Dear Fellow Young People,

Threatening to piss off overseas is not a solution to any problem.

I strongly recommend you go, for a few years at least, but good luck finding somewhere that is better than this. Remember when a British Pound was worth 3 NZ Dollars – not anymore.

You’ll find that there are too many old people just about everywhere (apart from in the third-world)!

I don’t have an easy answer to this, sadly. But, let’s agree to stop moaning, and get on with trying to find a solution.


Generation X, Y & Z

7 thoughts on “Dear Fellow Young People,”

  1. I agree, even tho I’m one of the ones who isn’t in NZ. I’d voted against my personal interests all my life (usually Green and Labour, when it’s in my interest to vote National or ACT), and I will continue to as I think it benefits the most people. But it’s not in our interests (financial and others) to be living in NZ now.

    We’ll still be back. A month or so every year at the moment, and for good some time, soon-ish rather than later. Definitely not “never”.

    Not sure when tho. It makes no (financial) sense for us to come back at the moment. We are literally (and even at 2:1 exchange rate) earning 1.5x what we would in NZ, and outside of rent, paying maybe 50% of the outgoings.

    Remember when you could do your weeks shopping (for 2) for under $150? Thats what we used to spend. Was rather different when we were back last summer – we almost had a heart attack.

    And incomes hadn’t gone up.

    NZ will always be home, but for the moment, Europe just makes more sense.

    Nice new blog theme BTW.

  2. >You’ll find that there are too many old people just about everywhere (apart from in the third-world)!

    Solution: make New Zealand third world.

    You’re welcome everyone.

  3. Actually on occasion pissing off overseas is a pretty good solution to a problem. We should also remember that going overseas isn’t always running away from problems either but is often motivated by wanting adventure and a broader horizon.

    NZ can be wonderful (I like it enough to be about to move home after a few years away) and is genuinely the best place to be for many people to be but for others it will always be too small and too isolated. It depends on where you are in your life, who you are, all that guff.

    The idea that there is something inherent in NZ that makes it the best place in the world seems a bit off to me. Especially since most other people in the world also think they live in the best country in the world. Nationalism in NZ isn’t any less ridiculous than it is in the US or any other batshit crazy country.

    1. I’m interested in the slightly defensive responses I’ve had to this post from people who are currently living overseas.

      I’ve spent time living overseas myself, including three years in London. I agree 100% with your comments re: the perspective that doing this gives you. As I say in the post, I recommend doing this, if you have the opportunity.

      My criticism was in response to the tired threat that seems to be wheeled out whenever economic problems are discussed – i.e. if we don’t do something then we’ll all leave. That seems very naive to me, as it’s not as if most other places in the world don’t have the exact same problems, if not worse!

      If we’re going to solve these problems we need to address them here rather than just stamp our feet and threaten to run away.

  4. Isn’t it the same argument as “don’t put tax up or all the rich people will leave” which gets thrown around here (uk) all the time?

    To be honest, I’ve not heard the threat from anyone, but maybe I’ve just missed it, as I’ve not Ben looking for it. We left not cos NZ was bad, but cos we wanted to see more of the world. So far so good.

    And Liz: good on you. But we don’t eat junk – quite the opposite we tend to go for fresh and organic which, in nz, jams the price up (pun like the uk where organic is about the same price, and sometimes cheaper (loss leading i guess)

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