A couple born in England who moved to New Zealand and left with crippling debts, has & # 39; terrible & # 39; rents and the & # 39; terrible & # 39; transport system blamed for his return home.
Tim Griffiths, 33, and Marie Edge, 38, moved to Auckland for the first time in 2014 with high hopes of starting a family and a new life.
But what they didn't know was how much money they needed to make ends meet.
& # 39; We paid $ 800 a week – the rent was terrible & # 39 ;, Tim told Daily Mail Australia.
Tim Griffiths, 33, and Marie Edge, 38, (photo) moved to Auckland for the first time in 2014 with high hopes of starting a family and a new life
& # 39; But they don't build good quality houses – they get moldy – but it's so expensive to live there.
& # 39; One of the worst things was that I worked in the construction of houses around Auckland, and the quality was just awful. & # 39;
The pair described public transport as & # 39; terrible & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Auckland is struggling with public transportation, so you really need two cars to make ends meet, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; But the fuel costs are expensive and doubled in a short period. And the rent was terrible. It was almost impossible. & # 39;
The couple went to a private Facebook group to ask other expats if they had had the same experience, reported stuff.
Many of the answers echoed how they felt.
& # 39; It was hard to make friends. The cliques are so hard to break in – it just wasn't a friendly place, & a person commented.
& # 39; I have been here 10 years and still want to go home. But my family is here now so I'm stuck, & another one answered.
But others suggested that they should stop comparing New Zealand with the UK.
Tim got a job in construction and the company paid all their relocation costs. But soon afterwards everything went wrong
Tim and Marie initially moved to Auckland in 2014 when Tim got a job that offered visa sponsorship – but things went downhill fast.
& # 39; The company I worked for went under guardianship, & # 39; Tim told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; I was released and we had to return to England. & # 39;
The two had to resume their search for a job in Auckland from the other side of the world.
In 2018, four years later, Tim was lucky with a new job.
This time they sold their house in England before they moved.
The new company paid all their relocation costs and they made the leap to the other side of the world again.
& # 39; At the moment we had a daughter of one year and we lived with one income & # 39 ;, Tim recalled. & # 39; We really struggled. & # 39; & # 39; I remember it was Christmas time … we lived in a house with three bedrooms, one heating, no air conditioning and there was mold everywhere and most of my income went to rent (photo: Marie, Tim, and their one-year-old daughter Georgia)
& # 39; At the moment we had a daughter of one year and we lived with one income & # 39 ;, Tim recalled.
& # 39; We have really struggled.
& # 39; I remember it was Christmas … we lived in a three-bedroom house, one heater, no air conditioning, and there was mold everywhere and most of my income went to rent.
& # 39; In the end, we had so much trouble leaving. & # 39;
For Marie and Tim, leaving Auckland for the second time meant breaking his contract of employment and agreed to incur $ 40,000 in debt.
& # 39; The company had paid for us to bring all our things to New Zealand, but when I broke the contract, I had to pay them back.
& # 39; It's about $ 600 a month that I have to pay now, in the course of about 4 years, & # 39; Tim revealed.
That amount amounts to approximately $ 40,000 in debts.
& # 39; In the end, we had so much trouble leaving & # 39 ;, said Tim. For Marie and Tim (pictured with their daughter, Georgia), leaving Auckland meant breaking his work contract and agreeing $ 40,000 in debts
Moreover, the couple had to pay to return all their belongings to England themselves.
& # 39; We no longer have any money from the sale of our house and no savings, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; But choosing to leave Auckland without debts and without a job was still cheaper than staying in Auckland without those debts, with a job. & # 39;
Tim said the couple now lives back in England and pays $ 300 a week for a semi-detached three-bedroom place, but admitted they miss New Zealand.
& # 39; We loved New Zealand and would love to go back & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; It's a great place to raise kids, but it's just so priceless.
& # 39; You should really earn around $ 150,000 to live comfortably in Auckland, but the wages don't reflect that at all. & # 39;
The minimum wage in New Zealand is $ 17.70 per hour.
According to the government-run website New Zealand now, the average weekly rental price in Auckland is $ 500.
Tim said: & # 39; You should really earn around $ 150,000 to live comfortably in Auckland, but the wage doesn't reflect that at all. & # 39; The minimum wage in New Zealand is $ 17.70 per hour. According to the government-run New Zealand website, the average weekly rent in Auckland is $ 500
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