Blog Posts - Living In New Zealand

My First Christmas in New Zealand

When you’re an immigrant, that first Christmas hits you hard. The rest of the year, you’re distracted by work and house hunting and getting on with life. Then Christmas arrives and everything stops. You realise what’s missing: family. My first...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 19, 2016

Is New Zealand Backward?

One thing you always used to hear about New Zealand was how backward it was. Behind the times. “It’s like how England was in the 1970s,” people would say. This, apparently, was a good thing. New Zealand was a country living in the past, when li...
by POMS AWAY! on Aug 9, 2016

The Best Place to Live in New Zealand

Since moving to New Zealand, I’ve lived in four very different places: 1) Waiuku, a sleepy town south of Auckland, 2) Tauranga, a peaceful city in the Bay of Plenty, 3) Auckland Central, the busiest part of New Zealand’s busiest city, and 4) Hami...
by POMS AWAY! on May 23, 2016

Why New Zealand Made Me Write

I’ve nearly finished my novel. (For real this time.) And I’m terrified. This world and these characters have been consuming my life for nearly two decades. (I’m only twenty-four.) They’ve been my reason for living – my only reason until I m...
by POMS AWAY! on Aug 31, 2015

How I Adopted My Kiwi Identity and Never Looked Back – A Guest Post by Matt Hetherington

In September 1995, at the mere age of 5 years old, I left my country of birth, England. A country I would to this day never set eyes on again. My parents had decided it was time for a fresh start, we left our life and our family behind and ventured t...
by POMS AWAY! on Aug 24, 2015

New Zealand Citizenship vs. Permanent Residency

I’ve lived in New Zealand for over half my life, but I’m not a New Zealand citizen. I’m only a permanent resident. People are often surprised at this. Why haven’t I gone for citizenship, they ask? Because I’ve never had to. New Zealand perm...
by POMS AWAY! on Apr 22, 2015

10 Reasons Living in New Zealand is AWESOME

I moved to New Zealand with my family twelve years ago. At first, I hated my parents for wrenching me away from Mother England, but now I wouldn’t have it any other way. New Zealand is a great country to live in and here’s why: 1)      Nice...
by POMS AWAY! on Nov 18, 2013

Silence of a Backpacker

This poor website has been host to nothing but tumbleweed and spam comments for over a year now.  My life in the last fifteen months has simply not been one...
by Footprints of a Backpacker on Apr 9, 2013

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