Moving to Auckland from a city heaving with 20 million people was a culture shock for Asmita Bokil.
But the 37-year-old technical writer and her husband Pradeep are adjusting.
The couple arrived in December 2012.
‘‘It’s very different because Asia’s very densely populated,’’ Bokil says.
‘‘The city [Mumbai] never sleeps. Everything is on from 10 in the morning to 10 at night.
‘‘Asia’s very hectic and the days are very, very long.
‘‘I find it very quiet here. I’m getting used to it.
‘‘You have more of a worklife balance here, which I like.’’
When Bokil arrived, she attended workshops and volunteered while searching for a job.
She has finished a shortterm contract and is now job hunting again while volunteering with ARMS’ communications and marketing team.
Bokil has a few cousins living in Auckland who ‘‘highly recommended’’ New Zealand.
She connected with friends who also moved here and joined an Indian society which holds functions like plays, dance and Bollywood movies and celebrates Diwali and Holi festivals.
‘‘I didn’t feel isolated – there are lots of Indian faces so you know that the community is there.
‘‘Kiwis are very friendly, they talk to you very easily if you’re standing at a bus stop or the local store.’’
Bokil finds getting a job, the cost of living and the weather challenging in New Zealand.
‘‘We don’t have harsh winters in Mumbai, we have more of a moderate climate.
‘‘And if you come from outside it’s challenging to find a job, because you don’t have any New Zealand work experience.
‘‘You don’t know the New Zealand work culture. Coming to ARMS and volunteering helped me understand how you live here and how you work.’’
Her advice for others is have lots of patience.
‘‘It takes a long time. You have to plan to work your way around the work experience, getting to know people, networking with people you meet. It’s important to be open minded.’’
Fewer people: Asmita Bokil finds Auckland much quieter than Mumbai.