Family move works out
The first year in West Auckland was a honeymoon period, the second year was the hardest, but time just flew by. Now, a Manchester family of five all say they can't believe they've been here four years.
Dan - Hi I'm Dan and I'm from Manchester in England but now Titirangi in Auckland. Been here for about four years with Jackie and my three children and dog and cat.
I had a list that was getting longer and longer and longer of things that annoyed me about the UK. It wasn't even a serious list but it was just a list.
Canada's too cold, Australia - things eat you and it's too hot. So, New Zealand was the next natural assumption.
Sam - When I found out that we were coming to New Zealand, I was 13 years old. My mom and dad told me and I was shocked
Charlie - I felt pretty sad because I had to say goodbye to my friends and it was a very emotional time…
Jenny - I hated that idea at point, I was not very happy at all and I pretty much didn't come home for the three or four weeks before we left. I just stayed away while my mom packed. I wasn't very useful … and, I cried the whole way here…
Sam - So, I arrived here, didn't know anybody, tried to make new friends - High school was very different
Dan - Making friends is always hard but the kids - the fact that the children went to school was a real advantage because that's where we met, I'd say, most of our friends
Charlie - I had to wait a while to start because you had to be five to start in New Zealand and you had to be four to start in England
Sam - I missed a lot of friends when I came here, that was a big deal, but keeping up with friends through social networking sites like Facebook really helped me through it …
Jenny - So, I was waking up at three o'clock in the morning, and, I was like, "What is this place?" Then, we drove out to Titirangi to find a house and I kind of fell a little bit in love with the place.
Charlie - it was raining when we got here. Then in the middle of the day it started to get better. Then, the next day it was really sunny. We don't really get that much in England
Dan - and the big draw for New Zealand obviously is: life is supposed to be slower but I'm sure I work twice as hard and for less money, but that's okay. But it's, it's a beautiful place to come and live and your kids - can't even get shoes on Charlie, he walks to school ; I feel safe; the other kids love it;
Sam - It's beautiful, the weather is always nice compared to the UK.
Instead of going out and playing with friends on the streets, you can go out down to the beach and go for a surf, or go rock climbing, or abseil down a waterfall
Jenny - I always tell people that I think everyday I have a moment where I am like wow, is someone kidding me right now? This is actually my house. I can see the sea from my house
Dan - It's just completely different to the UK in terms of the number of people; traffic; sky; lights; stars at night; a million things that I could tell you that are different.
Jenny - I would never go back to England, this is home now and even if I went and live to another places for a little while, I'd still come back here I think. I just, this is it for me.