A British couple who moved to New Zealand and were left with crippling debts has blamed ‘horrendous’ rent prices and the ‘terrible’ transport system for heading back home.
Tim Griffiths, 33, and Marie Edge, 38, first moved to Auckland in 2014 with high hopes of starting a family and building a new life.
But what they didn’t know was how much money they’d need to get by.
‘We paid $800 per week – rent was horrendous,’ Mr Griffiths told Daily Mail Australia.
‘They don’t build good quality houses – they get mouldy – but it’s so expensive to live there.
‘One of the worst parts was that I was working in construction building houses around Auckland, and the quality was just awful.’
The pair described the public transport system as ‘terrible’.
‘Auckland is struggling with public transport, so you really need two cars to get around,’ he said.
‘But fuel costs are expensive, and doubled within a short period of time. And rent was horrendous. It was almost impossible.’