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RachelM
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May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby RachelM » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:53 am

Hello! Although I'm Canadian, I've found an opportunity to visit abroad via the "Working Holiday Visa" programme for my co-operative employment term in college, and I've always wanted to visit New Zealand. As long as I can find a proper job (I'm in culinary, and I've been told the tourism industry is booming), I'll hopefully be coming for 6 months, and possibly up to a year. Could anyone recommend areas with prepper communities? It would be nice to have something in common with the people I meet!
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Re: May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby HeinB » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:33 am

Hi RachelM,

'Prepping' is not very common in New Zealand at all, like most socialist democracies the vast majority of people have come to blindly rely on the government, in fact, a large percentage of our population pretty much live on money and in houses provided by the government.

But . . . you are in luck, we also have only a few relatively small cities with vast expanses of rural land between, for the people living rural lifestyles 'prepping' is just what they do every day anyway :)

NZ would be a great place for you to visit, and I'm 100% sure that anybody actually looking for employment can find a job, definitely a lot of tourism related stuff happening. The tourist hot-spots in the north island are around the central north island, look for towns like Tirau, Rotorua and Taupo. Although you are more likely to get a job in either Auckland or Wellington.

Anyway, NZ is a great place, people are very friendly, you'l love it.
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Re: May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby gracefromspace » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:12 pm

Rachel, HeinB is right...sadly in general, most people here would stare at you blankly & either have no clue what you are talking about or think you are a complete nut-job, with the exclusion of those people who were affected by the Chch earthquakes and a small percentage of the population who still have some common sense and at least put 2 or 3 days supplies away for that "in case" situation. The rest of them simply don't care or don't want to know about it. I've said it before and I'll say it again..... I love my country, but at times it feels like a tiny village with a mentality to match.

Although you could set up an ideal lifestyle for prepping here, you will very much be on your own in doing so unless you have friends here who are willing to do it too.

All the best in your planned venture :)
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Re: May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby secoff » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:51 pm

gracefromspace wrote: I love my country, but at times it feels like a tiny village with a mentality to match.

Although you could set up an ideal lifestyle for prepping here, you will very much be on your own in doing so unless you have friends here who are willing to do it too.

All the best in your planned venture :)


Your Right. New Zealand is a Small Village, with Mentality to Match. Its only the Corporates and the Government who Think we are Big players in the World, and have the Mentality to match that as well.
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Re: May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby secoff » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:00 am

RachelM wrote:Hello! Although I'm Canadian, I've found an opportunity to visit abroad via the "Working Holiday Visa" programme for my co-operative employment term in college, and I've always wanted to visit New Zealand. As long as I can find a proper job (I'm in culinary, and I've been told the tourism industry is booming), I'll hopefully be coming for 6 months, and possibly up to a year. Could anyone recommend areas with prepper communities? It would be nice to have something in common with the people I meet!


May I ask Why you want to Come to New Zealand. Is there a Reason? Or do you just simply Love the Country enough to move here.
Most people who move here Love the country, its openness, Friendly people. Although most Kiwi's will tell you Prices of food, Gasoline etc are Very high compared to most places, But we don't seem to moan about that as much and just carry on. If you wish to have the Kind of Prepper type lifestyle, It's possible to Buy some land and Live there and become totally self sufficient. I know 1 or 2 people have done that, They don't rely on the government or help.

I wish you luck on Coming here and hope you find peace and happiness here like most of us Do.
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Re: May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby WildernessReturn » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:29 am

Rachel if you go there,
visit the Lord of the Rings shooting locations, they left a lot of things there for tourist attractions.

Secondly, look up Jeff Lauton and Bill Molensons permaculture farms. Although they are based out of Australia, there are some permaculture setups that they help with in New Zealand.
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Re: May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby anglo » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:14 am

Hi Rachel,

New Plymouth has quite a few restaurants and lots of bars and cafes which serve food. It is a thriving city on the west coat of nth island. In fact its lovely. Bon chance
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Re: May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby MarlPrepper » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:07 am

Hey Rachel,

My only advice if you come to new zealand and your a prepper, auckland and wellington are a no go, far to many people, you would want to go to the south island if you wanted to prep self sufficiency, christchurch could well be full of preppers now but its also full of earthquakes, i don't suggest the east coast of the south island. ive come up with a few areas for you from my experience:
Westport - A decent sized town with alot of bush area surrounding it.
Karamea- Slightly above westport, very very small town but alot of land.
Greymouth- Basically a clone of westport with a bit more traffic than wesport, lots of rain and alot of dairy farming.
Hokitika- Decent south of greymouth, still a part of the dairy farming but less people than greymouth.
Haast- Old mining town, still farms and such, small community and quite tight knit.

If you're looking for anywhere large on the south island there are alot of places, anything below greymouth starts to get cold but your canadian so i guess that would be just about tropical for you anyway haha.
Alot of people in new zealand if you contact them personally would be willing to coordinate BOL's with you and such, If you want any information on those towns just send me a message.

Kind Regards
George
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Re: May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby sixin » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:16 pm

Prepping in NZ is an interesting situation, with about 0.5% of the population who actively prep, another 5% who do try to prep and the rest who couldn't care less. Work out what you are wanting to do before you come, that will help alot to work out where you need to be. I pretty much echo what others have said here, and include Dunedin as another of the major centres to consider if its a major centre you are after.

We don't have much in the way of dedicated prepper communities here, not that I have found anyway, there is some small groups but after being involved in a couple of small ones over the last 2 yrs I would say with some experience that some are not well setup or run, while others tend to be very informal groups of friends and family. Prepping for many here seems to be a new concept, that has been forced upon many due to the Christchurch situation. Many don't understand the importance of prepping while others don't generally care.
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May be Relocating to New Zealand

Postby DJrhibra » Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:06 am

We are going on a cruise from Lima to Auckland next year and I am in the process of planning a driving holiday in New Zealand. I was thinking 1 week North Island and 1 week South Island. Is this realistic?
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