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Read moreAuckland residents get a taste of what it’s like to live in a city, with the New Zealand capital set to host its first ever ‘immersive’ residency.
The programme, which will be held on September 26 and 27, will allow residents to learn about New Zealand’s culture, history and heritage while learning about the city’s history.
Residents can choose to attend as part of a two-day programme or a full day, which can be repeated if needed.
It is the first residency program held by the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in New Zealand.
More than 1,000 residents from around the country will be taking part in the programme.
“This is going to be a very special experience for everyone,” said resident Toni Meche.
“We will learn a lot about the history and culture of this city, and also be able to meet people that are involved in the city and help them understand the importance of our city.”
She said the experience was going to help her understand why people choose to come here, and she hoped it would also help her to make friends.
“It’s going to teach me about who I am and where I come from, and hopefully I can make some friends that are more than just locals,” she said.
“That will be a real pleasure.”
Ms Mechere is one of more than 50 people from around Auckland who are currently living in the capital, having been given residency permits.
She said she had to make a few changes to her apartment before she arrived, but had a good time.
“I think it’s great to be able be able see and feel the city as you would when you are in your own apartment, so it’s really nice to be part of that,” she added.
“There are a lot of nice places in the area and it’s good to be out there.”
New Zealand resident Joanna Laidlaw said she wanted to get the best out of the experience.
“Having the opportunity to work in a new city is always exciting, but you don’t want to take that chance off yourself,” she told ABC Radio New Zealand, adding that she was excited to be taking up residency.
“New Zealand is one place that we don’t really get the chance to experience, so the chance of a real immersive experience is really nice.”
New Year’s Eve celebration with locals, food and live musicThe ‘immersion’ programme will be attended by more than 600 guests.
There will be an evening of live music, food, food trucks and music from the likes of Black Label Society, Temptations and The Hooters.
“You have a huge range of things to eat, so you can really do your own cooking, which is always nice,” resident Sarah Todhunter said.”[There’s] a really great range of drinks on offer, and I think the drinks are really good, too.”
So you can just be yourself in the kitchen.
“She added that she wanted guests to be as relaxed as possible.”
Some of the drinks can be quite expensive, but if you’re feeling up for it and having a bit of a bit, I think that’s always nice.
“She also encouraged guests to try the ‘lifestyle’ of living in a ‘residential’ setting.”
If you’re not really into it, I would definitely encourage you to try a residential environment, but it’s definitely not something you need to be doing on a full-time basis,” she explained.
Ms Todhun said that she loved living in New York City, but that she had been living in Auckland for just two weeks.”
Living in Auckland and being able to be in this city and experience the city I love is really exciting,” she remarked.”
Especially in the new year, when the city has so much to celebrate, it’s nice to have something to do with it.
“Auckland resident Karen Moseley said she would be looking forward to the ‘immersed’ experience.
She has been living and working in Auckland since 2007 and said it was a great opportunity to experience different parts of the city.”
Being in the centre of the CBD and the outer suburbs, and being in the heart of Auckland, and experiencing the whole of New Zealand is a great way to spend a lot more time together,” she laughed.”
And I think it would be really nice if there were more events that would be open to the public.
“Ms Tothher said the residents would be learning about New Zealand and the people and culture around it.”
A lot of people are excited to come and learn about the country and how it’s been for the past 30 years, and to have some fun with some other New Zealanders,” she advised.”
Also to meet some of the people that have come and worked here.