Wednesday, May 28, 2008

AmeriNZ 92 - Moving to New Zealand

Episode 92 is now available, and it's free no matter where you get it from. You can get it here, or subscribe for free through iTunes here (you must have the free iTunes player installed). You can also listen to it through the player on the right hand side of my blog, or on my MySpace page. You can also download the file directly by right-clicking here.

Today’s episode is inspired by listener questions about moving to New Zealand and what the country’s like to live in. Today, I try to answer those questions.

In some ways, Episode 90 Kiwi Kustoms was part one of this topic because I talked about some of what it’s like to live in New Zealand. You also may want to listen to AmeriNZ 55 Being an expat (also inspired by listener questions).

I start with the question, why New Zealand? From there it’s a wide-ranging talk about healthcare, crime, politics and even the availability of products. I give some advice on how to prepare for moving here, and what you need to know.

For more information on immigration, go to the website of the New Zealand Immigration Service, immigration.govt.nz. They have a lot of information that will help you work out if you’re eligible to move here and more about New Zealand generally.

Then, an update on my podcast move, which is mostly done (all episodes are posted). The new site is http://amerinzpodcast.com, and the new feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/AmerinzPodcast. You don’t need to change your iTunes subscriptions yet, but please start using the new site.

Leave a comment at the new site. Or, you can ring my US listener line on 206-339-8413. Email at arthur{at)amerinz.com. You can also still use my other address, amerinz[at) yahoo.com.

Links for this episode:
New Zealand Immigration Service
Spring Heeled Jacks Original Swinging Jass Band (on the Podsafe Music Network)

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John said...


I'm a gay American male living in Wellington. I just discovered your blog - thanks! If any of you rreaders are in Wellington and interested in saying "hello", please do:

- John

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to know that if I ever need to move away, New Zealand might have a job for me. :)

Arthur Schenck said...

John: Welcome to the "family"! I'll add a link to expat blog section here.

Archerr: I'm sure we can always find a place for you!

Nik said...

Great episode, Arthur -- your observations on violence were quite good, as I admit that's been a big concern for me here that it seems far worse than I thought, although a lot of that is the Herald's screaming headlines every time something happens. I think thought in our case it's also just having a young son and worrying about the youth violence in the country and general nihilism, you start to think differently about all that when you have your own child. I imagine I'd be just as concerned about it if we'd stayed in the US, really.

patrick foster said...

A terrific episode, super informative, especially on politics. Hard to tell whats really going on in a place from just the media, so .. thanks!


Arthur Schenck said...

Nik: I think you're exactly right, and having a little one to worry about does make things look different. But compared to similar places in the US, places in NZ are pretty safe, really.

Patrick: Thanks! I'm glad you got something from it, especially since you're one of the reasons I did it in the first place!