Mmm.... a song about an idealistic vision of 'Home'.... even when reality isn't always so...
I like the part - "Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the skies are not cloudy all day"
But sadly.... All I hear nowadays are "discouraging word" from people who would rather 'Dis' their own country because it is Hip to do so..... well, luckily for everyone, we ain't North Korean... everyone can pack their bags and leaves whenever they want....
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For those considering emigrating here, you need to know that each NZ city has it's own culture, pros/cons, and climate. For me, Auckland and Christchurch would not suit me but I like Wellington and Tauranga. So do your homework and like Deyeno said, come over for a visit first.
Well known for its Wind and then Rain, hence always called Windy Wellington. My brother and mum live out in Redwood.
Of all the places to live, where you seem to get the best it would be Wellington, as its more cosmopolitian, more easy going than either Christchurch / Auckland.
But for me I prefer the South Island. In order of preference to live( yes I have lived in these towns) and for many reasons:
1: Greymouth - West Coast
2: Blenheim - Marlborough
3: Ashburton - Mid Canterbury
All of the above places are totally different in countryside, primary types of business and totally different way of life and people mentality and culture.
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Seem like Auckland is a better to live compare to Singapore, according to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_489821.htmlSINGAPORE scores highly in areas like infrastructure and stability, but fares poorly in culture and living environment indices.
As a result, it was ranked the 53rd most liveable city in the annual survey by the The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which compared 140 cities worldwide. Vancouver again topped the list, followed by Vienna and Melbourne in Australia. Three other Australian cities also made it to the top 10 list - Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.
The Republic scored better than culture capitals New York and London, which lost out because of crumbling infrastructure, but lagged behind other Asian capitals like Hong Kong, Tokyo and Osaka.
The survey examined 30 factors in five categories - stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education as well as infrastructure. Singapore obtained an overall score of 88.5/100.
The annual survey uses research involving resident experts and its own analysts.
Singapore lost out in the environment and culture category, in which it scored 75.7/100, lower than Hong Kong and South Korea. But it got full marks for infrastructure. The Lion City also fared well for stability, healthcare and education
Top 10 most liveable cities
1. Vancouver, Canada
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Melbourne, Australia
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Helsinki, Finland
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Perth, Australia
9. Adelaide, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand
The bottom 10 cities were:
1. Harare, Zimbabwe
2. Dhaka , Bangladesh
3. Algiers , Algeria
4. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
5. Lagos, Nigeria
6. Karachi, Pakistan
7. Douala, Cameroon
8. Kathmandu, Nepal
9. Colombo, Sri Lanka
10. Dakar, Senegal
Vancouver has again topped a list of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, giving the Canadian west coast city an extra boost as it opens the 2010 Winter Olympics. -- PHOTO: AP
SYDNEY - VANCOUVER has again topped a list of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, giving the Canadian west coast city an extra boost as it opens the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In the annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vancouver scored 98 per cent on a combination of stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure - a score unchanged from last year. The city has also topped the index since at least 2007.
In the 2010 ranking, there was little change in the top positions with Vienna, Melbourne and Toronto still taking the second, third and fourth positions and the top 10 dominated by Canadian and Australian cities which took seven of the 10 slots.
Johannesburg, which is hosting the soccer World Cup finals in June, came in 92nd place, the highest score in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Economist Intelligence Unit survey ranked 140 cities on 30 factors such as healthcare, culture and environment, and education and personal safety, using research involving resident experts and its own analysts. It said in a statement that these rankings were used by employers assigning hardship allowances as part of expatriate relocation packages.
New York was ranked 56th, two slots behind London which was at number 54, while Los Angeles ranked at number 47. Zimbabwe's capital Harare scored the least, making it the list's worst city, with a rating of 37.5. -- REUTERS
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Been to New Zealand a few times. My observations are:
Good place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, but can get rather boring and quiet.
Public transport could be better and intergrated. Car is almost necessary.
Eating out is very expensive. A bowl of noodle soup now cost around $10. Used to be only $7 in 2003.
Job opportunities could be limited.
Population is only around 4.3mil, slightly less than 5mil of Singapore, of which 1/3 of it is in Auckland. So, u won't see much people around on the streets.
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home is where the heart is.
You'll Never Walk Alone! - i have the best job in the world!
I don't mind.
Every place has pros and cons.
I've lived in California, China (Shanghai and Zhejiang) and Singapore. And Each place is different in what they can offer (good and bad).
The only thing to understand is which environment suits you more. So it boils down to what you want in life. And remember, at different stages of our lives, our priorities will change, and our (emotional, financial )situations will change. All these will affect which country/city we are more suited for.
There are no absolutes.
Last edited by daredevil123; 16th February 2010 at 04:00 AM.