Sonia + Graham: A Life Together in New Zealand
Sonia moved from the UK to New Zealand to be with her partner Graham who has lived in New Zealand for 24 years. Sonia was granted Residence under the Family: Partnership Category earlier this year. Since gaining Residence, Sonia has entered full-time employment in the healthcare industry and now lives in rural Auckland with Graham. The couple spend most of their free time exploring the city, wining and dining, and enjoying the local sights and sounds. We got a chance to catch up with the lovebirds and chat to them about life in New Zealand.
In Sonia's Words...
I love my life in New Zealand. I'm so happy I took the courage to immigrate to this wonderful country. I thought I would miss my old life back in the UK, but I can honestly say I have not missed it at all. Yes I do miss my family and friends, but with Skype I get to see them each week. I loved New Zealand from the very first day here, everyone you meet is so, so friendly and welcoming.
Everyone has time for each other, including people you have only just met. You feel you are not rushed here, it is a far more relaxing lifestyle [than in the UK]. New Zealand is very safe, I don’t feel threatened when go out. There are many, many places to visit, the scenery is so beautiful, and the beaches, parks are very clean. The health care system works very well, yes you do have to pay a small amount to see a doctor, but with having a good health care system it is worth it.
The only real thing I have found challenging is understanding the Kiwi accent, but that will come in time. New Zealanders will do things differently from the country you come from, and you may find this strange at first but just go with how they do things, fit into the way they do things, do your research and you will be ok.
On Sonia and Graham's Experience with Silver Fern Immigration...
We visited four immigration agents, the first three where void and lacking on information to the questions we asked. Two agents only scribbled an estimate of cost onto a small piece of paper (an actual Post It Note), the third would not give any costing at all, neither on paper or verbally. Now! The fourth, Silver Fern Immigration, this consultancy was completely different; they were up front from the start.
Do not waste time going anywhere else. Go to this agent. You will not be disappointed. You will search other Immigration Agents, but this team is the best in the business. These are the people you need. You can’t go wrong with Silver Fern Immigration; from the very first consultation they were welcoming and very friendly. They will put you at ease during what can be a stressful time for you and are very professional in their approach to your immigration needs. All your questions are answered honestly and fully and you are kept up to date at all times, as well as given full documentation on all costs at each stage that you will encounter. They will make you feel excited about moving to New Zealand.