I must say being an Australian, one of the pleasures is being so close to NZ, at leasdt if you live on the East Coast. Australia is for the most part drought-deprived and flat, but NZ is green and mountainous. It takes no stretch of the imagination to say that Australia has by far the better climate, jobs and higher income, though I much prefer the friendly NZ people and its green, relaxed surroundings. The latest news is the shift towards a common market. This will cause a property boom in parts of NZ.