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An Expat Talks about Living in Wellington, New Zealand

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Wellington

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

There are numerous groups: I would recommend taking a trip to the visitors' bureau to get more information. They offer heaps of brochures and schedules.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

It is a fairly diverse group of people for the population size. New Zealanders have a love/hate relationship with Americans, though. They will be quite nice to your face, but behind your back they constantly criticize the US and Americans. There is also slight racial tension with people of color. The Maoris (natives) and the pakehas (white Europeans) have had years of strife and war. A treaty was signed, that is still in place today.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

It is a bit harder to find a job here than in the US. People use internet job listings, newspapers, and word of mouth. Numerous industries exist here. Small fashion designers seem to thrive in Wellington. One can find heaps of computer-industry jobs. The medical field is constantly searching for new employees. Government jobs also seem to be fairly abundant, as Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Everything is important here. The city is mostly about business and socializing; while, the suburbs are more family oriented. Cricket and rugby are the favorite sports.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

It's a great place to live. It's beautiful and interesting. I would stock up on all the products you love. You won't be able to buy them here, or they will just be too expensive to purchase. New Zealand is an island. The cost of shipping goods in, is pricey.

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