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How has your life changed in New Zealand

Hello everyone,

Has your life changed since you moved to New Zealand? If so, in what way?

Tell us more about all the changes in your life regarding your family, job, or friends. What about your frame of mind? How would you define your mood?

Leisure activities improve our health and social interactions. How much time do you dedicate to leisure activities and networking nowadays?

Would you say that your standard of living has improved in New Zealand? What income differences have you noticed?

On a scale of 0 to 10, tell us how much your expatriation to New Zealand has transformed your life (0 = no change, 10 = dramatic change).

We look forward to hearing from you!


Dramatically! In part it's because of the commitment to change how I live, which was behind the decision to move to New Zealand. However, I also credit a culture that encourages slowing down, getting quiet, appreciating being present and discovering what matters most.

The change was so dramatic, I wrote a book about it:

I would score the change nearly a 10. The fact is you can't who you really are - but you can commit to drilling down and finding out who that really is.  And New Zealand is the perfect place to do it.

I would say moving to New Zealand has been a solid 8.  Missing family and friends knocks it down a peg or two.  The biggest differences, are the ease to get outside.  I never really did walks/tramps back in the States, but here I find it's easy to go after work and get a good hour or two walk in.  Friends, while I don't have as many, I do have some good solid friendships working. 

I agree with the other post that you have to work at it.  I forced myself to go to events where my partner and I knew nobody, to get out and experience different parts of the city we've moved to.  Through those meetup type groups, we've met people..through work, we've met people.  It's a slow process, but generally a good and well-balanced one.

Holiday, businesses are closed, so there isn't a need to try and get to the best sale.  Evenings, businesses are closed, which forces you to reconsider other things to do.

Very happy, very solid choice.  It's a lifestyle change, but one you have to work for.

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