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Topic: Moving to New Zealand

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Moving to New Zealand

« on: July 06 2006 18:07:00 »

My wife and I along with our three small children are thinking of relocating to Gisborne, New Zealand from the US, Northern Cal. to be exact. We would like to buy or start a business there, buy a home ECT. Both my girls, eight and nine and I surf and my three year old son is good to go this summer. What I'm looking for is a little feedback from locals there, as to how you would all feel about that. Just trying to get a feel on how we would be welcomed. Thanks



RE: Moving to New Zealand

« Reply #1 on: July 08 2006 19:07:00 »

Ken:  I don't live in Gisbourne (I'm in Auckland), but I'd be surprised if you weren't greeted warmly in Gisbourne.  There is a pretty good tourist scene down there, so locals are used to overseas visitors, particularly in the surf industry.  I wouldn't have any worries on that score.  Good luck.



RE: Moving to New Zealand

« Reply #2 on: July 09 2006 22:07:00 »

yeah sweet bro, just dont bring huge amounts of cash and buy up heaps of land and drop in on anyone, and youll be right



RE: Moving to New Zealand

« Reply #3 on: July 18 2006 18:07:00 »

Bear in mind that Gisborne is a lower socio-economic area in NZ and that business opportunities are few and far between, mainly due to the town's isolation.
A few years ago, many shops were just empty in town and the morale was pretty low in the region. Things a looking a bit better for Gissy now, but it's still not the flashest part of the country, although beautiful. Surf's pumping though...



RE: Moving to New Zealand

« Reply #4 on: July 18 2006 23:07:00 »

hay enuff with the gissy bashing eh. i not lokg moved up here from westport and found the locals to be hosptable enough, just wait your turn for the waves and youll be sweet as a peach as far as buyin heaps of land goes hey buy me  sum too yeaow



RE: Moving to New Zealand

« Reply #5 on: October 22 2006 11:10:00 »

im interested in seeing gisbourne and wondering what the job opertunities are around for a  carpenter ,im a keen surfer ,and will hopefuly try to get there around march 07


zachariah D

RE: Moving to New Zealand

« Reply #6 on: September 17 2009 08:09:00 »

Hey bro just wondering how it panned out? I am from nor cal too, (humboldt) and I bailed the states also in 07 but I relocated to mexico.. waves can be pretty decent and the foods great, but the locals are resentful and the line up, well, kinda ethnocentric.. not that I am complaining! Im stoked to have escaped the U.S.! just wondering if it was any better there?



RE: Moving to New Zealand

« Reply #7 on: December 14 2009 09:12:00 »

Show respect & you'll have no problems, I've surfed Gisborne heeps & always been welcomed. Be warned though some of the locals are amazing, so it's very easy to get hooked to the breaks there, like at Makorori Point, which is like 8km from Gisborne but hell.
Peace, hope it all works out.

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