Great Kiwi flight to Australia continues...

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14 years 1 month ago #12689 by scooter
Anyone out there tempted to join them????

Husband emailed about a job over there last night...and I thought crikey are you thinking about it? :eek:

Then I thought what about all our stock and pets?
What about our place? Would we keep it and rent it out?
What about the kids? (S'pose they should have been the first ones to think about) :o

I don't know, the way this country is going....it may be an option? :cool:

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14 years 1 month ago #196151 by reggit
Nah, sticking with New Zealand :D .

I've travelled a fair bit, got friends all over the world, and know heaps of people who have made the choice to come and live here - including Aussies who say that Australia (including income vs costs) is not all its cracked up to be from afar, Brits who say they could never have this lifestyle back home, and others who say that it is still one of the safest countries to live in.

As far as I am concerned, New Zealand is still the best place in the world to live and have no intention of leaving [;)].

Scooter...surely your hubby would discuss with you if he was serious...?

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14 years 1 month ago #196153 by scooter

tigger;168909 wrote:

Scooter...surely your hubby would discuss with you if he was serious...?


Oh yea he was talking about it as he was typing! lol :o

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14 years 1 month ago #196154 by Isla
The Staff has disappeared. I wonder ....?

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14 years 1 month ago #196156 by maggies mum
Replied by maggies mum on topic Great Kiwi flight to Australia continues...
The thing is if you've got the wanderlust, sometimes you've just got to go for it, if it doesn't work out you can always come back.
But at least you would have tried it instead of years down the line thinking 'Oh if only...'

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14 years 1 month ago #196158 by reggit
As long as you've both got the wanderlust...in the immortal words of Dr Phil, the decision rests on two yesses or one no...[;)]

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14 years 1 month ago #196161 by scooter
There'd be a lot of things to consider first.....
I come from a close large family.
I start a new position next month.
Kids are still dependent on us......I suppose the list could go on and on.

The thing is we both work hard but feel we are just treading water trying to stay afloat!
But I imagine everyone is in the same boat.

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14 years 1 month ago #196163 by reggit

scooter;168919 wrote: The thing is we both work hard but feel we are just treading water trying to stay afloat!
But I imagine everyone is in the same boat.


I think a lot of people in a lot of countries are going to be in that position for a while, a bubble seems to have burst and things aren't looking so rosy economy wise the whole world over...:(

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14 years 1 month ago #196167 by Dream Weaver
There are times when I wonder wether we would be better off over in Oz, the type of work Hubby does would pay well, but i don't think I could leave my kids and up and go. I have a nephew and his wife and kids who moved there 3 years ago and he is doing very very well, no way he would be earning here what he is over there.

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14 years 1 month ago #196171 by Kilmoon
Like gravity what makes an economy boom can also send it crashing. So the economic downturn we are entering was fully expected, its just going to be painful for some. You probably don't want to know that booms and busts go in (roughly) 14 year cycles: 7 years heading up-at the top-and starting to head down, and then 7 years in the trough before starting to climb back out. The property bubble/speculation has just meant that in this current cycle virtually everyone is affected (well those with mortages)than if it was a share market bubble for example (like happened in the 1987 crash).

As for heading to Aussie....the grass is always perceived as being greener on the other side of the fence :p [;)]...it doesn't mean that in reality it actually is.

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14 years 1 month ago #196173 by Birman Babe
I'd go back to Oz tomorrow if I didnt have my cats. Lived in Melbourne for 17 years and loved it!! Hubby is in Qld at the moment staying with Kiwi friends who have been there 12 months & have just bought a house..I told hubby to have a look at the job market while over there..but I wouldnt go to Qld. Melbourne or nothing for me :-)
No, the grass isnt always greener but I still believe you get better value for your money over there....

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14 years 1 month ago #196179 by reggit

Birman Babe;168931 wrote: No, the grass isnt always greener but I still believe you get better value for your money over there....


Maybe, but for me, being able to have a LSB, no snakes or other venomous critters, everything so close together, moderate temps (I've been to different parts of Aussie both in summer and in winter, no thanks [xx(]), plenty of rainfall (normally! [:0]) and a national community in my line of work that has only 3 degrees of separation (compared to probably 9 over there - by all accounts the local/regional/national govt beaurocracy in Aussie is a monster), making things easier to get done for what I need to do over here, tilts the scale somewhat for me in favour of NZ.

Some things you can't put a price on...[:I]

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14 years 1 month ago #196183 by wino
We have considered.

Husband has skills that he could utilise in Aussie in the mines and be paid 4 times what he gets here. Every now and then he gets a headhunter offering. So far the thought of the heat dust and flies makes him say no. If we were under any financial pressure the answer would have to be yes - even if only temporarily.

Yesterday an ex collegue rang up at work for a chat. He has just got a job in Melbourne at twice the pay he was on here plus car, phone, laptop etc...

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14 years 1 month ago #196195 by ravenseyes
Well Brisbane this year had more rainfall than we did and about the same average temperature in the Waikato. And in the years I have spent there had to go looking really really hard to find a snake out in the paddocks. They hear you (and the stock) coming and get out of the way real fast. There are some lovely agistment blocks out Mt Gravatt and Mt Cotton that I would love to own.



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14 years 1 month ago #196196 by max2

wino;168941 wrote: We have considered.

Husband has skills that he could utilise in Aussie in the mines and be paid 4 times what he gets here. Every now and then he gets a headhunter offering. So far the thought of the heat dust and flies makes him say no. If we were under any financial pressure the answer would have to be yes - even if only temporarily.

Yesterday an ex collegue rang up at work for a chat. He has just got a job in Melbourne at twice the pay he was on here plus car, phone, laptop etc...


My Cousin works in the mines in Western Aust. he specialises in blowing things up (runs in the family:rolleyes:...) and earns great money. He is 40 this year and thinking of throwing it in. The work is hard and long and not many hack it for long term.

However his work is rotating shift so he gets plenty of time at home, and lives on site during shift.

If finances are an issue, esp. with the exchange rates at the moment (extra 20 cents for an aussie dollar), why doesn't Hubby get a job on rotating shift and come home for 10 days or so at a time? Airfares are cheap these days compared to years ago...

Another point to remember is many Kiwis hear how employers are paying 9% industry super. They do, but Kiwis cannot get their hands on this money until they reach authorised retirement age.

If they were other nationalities returning "home" permanently they could, but not Kiwis or anyone with the right to automatically enter and work in Aussie.

Can I also mention that we have a hearing into food prices today. It was reported on Sydney radio that Woolworths (as part of the enquiry) admitted that Australian food prices are dearer than their shops in NZ because they have the main business in Aussie, whereas in NZ they don't. (didn't mention anything about Kiwi butter though Tigger[}:)])

If you are looking at moving to NSW, our registration and insurance costs for my Hubby's ute it costs us $A1000 roughly per year all up for pink slip (WOF), green slip (3rd party insurance for personal property damage ie hurt and broken people not cars) and rego (vehicle licencing including road tax).

3rd party property insurance is compulsory but separate again. My 3rd party on my older car is $A138 per year, but my Hubby's comprehensive on the ute is roughly $850 per year. We are not in the Sydney metro area which is dearer again.

Interstate rego is cheaper.

GST on everything at 10%. Calls for it to be increased.

Our heat sends most people home quickly. Then again, some are happy to fry....:cool: and we have had good rainfall in the last 8 months, although some areas far west are facing drought conditions again.

NZ property prices have risen substantially and we both doubt they will drop substantially. Try not to leave the market.

NSW property prices have stagnated for years, and are still slow moving. Booms occured in WA which are now levelling, there are Kiwi property speculators flogging stuff in Victoria and Brisbane and yelling about growth etc but its basically their own properties....

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