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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 16

Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, May 16, 1973
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Gelesburp fi«oisfor»Mo.>, Galtfcbufg, 111. Wedntsdoy, May 16,1973 \r* of, New Zealand: Americans 9 Frontier ~ . By DICK KLEINER (JUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (NEA) — There's no smog, no traffic jams, no unemployment and practically no problems. Smalltown Jfoew Zealand is pretty much Me the United States was 50 years ago, and maybe that's .why so many thousands of •Americans are immigrating here annually. First to a Scries Parker Mudge is one of them. A product of Lynn, 5iass.. a veteran test pilot 'and commercial pilot, he \|«ame to New Zealand in 1963 -and he's happy here. He says lie has no homesickness at all and plans to live the r«st of 1 his life here. Last year, 11,000 Americans -jwre admitted to New Zealand. Chances are about a half of them will eventually quit and return home, but the other half will stay. For them, it is a chance to live a near* pioneer style life, something that can no longer be done in the United States. "MANY AMERICANS can't make it here," Mudge says. "It's a different life. The major problem for most of them is that they don't realize, when they come, that this is a foreign country, and it is. "Despite the similarity in language, there are major differences in food and customs. There's no central heating in most homes—my wife had chilblains our first winter here." Mudge flies now for Mount Cook Airlines, a small domestic New Zealand carrier. His wife is the secretary,to an accountant. Their daughter, five years old when they arrived, is now thinking about college. Mudge has offered her her choice of where she wants to go—New Zealand or the United States — and she thinks she'll stay here. TO ACCOMMODATE the in- crase in immigrants, as well as tourists, Air New Zealand has added direct DC-10 service, via Hawaii or Tahiti, from Los Angeles to Auckland. And the inbound planes are generally jammed. But the New Zealand government's immigration policy is changing. While it is still ostensibly free and open, in practice every case is judged individually. They will gladly admit any wouldbe immigrant whose trade is needed but will bar people in already overcrowded trades. Mudge says he came to New Zealand not because of any dissatisfaction with life in the United States, "but because I wanted a life of pioneering." He's still a U.S. citizen and isn't about to give that up. HE CAME OUT with a stake of $2,000 and a vow to stay two years at least. He says he had to dip deeply into that stake at first, "but by the end of the first year I'd paid myself back." Carolyn Oliver is another American—she's from Lewiston, Idaho — who is now a Queenstown resident. She's the barmaid at a local hotel. She's happy here, too, although she says she'd "give anything to have a, real hot dog." 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