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Old 01-01-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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New Zealand has been described as a "paradise" by British expats who moved here for a warmer climate and cheaper cost of living.
A NatWest International bank survey of more than 2000 British immigrants living in 12 countries found that Britons in New Zealand rated the country highly in all areas.
In the quality-of-life index, New Zealand came ahead of Canada, which topped the poll last year.
Respondents said NZ had one of the lowest average property prices in the developed world, and many cited lower taxes than in Britain, a better quality of life and less stress as benefits.
A favourable tax regime meant that although average wages were lower, earnings went further.
NatWest International personal banking head Dave Isley said expats reported they were living healthier lifestyles while benefiting financially.
The average salary in New Zealand was $28,427, compared with $65,841 in Britain, but the average cost of a home was only $293,000, compared with $592,000 in Britain.
lol of course NZ is going to have the lowest average property prices in the developed world if it also has the lowest average salaries. Using those figures, the average NZ house is 10.3 X the average NZ salary, while the average British house is only 9x the average salary.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:48 PM
 
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It's funny, I thought it was cute and quaint (wouldn't have called it suxy) when I first encountered it. After living here for a good many years now, I find it mostly just annoys me, but that is due solely to the associations in my mind between the accent and the tone of the comments too many of them tend to come out with. Some regional accents I still have a bit of trouble with. Regional accents anywhere in the world differ a great deal, though. Some will grate on you and some won't. And if you have mostly nice experiences in a place, you can come to enjoy even an accent that initially made you cringe.
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:00 AM
 
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I beg to differ, the Aussie accent seems to be one of the more popular. Kiwi a bit less so, tbh.
Popular with North Americans perhaps but was not regarded as in any special light by many Brits when i was young there.
Often an object of fun or pee taking in the nicest possible way,naturally.

The NZ accent sounded a little less rough around the edges and perhaps even a little English at times.
Can recall South Africans were sometimes asked if they were New Zealanders by some not in the know.

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Old 01-30-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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Popular with North Americans perhaps but was not regarded as in any special light by many Brits when i was young there.
Often an object of fun or pee taking in the nicest possible way,naturally.

The NZ accent sounded a little less rough around the edges and perhaps even a little English at times.
Can recall South Africans were sometimes asked if they were New Zealanders by some not in the know.


I sometimes have to listen closely to differentiate Kiwi and South African accents.
Strange, as they are on opposite sides of Oz.
They both tend to talk more quietly than Australians, which means you have to listen more attentively as well.
I prefer the Kiwi accent with the women though, as it sounds more seductive and friendly.
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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I sometimes have to listen closely to differentiate Kiwi and South African accents.
Strange, as they are on opposite sides of Oz.
They both tend to talk more quietly than Australians, which means you have to listen more attentively as well.
I prefer the Kiwi accent with the women though, as it sounds more seductive and friendly.
I am losing my ability to differentiate between Australian and NZ accents now! Never was any good to start with (maybe I am a bit tone deaf?), and these days I have to concentrate to determine which is NZ and which is Aussie!

On the other hand, my sister-in-law lives in Newcastle and she has an almost cliched Australian accent!
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:08 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I am losing my ability to differentiate between Australian and NZ accents now! Never was any good to start with (maybe I am a bit tone deaf?), and these days I have to concentrate to determine which is NZ and which is Aussie!

On the other hand, my sister-in-law lives in Newcastle and she has an almost cliched Australian accent!
It depends...there are Kiwis that almost sound Aussie, and then there are ones (particularly from the South Island) that you can't mistake for being anything else but Kiwi!
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:01 AM
 
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I love the accents. As an American I was pretty embarrassed at how much difficulty I had understanding people in Perth. It was worse because it was just me. The other intern could understand everyone just fine. I didn't feel like the Aussies or the kiwis were unclear at all, I felt like my ears were just unseasoned to the sound.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Does OMC have a detectable Maori accent?
He looks like he might be Maori.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfJe8hQ8ha0
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:42 PM
 
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The NZ accent sounded a little less rough around the edges and perhaps even a little English at times.
That seems to be the most common international perception between NZ and Aus, unless your an Aussie who cant accept there accent is kinda rough


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Does OMC have a detectable Maori accent?
He looks like he might be Maori.
I think he is half Maori, but yea, he had that kinda middle of the North Island English Maori accent.

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Old 02-09-2011, 06:18 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Does OMC have a detectable Maori accent?
He looks like he might be Maori.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfJe8hQ8ha0
Not when they sing, but I believe they are from NZ yes.
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