required during move like passport, visas, driving license and identity cards. The goods which are heavy like sofa, bed and Almira need not to pack as they require large place. The better option is to sale them and buy a new one there in Christchurch.

One of the most important thing, take care of your 2yr small baby during the relocation. Don't take much panic as it can affect little baby's health.

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Get used to giving up taco bell....But the main thing is to have a positive attitude and everything will work out.

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Get used to giving up taco bell....But the main thing is to have a positive attitude and everything will work out.
I wouldn't eat Taco Bell even if we lived in the States for the rest of our lives! Lol!
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