One Way Ticket My Life


One Way Ticket

Documentary following ten-year-old Daniel and his seven-year-old brother Jake as they move lock, stock and barrel from Devon, England, to Wellington, New Zealand.


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It's the 27th May and the biggest day of my life.

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I'm at the airport with my family, but we're not just going on holiday.

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We've packed our whole lives into bags and boxes and we're flying to

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the other side of the world to start a brand-new life in New Zealand.

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But about half the Brits who move to another country

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change their minds and come back.

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What if it doesn't work out for us?

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Strap yourself in and find out, cos we've got a one-way ticket!

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We've been preparing for the last four weeks,

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so our story really starts back in April.

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This is me.

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My name is Daniel and I'm ten years old.

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Everyone calls me Dan.

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My little brother Jake is seven.

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This is our house in Devon.

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And this is our mum and dad.

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New Zealand it nearly 12,000 miles away,

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and is split into two islands - the North and the South.

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The people who live there call themselves Kiwis,

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after the local kiwi bird.

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This all started because Dad has found an amazing new job

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in New Zealand so as a family we've decided to move there.

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We know from our own experience a lot of people have made

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the big move to New Zealand and then when they've got there,

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decided it's the wrong choice and they've come back.

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So once we've been out there for a while, we'll have a big decision

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to make - should we stay, or should we return to the UK?

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If it doesn't work out and we have to come back, I may not

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have any friends left - they might have forgotten about me by then.

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It's two weeks until the move.

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Flying to New Zealand takes 36 hours

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and the tickets are really expensive so we have to say a big goodbye

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to all the people we love here in the UK, including our grandparents.

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BELL RINGS

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Hello. All right?

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My grandad is a very kind and very spoiling grandad.

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Come on, you two. In we go.

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When they told me that they were going to New Zealand,

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it was a mixture of emotions.

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One was sad because I wouldn't like them to go

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but the other one was joy for them as a family.

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Aww! Thanks, Grandad!

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Over the last couple of months I've been trying to get my grandad

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up-to-date with everything like Face Talk and stuff like that

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so when we're in New Zealand we can see each other on the computer.

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-Press enter.

-I thought we did that.

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I keep up but it's hard, it really is hard work because I don't really

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understand the terminology that they come out with, but I'm learning.

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-Hello.

-All right? Give us a big wave.

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-Can you see me, Grandad?

-Yeah, I can see you.

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Considering his age I thought he would never achieve it, but he is.

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-Grandad, what was your week like?

-My week?

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I've been out in the garden for the first time for ages...

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With this video link, I can talk to Daniel and Jake

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whenever they want to and I can see them

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and we can have a good time together as if we were in the next room.

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Ah!

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It's going to be really tough to say goodbye to this special someone.

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Bailey is basically my cat.

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I like him because, sort of boy stuff,

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he farts a lot of the time.

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He's the world's best cat farter!

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Bailey gets terrible sunburn, so we've decided not to take him

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to New Zealand.

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Bailey means the world to me.

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I can't imagine him without me or the other way round, me without him.

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Luckily, some family friends have said they'll give Bailey a new home.

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I'll probably never see Bailey again.

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-Hiya.

-Bailey's come to see you.

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Let's bring him in. Put him down there.

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I sort of just went upstairs and stayed there for a minute.

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It's time for our last cuddle.

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It was quite hard, but with 300 tissues, it helps you.

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Just five days until the move.

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Today is my last day at school, and I feel nervous saying goodbye

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to all my friends and everything, but I hope it just goes well.

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It says, "Ben, you are awesome. I will miss you."

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Much improved, Daniel!

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-Have you seen what you look like?

-No, you've got squiggles.

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I never thought I'd say this

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but I think I might miss school quite a bit.

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Packing day!

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We're flying to New Zealand with just one suitcase each but

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everything else in our house needs to be packed into lots of boxes.

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which will take a whole two months to travel to

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New Zealand on a huge ship.

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Bye, house!

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The big day!

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We've spent the last few nights with our grandparents to stock up

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on as many hugs as possible but now it's time for our final goodbye.

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See ya. Take care.

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Bye!

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Bye! See you in a couple of years!

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It's really hard not knowing when I'll see my grandparents again.

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But I'm still excited about starting our new life.

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Gentlemen, start your engines!

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Our New Zealand adventure is under way!

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I can see New Zealand.

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Wow! You have to see this!

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We've arrived.

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It's our first morning in our new home.

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We're jet-lagged but we want to get to know Wellington.

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We've heard we can get the best view of our new city

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from the top of Mount Victoria.

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Look at that view. To think this is where we live!

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New Zealand became part of the British Empire in 1840, before

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gaining independence in 1947, but it still has our Queen on its money.

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The first ever people to live in New Zealand were called the Maori

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and today we're visiting one of their traditional villages.

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When the Maori meet people they rub noses, which is called a hongi.

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Kiora.

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That means "hello" in Maori.

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Jake and I are excited about tonight

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because we get to sleep in a traditional Maori hut.

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We've been invited to train as warriors.

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So the tattoos or the mojos would tell somebody who you are,

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they talk about your ancestors.

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When I looked in the mirror at first it looked quite strange

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but at the same time really cool.

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Next up, we're going to learn the haka.

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Bend at the knees. Straight back. Chest out and let out a big, "Hey!"

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ALL: Hey!

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-Hey!

-ALL: Hey!

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Hogana. Yeah!

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The haka is a dance to greet people

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and for the men to scare the opposition in battle.

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THEY PERFORM THE HAKA

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Understanding Maori culture makes me feel

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a lot more like a Kiwi.

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Six months later!

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-We moved into our new house.

-Good morning.

-Dad started his new job.

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We started at the local school.

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# Happy birthday, dear Dan and Jake... #

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We both had our birthdays.

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It may not look like it, but right now it's November.

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The UK's winter is New Zealand's summer.

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But first things first - it's time for school!

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See you.

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I get to school and I do my goal of what I want to achieve in the day.

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Next we do a karakia...

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THEY RECITE A KARAKIA

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..which is a Maori blessing of the day

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saying I hope we have a good day, I hope we survive.

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THEY RECITE A KARAKIA

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At break time I hang out with my friends Luke and Brooke.

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When Dan started coming here, he sounded different to all of us

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because he's just come from England.

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It was kind of strange but I got used to it and we're friends now.

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The friends over here are awesome

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and they like playing games that I like to play.

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So that's all good, but the biggest difference we've

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found between living in New Zealand and living in the UK is...

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earthquakes!

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So far we've been here in New Zealand for half a year

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and there's been two big earthquakes.

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It's so serious that we have to practise earthquake drills at school.

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What do we do when we hear or feel an earthquake?

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Let's do it all together.

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ALL: Drop, cover, hold.

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Earthquake!

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Apart from dealing with earthquakes,

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coming to New Zealand has meant making sacrifices.

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The hardest thing about moving to New Zealand is

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leaving your friends and family behind.

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-Hello, boys. How are you?

-Hi.

-How is school going?

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-Really good.

-Very well.

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The bad thing about video calling is you can talk to them, you can

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say hi but you can't actually touch them and they're not actually there.

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Well, I must admit, the pair of you, I miss you a hell of a lot.

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I miss you loads and loads.

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It makes me feel quite sad, because I used to just

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walk in through the door of their house and hug them but over here,

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when we video call them, all we can do is just start speaking.

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-Goodbye.

-Bye.

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So it's decision time - should we stay or should we go?

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Even though I miss everyone from home, I think New Zealand's

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worth it for all the outdoor sports and stuff.

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Mum and Dad have decided they want to stay in New Zealand

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and that makes me and Jake very happy.

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Moving here, I think, was definitely a good decision,

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because we have all of this and this is really good.

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I definitely feel that our family's future is in New Zealand.

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It'll be the measure of how long that future is.

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We'll let you know in 10, 15, 20 or 56 years' time.

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I think I'm going to turn more into a Kiwi as I grow older

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but I'm always going to have that little bit of British inside me.

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I'm so glad we only got a one-way ticket.

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I feel about the future that it's going to work well

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and it's going to be amazing.

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How do children feel when their parents decide to up sticks and move them to a different country? In this My Life film, we follow ten-year-old Daniel and his seven-year-old brother Jake as they move lock, stock and barrel from Devon, England, to Wellington, New Zealand. But with many families deciding to return, will this turn out to be a disastrous decision, or will they want to stay?


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