Monday, 20 June 2011


For some reason I can't add a comment to my previous post and just wanted to let you know we submitted our EOI at 9.30 pm UK time with 150 points. Good luck with your application

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

It's finally done

Well we have finally completed the EOI and submitted it last night. Checked this morning and yay it has been selected! I wasn't sure what the cut off time was for submissions so had my fingers crossed. As hubby said this morning - it makes it all feel a bit real! Happy to have taken this step after talking about it for so long. I know it isn't a done deal as need EOI to be checked out before we get the Invitation to Apply but it is the first step in what I imagine will be a long journey

Saturday, 7 May 2011


Not for the first time, and definitely not for the last time, I was recently called upon to justify why we are considering emigrating to New Zealand. After listening to very sensible counter arguments – husband has a good career here, better prospects job wise/economically, I have respected qualifications and experience, we live in a good area, have a great support network from family etc - I found myself in a conversational dead end and just wanted to shout because ‘I want to!’.

Others seem to perceive that this decision of ours is driven by the need to escape something but that isn’t the case. I am not unhappy with my life here, I accept I have it fairly good and know we would be giving up a lot if we did make the move. But on balance I think it is worth taking a chance – we might be happier out there, we would have opportunities to do different things, live a slightly different life out there – and if it all did go pear shaped we could come back and at least we would have given it a go. Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say. And if we didn’t take up this opportunity to at least apply I know I would always regret it wonder what might have been.

We haven't done a great deal recently to make it all happen - life has got in the way a little but hope to get the EOI sorted in the next few weeks and then we will have to see what happens next.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Down Under Live

We went to the Down Under live expo in London on saturday and I must say I was very disappointed. As expected it was very Australia focused, there were a few stands which covered New Zealand as well but it was mostly people trying to sell you their services - visa services, shipping, money transfer etc. We did talk to someone about recruitment in New Zealand but as we want to get the visa before looking for a job it is too soon to be doing anything other than general research.

The plus point of the day was that we were out of the house without the kids and so could have a good talk about the whole idea. I think we still have a bit of thinking to do about it but the up shot was that it wasn't going to hurt to put in the Expression of Interest and see what happens. Not sure how keen my OH is - there is a lot going on for him at the moment and he doesn't have the luxury of time to research on the web like I do. So I still feel like I am left in limbo about whether this will happen or not... I suppose only time will tell and I just need to be more patient.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


My thoughts are with everyone in Christchurch and the surrounding area at the moment. It doesn't seem fair as they are only just recovering from the last earthquake. It is heartlifting to read the stories of people reaching out to others either through rescue attempts or by sharing their homes.

My family have asked if it has changed my mind about wanting to go and the answer is no - there are risks to living anywhere. I lived in London when 7/7 happened and know that you just get on with life as best you can after such terrible events. I am not sure whether it has affected my other half's view as I think he is unsure about the move anyway. We are going to a emigration exhibition in London in a week or so and have decided that we would save the discussion and hopefully decision until after then. So it's fingers crossed for me

Thursday, 17 February 2011

the photo

The photo above is of the road to Paradise from Queenstown taken when we were on holiday in New Zealand in 2005. If you look closely in the trees on the left you will see a cow! The cow was walking in the road so we had to go very slowly then it decided to hide in the trees while we drove past.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

pros and cons

I have been thinking about the pros and cons of making the move to New Zealand and thought it would be helpful to write it down. I imagine as we move through this process I will have more to add.

  • better quality of life
  • get to spend more time together as a family than we do now
  • shorter commute to work
  • get to spend more time outside
  • better childhood for the kids
  • less consumerist society
  • an adventure

  • will miss seeing family and friends - in particular the children not seeing their grandparents and cousins as often as they do now
  • potentially higher cost of living
  • cost of getting out there (= no savings left)
  • potentially negative impact of careers