New Zealand: Nowhere I'd rather be
In response to Derek Seymour's recent article, NZ a great place to live? Yeah, right, immigrant Martin Tucker writes that there's nowhere else he'd rather be.
I had never been to New Zealand before I moved here from the UK almost five years ago.
I have loads of friends here now and they are just great. I really love the people here and I have made so many great friends. Socially, it's fantastic.
When it comes to the climate, there are no complaints from me. I spend so much more time outside than I ever would in England. The houses do need better insulation but I think generally the attitude to this is changing.
My three little girls have the most fantastic lifestyle here. I've often got home from day trips from different places with our Kiwi friends and sat there saying how lucky they are to have all of this at their doorstep.
Child neglect in New Zealand is an outrage, but from what I can see it is in a small part of the community that has to have a really good look at themselves and want to protect their extended family. This is a really big issue.
In terms of working conditions, I think you'll find Europe is very different to what it was years ago. In this area you can find good and bad anywhere. It's such open subject and depends on the business you're in.
As for the politicians, you can't trust them whether you're in the UK or NZ!
So, how can I sum it up from a Pommie? I love New Zealand and the people. There are a few things to sort out, but I would rather be here than anywhere else.
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