BY FINANCIAL PLANNER CHRIS MACKAY
I was wondering the other day why there are so many Pommy
migrants in the Hutt Valley. So I thought I would ask our new
resident Pom, Ian Jordan, to give us some comments:–
lot of people want to emigrate our youngest daughter Olivia. This, together allowed. In fact at the end of the holiday,
because they are either unhappy with our desire and entrepreneurial spirit to I went back to work for a rest!
with their lives or their careers. try something new and challenging with On reﬂecting on the NZ holiday, we had
That’s not true in our case We live in a our lives. As the saying goes “You only live come to the initial conclusion NZ was a
beautiful part of the country on the south once”. vibrant and beautiful place to visit and we
coast of England overlooking the Solent Our decision to come to New Zealand must return again one day and that stage
towards the Isle of Wight. I have a very was not an instant one. In fact our Kiwi I had not had any thoughts whatsoever of
successful ﬁnancial planning business and mates had been asking us year on year emigrating here.
a lovely home. when we were going visit to New Zealand Six months later, I was given the Billy
Despite this, I had reached the stage for a holiday. After 15 years of their invites Connolly World Tour of New Zealand DVD
in my life when I felt I needed a new and our excuses of time and distance, we for my birthday and as we all watched
challenge. Carol and I have been thinking ﬁnally made our inaugural visit to New and laughed at the content and reminisced
about emigrating to New Zealand for some Zealand in December 2004. We had a about all of the places we had visited on
time as we had come to the belief there fantastic holiday, completed 11 ﬂights in our NZ tour, I suddenly had the light bulb
could be the prospect of an enhanced three weeks and really got to see as much go on in my head and I began to start
lifestyle and opportunities for ourselves and as New Zealand as our short holiday thinking about the possibilities of moving to
Derek Bruce Ian Jordan Peter Baird
Insurance Broker Cert PFS CeMAP BE (Civil), Dip Bus Stud (PFP)
Financial Adviser Financial Adviser
Investments – Insurance – KiwiSaver
Professional Financial Advice since 1976
Level 5, 92 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
BCA, CLU, CFP, Fellow IFA, FLBA
570 2233 Neil Henderson
Dip Mgt, NZ Dip Bus
Certiﬁed Financial Planner
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NZ. I think the memories of our wonderful they would go, the most important reasons The friendliness of the people is another
trip and the friendly people we had met were a better quality of life, better weather reason. Everyone says hello and total
were revitalized as the wonderful sights and and a feeling the UK is too expensive. Some strangers will stop and start conversations.
sounds of NZ came ﬂooding back. 12 per cent said they did not like what the The teenagers aren’t threatening! Most
Another key consideration was we were UK had become while one in 10 said they of them say “hello” to you. It amazes me
in the very fortunate position of having already had friends or family overseas. when teenage kids stand to the side to let
built up numerous Kiwi friendships over There are currently 215,000 British people you pass, and say “hi” and are generally
the years through my 25 year attendance living in New Zealand*. polite and cheerful, lost virtues in the UK
at the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) these days!
annual conferences in the United States and SO WHY ELSE ARE SO MANY BRITS There is a lot more emphasis on sport.
Canada. MDRT, the Premier Association of WANTING TO LEAVE THE UK? The Kiwis are a very sporty nation and
Financial Professionals, according to their Overcrowding: By UK standards I own a there is far more sports activity here in New
website is an international, independent good sized family home in a lovely area. Zealand than in the UK, both in the schools
association of more than 35,000 members, However, there is very little space and the and socially. Poms watch a lot of sport but
or less than one per cent, of the world’s most local population has been increasing year aren’t encouraged to be active themselves.
successful life insurance and financial on year with new countries being enrolled As a keen golfer, there seems to be a golf
services professionals from 476 companies into the European Union. A high proportion course around every corner in the Hutt
in 76 nations and territories. of the new countries’ population want to Valley.
MDRT membership is recognized come and live and work in the UK, and It goes without saying New Zealand
internationally as the standard of sales this is putting extreme pressure on national has amazing countryside with stunning
excellence in the life insurance and ﬁnancial and local services and infrastructure. In fact scenery and as you all know, you can’t beat
services business. when Poland joined the European Union Wellington and the Hutt Valley on a bright
So with great enthusiasm I called my the UK Government estimated 100,000 sunny day!
best Kiwi mate of 20 years, Chris MacKay Poles would come to the UK and it ended New Zealanders drive on the same side
and discussed and commenced our embryo up being over 265,000. of the road as the UK; although you do have
plans to emigrate to NZ to enhance and Industry: The last time I looked, the UK some weird trafﬁc rules!
expand my ﬁnancial services career. With economy was about 30 times bigger It’s also an English speaking country and
two further visits to NZ and the excellent than NZ. Factor in a 15 times population has a general liking for us Poms!
help and assistance of Rosemarie Thomas advantage and the UK is twice as powerful Lastly, Kiwis enjoy the political beneﬁts
of Thomas NZ, we set to the task of per capita than NZ. The nature of the two of life under a Constitutional Monarchy with
researching thoroughly what it all entailed. economies is fundamentally different. NZ is the Queen as Head of State. And I for one
I assembled my qualiﬁcations, completed all predominantly led by agriculture followed am a keen royalist!
the numerous forms and questionnaires and by tourism. The UK these days is truly a All in all we concluded New Zealand
sent them to the NZ Immigration department service led economy and we don’t export offers our family the opportunity of a better
in London. much ‘stuff’. Some say the UK is on the road lifestyle, a safer place to live, good long
All three of us had to have medicals – our to economic ruin. Nearly all manufacturing term opportunities for our nine-year-old and
nine-year-old was not required to have the industry has closed down, leaving Britain us, all of which adds up to a great place to
x-rays or blood tests but we each had 40 as a service oriented country, which is bad live and prosper.
minutes with the doctor, with Carol and I news for the future as I’ve always found We are tremendously excited about
being weighed, having hearing and sight “customer service” back home is dreadful. starting our new life in New Zealand. ■
tests, blood tests and blood pressure tests. Even with the service industry, call centres
Even though there were no health issues, are moving out to India and Eastern Europe Hei kon mai”
we needed to have full medicals to ensure where labour is cheaper.
we were all ﬁt and healthy and were not Social Culture: The Yob and the drinking * Source: The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) UK
going to be a burden on the New Zealand culture is a constant worry. Perhaps living
health system. on the popular South Coast might put us at
Ian Jordan joined CMFP in March
We also had to obtain police reports to the forefront of this, but the state of our local
2008 bring with him 26 years of
prove we were all of good character with towns every weekend is terrible, with lots
knowledge and experience. He is
no criminal records. If we were going to of litter and vandalism evident. There also
a fully qualiﬁed Financial Adviser in
Australia, Chris tells us a criminal conviction seems to be an increase in what would be
the United Kingdom and in 1985 he
is still mandatory, but nevertheless I was still described as “sick” crime in the UK.
established his owned independent
slightly concerned about my two speeding
ﬁnancial services practice based in
tickets I had recently received! But all was WHY IS NEW ZEALAND SUCH
good and our Residents Visas were granted A POPULAR DESTINATION FOR
Ian is a member of the Chartered
without a hitch and we all eventually arrived BRITISH PEOPLE TO COME AND
Insurance Institute (CIA), Institute of
in Wellington on March 27 2008. LIVE?
Financial Services (IFS, is a 25 year
More British people than ever before Quality of life is one of the main reasons,
member of the Million dollar Round
want to turn dreams of a foreign life followed by less people and more space.
Table (MDRT) and a MDRT Court of
into reality, a poll for the BBC suggests. The weather, is so much milder here than
the Table member on 14 occasions.
About 1,000 people were questioned for UK. Because of the milder weather you
He has also joined the NZ Institute of
the survey and a majority said they had spend more time enjoying an outdoor
Financial Advisers (IFA).
considered emigrating. When asked why lifestyle.
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