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Faces of Auckland: Hooked on Kiwi way of life

Last updated 08:16 08/07/2014
Carlos, Gabriella and Victoria Cabrera have been impressed by the kind and friendly people they’ve met in Auckland.

Carlos, Gabriella and Victoria Cabrera have been impressed by the kind and friendly people they’ve met in Auckland.

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Auckland is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with more than a third of its citizens born overseas and boasting more than 200 nationalities living here.

Faces of Auckland is a series talking to those who have left all corners of the world to make their home here, reminding us why Auckland is so good.


New Zealand is home sweet home for the Cabrera family.

Since leaving Colombia in 2011, they have lived in Argentina and Australia.

However, since moving to New Zealand two years ago, Carlos and Victoria and their daughter Gabriella are hooked on the Kiwi way of life. 

Victoria, 36, said it's good to live in other countries because your vision of life and the world changes.

''This is the best place for us. We're settled now in this multicultural country and have a church family,'' she said.

''There have been many good experiences living here.''

The family moved from Melbourne when Carlos Cabrera, 43, got his job at Coca Cola Amatil. 

He said in both Auckland homes where they've lived, Mt Wellington and now Farm Cove, they have been surrounded by friendly neighbours.

Victoria Cabrera currently teaches Bible class in Wakaaranga School and is a volunteer with the Auckland Regional Migrant Services.

She has just enrolled at Manukau Institute of Technology to study Business Administration and Computing. 

The couple say their 5-year-old daughter Gabriella is at Wakaaranga School and is actually doing very well.


Is NZ tolerant of different cultures and are you able to express your cultural identify fully here?

Yes it's a multicultural country. It has been a challenge for us coming from South America where our native language is Spanish as we need to improve our English and adapt to this country but not lose our culture.

We love getting to know people and learning about different cultures. We feel so blessed the Kiwi people and other migrants are so kind and friendly. We can share with other people about our country Colombia- especially during the football World Cup where our Cafeteros team is improving each day!

Have you ever travelled in NZ outside of Auckland and where to?

To different places around the North Island. We love the landscapes.

What is best about being an Aucklander? 

Victoria: The pure air, quality of life and beautiful environment.

Carlos: Nature, especially having beaches everywhere.

If I was Auckland mayor I would...

Provide affordable housing and improve the transport system. 

Carlos: It's so expensive not only to buy but also to rent. Some houses are not good quality for the amount you pay in rent.

Do you watch rugby and do you support the All Blacks? 

Victoria: Comes from a football country and doesn't really understand rugby, but would like to learn.

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Their family did watch the All Blacks play against Australia when living in Melbourne.

Carlos: Favourite moment about rugby and the All Blacks is the haka. If they have a son born to them here he could teach them about rugby.

- Auckland

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