My wife is American, moved here (UK) in…2006? We’ve been married since 2012 and now have a four year old daughter.
We’ve seen all sense and reason thrown out of the window what with Brexit and Trump. We’re deeply pessimistic about the future of the UK and while America looks likely to be redeeming itself next week, neither of us have any desire to move to a country with no public healthcare, rampant gun crime and ownership, and likely to be continuing environmental and regulatory dilatoriness. We’re just not convinced America is a great place to raise a family.
On the other hand while my wife is a bit of a butterfly when it comes to moving countries it’s something that my family aren’t really known for (we’ve been in the same 50-mile area of south Essex for hundreds of years! My grandad is exotic for moving to Scotland!). So it’s something that fills me with mild anxiety at minimum.
But New Zealand my wife has seized upon, not only because it’s a pretty country (based on what we’re told) but also because her boss, who is a Kiwi, insists she’d find loads of work there (she’s in IT and business consultancy), but also because apparently NZ schools are excellent.
I’ve said I’m willing to entertain the possibility of moving if there’s an overwhelming positive case. Anybody got knowledge to confirm/corroborate popular things about NZ? Any downsides or stuff we could be regretting?