Q: Which airline operates the longest scheduled route in the world?
A: Our own Air New Zealand of course.
Q: Which airline will be the first to fly the latest new Boeing, the 787-9?
A: Again, Air New Zealand.
We are quite a distance from everywhere, and even though they have fallen over the years, airfares still aren’t considered bargain basement cheap. Not when you compare them to “cheap” ex UK flights to holiday destinations in Europe for example.
It’s not unheard of for a kiwi on their big “OE” to get “distracted” and instead of just visiting a place, end up staying on for an extended period because of work or perhaps the discovery of a “just the one I have been looking for” partner.
We have an advantage over most when considering Kiwis on OE’s to the UK.
The fact that a great many find a love match over there means that there’s a good chance that they may come home to “bring up the family”.
Once a young couple get married, they may plan for “the pitter patter of little feet”. Once those little ones arrive, it can sometimes take just a small change in circumstances for the grass to look greener on the other side of the world. And the realisation that Nana or Grandad are in a another country half way around the world can add pressure too.
Why did I mention earlier I think we have an advantage?
For someone born in the UK it’s a safer bet than moving to live in a town in some country they’ve never heard of.
We are a Commonwealth ♣ member and many Kiwi’s ancestors came from those “Mother England” shores.
It’s not to discount the fact that residents of other countries like NZ too, its just that I believe the fact that our way of live, brands we live with (although with globalization that’s debatable?) sports we love, leisure & pastime activities, our architecture / housing is all quite familiar & similar to someone from the UK.
Yes, I admit in NZ we don’t have 250 year old farm cottages but I’m sure you get the idea.
……….Part III to follow
♣ SOURCE – Carl Walrond. ‘Kiwis overseas’, Te Ara – Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Apr-2008