Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand

Second Edition, December 2011
Pages: 384

Price: $19.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598808872

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598805192

Author and educator Michelle Waitzman first visited New Zealand in 1998—and she’s been hooked ever since. Now a New Zealand citizen, Waitzman has all the insight and know-how on making the move to this increasingly popular destination. In Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand, she offers straightforward tips and advice on how businesspeople, students, teachers, retirees, and professionals can make a smooth transition to living in a new culture and country.

Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand is packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, including obtaining visas, arranging finances, gaining employment, choosing schools, and finding health care, plus practical advice on how to rent or buy a home for a variety of needs and budgets. With extensive color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps, Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand will help you find your bearings as you settle into your new home and life abroad.

What’s inside Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand

Here’s what author Michelle Waitzman loves about New Zealand:
  • Going for a hike in the bush without driving anywhere first.
  • The tui, a bird that sounds like R2D2.
  • Skiing on an active volcano.
  • Having friendly conversations with complete strangers.
  • Not hearing about “smog warnings”.
  • Going to the beach on Christmas Day.
  • Seeing people walk through town in bare feet.
  • Watching the All Blacks perform a haka before every rugby match.
  • Sir Edmund Hillary (the first person to climb Mount Everest) is on the $5 note, not a politician.
  • People politely asking where I’m from, because they don’t want to insult me by guessing wrong.
  • Even though it is a small country with little international influence, its leaders are not afraid to take an unpopular stand on an issue, even if it contradicts their closest allies.
  • Every time there’s a warm, sunny day, everyone goes outside, no matter what.
  • There are cities where 15 minutes in the car is considered a “long commute”.
  • Seeing dolphins or penguins in the harbor now and then.
  • Stopping at the local dairy for an ice-cream cone after a “tramp” in the woods.
  • The national animal is a bird that sleeps all day and can’t fly.
  • Kids are still allowed to climb the trees in the schoolyard.
  • Your boss would find it strange if you didn’t use all four weeks of your vacation time each year.
  • It will take me many, many years to try all of the local wines and decide which ones I like best.

Excerpted from the Second Edition of Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand.

Michelle Waitzman was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, where she worked in TV production for almost 20 years. Between production gigs, Michelle’s natural wanderlust took her on adventures around the planet—including her first, fateful trip to New Zealand in 1998, where the down-to-earth people and breathtaking scenery won her over.

Michelle made the permanent move to Wellington in 2005 to enjoy New Zealand’s legendary great outdoors and friendly hobbits. (The hobbits, sadly, turned out to be fictional.) TV and film work was slow to come, so she seized the opportunity to pursue her writing career: Inspired by New Zealand’s passion for “tramping” (backpacking) and by her future husband, she wrote her first book, Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple’s Guide to Getting Naughty in Nature.

Michelle currently works in communications for Education New Zealand, an organization that promotes New Zealand as an educational destination for international students. She delights in helping others make the move to New Zealand, and authoring Moon Living Abroad in New Zealand has given her the perfect outlet to do so. Many of her personal experiences have helped to shape the book, from learning the country’s “language” to figuring out how to fit into a Kiwi workplace to discerning the real New Zealand experience from the popular stereotypes. Now a New Zealand citizen, Michelle blogs about outdoor recreation, her camping adventures, and life Down Under at