… Seasonal jobs in the big cities are hard to find partly due to those coming on working holiday visa (only about 8000 from England) partly due to the quite large population of students for whom (in the conditions in which the tuition fees are small and fff scholarships few) a penny made during the holiday is vital.
I don’t really understand what makes the Irish, the English, the Germans, the Germans or the Italians beat the paths in search of a job … and there are many you meet everywhere. I spoke to an Irishman who has been living for a year and who told me that he would do his best to extend his visa because there is a recession in Ireland and he has no chance of finding a job. I reminded him that he is an EU citizen and that he can try his luck in any of the 15 member states. I heard an Italian talking on the phone at home about how he finally found a small job, systematically taking all the restaurants and bars in Auckland in a row … Germans and Canadians work for about 50% of their salary on who would take him home … don’t ask me why I can’t tell you. “Cultural experience” probably matters more to them in itself than money. I mention that among the large European bullfighting population coming on Working Holiday Visa, NZ $ 400-450 per week is considered a satisfactory salary. Among them are many losers in the summer, but also real professionals, especially English ones with a career behind them, who aim for jobs in the government structures in Welington … while waiting and giving interviews in the meantime, their budget is thinning and they have to accept anything.
Otherwise it’s getting hotter here … the sun is very strong and a bit dangerous … you get the impression that it bites your skin nothing else … and there’s something else, the light, when it’s clear outside the light is so so strong that if you’re not used to it your head starts to hurt (like in our winter on top of the mountain when the sun’s rays are reflected on the snow) … the day is also very long – it lights up around 5 and it gets dark after 10 , 30 (and summer hasn’t come yet) … about summer … Christmas is approaching and the ads here show Santa Claus wrapped in fur clothes with a hat and gloves … what the poor children will be understanding when they see him Santa Claus dressed like this when you melt in the heat, I don’t know, it’s funny anyway.
About the standard of living of the people here … what can I say … I would say it’s decent … but no more … nothing luxurious … nothing ostentatious … strictly necessary everywhere. The cottages, generally neat, clean … but modest … mostly prefabricated wooden … In Queenstown, for example, a house with 3-4 rooms costs about $ 150,000, although I don’t really realize what it can cost so much. a lot at a shack. I haven’t seen villas like the ones built around us in the Breaza, Sinaia or Predeal area yet … they’re probably from $ 500,000 and up. The general cost of living also seems to me to be small compared to the average salary and therefore the purchasing power.What I liked about Auckland was the good sports atmosphere. Everyone seems to be preparing for an adventure. Buying cars … gathering equipment and information for expeditions to the South Island … everyone wants to have great experiences … jumping with a parachute or doing Bungy Jumping … crazy. The sporting goods stores are the best equipped as far as I have seen so far. During the summer, almost 1/3 of the country’s population are tourists who come mostly from Europe from 20,000 KM away … when I think that we would have enough to see and experience the adventure as far as possible …
A resemblance to Romania? … the aspect of money … I think that Mugur Isarescu from here was inspired by the design of Romanian banknotes. They are similar in design … the same material (plastic) the same safety elements. The 10,000 lei greenback perfectly resembles the NZ $ 20 banknote.Coming back to the house problem … it seems to be pretty serious around here … there are always hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of house scandals that are damp and rotten. I build them on a skeleton of thin wooden sticks, between the sticks I put a kind of cotton wool to ensure the insulation and on one side and on the other a kind of plywood. At first glance, some are very beautiful … but in the walls of the walls grow colonies rich in insects, especially ants and with the penetration of water (it was not raining here) there are fungi that cause all kinds of respiratory problems, especially in asthmatics. The idea of ??a double window is unknown here, although in winter I think it is very cold … if I stay at night with the radiator on in the summer. A plus for Europe would be the people …
But there are also a lot of people who are quite bitter. At the pub, the locals talk bitterly about the good old days and the country that is going crazy … nothing new for me … and in England a unemployed engineer explains to me how the whole British economy is down, sir. The departure of young graduates from the country as I have heard people talk is a rule. Studying here costs quite a lot, few scholarships, about 8% of the country’s population are students … I’m not surprised that it can’t absorb the market. Graduates do not necessarily leave due to lack of money but especially due to lack of opportunities. All faculties advertise in prospectuses for candidates through the opportunity they offer to pursue an “overseas” career after graduation. The universities here have prestige … and bringing in foreign students (at huge fees) is a profitable business. About the Romanians as they are seen … I have not yet made an impression … it is only certain that the world here, unlike other places where I have been, has surprisingly heard about Romania and the Romanians … in rest … the last local I spoke to when I told him I was from Romania told me that he has two Romanian “Universal” tractors that he is very happy with … to see.

Pt. for those who want to emigrate, I would recommend a cold calculation of the expenses and prospects that a newcomer has here. It’s worth it for those who have nothing to lose in Romania for others … I don’t know, it’s too early to comment on this anyway. … someone said that emigration to NZ is only for the strong … I would rectify … it is only for the VERY strong. For those who want to emigrate, I do it thinking about the beaches, the sun and the azure water … it would be good to know that NZ means work first and foremost … for 80-90% of emigrants, physical work for a few months for others for a few years, for others a lifetime … for an income capable of providing them with a decent living, let’s say from one day to the next … and possibly a week’s vacation somewhere. From what I’ve seen, NZ doesn’t seem like the place to be. ” Exceptions here are certain categories of highly qualified professionals who have high salaries … but would have them anywhere in the civilized world because everyone is hunting them down … or “smart people” … those who know how to make money. .but this category does well in Romania as well as anywhere else. It’s still an issue that I still can’t comment on … theoretically here would be all the conditions to start a business …. corruption close to 0 … stability … security … however, Romanians don’t move much This way. Exceptions here are certain categories of highly qualified professionals who have high salaries … but would have them anywhere in the civilized world because everyone is hunting them down … or “smart people” … those who know how to make money. .but this category does well in Romania as well as anywhere else. It’s still an issue that I still can’t comment on … theoretically here would be all the conditions to start a business …. corruption close to 0 … stability … security … however, Romanians don’t move much This way.

Speaking of the beauty of the places, NZ is really beautiful … but Romania is also beautiful … our mountains can always compete with the mountains of the South Island … maybe they are not even 3000 m but they are more forested , with heavy deciduous forests … The sea and the beaches yes … you have to see but you can’t really stay at the beach for more than 20 minutes because this sun really peels your skin.

For those who are thinking of applying and possibly coming up with a job search policy for 6 months … to think about the financial risks that this entails. Here the minimum amount per day able to ensure survival (house and meal) is 20 USD per person. So at least 1200 USD for a couple of two people per month..so 7200 USD for 6 months only the minimum daily maintenance + return tickets say 3000 USD (two people) + 2000 as some like to give to law firms means an investment of about $ 12,000 without a guarantee of success, that is, of a relevant qualification contract. What does $ 12,000 in Romania mean …? … I don’t need to tell you because you know. An alternative solution for those in such a situation would be to leave the “ballast” at home (ie the wife) … it will cut costs in half and gain huge in adaptability and flexibility. Even for those who come with a residence visa, I would recommend that they leave their wife and offspring at home until they somehow stabilize with a reasonable job and a home … if not … to come with serious money … NZ is not Canada or at least Australia where to rely in case of something on social … For those who live in Romania in cities with perspective, they have an economic (home) and professional position and let’s say 350-400 USD salary per month … according to the opinion mine are in the middle class in NZ. Here in the Otago area … people consider OK a salary of NZ $ 500 per week … that is about 1000 USD a month. The food seems expensive to me compared to the EU … but petrol is at a price and cars are very cheap. Before leaving Romania, I went to the consular service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out if it is mandatory to move the domicile abroad for those with permanent residence abroad. I was told that the obligation of the “stamp” of a Romanian citizen residing abroad was given up due to bureaucratic confusion caused by the growing number of people who, after a few months, return with their tails between their legs, especially from Canada … o be true..it will be false … I tend to believe that it is true considering the fact that many of those who leave have an above average economic situation in Romania … those who struggle and stay or have nothing to be lost in Romania or they are part of the category of the POWERFUL ones who, even if they live at the limit, pull hard in the hope that sooner or later the saving job will appear, for sure,

As for the new regulations regarding the level of knowledge of the English language … they are, in my opinion, welcome, the reasonable knowledge of the language being a minimum condition for obtaining a decent job, at least for a Romanian.
Asking 6.5 in IELTS for someone who wants to come on job search is a more realistic solution. In conditions of fierce competition without decent English, one’s chances of finding a job in the field, especially on a job search policy visa, are close to 0. For a Chinese person, it’s different … Chinese is commonly spoken in Auckland ..and they engage each other. Those with “humanities” professions are thinking of surviving in NZ by giving private lessons or for economists-managers … for such a thing a minimum level of English is needed equivalent to an IELTS score of 7th division Academic not General Training (which in the chapter Reading is a child’s play compared to the Academic mode).

I REPEAT … Anyone with an IELTS under 7 will have a hard time finding a decent job because of the language. Those who speak rough English and still receive a visa … I recommend them to do back training in advance … possibly to contact some shepherds from the Sibiu area to do a haircut course in time … they really say that you earn well … for night shifts you can make about 5-6000 NZ $ a month … (in season).

In the end, dear compatriots … I do not advise anyone not to come to NZ … on the contrary … it is good for everyone to try their luck and strength. But to do so by realistically calculating the chances of adapting … to the specific conditions of this country, the investments assumed by this step … the advantages or disadvantages assumed by NZ compared to other destinations … I say this because it seems that many decide to emigrate to NZ after seeing some tourist prospects.



Lukas, very interesting post about NZ.
From the point of view of the tourist who came on working holyday visa, it can be said that it is all-encompassing. Otherwise, I think you should live a little longer here to see that the situation is not exactly as you describe it.
For example, the house thing, first of all, is not made of “thin sticks” as you say, they are really made of wood and are solid constructions, some of them are 70-80 years old and are in perfect condition. The problem with infiltrations is in a very small part of them, especially the apartments built in the last few years in which a new solution was adopted for essentially good insulation, but with which no one bothered to apply it properly. Hence the scandal, but by no means are most homes.
Double glazing is not worn because they are expensive and there is no need, here in Akl it is not cold, in winter it would be maybe 5-7 gr, and at noon it is about 13-15. If the rest of the house is isolated, everything is ok. It is true that the old ones are not isolated, but these are few.
The price of houses is high in cities because of the price of the land below them, and Queenstown is no exception, it is one of the most expensive cities in NZ (tourist destination).One more thing, the comparison with R and a salary of 3-400 from there is ridiculous, simply. My wife and I each had that amount in R and apart from some housework and some food, we couldn’t do much else. Here with 2 salaries, in less than 3 years I did them all, I was on vacation, I bought a house (we pay morgage, that is, but it is possible) and a lot of other things that do not come to my cell now (the money from R with which I came here was about 7000USD, of which we had to solve a lot of emergencies – they ended in 2 months).What’s really important is English. If you have a college degree and speak good English (how well you speak is less important than how well you understand, but that’s the hard part) it doesn’t take more than 2-3 months to find yourself. I don’t know of any cases that go beyond this period (I’m not talking about those whose English is as good as my Korean). 6.5 at ielts seems decent to me, I had 7.5 and I struggled for about 2 months to understand their bird, I’m not talking about jargon …

The thing with 20usd / day per person I think is exaggerated. That is, the amount is double the reality. A flatmate costs about 100nzd / week, and the food is not so expensive, unless you cook it. Finally, I don’t want to dismantle your post, which is very good in general, I just want to clarify some things from the tank that did something here. It’s not easy and as I said emigration is not for everyone. For those who are thinking of coming alone and bringing their family after that, economically this is a perfect solution, but they have to think about whether they will face such a trial alone, without moral support.
I can’t say it’s okay at all. Respect …



I made my home in CHC, of ??the above type. It is, by the way, the only type of house there and there is nothing wrong with the style …
At first I was amazed and analyzing the problem I understood that it is better from many points of view. Although apparently the structure is like a matchstick, let’s not forget that any lattice beam looks like this. Gypsum sheets (drywall or GIB, I don’t know how to say them in RO) strengthen the structure while maintaining the necessary flexibility. I even saw houses with a ground floor and two floors made like this! Then we all know that the best insulator is air, that “cotton wool” that I put on the walls is mineral wool (like glass wool) and has exceptional insulating properties.
The climate of Christchurch (and even more so of Auckland) does not require double glazing. I lived in this house for 5 years and I never suffered from the cold. I had a radiator built into the wall in the living room / living room and I used oil radiators in the other rooms. We also had wall heaters in the bathroom and toilet. The current bill was reasonable. The only thing I regretted was that I didn’t put the reversible heat pump in the living / dining room, I could have cooled down in the summer too …As Bravo mentioned, it is a big mistake to try to report everything to RO, you have to learn the local way of being and adapt, reorganize your priorities and, above all, enjoy life. It’s hard ( for some very difficult) at first but in time you will get an inner peace that (at least for me) in Romania was impossible to find. Cris

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