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Michelle Waitzman
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Dec 13 2011 Living Abroad
Author and educator Michelle Waitzman first visited New Zealand in 1998—and she's been hooked ever since. Now a New Zealand citizen, Waitzman has all the insight and know-how on making the move to this increasingly popular destination. In 'Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand,' she offers straightforward tips and advice on how businesspeople, students, teachers, retirees, and professionals can make a smooth transition to living in a new culture and country.

'Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand' is packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, including obtaining visas, arranging finances, gaining employment, choosing schools, and finding health care, plus practical advice on how to rent or buy a home for a variety of needs and budgets. With extensive color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps, 'Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand' will help you find your bearings as you settle into your new home and life abroad.

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About the Author

Michelle Waitzman was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, where she worked in TV production for almost 20 years. Between production gigs, Michelle's natural wanderlust took her on adventures around the planet—including her first, fateful trip to New Zealand in 1998, where the down-to-earth people and breathtaking scenery won her over.

Michelle made the permanent move to Wellington in 2005 to enjoy New Zealand's legendary great outdoors and friendly hobbits. (The hobbits, sadly, turned out to be fictional.) TV and film work was slow to come, so she seized the opportunity to pursue her writing career: Inspired by New Zealand's passion for “tramping" (backpacking) and by her future husband, she wrote her first book, 'Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple's Guide to Getting Naughty in Nature.'

Michelle currently works in communications for Education New Zealand, an organization that promotes New Zealand as an educational destination for international students. She delights in helping others make the move to New Zealand, and authoring 'Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand' has given her the perfect outlet to do so. Many of her personal experiences have helped to shape the book, from learning the country's “language" to figuring out how to fit into a Kiwi workplace to discerning the real New Zealand experience from the popular stereotypes. Now a New Zealand citizen, Michelle blogs about outdoor recreation, her camping adventures, and life Down Under at loveinatent.blogspot.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars No stone (or New Zealand Mountain) left unturned. Jan. 15 2010
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Living Abroad in New Zealand is way more than a re-location guide, and could be better described as a New Zealand Lifestyle guide.
The books author - Michelle Waitzman, offers us the unique perspective of not only the New Zealand resident (Capital K - Kiwi as I have learned), but also of a recent immigrant herself.
This book addresses everything someone needs address when considering a move to a new country, such as: economy, government structure, immigration system, food, health system, education, housing, agriculture, buying a car, banking, postal service, and the list goes on. In fact I was very pleased to see events and attractions listed.
In a "true to self" fashion, the reader gets to feel a sense of who the author is as she adds personal insights and comments throughout this book. Untypical in travel and re-location guides (I've now read a few on New Zealand!), and
Any potential immigrant will be thankful for Ms. Waitzman's unbiased, yet decidedly descriptive account of New Zealand's: cities, suburbs, towns, traffic conditions, and housing options (including average purchase and rental prices for homes in the listed areas!) when making such a major life decision.
Aside from listing the best pizza or sushi restaurants in New Zealand, I don't believe Ms. Waitzman has left a stone unturned (although she does mention that Kosher food is hard to come by in Auckland!!!).
For those who decide to make the move to New Zealand, or for the ones who have more questions (like myself), there is a comprehensive resources section in the back of the book that has been proven to be up to date and very useful.

A book that even a Kiwi should own. Bravo.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing: Totally omits Northland April 20 2011
Format:Paperback
This book was a big disappointment. I was looking forward to a comprehensive overview and some insider tips on making a move to NZ based on the "No Stone Unturned" review. Seems there are no stones in Northland then as the author omits everything north of Auckland in her description of 'Prime Living Locations', which takes up half the book. With that huge an omission one would at least expect to hear why she chose to ignored it. Maybe her budget ran out before she could get there? As one who has traveled extensively in NZ I am sure that Northland is a "prime location" for those wanting to escape to a warm, relaxed life-style area. It's a paradise and would be my top choice by far. The author compares Queenstown on the South Island to Whistler or Aspen. Yup. Been there and would not choose to go back. Why go to NZ if I can simply move to the same place in my home country(the cost of living is equally outrageous)? Three stars for a broad, if superficial, overview of many topics relating to life in NZ and resource section in the back. Sadly, this book is of very limited use to those who want to move to NZ for a sub-tropical paradise experience. One final note: The book talks about the use of professional immigration services. These must now be licensed by the NZ government or the paperwork will not be accepted. A very costly error. The book doesn't mention this but it might have to do with the publication date. Benefit of the doubt. But someone please give this woman a ride to Northland. She might just decide to stay...or at least include it in the next edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need to read before you move to New Zealand! June 29 2010
By Amy & Jacob - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book after doing research online for several days. I learned a lot online but the information was scattered around various websites and difficult to manage. This book is perfect and it relieved a lot of my planning stress.

Best of all, I passed the book onto my husband and after a little bit of nagging, he started flipping through the book and found things interesting to him. Then, he started "teaching" me about moving to New Zealand and we can now have discussions about the best way to do certain things. Finally! Thank you!

This book is a great resource for anyone planning to move to New Zealand (or visit long-term). It's clear that the author did a lot of research and every aspect of the move is explained in detail, complete with advice and tips. I would suggest buying this book, then searching online for more specific information if you need it. Although I did lots of online research before I got the book, I was still able to learn new things.

I'll be reading it again when I'm on the plane!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy if you are moving to New Zealand Feb. 3 2009
By H. Little - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Up to date and really helpful info that will make your transition to New Zealand easier. It's not a book that you have to read cover to cover. Just read the sections that pertain to you and skip what you don't need. Very detailed information about each major city along with neighborhood info. Good for those who are relocating without visiting the country first (I would not advise that). Overall a very useful book to read before and refer back to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Book June 29 2012
By McBoingBoing - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is comprehensive and terrific, with one exception.

There is no section on how to 'retire' in New Zealand if you're 65 or older, and have no children living there.

It turns out that as of this date (July, 2012), to the best of my knowledge, there is no way to do this unless you have $10,000,000+ $NZ in the bank to invest there, or you write up a compelling business plan you intend to implement, and convince the immigration people of its merits (but then again, this isn't really retiring)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read March 17 2010
By G. C. Pursley - Published on Amazon.com
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I can honestly say that it does answer all of the questions I had. It answers those questions that I was poking around on the internet trying to find. I really enjoy the in-depth regional information and people/cultural info. As well as the property/real estate information (I'm in real estate, appraiser/valuer). Very much enjoyed the North American perspective, too. Living Abroad in New Zealand is a must read for those interested in living, or even just traveling to the country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book Oct. 2 2013
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I am thinking of emigrating to New Zealand and this book helped me a great deal in my initial research. It is quite readable and comprehensive. Most importantly to me, it appears to provide the reader a balanced view of New Zealand - the good and the not-so good. As well, the author provides some cultural nuances that only an expatriate who had lived there for some time would have noticed and mentioned (e.g. poorly built houses during certain periods, the underdog mentality, leadership in women suffrage, and many others). A good reference which I will keep on my bookshelf. I would recommend this book to a friend.
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