South African couple talk about their great new New Zealand lifestyle in Rolleston, Canterbury.


There’s a dog park, there’s a dog park, I mean come on. We don’t have that in South Africa Hello, I’m Jacques Vorbeck. I’m an Electrical Protection Technician at Connetics. We came to New Zealand for a better lifestyle. Not for ourselves, particularly, but even for our future children that we might have and some security. Got engaged to Aldine. We got married Our future is hopefully some children one day, but we didn’t want that in South Africa particularly. We wanted that in New Zealand. Living in Rolleston has been remarkably safe. It has been amazing, we’ve been loving it. Leave for work at about 7:00 and get to work at 7:15, get my stuff ready for the day. Protection Technician involves protecting gear in sub stations, like transformers, CTs, meters, the lines that feed normal households, so that if something happens, we minimise the fault or the damage, and still keep people’s electricity connected. I love working outside Especially because most of the time we travel to different kinds of substations. You get to see a lot of the scenery, it’s really beautiful to see open fields or the mountains. It’s full of snow all the time when I look. We went up to the mountains the other day with some friends just to go actually see snow for the first time in my life, Because you’d see pictures and be like, “oh that’s snow, it’s probably cold.” When you get there, you just want to make some snowballs and then throw somebody with it. I’ll tell you one thing, It’s not as soft as it looks It’s real hard. Living in Rolleston, I think it’s a great community to start of with. Yeah, we didn’t really know which area we wanted to live in when we started. When we checked out this area, it immediately was what I wanted. It’s safe and I saw women walking with babies all on their own. You know, just going for a nice jog and a walk and so forth, and that’s something that I always wanted to do. You know, I don’t want to be dependent on him to go walk outside. That’s how we used to live in South Africa The thing that sold me on this this area was the dog park, because the first area that we fit in that actually has a dog park We have two dogs, gin and vanilla. We brought them with, from South Africa to New Zealand. It’s fairly pricey. Don’t regret it at all; we love them with with everything Vanilla used to sit on her bottom when you walked one metre with her, then she didn’t want to walk anymore because she didn’t really know it, and now she’s like running all over the place and you can’t really stop her. That’s what I want for my kids; I want them to be able to get on a scooter by themselves I accidentally fell into a post as a mathematics teacher in South Africa and absolutely loved it So now for the six months, I’m doing relief teaching. So while I’m waiting for paperwork to come through from South Africa. So I’m waiting for that paperwork I’m starting with interviews next week from rents that they’ve lined up interviews for me for a full-time positions for a math teacher for next year. Hardest thing about living in New Zealand: the fact that you don’t see your family and friends. You’d still get those bad days where you’re like, “what was I thinking?” You need just need to sit back and you ask yourself why you’re doing this and that you’re doing it for yourself and not to overthink everything and if this is something that you want to do, you need to get on the plane and do it. Because if you wait too long, you’ll never do it and you look back in 50 years and say you wish you did it If I had to immigrate to New Zealand again, I would do it again I will do it again and again and again That’s it

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