We have been thinking about making the move to New Zealand for many years, but one thing and another has got in the way. We are both really struggling to find work in the UK. OH has some freelance design/web design work, but nothing regular, and I am a qualified primary teacher now, but just finished a temporary contract and have nothing lined up for the immediate future, although I am waiitng to hear from 16 schools! There is huge competition around here for teaching jobs, my son's school had over 200 applicants for one job! As we have a mortgage, and no savings, it is unlikely we can maintain our house if we have to go onto Jobseekers allowance. So, we are thinking of selling the house, and making the move to NZ. We have discussed selling the house and renting one in the UK, but it would mean a change of location (and teaching jobs seem in short supply everywhere) and would also mean using our equity which would provide our only chance of financing such a big move. I really don't want to sell the house, and pay rent to someone else in the UK when I don't have a job, as that would seem rather pointless, but is moving to the other side of the world too extreme?