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^ haha. Nice of you to bump the thread again to go with the other times. Lol. Your post is ridiculous, in my opinion.


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^ haha. Nice of you to bump the thread again to go with the other times. Lol. Your post is ridiculous, in my opinion.
My post is ridiculous? Just saying it how it is. Believe what you will.

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My post is ridiculous? Just saying it how it is. Believe what you will.
Yep. I think it's ridiculous. Up until a few days ago most of the North Island, including Wellington according to a friend of mine there, have been walking around in short sleeved shirts with temperatures in the low 20s, and we're just 4 weeks from mid winter. There's no way I can do that for the month of November anywhere in Britain, for example. And also I think it's ridiculous because I think New Zealanders are not a bad bunch of people and their/our friendliness is world renowned. Much like the Australians, as a matter of fact. At least we're a step ahead of the Aussies in some human rights issues.


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According to a survey by Forbes of 3385 expats in 100 countries. New Zealand is rated as the friendliest country in the world for expats

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Just a view that is different to your own and Toni's :

"New Zealand, in the top spot, had high scores in all four categories. Seventy-five percent of respondents living there reported that they were integrating well in the local community; in Australia it was 77% and in South Africa 79%.

“New Zealanders as a whole seem like happy people, and that translates into friendly, helpful and kind people,” notes American expat Kim Brinster. Other positive aspects, she says, include a “pitch-in-and-help mentality,” as well as navigable government and health-care systems. A former New York City bookstore owner, she relocated two years ago to Waiheke Island, off Auckland, to be with her New Zealander partner. She has no plans to leave."


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Yeah it seems exactly the same here in Wellington. I moved here from Perth 6 months ago for work and it's exactly the same. The people are pretentious and superficial (although some seem genuinely friendly). The thing is although they seem friendly they never really let you into their circles. In Australia if you're a friend of a friend then you are accepted but that's not the case here. Also, work is the same oh and I get bullied big time for being Australian. They seem to think Australia cares about NZ the same way but NZ is rarely mentioned. I get victimised and bullied on an hourly basis here.

Oh and after travelling around the world twice and spending a whole winter in the snow, Wellington is the coldest place I've ever been too. Whatever temperature they say on the news or on paper is a lie. To me it feels like 10-20 degrees less. It's way too cold for me. The quality of housing is really bad too with hardly any insulation or heating. Might as well be living in a cave.

I came with an open mind and have had no issues in fitting in and living comfortably in heaps of other countries but Wellington and NZ it seems in general is really bad.
We didn't get that whatsoever after living there for 2.5 years. We found the majority of people to be really friendly and happy which was a marked improvement over the actions of people back home in the UK. It was a huge refreshing experience, saying hi to virtually every person you pass in the street.
Also don't share your statement that Kiwi's seem friendly but never really let you in to their circles......hasn't been like that for us at all. We integrated quite easily with Kiwi's, both at work and at home and wasn't long until we were also mixing with their family and friends, playing golf, going to family BBQ's etc.

Bullied / Victimized ???
Isn't it just more innocent sledging than actually being bullied / victimized ?
I came to a job where a team of 30 or so work closely together and over half of those are Kiwi's and just the fact that I'm a Pom means I endure heaps of sledging, but it doesn't bother me in the slightest.....and I give as good as I get. I'd be more concerned if I did't get any as that would mean we weren't having fun at work

After 2.5 years in Wellington it was majority the weather that made us look at warmer places to live. It was mainly the wind that we didn't like that has an effect on the ambient temperature more than the rain. I suffered lots as I rode a motorbike often and the wind affected me, in some cases bordering on dangerous. It also made a beautiful looking day seem cold and too windy for sitting outside to have lunch etc. Usually it was around 3 - 5 degrees different than the weather forecast report because of the wind chill but if you know which weather report to look at it also gives you the "Feels Like!" temperature.

Quality of housing depends on what type and age of housing you are looking at. May all depend on budget as I can't say any of the three houses we lived in when living in Wellington were poorly constructed or had any insulation issues. They were all dry, free from damp and mold, seemed to be insulated and had heating that could keep it toasty warm assuming you were OK to pay for that heating. Yes, the quality wasn't anywhere near as good as we were used to coming from the UK with our brick and block homes with awesome UPVC double glazing, cavity wall insulation yada yada but to say they are like caves is taking it a bit far.
Granted there is some crap housing out there that is cheap as chips but you wouldn't even let your dog stay in them. You get what you pay for.

Our experience seems to have been polar opposite to yours.

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