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An Expat Talks about Living in Mid Canterbury, New Zealand

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

Mid Canterbury

How long have you lived there?

2 years

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

A Newcomers Network has just been established for new immigrants in Mid-Canterbury. Anyone who is new in the region and has no support of friends or relatives can join. There is an informal social get-together every month, and room for additional activities such as sports, toddler group, English conversation group etc. It is an excellent way to get to know other people in the region. Contact Evelien: 03-3083053

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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.

Due to a high influx of new immigrants, the region is becoming more diverse. People are very friendly.

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

There is a real shortage of labour in the region. Mainly industrial and in the dairy industry. Lots and lots of job opportunities!!!!

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

Family time is very important, as well as sports (rugby!!) and outdoor activities such as tramping, fishing, skiing

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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.

Be openminded and enjoy life, just like the Kiwi's do!!

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