I'm Patrick and I currently live in Leeds in the UK. My girlfriend & I are moving to New Zealand hopefully in the next few months but I'm writing in the hope that you can help us get a clearer picture of what to expect.
We originally hoped to move the Australia on a skilled visa, however, the process has been so complicated and expensive we have decided New Zealand is a much more viable option, its by no means a lesser option but I think our desire to leave the UK is mainly based on gloomy weather and a frozen commute to work. We have therefore been researching Auckland & Wellington and it doesn't seem as though sunny climates are guaranteed and can be quite windy/rainy on a regular basis? Is this true? (this is very important to me!)
Secondly, I think we are both looking for a new challenge in our working lives and have read that the New Zealand economy is doing quite well and job prospects are quite good right now. My partner is a fully qualified accountant and although not entering on a skilled visa it could be an attractive CV to a potential employer. I think this will be the most important factor on deciding either Auckland or Wellington.
I've been researching various blogs to see the pros and cons of life in New Zealand and found one that was pretty much just Brits moaning about how difficult life is there and how much they want to go home, I'm taking this with a pinch of salt because I'm sure you've noticed the one thing Brits take collective joy in is their ability to spot the faults in almost everything but would be good to hear some advice and accurate weather reports.