gehenna: Health care costs are relative. When I lived in Melbourne I often paid $50 per doctor visit but pay $35 here in NZ. They have Medicare though so sometimes (seemed to be random) you could get reimbursed the cost of your visit...not often in my exp though.
Prescriptions are also relative - something that costs me $3 for 3 months supply here in NZ was $40 per month over there in Melbourne. Then again something that costs me $70 a month here in NZ was costing $20 a month over there.
It's not a "grass is greener" situation as most people think. There are weird ways of doing things over in Oz, weird costs that you wouldn't expect. Plus having to carry cash around everywhere is a PAIN given their coins are so huge! Hardly anywhere accepts small eftpos transactions so going to a cafe can be a real nightmare when it comes time to pay and they tell you "$20 minimum for eftpos".
Salary/income is the same or better (before and after tax?)
Rent /house prices are the same or better
Food is cheaper
Phone / internet is cheaper
(all based mainly on anecdotal evidence)
The politicians in NZ don't seem to have a clue what to do about the economy anymore.
All my family lives in NZ (would I really miss them???)
full of Australians
My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government
robbyp: Spiders are definitely an issue, as everyone who has gone over there has a story about spiders. They are usually hanging around in the rubbish bin lids.