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Thinking of Christchurch

Emergency services search the rubble for survivors of the collapsed CTV building after yesterday's earthquake in Christchurch. Photo / Brett Phibbs

As we watch whats happening in the aftermath of yesterday’s earthquake in Christchurch I’ve been humbled to see the outpouring of love and support for those in the affected areas.

New Zealanders have been opening up their homes to people who need places to stay and NZ Search and Rescue teams have been working through the night to find people trapped in the rubble. But I’ve been surprised to hear of the International support that’s been given. Australia has sent two very large search and rescue teams to assist – THANK YOU NSW!!! And this morning on the radio the Prime Minister said that search and rescue teams are coming in from as far afield as Singapore and Taiwan.

Seeing people searching for their family-members in that chaos has a way of putting all your problems into perspective 😦

Tonight I’ll be holding my precious family just a little bit closer and hoping that those in Christchurch get out of this ok.

Kia kaha Christchurch!

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How we ended up here

Image from Town & Country travel mag (

Post a day asked recently “how did you end up where you are now?” and I think its a decent question.

I grew up in South Africa, a gorgeous place full of wonderful, vibrant people. Unfortunately its also full of crime. Which is manageable when you’re a single adult and can look after yourself, but when we had children I felt a lot less safe, a lot more exposed. We weighed up the pro’s and cons of moving and decided that even though the sacrifices were many we needed to move somewhere safer.

We looked briefly into the UK (DH said “no.”), Canada (too long an immigration process), Australia (points system and we weren’t on any skills shortages lists) and then New Zealand. Out of them all NZ seemed to have the speediest immigration process so we popped over for 10 days of interviews, headed home, sold our house, packed our stuff and arrived back in NZ to start work 6 weeks later.

It was the right decision for us at the time and New Zealand has been very good to us – but we really miss having a good support system and living near family. We miss everyone more than we thought possible.

We’d like to do another 2 moves before our kids leave home, just because we can!

The next place we live will be within 40 or 50km’s of an immediate family member (preferably one we like). It will have a moderate climate, affordable housing, good schooling and be reasonably safe. It will have a reasonable cost of living relative to average income – I don’t want every month to be a struggle to pay for the bare essentials when we earn a good wage. Sounds like Utopia!

Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?

Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?

The best thing we have going for us right now is our move out of South Africa. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot I miss about SA but moving countries has opened up a whole new world for us… and now that we’ve moved countries once I might like to do it another couple of times, just for the experience.

We’ve been exposed to a new country, new climate, new culture and we’ve had to make it on our own with no support system in place. And it’s been crazy and exciting and scary and wonderful all at once. We plan to stay here at the very least until I have citizenship (DH and the kids have British & Irish passports but I only have an SA passport and would like a 2nd option) and then we may find another interesting country to live in for a couple of years. Maybe even a non-English speaking country 🙂

Guest post on Female2Female

So, I was asked to write a guest post for Female2Female, a South African website with blog posts/articles written by women for women – and after only 2 weeks of having a blog! Can you tell I’m stoked?

So, here’s an excerpt and a link to the full post…

“When Laura asked me to write this post my first thought was “yay, my first guest blog post!” and my second thought was “uh oh, this could open a can of worms”.

See she’d asked me to write about emigration which is a contentious subject, particularly among South Africans. A lot of countries have a relaxed attitude to migration, its something that’s expected and encouraged. But when a South African migrates its seen as a judgement on those who have chosen to stay, and likewise those who choose to stay are seen to be making a judgement about those who choose to leave.”

Read the rest here

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