After having moved from NZ to Norway for 5 years then returned, it was a bit disappointing to see the property market doing what it's doing and the cost of living having risen so dramatically. I love this country of mine, I really do - but am not so blinkered that it is the be-all and end-all of places.
Pay rates compared with the rest of the world suck and it's friggin' expensive to live here. Even the stuff we make and export (wood, wool, meat, dairy) are ridiculously expensive. We also complain a lot and some of us have an over-inflated sense of self-worth. But we do have lifestyle going for us.
Happy to hear that Mr Mullard had/is having a mostly positive experience living here though :-)
BTW Mr Editor, Mt Doom is based on Mount Ngauruahoe, not Ruapehu
But it is located right next door, along with Mt Tongariro. Icon for volcanoes going 'poof'.