Thank you for a very insightful response, would you say because the towns of Hastings and Napier are so small even when combined that the place has a very rural farmland style feel?
Sad that you can't swim there but I guess the water won't be so warm anyway, people love to go to the Durban beach often as it's very warm.
I hear New Zealanders can sometimes be very Xenophobic? Are there still elements of this? The SA immigrants between the 90s and 2000s were the ones who fled the country due to them not wanting to live in an ANC-run country, they tended not to integrate well, and were very conservative. Where on the contrary The ones coming in this generation are disillusioned due to the corruption and looking for safer spaces for the kids. They tend to integrate much better and are more progressive, most are skilled professionals with the means to pack up and move across the world, but since this generation does not have as much disdain towards SA such as the 90s - 2000 group, they tend to have a strong nostalgia of Home and travel back quite often, or setup nostalgia shops such as Biltong shops as an example. Remittances back to SA tend to be more when compared to the other generation. I wonder how the former dynamic will influence the NZ response to the Immigrants.
I hear that as soon as New Zealanders hear that someone has a South African accent they assume they are racist. It's a generalization, yes, but stereotypes generally have an element of truth I have come to learn. That would make integration difficult because you don't want to come over and live in a bubble, you want your kids and your family to integrate and learn the culture.
Heck, I moved to Johannesburg from Durban, and I find myself living in a Bubble with people who come from my former province/area I just find the shared experiences are a good stable base to reach out from and explore the local intricacies. All about uncertainty reduction.