Like an increasing number of professionals from the United Kingdom, Daniel and Rebecca Burdett came to New Zealand in search of more sunshine and a better way of life. The couple had visited New Zealand on a five week long holiday and had fallen in love with the beautiful scenery, the people, and secure and stable social environment.
Getting to New Zealand
Daniel and Rebecca's journey to New Zealand began in 2012 after spotting an advertisement from Silver Fern Immigration Services in the Australia & NZ Magazine. "I got in contact with Erica at Silver Fern Immigration and she got in contact with Aspect Recruitment," says Daniel. "And from there Dave from Aspect Recruitment placed me in my current role as Quality Assurance Manager for Nestle NZ. I've worked for the Nestle Corporation for over eighteen years so it was very a suitable position."
The couple arrived in New Zealand on 24th August 2012 with work visa labels firmly glued onto the pages of their passport. The couple's long term goal was to obtain permanent residence in New Zealand. With this in mind, Silver Fern Immigration submitted their residence visa application in June 2013. Their application was approved on the 3rd July 2013.
"Having Silver Fern Immigration help us with our visas was worthwhile. Their communication was great, they gave us the right advice and they were honest from the start," says Daniel. "We really appreciate their honesty."
|Embracing the Kiwi Lifestyle
Since arriving in New Zealand Daniel and Rebecca have completely embraced their new lifestyle and never cease to be amazed by how easy it is to carry out daily chores and activities, "There's a supermarket on every corner!" says Daniel.
The couple found themselves a rental property in the coastal suburb of Bucklands Beach. Their three bedroom house is surrounded by palm trees, friendly sociable neighbours, and is walking distance to the beach.
"The weather in New Zealand is just so much nicer than back in the UK," says Rebecca. "You can do so much more outdoors."
The couple have become avid mountain bikers and backyard tourists since settling in to New Zealand. They spend most of their weekends travelling outside Auckland and throughout New Zealand.
"We were really impressed by the wide variety of quality and independently owned cafes and restaurants here," says Daniel. "In the UK there are so many chain restaurants that serve the same thing - there wasn't enough variety."
Downsides of Living in New Zealand?
"I miss football," says Daniel. "Everyone here is obsessed with rugby."
Apart from the noticeable lack of enthusiasm for football in New Zealand, another downside is the high price of real estate in the Auckland suburbs. "Real estate is definitely expensive in Auckland," says Rebecca.
"International travel is also expensive," says Daniel. "Another thing we miss about living in the UK is how easy it is to cross the border to Spain, or France, or anywhere in Europe. That was something we took for granted when we lived there."
"We recommend visiting New Zealand before choosing to permanently settle here," says Daniel. "And don't underestimate the cost of emigrating - it is expensive! Double the cost of the total amount you come up with."