I think NZ is a bit less dangerous in that respect! But other ex-pats I've talked to find the country very welcoming.
It's a funny thing: my 7X great-grandfather came to the VA colony from Scotland in 1698.
Warning: not about beekeeping!
So my family has been here a very long time.
But lately, I'm thinking, wondering if it isn't time for me to move on. It's interesting to me that my line of St. Clairs kept moving to more and more rural areas as time went on. Maybe we're just not very social.