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Hi Everyone, Me and my husband are thinking of moving over to NZ in the near futrure with our 2 young daughters, Aged 9 and 2yrs,
My Husband would move tomorrow but im a right worrier and think about everything and i know i would be very home sick,
We have friends in warkworth (Auckland) and there parents also moved over after they went to visit so it cant be bad (can it)
Im concerned about selling my home to just renting, I am looking at schools and childcare and work too,

Im used to the uk and though i will say i dont like alot of it and the way things are its still my home where i have a house and a job and pension an my daughers are doing well in school and go to playgroup, Im worried about starting everything all over again. (Sorry if i sound silly)
Id love to have someone to talk to whos in the same situation or has been anway and can give advice, Our friends have helped alot too which is great,
My oldest daughter will go to senior school over here next sept (2012) and my husband wants to move over before she goes so she will settle better but i see the education is different over there.

Everything is telling me to go and try it out, my parents have even said i can live with them if i dont like it and return home, My sister has said once her husbands fin in the army in a few years they would come out too,

so whats stopping me from saying yes???

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Hi Claire,
Well I guess we are somewhat the same. I have lived in Portugal for five years now. My son is about to do his ICGSEs. After that there is totally nothing for him. He would really like to study film studies and NZ is the best place to go at the moment. Portugal for teenagers is just terrible. There is so little for them to do. There is also a huge drug problem that is kept very much under wraps but believe me, it is every bit as bad as the UK or Ireland.
My husband is actually going to stay here for two years. He is very much a stick in the mud, so its just me and my son going in June. We are going to rent out our main residence out. So thats an idea for you. Rent out your house, have your sister or mum keep an eye on things and then with that income use that to rent in NZ. That way you have not totally burned your bridges with th UK. Have the rental lease renewable every six months, so if you do come back, then you dont have to wait too long.
I am really looking forward to things. We are going to a place called Whangarei, not too far from Auckland. I have a job looking after horses and donkeys for six months, with accomodation whilst the people are away. To me, this is ideal. I am not too pressurised to get a job and accomodation straight away. To be honest, I am far better at fiding out information anyway. So if thats any encouragement to you, that here I am doing it without hubby aid-then go for it. Your stuff could be put in storage and you could just go with very little. If things pan out then have it shipped over. Lifes short-enjoy it when you can.
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Hi Everyone, Me and my husband are thinking of moving over to NZ in the near futrure with our 2 young daughters, Aged 9 and 2yrs,
My Husband would move tomorrow but im a right worrier and think about everything and i know i would be very home sick,
We have friends in warkworth (Auckland) and there parents also moved over after they went to visit so it cant be bad (can it)
Im concerned about selling my home to just renting, I am looking at schools and childcare and work too,

Im used to the uk and though i will say i dont like alot of it and the way things are its still my home where i have a house and a job and pension an my daughers are doing well in school and go to playgroup, Im worried about starting everything all over again. (Sorry if i sound silly)
Id love to have someone to talk to whos in the same situation or has been anway and can give advice, Our friends have helped alot too which is great,
My oldest daughter will go to senior school over here next sept (2012) and my husband wants to move over before she goes so she will settle better but i see the education is different over there.

Everything is telling me to go and try it out, my parents have even said i can live with them if i dont like it and return home, My sister has said once her husbands fin in the army in a few years they would come out too,

so whats stopping me from saying yes???
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Forgot to mention. Check out term times as I think the school year is different to ours-Good luck and keep in touch-Maria.
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Hi Claire,
Well I guess we are somewhat the same. I have lived in Portugal for five years now. My son is about to do his ICGSEs. After that there is totally nothing for him. He would really like to study film studies and NZ is the best place to go at the moment. Portugal for teenagers is just terrible. There is so little for them to do. There is also a huge drug problem that is kept very much under wraps but believe me, it is every bit as bad as the UK or Ireland.
My husband is actually going to stay here for two years. He is very much a stick in the mud, so its just me and my son going in June. We are going to rent out our main residence out. So thats an idea for you. Rent out your house, have your sister or mum keep an eye on things and then with that income use that to rent in NZ. That way you have not totally burned your bridges with th UK. Have the rental lease renewable every six months, so if you do come back, then you dont have to wait too long.
I am really looking forward to things. We are going to a place called Whangarei, not too far from Auckland. I have a job looking after horses and donkeys for six months, with accomodation whilst the people are away. To me, this is ideal. I am not too pressurised to get a job and accomodation straight away. To be honest, I am far better at fiding out information anyway. So if thats any encouragement to you, that here I am doing it without hubby aid-then go for it. Your stuff could be put in storage and you could just go with very little. If things pan out then have it shipped over. Lifes short-enjoy it when you can.
Maria.

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Hi Claire,
Well I guess we are somewhat the same. I have lived in Portugal for five years now. My son is about to do his ICGSEs. After that there is totally nothing for him. He would really like to study film studies and NZ is the best place to go at the moment. Portugal for teenagers is just terrible. There is so little for them to do. There is also a huge drug problem that is kept very much under wraps but believe me, it is every bit as bad as the UK or Ireland.
My husband is actually going to stay here for two years. He is very much a stick in the mud, so its just me and my son going in June. We are going to rent out our main residence out. So thats an idea for you. Rent out your house, have your sister or mum keep an eye on things and then with that income use that to rent in NZ. That way you have not totally burned your bridges with th UK. Have the rental lease renewable every six months, so if you do come back, then you dont have to wait too long.
I am really looking forward to things. We are going to a place called Whangarei, not too far from Auckland. I have a job looking after horses and donkeys for six months, with accomodation whilst the people are away. To me, this is ideal. I am not too pressurised to get a job and accomodation straight away. To be honest, I am far better at fiding out information anyway. So if thats any encouragement to you, that here I am doing it without hubby aid-then go for it. Your stuff could be put in storage and you could just go with very little. If things pan out then have it shipped over. Lifes short-enjoy it when you can.
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Thank you Mara,
wow you have alot of confdence headng off on your own wth your son, Good for you and good luck with it,
We have considered rentng our house out but we will have to sell as we know to take money over with us and we have no savings at all, It will take far too long, Unless i win the lottery, Im surprsed anyone in the uk has the way things have been last few yrs
Also houses to rent are around $350-$400 per week which is around 150-200 so it wll be more than our mortgage we pay now, about 300 more actually,
I know its a chance of a lifetime and maybe i should just go for it and stop worrying so much !!!
Our friends have a horse over in auckland, your job sounds perfect and ideal wth accomodaton to start with too.
My Grandparents lived in portugal few yrs ago now and visited few times my sister actually lived with them aged 14 for about 1yr, And she never went to school as she was past it out there !!
I search the internet daily and my frend has sent me pctures over too and its beautifull,

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If you were to look a little outside of Auckland, things are cheaper. Is there a particular reason why you need to be in the city? I think for your children, it really is the best thing you can do. I cant imagine bringing my son up in the Uk or Ireland. My husbands kid are all grown up but honestly, I really pity them. Two of them have been to uni. One works in a burger bar, even thou she has a degree in fashion design, cant even afford driving lessons. The other has a degree in film studies and works as a wages clerk. The third works in a bar. I ask you....?
Claire, my boy is sixteen and we think he will have a good chance to work on The Hobbit as we have a good contact there. Think about it-quite a difference!!!
It is a land of opportunity and we are SOOOOO lucky to get a stab at it!!!
Be positive and keep going for it-Maria.
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Thank you Mara,
wow you have alot of confdence headng off on your own wth your son, Good for you and good luck with it,
We have considered rentng our house out but we will have to sell as we know to take money over with us and we have no savings at all, It will take far too long, Unless i win the lottery, Im surprsed anyone in the uk has the way things have been last few yrs
Also houses to rent are around $350-$400 per week which is around 150-200 so it wll be more than our mortgage we pay now, about 300 more actually,
I know its a chance of a lifetime and maybe i should just go for it and stop worrying so much !!!
Our friends have a horse over in auckland, your job sounds perfect and ideal wth accomodaton to start with too.
My Grandparents lived in portugal few yrs ago now and visited few times my sister actually lived with them aged 14 for about 1yr, And she never went to school as she was past it out there !!
I search the internet daily and my frend has sent me pctures over too and its beautifull,

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Maria you sound such a positive person I agree which what you say about your husbands other children, I know others that have been to uni and end up with totally different jobs, I know someone who is Australian and lives in the uk now, I said to her she must be mad !!! she is going back this nov but has loved the last 5yrs over here,

I can see us going to be honest and its nice ive found this site as what ever im concerned about is answerd somewhere,
Auckland is where our friends live Though its actually just outside Auckland in warkworth, They have built their life there they had the confidence to just go they gave up rented home and jobs and moved in with family while they sorted Immigration stuff, they have a lovely life and they took a 5yr old daughter with them and now have another baby, (His) Parents went over on holiday and stayed !
His mom returned to sell the house and went straight back and that was 3yrs ago now,
I see pictures and their emails are always lovely and make me envious lol,
They returned at xmas to see unwell family for 4 weeks and they said they couldnt wait to return,

I appreciate your messages, Best of luck with everything, hope to hear how your doing in the future too, keep in touch x

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Hi my name is Vicky and both myself and husband Denis are 34. We have 2 young children. Denis is a fully qualified plumber.
We have confirmed our interest with a migrant agent, so we are in the very early stages of the process of moving.
We are still unsure, whether its Oz or NZ but after speaking to the agent its looking like NZ!!!!
So any pointers to jobs, homes, schools etc would be appreicated.
Been looking at some of the topics and they are very helpful
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Hi my name is Vicky and both myself and husband Denis are 34. We have 2 young children. Denis is a fully qualified plumber.
We have confirmed our interest with a migrant agent, so we are in the very early stages of the process of moving.
We are still unsure, whether its Oz or NZ but after speaking to the agent its looking like NZ!!!!
So any pointers to jobs, homes, schools etc would be appreicated.
Been looking at some of the topics and they are very helpful
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