Which I guess is why all my friends escaped and keep escaping since 10 years ago...to places where achievers get encouraged rather than cut down and culture is more than sport worship, beaches, Barbies and beer.
But the land and the countryside is great- maybe not quite as nice as New Zealand but at least not prone to devastating earthquakes...I'm not going to throw in my citizenship yet just cos I prefer Northern hemisphere society...JJ am I seeing it through rose coloured glasses? I'm curious if you came here what you'd think...I think people similar to me never like it...which is why they always leave...
I googled to see if anyone else shared my experience and found an interesting entry from a female living in New Zealand who also identified as "more european than locally cultured"...apparently the only to solution is to RELOCATE...that or to import Euros ;)
Only problem is I never met a Euro of the introverted vein (ie like me) that wanted to live here ...I guess you will naturally gravitate to cultures which are more in line with your own personality...I am way way out of my comfort zone then...except I do like the local Oldies, oh and Tradies are fun to talk to :D