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Travis has a Job!

Travis found a job. It is just a minimum wage gig, but it should be enough for us to be self-sufficient here until I get a job or start subbing in Feb.


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  1. Hello, I’ve read through your blog with much enjoyment. My husband, myself and two young children are seriously considering a move to Auckland from where we live just outside San Francisco. Potentially a great job for my husband and I am looking forward to an adventure. Auckland sounds like it has some of the hills of San Francisco (when I lived there my landlady said women of SF had the best legs in the world hiking up and down the hills but I would not be so amused with 2 young kids). I am assuming the weather won’t be as nice as where we are just north of SF. Everything is very expensive where we live and I’m hoping Auckland is a tad cheaper (from the little I’ve researched so far). I’m a bit concerned about the asthma comment though. I do have asthma…oh boy. Looking forward to more posts. Congrats Travis on the new job.

    • I’ve heard a lot of Americans complain that everything costs so much in Auckland, though I think it has more to do with people not being able to do the currency conversion in their head. After the math food and other general goods are around the same price or cheaper, but I’ve noticed higher pay for professional positions then America. Therefore, once you are making NZ dollars you will have more spending power then you have in America. Plus, you don’t have to pay for medical or car insurance, that makes a huge difference. I’ve noticed taxes are about 30%, pretty much what I was paying in HI.

      I have pretty bad asthma, slightly better then regular hospitalizations, but I haven’t noticed Auckland being that much worse then TX. As long as I take my allergy medicine (1/2 the price here) I’m golden. You just have to be aware when your looking at housing. Mold is more common then in America.

  2. Thanks for the response! All very useful information. We fluctuate between excitement and panic several times a day but the more we know the better we set our expectations. Best to you both.

  3. Hi! I’m european, from Romania and i’m thinking to come in New Zealand. I’m at the beginning of my research period. If you, or somebody else want to share some information i’ll be glad to receive it.
    – Can you give example of prices (as food, drinks, lifestyle, clothes & others)?
    – If I have a MA diploma and i speak english but i don’t have any diploma to certify that, do i have chances to find a good job on my domain)?
    – When you go to an interview do they watch you as one of them or you have lower chances in front of a native?
    – What payment do you expect as a teacher per hour? I read on different sites that low jobs are paid around 20nz/h and qualified jobs upper from 40nz. Is it true?
    – How much money you need for two persons to live there with all the taxes&facilities per week or month?
    – Media industry (advertising&newspapers&TV&radio) are all in Wellington or they are shared also in Auckland and other big cities? I ask because this is what i search for a job.
    I hope you’ll continue to share information on your blog – which is a good idea and very helpful for people like me – and have good luck in everything you do! Thank you, Ioana.

    • I’ll try to answer as many questions as I can. Though I only have the US to compare it to.

      Prices: Food is slightly more expensive here. Chicken and fish are really expensive, so beef and lamb are wants for dinner. We spend about $150 NZ a week on food. If you eat out it will cost allot more. Alcohol is EXTREMELY expensive. Each drink is taxed by its alcohol content, that means beer is the only way to go as liqueur will cost a small child or two. If you look for sales you can get 18 bottles of descent local brew for $20. No one comes here for the cheep beer except Australians. Clothing is pretty expensive. The good thing is unless you have a bigwig job work attire here is really relaxed. Travis works IT, his dress code is just to wear clothes. Auckland is definitely the fashion mecca of NZ. The Asian population tend to dress very stylish, but I’ve heard that is only an Auckland thing. I would bring as much of your clothing (including shoes) as you can, it’s cheaper to bring it here then buy brand new. Other then that most fun time is spent outside; BBQ’s, hiking, beaches, camping. Most of this stuff can be done as cheap or expensive as your want.

      Job – I would do everything you can to get a copy of your diploma. At some point you are going to have to apply for some type of long term visa or residency. If you can’t show them your diploma, college transcripts, letters from all your previous employers, etc. they will not recognize any or your education. Check out http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ . This is what you need to do long before you make the move out here. I really can’t say much about your changes of getting a job. Travis is in IT, and it’s possible to get a job it just takes some time. Education is slightly different because I can substitute teach while I’m looking for a job, so I’m not all that hard up. But those are the only fields I’m familiar with.

      Interview – I’ve heard that there is some discrimination in the work force. Indians seems to have it the worst, and then Asians in general. There is some not so nice feelings about the amount of immigration from Asian countries in the last decade. Auckland is almost half Asian. I guess some locals are not happy with that number. Anyway, contacts are important in getting a job here. The more people you know the more opportunities you’ll get. The quality of your English will have a big effect as well.

      Salaries – I’ve read the the median income here is 30K NZ a year. As a teacher with 6 years experience I will make almost double that. It seems to me, though I don’t have a lot of exposure to other fields, professional positions pay very well here. There’s not much infrastructure here, and allot of dependency on agriculture still. So I think the median pay is brought down by the majority of the population working manual or retail jobs.

      Expensive – It depends on how you live. Travis and I are pretty frugal. Not as bad as our friends that lived in a really crappy hostel for the first two months here, but we are not going out to eat every other night either. Most of what you will spend is housing. Rent in Auckland is pretty expensive. If you want to live alone in an Auckland suburb house you will be paying $600 a week, no one does this. There are tons of professionals that live with flatmates. Right now we live in an awesome house with two nurses and a police officer. If your willing to live with other people rent and bills will run you $200-250 NZ a week. You can live better then that or cheaper but there’s not much either way of that amount. I’d say 80% of the places with open rooms will run between 200-250 for a couple. If you look at http://www.trademe.co.nz under flatmates you will see what there is out there. Keep in mind that most places will tack on extra for a couple. Like I said before, grocery bills run us $150 a week. Gas is expensive, but small stores are the norm here, unlike America, so there is pretty much everything you need with in a block or to of where ever you live. You don’t need car insurance here, and cars are pretty cheap compared to everything else. You could get a descent small car for $3000-4000 NZ.

      Media Industry – I don’t know anything about the media industry. All I can say is that Auckland is the place for industry. Whatever they have in Wellington there is ten times more in Auckland. Other then Wellington and Auckland there really are no other “big” cities in the country. Manukau (where Travis works) is the third largest city in NZ, but it’s more of a suburb to Auckland then anything else.

      I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any more questions.


  4. Thanks for your answer Amber. It helps a lot. I’ll keep researching dates&infos to make myself a general opinion.

    • Dear Amber , thank you very much for your blog !
      It`s very helpfull !

      For Ioana from Romania : contacteaza-ma , te rog , prin e-mail : yonablue @ gmail.com

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