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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

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.

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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

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.

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& # 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.

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& # 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 got a job in construction and the company paid all their relocation costs. But soon afterwards everything went wrong

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.

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& # 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.

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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 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 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.

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& # 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

& # 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

& # 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.

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& # 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;

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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'd really have to earn about $ 150,000 to live comfortably in Auckland, but the pay 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

Tim said: & # 39; You'd really have to earn about $ 150,000 to live comfortably in Auckland, but the pay 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

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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