In the UK, more of us than ever before are choosing to up sticks and move on to a new life in a different part of the world. And more than ever before, we’re choosing to make New Zealand our destination of choice. But why is this the case? Let’s examine a few reasons why New Zealand might prove attractive – and why you might choose to make it your home.
If you’re considering a potential place to live, work, and raise your children, then you’ll want to be fairly sure that they’re safe from harm. This is one respect in which New Zealand performs spectacularly well. According to the Global Peace Index, which attempts to rank countries by their safety, New Zealand comes in at fourth out of just under two-hundred countries – just behind Iceland, Denmark and Austria. For comparison, the UK features at just 47th.
The key strength of New Zealand is undoubtedly linked to its lack of violent crime. New Zealand boasts an incredibly strong society, where 99% of citizens report that they’re able to rely on a close family friend or relative in times of crisis, according to research by the Legatum Institute, which ranks New Zealand among the world’s most prosperous countries. Another survey of expats concluded in 2015 that a majority of new arrivals to the country found that the locals were either friendly or ‘very friendly’ – which is a marked contrast with the welcome extended to immigrants in other parts of the world.
An undeniable component in the appeal of New Zealand is its wealth of natural beauty. This natural beauty isn’t just confined to a few cordoned-off areas, either – its’ to be found almost everywhere. The landscape famously inspired the scenes of Peter Jackson’s two Middle-Earth film trilogies – but there’s more rolling, lush green countryside to be explored in this part of the world than could ever be fit into twenty hours of film – or even a hundred!
Part of the secret behind this unspoiled landscape is the fact that so few people live in New Zealand. But a far more important part of the secret is that those who do live there share in a culture of environmental responsibility. There’s even a Maori word for this sense of guardianship:kaitiaki-tanga.
Just under a third of the country’s land is designated as either national parkland, or other protected reservation. There are also strict rules governing the sorts of animals you’re allowed to bring into the country – as some species, if set loose, could easily decimate the native animal population – most notably encapsulated in the Kiwi, New Zealand’s famous national bird.
Part of the appeal of New Zealand for us here in the UK is its climate.It’s temperate, just like the one we experience back home. You won’t need to contend with arctic blizzards or severe spells of blistering heat – instead you’ll get temperate, relatively mild weather. That said, the weather in the country’s south tends to be a little bit icier than the temperature at the very north – and the seasons are those of the southern hemisphere, so winter occurs in June and summer in December.
If you’re bringing children along with you on your trip, then you’ll want to be sure that they’re afforded the best possible opportunities to educate themselves. Fortunately, New Zealand boasts and education system that’s world class, with more than 7% of government spending being ploughed into the school system. And children here aren’t just well-educated; they’re healthy, too. When asked by HSBC’s annual expat survey, 76% of expats responded that their children are healthier than they were back home. This correlated rather understandably with an uptick in physical activity. When there’s so much beautiful countryside to explore, it’s a great deal easier to remain healthy!
If you’re looking to study at university, or you’d like to provide your children with a means of one day doing so, then New Zealand is a great place to live.It’s home to eight different universities, each of which rank among the world’s top 500. The OECD also places the country in its top twenty for the quality of its school system.
For those in search of a new home, New Zealand fulfils just about every imaginable criteria – even some of those which we haven’t mentioned here. If you’re looking to emigrate to New Zealand from the UK, you’ll want to apply for a skilled migrant visa. Fortunately, there are plenty of jobs in New Zealand for UK citizens – and so successful applications are more common than they ever have been!