BBC showcases perks of immigrating to New Zealand
British families looking to immigrate to New Zealand are to be placed in the spotlight in a new BBC programme, ‘Wanted DownUnder’. The prime-time show will follow five families as they visit the country to learn about housing, schools, social activities and the labour market.
The families will be taken to Greater Auckland, where estate agents Bayleys will show them a selection of houses that are available in the area. The firm has worked with the BBC before for other Wanted DownUnder episodes in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.
This year, the focus will be on the North Shore’s western suburbs up to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and down as far as the city’s southern outskirts. The BBC crew is already in Greater Auckland filming the episodes, while a Kiwi researcher creates unique itineraries for each family.
Mike Bayley, the managing director of Bayleys estate agency, said the programme allows Auckland to promote itself to a huge UK audience of millions. He added that as the UK is one of New Zealand’s key immigration markets, the programme provides great opportunities for the country.
Mr Bayley added that such widespread publicity would normally cost tens of millions of dollar – an amount which Tourism New Zealand would never normally be able to afford.
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