Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand Paperback – Dec 13 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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!
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)