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Our top 8 reasons why you should make the move across the ditch.

15 Nov 2018

Our top 8 reasons why you should make the move across the ditch.

Here are our top 8 reasons why you should make the move across the ditch. 

A high quality of life (we’ve even won awards for it) 
New Zealand usually ranks quite highly among the OECD countries with the best income and wealth distribution, as well as other important factors like health, education, civic engagement, life expectancy and overall well-being. If that’s not enough to get you to hop on the next available flight, the country’s capital Wellington earned the number one spot on a global Deutsche Bank quality survey, while its biggest city, Auckland, came in third place on Mercer’s Quality of Living Index.

We’re a pretty laid back bunch
With such great living conditions, it’s no wonder that Kiwis are a pretty relaxed type and love their laid-back lifestyle. In 2008, Statistics New Zealand published a longitudinal survey which found that this factor alone was a major influence on people’s decision to choose Aotearoa as their new home. The relaxed way of doing things doesn’t mean that we are high achievers, in fact we have a proud history of being first, it just means that we go about it in a typically kiwi fashion.   In fact we are very proud of our Early Childhood curriculum, Te Whaariki which is internationally renowned and was a game changer when introduced in the early 90’s. 

We’re also very friendly
This is something that travelers and migrants alike will notice straightaway. Kiwis are quite a friendly bunch – it’s not unusual to be walking around a town or city and have a stranger smile and say hello. Hospitality staff are also incredibly friendly and might even strike up a conversation every once in a while. And our teams are no different, BestStarters are a notoriously friendly, fun bunch who welcome everyone with a friendly smile and offer of a cup of tea. 

We’re big on diversity 

Everywhere you go in New Zealand, you’ll find someone from somewhere else. Backpackers, recently arrived expats, long-term immigrants, refugees – the country is a melting pot of cultural identities. Auckland is where this is most evident – so much so, the most recent projections for this remarkably cosmopolitan city claim that New Zealand Europeans (Pakeha) will lose their ethnic majority status to other cultural groups by 2033.  This growing diversity is strongly echoed in our centres, where we celebrate all ethnicities. In fact diversity is one of our core values. 

The wonderful weather

New Zealand is known for its varied climates. Seasons are highly distinct, meaning autumn and spring have wonderful colours to share with the country’s visitors and dwellers. The far north is known for having subtropical summer weather, while the South Island’s alpine areas can experience drops as low as -10°C (14°F). But those are just the extremes: everywhere else, being so close to the coast, enjoys relatively mild days throughout the year.

Nature or Adventure is never too far away

Forests, hiking domains, cycling trails, parks, gardens, island sanctuaries – it doesn’t matter where in New Zealand you end up, you’re guaranteed to be at least within driving distance of a great natural getaway. If it’s adventure you crave we can throw you off a building, send you down a river of rapids, have you slalom down the mountain and have you back in town for dinner with friends, all in a day in New Zealand.   

Unlike Australia, the wildlife won’t kill you

If you’re the nervous type, you’ll be pleased to know that New Zealand has no snakes, deadly spiders, scorpions or any of those life-threatening creatures you’d stumble across in the Land Down Under. Other than jellyfish stings, the closest thing you’ll encounter to animal danger would be a mischievous alpine Kea trying to nibble on your car’s windscreen.  

Our government recognises the value of ECE 

Irrespective of which party is in power, our governments have prioritised increasing the participation rates in ECE with a view that every child in New Zealand should get to enjoy some form of Early Childhood Education before they start school.  Why? Because they recognised the value ECE provides children leads to higher levels of achievement and social competency, setting them up for long term success as learners for the rest of their lives.  In 2016 we had 96% of our preschool aged children engaged in some form of Early Childhood education.