Originally Posted by yokiwimama
I've only just joined the forum and saw your post, if you're still interested, I have this to offer. I'm originally from Dunedin but live in Wellington. Dunedin is cheaper in the everyday costs than Auckland or Wellington. Rent is cheaper, but it is going up. You can a get a much bigger house in Dunedin than for the same price in Wellington. On the downside salaries tend to be lower. Mosgiel is becoming an increasingly popular place to live, it's warmer as it's more sheltered than town but is prone to flooding.
Be warned it's a University town so it can be a bit "alternative" sometimes. It can also be a little red-neck at other times.
See this website http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/
And can I suggest you think about joining something like Playcentre if you do decide to live here http://www.playcentre.org.nz/
- good place to meet other mothers - you'll need support if you are far from family.
Let me know if you want to know more.
Ohhh, thanks for the place to meet mama's information. In case we do move there. I'll need it. I have spent quite a bit of time on the government website. I love alternative, it's where we're from too. We also have a fair amount of red necks here in Oregon.
Originally Posted by chocolatefish
We just moved from Dunedin about 5 months ago (now living in lyon, France) and am from Scotland originally. We were in NZ for about '4.5 years in total. I enjoyed a lot of NZ, and probably felt more at home in the South. Dunedin is a good sized city, big enough to have all the service you light need but no traffic jams even during rush hour. Also a uni town so better bookshops than many other places. Cost of living can only be judged relative to the salary / income that you are likely to have, we found NZ to be pretty expensive in terms of COL. Have you had a look at emigratenz website - loads of posts / info there. We lived on the Otago Peninsula, Macandrew Bay was brilliant place to live.
PS housing in NZ is not cheap relative to local salaries and the (poor) quality of it has to be seen to be believed especially considering the weather in Otago! IIn my experience insulation / double glazing tends to be non-existent, most are single skin brick / wooden boxes, problems with damp, condensation and draughts are standard.
Thanks for the response!
We'd heard about the poor housing construction. DH was working toward home inspection here and would probably have to lower his standards a lot if he wanted to continue that there.
I have looked at the website you mentioned a bit and need to check it out more. I will be curious to see if they offer me the job what the pay will be. The initial estimate was very low compared to my current job.
I am wondering if the cultural experiences would out weigh the wage differences. I guess I am willing to take a cut in pay for the experience. We will also be losing family connections that we are really close to and have to weigh that as well.