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Title: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 29, 2018, 10:08:55 am
Previous Thread titles
The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Offer received!)
The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA submitted!)
The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
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I am starting this thread to what we currently looking/doing to move to a first world country in the hopes that it can be a guide for anyone else looking to make the move.

As most of you know we recently had an armed robbery, and as it was not the cause of the idea of moving, as we investigate this 2 years ago, it was the catalyst to deciding to move now.

I will keep this thread up to date with links, ideas, what we tried, what worked and didn't work.

Currently it is called the potential as there is a lot that needs to fall into place to enable us to get out of SA, so at this point it is not a definite but definitely the plan.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on April 29, 2018, 10:24:56 am
Armed robbery - 19 March 2018 - Catalyst and final drawback making the answer a big YES to moving and leaving a country we love but don't see a future in.
Sorting out temp licenses etc and going on 2week leave.

Starting discussion and research on Canada -
After research, our points have dropped to about 350 with the EE pool being a min of 430 abouit for CRS points to get picked and get an ITA.

We, therefore, turn our attention to New Zealand (which wife and I agree why didn't we think about it in the first place) as we have 2 family friends that are in NZ now.
I am also visiting them in any case in June for a holiday to NZ so decided its a good time to also try and see some people.

Immediate residency applications are at a point level of 160 points, and we only come in at 130 points. We can obtain another 50 points for a job offer, another 5 points once living there for more then 2 years and another 20 points if working outside major areas.

We are therefore comfortable that once we there we can apply for residency and not have to return once our work visas expire.

So first step to looking to leave for any country is to get documents in place.

Checklist
Passports - DONE
ID's - DONE
unabridged birth certificates - DONE
unabridged marriage certificate - Not done - stupid DAH cant find the BI-30 form. So got a copy from our church that married us and hopefully that will resolve it)
Police clearance - DONE
Education Verifications - 1 DONE

Offical Start is thus
20 April
Applied for marriage certificates, unabridged birth certificates, passports, ID's (as they were stolen).

Left to do are sons and wife passport as they have to be physically present.
Police clearance once we have word that all is good to go.

Apply for visitors VISA to go visit friends with potential one or two interviews lined up.

Once visa approved I am heading over for 2weeks to NZ either in June or July.

COST RECORD
UPDATED  6 December 2018
Certificates (R75 per marriage/birth certificate) x 3 - R225
Passports (R600 for adult maxi and R400 for son) - R1600
In NZ professional CV and cover letter agency - $300 (R2700 out of the bank)
Toll Fees, Petrol etc to fetch passport -R500
Prelim flight book for NZ visit -R19,000 -  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)
So total cost for NZ visit in June was about R25,000
R42,000 paid for the shortfall on car settlement
VISA application fee's - R3,500
Passport verification Fee - R505
Agent Fees - R15,000
My Medicals - R3,000
Wife Police Clearance - R700
Wife medicals - R3,000
Son's Medical - R1,000
One way ticket to Wellington - R11,500
Doggies shots and chips - R1,900
First months living expenses - R20,000 (roughly $2,000, split to about $1,400 for airbnb and the rest food, train tickets, etc)
Rental house deposit, first-week rent, bond and letting (R34,400) fee - $3430
NZ driver license conversion - R250 ($25) but you can drive with your SA licence for up to a year as long as its valid
AA applications - R890 ($89)
Wife Visa fee's - R3,500
Son's Visa Fee's - R2,000

TALLY - R173, 260
*car rentals etc not added as it would work the same out as our car payments so irrelevant (no extra cost)
* have started buying some new stuff for the rental house (furniture, linen etc) but its more replacement so not part of immigration cost - roughly R30,000

Upcoming immediate future expenses
Wife degree verification - $1,300


Planned expenses
R50,000 - Dogs Relocation costs - R25,000 SA side for the transport and vet seal. 2,500 NZD on NZ side for 10 day quarantine
R30,000 - Family Airticket to NZ
R40,000 - Permanent residence applications
R3,500 IELTS test for me
R3,500IELTS test for my wife


To do:
Sell car - DONE
Sell Bike - 50% DONE
Sell house -  in the market
Pack - 90% done
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Acajou on April 30, 2018, 07:56:08 am
Good luck  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Matewis on April 30, 2018, 08:16:55 am
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Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on April 30, 2018, 10:20:49 am
Update from the weekend....

I am winging it with a CV template i found on the net and applied for about 10 Jobs so far until i get my professional CV from the lady in NZ.

On the facebook page (will share links later when not at work) i have a lead for a potential job and have a 22h00 call tonight with an agent.

Quotes received for doggies:
R25,000 Transport Fees
R5,000 Vet fees and Vet seal.
$1,400 or roughly R14,000 for 10 day quarantine NZ side.

Total R45,000 to take 2 x pugs over  :patch:

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: ROMMEL HOND on April 30, 2018, 10:24:21 am
Armed robbery - 19 March 2018 - Catalyst and final drawback making the answer a big YES to moving and leaving a country we love but don't see a future in.
Sorting out temp licenses etc and going on 2week leave.

Starting discussion and research on Canada -
After research, our points have dropped to about 350 with the EE pool being a min of 430 abouit for CRS points to get picked and get an ITA.

We, therefore, turn our attention to New Zealand (which wife and I agree why didn't we think about it in the first place) as we have 2 family friends that are in NZ now.

Immediate residency applications are at a point level of 160 points, and we only come in at 130 points. We can obtain another 50 points for a job offer, another 5 points once living there for more then 2 years and another 20 points if working outside major areas.

We are therefore comfortable that once we there we can apply for residency and not have to return once our work visas expire.

So first step to looking to leave for any country is to get documents in place.

Checklist
Passports
ID's
unabridged birth certificates
unabridged marriage certificate
Police clearance
Education Verifications

Offical Start is thus
20 April
Applied for marriage certificates, unabridged birth certificates, passports, ID's (as they were stolen).

Left to do are sons and wife passport as they have to be physically present.
Police clearance once we have word that all is good to go.

Apply for visitors VISA to go visit friends with potential one or two interviews lined up.

Once visa approved I am heading over for 2weeks to NZ either in June or July.

COST RECORD
Certificates (R75 per marriage/birth certificate) x 3 - R225
Passports (R600 for adult maxi and R400 for son) - R1600
In NZ professional CV and cover letter agency - $300 (R2700 out of the bank)

Upcoming immediate future expenses
Wife degree verification - $1,300
Air ticket to NZ - R15,000 - I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)
Police clearance x 2 - R200
Visa application - $150
International driver license - $25
If you need a place to stay in Christchurch pm me.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on April 30, 2018, 10:33:21 am
Armed robbery - 19 March 2018 - Catalyst and final drawback making the answer a big YES to moving and leaving a country we love but don't see a future in.
Sorting out temp licenses etc and going on 2week leave.

Starting discussion and research on Canada -
After research, our points have dropped to about 350 with the EE pool being a min of 430 abouit for CRS points to get picked and get an ITA.

We, therefore, turn our attention to New Zealand (which wife and I agree why didn't we think about it in the first place) as we have 2 family friends that are in NZ now.

Immediate residency applications are at a point level of 160 points, and we only come in at 130 points. We can obtain another 50 points for a job offer, another 5 points once living there for more then 2 years and another 20 points if working outside major areas.

We are therefore comfortable that once we there we can apply for residency and not have to return once our work visas expire.

So first step to looking to leave for any country is to get documents in place.

Checklist
Passports
ID's
unabridged birth certificates
unabridged marriage certificate
Police clearance
Education Verifications

Offical Start is thus
20 April
Applied for marriage certificates, unabridged birth certificates, passports, ID's (as they were stolen).

Left to do are sons and wife passport as they have to be physically present.
Police clearance once we have word that all is good to go.

Apply for visitors VISA to go visit friends with potential one or two interviews lined up.

Once visa approved I am heading over for 2weeks to NZ either in June or July.

COST RECORD
Certificates (R75 per marriage/birth certificate) x 3 - R225
Passports (R600 for adult maxi and R400 for son) - R1600
In NZ professional CV and cover letter agency - $300 (R2700 out of the bank)

Upcoming immediate future expenses
Wife degree verification - $1,300
Air ticket to NZ - R15,000 - I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)
Police clearance x 2 - R200
Visa application - $150
International driver license - $25
If you need a place to stay in Christchurch pm me.

 :thumleft: Might just do that thanks Rommel. My call tonight is with an agency in Christchurch
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on April 30, 2018, 12:59:01 pm
What kind of positions are you looking for? An ex-colleague is flying with his family to NZ in 3 weeks' time. Got a job in Hamilton, apparently they're very busy with Internet of Things and automation there and he says they're looking for more IT people (software devs etc)
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on April 30, 2018, 01:14:54 pm
What kind of positions are you looking for? An ex-colleague is flying with his family to NZ in 3 weeks' time. Got a job in Hamilton, apparently they're very busy with Internet of Things and automation there and he says they're looking for more IT people (software devs etc)

Hi Ri

thanks for the heads up. I am in Commercial Property management at the moment... I do software development in my spare time only  :lamer:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: IceCreamMan on April 30, 2018, 03:39:54 pm
Good luck. Sad to say it’s becoming very very common.

Everything will fall into place if you want it too. Not always easy but if you have young children it’s always worth it.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: punisher on April 30, 2018, 04:28:51 pm
good luck  man ,

it is an amazing thing you are doing for you and your family
well done
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 30, 2018, 04:36:26 pm
good luck  man ,

it is an amazing thing you are doing for you and your family
well done
 :thumleft:

+1000

Wish I could look at something like that
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: punisher on April 30, 2018, 05:06:00 pm
good luck  man ,

it is an amazing thing you are doing for you and your family
well done
 :thumleft:

+1000

 me too hey

would love to live where the hard working do not get ostracized , and where the crime is but a mozzie bite


Wish I could look at something like that
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 02, 2018, 07:57:24 am
good luck  man ,

it is an amazing thing you are doing for you and your family
well done
 :thumleft:

+1000

Wish I could look at something like that

I am also wishing....wishing HARD! need to get a job offer first before we can move.

UPDATE:
Had two calls with agencies in NZ late at night (their morning time). One from Christchurch basically said she wont hold her breath as property work in her location at the moment is scarce but I must try Auckland and Wellington .

Second agent actually tried to phone me but couldnt get through and send me a mail - spoke to her this morning and said i must Definitely come see her when i am in NZ.

Then went to collect passport on Monday at home affairs but systems were offline  >:( So got couriers now to do it for me.

Once passport received, the Visa application will go in to go visit in June
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Pumbaa on May 02, 2018, 08:41:51 am
Good luck with everything. I hope things turn out as you would like them to.

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Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: eSKaPe on May 03, 2018, 02:11:24 pm
Start of a whole new future!

By the way, Would I, on the forum leaves tonight for NZ. His wife already there. In Tauranga. You should keep in touch with him for advice if you need.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 03, 2018, 06:47:26 pm
So after confirming with home affairs and couriers that collecting of passports with authorization letter and copy of identification is allowed, they turned the couriers away today  :dousing: FFS

So tomorrow morning first thing its me and the road to bronkies again to get my passport...hopefully.

@eSKaPe thank you, yes I have been on contact with him  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: NoRush on May 03, 2018, 08:08:49 pm
Thank you for the nice lay out of events and costs. Well worth it i believe, Good luck job hunting  :thumleft:
Sub  :sip:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: eSKaPe on May 04, 2018, 07:46:26 am
Good luck on the way forward!!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 04, 2018, 08:55:40 am
On my way to bronkies to collect passport

Atleast I get a nice bike ride out of it... Maybe a detour?  :ricky:

But first... Coffee... It's showing 7'C
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on May 04, 2018, 09:12:11 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Pom17 on May 04, 2018, 09:21:52 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: eSKaPe on May 04, 2018, 10:49:45 am
Nice morning for a ride!
You thinking of taking the bike with you?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on May 04, 2018, 02:45:54 pm
No man, he must buy a nice Bush Pig Down Under  :imaposer:  :ricky:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: J-dog on May 04, 2018, 03:14:19 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Casting from Turd on May 08, 2018, 04:42:40 pm
and????

Did you get the passport
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: onderbroek on May 08, 2018, 08:21:34 pm
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Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 08, 2018, 10:29:04 pm
Hey Silvrav

Good luck with everything

We have now over 200 185 points and will submit our permanent residency as soon as my son, who stayed behind in SA to finish his matric, pass his EILTS test which he will be doing this Saturday.

How did we get here? (short version)
Wife who is better qualified than I flew over first with 3 month visitors visa but with work visa paperwork being done and on NZI system. Landed Auckland, got job agent for her field who did his magic. Within 2 weeks he got her 5 job interviews all over the middle and south part of North Island. Outside large centres for more points. Then we rent her a campervan which she used to drive to interviews, sleep over at the many free overnight spots and drive further to next interview.

Afterwards she went north to Whangarei to stay few day with friend. Got job offer. Back to Auckland, signed contract at agents office, flew back to SA to work, wait for work visa and resign. . Back to NZ to work. Kid and I packed and sorted stuff, flew over 2 months later.

Many ways to skin a cat but the above worked for us

Welcome to stay over if you pass through . We are in the Manawatu/Palmerston North region. 60 minutes drive north of Wellington.





Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 08, 2018, 10:33:24 pm
International driver license - $25

You don't need one for NZ if you have a full SA license for more than 2 years. You can use your SA one up to 12 months. Convert it to a NZ one at any NZ AA. Easy, simple chop chop and its in the postbox
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: IRISH on May 09, 2018, 03:02:51 am
Good luck with the move. I have been north of Auckland for the past 5 years. If you have questions, fire away, though it looks like you are pretty sorted anyway.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 09, 2018, 08:41:38 am
Thanks guys! will get in contact for sure for info.

UPDATE:

Passport received after a few hours wait and systems being offline.

So the application is at 99% for visitors Visa. Just waiting for invite letters from my friends as I will be staying with them.  Then submit that with my passport, flights and bonafide reasons for wanting to visit.

Keen to see my friends again  :thumleft: been to long!

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: m0lt3n on May 09, 2018, 10:59:19 am
sub
some good info here. I know boggerol, didn't even know about this points system thing per country
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 09, 2018, 01:24:23 pm
Good luck with the move. I have been north of Auckland for the past 5 years. If you have questions, fire away, though it looks like you are pretty sorted anyway.

Thanks, everyone...

For now, i just need a job offer. SO if any of you in NZ has contacts in the property industry please let me know.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: J-dog on May 09, 2018, 02:19:29 pm
Good luck with the move. I have been north of Auckland for the past 5 years. If you have questions, fire away, though it looks like you are pretty sorted anyway.

Thanks, everyone...

For now, i just need a job offer. SO if any of you in NZ has contacts in the property industry please let me know.

Lots of saffers working in selling and rentals in Auckland and Brisbane. Perhaps email all the agencies (lot of work). I'm not sure a commission based agent is considered to be employment though. AND commissions are a lot lower than in SA - circa 1.5-2.5 % instead of 5-7% here. Sounds weird, but you could start in admin or desk work, and then take it from their if you want to start selling or renting.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 09, 2018, 02:25:30 pm
Good luck with the move. I have been north of Auckland for the past 5 years. If you have questions, fire away, though it looks like you are pretty sorted anyway.

Thanks, everyone...

For now, i just need a job offer. SO if any of you in NZ has contacts in the property industry please let me know.

Lots of saffers working in selling and rentals in Auckland and Brisbane. Perhaps email all the agencies (lot of work). I'm not sure a commission based agent is considered to be employment though. AND commissions are a lot lower than in SA - circa 1.5-2.5 % instead of 5-7% here. Sounds weird, but you could start in admin or desk work, and then take it from their if you want to start selling or renting.  :thumleft:

Jdog, correct, commission based is not considered as being employed, BUT let me rather rephrase...i am in commercial property management, looking after 100 staff in 10 countries looking after commercial, industrial and retail centres.

But as you said I am happy to do any work at the moment
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: J-dog on May 09, 2018, 02:28:27 pm
Good luck with the move. I have been north of Auckland for the past 5 years. If you have questions, fire away, though it looks like you are pretty sorted anyway.

Thanks, everyone...

For now, i just need a job offer. SO if any of you in NZ has contacts in the property industry please let me know.

Lots of saffers working in selling and rentals in Auckland and Brisbane. Perhaps email all the agencies (lot of work). I'm not sure a commission based agent is considered to be employment though. AND commissions are a lot lower than in SA - circa 1.5-2.5 % instead of 5-7% here. Sounds weird, but you could start in admin or desk work, and then take it from their if you want to start selling or renting.  :thumleft:

Jdog, correct, commission based is not considered as being employed, BUT let me rather rephrase...i am in commercial property management, looking after 100 staff in 10 countries looking after commercial, industrial and retail centres.

But as you said I am happy to do any work at the moment

Go and work for yourself - become one of your staff  :imaposer:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on May 09, 2018, 02:30:33 pm
Jdog, correct, commission based is not considered as being employed, BUT let me rather rephrase...i am in commercial property management, looking after 100 staff in 10 countries looking after commercial, industrial and retail centres.

But as you said I am happy to do any work at the moment

Go and work for yourself - become one of your staff  :imaposer:

Exactly, it sounds as if you could do your job from anywhere?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 09, 2018, 09:33:01 pm
..i am in commercial property management, looking after 100 staff in 10 countries looking after commercial, industrial and retail centres.

But as you said I am happy to do any work at the moment

My proposal will be to work via job agents. Get one in each island. Christchurch for south and Auckland (points) or Wellington for north. Set up meetings with them an dlet them do their job. They prefer face to face as their reputation is in line if you turn out to be a waffle. Some are ok with Skype interviews. Be patient and willing to drop a way down the ladder. And look to study for local registrations.

Salaries varies and seem to be strongly linked to the different areas cost of living. Do your maths. Auckland more jobs but mate, the house prices and traffic on a bad day will make you cry.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on May 09, 2018, 10:04:51 pm
Good luck with your new venture, following along here with interest.

 8)
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Slingervel on May 11, 2018, 12:53:07 pm
Good luck with everything!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 11, 2018, 03:21:27 pm
Gents and Ladies, please hold thumbs for me.

HR manager of a company wants to talk to be as he is interested.


Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: immigrant on May 12, 2018, 12:35:13 am
Holding thumbs that it will all work out for you.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mr Zog on May 12, 2018, 02:27:14 am
Holding thumbs!!!

Let us know how it goes!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: hedleyj on May 12, 2018, 05:17:39 am
Good luck
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 14, 2018, 08:46:13 am
So, at 21h50 last night (07h50 on a monday in NZ) I am all high on coffee....had a busy day and 22h00 is stretching the hours.

22h00 arrives and I make the call....Rings twice and the timer starts running... No one on the other side. Try again but the same happens. FFS. Send the manager an sms to say can you hear me to confirm he is actually answering. A return sms says no, cant hear you. Ok, plan B, get wifes phone. Start dialing and a sweet lady's voice answers with " you have insufficient airtime to make a call..." FFS again.

Use my FNB app to load airtime in the fastest time I have every loaded airtime...

Dial the NZ number and see the timer runs...FFS moment no3 only to be relieved when I hear Managers voice going good morning.  :biggrin:

Call lasted all but 10mins. He basically wanted to touch base to confirm I exist firstly, that I am serious about the move and to let me know what current positions he has available. We end the call by him asking me to send him my skype details so he can arrange an interview with the GM of the company later this week.  :thumleft:

So lets hope and hope technologies doesn't stress me out again.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mr Zog on May 15, 2018, 03:21:34 am
Hang in there man.

When it's meant to happen, it will.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Oubones on May 15, 2018, 05:14:35 am
It is just a small uphill before you crest the hill and it starts moving.
Good luck!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 15, 2018, 05:27:50 am
COST's updated.

Woke up this morning to an email saying skype interview confirmed with GM tomorrow night 22h30 (Their 830 Thursday morning) and another mail from a recruiter who was kind enough to reply and ask about my status and when I will be in NZ...Another lead I hope.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: boere on May 15, 2018, 05:46:53 am
Goodluck Silvrav :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on May 15, 2018, 10:51:07 am
Exciting and nerve wracking! Tried Skype interviewing once... see if you can rent an office with decent internet, is all I can say :imaposer:

Here in Cape Town there are so-called Innovation Hubs all over with that kind of facilities, that you can book for an hour or so. But of course 22:00 is a bit late...

All the best! Hope it works out great  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: eSKaPe on May 15, 2018, 01:21:09 pm
Doing great so far, good luck!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 17, 2018, 02:10:48 pm
So Skype interview went well. only with HR manager as GM couldn't make it but a face to face is being arranged for when I am in NZ...Just need to get to Wellington as this is where their office is located. Checked prices for local flights...29-39 NZD (or R400)  :o for one flight that is about the same flying from jhb to CPT.

Finally booked my ticket with Qantas and submitted visitor visa application. Dropping off my passport with NZ authorities in PTA tomorrow morning and hopefully will have an answer within 2 weeks.

some background... I paid all my savings into my credit card to get it done and out and start saving....without realizing I won't be able to access excess funds without a credit card.  :patch: FNB stuffed up policies. So had to take it out the bond for now until I get a new credit card so I can get my funds out...then close the bloody thing!

15hour flight to Sydney, with an hour till next flight to NZ, which is another 3-4hour flight... Going to be a loooooong weekend. So grateful though I have friends that are willing to house me while i am there. It is saving me in the region of 30k-40k for those 2 weeks.

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: IceCreamMan on May 17, 2018, 07:26:48 pm
Good luck , just do it.....za is sadly becoming a shithole..... today’s Facebook is filled,with CIT vans being blown up and another farm murder...it just never stops..
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 18, 2018, 12:10:16 pm
Passport in this morning for VISA for visiting so lets hope it takes 10-15 days only :)

Its now done all electronically so will get it via email
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Draad on May 18, 2018, 12:20:44 pm
good luck  man ,

it is an amazing thing you are doing for you and your family
well done
 :thumleft:

+1000


Hulle soek nie ou toppies nie ...........we here to stay Boet

Wish I could look at something like that
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Sardine on May 21, 2018, 07:01:48 pm
Good on you, Silvrav.

New Zealand is an amazing country.
Keep at it, and thank you for the thread!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on May 21, 2018, 08:32:18 pm
I have some school friends that moved to NZ, some forum folk has moved there recently, some current friends that recently moved and in the process of moving, three families from previous work colleagues that is also moving to NZ.

It feels like many around us are all leaving. Brain drain?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 21, 2018, 09:28:25 pm
I have some school friends that moved to NZ, some forum folk has moved there recently, some current friends that recently moved and in the process of moving, three families from previous work colleagues that is also moving to NZ.

It feels like many around us are all leaving. Brain drain?

Our area have a FB page for assistance and advice to local/international Saffers. Its 90% families with small kids who make the jump. Its sad but that's reality.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 22, 2018, 10:40:03 am
So got reply from New Zealand immigration...Sir, it seems your passport say you were born in Namibia, please explain how you got SA citizenship.

SO had to write a letter explaining the whole Namibia was part of sa and we moved to SA before they got their independence in 1990 and therefore SA citizenship by birth is correct. Here is also a copy of my birth certificate with the SA logo, stamp and parents details showing i was born while under SA rule.

Then as I am staying with friends I also had to get out some photos of our wedding 8 years ago to proof that we are indeed friends and that I will be staying with them.

Then they wanted a visa for Aus, so had to quote the Aus regulation stating that if from SA and i am staying in Aus less then 8 hours and i am not entering Aus through immigration I dont need a visa...

I guess atleast they do things properly
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 22, 2018, 11:00:57 am
So got reply from New Zealand immigration...Sir, it seems your passport say you were born in Namibia, please explain how you got SA citizenship.

SO had to right a letter explaining the whole Namibia was part of sa and we moved to SA before they got their independence in 1990 and therefore SA citizenship by birth is correct. Here is also a copy of my birth certificate with the SA logo, stamp and parents details showing i was born while under SA rule.

Then as I am staying with friends I also had to get out some photos of our wedding 8 years ago to proof that we are indeed friends and that I will be staying with them.

Then they wanted a visa for Aus, so had to quote the Aus regulation stating that if from SA and i am staying in Aus less then 8 hours and i am not entering Aus through immigration I dont need a visa...

I guess atleast they do things properly

Yes, they check everything.

Reason: to many try to skip the lines...
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on May 22, 2018, 12:00:52 pm
So got reply from New Zealand immigration...

From SA immigration a foreigner will probably just get no reply.  They only get denied when they land here.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 22, 2018, 12:21:24 pm
So got reply from New Zealand immigration...

From SA immigration a foreigner will probably just get no reply.  They only get denied when they land here.

True this.

Submitted my visa last week Wednesday, got a mail to say i must to show i have my passport. I only went Friday as i was out the country until then.

Get an email 24h working hours later with additional queries....first world services, I can get use to this.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: EtienneXplore on May 22, 2018, 12:37:21 pm
Is it legal to go for job interviews while on a tourist visit visa?

I am asking because I seem to recall on some of these "Border Security" programs they are very strict on this. If they even get the slightest sniff that you are there to work (or even look for work, hence the interviews) they stop you right in your tracks and cancel your visa, then you are pretty much screwed......

Is this not an issue with NZ Immigration?

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 22, 2018, 01:00:26 pm
Is it legal to go for job interviews while on a tourist visit visa?

I am asking because I seem to recall on some of these "Border Security" programs they are very strict on this. If they even get the slightest sniff that you are there to work (or even look for work, hence the interviews) they stop you right in your tracks and cancel your visa, then you are pretty much screwed......

Is this not an issue with NZ Immigration?

Nope you are allowed to look for work BUT are not allowed to actually work until you have a work visa.As long as you remain true and inform them your main reason for visiting is visiting, which in my case it is as I haven't seen my friends in years you can proceed.

here is the extract from INZ - https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/already-have-a-visa/my-situation-has-changed/visit/can-i-come-to-nz-as-a-visitor-to-look-for-a-job
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 22, 2018, 01:17:31 pm
Second to that my main reason remains a visit...bit of a Lord of the Ring fan (the books, movies was okish) but still keen to visit so come june ill become a hobbit....Dwerg I will bring some soil back from your motherland  :imaposer:

https://www.viator.com/tours/Auckland/Private-Tour-The-Lord-of-the-Rings-Hobbiton-Movie-Set-Tour-from-Auckland/d391-5213PVT_HOB?pref=02&mcid=28353&supag=47458604858&supkl=kl&supsc=s&supai=217527368299&supap=1t4&supdv=c&supnt=g&supti=aud-301244703743%3Adsa-351000500379&suplp=1028684&supli=&gclid=CjwKCAjw_47YBRBxEiwAYuKdw4H1mvuulCamZN88CT5K7AcgjtRGGuhYvPPmu9gdy77sGWpuYLL6jhoCVksQAvD_BwE

Then the sky tower JUMP! - http://skywalk.co.nz/about/skyjump/?gclid=CjwKCAjw_47YBRBxEiwAYuKdw-m5xkF-8aCbsHKXqpCl8qsLybzqkhVTPiXGEaIB7E3GVT8wWxpNSRoCWaAQAvD_BwE

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on May 22, 2018, 02:20:19 pm
Is it legal to go for job interviews while on a tourist visit visa?

I am asking because I seem to recall on some of these "Border Security" programs they are very strict on this. If they even get the slightest sniff that you are there to work (or even look for work, hence the interviews) they stop you right in your tracks and cancel your visa, then you are pretty much screwed......

Is this not an issue with NZ Immigration?

I remember seeing this a year ago - so no, wouldn't be illegal, LOL.

https://metro.co.uk/2017/03/02/new-zealand-are-offering-to-pay-for-you-to-visit-if-you-agree-to-having-a-job-interview-while-youre-there-6483334/ (https://metro.co.uk/2017/03/02/new-zealand-are-offering-to-pay-for-you-to-visit-if-you-agree-to-having-a-job-interview-while-youre-there-6483334/)
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on May 22, 2018, 02:46:31 pm
Nope you are allowed to look for work BUT are not allowed to actually work until you have a work visa.As long as you remain true and inform them your main reason for visiting is visiting, which in my case it is as I haven't seen my friends in years you can proceed.

here is the extract from INZ - https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/already-have-a-visa/my-situation-has-changed/visit/can-i-come-to-nz-as-a-visitor-to-look-for-a-job


You are visiting friends who are trying to convince you to move to NZ.

You are visiting NZ to see what it is like and if you would want to stay in NZ.

You may call it a job interview or you may call it a meeting with like minded people to understand working in NZ.

Different views for doing the same thing.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 22, 2018, 09:23:28 pm
Second to that my main reason remains a visit...bit of a Lord of the Ring fan (the books, movies was okish) but still keen to visit so come june ill become a hobbit....Dwerg I will bring some soil back from your motherland  :imaposer:


The town of Matamata is close to the LOR external sets. Some call it Hobbiton :thumleft:

Some google piekkies.

https://www.google.com/search?q=matamata+new+zealand&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjDgeiShprbAhVJFpQKHW-ICnUQ_AUICygC&biw=1536&bih=752&dpr=1.25
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 22, 2018, 09:47:49 pm
Second to that my main reason remains a visit...bit of a Lord of the Ring fan (the books, movies was okish) but still keen to visit so come june ill become a hobbit....Dwerg I will bring some soil back from your motherland  :imaposer:


The town of Matamata is close to the LOR external sets. Some call it Hobbiton :thumleft:

Some google piekkies.

https://www.google.com/search?q=matamata+new+zealand&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjDgeiShprbAhVJFpQKHW-ICnUQ_AUICygC&biw=1536&bih=752&dpr=1.25

That looks awesome....maybe stay a night in one of the hobbit houses...will have to see costs.  O0
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 22, 2018, 10:05:45 pm
That looks awesome....maybe stay a night in one of the hobbit houses...will have to see costs.  O0

Or rent a stripshow on wheels a.k.a jucy.....https://www.jucy.co.nz/our-vehicles/camper-vans/jucy-condo/

Drive down from Auck and spend time in Hobbitvile and around. All over NZ there is free overnight spots. But only if you have a self contained and certified camper. :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 24, 2018, 12:10:08 pm
Visa approved!  (and all in 1  week)

3month multi entry visitor visa mailed and linked electronically to my passport  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Oubones on May 24, 2018, 12:47:08 pm
Congrats :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on May 24, 2018, 02:19:34 pm
Now go slay them with your can-do attitude and Saffa work ethic that will put them all to shame!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on May 31, 2018, 05:43:51 am
Automatic emailed received by a friend of mine in NZ..their power was out for a few hours earlier the week.

You think Eskom would do that  :imaposer:

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on June 07, 2018, 08:44:12 am
So update of the week:

1 week before I fly. I am still cool as an ice block in winter but the wife is starting to have her itches....she hates flying and hates it even when I fly. In the past the longest I have been out of communication was 10hours with my flights to Senegal and ivory coast. Flight to NZ in total is about 16-17hours.

Other then that NZQA came back and on pre-assessment gave my one qualification a level 6, diploma level in NZ  :thumleft: - 40 points confirmed.

And i have another confirmed meet and greet.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Sardine on June 09, 2018, 11:00:11 am
So update of the week:

1 week before I fly. I am still cool as an ice block in winter but the wife is starting to have her itches....she hates flying and hates it even when I fly. In the past the longest I have been out of communication was 10hours with my flights to Senegal and ivory coast. Flight to NZ in total is about 16-17hours.

Other then that NZQA came back and on pre-assessment gave my one qualification a level 6, diploma level in NZ  :thumleft: - 40 points confirmed.

And i have another confirmed meet and greet.

Awesome!  :thumleft:
Which Airline and route are you flying?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on June 11, 2018, 08:35:09 am
So update of the week:

1 week before I fly. I am still cool as an ice block in winter but the wife is starting to have her itches....she hates flying and hates it even when I fly. In the past the longest I have been out of communication was 10hours with my flights to Senegal and ivory coast. Flight to NZ in total is about 16-17hours.

Other then that NZQA came back and on pre-assessment gave my one qualification a level 6, diploma level in NZ  :thumleft: - 40 points confirmed.

And i have another confirmed meet and greet.

Awesome!  :thumleft:
Which Airline and route are you flying?

Qantas - JHB - SYNDEY with 1 hour layover and then to Auckland.

and had another call this morning with an agent - one more meet and greet confirmed  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Sardine on June 11, 2018, 09:07:57 am
So update of the week:

1 week before I fly. I am still cool as an ice block in winter but the wife is starting to have her itches....she hates flying and hates it even when I fly. In the past the longest I have been out of communication was 10hours with my flights to Senegal and ivory coast. Flight to NZ in total is about 16-17hours.

Other then that NZQA came back and on pre-assessment gave my one qualification a level 6, diploma level in NZ  :thumleft: - 40 points confirmed.

And i have another confirmed meet and greet.

Awesome!  :thumleft:
Which Airline and route are you flying?

Qantas - JHB - SYNDEY with 1 hour layover and then to Auckland.

and had another call this morning with an agent - one more meet and greet confirmed  :thumleft:

Lekker!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: funky_munky on June 11, 2018, 10:44:34 am
Flew Qantas direct JHB to Sydney. was pretty cool, flew over the southern ocean.

Good luck!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on June 17, 2018, 11:04:09 pm
Auckland beaches!

Jetlag not to bad as I changed my sleeping patterns during the flight and the flight to sydney was only 2hours longer then my flight to Senegal.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mr Zog on June 18, 2018, 04:33:01 am
Good luck Silvrav, holding thumbs for you.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on June 18, 2018, 05:41:24 am
Good luck Silvrav, holding thumbs for you.  :thumleft:

Thanks Mr zog...and now I am 16hours ahead of you! nearly a full day  :deal: Will warn you well in advance when the world ends  :imaposer:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 18, 2018, 10:24:34 am
Good luck Silvrav, holding thumbs for you.  :thumleft:

Thanks Mr zog...and now I am 16hours ahead of you! nearly a full day  :deal: Will warn you well in advance when the world ends  :imaposer:
:laughing4: :lol8:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on June 19, 2018, 04:06:23 am
Currently 14h00 here on the 19th (Tuesday) with only my 3rd day today but feels like its been a week. Struggling to still get use to being so far east with the work times of the country. In SA I am up at 5, to work at 6ish and the city is alive. Not here, here in NZ people generally sleep till its light  :patch: Both my friends that work starts at 10h00 and finishes at 18h00, with the sun going down at 19h00 and in summer as late as 21h00.

Sunday was spent recovering, although I staggered my sleep well and jetlag was nowhere to be seen until 5pm sunday afternoon  :lamer: Took 2 hour nap and was normalized after that. Monday was still recovering, site seeing and making some more calls for meetings. My buddy is lucky enough to be quite flexible with his hours so he was gracious enough to show me around.

Had my first meet this morning at 10h00 in the city so left Northshore at 8h45 with Uber and was in Auckland CBD at 930.... Walked into the gents office while they were still getting their first cup of coffee for the morning....oh and coffeee  ;D Its like pubs in the UK....a coffee shop literally every 100-200m, its coffee madness but for someone that loves coffee its a delight to see! And no, not as in SA where it is a McD's or starbucks or steers on every corner, its unique local coffee shops with only a few international players here.

Anyhoot, back to the traffic....the Uber gent even apologized that it's taking so long but told him no worries...PTA to JHBZ is 2-3hours easily.

The lifestyle is something to get used to something I can get use to easily.... cars standing EVERYWHERE! Its weird to see. Houses have garages but all cars are standing outside (Even saw some Maserati sleeping outside)....why? no bullshit of vandalism or theft or or or. Buddy says the worst that has happened to him in the last 15 years was his GTI's turbo was stolen as apparently there are some boy racers wanna be's. Otherwise its pretty safe to leave your car outside.

Then this morning I pulled a typical Saffer move.... Last night he told me where the keys are for the front door for in case its locked (in case? wtf>>lol) anyway this morning I grab the keys and exit the front door and turn around to lock up...lock the door and for about 1min grabbed blindly for the security gate to close it...only after looking up realising there is no gate  ::) ....Uber driver probably thought, ag no a crazy one so early in the morning.

So far I am loving it....
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Sardine on June 19, 2018, 05:34:25 am
Currently 14h00 here on the 19th (Tuesday) with only my 3rd day today but feels like its been a week. Struggling to still get use to being so far east with the work times of the country. In SA I am up at 5, to work at 6ish and the city is alive. Not here, here in NZ people generally sleep till its light  :patch: Both my friends that work starts at 10h00 and finishes at 18h00, with the sun going down at 19h00 and in summer as late as 21h00.

Sunday was spent recovering, although I staggered my sleep well and jetlag was nowhere to be seen until 5pm sunday afternoon  :lamer: Took 2 hour nap and was normalized after that. Monday was still recovering, site seeing and making some more calls for meetings. My buddy is lucky enough to be quite flexible with his hours so he was gracious enough to show me around.

Had my first meet this morning at 10h00 in the city so left Northshore at 8h45 with Uber and was in Auckland CBD at 930.... Walked into the gents office while they were still getting their first cup of coffee for the morning....oh and coffeee  ;D Its like pubs in the UK....a coffee shop literally every 100-200m, its coffee madness but for someone that loves coffee its a delight to see! And no, not as in SA where it is a McD's or starbucks or steers on every corner, its unique local coffee shops with only a few international players here.

Anyhoot, back to the traffic....the Uber gent even apologized that it's taking so long but told him no worries...PTA to JHBZ is 2-3hours easily.

The lifestyle is something to get used to something I can get use to easily.... cars standing EVERYWHERE! Its weird to see. Houses have garages but all cars are standing outside (Even saw some Maserati sleeping outside)....why? no bullshit of vandalism or theft or or or. Buddy says the worst that has happened to him in the last 15 years was his GTI's turbo was stolen as apparently there are some boy racers wanna be's. Otherwise its pretty safe to leave your car outside.

Then this morning I pulled a typical Saffer move.... Last night he told me where the keys are for the front door for in case its locked (in case? wtf>>lol) anyway this morning I grab the keys and exit the front door and turn around to lock up...lock the door and for about 1min grabbed blindly for the security gate to close it...only after looking up realising there is no gate  ::) ....Uber driver probably thought, ag no a crazy one so early in the morning.

So far I am loving it....
:spitcoffee:

It's amazing! And a double shot is standard. But it's expensive, especially if you're like my and are a sucker for cakes.  :drif:

And if you like bagels, check out Goodness Gracious: http://www.goodnessgracious.co.nz/
And for your burger and milkshake fix, Corner Burger: http://cornerburger.co.nz/

All the best for the meetings!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on June 19, 2018, 05:44:42 am
Currently 14h00 here on the 19th (Tuesday) with only my 3rd day today but feels like its been a week. Struggling to still get use to being so far east with the work times of the country. In SA I am up at 5, to work at 6ish and the city is alive. Not here, here in NZ people generally sleep till its light  :patch: Both my friends that work starts at 10h00 and finishes at 18h00, with the sun going down at 19h00 and in summer as late as 21h00.

Sunday was spent recovering, although I staggered my sleep well and jetlag was nowhere to be seen until 5pm sunday afternoon  :lamer: Took 2 hour nap and was normalized after that. Monday was still recovering, site seeing and making some more calls for meetings. My buddy is lucky enough to be quite flexible with his hours so he was gracious enough to show me around.

Had my first meet this morning at 10h00 in the city so left Northshore at 8h45 with Uber and was in Auckland CBD at 930.... Walked into the gents office while they were still getting their first cup of coffee for the morning....oh and coffeee  ;D Its like pubs in the UK....a coffee shop literally every 100-200m, its coffee madness but for someone that loves coffee its a delight to see! And no, not as in SA where it is a McD's or starbucks or steers on every corner, its unique local coffee shops with only a few international players here.

Anyhoot, back to the traffic....the Uber gent even apologized that it's taking so long but told him no worries...PTA to JHBZ is 2-3hours easily.

The lifestyle is something to get used to something I can get use to easily.... cars standing EVERYWHERE! Its weird to see. Houses have garages but all cars are standing outside (Even saw some Maserati sleeping outside)....why? no bullshit of vandalism or theft or or or. Buddy says the worst that has happened to him in the last 15 years was his GTI's turbo was stolen as apparently there are some boy racers wanna be's. Otherwise its pretty safe to leave your car outside.

Then this morning I pulled a typical Saffer move.... Last night he told me where the keys are for the front door for in case its locked (in case? wtf>>lol) anyway this morning I grab the keys and exit the front door and turn around to lock up...lock the door and for about 1min grabbed blindly for the security gate to close it...only after looking up realising there is no gate  ::) ....Uber driver probably thought, ag no a crazy one so early in the morning.

So far I am loving it....
:spitcoffee:

It's amazing! And a double shot is standard. But it's expensive, especially if you're like my and are a sucker for cakes.  :drif:

And if you like bagels, check out Goodness Gracious: http://www.goodnessgracious.co.nz/
And for your burger and milkshake fix, Corner Burger: http://cornerburger.co.nz/

All the best for the meetings!  :thumleft:

Damit Sardine! Was trying to keep away from pastries  :drif:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on June 20, 2018, 10:55:00 pm
Lol, the coffee van's really sell good coffees. Flat white is my favorite.

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: funky_munky on June 21, 2018, 07:56:45 am
I found the same thing with Australia, man they are coffee snobs. they will walk 100m past the closest coffee shops to a very specific coffee shop on the corner because their coffee tastes better.  ???

But their coffee is 99% of the time really good. We stopped in some small town half way between Sydney and Brisbane to get a cup of coffee, only building that looked like it would sell coffee was the hotel. yeah right, get directed to the bar, which was packed at 9:00 in the morning. Coffee came out of a coffee machine... That was the worst coffee i have ever had! tasted like the dust which was on top of the machine. Should have grabbed a beer!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on June 21, 2018, 01:28:11 pm
I found the same thing with Australia, man they are coffee snobs. they will walk 100m past the closest coffee shops to a very specific coffee shop on the corner because their coffee tastes better.  ???

But their coffee is 99% of the time really good. We stopped in some small town half way between Sydney and Brisbane to get a cup of coffee, only building that looked like it would sell coffee was the hotel. yeah right, get directed to the bar, which was packed at 9:00 in the morning. Coffee came out of a coffee machine... That was the worst coffee i have ever had! tasted like the dust which was on top of the machine. Should have grabbed a beer!

Sounds exactly like Cape Town, home of the best coffee shops in the world  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on June 26, 2018, 07:10:01 am
Update time.

Been with my second family friends since Saturday here in the south of Auckland, Botany area. Been raining and had some hail today so its been cold! DOUBLE socked my feet from yesterday as since I went over 30 my feet actually get cold  :patch: dam age!

So Saturday was their daughters 4th birthday party and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Saw her last at her 2nd Bday party back in SA, but just made me miss my little boy even more :( I travel for work but have never missed a weekend at home with my family, so this was the first. Had a whatsapp video call with him and my wife last night....at least we all know what it's for and it makes it a bit easier.

Anyway, it also gave me a chance to meet with a lot of other ppl, including other South Africans,to discuss, ask and talk about their journeys. So was a good day day!

The nights before bed I generally use to catch up a bit, read the forums here and so forth...and then I saw Mr Zogs post  :'( Made me sad, really sad and hit home as we would soon be 15,000km away from my dad and my wifes mom, who both are getting long in the tooth. Again Mr zog, all the best and we are thinking of you and your family  :paw:

Sunday to today was spent with my friends showing me Auckland south sights.

Yesterday I went into one of the local villages to meet with my friends boss, although he doesn't have a job for me, he was willing to give me a good insight into my industry in New Zealand and it was very welcomed! Helping and being nice comes naturally it seems to the Kiwis as it's not the first time.

Then I took public transport, the BUS home...man, what a good, clean experience! It works and is SO easy to use. A Bus stop about every 200ish meter along most major (including residential) routes and you can hop on/off for about 4.5dollars max a day...oh and every bus stop has a proper stop with an info screen showing the busses and the times/delays. My first walk was 50m to the stop and my last walk home was 300m(and this is considered far by kiwis standard)

Have a few good interviews lined up for this week and hoping it goes well.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on June 26, 2018, 12:44:38 pm
All best with the interviews! Go knock 'em dead. And negotiate to earn a bundle so you can bring the parents over for visits often :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on July 02, 2018, 01:07:20 pm
Right, back in SA and back at work.

The last few days was all about relaxing and taking in the sights. Was a good weekend with good weather and some good food and friends!  :thumleft:

Was sad to be back in SA this morning and without an offer but made good contacts and praying it will turn into an offer in the coming months.

Now that I am back in front of a laptop I can post/share some photos without the site tuning me its to BIG!

1. Some really good beaches in NZ
(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/1_zpsovc72tc8.jpg)

(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/2_zpsqbg7ntb2.jpg)

2. Auckland CBD from 27 Stories up
(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/3_zpsphxa9co1.jpg)

3. As stated previously public transport works. A typical buss stop
(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/4_zpsrgakwvqi.jpg)

A bus leaving and school children walking safely!
(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/7_zpsyhaa2cij.jpg)

(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/6_zpsrxtebvuq.jpg)

(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/8_zpspn50mfkh.jpg)

4. Lifts in NZ have no internal floor buttons. You select from the outside LCD screen what floor you want to visit and it calls the lift and takes you just to that floor
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5. Braai time! Some NZ skaaptjops, steak and chicken! and before you say wheres the wood....wood is moer expensive in NZ...up to 50 NZD for a small bag of braai wood.
(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/11_zpsngyklg5y.jpg)

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(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/12_zpsrhobymbh.jpg)

6. local mussles! So my friend's wife is allergic to most seafood and he has never had proper mussles. He asked if i am willing to make some while his wife is at the baby shower so that at least he can also experience it
(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/14_zpscic8qo8j.jpg)

7. Self-check out, self-filling your car etc is a big thing in NZ and they have recently added self-collection as well. You order online at your favorite shop, pay and they send you your locker number and pin.
(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/15_zpsqon8z0vv.jpg)
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: TeeJay on July 02, 2018, 02:05:07 pm
Welcome back - won't say "home"  ;)

Can't see any of the pics  :(
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mr Zog on July 03, 2018, 02:05:41 am
Holding thumbs for you for that job offer.

Also can't see the pics...  :-\
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on July 03, 2018, 04:56:59 am
Photo links updated, let me know if it works now  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mr Zog on July 03, 2018, 05:44:29 am
Photo links updated, let me know if it works now  :thumleft:

I see them now  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on July 03, 2018, 06:28:15 am
Eish, our office building in Cape Town has those buttonless lifts. Can't change your mind once you're in the lift, you have to wait to reach the wrong floor, get out, select the new floor and wait for a new lift. Clearly very well thought out ::)

But in general works fine.

Ditto on a job offer coming soon  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: TeeJay on July 03, 2018, 09:40:21 am
Can see pics - thanks for posting  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on July 09, 2018, 07:58:41 am
Its one of those days...people said it will be an emotional roller coaster but one always believes it wont happen to you...

I barely started as we are still to sell a lot of things, house included, but today i feel like it is just not going to happen. Spend 2 weeks there, have done over 80 applications and only got 2 bites. Makes one really despondent...But hey, aanhou voorentoe! WIll push through, it has taken some ppl 3 years and keeping the end goal in sight and the reason one is doing it is important!

Let this week begin and see what it holds!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on July 09, 2018, 10:26:38 am
Strongs! You'll get there. :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mr Zog on July 10, 2018, 04:11:29 am
Its one of those days...people said it will be an emotional roller coaster but one always believes it wont happen to you...

I barely started as we are still to sell a lot of things, house included, but today i feel like it is just not going to happen. Spend 2 weeks there, have done over 80 applications and only got 2 bites. Makes one really despondent...But hey, aanhou voorentoe! WIll push through, it has taken some ppl 3 years and keeping the end goal in sight and the reason one is doing it is important!

Let this week begin and see what it holds!

I know the feeling.

When I got here I applied to so many places for a job, and only got one bite for an interview with Bass Pro Shop that I (obviously) didn't get.

Thats when I took matters into my own hands and basically talked the old boss into giving me a job. Worked that first week, and he kept me on. Used some of the experience I got on that job to get the new job.

When the new job was advertised I didn't just apply. I didn't just fill in the form. I took each point / item that they specified as a requirement and told them how I could do that part of the job. I sold myself. The rest is history.

Don't just apply. Sell yourself. If the HR person / boss sees that you are willing to do more than just fill out the form, he'll know you are willing to go the extra mile at work too.  :deal:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on July 10, 2018, 04:50:40 am
Its one of those days...people said it will be an emotional roller coaster but one always believes it wont happen to you...

I barely started as we are still to sell a lot of things, house included, but today i feel like it is just not going to happen. Spend 2 weeks there, have done over 80 applications and only got 2 bites. Makes one really despondent...But hey, aanhou voorentoe! WIll push through, it has taken some ppl 3 years and keeping the end goal in sight and the reason one is doing it is important!

Let this week begin and see what it holds!

Kiwi bosses work in mysterious ways. Even if you are in a global skills field they insist on something called "New Zealand working experience" Fkck know what exact it is but it exist.  :laughing4:

After 10 months in NZ I am still not working in my designated field. I do have a job and I enjoy it but I am not in my strongest skills area. Yes frustrating but that's how things go for the majority of immigrants. Kiwi's are scared of hard working foreigners, They will oversee you and give a lesser skilled Kiwi a job first.  Deal with it. Handle it. Manage it. See it as a challenge.

My wife on the other side got 5 interviews in 8 days and 2 job offers on the table withing 5 days after her interviews. So its about what you can do.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: immigrant on July 10, 2018, 05:53:13 am
Our plants chemical engineer worked in Home Depot stocking shelves for 2 years before he got to work with us. Our head accountant was a "sandwich artist" at the local Subway. I swept floors for a year..... We just had interviews for 2  new operators. We had immigrant engineers with 5 years experience lose out to 2 twenty year old kids living with their parents.  Life is not necessarily fair in the new country. You just need a lucky break and somebody to believe in you.
Keep trying Silvrav.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on July 10, 2018, 08:14:11 am
Thanks guys!

@Mr Zog I try to do that in my cover letter but it seems I will need to focus and do more so  :thumleft:

@Ama ride ride @immigrant thanks! I am willing to start anywhere and work my way back up! Its just that dam work visa thats a thorn in my side. If it was a year ago we could apply for residency from SA side, but now they upped the points to 160 (vs 140) and we at 145, so need that offer to put us over the edge.

I had a long chat this morning with a guy that i potentially would have had an interview with, btw to which they found someone locally,  :-\ anyhoot, he is also a saffer and pretty much advised the same in that its much easier to find something when you there full time.

So short term 6month plan is as follows:

1. Keep applying for work from this side, with more focus and detailed on selling my self (as Zog said)
2. Start saving big time and get debt free (big one being the house).
3. Will wait till year end to get bonus paid out to help with debt.
4. Get wife and son set up at mother in laws for the upcoming months
5. Plan to go over feb of next year and start the job hunting on the ground.

I am very lucky that I have friends in NZ and 2 have offered that I can come stay with them indefinitely while job hunting.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mr Zog on July 11, 2018, 01:31:05 am
Quote
@Mr Zog I try to do that in my cover letter but it seems I will need to focus and do more so  :thumleft:


Try not to have a "generic" cover letter.

Write a new, detailed, "selling yourself" cover letter for each application. Mention the company name, mention how you WILL be an asset to their company (by name), etc.  Write so that if you were the HR person you would be very intrigued to have further communication with the applicant that has so obviously done his homework (google the company and mention stuff that you found interesting).

Holding thumbs for you H  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Camino Cerdo on July 12, 2018, 06:16:10 am
Changing countries seems to be much more complicated than I ever envisioned. But here in (A)merica things are booming and labor willing to work is getting hard to find. Does it help it you have a job lined up when trying to immigrate? We run a small business, farming and contracting and could use a couple more crew. We work long hard hour when busy but young man that just got our of high school two years ago grossed 50k last year.
I loved SA when I traveled there. Hate to see so many finding leaving is the best option for them.  But if someone is interested in options here let me know. Maybe you could come through Mexico and get a Coyote to smuggle you across the border.

Bob 
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mikie on July 12, 2018, 09:18:47 am
Changing countries seems to be much more complicated than I ever envisioned. But here in (A)merica things are booming and labor willing to work is getting hard to find. Does it help it you have a job lined up when trying to immigrate? We run a small business, farming and contracting and could use a couple more crew. We work long hard hour when busy but young man that just got our of high school two years ago grossed 50k last year.
I loved SA when I traveled there. Hate to see so many finding leaving is the best option for them.  But if someone is interested in options here let me know. Maybe you could come through Mexico and get a Coyote to smuggle you across the border.

Bob
:laughing4:
Better do it quick, before Don build the wall
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Sardine on July 12, 2018, 12:10:20 pm
Changing countries seems to be much more complicated than I ever envisioned. But here in (A)merica things are booming and labor willing to work is getting hard to find. Does it help it you have a job lined up when trying to immigrate? We run a small business, farming and contracting and could use a couple more crew. We work long hard hour when busy but young man that just got our of high school two years ago grossed 50k last year.
I loved SA when I traveled there. Hate to see so many finding leaving is the best option for them.  But if someone is interested in options here let me know. Maybe you could come through Mexico and get a Coyote to smuggle you across the border.

Bob

Would you consider a hard-working lady who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. Plenty of aviation experience, not much farming, but eager to learn!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: funky_munky on July 12, 2018, 12:16:10 pm
Changing countries seems to be much more complicated than I ever envisioned. But here in (A)merica things are booming and labor willing to work is getting hard to find. Does it help it you have a job lined up when trying to immigrate? We run a small business, farming and contracting and could use a couple more crew. We work long hard hour when busy but young man that just got our of high school two years ago grossed 50k last year.
I loved SA when I traveled there. Hate to see so many finding leaving is the best option for them.  But if someone is interested in options here let me know. Maybe you could come through Mexico and get a Coyote to smuggle you across the border.

Bob

Would love to, but would you be willing to sponsor the visa? From what I have read, if you get a job offer in America or any other 1st world country, the employer would have to be willing to sponsor the Visa. Not sure if it would be possible for the employer to sponsor the visa process with the future employee paying the fees?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on July 12, 2018, 05:14:01 pm
Changing countries seems to be much more complicated than I ever envisioned. But here in (A)merica things are booming and labor willing to work is getting hard to find. Does it help it you have a job lined up when trying to immigrate? We run a small business, farming and contracting and could use a couple more crew. We work long hard hour when busy but young man that just got our of high school two years ago grossed 50k last year.
I loved SA when I traveled there. Hate to see so many finding leaving is the best option for them.  But if someone is interested in options here let me know. Maybe you could come through Mexico and get a Coyote to smuggle you across the border.

Bob

Would love to, but would you be willing to sponsor the visa? From what I have read, if you get a job offer in America or any other 1st world country, the employer would have to be willing to sponsor the Visa. Not sure if it would be possible for the employer to sponsor the visa process with the future employee paying the fees?

Bob I have sent you pm  :thumleft:

Funky munky its in NZ like that as well... When I get a visa/sponsorship from NZ employer they just complete some docs. I still have to pay the visa fees
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Camino Cerdo on July 14, 2018, 02:54:15 am

Changing countries seems to be much more complicated than I ever envisioned. But here in (A)merica things are booming and labor willing to work is getting hard to find. Does it help it you have a job lined up when trying to immigrate? We run a small business, farming and contracting and could use a couple more crew. We work long hard hour when busy but young man that just got our of high school two years ago grossed 50k last year.
I loved SA when I traveled there. Hate to see so many finding leaving is the best option for them.  But if someone is interested in options here let me know. Maybe you could come through Mexico and get a Coyote to smuggle you across the border.

Bob

Would you consider a hard-working lady who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. Plenty of aviation experience, not much farming, but eager to learn!

Sure, if you can fly you should be able to drive a tractor or run a remote control dredge.  But you have a skill that is needed here and pays better I think.  Was on the news a few days ago that the regional airlines were getting desperate for pilots.
Bob
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Camino Cerdo on July 14, 2018, 03:12:03 am
Sponsoring Visa should not be a problem. I have worked with a few Mexicans on paperwork, some liability on sponsoring someone for citizenship, (have to agree to take care of them if they get sick or injured and can not work but not sure they have ever enforced it)  Unfortunately Mexico is doing better and they all have gone home. But sponsoring for Visa should not be a risk to employer. What would help is if the person coming in had a skill we could say we could not find locally. (sheep producers bring in herders this way as do high tech companies).
I am off next week for a three month ride across Central Asia and China. I do my best thinking with the wind in my face so I will rattle this around in the head a bit and see what falls out.
Bob
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: thabogrobler on July 14, 2018, 12:23:53 pm
Sponsoring Visa should not be a problem. I have worked with a few Mexicans on paperwork, some liability on sponsoring someone for citizenship, (have to agree to take care of them if they get sick or injured and can not work but not sure they have ever enforced it)  Unfortunately Mexico is doing better and they all have gone home. But sponsoring for Visa should not be a risk to employer. What would help is if the person coming in had a skill we could say we could not find locally. (sheep producers bring in herders this way as do high tech companies).
I am off next week for a three month ride across Central Asia and China. I do my best thinking with the wind in my face so I will rattle this around in the head a bit and see what falls out.
Bob
To get Saffas in the US for farm work is relative easy on the H2A visa, however this visa does not lead to residency. And thereies the challenge.

By trade I am a qualified plumber and one of the few countries my missus would ever go to is the Us. Getting a proper work visa as a tradesman is a different ball game as very few employers will wait 18months + for you to arrive.

I worked in the Us in 2001 on an H2A. It must be the hardest I worked in my lkfe but it was the most stressfree 6 months of my life!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on July 18, 2018, 10:51:56 am
Silvrav

One thing to keep in the back of your mind.

South Africans who are already in the job market and who you may need to contact for potential jobs,(consultants, managers etc)... Some of them are very anti-South African and will decline your CV just on the fact that you are also from SA. Its my personal experience.  The Kiwi consultants are fair and to the point. The SA ones will make it hard.
 
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Horizon Seeker on July 24, 2018, 12:53:33 pm
Has anyone applied recently for a UK Spouse Visa? Any comments on how long it took would be appreciated  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Tr0jan on July 24, 2018, 03:05:29 pm
Silvrav, thanks for taking the time to explain many of the subtleties. The Mrs and I are also going(once paperwork is done) to wellington, so hopefully we will see you there one day?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mikie on July 25, 2018, 07:09:07 am
Silvrav, thanks for taking the time to explain many of the subtleties. The Mrs and I are also going(once paperwork is done) to wellington, so hopefully we will see you there one day?

Only after you leave that black BeeEm in my garage, nê?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Horizon Seeker on July 27, 2018, 09:10:39 am
What is the best way to move a couple of hundred rand into an overseas bank account?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Duke916 on July 27, 2018, 09:51:02 am
Maybe buy currency here and take it over  ???
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: King Louis on July 30, 2018, 12:47:15 pm
Only saw the thread now....been a bit busy.

Good luck with everything Hannes and all the best for your and your family's future. :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on July 30, 2018, 01:45:58 pm
So been a bit under the weather with tonsillitis and flu at the SAME bloody time ...

So haven't done much in the way of applications but have started again yesterday.

Did get 2 calls and after an hours discussion, they realized that i am not in NZ and therefore will be quite difficult as they need someone ASAP.

So the plan remains....wait for the bonus in September, resign 1 November and plan to land in NZ 1 Feb for 6months.

Until then we busy formulating a to do list for the next 8 months
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on July 31, 2018, 02:18:20 am
So been a bit under the weather with tonsillitis and flu at the SAME bloody time ...

So haven't done much in the way of applications but have started again yesterday.

Did get 2 calls and after an hours discussion, they realized that i am not in NZ and therefore will be quite difficult as they need someone ASAP.

So the plan remains....wait for the bonus in September, resign 1 November and plan to land in NZ 1 Feb for 6months.

Until then we busy formulating a to do list for the next 8 months

Why don't you use long leave plus unpaid leave?

We budgeted 2 months for the wife to get a job in NZ.
1ste week she basically searched for her feet and met agents etc
end of 2nd week she had 5 interviews lined up all over north island
3rd week hired a camper and drove to the interviews
end 4th week, got 2 job offers, signed one and flew back
Send job offer etc to our immigration agent who did the final paperwork.
Two weeks later got work visa and the additional points
Resigned from SA job and flew over
I stayed behind to close shop, service my skelmpies with terminate letters and packed our earthly stuff in a big tin.
6 weeks later my kid and I arrived in NZ
Nearly a year here now.

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on July 31, 2018, 09:47:43 am
So been a bit under the weather with tonsillitis and flu at the SAME bloody time ...

So haven't done much in the way of applications but have started again yesterday.

Did get 2 calls and after an hours discussion, they realized that i am not in NZ and therefore will be quite difficult as they need someone ASAP.

So the plan remains....wait for the bonus in September, resign 1 November and plan to land in NZ 1 Feb for 6months.

Until then we busy formulating a to do list for the next 8 months

Why don't you use long leave plus unpaid leave?

We budgeted 2 months for the wife to get a job in NZ.
1ste week she basically searched for her feet and met agents etc
end of 2nd week she had 5 interviews lined up all over north island
3rd week hired a camper and drove to the interviews
end 4th week, got 2 job offers, signed one and flew back
Send job offer etc to our immigration agent who did the final paperwork.
Two weeks later got work visa and the additional points
Resigned from SA job and flew over
I stayed behind to close shop, service my skelmpies with terminate letters and packed our earthly stuff in a big tin.
6 weeks later my kid and I arrived in NZ
Nearly a year here now.

Unfortunately in my field companies tends to want you to begin asap, and with my current senior position I have 3months notice, so NZ companies don't want to wait 3 months + for me to only get there.

I am not on the short skilled or long skilled list either so its a bit harder to land something from SA side.

I am fortunate in that I have a friend there i can go stay for free of charge till I land something
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on July 31, 2018, 11:21:58 pm

Unfortunately in my field companies tends to want you to begin asap, and with my current senior position I have 3months notice, so NZ companies don't want to wait 3 months + for me to only get there.

I am not on the short skilled or long skilled list either so its a bit harder to land something from SA side.

I am fortunate in that I have a friend there i can go stay for free of charge till I land something

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: EtienneXplore on August 02, 2018, 08:58:04 pm
Has anyone applied recently for a UK Spouse Visa? Any comments on how long it took would be appreciated  :thumleft:

I will be going this route in about 18month's time. My wife is British and I currently have a 5 year Tourist Visa for the UK, but need to get a Work Permit / Work Visa if I want to work in the UK. We will be moving to the UK in June 2020.

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on August 06, 2018, 07:34:46 am
Skype interview requested for Thursday night NZ time (so our Thursday morning)  :thumleft: Please hold thumbs gents and ladies.

On other news, one of my friends i stayed with is having her baby boy this week via c-section. Please also pray for their well being.

Then not much other developments except a conversation I am going to have to have with my wife. I have started (while in NZ) and still to this day research about the rental market. I, and some people who being helping me in NZ, has come to the sad conclusion that 99% of rentals, or more so landlords,  in NZ DONT allow pets  :lamer: ... This is very sad news. We have always planned to take our doggies with but now we have to have a serious discussion around this.

1. Either we find them a temp home for 3-6months until we settled and have the time to find a pet friendly rental, or
2. they have to go up for adoption  :'( :'(

I am still holding thumbs that when the day comes the finances and a pet friendly rental unit will work out.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: immigrant on August 06, 2018, 08:26:42 pm
We brought our Ridgeback with. In hindsight it was probably not in her best interest. She grew up on a farm, and when we got here we were living in a one bedroom apartment. The crate she flew in, the separation anxiety and the flight, stop overs etc. took their toll. She was not the same dog after that. Plus our stress the first few months added to her stress. She did provide a lot of comfort to us. She was the only sure thing in a strange new world. But she was never the same. I felt selfish to have had her go through that ordeal. I will probably not do that to my dog again. Good luck with your decision.
And good luck with your interview
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mr Zog on August 07, 2018, 03:11:00 am
Good luck with the interview, I'll be holding thumbs for you.

Try get a temporary home for the dogs until you can get a pet-friendly rental. Our dogs managed the trip over here just fine, and they are an incredible comfort when days are hard.

Just giving my dogglies a hug and a belly-tickle helps me get through some difficult times...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on August 07, 2018, 08:13:21 am
We brought our Ridgeback with. In hindsight it was probably not in her best interest. She grew up on a farm, and when we got here we were living in a one bedroom apartment. The crate she flew in, the separation anxiety and the flight, stop overs etc. took their toll. She was not the same dog after that. Plus our stress the first few months added to her stress. She did provide a lot of comfort to us. She was the only sure thing in a strange new world. But she was never the same. I felt selfish to have had her go through that ordeal. I will probably not do that to my dog again. Good luck with your decision.
And good luck with your interview

Thanks, Immigrant, that's another good input/viewpoint.

Good luck with the interview, I'll be holding thumbs for you.

Try get a temporary home for the dogs until you can get a pet-friendly rental. Our dogs managed the trip over here just fine, and they are an incredible comfort when days are hard.

Just giving my doggies a hug and a belly-tickle helps me get through some difficult times...  :thumleft:

I think most likely this is the route it will go but yes need to discuss it with the misses. Our doggies are quite nervous doggies so after reading immigrants post i can see how it may affect them.

Some more news, a talent acquisition manager (fancy name for in-house recruiter ) wants to chat to me on Friday morning NZ time....the time she suggested will be midnight SA time on Thursday  :biggrin: ... lots of redbull needed for thursday!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ri on August 07, 2018, 03:55:38 pm
Holding thumbs Silvrav.

Hope it all works out with both the jobs and the dogs. A colleague recently emigrated to a smallish town in NZ (Hamilton I think) - also had to wait for find a pet friendly rental home, or to buy a property, before they could bring their pets over.

Hard decisions all round.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on August 08, 2018, 09:14:11 am
sigh

so some remember this : http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=211125.msg3851801#msg3851801

In the end even dept of Justice said there was nothing to expunge as my last 2 police clearance certificates showed nothing.

Went to pick up my new one yesterday (as I currently do one every 6months) and guess what...now its showing  :lamer: >:(

Request for expungement filled it and my attorney is submitting this week...3-4 months he says so hopefully before they close in December.

Now, generally its not a big issue with INZ as they just want you to be honest. Problem is now i have to write a nice letter to INZ and inform them of what happened in hopes it shows good character and wont effect a future visa...

11 years later and they just finalised/update their systems was their excuse....ai tog, ffs, another thing to just put a block in the road.  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Ama ride ride on August 09, 2018, 06:38:08 am
Hey KIlroy....wat maak jy in NZ?



Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: TeeJay on August 15, 2018, 02:08:26 pm
https://businesstech.co.za/news/wealth/265161/blow-for-south-africans-looking-to-move-to-new-zealand/
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Tr0jan on August 15, 2018, 02:34:40 pm
https://businesstech.co.za/news/wealth/265161/blow-for-south-africans-looking-to-move-to-new-zealand/

Typical news paper. Virtually nothing to do with the heading.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: TeeJay on August 15, 2018, 03:03:27 pm
https://businesstech.co.za/news/wealth/265161/blow-for-south-africans-looking-to-move-to-new-zealand/

Typical news paper. Virtually nothing to do with the heading.

Yep......seems the norm nowdays...I can't edit the heading  :imaposer: but thought I'd post it here for what it's worth. The better informed Silvrav is the better but it's a silly article.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on August 16, 2018, 05:33:25 am
https://businesstech.co.za/news/wealth/265161/blow-for-south-africans-looking-to-move-to-new-zealand/

Typical news paper. Virtually nothing to do with the heading.

yip....And which I agree with. But once you have residency you can buy so not really  blow for SA people  :deal:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on August 21, 2018, 10:00:58 am
So both second interviews went well and both indicated I should hear either this week or next...

One mention start date as early as 1 Oct/1Nov negotiable.  :patch:

Please hold thumbs  :thumleft: and have a looky here for items for sale : http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=226382.msg4111670#msg4111670
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Tr0jan on August 21, 2018, 10:35:26 am
So both second interviews went well and both indicated I should hear either this week or next...

One mention start date as early as 1 Oct/1Nov negotiable.  :patch:

Please hold thumbs  :thumleft: and have a looky here for items for sale : http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=226382.msg4111670#msg4111670

Bevange man, dit klink of dinge beweeg nou!!!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Mr Zog on August 22, 2018, 03:37:27 am
Sounds good!

Still holding thumbs for you Hannes!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: Oubones on August 22, 2018, 05:37:31 am
Bly vir jou, glo dit sal die regte uitkoms hê.
Sterkte.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: silvrav on August 31, 2018, 11:36:03 am
SO some update time....

Car has been sold :( being collected monday. Now we have to consider buying something small or just renting for a while.
Busy to start sorting the house out so that we can put it on the market next week...then either rent something or go stay with MIL.

Problem is MIL is in krugersdorp so for the wife its a 120km round trip vs the current 25km round trip. Also not sure how i feel about her and my son travelling that road everyday.

Then on the interviews - one company said i was one of the last 2 and although hard to decide they went with a local guy that could start soon.

Then the second....hold thumbs  :thumleft: :thumleft: They doing reference checks now.....
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country.....
Post by: lpj on August 31, 2018, 07:33:09 pm
SO some update time....

Car has been sold :( being collected monday. Now we have to consider buying something small or just renting for a while.
Busy to start sorting the house out so that we can put it on the market next week...then either rent something or go stay with MIL.

Problem is MIL is in krugersdorp so for the wife its a 120km round trip vs the current 25km round trip. Also not sure how i feel about her and my son travelling that road everyday.

Then on the interviews - one company said i was one of the last 2 and although hard to decide they went with a local guy that could start soon.

Then the second....hold thumbs  :thumleft: :thumleft: They doing reference checks now.....

Sterkte  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: Ri on September 03, 2018, 07:35:50 am
All the best, may it swing in your favour! :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: silvrav on September 03, 2018, 09:56:24 am
OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: Sardine on September 03, 2018, 11:03:20 am
OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!

Woohoo! Awesome news, congrats!  :ricky:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: Buff on September 03, 2018, 11:13:46 am
Congrats, onward and upward  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: onderbroek on September 03, 2018, 11:52:11 am
Awesome news !
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: J-dog on September 03, 2018, 11:58:30 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Boerbok on September 03, 2018, 12:30:23 pm
Congratz!! What field are you in?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: lpj on September 03, 2018, 12:38:23 pm
Befok. Baie geluk.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Oubones on September 03, 2018, 01:20:10 pm
Lekker, baie bly vir jou!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: Motor1 on September 03, 2018, 01:21:51 pm
OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!
Awesome, well done.  What area and doing what?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: IceCreamMan on September 03, 2018, 01:25:53 pm
OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!

Excellent.

As i understand it now you will have sufficient points thus cannot be rejected and will be selected...giant step forward, congrats
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ri on September 03, 2018, 01:36:35 pm

 :wav:

CONGRATULATIONS!

Exciting and stressful times await but you'll be fine! All the best with this huge huge move, may things continue to go "klopdisselboom" :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on September 03, 2018, 05:49:09 pm
OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!

Congratulations.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Mr Zog on September 04, 2018, 03:04:13 am
YES!!!!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: silvrav on September 04, 2018, 08:00:14 am
Thanks everyone!

OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!
Awesome, well done.  What area and doing what?

I am in commercial Property Management, currently head of the department that manages all africa countries (except SA).

Now I am taking 2 steps down to physical being a property manager again (havent done it since 5 years ago) so going to deal with tenants again, and clients and and and, but worth it to get to NZ, and something I have always known. Will work my way back up.

OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!

Excellent.

As i understand it now you will have sufficient points thus cannot be rejected and will be selected...giant step forward, congrats


Indeed and being in wellington (have i mentioned that??) we get even more points.

We will however still go the work visa route as I need to start in 2 months and residency can take up to 6 months. So we will apply for it once we land.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 04, 2018, 08:01:47 am
UPDATE

Dam, I forgot how much I hate driving on the N1 in the mornings in traffic with a car.

Had to take the car to work as it is being sold today and they collecting it here. Wife was very sad about it as she loved her IX35....

So now we renting a little picanto from avis for 2 months at 9k  :lamer: But in the greater scheme of things it had to be done.

Last night was also a late night, starting to look at houses to rent, and start planning. We have also now engaged an agent to fast track the visa's. (we only have 8 weeks to go)

Reason, my wife and son can only get their visa once i have my work visa. My work visa through an gent can take 2 weeks (on my own it can take 2months). Agent fees - 15k.

Wife and son visa can take 3months or 5 weeks through agent. That would put as at 7weeksish and ideally means we could all fly together....lets hope.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 04, 2018, 09:44:33 am
emigration sale updated - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=226382.msg4091792#msg4091792  8) Come support the move
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 04, 2018, 10:15:21 am
wow,congrats silvrav,i'm also just waiting to receive my ielts results then visitor visa process can begin for interviews
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 04, 2018, 10:19:01 am
wow,congrats silvrav,i'm also just waiting to receive my ielts results then visitor visa process can begin for interviews

if i  may ask why did you do IELTS now already?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: Oshkosh on September 04, 2018, 02:08:22 pm
OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!

Congrats Boet!!! All the best the way forward!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ first option)
Post by: IceCreamMan on September 04, 2018, 02:27:02 pm
Thanks everyone!

OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!
Awesome, well done.  What area and doing what?

I am in commercial Property Management, currently head of the department that manages all africa countries (except SA).

Now I am taking 2 steps down to physical being a property manager again (havent done it since 5 years ago) so going to deal with tenants again, and clients and and and, but worth it to get to NZ, and something I have always known. Will work my way back up.

OFFER RECEIVED!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Now to apply for a work visa and pray and hope they approve it. Resigning today as well as I need to start 1 November and actually have a 3month notice period but should be able to neg to 2

Heart beating hectically right now!

Excellent.

As i understand it now you will have sufficient points thus cannot be rejected and will be selected...giant step forward, congrats


Indeed and being in wellington (have i mentioned that??) we get even more points.

We will however still go the work visa route as I need to start in 2 months and residency can take up to 6 months. So we will apply for it once we land.

One of the things in the western wolrd is that very little status is afforded to what you do or what your position is, no one really cares to be honest.

Emigrating from ZA is for your kids future, who cares if you have to clean toilets to do that. I washed pots an pans for a while just to keep busy when my contracting hours became less. Matters not what you do.

Edit: I was in Wellington for a bit, nice place. Stayed in Upper Hutt just outside, good railway and easy to gett o the south island for some touristy stuff.....

just be prepared, lots of rain and wind in wellington...its ffairly ar south, and new zealand is a typical island....

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 04, 2018, 11:08:12 pm
I have a few mates in Wellies so go there once a while. Nice place. Just helova hilly. :biggrin:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 06, 2018, 07:50:38 am
Post 2 updated with new costings

COST RECORD
UPDATED 6 September 2018
Certificates (R75 per marriage/birth certificate) x 3 - R225
Passports (R600 for adult maxi and R400 for son) - R1600
In NZ professional CV and cover letter agency - $300 (R2700 out of the bank)
Toll Fees, Petrol etc to fetch passport -R500
Prelim flight book for NZ visit -R19,000 -  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)
So total cost for NZ visit in June was about R25,000
R40,000 paid for shortfall on car settlement


Upcoming immediate future expenses
Wife degree verification - $1,300
Police clearance x 2 - R200
Visa application - $150
International driver license - $25

Planned expenses
R50,000 - Dogs Relocation costs - R25,000 SA side for the transport and vet seal. 2,500 NZD on NZ side for 10 day quarantine
R30,000 - Family Airticket to NZ
R60,000 - first months rental/deposits and living expenses
R60,000 - for a car cash in NZ - we consider financing but will see.
R30,000 - decided to go the agent route to fast track work visa
R10,000 - Medicals

To do:
Sell car - DONE
Sell Bike - 50% DONE
Sell house -  in the market

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: BLK on September 06, 2018, 07:54:23 am
You are going at the right time in your life.Your future will be bright.

Good luck.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 06, 2018, 07:57:20 am
Guys, on marriage certificates  :lamer: :lamer: >:( >:( Get your BI-30 marriage record from your church who married you.

DAH is useless in tracing these documents. 4 months later and they still cant print it cause they have no proof....FFS. Luckily and again I am praising the managers of bronkies home affairs, she showed me what they will need to verify. Its called a BI-30 form and is the form you, your spouse the pastor and a witness sign on the day.

With this they can then verify and print an unabridged certificate. Mailed the church  and 30mins later they send me the BI-30. So its with home affairs now and lets hope.

We have also decided to approach an agent to assist with the work visa as time is not on our side.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Oubones on September 06, 2018, 08:12:48 am
Sounds like you are winning, good luck further and may everything work out well.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 06, 2018, 09:27:56 am
wow,congrats silvrav,i'm also just waiting to receive my ielts results then visitor visa process can begin for interviews

if i  may ask why did you do IELTS now already?
for when we apply for residency,one of those things that need to happen so decided to get it over with
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 06, 2018, 10:38:09 am
wow,congrats silvrav,i'm also just waiting to receive my ielts results then visitor visa process can begin for interviews

if i  may ask why did you do IELTS now already?
for when we apply for residency,one of those things that need to happen so decided to get it over with

Its only valid for 2 years
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 06, 2018, 10:48:16 am
wow,congrats silvrav,i'm also just waiting to receive my ielts results then visitor visa process can begin for interviews

if i  may ask why did you do IELTS now already?
for when we apply for residency,one of those things that need to happen so decided to get it over with

Its only valid for 2 years

Yip, thats it...so Landieman you will need to apply asap.

Will write ours when we there as it also seems a bitter cheaper.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 06, 2018, 10:54:34 am
the plan is to go to NZ for a look see this year still
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 06, 2018, 11:12:46 am
wow,congrats silvrav,i'm also just waiting to receive my ielts results then visitor visa process can begin for interviews

if i  may ask why did you do IELTS now already?
for when we apply for residency,one of those things that need to happen so decided to get it over with

Its only valid for 2 years

Yip, thats it...so Landieman you will need to apply asap.

Will write ours when we there as it also seems a bitter cheaper.

Its more professional and better environment to do the test. We did ours here and we both passed.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on September 06, 2018, 01:55:21 pm
We did ours here and we both passed.

Nee jy het nie want jy het nie mooi geluister nie...
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 06, 2018, 10:26:38 pm
We did ours here and we both passed.

Nee jy het nie want jy het nie mooi geluister nie...

Ek het gemaak of ek luister....
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 07, 2018, 08:21:14 am
The Dam stress, emotional rollercoaster, feelings...ffs.... starting doubting this morning whats up as I have only received the employment letter...No contract  :-\

On my way to work, while filtering through the traffic my mind was already wondering and thinking, shit what am I to do if this doesnt work out?
Go stay with my mom on the farm? become a farmer?
Ask my employer if I can withdraw my resignation?
Still sell everything, apply for a 6month visitor visa and go anway?

Then as I stop at the office I see the mail with the full contract, signed by the MD and waiting for me  :3some: :ricky:

Reviewed now, signed and send. Also send it to the agent and now its another waiting game....

My friends told me the Kiwis are worse then africa time but dam, this waiting is going to give me a heart attack....

On other news, did my medicals yesterday, and the doc is very happy....unless my blood work or chest xrays shows anything weird he said I am good to go.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ri on September 07, 2018, 04:58:53 pm
Haha shame, can only imagine!

Almost there. Eye on the prize and keep the faith!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 07, 2018, 10:20:58 pm
Silvrav

Just a tip

I assume you will book tickets for emirates cos of the 2 X 23 kg plus 7 kg luggage benefit and your end destination will be Wellies. Different flights have different routes. different duration, either via Auckland or via AUS straight to Wellies.

If you take emirates and via Auckland look at the layover time in Auckland. I thought that the suitcases and customs would be in Wellies and took the shortest layover. Nope wrong. Customs will be in Auckland and there is a longish walk from international to domesticated terminal and it pissed down. I had to handle on my own, 4 x 23kg, 2 x 7kg, one big camera bag and a tired kid (cos of the lekker inflight entertainment slept next to nothing) and nearly missed the connection. :thumleft:

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 08, 2018, 06:31:46 am
Silvrav

Just a tip

I assume you will book tickets for emirates cos of the 2 X 23 kg plus 7 kg luggage benefit and your end destination will be Wellies. Different flights have different routes. different duration, either via Auckland or via AUS straight to Wellies.

If you take emirates and via Auckland look at the layover time in Auckland. I thought that the suitcases and customs would be in Wellies and took the shortest layover. Nope wrong. Customs will be in Auckland and there is a longish walk from international to domesticated terminal and it pissed down. I had to handle on my own, 4 x 23kg, 2 x 7kg, one big camera bag and a tired kid (cos of the lekker inflight entertainment slept next to nothing) and nearly missed the connection. :thumleft:

Thanks Ama....YIp we will check but so far we decided on Qantas...straight from sydney to Wellies. but didnt know the extra luggage space about emirates

We might send a few boxes via 7sevens that will cost about 3k with personal belongings in any case
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on September 08, 2018, 11:50:31 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Maverick on September 10, 2018, 04:33:27 pm
On my way to work, while filtering through the traffic my mind was already wondering and thinking, shit what am I to do if this doesnt work out?

Stop worrying about all that crap and just do what you had in your mind. If it does not work out you just start over as simple as that. When I received my job offer to come work in the Karoo it took me 2 seconds to accept and start making plans how to sell the house/cars etc in the UK. It is stressful but all worthwhile at the end. I just read your whole thread and it is fascinating how a lot of people want to get out of SA so desperately. As IceCreamMan said make no mistake you are doing this for your kid primarily and once they are sorted you can focus on yourself again. It is a tough decision to make. Myself, wife and boys have dual nationality now and can get on the plane and go well pretty much wherever. It all did however not come without blood, sweat and tears.

Good luck with your move and more importantly enjoy the new adventure, nothing like stepping out of your comfort zone once in a while :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: JC on September 10, 2018, 05:07:49 pm
Silvrav: for the doggies, have a look at Global Paws https://globalpaws.co.za/ .We sent my mom's rat/miniature dachshund to Wellington in 2015, and there is no way in hell I could manage that whole process without them. Being in Gauteng is probably easier than from CT, because the dogs need to spend some time at the state vet at Onderstepoort for a final tick in some box before they leave.

Good luck with your new adventure!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 11, 2018, 05:35:27 am
On my way to work, while filtering through the traffic my mind was already wondering and thinking, shit what am I to do if this doesnt work out?

Stop worrying about all that crap and just do what you had in your mind. If it does not work out you just start over as simple as that. When I received my job offer to come work in the Karoo it took me 2 seconds to accept and start making plans how to sell the house/cars etc in the UK. It is stressful but all worthwhile at the end. I just read your whole thread and it is fascinating how a lot of people want to get out of SA so desperately. As IceCreamMan said make no mistake you are doing this for your kid primarily and once they are sorted you can focus on yourself again. It is a tough decision to make. Myself, wife and boys have dual nationality now and can get on the plane and go well pretty much wherever. It all did however not come without blood, sweat and tears.

Good luck with your move and more importantly enjoy the new adventure, nothing like stepping out of your comfort zone once in a while :thumleft:

I hear you and agree...that is Plan B - we carry on selling everything and go to Namibia (my home country) or pick a place on the planet and go.  :thumleft: Just the usually buyers remorse that kicks in fro time to time.

Silvrav: for the doggies, have a look at Global Paws https://globalpaws.co.za/ .We sent my mom's rat/miniature dachshund to Wellington in 2015, and there is no way in hell I could manage that whole process without them. Being in Gauteng is probably easier than from CT, because the dogs need to spend some time at the state vet at Onderstepoort for a final tick in some box before they leave.

Good luck with your new adventure!

Thanks JC! will scope them out...at this point my wife isnt sure what to do. She doesnt want to leave them behind but she also doesnt want to let them fly 18hours in a box, in a plane, with no water and no one checking them, the stress of not being with us and and and.... She is more connected with the dogs then me sometimes  :imaposer:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 11, 2018, 12:03:08 pm
For sale post updated - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=226382.msg4111670#msg4111670
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 12, 2018, 09:32:36 am
So we want to see/experience NZ  during a holiday, to help make up our minds whether we would consider emigrating...

Any ideas on a NZ holiday to see most of what it has to offer?

Any info/tips would be apprecieated.

Thanks
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 12, 2018, 09:43:39 am
So we want to see/experience NZ  during a holiday, to help make up our minds whether we would consider emigrating...

Any ideas on a NZ holiday to see most of what it has to offer?

Any info/tips would be apprecieated.

Thanks

To be blunt, what is your budget. You can make it a relatively low cost vacation or high end vacation and both will depend where you go.

Happy to help though  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 12, 2018, 09:45:24 am
Woke up this morning to sms sounds going...teeteet, teetee....R15,000 + R3,069 - referance agent fees, and INZ immigration  :lamer:

So application submitted...now I need to verify passport at VFS and first appointment is only next week Tuesday  :lol8: :snorting: another week of stress...great!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 12, 2018, 09:50:12 am
So we want to see/experience NZ  during a holiday, to help make up our minds whether we would consider emigrating...

Any ideas on a NZ holiday to see most of what it has to offer?

Any info/tips would be apprecieated.

Thanks


To be blunt, what is your budget. You can make it a relatively low cost vacation or high end vacation and both will depend where you go.

Happy to help though  :thumleft:


It will only be my wife and I, kids will be left at grandma. We are not fussy about fancy accommodation at all, so would rather spend more money on activities etc. I see flights are moer expensive though. Budget currently R60k, if that wont be sufficient, we will have to postpone with a year to save more...
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: J-dog on September 12, 2018, 09:52:10 am
Hire a cheap rental car and book some cheap places to stay and simply look around. You can get by on R1500 per day quite easily Plus flights.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 12, 2018, 10:03:49 am
Also, when would be the best time to visit? Ideally summer, but outside school holidays to make it a bit cheaper? Is it best to see top/bottom or both of NZ?

Sorry about all the questions :sip:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: ROMMEL HOND on September 12, 2018, 10:20:48 am
So we want to see/experience NZ  during a holiday, to help make up our minds whether we would consider emigrating...

Any ideas on a NZ holiday to see most of what it has to offer?

Any info/tips would be apprecieated.

Thanks
In 2008 we rented a car in Auckland, without a planned route and only a return date we ended up in the middle of the South Island ,flew back to Auckland and then back home.
It was the best holiday ever ....and now we live on the outskirts of Christchurch.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 12, 2018, 10:27:20 am
Also, when would be the best time to visit? Ideally summer, but outside school holidays to make it a bit cheaper? Is it best to see top/bottom or both of NZ?

Sorry about all the questions :sip:

The more north you go the more modern and busier it gets.

South island is older gen and structure and Christchurch was hit by a rather large earthquake 2016 and is still rebuilding.

Wellington (middle of NZ, south tip of northern island) is also know as a windy city and is a mix of old/modern. has been rated one of the best cities to live in for quality of life for a secon year running
https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/104217247/wellington-named-most-liveable-city-for-second-year-running

It is very hilly though and something to get use to.

Auckland, northern part of NZ is very modern and expanding rapidly but also has the most to offer on a short trip

So it really depends the kind of live style you want, but its generally possible anywhere in NZ. School holidays (summer break) is about 6 weeks from mid december


Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 12, 2018, 10:43:31 am
Thank you for the input guys!

Starting to sound promising. It looks like flights for 2 will be around R36k. It seems possible to go for around 10 days and stay in budget. I will do some more research regarding accommodation costs and car hire etc.

Would be interesting to see the potential for a process engineering job there... :patch:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 12, 2018, 11:04:25 am
Thank you for the input guys!

Starting to sound promising. It looks like flights for 2 will be around R36k. It seems possible to go for around 10 days and stay in budget. I will do some more research regarding accommodation costs and car hire etc.

Would be interesting to see the potential for a process engineering job there... :patch:

18k is the max price, but you should be able to get away with 14k if you play with some dates.

Also if you have time and dont mind travelling time there is emirates that flies via dubai as well for cheaper BUT it increases your travelling time from 18hours to 25-30hours.

I went for 2 weeks in June and it was fun! wish i did 4 weeks though. I had friends to stay with so cant advise on accommodation but public transport works a charm. (do get a hop card as its much cheaper)

Remember to start visa applications early as it can take some time
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on September 12, 2018, 08:13:30 pm
Thank you for the input guys!

Starting to sound promising. It looks like flights for 2 will be around R36k. It seems possible to go for around 10 days and stay in budget. I will do some more research regarding accommodation costs and car hire etc.

Would be interesting to see the potential for a process engineering job there... :patch:

What about a camper van?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: IceCreamMan on September 12, 2018, 09:02:15 pm
Thank you for the input guys!

Starting to sound promising. It looks like flights for 2 will be around R36k. It seems possible to go for around 10 days and stay in budget. I will do some more research regarding accommodation costs and car hire etc.

Would be interesting to see the potential for a process engineering job there... :patch:

What about a camper van?

was going to say that, camper van and accommodation is free in laybyes and some areas.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 12, 2018, 11:18:35 pm
Thank you for the input guys!

Starting to sound promising. It looks like flights for 2 will be around R36k. It seems possible to go for around 10 days and stay in budget. I will do some more research regarding accommodation costs and car hire etc.

Would be interesting to see the potential for a process engineering job there... :patch:

What about a camper van?

was going to say that, camper van and accommodation is free in laybyes and some areas.

To explain.

All over NZ are spots where camper-vans (NB...only registered ones with a blue sticker on) may stand free for the night. Just download an app and boom you have 100 of choices where to overnight. For free. Yes free.

https://www.jucy.co.nz/

And don't worry the Hi-Ace camper van's wont get you hijacked and shot and raped and killed
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Sylvester on September 13, 2018, 06:07:49 am
So we want to see/experience NZ  during a holiday, to help make up our minds whether we would consider emigrating...

Any ideas on a NZ holiday to see most of what it has to offer?

Any info/tips would be apprecieated.

Thanks

It might also be a good idea to not go during a holiday.  You will then get a better feel for the day to day life in a city, traffic, etc.  Flights and accommodation will also be cheaper. Try to imagine a place as if you live there and not just doing touristy things.

 
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Hermit on September 13, 2018, 08:58:04 pm
We went to check the options there earlier this year. Rented a car and did both islands. We loved NZ, just expensive for us though.
Someone there mentioned that there are more people living in Auckland than on the whole South Island ? Unconfirmed though, but I'm sure very possible.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 14, 2018, 05:24:10 am
We went to check the options there earlier this year. Rented a car and did both islands. We loved NZ, just expensive for us though.
Someone there mentioned that there are more people living in Auckland than on the whole South Island ? Unconfirmed though, but I'm sure very possible.

This is true.

NZ also only has a fertility rate of 2 vs SA 2.5 and as mentioned before lots of ppl are also leaving NZ for Australia. So NZ are always looking for people
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ri on September 14, 2018, 04:32:43 pm
Why are people leaving for Oz, if you don't mind my asking? I haven't really looked at that part of the world but NZ seemed the more preferable.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Boerbok on September 15, 2018, 01:04:55 am
Why are people leaving for Oz, if you don't mind my asking? I haven't really looked at that part of the world but NZ seemed the more preferable.

We applied for a NZ visa first. It was halted because of a technicality, and we had to go the longer and more difficult route to apply for Aus visa instead. We ended up in Melbourne.

In general Aus has:
- more space
- better weather
- more work and other opportunities
- bigger economy
- higher salaries
Also:
- worse rugby
- fewer Hobbitses

Many people born in NZ eventually leave the country for better opportunities, since the NZ passport allows automatic rights to work and stay in Aus (altough it’s not the same as permanent residency).

That does not mean NZ is a bad choice, it is beautiful with many opportunities. In many cases, you go where your visa takes you.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 15, 2018, 10:04:57 am
Why are people leaving for Oz, if you don't mind my asking? I haven't really looked at that part of the world but NZ seemed the more preferable.

We applied for a NZ visa first. It was halted because of a technicality, and we had to go the longer and more difficult route to apply for Aus visa instead. We ended up in Melbourne.

In general Aus has:
- more space
- better weather
- more work and other opportunities
- bigger economy
- higher salaries
Also:
- worse rugby
- fewer Hobbitses

Many people born in NZ eventually leave the country for better opportunities, since the NZ passport allows automatic rights to work and stay in Aus (altough it’s not the same as permanent residency).

That does not mean NZ is a bad choice, it is beautiful with many opportunities. In many cases, you go where your visa takes you.

This basically. Auz pays more, like the difference between pta and jhb and as mentioned most NZ can work in aus without issue.

Apparently also the very up down hillyness of NZ catches a lot of ppl that don't like it
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 17, 2018, 03:11:00 pm
Thanks for all the info, especially about the camper vans. We will definitely go the camper van route... Found some good prices on flights for March next year with Singapore air... Will hopefully buy the tickets at the end of this month and then apply for visitor visa.



Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: caconcepts on September 17, 2018, 03:24:19 pm
Thanks for all the info, especially about the camper vans. We will definitely go the camper van route... Found some good prices on flights for March next year with Singapore air... Will hopefully buy the tickets at the end of this month and then apply for visitor visa.

You can thank me later......

Free rental with a $5 admin fee..........Fly to NZ, get a connecting flight to Queenstown and get a free car to bring back to Auckland, see the whole island for free.

https://www.transfercar.co.nz/
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 17, 2018, 03:34:19 pm
Thanks for all the info, especially about the camper vans. We will definitely go the camper van route... Found some good prices on flights for March next year with Singapore air... Will hopefully buy the tickets at the end of this month and then apply for visitor visa.

You can thank me later......

Free rental with a $5 admin fee..........Fly to NZ, get a connecting flight to Queenstown and get a free car to bring back to Auckland, see the whole island for free.

https://www.transfercar.co.nz/

Wow, well this is something to consider , thanks!  :o I see there are quite few camper vans that needs to be driven back to Auckland  :ricky:. It looks like you can only book a few weeks in advance, so I will monitor this closely  :thumleft: Also, Extra days are a lot cheaper than normal camper van rentals.  :deal:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 17, 2018, 04:22:09 pm
Sorry for the thread hijack Silvrav. Hijack off*  :biggrin:

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 18, 2018, 09:05:22 am
haha no worries...its for everyone's benefit.

Just on the flights, pay the extra R500 or so (cost with qantas) to get the flexi/refund option for in case you have issues with your visa or your plans changes. 6months is a long time

UPDATE! - Passport verification done this morning, then off to bank to finalise home loan notice....now we wait some more
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 18, 2018, 10:02:34 am
haha no worries...its for everyone's benefit.

Just on the flights, pay the extra R500 or so (cost with qantas) to get the flexi/refund option for in case you have issues with your visa or your plans changes. 6months is a long time

UPDATE! - Passport verification done this morning, then off to bank to finalise home loan notice....now we wait some more

Did you manage to sell your house?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Sardine on September 18, 2018, 11:38:00 am
haha no worries...its for everyone's benefit.

Just on the flights, pay the extra R500 or so (cost with qantas) to get the flexi/refund option for in case you have issues with your visa or your plans changes. 6months is a long time

UPDATE! - Passport verification done this morning, then off to bank to finalise home loan notice....now we wait some more

Yup, and premium economy isn't really worth it.
I'd rather put that money towards the flexi option.

We flew with Cathay, JHB-Hong Kong-Auckland, and our regular economy seats were just fine. Premium only seemed to offer a smidge more leg room, and you got nicer headphones. But the arm rests can't be folded up, so if you want to use your partner as a pillow, it gets very uncomfortable.

Good going on getting through your to do list, Silvrav!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 18, 2018, 11:47:44 am
haha no worries...its for everyone's benefit.

Just on the flights, pay the extra R500 or so (cost with qantas) to get the flexi/refund option for in case you have issues with your visa or your plans changes. 6months is a long time

UPDATE! - Passport verification done this morning, then off to bank to finalise home loan notice....now we wait some more

Did you manage to sell your house?

Not yet...if we dont sell before we go we will tenant it for now

haha no worries...its for everyone's benefit.

Just on the flights, pay the extra R500 or so (cost with qantas) to get the flexi/refund option for in case you have issues with your visa or your plans changes. 6months is a long time

UPDATE! - Passport verification done this morning, then off to bank to finalise home loan notice....now we wait some more

Yup, and premium economy isn't really worth it.
I'd rather put that money towards the flexi option.

We flew with Cathay, JHB-Hong Kong-Auckland, and our regular economy seats were just fine. Premium only seemed to offer a smidge more leg room, and you got nicer headphones. But the arm rests can't be folded up, so if you want to use your partner as a pillow, it gets very uncomfortable.

Good going on getting through your to do list, Silvrav!

 :laughing4: Yes premium economy is a joke for that extra 7-9k  :lamer: Luckily I flew a lot at my current job so have a good travelling set with proper earphones, pillows, etc etc etc.

Thanks  :thumleft: Lets just hope there is no referrals and I hear good news by next week otherwise i can take another 4weeks  :-[
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 21, 2018, 07:43:31 am
flexi date tickets booked,just waiting on campervan confirmation then visa application,high jack off
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 21, 2018, 08:30:19 am
flexi date tickets booked,just waiting on campervan confirmation then visa application,high jack off

Nice! When are you going? How long and what route?  :sip:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 22, 2018, 07:36:39 am
flexi date tickets booked,just waiting on campervan confirmation then visa application,high jack off

Nice! When are you going? How long and what route?  :sip:
flying to Queenstown 19th Oct,working up to Auckland depart 31st
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 22, 2018, 05:47:10 pm
what work do you guys do @w@nted @landieman
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: ROMMEL HOND on September 23, 2018, 01:00:20 am
flexi date tickets booked,just waiting on campervan confirmation then visa application,high jack off

Nice! When are you going? How long and what route?  :sip:
flying to Queenstown 19th Oct,working up to Auckland depart 31st
Landieman  I'm in Rolleston (Christchurch) stop for a beer / braai.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 23, 2018, 02:07:59 am
I have a job interview in Wellington next week Tuesday. Maybe I will be your first new tenant. :imaposer:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 23, 2018, 09:14:42 am
I have a job interview in Wellington next week Tuesday. Maybe I will be your first new tenant. :imaposer:

Or first braai partner  :pot: good luck with the interview  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 24, 2018, 05:45:35 am
what work do you guys do @w@nted @landieman
fitter and turner and wannabe commercial pilot
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 24, 2018, 05:47:12 am
I have a job interview in Wellington next week Tuesday. Maybe I will be your first new tenant. :imaposer:

Or first braai partner  :pot: good luck with the interview  :thumleft:
:thumleft:

Remember I want a house with a sea view and a braai room.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 24, 2018, 06:24:44 am
I have a job interview in Wellington next week Tuesday. Maybe I will be your first new tenant. :imaposer:

Or first braai partner  :pot: good luck with the interview  :thumleft:
:thumleft:

Remember I want a house with a sea view and a braai room.

 :deal: I cant get you an office in that fitout...luckily i dont deal in residential....to many house wifes and their issues  :imaposer:

So start another week and another week of waiting....  :o ??? ::) :P
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 25, 2018, 08:15:14 am
what work do you guys do @w@nted @landieman

I am a chemical/process engineer, currently working at Sasol.

We had to leave the two kids with grandma for the weekend, as we had a wedding to attend. Our initial plan was to visit NZ early next year,but we might need to move it a bit, as the youngest daughter (5 months) was quite a hand full this weekend. I will feel a bit more comfortable leaving the kids at grandma when the youngest one is about a year old, as it will have to be for about two weeks.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 25, 2018, 11:23:27 am
struggling with the online visa process,so off to VFS tomorrow after my Met exa
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 25, 2018, 11:24:49 am
struggling with the online visa process,so off to VFS tomorrow after my Met exa

Happy to help if you want  :thumleft: did my visitors visa by myself in May
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: w@nted on September 25, 2018, 11:53:23 am
@silvrav, How helpful are the NZ Migration agents? I see they are offering a free evaluation/information session during October. Is it worth it to book a session with them for more information?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 25, 2018, 11:56:03 am
@silvrav, How helpful are the NZ Migration agents? I see they are offering a free evaluation/information session during October. Is it worth it to book a session with them for more information?

The INZ agents themselves (you can phone them almost any time) is very very helpful.

The license immigration companies can be a 2 fold...some are good, some promises you the moon and stars to get your money only to tell you oh sorry, INZ declined your visa. Try to get references on them from people who have used them (and not people that they said used them) and confirm with INZ that their license number is correct and up to date.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 26, 2018, 04:39:03 am
struggling with the online visa process,so off to VFS tomorrow after my Met exa

Happy to help if you want  :thumleft: did my visitors visa by myself in May
for some reason the verification emails for Realme didn't want to verify my account,so my wife got an account sorted on the first try :thumleft: visa application in process  ;D
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 28, 2018, 06:51:39 am
how long should i expect to wait to hand in my in my passport for verification?as departure date is drawing close
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on September 28, 2018, 08:55:45 am
how long should i expect to wait to hand in my in my passport for verification?as departure date is drawing close

Book it as soon a you get your reply email once you submitted your application. appointments can take up to a week with another 2-3week wait for the actual visa.

Dont wait, book asap
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on September 28, 2018, 11:17:26 am
thanks,luckily the tickets are flexi dates so if there are any delays it won't be a massive problem
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 01, 2018, 08:25:26 am
No news yet on work visa  :-[ But we have faith it will come through and have decided to press on.

This weekend was spend sorting the garage out, throwing out things not being taken with, donating some stuff to our domestic and gardeners and put some more stuff up for sale.

I am not a sentimental man, but some stuff was hard to chuck out, and I could see my wife even having a hard time as well...mostly cause she says, hey we can sell this for R10  :lol8: I rather donate things at that price then sell

And so we wait another week...
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Christian Kuun on October 02, 2018, 01:24:46 pm
Good luck and we hold thumbs.

I am also hopefully flying out next week to visit Kiwi country and meet some people. Just waiting for the visa.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 02, 2018, 01:59:17 pm
Good luck and we hold thumbs.

I am also hopefully flying out next week to visit Kiwi country and meet some people. Just waiting for the visa.
Heel verbaas om te lees NZ oes so 396 000 ton druiwe. Baie meer as wat ek gedink het. Met al die reen daar sou ek eerder n dons skimmel gif agent wou wees!! :deal: ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Christian Kuun on October 02, 2018, 07:50:43 pm
 :imaposer: Waar nê! Self al gewonder…
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 03, 2018, 12:19:16 am
Good luck and we hold thumbs.

I am also hopefully flying out next week to visit Kiwi country and meet some people. Just waiting for the visa.
Heel verbaas om te lees NZ oes so 396 000 ton druiwe. Baie meer as wat ek gedink het. Moet al die reen daar sou ek eerder n dons skimmel gif agent wou wees!! :deal: ;) :lol8:

Chris, as ek weer by Masterton kom sal ek jou kiekies neem van die druiwe. Ook van die sagtevrugte noord oos van ons by Hawksbay :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on October 03, 2018, 06:09:32 am
visa appointment on friday :) can i take my powertools with?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 03, 2018, 06:52:20 am
visa appointment on friday :) can i take my powertools with?

Visitor visa? and if so why you want to take tools with? Is your plan to stay if you find work?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on October 03, 2018, 09:26:43 am
visitor visa yes,found out that our family will be growing by two legs,so residency is the eventual goal
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 03, 2018, 10:40:18 am
visitor visa yes,found out that our family will be growing by two legs,so residency is the eventual goal

congrats  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Whats the purpose of the tools? this is what immigration at the gate will ask . Remember you allowed to look for work on visitor visa (declare it though) but it shouldnt be your main focus, and you are not allowed to work while on visitor visa
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on October 04, 2018, 06:30:11 am
sorry,lots of shit bouncing around in my kop.can i take my powertools with for when the container goes over with all our worldly possessions goes over,as replacing them would cost a pretty penny.have been instructed the Boney WILL be going with too ;D
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 04, 2018, 07:31:02 am
sorry,lots of shit bouncing around in my kop.can i take my powertools with for when the container goes over with all our worldly possessions goes over,as replacing them would cost a pretty penny.have been instructed the Boney WILL be going with too ;D

oh, yes in your container it can go, obviously once you have a work visa and can stay  :deal:
YOu will just need to convert the 3pins to NZ 3 pins
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: roburt on October 04, 2018, 01:55:34 pm
sorry,lots of shit bouncing around in my kop.can i take my powertools with for when the container goes over with all our worldly possessions goes over,as replacing them would cost a pretty penny.have been instructed the Boney WILL be going with too ;D

oh, yes in your container it can go, obviously once you have a work visa and can stay  :deal:
YOu will just need to convert the 3pins to NZ 3 pins

or get a SA multiplug/exstention and just put the nz plug on the end, did it here in TZ and works like a charm :-)
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on October 04, 2018, 03:50:00 pm
thanks :thumleft: VFS appointment tomorrow  ;D
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 05, 2018, 12:36:01 am

or get a SA multiplug/exstention and just put the nz plug on the end, did it here in TZ and works like a charm :-)

Agree. Buy sommer 4. You can also find them here in NZ sometimes.

In my garage I have a SA lead but cut of the plug and add a NZ plug. So I still plug my power tools into the SA socket of the lead
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on October 05, 2018, 08:33:55 am
excellent :thumleft: so power supply won't be an issue,another question,what company to use regarding the shipping of our container
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 06, 2018, 04:00:17 pm
excellent :thumleft: so power supply won't be an issue,another question,what company to use regarding the shipping of our container

Nope, they also on 230V/50hz  :thumleft:

On containers, we in the process to obtain quotes for in case we want to ship stuff if it doesnt sell. will let you know.

So far we going to ship 4 boxes (max 120kg) with seven seas for books, etc. for about R3,000
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on October 08, 2018, 03:51:22 pm
another question,who to do the medicals with?the guys i did my Saudi work visa medicals with aren't recognized by NZ Immigration
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 08, 2018, 05:21:22 pm
another question,who to do the medicals with?the guys i did my Saudi work visa medicals with aren't recognized by NZ Immigration

Depends where you are. We did it with Hatmed in hatfiled, pretoria. Just double check that they have emedicals registration and that the DR and radiology is tat the same place. (reason i went to hatmed).

Some are not in the same area so you have to go to more than 1 place.

Full list here : https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/tools/panel-physicians

but for visitors, you shouldn't need it if its shorter then 6 months?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 08, 2018, 07:43:47 pm
,another question,what company to use regarding the shipping of our container

They are about a hit and miss.

Perfect job for one and crap job for the next. The pricing is about the same. You will have two options to insure your stuff. The cheap one cover only total loss and the expensive one who cover each item. That is however a pain in the arse as you have to write down every single item and their value.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on October 09, 2018, 06:25:38 am
another question,who to do the medicals with?the guys i did my Saudi work visa medicals with aren't recognized by NZ Immigration

Depends where you are. We did it with Hatmed in hatfiled, pretoria. Just double check that they have emedicals registration and that the DR and radiology is tat the same place. (reason i went to hatmed).

Some are not in the same area so you have to go to more than 1 place.

Full list here : https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/tools/panel-physicians

but for visitors, you shouldn't need it if its shorter then 6 months?
thanks,trying to get all the ducks in a row regarding the work visa,as the visit and work visa are in together
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on October 09, 2018, 06:27:47 am
,another question,what company to use regarding the shipping of our container

They are about a hit and miss.

Perfect job for one and crap job for the next. The pricing is about the same. You will have two options to insure your stuff. The cheap one cover only total loss and the expensive one who cover each item. That is however a pain in the arse as you have to write down every single item and their value.
:thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 09, 2018, 07:53:08 am
another question,who to do the medicals with?the guys i did my Saudi work visa medicals with aren't recognized by NZ Immigration

Depends where you are. We did it with Hatmed in hatfiled, pretoria. Just double check that they have emedicals registration and that the DR and radiology is tat the same place. (reason i went to hatmed).

Some are not in the same area so you have to go to more than 1 place.

Full list here : https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/tools/panel-physicians

but for visitors, you shouldn't need it if its shorter then 6 months?
thanks,trying to get all the ducks in a row regarding the work visa,as the visit and work visa are in together

You submitting a visitor visa and work visa together? do yo have an offer?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: landieman on October 10, 2018, 05:04:19 am
another question,who to do the medicals with?the guys i did my Saudi work visa medicals with aren't recognized by NZ Immigration

Depends where you are. We did it with Hatmed in hatfiled, pretoria. Just double check that they have emedicals registration and that the DR and radiology is tat the same place. (reason i went to hatmed).

Some are not in the same area so you have to go to more than 1 place.



Full list here : https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/tools/panel-physicians

but for visitors, you shouldn't need it if its shorter then 6 months?

thanks,trying to get all the ducks in a row regarding the work visa,as the visit and work visa are in together

You submitting a visitor visa and work visa together? do yo have an offer?

yeah ,just so that it is on the NZ Immigration system
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 15, 2018, 10:00:20 am
Update time...nervs nervs nervs but we putting it aside and pushing on.

This week the serious packing started. Boxes were bought, bubble wrap bought (which is half for packing half for stress relieving  :imaposer: )

Started packing the kitchenwares and books, did some test fitting with cloths for my bags and some fights between the misses and I  :3some:
Time is not on our hands.

Our lounge is full of boxes marked, going to mother in law, my mom, my dad, maybe shipping or storage or charity....we very indecisive about what stays/goes/gets sold/donate etc.

Have also taken the leap today and booked the flight ticket for the 26th  :peepwall: I wanted to fly the 25th but now see the ticket prices has gone up by 7k,  :lol8: :snorting: :'(

All this and still no word on visa.... Dont know if I am going to stay sane during this period  :lamer: :imaposer: :eek7: :deal: :dousing: :bueller:

Then the wife mentions...Think i wanna stay behind for 4 or so months with doggies before they fly....  :bueller:

Cost update on pg1 as well :

COST RECORD
UPDATED 15 October 2018
Certificates (R75 per marriage/birth certificate) x 3 - R225
Passports (R600 for adult maxi and R400 for son) - R1600
In NZ professional CV and cover letter agency - $300 (R2700 out of the bank)
Toll Fees, Petrol etc to fetch passport -R500
Prelim flight book for NZ visit -R19,000 -  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)
So total cost for NZ visit in June was about R25,000
R42,000 paid for shortfall on car settlement
VISA application fee's - R3,500
Passport verification Fee - R505
Agent Fees - R15,000
My Medicals - R3,000
Wife Police Clearance - R700
Wife medicals - R3,000
Son's Medical - R1,000
One way ticket to Wellington - R11,500
Doggies shots and chips - R1,900

TALLY - R112,130
*car rentals etc not added as it would work the same out as our car payments so irrelevant (no extra cost)
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA pending!)
Post by: Ri on October 15, 2018, 10:13:25 am
 :eek7:

Hectic times!! Strongs man, hope everything works out fine. :peepwall:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Motor1 on October 15, 2018, 08:15:15 pm
Update time...nervs nervs nervs but we putting it aside and pushing on.

This week the serious packing started. Boxes were bought, bubble wrap bought (which is half for packing half for stress relieving  :imaposer: )

Started packing the kitchenwares and books, did some test fitting with cloths for my bags and some fights between the misses and I  :3some:
Time is not on our hands.

Our lounge is full of boxes marked, going to mother in law, my mom, my dad, maybe shipping or storage or charity....we very indecisive about what stays/goes/gets sold/donate etc.

Have also taken the leap today and booked the flight ticket for the 26th  :peepwall: I wanted to fly the 25th but now see the ticket prices has gone up by 7k,  :lol8: :snorting: :'(

All this and still no word on visa.... Dont know if I am going to stay sane during this period  :lamer: :imaposer: :eek7: :deal: :dousing: :bueller:

Then the wife mentions...Think i wanna stay behind for 4 or so months with doggies before they fly....  :bueller:

Cost update on pg1 as well :

COST RECORD
UPDATED 15 October 2018
Certificates (R75 per marriage/birth certificate) x 3 - R225
Passports (R600 for adult maxi and R400 for son) - R1600
In NZ professional CV and cover letter agency - $300 (R2700 out of the bank)
Toll Fees, Petrol etc to fetch passport -R500
Prelim flight book for NZ visit -R19,000 -  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)
So total cost for NZ visit in June was about R25,000
R42,000 paid for shortfall on car settlement
VISA application fee's - R3,500
Passport verification Fee - R505
Agent Fees - R15,000
My Medicals - R3,000
Wife Police Clearance - R700
Wife medicals - R3,000
Son's Medical - R1,000
One way ticket to Wellington - R11,500
Doggies shots and chips - R1,900

TALLY - R112,130
*car rentals etc not added as it would work the same out as our car payments so irrelevant (no extra cost)
Why is the visa taking so long.  Who is your agent?  Local Orin nz?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 15, 2018, 08:56:53 pm
Update time...nervs nervs nervs but we putting it aside and pushing on.

This week the serious packing started. Boxes were bought, bubble wrap bought (which is half for packing half for stress relieving  :imaposer: )

Started packing the kitchenwares and books, did some test fitting with cloths for my bags and some fights between the misses and I  :3some:
Time is not on our hands.

Our lounge is full of boxes marked, going to mother in law, my mom, my dad, maybe shipping or storage or charity....we very indecisive about what stays/goes/gets sold/donate etc.

Have also taken the leap today and booked the flight ticket for the 26th  :peepwall: I wanted to fly the 25th but now see the ticket prices has gone up by 7k,  :lol8: :snorting: :'(

All this and still no word on visa.... Dont know if I am going to stay sane during this period  :lamer: :imaposer: :eek7: :deal: :dousing: :bueller:

Then the wife mentions...Think i wanna stay behind for 4 or so months with doggies before they fly....  :bueller:

Cost update on pg1 as well :

COST RECORD
UPDATED 15 October 2018
Certificates (R75 per marriage/birth certificate) x 3 - R225
Passports (R600 for adult maxi and R400 for son) - R1600
In NZ professional CV and cover letter agency - $300 (R2700 out of the bank)
Toll Fees, Petrol etc to fetch passport -R500
Prelim flight book for NZ visit -R19,000 -  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)
So total cost for NZ visit in June was about R25,000
R42,000 paid for shortfall on car settlement
VISA application fee's - R3,500
Passport verification Fee - R505
Agent Fees - R15,000
My Medicals - R3,000
Wife Police Clearance - R700
Wife medicals - R3,000
Son's Medical - R1,000
One way ticket to Wellington - R11,500
Doggies shots and chips - R1,900

TALLY - R112,130
*car rentals etc not added as it would work the same out as our car payments so irrelevant (no extra cost)
Why is the visa taking so long.  Who is your agent?  Local Orin nz?

Apparently London and Washington office are closing soon. It's also silly season with people applying for visitor visas so there is a huge backlog building.

I'm using eagle immigration based in NZ
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA pending!)
Post by: silvrav on October 17, 2018, 08:58:24 am
Update - My employer was kind enough to write me a letter, addressed to INZ, if they would be so kind to expedite my visa as I am due to start 1 Nov. - My agent has now uploaded this to my profile.

I am also in contact with various ppl from the facebook group who is also waiting for visa's and one got an email address for the london office  :pot: So I also popped a mail with the letter to them asking nicely if they can expedite it for me.

Now more waiting....

At my current employer in SA I hit a snag as it I need to do a quick 3 day trip to Ivory coast  :dousing: Flying out Sunday afternoon and back Tuesday night...I am at a point where I want to tell them thats it, I am leaving end of October, even if i have to sit at home for the month of November....thats if the visa takes another 6weeks  :peepwall:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 17, 2018, 09:05:35 am
  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)

Wellington or Auckland?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 17, 2018, 09:21:04 am
  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)

Wellington or Auckland?

That was in Auckland when I went over in June....

Now I will be staying in Wellington so either Airbnb or short term room/apartment rental until wife and kids join me
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 17, 2018, 09:38:33 am
  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)

Wellington or Auckland?

That was in Auckland when I went over in June....

Now I will be staying in Wellington so either Airbnb or short term room/apartment rental until wife and kids join me

Cool, Come braai as jy eensaam  :biggrin: :biggrin: voel. (voor vrou en kids oorkom) Het tuisgemaakte boerewors.Ons praat darem nog afrikaans by die huis. Ek sal jou die Manawatu en Horowhenua omgewings gaan wys.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: silvrav on October 17, 2018, 09:54:20 am
  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)

Wellington or Auckland?

That was in Auckland when I went over in June....

Now I will be staying in Wellington so either Airbnb or short term room/apartment rental until wife and kids join me

Cool, Come braai as jy eensaam  :biggrin: :biggrin: voel. (voor vrou en kids oorkom) Het tuisgemaakte boerewors.Ons praat darem nog afrikaans by die huis. Ek sal jou die Manawatu en Horowhenua omgewings gaan wys.

 :thumleft: Sal so maak dankie!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ganjora on October 17, 2018, 11:09:41 am
Cool, Come braai as jy eensaam  :biggrin: :biggrin: voel. (voor vrou en kids oorkom) Het tuisgemaakte boerewors.Ons praat darem nog afrikaans by die huis. Ek sal jou die Manawatu en Horowhenua omgewings gaan wys.

why the boerewors,  braai and speaking in afrikaans?
you must assimilate into your new culture.

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: caconcepts on October 17, 2018, 12:21:12 pm
Cool, Come braai as jy eensaam  :biggrin: :biggrin: voel. (voor vrou en kids oorkom) Het tuisgemaakte boerewors.Ons praat darem nog afrikaans by die huis. Ek sal jou die Manawatu en Horowhenua omgewings gaan wys.

why the boerewors,  braai and speaking in afrikaans?
you must assimilate into your new culture.

Embrace the new culture......walk randomly without fear, drive somewhere with your doors unlocked, don't lock your front door, sleep with the windows open, listen to the news without saying FFS 20 times or simply drive down to the beach don't lock you car and just sit and watch the ocean, without looking over your shoulder constantly......... :imaposer: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 18, 2018, 07:19:03 am
Cool, Come braai as jy eensaam  :biggrin: :biggrin: voel. (voor vrou en kids oorkom) Het tuisgemaakte boerewors.Ons praat darem nog afrikaans by die huis. Ek sal jou die Manawatu en Horowhenua omgewings gaan wys.

why the boerewors,  braai and speaking in afrikaans?
you must assimilate into your new culture.

I expected dirty or Hein to ask this question.. :imaposer:

Boerewors. Since when is it only an afrikaans thing? Go and look at any soutpiel or black braai and look what are on the coals next to the meat.Who won the Checkers boerwors competition the last few years? Even butchers here sell it. However I like my wors in a certain way so I try to make my own. The Kiwi's prefer the soutpiel breakfast worsies. But since I started braaiing with them they demand I provide boerewors.

Braai vs BBQ.Will take pics next time to show you the difference. Psst check out netflix. There is a dokkie about bbq and braai.

Afrikaans. Well , English is my 3rd language so its like pudding to be able to speak afrikaans every now and then.

But fear not. I have jandals in my cupboard.

Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: caconcepts on October 18, 2018, 07:23:59 am
Cool, Come braai as jy eensaam  :biggrin: :biggrin: voel. (voor vrou en kids oorkom) Het tuisgemaakte boerewors.Ons praat darem nog afrikaans by die huis. Ek sal jou die Manawatu en Horowhenua omgewings gaan wys.

why the boerewors,  braai and speaking in afrikaans?
you must assimilate into your new culture.

I expected dirty or Hein to ask this question.. :imaposer:

Boerewors. Since when is it only an afrikaans thing? Go and look at any soutpiel or black braai and look what are on the coals next to the meat.Who won the Checkers boerwors competition the last few years? Even butchers here sell it. However I like my wors in a certain way so I try to make my own. The Kiwi's prefer the soutpiel breakfast worsies. But since I started braaiing with them they demand I provide boerewors.

Braai vs BBQ.Will take pics next time to show you the difference. Psst check out netflix. There is a dokkie about bbq and braai.

Afrikaans. Well , English is my 3rd language so its like pudding to be able to speak afrikaans every now and then.

But fear not. I have jandals in my cupboard.

Well Said....
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Sardine on October 19, 2018, 08:03:00 am
Cool, Come braai as jy eensaam  :biggrin: :biggrin: voel. (voor vrou en kids oorkom) Het tuisgemaakte boerewors.Ons praat darem nog afrikaans by die huis. Ek sal jou die Manawatu en Horowhenua omgewings gaan wys.

why the boerewors,  braai and speaking in afrikaans?
you must assimilate into your new culture.

I expected dirty or Hein to ask this question.. :imaposer:

Boerewors. Since when is it only an afrikaans thing? Go and look at any soutpiel or black braai and look what are on the coals next to the meat.Who won the Checkers boerwors competition the last few years? Even butchers here sell it. However I like my wors in a certain way so I try to make my own. The Kiwi's prefer the soutpiel breakfast worsies. But since I started braaiing with them they demand I provide boerewors.

Braai vs BBQ.Will take pics next time to show you the difference. Psst check out netflix. There is a dokkie about bbq and braai.

Afrikaans. Well , English is my 3rd language so its like pudding to be able to speak afrikaans every now and then.

But fear not. I have jandals in my cupboard.

 :spitcoffee:

Have you been on a flying fox yet?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on October 29, 2018, 05:14:08 am
Just woke up, thought another week of waiting, being end of the month I also would need to chat to my boss again, but woke up this morning to the mail stating work visa approved and attached!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

It is now a reality.....it hasnt sunk in yet but this might be my last week in SA....
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Oubones on October 29, 2018, 05:19:26 am
Great news and glad for you, looking forward to see how things go on the other side.
May everything work out well for you.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Mr Zog on October 29, 2018, 05:34:57 am
Just woke up, thought another week of waiting, being end of the month I also would need to chat to my boss again, but woke up this morning to the mail stating work visa approved and attached!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

It is now a reality.....it hasnt sunk in yet but this might be my last week in SA....

Great Stuff Hannes!

Now the really hard part starts. You can do it!  :deal:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ offer received!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 29, 2018, 06:22:28 am
Have you been on a flying fox yet?

Oh yes. Love them :imaposer:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Boerbok on October 29, 2018, 11:06:45 pm
Good luck with the big move and life reset.

It is daunting, and on some days it seems like an endless mission, but break it into a list of tasks and solve them one at a time. You’ve made it this far, you’ll be fine!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on October 30, 2018, 11:40:03 am
So its been a busy last 24hour since getting the go ahead.

1. Temp accommodation booked for 1 night at a motel just off the airport - I am landing at 23h45 in wellington so feel to bad to wake a host at that time.
2. Then a weeks accommodation arrange to get to know the area more before getting a long term rental
3. Bank account applied for and opened from SA side
4. Car finance arranged and pre approval received - So now i can shop when I land for some wheels.
5. Need to pack more at home and arrange for rentals to be extended and 1 returned to avis
6. air ticket has been changed

Some info on my airbnb experience. So, I find a nice little place to book for a week that is close to the city...so book and pay :) only to wake up to an email from the host, oh sorry I am having issues with airbnb and its actually booked :( Airbnb sends an email advising that the host must cancel, which he does and i get my original amount + 10% back to say sorry. Find a new place and booked that...lets see.

I like this efficiency....
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Whatsupwes on October 30, 2018, 01:46:49 pm
Congrats and Good Luck with the move, it's getting real now!!!

Please update the costs record for interest sake! Is the bike sold?

All the best!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 31, 2018, 04:50:51 am
So its been a busy last 24hour since getting the go ahead.

1. Temp accommodation booked for 1 night at a motel just off the airport - I am landing at 23h45 in wellington so feel to bad to wake a host at that time.
2. Then a weeks accommodation arrange to get to know the area more before getting a long term rental
3. Bank account applied for and opened from SA side
4. Car finance arranged and pre approval received - So now i can shop when I land for some wheels.
5. Need to pack more at home and arrange for rentals to be extended and 1 returned to avis
6. air ticket has been changed

Some info on my airbnb experience. So, I find a nice little place to book for a week that is close to the city...so book and pay :) only to wake up to an email from the host, oh sorry I am having issues with airbnb and its actually booked :( Airbnb sends an email advising that the host must cancel, which he does and i get my original amount + 10% back to say sorry. Find a new place and booked that...lets see.

I like this efficiency....

Toughen up, you will just have to get used to it.  :imaposer:

Glad your accommodation shorted.
Cars? You are going to be like a kid in a candy store. Here are 1000 of models never released in SA.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 01, 2018, 06:15:44 am
Congrats and Good Luck with the move, it's getting real now!!!

Please update the costs record for interest sake! Is the bike sold?

All the best!


Will update a bit tonight at the airport once I sit down for a bit



So its been a busy last 24hour since getting the go ahead.

1. Temp accommodation booked for 1 night at a motel just off the airport - I am landing at 23h45 in wellington so feel to bad to wake a host at that time.
2. Then a weeks accommodation arrange to get to know the area more before getting a long term rental
3. Bank account applied for and opened from SA side
4. Car finance arranged and pre approval received - So now i can shop when I land for some wheels.
5. Need to pack more at home and arrange for rentals to be extended and 1 returned to avis
6. air ticket has been changed

Some info on my airbnb experience. So, I find a nice little place to book for a week that is close to the city...so book and pay :) only to wake up to an email from the host, oh sorry I am having issues with airbnb and its actually booked :( Airbnb sends an email advising that the host must cancel, which he does and i get my original amount + 10% back to say sorry. Find a new place and booked that...lets see.

I like this efficiency....

Toughen up, you will just have to get used to it.  :imaposer:

Glad your accommodation shorted.
Cars? You are going to be like a kid in a candy store. Here are 1000 of models never released in SA.

I have been told so... So very excited to get going. For now it will be public transport cause I can and it works
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 01, 2018, 06:24:41 am
My last full day yesterday was all to do with finalising last minute items, last minute signings of documents for new medical aid for the fam, returning the one the avis car and some packing.

So my last night in SA...

Decided to have a last few Windhoeks and some biltong.  :biggrin: some pizza for dinner as take aways is moer expensive in NZ and some quality time with the family.

Instead of the usual splitting of duties between my wife and I for our sons bed time routine, I did it all... Spend some quality time with him... Going to be tough today to say good bye to him for a few months and sommer got a knop in my throat just thinking about it.

Today will involve last minute shopping, including my wedding ring replacement that hasnt been done yet, a haircut and a coffee and cake with the family before I leave for the airport at 14h00.

For some reason I can not check in online and have to go check in at the airport counter... More queues.... I hate queues...  :sip:

Atleast once through I'll go sit in the slow lounge one last time... Thanks fnb  :thumleft:

Oh and from 34deg pretoria I will be landing in 11deg wellington  :3some:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: J-dog on November 01, 2018, 06:33:37 am
Bon voyage and bon chance Silv!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Slingervel on November 01, 2018, 07:53:40 am
Good luck man!!

I assume you're on the FB People who live / wanting to live in NZ? Gooi bietjie your last airport photo's there.

I saw a post there yesterday of a dad saying goodbye to his two sons, toe kry ek n knop in my keel.

I can just imagine leaving my wife, 2,5 year and 2 month sons behind...  :'(

Good luck, and constantly remind yourself why you're doing this to stay motivated.

We're planning to leave next year as well for NZ.

GOOD LUCK!!!!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: w@nted on November 01, 2018, 08:48:25 am
My last full day yesterday was all to do with finalising last minute items, last minute signings of documents for new medical aid for the fam, returning the one the avis car and some packing.

So my last night in SA...

Decided to have a last few Windhoeks and some biltong.  :biggrin: some pizza for dinner as take aways is moer expensive in NZ and some quality time with the family.

Instead of the usual splitting of duties between my wife and I for our sons bed time routine, I did it all... Spend some quality time with him... Going to be tough today to say good bye to him for a few months and sommer got a knop in my throat just thinking about it.

Today will involve last minute shopping, including my wedding ring replacement that hasnt been done yet, a haircut and a coffee and cake with the family before I leave for the airport at 14h00.

For some reason I can not check in online and have to go check in at the airport counter... More queues.... I hate queues...  :sip:

Atleast once through I'll go sit in the slow lounge one last time... Thanks fnb  :thumleft:

Oh and from 34deg pretoria I will be landing in 11deg wellington  :3some:

Wow, I am excited on your behalf. Please keep us updated with pics etc... :sip:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: landieman on November 01, 2018, 01:35:11 pm
WOW,Silvrav,all the best  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 01, 2018, 03:02:21 pm
Boarding time...

It was tough, almost surreal to say good bye to my son and wife... Just felt like another business trip I'm going on. To some degree it helped but think it will sink in much later :(

Its weird, exciting, tiring, all at once... Thinking of stuff shouldve done or could've done before leaving... Feel bad leaving my family behind and hoping it's not to long before I see them again.

Time to get through check in, security and then chill a bit in the slow lounge before boarding
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: IceCreamMan on November 01, 2018, 03:04:37 pm
Good luck....my wife and son left about 2 months before me...it is a surreal experience...however time flies....

Go well
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Vlekkie on November 01, 2018, 03:41:35 pm
So roughly 6 months all and all.  Fairly quick if you consider what was achieved - when you are really goal orientated the chips fall in place..
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Buff on November 01, 2018, 03:48:29 pm
All the best fella, keep us up to date  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Motor1 on November 01, 2018, 06:57:58 pm
Best of luck mate, hope you settle in nicely and family follow soon.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 02, 2018, 07:32:14 am
Thanks Everyone!

Had a hectic 11 hour flight to Sydney, sitting here and waiting to board to Wellington.

didn't sleep much so will post details and pictures over the weekend....
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: roxenz on November 02, 2018, 09:01:44 am
Fascinating to follow this "adventure" Silvrav! Good luck on NZ soil - may you find there everything and much more than you are hoping for! Showing a lot of guts doing this.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 03, 2018, 01:32:50 am
Right...update time....sorry for you all but I am now 11 hours ahead, so you will only get to read this in the morning. But now @Mr Zog and I can chat during the day  :lol8: Well his friday is my saterday.

What an interesting past 72hours. It all started at home. Wife and I decided that I would uber to the airport, instead of them dropping me, Reasons being:

1. Believe it would be easier on my son as this is what I did when I was traveling for work.
2. I don't want them to travel back home on their own for fear of bastards at the airport.

Good bye's felt short and now feel like I should've hugged them even longer.

I got to the airport in good time, but with a note that the flight is delayed for 20mins. The last time I flew to NZ the flight was also delayed and I missed my connecting flight in Sydney to Auckland and had to wait for an extra 3hours....so wasn't sure what to expect.

I also couldn't check in for my flight online for some reason, I believe this is due to the delay, and when I got to the airport the counters were still closed. I decided to have a beer and meet up with my replacement from my old work to do a bit of a chat/handover to him to help the guy out. About an hour and a half later and a beer or 2 we greeted and I joined the queue.

Check-in was uneventful with only the nice lady dropping my bag weight from 30.7kg to 30kg, as my limit was 30kg before being charged.

For the first time in my flying time (and some of you know how much I have flown in the last 2 years) the place was quiet! I was through security in 10mins and the queue for emigration was 5 long...however this didnt stop me to stay put for 30mins....  :lol8:

Some background info first, I use to be in the navy and still have some navy items, one of those being my suit carrier bag that has big SA NAVY embroidered on it.

As I got to the front of the queue the very last kiosk opened, reserved for the assisted passengers, and the lady officer waved me on... She saw my navy bag and asked if I was in the navy. I indicated I was and the 1,000 questions started.... Where you going? what you do? contact details? etc....I thought oh crap...really? my last exit from SA and now they elect to screen me. I already saw how I am moving my flight due to being retained/delayed  :lamer:

Luckily, in the end, all was good and she wanted to know what I am doing cause she is having issues with the body corporate at a place she just bought. I assume she has been asking everyone what work they do in the hopes she runs into someone who does property....like me. So she and I stood for about 30mins chatting about her issues and me advising her what she can and can not do. I gave her my contact details and said she can email me whenever she needs some help. Think I just made a contact at emigration  :thumleft:

The flight was uneventful except for my neighbor who was a bit arrogant and we kept fighting, well I did for just half the armrest for the whole flight. I eventually dozed off and think i slept a good 5-6hours...again very unusual for me....

We got off at Sydney in time (thanks captain!) where I proceeded to find the closest bar and have a beer....There is a place called Heineken House! With a BIG tower of beer...I elected to sit there and have a beer....12ish Aus$ or R150!! :eek7: Big pill (or beer as it was a draught) to swallow but it was worth it!  :drif: Somehow tasted better than the beer back home. I had about an hour and a half to sit and wait for the Wellington flight.

Once boarded it was relatively smooth flying until we were about 20mins out from Wellington. It got bumpy and the captain informed us previously to expect it....He hasn't landed once in Wellington without turbulence....wellington is a windy city after all (see their mountain board below)

We landed without incident and proceeded to disembark. I was surprised to see how small the airport was, must be the smallest international airport I have been through.

Immigration control was also friendly and easy, much better than Auckland as I recall they looked scary and was very detailed in their questions and scans. My bag eventually made it onto the carousel and proceded to collect it and buy a local sim card. (no FICA or RICA kak. give money, get card already activated and loaded). Lady was nice enough to even put it in my phone as I forgot my pin in SA, to open the sim card drawer.  :spitcoffee:

I was originally going to use uber/taxis/public transport to get to the motel but my buddy from Auckland, who did a LSD trip to Wellington, advised its better to get a rental car for at least the first 3-4days....and I can now agree. All those bags, on public transport in wet and windy weather, would've been chaos... besides ubers cost would've been the same as a car rental for 2 days  :patch: car rental here is pretty cheap, about R100-R150 a day for entry level.

The car rental, however, was off-site from the airport and a shuttle came to collect me...the "shuttle" pulls up, colored lights all over and 2 locals getting out....I almost thought I was back in SA, proper taxi looking  :deal:

They helped me load my bags and off we went to get the car, which was parked a block away from my motel for the night  :imaposer: I got in, drove around the block (2, maybe 3  times as I missed the entrance a few times) :3some:

Now, one thing I have noticed in NZ is that certain places are NOT 24/7 like it is in Africa. I got a friendly email when I confirmed my motel stay to say thank you and here is the pin code for the safe to get your key as you elected to arrive outside office hours  :patch: say what....ok will see when I get there.

I see reception but no safe...walk around a bit to try and spot a box on the outside wall, maybe in the blocks (there are 7 and they said I will be in block 6). Nothing nada.... Now its -0100 local time (12h00 sa time) so I am tired but not overly tired so it's confusing me even more. Then I pull my phone out and decide to read the message one more time before I phone the poor guy at 0100 in the morning. The message says, in the reception. My sa brain had to read it a few times....I proceeded to try the reception door and hey presto its open. I go inside, looking all uncomfortable as this is a first. I spot the safe on the counter, next to the computer, bunch of other electronics, files, books flowers in vases etc. I proceeded to enter the pin and open the safe. There are 2 envelopes and I find the one with my name on it... At that moment I felt like I was on the amazing race  :imaposer: A letter with a bunch of instructions on what to do, where to park and where my room is.

I don't even take my big bag out the car, I grab my laptop bag and head inside. Dropped my bag, undress and hit the bed. Send some messages to the family back home and decide to watch some TV before I drift off in the next 30mins.

Before I went to sleep I set my alarm for 8am local time...my alarm does go off but I fall asleep again only to wake up at 0950, realizing I need to check out by 10  :imaposer: get dressed, grab my stuff and head out.

I proceed to check out and then straight to bannings (NZ builder warehouse, but better) and get some NZ plugs for my charges, and cables and and and. I also realized I forgot my leatherman in SA (stupid stupid stupid) and had to buy a local knockoff for 7NZD (about R70)...But maybe for best in the end. Its small and I can carry it around much easier then my I could my leatherman. How long it will last remains to be seen.

Now, driving here is much different than SA, you need to watch the rules, watch your speed, watch your blind spots, watch the other road users, watch watch watch. Local speed is 50 (not 60) and my foot struggled to be comfortable at 50, so it is a muscle memory I need to change.

I can only check in at the airbnb at 2pm so now I am sitting at a local coffee shop and having a R50 cappuccino, which isn't bad if you consider they are R40 at mugg and bean back home... just better in NZ :) New Zealanders love their coffee and they have a coffee shop at almost every big corner over here.

oh, one last thing, its quite different than anything else I have experience. My travels in Africa and even Auckland I had either friends or colleges that could tell me go here, there or you can buy this over there...Here not so much. So I need to discover things all over again. I have found a barber, coffee shop, grocery store, barber and a bar so far!  :thumleft:

Thats enough to survive on now.

Edit - photos added

Oh, the photo about the signs company van? Its Saturday, company is closed, and the business van is standing outside  :eek7: no fear of stealing or even just breaking in it seems.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on November 03, 2018, 04:50:12 am
Lol welcome

Wellies indeed is a windy city. Next week its going to be lekker warm.

Anyway, from Wellies to the north there are only two "exits" roads. They are called state highways. SH for short. SH1 go north on the west side of NZ and SH2 on the east side.

So when you are brave enough take SH1 north and discover the Kapiti coast. Or of you want to become a wine snob, take the SH2 to Masterton, Martinborough etc and go and sample local stuff.

Enjoy the discovering. Hows jetlag?
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 03, 2018, 04:55:54 am
Lol welcome

Wellies indeed is a windy city. Next week its going to be lekker warm.

Anyway, from Wellies to the north there are only two "exits" roads. They are called state highways. SH for short. SH1 go north on the west side of NZ and SH2 on the east side.

So when you are brave enough take SH1 north and discover the Kapiti coast. Or of you want to become a wine snob, take the SH2 to Masterton, Martinborough etc and go and sample local stuff.

Enjoy the discovering. Hows jetlag?

aaa thanks  :thumleft: not much of a wine snob but craft beer I enjoy. Locals already told me about the tap garage for beer....sounds interesting :p

Jetlag not to bad. I always found the SA-NZ ok, where the NZ-SA hits me....but this time I am not returning so all good
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Ama ride ride on November 03, 2018, 05:01:41 am
I will tell you a small secret.

I have mate who works at a small craft beer brewery in Wellies....And you buy your beer out of taps in the wall there. Seem its the tap garage you speak about
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 03, 2018, 05:05:47 am
I will tell you a small secret.

I have mate who works at a small craft beer brewery in Wellies....And you buy your beer out of taps in the wall there. Seem its the tap garage you speak about

That sounds about right! The lady I am staying with said exactly that...that and that she had 3 to many last night  :imaposer:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: ROMMEL HOND on November 03, 2018, 05:56:38 am
Welcome to NZ Hannes...can't open your photos, but if you want to experience wind then you must come to the Canterbury Plains this time of year.
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 03, 2018, 04:13:25 pm
Tipies SAners, skaars daar en julle weet al die bargain suipplekke!! :peepwall: ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 03, 2018, 07:50:02 pm
Welcome to NZ Hannes...can't open your photos, but if you want to experience wind then you must come to the Canterbury Plains this time of year.

Thanks Rommel! will make a note to come that way in due course.

Tipies SAners, skaars daar en julle weet al die bargain suipplekke!! :peepwall: ;) :lol8:

Ek drink nie baie bier nie maar as ek drink soek ek kwaliteit...dit en my vrou kom eers volgende jaar oor, so moet op ander maniere besig bly. :peepwall:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 03, 2018, 08:17:26 pm
Seems the google drive photos dont work lekker so re-added them.

Short update...Just woke up, gone 07h00 here Sunday morning, but it wasn't a peaceful sleep. Originally woke up at 02h00 and had to force myself back to sleep to get into the new timezone as soon as possible. Otherwise, work tomorrow is going to be plenty interesting.

Today is a nice sunny day and the airbnb I am staying at is right next to a bird sanctuary so have plenty of locals that starts early morning with their rituals.

Plan for today is to try and find a temporary 3-4month rental as I am only at the airbnb till saterday, and then go out and get some more groceries, a snapper card (the local public transport pay/cards) and an umbrella  :biggrin:

Then just look at this view.....
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Mr Zog on November 04, 2018, 02:44:00 am
Beautiful View Hannes  :drif:

Strongs for Monday boet  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 04, 2018, 05:06:48 pm
 :patch: just gone 4am...woke up at 0000, 0200 and 0400 now...  :sip: but won't be able to go back to sleep now.

Weird, last time I came to NZ the timezone didn't stuff me around so much....or it's cause I'm stressing about all the stuff I need to do....you see last night I got a message informing me the short term rental I have lined up from this coming saterday was not actualy available and they had crossed info on their website.  :(

So now I need to find a new spot from saterday or become a tree hugger and go sleep in one. Rentals are not easy to get here and the airbnb I am staying is already booked from. Saterday by someone else.

Duckit... I must just go straight onto a 3 bedroom plave for when the family arrives... Lets see what this week holds... Time to netflix to pass the time before I need to go work...

Times like this I miss my home/fam as there isn't much one can do at an airbnb  :deal:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: TeeJay on November 05, 2018, 09:15:42 am
Nice man - following this thread with interest. Nice to read your stories - please keep it coming!
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Sam on November 05, 2018, 09:37:44 am
Good museum in Wellington if you have some time to pass. Go check out the Britten V1000  - fantastic motorcycle build by a kiwi. Won a couple of races in its day, and clocked the fastest topend in the 93 Isle of Man TT
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Sardine on November 05, 2018, 04:05:34 pm
Now I'm missing New Zealand.

Best of luck finding somewhere to stay. I'm sure you'll come right!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: Mr Zog on November 06, 2018, 04:10:47 am
Now I'm missing New Zealand.

Best of luck finding somewhere to stay. I'm sure you'll come right!  :thumleft:

I'm sure he will find a place to live soon. He's mos a property manager  :deal:  :pot:  :imaposer:



Good luck Hannes, get a house boat. Two birds, one stone  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 07, 2018, 09:18:05 am
its Wednesday, but feel like weeks since leaving SA as it been so hectic.

To start from where the last post left off...accommodation. New Zealand is not anything like SA. Here there are so many tenants, rental agents have their pickings on who they want to choose.

It is not like in SA where an agent works for you. Don't think you can ring an agent and ask them to find you a place. No no, here you book a viewing, most during business hours, rock up with about 10 other people/couples that are also interested, have a quick 30min tour and leave. Then if you happy you apply and hope you get chosen.

Besides the above hurdle, I started a new job so it won't look that good me popping out for half a day twice a week or so, and currently there is not much in way of decent houses on the market, apparently, January is better. So I bit the bullet (and my credit card  :lamer: ) and booked into another Airbnb for 3months - Total bill? $3,500  :eek7: or R35,000

Here is the thing though, it works out to about $250 a week, comes with free wifi/internet, power, water and use of their appliances. Previously I looked at single rooms to stay in, communal housing (hostel like) is a big thing here in NZ, and a single room can go for $200-$300. On top of that is another $20-$30 for shared expenses and some you have to arrange your own internet as well. So in my mind, the Airbnb was worth it.

Now I can also take my time to find a proper place in the next 3months, save some money to send back home and not to worry about where I am staying.

Besides the current Airbnb is located on a mountainside! I go up 70m for the 450m walk I do... at least I will get fit in Wellington  :deal:

Today I went to an AA center, its a partnership agreement with the licensing authority in NZ, like our post office has in SA, but instead of just being a paper pusher in SA, here they can convert your license, test your eyes, take a photo of you and arrange test (theory and practical) as needed. I was in and out in 20minutes, and this included an application to join the AA at $79 per annum. It was a tough decision but with membership, I am saving 5% on my life insurance I am busy applying for, which equates to $104 for the year - win already! and I got $3 discount on the umbrella I bought at their shop :)

Then yesterday I had my first New Zealand lunch! Why is it special...cause it comes with beer! Here an afternoon lunch of meeting with a drink or 2 is not frowned upon. it did feel weird drinking during business hours, but hey the boss ordered  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Other than that I did my first site visit today to properties we manage and spotted an automated roller shutter door in the warehouse - its big, its fancy and I am sure very expensive. I do not even want to know how much it is costing them to just maintain as it opens/closes about 100 times a day with forklifts going in and out.

Anyway, supper time then bed as I have an early breakfast meeting tomorrow morning - this week so far has been cheap food wise as people here lunch a lot, bring food to the office meeting and I have a few Christmas parties already lined up - networking is a big thing here.

oh, and guess who is one of my tenants  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Lunchtime - people take lunch by the clock and go sit outside
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A temporary license is written out there and then - original will be in the post and reach me in 10 working days
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If you do construction here you wrap a building to prevent damages and mostly for the wind
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My hike from the bus stop to the place I am staying at - note I do this in a suit  :imaposer:
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The areas under the bridges are council parking where its a whopping $18 a day! to park - I had to take the car in one day as I was planning to go view houses.
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the fancy auto roller shutter door
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and just again, the public transport that works...busses coming and going non stop - about 20 different routes
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Title: Re: The Potential Journey to a first world country..... (NZ Work VISA approved!)
Post by: silvrav on November 07, 2018, 09:19:28 am
Now I'm missing New Zealand.

Best of luck finding somewhere to stay. I'm sure you'll come right!  :thumleft:

I'm sure he will find a place to live soon. He's mos a property manager  :deal:  :pot:  :imaposer:
 

Good luck Hannes, get a house boat. Two birds, one stone  :ricky:
:laughing4: :laughing4: I have been planting that seed with my wife for about 2-3years that I want a boat house! If I do i am sure I will be the only own living in/on it
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr. Python on November 08, 2018, 07:32:24 pm
Envious, started thinking this way myself.
My wife was born in Aus so i think it might be easier but haven't started the research yet
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 12, 2018, 03:09:20 am
Envious, started thinking this way myself.
My wife was born in Aus so i think it might be easier but haven't started the research yet

 :thumleft: Get it going, at the moment Aus visa's takes long and is apparently very strict. I have also read they adjusting it again soon
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 12, 2018, 03:14:44 am
What a rough weekend… ::)

Saturday morning  - Packed and put everything in the rental car, and if you recall from the photos, carrying 30-40kg bags uphill is not fun.

Before I went to the new space I did some grocery shopping – here you pick everything, packed everything and pay all by yourself. There are 1 or 2 tills where you can go for help but its known as the senior's isle  ???
Went to the new Airbnb – great another set of 2-3 story stairs leading to the front door…. Watch this space, gonna look like Rambo in 6months.

I was going to chill for a but becided nah, lets get it done. I took the car back to wellington airport yard as this is where I collected. No drop of at other branches here. The senior (probably about 80) promptly reminded me that I forgot to fill up the car before returning it….damit! – Avis in SA charges you just for the fuel but here it’s the fuel or Gas as they call it + $50! So I decided to jump back in and go get it done…cant waste $50. On my return, it was check, check, check, all good and they took me to wellington airport via shuttle where I caught the hour bus ride (20km) to the train station in wellington CBD. I was lucky enough to get to the station 5mins before the train was leaving as after that its 30-45mins before the next run, as its weekend.

From train station to Airbnb it’s a relaxing  :lol8: 1.3km walk…uphill….serious uphill….remember 6months =  rambo

Millimetres vs “bal haar dikte” that’s the difference between SA and NZ  :eek7:

I swear these drivers would be able to split in SA traffic with their cars…. With outside parking being a thing here the roads can get quite narrow and the bus drivers have made me cringe a couple of times, thinking oh shit he is about to take that car mirror off.

Even the train that I now catch in the mornings go through a tunnel where I swear the moss that grows on the wall touches the train as we pass by…

The rest of the day I did some washing and ironing (no cheap labour/maids here and yes compared to NZ, SA domestics are cheap) and proceeded to binch a but of Netflix during the night.

Sunday was met with let me go for a walk but ended up in unpacking and sorting day with some more Netflix at night 😝 – I don’t want too explore to much without the family.

Just before bed I did a video chat with the family back home….miss them terribly  :-\ and little one cried afterwards according to my wife. He seems to really take it hard.  :-[

On that note, all visa’s has now been applied for the family so if all goes well they can join me end Jan/beginning of Feb.

I have also spotted a car that I am keen on and will post some updates if it realises...

Just one photo for now - spotted this outside a coffee shop  :drif: How i wish for 2 wheels! Bikes are big hear but its all your 125 - 600cc as its used mainly for commuting.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on November 12, 2018, 04:01:56 am
I'm in a cheapo motel in Tampa as I write this, a 2 day work trip.

Have you had any WTF moments yet?  I remember when I first arrived in the USA I had lots of them.. From the awesome service at burger joints and diners to the post office and the DMV.

I'm sure you have, tell us about them. 

And go explore, then you will know where the good spots are  to take the family when they do arrive.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on November 12, 2018, 04:17:33 am
If you don't mind me asking, why did your family stay behind in SA? I worked a few months in the UAE while my wife stayed in SA and the loneliness was brutal.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 12, 2018, 10:09:15 am
Have you had any WTF moments yet? 

My first time in a supermarket in the US the teller askes me Paper or Plastic?
I had no idea what this woman was asking, the third time she asks me the guy behind me explains one has a choice between plastic or paper bags to pack ones groceries in.
I felt like a real dof outjie from Africa. :(
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 12, 2018, 08:47:44 pm
I'm in a cheapo motel in Tampa as I write this, a 2 day work trip.

Have you had any WTF moments yet?  I remember when I first arrived in the USA I had lots of them.. From the awesome service at burger joints and diners to the post office and the DMV.

I'm sure you have, tell us about them. 

And go explore, then you will know where the good spots are  to take the family when they do arrive.  :thumleft:

Good luck...I hate those cheapo Motels :p

I had some but funny enough one that really stuck is one that i saw last night and then walking to the train station this morning.

So its the first all sun good week wellington is having for the summer apparently and everyone is thus doing gardening. Last night saw lots of ppl gardening but the thing i notice this morning is that ALL their tools, wheelbarrows, spades etc was STILL lying outside... one guy at least had the decency to prop it up against the house wall :patch: No fear of theft - This no fear of theft might spike my paranoia even more  :lol8:

I think that's the biggest WTF everytime I notice it...people here are very trusting and even petty crime is minimal. - one example and you gonna love this. The police came to our offices yesterday. Now as a saffer my immediate thought was oh crap they here for someone and I check that I have my passport on me  :imaposer:

Nope, they just here to let us know the guy that tagged (slang word for spraying graffiti on structures) has been caught in the morning and they are the case officers.  :eek7: :eek7: I nearly fell on my back

oh, then one last thing, people are proud people here. Saw again this morning random strangers picking up a paper bag, or chip packet or bottle that the cleaners missed and throwing it away. City is clean!

If you don't mind me asking, why did your family stay behind in SA? I worked a few months in the UAE while my wife stayed in SA and the loneliness was brutal.

Their visas are based on my work visa which we could only apply for once I got my visa. And i had to start working so couldn't stay behind.  :-\ Generally families are separated only for a few weeks but at the moment INZ is overwhelmed with applications at the moment and closing 2 of their offices is also not helping.

Have you had any WTF moments yet? 

My first time in a supermarket in the US the teller askes me Paper or Plastic?
I had no idea what this woman was asking, the third time she asks me the guy behind me explains one has a choice between plastic or paper bags to pack ones groceries in.
I felt like a real dof outjie from Africa. :(


 :lol8: :lol8: Here very few places have plastic, its either your own bag or you buy material bgs for $1 from them  :thumleft: I fully support it.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Maverick on November 13, 2018, 10:38:58 am
Best of luck with your new adventure Silvrav and enjoy the new culture and surrounds. If I can offer you any advice is don't convert dollars into rand and get it out of your system quick as it will consume you with guilt at some point  :thumleft: The faster you adopt the new currency and what things cost the easier you will be able to work towards living within your financial budgets and goals :thumleft:

When I left for the UK many years ago it took me two years to shake the conversion thing and only then I realised how much I have issued worrying about what everything cost.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: dieseldawie on November 13, 2018, 12:20:57 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 13, 2018, 08:39:16 pm
Short update today.

The government works! and maintain things... Look how the sprinklers are watering the clean CBD  :thumleft:

Biking is a big thing in Wellington as previously stated but realizing more and more it's actually quite big. - makes me excited as 2 wheels might be not that far of then.

I spotted this plague on the walk way this morning - called coastline 1840. So I googled it when I got to the office and its basically where the old coastline (duh) was, but why the movement? earthquakes  :lamer:

Some extract for the people interested:

Many of the city's modern attractions - Te Papa, Frank Kitts Park, Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Westpac Stadium - are built on what was once water.

The approximate path of the old shoreline is along Lambton Quay to Willis St, down Chews Lane to Victoria St and then along Wakefield St, where it curved around to the end of Kent Tce, which used to be a stream and swamp.

That all changed on January 23, 1855.

A 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Wellington region, centred in Palliser Bay, Wairarapa.

It lifted the Rimutaka ranges by six metres, caused a 4m-high tsunami in Wellington harbour and uplifted the northwestern side of Wellington, up to 1.5m in places.


......
http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/10678058/How-quakes-shook-up-the-shore
https://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/recreation/walks-and-walkways/files/heritage-trails/oldshorelinetrail.pdf?la=en
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Pretty flowers
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Even a meerkat tool  O0
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Then last one, a building shot...it is very much influenced by the Crown heritage so you see lots of these old style buildings like you would in the UK.
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Pilchie on November 13, 2018, 10:00:54 pm
All the best  :sip: following with interest
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on November 13, 2018, 11:06:39 pm
Cool bananas!

I keep checking this one for an update.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on November 14, 2018, 06:44:29 am
As a biker, New Zealand is probably the nicest country to live and ride in.
Yes you will need to get used to riding in rain, but the sweeping roads I travelled on North Island from Wellington are just heaven for a medium sports bike or a cruiser.
The speed limits would frustrate a superbiker or big tourer TOTALLY!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Blou Zebu on November 14, 2018, 07:38:12 am
Good luck with the adaptations!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Wild Hearted Son on November 14, 2018, 07:46:30 am
Best of luck.

Also following with interest..
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on November 14, 2018, 08:46:42 am
Silvrav, I too bit the bullet and took a 3 week visit to see if it is something I would be keen on. Now, if I may "bomb" your thread a bit, here are a few of my observations...

My first WTF moment was when I was still trying to locate the baggage carousel Christchurch airport and I walked straight into my mate, who was collecting me. He took me to the carousel in the open public area. I mean donner, every bag would have been swiped if were SA  :imaposer: Thereafter, the honesty tills etc still impressed me. My house in Stellies has a more secure perimeter that Christchurch International Airport and the only "Jakkalsproef" fence around the airport is to keep the sheep out.

The next, and I had to take a video, was the friendly "stop-and-go" operators (they are fixing their quake damaged "N1" along the South Island coast)- They wave, with a smile, to each individual vehicle coming past. Side note: the land pushed up 2m and a lot of the nice crayfish dive spots are now above the water surface

I had my first 6.8 magnitude Quake 3 weeks ago too... 8) Christchurch is now built in such a way that it will be influenced very little by a quake and the only reason it suffered so much in 2011 is because they never knew it was on the fault line.

Biking is big and so is camping. Campsites everywhere and everybody has Campervan or Caravan. I personally would not see the need to buy anything bigger than a 650 class bike. Max speed on a highway is 100km/h and cops are very tense on speeding. Besides, the roads are very twisty and don't lend themselves to KTM1290 performance.

Hunting and fishing is huge. Hunting in public parks is free and I was told that I could chuck my skippers license as it is not required there. Fishing is fantastic and cheap. Boating is also huge.

Golf courses, for those that care, are PLENTIFUL! They are long and very undulating but lush and in good nick. The Kiwis do not have our culture of halfway-house stops and beer afterwards. You smash 18 and head straight home. Also, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! You get bust, it is your license for at least a year and $2500 in fines and legal fees. Also, DO NOT slip $50 in your ID book to the cop, you will meet Jesus (the tattooed one from South America) in a cell.

I joined my mate at Touch-Rugby and a few rounds of golf and I found the Kiwis very welcoming in general. You do have to learn that the word "C*nt" gets used very liberally though, by mom, dad and kids  :imaposer:

In general, mannerisms are different to ours and it takes getting used to. You say "Good morning John, Pete here. How are you and did you have a good weekend?". John says "yeah-yeah mate, whats it?". Also, they do not have the same come over for a braai culture so expect to invite a lot but not get invited.

When earning dollars, it is no more expensive than when earning Rands in SA and SA is cheap when earning dollars. Beers are averagely priced and wine is expensive by comparison (and not as good as what we get here at the price). I spent time in Marlborough and it is beautiful. Auckland, although more moderately weathered, did not tickle me at all. You wont get hijacked but they will steal from your car in Auckland. Traffic is also crap. Hamilton was nice too. Didn't make it to Wellies and the other places.

When taking all the above into account, the only thing that determines a persons ability to adapt in different places and cultures, is your attitude. I personally loved the country and its people and if all goes well, I will hopefully be in Christchurch toward the end of January.


I am sure there will be challenges too but then again, we all come from a line of versatile, adaptable explorers and have a proven ability to deal with them.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 14, 2018, 09:26:36 am
 You do have to learn that the word "C*nt" gets used very liberally though, by mom, dad and kids  :imaposer:

Dan was jy seker in die "cape flats" van NZ? :deal: :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Firecoast on November 14, 2018, 09:28:07 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 14, 2018, 08:22:17 pm
So Been in NZ just a little over a week...in 5 business days I have:

1. Applied and got my tax number
2. Applied and got my drivers license - here you can do it at any AA
3. applied and got my bank card and bank account
4. applied for car insurance, life insurance, and vehicle finance - all done

Only thing I need to still do today is to apply for realme - see its a system where you register with all your personal details. - they then verify your address and you need to go into a post office or bank for them to verify you are real and take a photo of you - once you verified completely on realme you can use your realme account to do various stuff online that would normally require you to go into places, ie banks, IRD (their sars) etc.

 :thumleft:

then rust....rust my old friend, it hasn't been long enough  :patch: I have just started forgetting what it is like to live in a place where rust almost doesn't exist, and now I am back against the coast....

In this I can add painting outside - you get houses (and take note most are like this) that looks like its about to fall apart or hasn't has seen paint or rust prevention in a decade - then you walk inside and its like walking into a hotel - porcelain tiles, top of the range fixture, decent and painted - I chatted to some people about it here and they say its just not worth it being so close to the ocean and with the wood panellings.

More north, being a bit further from the ocean the houses resemble more what one would expect from SA.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 14, 2018, 08:24:29 pm
You do have to learn that the word "C*nt" gets used very liberally though, by mom, dad and kids  :imaposer:

Dan was jy seker in die "cape flats" van NZ? :deal: :lol8:

This is very true and as @Christian Kuun indicate here swear words are the norm...from when you can talk right up to your death bed  :imaposer:

@Christian Kuun all the best mate  :lol8: and yes, this trusting, freeroaming nature is something I can get use to
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 18, 2018, 09:54:41 pm
Proper WTF this weekend...

I have been ordering some stuff online from Tademe (their local gumtree) for things thats on the cheap that I need.

Got a knock this past late Saturday morning...Morning sir, are you so so and so...Yes?? Ok, here is your post. Didn't want to leave it outside as it looks like its going to rain.  :eek7:

Then Sunday come back home from going to town and there is more post and parcels tucked under the welcome matt... I then realized with a big wtf face, NZ postal services here work 7 days a week.

Then went more car hunting and think I might have settled on one, need some work but I got tools now to so something I am looking forward to. Labour here is moer expensive so the more I can do myself the more I can save.

Then this morning at 530 my wife phones via whatsapp - my son is crying tears for me and wanted to see me  :'( Its getting tough on me and him - its going on 2weeks only and I think he now realized I am not coming home soon

oh, and i realize why some people dont ride in NZ - license fees are moer expensive due to road safety initiatives that the government run for motorbikes and for the risk of you having an accident... and when I say expensive, see below annual license fee - for comparison cars are $50 per year:

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ama ride ride on November 18, 2018, 11:28:54 pm
Hannes

You need to break down the cost of the license fees. A big part of the fees are actual accident cover. NZ strongly works on the user pays principle. An accident with a bike will see you getting proper medical care. Bikers are in the higher "hurt" bracket comparing to cars so they pay more. Its part of the ACC levy.  Same goes for different type of vehicles. My old 4x4's license cost more than our newer MPV.

We don't really need private medical insurance here in NZ as the ACC cover is excellent.

Something to read about license fees and ACC.

https://www.aa.co.nz/cars/owning-a-car/licensing-safety-fees/understanding-acc-and-vehicle-licensing-why-we-pay-different-amounts/

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on November 21, 2018, 06:52:39 am
Now I know why NZ residents don't own more than one motorcycle !
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on November 21, 2018, 07:33:27 am
We have a similar system here. You pay according to the  "risk" involved. My CRF250 is $60 p/m, my R1 and FZ8  is $210 pm each, and my S10 is $ 155 pm. For some reason they think I will hurt myself more on the sport bikes than on the dual purpose. Fortunately I can go online and change my insurance as I want. If I see the weather will be nice the next few days I cancel the insurance on the s10, and take 5 days insurance on the R1. Or if it is possibly going to rain for a few days, I cancel the R1 insurance and take it on the CRF. So only one bike is insured at any given time. Fire and theft stays on all the bike all the time, that is an additional $500 per year for all
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on November 21, 2018, 07:57:42 am
I just renewed the licence on my Vespa - R287...  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on November 22, 2018, 01:30:11 am
We have a similar system here. You pay according to the  "risk" involved. My CRF250 is $60 p/m, my R1 and FZ8  is $210 pm each, and my S10 is $ 155 pm. For some reason they think I will hurt myself more on the sport bikes than on the dual purpose. Fortunately I can go online and change my insurance as I want. If I see the weather will be nice the next few days I cancel the insurance on the s10, and take 5 days insurance on the R1. Or if it is possibly going to rain for a few days, I cancel the R1 insurance and take it on the CRF. So only one bike is insured at any given time. Fire and theft stays on all the bike all the time, that is an additional $500 per year for all

What is the rate on your snowplow...?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 22, 2018, 01:50:24 am
its a hot, windy, sunny, rainy day...those of you down in the eastern cape will understand.  :biggrin: Wellington is very much the same with 4 seasons in one day.

I did get an umbrella (which i never had in SA) as here you walk a lot so that helps now.

I also proceeded to buy some tools this past weekend (didn't score any like @Mr Zog ) unfortunately but good deals all around. Noticed they lock up all spray painting in NZ as its get stolen to easily and bought by minors to TAG (spray paint) buildings.

(Minimum labor here is about $17 now so getting things done is hell expensive, even a little call out or something as simple as getting a car service. Minor service here is about $300-$500 (R3k-R5k). On that I will be servicing my own car from now on thank you very much....and on that point I got a car  O0

Subaru 2006 Legacy GT station wagon with a 2.0 Turbo. Old, but gold. only 70,000km on the clock and all for about $8k (roughly R80,000). Comes with 2-year mechanical warranty and was delivered to Wellington from Auckland for free.

Some other random photos - 2 -3 cruise ships a week dock here ...seems to be a good tourist spot. Tourist are one of NZ main income revenue's.

Then 2 WTF moments - one bicycle rack, and note the bicycles was not locked although I do they quite often are.
I have seen most transformers are only enclosed for natural reasons (leaves, prevent sagging etc) and one side is always open...guess there is no cabble/copper theft  :peepwall:

Then I also did some hosue viewings this week to try and get something to rent by January before the family arrives, dont think my one room in the airbnb will work for a family of 3  :imaposer:

Its totally different then SA...where in SA the agents will beg you for business, here there is no lack of tenants but rather a lack of houses. So bookings are made available on a Monday for the coming week, and you book online to show your interest. Note the viewings are 99% of the time in the week. Weekends here don't fly well. Then you arrive and there are 9 other couples/interested parties. Once you see the home you then apply and hope your applications make it through and get accepted as a tenant... So I have made some applications and holding thumbs!

will post more pictures this weekend but on the cards is:
1. Car service
2. install new radio - most cars are jap imports so I have no idea what the japanese lady says everytime I start my car - could be swearing at me for all i know  :imaposer:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on November 22, 2018, 02:31:52 am
Lekker Hannes!  :thumleft:

And so it starts. Just little things, (and a few big ones like cars) bit by bit... and before you know it the family will be there and you will have a house full of stuff and wonder where it all came from.

Do they also have the charity-type shops there? Where you can buy almost anything for very little money. Apart from the beds, and the furniture I made, all our stuff is second-hand. Either charity shop, or garage-sale. We saved a fortune by furnishing our house like that  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on November 22, 2018, 03:08:00 am
Congratulations on your car. Now you are independent and can move around as you please. Like Zog said, pretty soon you will need an extra garage to store all your stuff

What is the rate on your snowplow...?
You mean the quad? No insurance needed as it does not need to be registered

Sorry for the hijack Silvrav
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 22, 2018, 03:23:42 am
Lekker Hannes!  :thumleft:

And so it starts. Just little things, (and a few big ones like cars) bit by bit... and before you know it the family will be there and you will have a house full of stuff and wonder where it all came from.

Do they also have the charity-type shops there? Where you can buy almost anything for very little money. Apart from the beds, and the furniture I made, all our stuff is second-hand. Either charity shop, or garage-sale. We saved a fortune by furnishing our house like that  :thumleft:

Indeed, there is lots of, what they call hospice, stores around and the salvation army is quite big here as well. With our stuff not selling in SA i might just fork out the R20k and get it shipped here...maths tells me it will cost about 30-40k to replace it all this side so worth it for now...still contemplating it though as one of the power companies here now has a special where if you sign up with them and include the fibre/internet with them you get a fridge, washer and tumble dryer for free  :eek7: - I mean its service you pay as you use in any case....

Congratulations on your car. Now you are independent and can move around as you please. Like Zog said, pretty soon you will need an extra garage to store all your stuff

What is the rate on your snowplow...?
You mean the quad? No insurance needed as it does not need to be registered

Sorry for the hijack Silvrav

No worries about the hi jacking - atleast I have someone to chat with while the rest of SA sleeps  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on November 22, 2018, 03:47:13 am
How is the new job? A steep learning curve or pretty much the same you did before? How is the work ethic? Laidback or intense?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 22, 2018, 05:14:27 am
How is the new job? A steep learning curve or pretty much the same you did before? How is the work ethic? Laidback or intense?

Good but slow  :lol8: in sa one property manager would handle like 30 buildings and close to 300 tenants, and take note this is all commercial retail or industrial tenants.

Here it's like 5 buildings per property manager...and they quite laid back. You send a mail and it gets done. It might take some time but it's done right... Not in sa where you send 10 mails or calls and when you get it its still not done properly.

So half my work in sa was chasing contracters or tenants for quotes/payments but here it just works. Here an arrears rental is 3weeks...in sa it's 10 months   ::)

Contractors here also are allowed to give pressies and supply meals and lunches as corruption is not a thing... So I have 3 Christmas party invites from suppliers

And here employers are very for employees and help where they can.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: 0012 on November 22, 2018, 08:15:30 am
Naaaaas Legacy you got there, welcome to the 'baru clan  ;D
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 25, 2018, 06:50:12 am
Naaaaas Legacy you got there, welcome to the 'baru clan  ;D

haha...said in your best ausi accent   :laughing4:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 25, 2018, 07:04:25 am
This weekend was spent working a bit on the new car. You see in NZ they import a lot from Japan and these cars come with all these fancy toys like there radio comes with a flip-up screen, it can play DVD's, movies from USB, and even can pick up TV signals for TV on the go. It even has a build in HDD you can pull out to load media on.

pretty nifty hey, except it has one fatal flaw...its ALL in Japanese  :lamer: Various googleing and oogling have confirmed it cant be changed to English.

So this weekend I ripped it all out, rewired the forward harness that plugs into the factory harness and getting it ready for my new head unit. I elected to with one that is full house, Bluetooth, gps, radio, dvd, usb, and even can take a reversing camera (still to buy)

everything went well and then I hit a snag...the unit was BIGGER than the cars faceplate. So I popped out to the local hardware store and spend a well woth $69 for a rotary kit. I am in the process to replace most of my tools that I sold in SA, and with being black Friday most deals are still great!

I then proceeded to cut away at the unit, sand it with 3000 grid and polish the plastic...came out better than I thought

I finally got done at about 4pm local time and now going to relax....ja right! time make supper, iron and some more washing...no rest yet  :patch:

Next weekend I just need to plastic weld the corners a bit, connect and test/figure out the steering wheel control wiring and if my camera arrived, install this as well.

and someone wanted to charge me $250 for installation...meh


The unit that was to small
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Working with a view  :biggrin:
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(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/dac51d11-44ed-4ec6-b3cf-7e2d986f045e-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/dac51d11-44ed-4ec6-b3cf-7e2d986f045e)

wires, wires everywhere
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(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/3777b6e2-9754-4cb5-af7e-c7942cdd663f-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/3777b6e2-9754-4cb5-af7e-c7942cdd663f)

all done - FROM this
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TO this
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(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/29738f04-f271-4914-b01f-e16d0e9eaa3e-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/29738f04-f271-4914-b01f-e16d0e9eaa3e)


Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: windswept on November 25, 2018, 09:14:50 am
Neat job. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on November 25, 2018, 09:23:57 am
In Japan you only own a car for 5 years.
Thereafter it must be scrapped, exported or parted out for export.
That's how ZA gets great deals on used V8 engines, etc.

New Zealanders buy whole used cars from Japan by the shipload.
Oz does the same, which is why their motor industry has collapsed.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 25, 2018, 08:37:41 pm
In Japan you only own a car for 5 years.
Thereafter it must be scrapped, exported or parted out for export.
That's how ZA gets great deals on used V8 engines, etc.

New Zealanders buy whole used cars from Japan by the shipload.
Oz does the same, which is why their motor industry has collapsed.

Yip....new cars here are expensive, and you dont see a lot of them on the roads either.

Allowing second hand importing does hurt but I dont believe there is any manufacturing plants in NZ - island is only so big you know  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 25, 2018, 08:41:07 pm
Proper WTF moment this morning.

As I am waiting at the train station the train starts slowly rolling in... bit slower then normal but it was raining quite heavily so safety?

Anyway, I get a good look at the train operator and its a 20something lady with long blonde hair...  :eek7: ...and nogal pleasant on the eyes too. Shows you, when color or race is not a factor you really can become anything you want.

unfortunately, my jaws were nearly on the floor so no time to get my phone out for a pic.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on November 26, 2018, 01:55:41 am
Big job on the stereo man... would it not have been easier to just learn Japanese?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:



Your train driver... my mailman lady  :drif: :drif: :drif:  she's a HOTTIE man  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 26, 2018, 02:01:29 am
Big job on the stereo man... would it not have been easier to just learn Japanese?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:



Your train driver... my mailman lady  :drif: :drif: :drif:  she's a HOTTIE man  :ricky:

mmm, mail lady - she must not have any issues with dogs  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on November 26, 2018, 02:07:28 am
Big job on the stereo man... would it not have been easier to just learn Japanese?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:



Your train driver... my mailman lady  :drif: :drif: :drif:  she's a HOTTIE man  :ricky:

mmm, mail lady - she must not have any issues with dogs  :biggrin:

Woof woof ekse  >:D  :ricky:

Hey, it's already Monday morning for you, get back to work man!  :deal:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 26, 2018, 02:29:36 am
Big job on the stereo man... would it not have been easier to just learn Japanese?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:



Your train driver... my mailman lady  :drif: :drif: :drif:  she's a HOTTIE man  :ricky:

mmm, mail lady - she must not have any issues with dogs  :biggrin:

Woof woof ekse  >:D  :ricky:

Hey, it's already Monday morning for you, get back to work man!  :deal:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

Make it afternoon, just gone 13H30 here and people on lunch.

People are mos not afraid to take lunch and not work overtime  :o Still something I need to get use to
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on November 26, 2018, 02:33:44 am
Big job on the stereo man... would it not have been easier to just learn Japanese?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:



Your train driver... my mailman lady  :drif: :drif: :drif:  she's a HOTTIE man  :ricky:

mmm, mail lady - she must not have any issues with dogs  :biggrin:

Woof woof ekse  >:D  :ricky:

Hey, it's already Monday morning for you, get back to work man!  :deal:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

Make it afternoon, just gone 13H30 here and people on lunch.

People are mos not afraid to take lunch and not work overtime  :o Still something I need to get use to

So if my basic Std 3 maths is correct, that makes the time difference 18 hours!  :eek7:

Bliksem, you ARE in the future man!  :imaposer:   Get me the winning Lotto numbers and email them to me before the draw takes place here, we can get RICH!  :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 26, 2018, 02:41:25 am
Big job on the stereo man... would it not have been easier to just learn Japanese?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:



Your train driver... my mailman lady  :drif: :drif: :drif:  she's a HOTTIE man  :ricky:

mmm, mail lady - she must not have any issues with dogs  :biggrin:

Woof woof ekse  >:D  :ricky:

Hey, it's already Monday morning for you, get back to work man!  :deal:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

Make it afternoon, just gone 13H30 here and people on lunch.

People are mos not afraid to take lunch and not work overtime  :o Still something I need to get use to

So if my basic Std 3 maths is correct, that makes the time difference 18 hours!  :eek7:

Bliksem, you ARE in the future man!  :imaposer:   Get me the winning Lotto numbers and email them to me before the draw takes place here, we can get RICH!  :lol8:

your std3 maths doesnt fail you  :thumleft:

Time zone in Tallahassee, FL, USA (GMT-5)
Time zone in Wellington (GMT+13)

So 18hours indeed, with winter it will 17hours when we move back to +12

We just need to the lotto guys to play ball  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on November 26, 2018, 08:54:14 am
Anyway, I get a good look at the train operator and its a 20something lady with long blonde hair...  :eek7: ...and nogal pleasant on the eyes too. Shows you, when color or race is not a factor you really can become anything you want.

unfortunately, my jaws were nearly on the floor so no time to get my phone out for a pic.

Bud, I never thought the day would come where I use the words "construction worker" and "hot" in the same sentence but... Saw the prettiest little ladies labouring away on the new highway on South Island
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mikie on November 26, 2018, 10:04:27 am
Emigration is now sounding a lot more appealing
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Maverick on November 26, 2018, 11:02:21 am
Emigration is now sounding a lot more appealing

Yes but only on a Wednesday usually  :biggrin: Some years the summer is on a Thursday  :lamer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: IceCreamMan on November 26, 2018, 11:11:39 am
Proper WTF moment this morning.

As I am waiting at the train station the train starts slowly rolling in... bit slower then normal but it was raining quite heavily so safety?

Anyway, I get a good look at the train operator and its a 20something lady with long blonde hair...  :eek7: ...and nogal pleasant on the eyes too. Shows you, when color or race is not a factor you really can become anything you want.

unfortunately, my jaws were nearly on the floor so no time to get my phone out for a pic.

haha, there is a blonde bus driver in my area.... never have I wanted to get on the bus Gus like when I see her as the driver.

And she knows how to handle big machinery, match made in heaven.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ama ride ride on November 26, 2018, 08:42:16 pm
The bus (route) I use the most is mostly driven by old gentlemen or ladies. No sexy dingetjies yet.

But here in our area are plenty of hottie bobcat, digger and truck drivers. Also in construction.

A kid can become whatever he or she wish to become here.  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 26, 2018, 08:47:42 pm
Had a long chat with the misses last night....woke up a bit low today as we both realized we going to be apart for our anniversary, Christmas, new year and most likely valentines as well.

But we both understand the sacrifices we have to make and besides I got take alot and netflorist that can still deliver  :biggrin:

I filled the car recently so here is a comparison for you guys back in SA - note the petrol price has gone up by 25% since 2017, so dont worry SA is not the only country feeling the pinch  :deal:  goverment is also starting looking at ways to cap the petrol price but at the same time also encourage people to use public transport.

Wellington city council, at the start of 2019, is focusing on a big drive to get up new bus routes, more train routes and start construction of new combined cycle routes of 150km! Cyclist and walkers have increased by 5-10% from 2017 as congestion is becoming an issue. Wellington is very much like cape town, there are only 2 routes out of the greater Wellington area heading north.

Then black Friday here is a bit better than that of SA...I manage to fit out 50% of the house at 70% sales - it's not the greatest quality like we had in SA but it will have to do for now - that I am sure the wife will come to redecorate when she comes over  :imaposer:


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Spotted this cow sitting still  O0
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 26, 2018, 08:49:37 pm
Anyway, I get a good look at the train operator and its a 20something lady with long blonde hair...  :eek7: ...and nogal pleasant on the eyes too. Shows you, when color or race is not a factor you really can become anything you want.

unfortunately, my jaws were nearly on the floor so no time to get my phone out for a pic.

Bud, I never thought the day would come where I use the words "construction worker" and "hot" in the same sentence but... Saw the prettiest little ladies labouring away on the new highway on South Island

 :imaposer:

The bus (route) I use the most is mostly driven by old gentlemen or ladies. No sexy dingetjies yet.

But here in our area are plenty of hottie bobcat, digger and truck drivers. Also in construction.

A kid can become whatever he or she wish to become here.  :thumleft:


Nice! think I must come visit to inspect...uhm, these construction sites to make sure they safe

Proper WTF moment this morning.

As I am waiting at the train station the train starts slowly rolling in... bit slower then normal but it was raining quite heavily so safety?

Anyway, I get a good look at the train operator and its a 20something lady with long blonde hair...  :eek7: ...and nogal pleasant on the eyes too. Shows you, when color or race is not a factor you really can become anything you want.

unfortunately, my jaws were nearly on the floor so no time to get my phone out for a pic.

haha, there is a blonde bus driver in my area.... never have I wanted to get on the bus Gus like when I see her as the driver.

And she knows how to handle big machinery, match made in heaven.

Its refreshing to say the least!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: kfc4unme on November 26, 2018, 09:07:40 pm
I've been reading your thread with interest. I would like to move to Wellington one day. Busy getting my ducks in a row.

Thought you might find this interesting - http://powerbandpodcast.podbean.com - its a kiwi prodcast I've been listening to. They mentioned the very high reg fees, but apparently you can get quality training for next to nothing as the government subsidies it. Something like a 300 dollar course would cost about 30 dollars.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: desert dueler on November 28, 2018, 07:46:42 am
I’ve just moved to Auckland, arrived on the 30 August. Wife and kids came over a month ago. Came over as a welder got my visa in 3weekd after I applied for it.
It’s amazing over here. Gas braai’s on the beach provided by the council. WiFi on the beach.
Haven’t managed to get a bike yet but that will come next year.
Oh and my front and back foot is glass and no security gate, wife couldn’t sleep the first night  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on November 28, 2018, 12:35:11 pm
I’ve just moved to Auckland, arrived on the 30 August. Wife and kids came over a month ago. Came over as a welder got my visa in 3weekd after I applied for it.
It’s amazing over here. Gas braai’s on the beach provided by the council. WiFi on the beach.
Haven’t managed to get a bike yet but that will come next year.
Oh and my front and back foot door is glass and no security gate, wife couldn’t sleep the first night  :imaposer:

Fixed?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: desert dueler on November 28, 2018, 11:02:00 pm
Bloody typo, quite right.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 28, 2018, 11:59:16 pm
Nice Desert!  :thumleft: Auckland is busy but relaxing at the same time :thumleft: I can see my wife also going to struggle without bruglar bars, gates, etc

I had a proper WTF moment this morning…. So some background first.

Got up, went to the train station as normal, boarded the train and started to read some local news. The train then proceeded to stop in the second tunnel and the driver comes on over the loudspeaker to say there is a small problem with the link past the tunnel and they trying to fix it.

Another 10mins later and the train driver informed us we going back to the station as they struggling to fix the line and the service is canceled until further notice.

Once back at the station we got off and they informed us busses will come to pick us up but I proceeded to walk about 1km to the nearest normal bus stop in the hopes it will come earlier.

The first bus was 20mins late and FULL! I decided, screw it and drove the 5km to work as my boss said I can use the company car park to park in as CBD parking is $20-$30 a day!! :o

Now the WTF moment is while standing at the bus station, with another 5-8 people, no less than 3 people stopped to offer people rides into town and to the closer bigger bus stop…. I mean complete strangers, stranger stopping and saying I can take 4 people into town, or to the nearest station. WTF :eek7:…so friendly and trustworthy. SA you wouldn’t dare for fear of being hijacked or worse. ???
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on November 29, 2018, 02:16:07 am
Nice Desert!  :thumleft: Auckland is busy but relaxing at the same time :thumleft: I can see my wife also going to struggle without bruglar bars, gates, etc

I had a proper WTF moment this morning…. So some background first.

Got up, went to the train station as normal, boarded the train and started to read some local news. The train then proceeded to stop in the second tunnel and the driver comes on over the loudspeaker to say there is a small problem with the link past the tunnel and they trying to fix it.

Another 10mins later and the train driver informed us we going back to the station as they struggling to fix the line and the service is canceled until further notice.

Once back at the station we got off and they informed us busses will come to pick us up but I proceeded to walk about 1km to the nearest normal bus stop in the hopes it will come earlier.

The first bus was 20mins late and FULL! I decided, screw it and drove the 5km to work as my boss said I can use the company car park to park in as CBD parking is $20-$30 a day!! :o

Now the WTF moment is while standing at the bus station, with another 5-8 people, no less than 3 people stopped to offer people rides into town and to the closer bigger bus stop…. I mean complete strangers, stranger stopping and saying I can take 4 people into town, or to the nearest station. WTF :eek7:…so friendly and trustworthy. SA you wouldn’t dare for fear of being hijacked or worse. ???

Yip, isn't it just awesome to live in a place where that can happen?  :thumleft:

I have completely lost my fears of crime, I no longer see each situation and wonder how I am going to become a victim because of it. It's incredibly liberating.

Remember that situation, and each time you miss your kiddy and wife, remember it, and KNOW why you are doing this, and being apart from them for a couple of months. It will be so worth it when your child grows up not having to live in the fear we lived in for so many years.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ganjora on November 29, 2018, 05:58:04 am
Now the WTF moment is while standing at the bus station, with another 5-8 people, no less than 3 people stopped to offer people rides into town and to the closer bigger bus stop…. I mean complete strangers, stranger stopping and saying I can take 4 people into town, or to the nearest station. WTF :eek7:…so friendly and trustworthy. SA you wouldn’t dare for fear of being hijacked or worse. ???

reminds me of the time lourens ran out of juice and someone stopped to help.
thankfully,  with this being south africa,  he had prayed to god first,  so the guy that came to help didn't rape,  rob,  hijack or murder him.
how's that for a WTF moment!!! (lesser with the prayer?  no.  a greater WTF moment,  after you consider the miracle...)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Andre E on November 29, 2018, 07:25:34 am
Now the WTF moment is while standing at the bus station, with another 5-8 people, no less than 3 people stopped to offer people rides into town and to the closer bigger bus stop…. I mean complete strangers, stranger stopping and saying I can take 4 people into town, or to the nearest station. WTF :eek7:…so friendly and trustworthy. SA you wouldn’t dare for fear of being hijacked or worse. ???

reminds me of the time lourens ran out of juice and someone stopped to help.
thankfully,  with this being south africa,  he had prayed to god first,  so the guy that came to help didn't rape,  rob,  hijack or murder him.
how's that for a WTF moment!!! (lesser with the prayer?  no.  a greater WTF moment,  after you consider the miracle...)
Yes, and the other day a lady stopped with her bike next to the road and got murdered.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: DouglasN on November 29, 2018, 07:38:32 am


and another one this past weekend stopped waiting for friends and a policeman stopped and waited with her


Quote from: Andre E on Today at 07:25:34 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=223701.msg4171969#msg4171969)


Yes, and the other day a lady stopped with her bike next to the road and got murdered.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: WimC on November 29, 2018, 10:31:10 am


and another one this past weekend stopped waiting for friends and a policeman stopped and waited with her


Quote from: Andre E on Today at 07:25:34 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=223701.msg4171969#msg4171969)


Yes, and the other day a lady stopped with her bike next to the road and got murdered.

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So according to you the waiting policeman cancels out the murder of an innocent  lady. Makes total sense to me.🙄🙄🙄 Hijack off.
Silvrav we moved to Aus 5 yrs ago, best decision I’ve ever made. It is incredible how quickly you start enjoying life without being concerned about  personal safety. You soon realize that it’s normal, and the way it should be. In SA every decision you make has to have a security component too. Where are you going to park? Which route you’re taking home? Etc, etc. Your family would quickly adjust to the feeling of freedom and safety, enjoy it!!!
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on November 30, 2018, 01:52:56 am
So since our robbery we haven't really replaced much, and most of the insurance money is being used to fund our move. I have also used a tablet for work, and at home its a nice to have for the wife to try out new recipes as its small enough to have in the kitchen without being in the way.

So I spotted this busted windows tablet on trademe for $10. The screen is busted and most places here wants $150 to change it out with a new one  :eek7:...new they only about $250-$300. So most people would just walk away or buy for parts. I googled a bit and can get an OEM replacement from ebay for about $20. And now in NZ not spending 3-4hours time commuting daily I have time on my hands  O0

My first question to the lady was to send me some photos.

So she pops me some photos and the LCD is not cracked and still works 100% - She also mentions they locked out of the account and cant remember the passport. Now thats no biggie to me as I am quite technically so happy to take it as is.

Payment made and now await for it to arrive... - lets see if I can save $100-$150  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Quincy on November 30, 2018, 07:38:19 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on November 30, 2018, 07:54:40 pm
How do you get on with the people at work? Do they accept you or treat you differently? I guess a lot depends on your personality but I was just wondering - I mean they could have employed a local surely - is there any resentment from the staff that a guy from SA got the job?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: IceCreamMan on November 30, 2018, 08:46:02 pm
Nice Desert!  :thumleft: Auckland is busy but relaxing at the same time :thumleft: I can see my wife also going to struggle without bruglar bars, gates, etc

I had a proper WTF moment this morning…. So some background first.

Got up, went to the train station as normal, boarded the train and started to read some local news. The train then proceeded to stop in the second tunnel and the driver comes on over the loudspeaker to say there is a small problem with the link past the tunnel and they trying to fix it.

Another 10mins later and the train driver informed us we going back to the station as they struggling to fix the line and the service is canceled until further notice.

Once back at the station we got off and they informed us busses will come to pick us up but I proceeded to walk about 1km to the nearest normal bus stop in the hopes it will come earlier.

The first bus was 20mins late and FULL! I decided, screw it and drove the 5km to work as my boss said I can use the company car park to park in as CBD parking is $20-$30 a day!! :o

Now the WTF moment is while standing at the bus station, with another 5-8 people, no less than 3 people stopped to offer people rides into town and to the closer bigger bus stop…. I mean complete strangers, stranger stopping and saying I can take 4 people into town, or to the nearest station. WTF :eek7:…so friendly and trustworthy. SA you wouldn’t dare for fear of being hijacked or worse. ???

Yip, isn't it just awesome to live in a place where that can happen?  :thumleft:

I [have completely lost my fears of crime, I no longer see each situation and wonder how I am going to become a victim because of it. It's incredibly liberating

Difficult to explain that and the concomitant stress one is under without being conscious of it...

Took me a while and still probably not 100 percent relaxed about it, guess it’s a bit like PTSD.

Last night I walked to the cycle club AGM, it’s a bout 2 kms and I generally walk wherever I go but last night I knew I was goin to have a couple of pints so walked. The club is across a large park, an I mean large with a walkway that is not lit up. Leave the AGM bout 22:30 and admire the clear sky and the lights in the distance from the town I live in. Lost in thought and suddenly I hear footsteps behind me, large adrenaline shot, fight or flight syndrome kicks in as it does with us ous, just a jogger out jogging at 22:30 ...he got a fright cos I got,a fright I suspect.

I thought I was over it, still have a way to go I guess.

It’s incredibly liberating to be able to walk outdoors late at night and not have to worry. The locals I have friended laugh at me and take it for granted. Sad hey.  Or when I cycle deep in the woods an see lil old ladies with their dogs, completely vulnerable but not a problem here.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 30, 2018, 10:53:20 pm
 I'd still keep my eye at the back of my head open at night and still lock me doors.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11760899

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/325271/NZ-among-worst-countries-for-crime

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/102680021/government-aims-to-cut-prison-population-and-fix-abnormal-system
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 01, 2018, 12:06:28 am
How do you get on with the people at work? Do they accept you or treat you differently? I guess a lot depends on your personality but I was just wondering - I mean they could have employed a local surely - is there any resentment from the staff that a guy from SA got the job?

So far they quite accepting...it is a bit hard adjusting as they all youngish (my age or 3 years younger) so the use of slang is a big thing, but will adjust. I think being a yound dynamic company they dont mind and so far it seems to be working out well.

I'd still keep my eye at the back of my head open at night and still lock me doors.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11760899

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/325271/NZ-among-worst-countries-for-crime

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/102680021/government-aims-to-cut-prison-population-and-fix-abnormal-system


I can also pull articles 10 years old to make any country look bad... and yet murder, assault with intent to do grievance arm isnt on those lists.

NZ isn't perfect, no country is but SA is less perfect then NZ, and besides, being from SA if it gets worse I would really start feeling at home  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 01, 2018, 12:18:29 am
I have realized quickly if you happy to do some labor you can save lots and lots of money.

As part of my tool replacement I went to the local hardware shop and got a torque wrench as in the greater scheme of things the more I start doing myself on the car the more I will need it. Had to spend $80 for it  :patch: a Tough bullet to bite while money is tight, but the labor alone to change brake pads would be over $150 if not more. Then parts cost, their markup, GST, etc.

But now I have the tools I need for future work as well and will therefore just be a saving everytime I do something myself.

While I was out I also filled up as there was a P on the way with 98 octane.... most places have 91,93 as the majority are older cars. So very few places do 98. So far i only know of BP.
What is nice here as well if you plan and link up plans you can really save some $. Countdown (like a shoprite), caltex, BP, AA and a few others all are in a plan together. So what happens when every you spend above a certain amount at any of these stores you can accumulate savings to a point where you want to spend it. Now i opted to put my savings into fuel and this morning got a discount of 0.24c per liter, which was just over $9  :thumleft: and on a $80 fill-up bill that's over 10% saving

My office for the day:
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/f833555c-0b87-4412-8c4f-22f134b62ad2-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/f833555c-0b87-4412-8c4f-22f134b62ad2)
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/2b2816cb-14f1-4d8f-9fef-bcb501e2a723-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/2b2816cb-14f1-4d8f-9fef-bcb501e2a723)
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/0c5aaa81-7253-45bb-97ed-fba6ffa87d92-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/0c5aaa81-7253-45bb-97ed-fba6ffa87d92)

Savings!
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/5c8555e9-5991-460f-904f-10d30b9149e3-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/5c8555e9-5991-460f-904f-10d30b9149e3)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on December 01, 2018, 02:30:40 am
Good job Silvrav  :thumleft:

It's very possible to save lots of cash when you do stuff yourself. As with the cash-back type deals you just mentioned on the fuel.

Just stop converting everything to ZAR in your head, it will make you crazy. Trust me  :peepwall:

Rather work it out as "how many hours I have to work to pay that" after taxes, of course. When I buy a burger for lunch, I work it out and figure that I have to work 30 minutes for it, or whatever.

Week before last when I decided to spend $99 on that Milwaukee tool, I worked out that I'd have to work around 10 hours to buy it (after taxes). Then I decide if I really need it  :sip:   :lamer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on December 01, 2018, 08:51:35 pm
Cool - glad they are accepting of you - makes it pleasurable to work there.

Enjoying your thread - and appreciate the effort you put in posting pics and giving updates. Thank you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 02, 2018, 08:23:19 pm
Good job Silvrav  :thumleft:

It's very possible to save lots of cash when you do stuff yourself. As with the cash-back type deals you just mentioned on the fuel.

Just stop converting everything to ZAR in your head, it will make you crazy. Trust me  :peepwall:

Rather work it out as "how many hours I have to work to pay that" after taxes, of course. When I buy a burger for lunch, I work it out and figure that I have to work 30 minutes for it, or whatever.

Week before last when I decided to spend $99 on that Milwaukee tool, I worked out that I'd have to work around 10 hours to buy it (after taxes). Then I decide if I really need it  :sip:   :lamer:

This is true, but will take a while...  :deal: I like the hours idea  :thumleft:

Cool - glad they are accepting of you - makes it pleasurable to work there.

Enjoying your thread - and appreciate the effort you put in posting pics and giving updates. Thank you  :thumleft:

THanks TeeJay!  :thumleft: Must add sometimes its slower then African Time but sure I will get use to it over time :p
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 02, 2018, 08:32:52 pm
Today marks 1 month and 1 day since I landed and 13 days before I finally move to my own home.

Then get it set up and ready for the family... Super excited as I then have my own space and garage to start working in. There is quite a few things I still want to do to the car but require power for it and it still feels strange to me working in the road on my car...feels all merican (  :peepwall: sorry Mr Zog), so will wait till I move to get those items done.

I had a hiccup with the brakes on Saturday that the front was the wrong size  :lamer: Seems someone upgraded the calipers in its previous life. Good news is though that they still very good (5mm) and I left them in.

The rears I changed and they all good now. Luckily here exchanging or returning items doesn't feel like a pain as the service folk are always friendly and very helpful.

I then proceed to undo the radio head unit as I didn't happen with how long the GPS unit took to obtain the signal. I originally wired it to the metal support behind the dash unit, but now rerouted it past the glove box and up the side panel so that it sits outside now on top of the dash just below the license disk.

Then on my way to work this morning spotted some more fully electrical busses... Wellington transport is trying hard to go more modern and all green energies.

Brake pads to small :(
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Electric bus - sorry I see now i took the photo like my back end
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Slingervel on December 03, 2018, 08:00:22 am
Nice Desert!  :thumleft: Auckland is busy but relaxing at the same time :thumleft: I can see my wife also going to struggle without bruglar bars, gates, etc

I had a proper WTF moment this morning…. So some background first.

Got up, went to the train station as normal, boarded the train and started to read some local news. The train then proceeded to stop in the second tunnel and the driver comes on over the loudspeaker to say there is a small problem with the link past the tunnel and they trying to fix it.

Another 10mins later and the train driver informed us we going back to the station as they struggling to fix the line and the service is canceled until further notice.

Once back at the station we got off and they informed us busses will come to pick us up but I proceeded to walk about 1km to the nearest normal bus stop in the hopes it will come earlier.

The first bus was 20mins late and FULL! I decided, screw it and drove the 5km to work as my boss said I can use the company car park to park in as CBD parking is $20-$30 a day!! :o

Now the WTF moment is while standing at the bus station, with another 5-8 people, no less than 3 people stopped to offer people rides into town and to the closer bigger bus stop…. I mean complete strangers, stranger stopping and saying I can take 4 people into town, or to the nearest station. WTF :eek7:…so friendly and trustworthy. SA you wouldn’t dare for fear of being hijacked or worse. ???

Yip, isn't it just awesome to live in a place where that can happen?  :thumleft:

I [have completely lost my fears of crime, I no longer see each situation and wonder how I am going to become a victim because of it. It's incredibly liberating

Difficult to explain that and the concomitant stress one is under without being conscious of it...

Took me a while and still probably not 100 percent relaxed about it, guess it’s a bit like PTSD.

Last night I walked to the cycle club AGM, it’s a bout 2 kms and I generally walk wherever I go but last night I knew I was goin to have a couple of pints so walked. The club is across a large park, an I mean large with a walkway that is not lit up. Leave the AGM bout 22:30 and admire the clear sky and the lights in the distance from the town I live in. Lost in thought and suddenly I hear footsteps behind me, large adrenaline shot, fight or flight syndrome kicks in as it does with us ous, just a jogger out jogging at 22:30 ...he got a fright cos I got,a fright I suspect.

I thought I was over it, still have a way to go I guess.

It’s incredibly liberating to be able to walk outdoors late at night and not have to worry. The locals I have friended laugh at me and take it for granted. Sad hey.  Or when I cycle deep in the woods an see lil old ladies with their dogs, completely vulnerable but not a problem here.

It's true what you're saying ICM... We live in a constant state of PTSD. It's sad.

Friday night at 23:15 while sleeping, I was awoken by a loud thud and a loud scream in our bedroom. It wasn't even a split second and I was up screaming NOOOOO! running towards the bedroom door. I cannot even explain what went through my mind....

It took me a few seconds to realize what happened. Our 2,5 year old crawled in his sleep and fell off the bed. (He's co-sleeping in his cot next to our bed)

I cannot explain the shock I STILL have.

I have this thing (I'm sure many people do) when sometimes, when I lay down and as my head hits the pillow, I get flashbacks of dreams I had.
A few minutes after the indecent, when I went to lay down, I relived the scary thoughts and feelings that shot through my body.

Also, having had a break-in in March this year, we've installed beams. Even after numerous tuning, every now and then we'll get a false alarm during the night.
Unfortunately, I cannot go to bed without setting the alarm.

It's such a sad country we live in.

PS. I had a final interview last week for a job in the Netherlands. Holding thumbs.

Jammer vir die hi-jack Hannes.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 03, 2018, 08:18:40 pm
Nice Desert!  :thumleft: Auckland is busy but relaxing at the same time :thumleft: I can see my wife also going to struggle without bruglar bars, gates, etc

I had a proper WTF moment this morning…. So some background first.

Got up, went to the train station as normal, boarded the train and started to read some local news. The train then proceeded to stop in the second tunnel and the driver comes on over the loudspeaker to say there is a small problem with the link past the tunnel and they trying to fix it.

Another 10mins later and the train driver informed us we going back to the station as they struggling to fix the line and the service is canceled until further notice.

Once back at the station we got off and they informed us busses will come to pick us up but I proceeded to walk about 1km to the nearest normal bus stop in the hopes it will come earlier.

The first bus was 20mins late and FULL! I decided, screw it and drove the 5km to work as my boss said I can use the company car park to park in as CBD parking is $20-$30 a day!! :o

Now the WTF moment is while standing at the bus station, with another 5-8 people, no less than 3 people stopped to offer people rides into town and to the closer bigger bus stop…. I mean complete strangers, stranger stopping and saying I can take 4 people into town, or to the nearest station. WTF :eek7:…so friendly and trustworthy. SA you wouldn’t dare for fear of being hijacked or worse. ???

Yip, isn't it just awesome to live in a place where that can happen?  :thumleft:

I [have completely lost my fears of crime, I no longer see each situation and wonder how I am going to become a victim because of it. It's incredibly liberating

Difficult to explain that and the concomitant stress one is under without being conscious of it...

Took me a while and still probably not 100 percent relaxed about it, guess it’s a bit like PTSD.

Last night I walked to the cycle club AGM, it’s a bout 2 kms and I generally walk wherever I go but last night I knew I was goin to have a couple of pints so walked. The club is across a large park, an I mean large with a walkway that is not lit up. Leave the AGM bout 22:30 and admire the clear sky and the lights in the distance from the town I live in. Lost in thought and suddenly I hear footsteps behind me, large adrenaline shot, fight or flight syndrome kicks in as it does with us ous, just a jogger out jogging at 22:30 ...he got a fright cos I got,a fright I suspect.

I thought I was over it, still have a way to go I guess.

It’s incredibly liberating to be able to walk outdoors late at night and not have to worry. The locals I have friended laugh at me and take it for granted. Sad hey.  Or when I cycle deep in the woods an see lil old ladies with their dogs, completely vulnerable but not a problem here.

It's true what you're saying ICM... We live in a constant state of PTSD. It's sad.

Friday night at 23:15 while sleeping, I was awoken by a loud thud and a loud scream in our bedroom. It wasn't even a split second and I was up screaming NOOOOO! running towards the bedroom door. I cannot even explain what went through my mind....

It took me a few seconds to realize what happened. Our 2,5 year old crawled in his sleep and fell off the bed. (He's co-sleeping in his cot next to our bed)

I cannot explain the shock I STILL have.

I have this thing (I'm sure many people do) when sometimes, when I lay down and as my head hits the pillow, I get flashbacks of dreams I had.
A few minutes after the indecent, when I went to lay down, I relived the scary thoughts and feelings that shot through my body.

Also, having had a break-in in March this year, we've installed beams. Even after numerous tuning, every now and then we'll get a false alarm during the night.
Unfortunately, I cannot go to bed without setting the alarm.

It's such a sad country we live in.

PS. I had a final interview last week for a job in the Netherlands. Holding thumbs.

Jammer vir die hi-jack Hannes.

Geen probleem  :thumleft:

And holding thumbs for you! Let us know when you hear back.

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 03, 2018, 08:24:22 pm
So remember that new radio I bought? For when my wife is here so she can navigate around without the need to watch her phone gps all the time?

It turns out the maps are 7 YEARS old  >:( >:( When approaching the seller about it he said he indicates it had NZ maps but not that it was updated or the age of the maps. Updated maps are $49.

 I was livid and bluntly told him I will then return it give you a negative seller rating on trademe. He almost immediately backtracked and about 6hours later me updated maps (oct'2018) for the unit...

It frustrates me wondering how many have fallen for this same trick. Just shows don't matter where in the world you are if you don't keep your wits about it, and just accept things, people will screw you over.

Otherwise, our Christmas party is this coming Friday and we are taking a tour through NZ wine route....I believe lots of wine and food will be had. Luckily public transport is good and I can walk home from the train station  :pot:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on December 04, 2018, 06:28:03 am
Aaah nice - enjoy the wine route!

Yaaah people are funny hey - all over the world you get those types.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 05, 2018, 08:42:03 pm
Wet, rainy and windy day in wellington, and yet most ladies still wear skirts that if they bend over....  :deal:

Another hard pill to swallow this week as it was our wedding anniversary and we could only chat over the phone :(

My son is also starting to ask about where daddy is every night so the wife and I have made a plan to get skype up and running on her laptop so when she gets ready in the mornings, I will skype with him for a few minutes :( still 3months before seeing them

I did some cost updating: Hope this helps someone. Take note this is very much on a budget. We have considered bringing a container and quotes we have obtained ranged from R40,000 (half shared container) to R100,000 full container.
But with the good deals I got with black Friday we will just ship some boxes and sell the furniture in SA.

COST RECORD
UPDATED  6 December 2018
Certificates (R75 per marriage/birth certificate) x 3 - R225
Passports (R600 for adult maxi and R400 for son) - R1600
In NZ professional CV and cover letter agency - $300 (R2700 out of the bank)
Toll Fees, Petrol etc to fetch passport -R500
Prelim flight book for NZ visit -R19,000 -  I am fortunate enough to have friends over there that will lodge me for the 2weeks and allow me to use of their car)
So total cost for NZ visit in June was about R25,000
R42,000 paid for the shortfall on car settlement
VISA application fee's - R3,500
Passport verification Fee - R505
Agent Fees - R15,000
My Medicals - R3,000
Wife Police Clearance - R700
Wife medicals - R3,000
Son's Medical - R1,000
One way ticket to Wellington - R11,500
Doggies shots and chips - R1,900
First months living expenses - R20,000 (roughly $2,000, split to about $1,400 for airbnb and the rest food, train tickets, etc)
Rental house deposit, first-week rent, bond and letting (R34,400) fee - $3430
NZ driver license conversion - R250 ($25) but you can drive with your SA licence for up to a year as long as its valid
AA applications - R890 ($89)
Wife Visa fee's - R3,500
Son's Visa Fee's - R2,000

TALLY - R173, 260
*car rentals etc not added as it would work the same out as our car payments so irrelevant (no extra cost)
* have started buying some new stuff for the rental house (furniture, linen etc) but its more replacement so not part of immigration cost - roughly R30,000

Upcoming immediate future expenses
Wife degree verification - $1,300


Planned expenses
R50,000 - Dogs Relocation costs - R25,000 SA side for the transport and vet seal. 2,500 NZD on NZ side for 10 day quarantine
R30,000 - Family Airticket to NZ
R40,000 - Permanent residence applications
R3,500 IELTS test for me
R3,500IELTS test for my wife
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 05, 2018, 10:55:52 pm
Wow dis n helse klomp geld om te emmigreer!! :o :o
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Pumbaa on December 06, 2018, 12:11:29 am
Nice Desert!  :thumleft: Auckland is busy but relaxing at the same time :thumleft: I can see my wife also going to struggle without bruglar bars, gates, etc

I had a proper WTF moment this morning…. So some background first.

Got up, went to the train station as normal, boarded the train and started to read some local news. The train then proceeded to stop in the second tunnel and the driver comes on over the loudspeaker to say there is a small problem with the link past the tunnel and they trying to fix it.

Another 10mins later and the train driver informed us we going back to the station as they struggling to fix the line and the service is canceled until further notice.

Once back at the station we got off and they informed us busses will come to pick us up but I proceeded to walk about 1km to the nearest normal bus stop in the hopes it will come earlier.

The first bus was 20mins late and FULL! I decided, screw it and drove the 5km to work as my boss said I can use the company car park to park in as CBD parking is $20-$30 a day!! :o

Now the WTF moment is while standing at the bus station, with another 5-8 people, no less than 3 people stopped to offer people rides into town and to the closer bigger bus stop…. I mean complete strangers, stranger stopping and saying I can take 4 people into town, or to the nearest station. WTF :eek7:…so friendly and trustworthy. SA you wouldn’t dare for fear of being hijacked or worse. ???

Yip, isn't it just awesome to live in a place where that can happen?  :thumleft:

I [have completely lost my fears of crime, I no longer see each situation and wonder how I am going to become a victim because of it. It's incredibly liberating

Difficult to explain that and the concomitant stress one is under without being conscious of it...

Took me a while and still probably not 100 percent relaxed about it, guess it’s a bit like PTSD.

Last night I walked to the cycle club AGM, it’s a bout 2 kms and I generally walk wherever I go but last night I knew I was goin to have a couple of pints so walked. The club is across a large park, an I mean large with a walkway that is not lit up. Leave the AGM bout 22:30 and admire the clear sky and the lights in the distance from the town I live in. Lost in thought and suddenly I hear footsteps behind me, large adrenaline shot, fight or flight syndrome kicks in as it does with us ous, just a jogger out jogging at 22:30 ...he got a fright cos I got,a fright I suspect.

I thought I was over it, still have a way to go I guess.

It’s incredibly liberating to be able to walk outdoors late at night and not have to worry. The locals I have friended laugh at me and take it for granted. Sad hey.  Or when I cycle deep in the woods an see lil old ladies with their dogs, completely vulnerable but not a problem here.

It's true what you're saying ICM... We live in a constant state of PTSD. It's sad.

Friday night at 23:15 while sleeping, I was awoken by a loud thud and a loud scream in our bedroom. It wasn't even a split second and I was up screaming NOOOOO! running towards the bedroom door. I cannot even explain what went through my mind....

It took me a few seconds to realize what happened. Our 2,5 year old crawled in his sleep and fell off the bed. (He's co-sleeping in his cot next to our bed)

I cannot explain the shock I STILL have.

I have this thing (I'm sure many people do) when sometimes, when I lay down and as my head hits the pillow, I get flashbacks of dreams I had.
A few minutes after the indecent, when I went to lay down, I relived the scary thoughts and feelings that shot through my body.

Also, having had a break-in in March this year, we've installed beams. Even after numerous tuning, every now and then we'll get a false alarm during the night.
Unfortunately, I cannot go to bed without setting the alarm.

It's such a sad country we live in.

PS. I had a final interview last week for a job in the Netherlands. Holding thumbs.

Jammer vir die hi-jack Hannes.
Hope it works out with the job. I live in NL. Let me know if I can help with anything.

Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mrs. Zog on December 06, 2018, 02:10:15 am
Quote
We have considered bringing a container and quotes we have obtained ranged from R40,000 (half shared container) to R100,000 full container.

If this is helpful for anyone - this is exactly what we were quoted for our move to Florida in 2015. We ultimately went with two cargo pallets of only the most basic things we couldn't part with.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 09, 2018, 12:40:59 am
Its 11h00 Sunday morning and I am still recovering  :lamer: :peepwall:

Friday was our Christmas party, and here its a big thing. A bus was arranged for the staff and our first stop was the upper Hutt valley area. Here we did some clay pigeon shooting  :ricky: It was enormous fun! It was for staff + partners. Now some background info....our accountant is also a south African and her and family came over about 10 years ago. Her husband, an avid hunter, and shooter  scored a 21/25, with me in second at 22/25 and with a local chap getting 23/25, as he shoots competitively. This however now makes the office boys think that South Africans are born with guns in their hands when we pop out into the world  :imaposer:

It also introduced me to the fact that hunting here is relatively big and not catered for international visitors as its in SA. Here is what is called DOC (department of conservation) land. The land belongs to everyone and you allowed to hunt on these lands for....mahala, yes free. You can shoot Red deer, goat (boerbok) and fallow deer for no charge. Apparently, they all a pest here eating the local flora and fauna so DOC is more than happy for you to get your hunt on.

I have already started looking into licensing, safes, and rifles and its relatively cheap. Until it all comes through I can also go hunt with the Ex-saffer, as I don't need a license to operate a weapon as long as he hunts with me.

We then proceded to a wine estate, stopping 2 or 3 times to do, what they call boatraces. It's basically a relay race with your drink of choice and whichever team finishes first wins....yes, wins lots of headaches for the next day  :imaposer:

Lots of wine and platters were had, and before the day started we were divided into 4 teams.

So some games were played and by 5 we decided its time to head back. We played a game (and apologies but I forgot the name) but by 5 we still havent played the semis and final so on the way back we stopped at a local park to finish! Happy to say our team won  :thumleft: and our prizes was a special drink to finish.  :lamer:

Drop off were at various train stations for people to commute home... All I can say is I am red in the face, NZ sun is a bliksem, and that Kiwi's can drink... a lot!

Other then that I did do some work on the car this morning. My LED interior globes arrived from ebay (so nice for things to actually get to you from ebay, banggood etc). So now its a nice white light and not an ugly yellow :)

Clay Pigeon shooting
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(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/d82aaced-366f-438f-90c3-af46b2fbf130-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/d82aaced-366f-438f-90c3-af46b2fbf130)
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/717c27dd-a2be-4531-b3b2-eacf1f537b9f-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/717c27dd-a2be-4531-b3b2-eacf1f537b9f)
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(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/10a0a9f7-2dd7-4c4b-88c0-3f65ac54dc48-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/10a0a9f7-2dd7-4c4b-88c0-3f65ac54dc48)
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Spotted this Ford standing in the parking lot
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some of the boat races
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Wine estate
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Finishing the finals and semi finals in the park
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New car interior lights
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sardine on December 09, 2018, 08:31:20 am
 :thumleft:
Lekker!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 09, 2018, 10:35:29 am
goat (boerbok)

As in real boerbokke?!!! :o
Dorsland will have an heart attack!! :eek7:

Dankie tog dis nie boerbokke nie!!

https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/things-to-do/hunting/what-to-hunt/feral-goats/
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Boerbok on December 09, 2018, 01:35:53 pm
goat (boerbok)

As in real boerbokke?!!! :o
Dorsland will have an heart attack!! :eek7:

Dankie tog dis nie boerbokke nie!!

https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/things-to-do/hunting/what-to-hunt/feral-goats/

Boerbokke is a thing in Aus too. I’ve seen a few around Melbourne...

http://www.australianboergoat.com.au/

“With Australia producing over 50% of world goat meat exports the numbers of Boer goats in Australia continues to rise as farmers and graziers turn to goat meat production as a profitable alternative enterprise.”

Lekker party Silvrav, beautiful surrounds...
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 09, 2018, 02:03:48 pm
goat (boerbok)

As in real boerbokke?!!! :o
Dorsland will have an heart attack!! :eek7:

Dankie tog dis nie boerbokke nie!!

https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/things-to-do/hunting/what-to-hunt/feral-goats/

Boerbokke is a thing in Aus too. I’ve seen a few around Melbourne...

http://www.australianboergoat.com.au/

“With Australia producing over 50% of world goat meat exports the numbers of Boer goats in Australia continues to rise as farmers and graziers turn to goat meat production as a profitable alternative enterprise.”

Lekker party Silvrav, beautiful surrounds...
Because every farm had a milk goat or two many years ago instead of a cow those goats have multiplied and gotten "wild" and the farmers catch them at the water troughs and then sell them. Most of that 50% are thus wild goats and are not in fact farmed with but the run wild in the outback.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_goats_in_Australia
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Boerbok on December 09, 2018, 02:19:41 pm

TALLY - R173, 260

Upcoming immediate future expenses
Wife degree verification - $1,300

Planned expenses
R50,000 - Dogs Relocation costs - R25,000 SA side for the transport and vet seal. 2,500 NZD on NZ side for 10 day quarantine
R30,000 - Family Airticket to NZ
R40,000 - Permanent residence applications
R3,500 IELTS test for me
R3,500IELTS test for my wife

If it makes you feel better, our bill came out in the same ballpark for permanent residence visas and move to Aus in Mar 2017.

R120k - Visas and admin for family of 4
R35k - Flight (massive special deal)
R80k - 20ft container, 95% full  :deal:
R10k - first month expenses (low because we house-sat)
R20k - misc other stuff
No look-see trip or pet expenses
R265k - Total
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on December 10, 2018, 10:47:17 am
Received a commitment from a NZ company today to take up a job, in Blenheim, Marlborough, in March next year. I just hope all the paperwork is done in time. Looking forward to it. They have offered me a fixed term contract as they are not familiar with what they will get. Hoping to either stay on with them or find something while there.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on December 10, 2018, 12:35:31 pm
Blenheim, South Island:

"Most residents are of European origin, predominantly of British, Irish, German and Dutch descent."

Do you think you could fit in there...?   ::)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on December 10, 2018, 01:41:31 pm
hahaha, I dunno...but they have lots of wine there... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 10, 2018, 08:17:31 pm

TALLY - R173, 260

Upcoming immediate future expenses
Wife degree verification - $1,300

Planned expenses
R50,000 - Dogs Relocation costs - R25,000 SA side for the transport and vet seal. 2,500 NZD on NZ side for 10 day quarantine
R30,000 - Family Airticket to NZ
R40,000 - Permanent residence applications
R3,500 IELTS test for me
R3,500IELTS test for my wife

If it makes you feel better, our bill came out in the same ballpark for permanent residence visas and move to Aus in Mar 2017.

R120k - Visas and admin for family of 4
R35k - Flight (massive special deal)
R80k - 20ft container, 95% full  :deal:
R10k - first month expenses (low because we house-sat)
R20k - misc other stuff
No look-see trip or pet expenses
R265k - Total

 :laughing4: It does!

Received a commitment from a NZ company today to take up a job, in Blenheim, Marlborough, in March next year. I just hope all the paperwork is done in time. Looking forward to it. They have offered me a fixed term contract as they are not familiar with what they will get. Hoping to either stay on with them or find something while there.

Excellent! and you just across the pond from wellington!  :thumleft:

What term are we talking here? 12-24months?

This will determine how prepared you need to be...medical aid, cover, visas, family visas etc.

Did you see them while you were here? If not, might be worth it to fly out again and come spend time with them before the make you an offer?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on December 10, 2018, 09:19:58 pm
If it makes both of you feel any better a friend say they have spent close to R200k already and they are still here.
That includes verification of their degrees and a look see trip or R50k.
Still need to do the visa applications or residency etc. 
They are two going through the process and the employer pay the container/s
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 14, 2018, 09:59:15 am
Hells bells I'm kapoet, sore and hungry....i decided to love tonight.

Maybe not the best choice now lying here on the carpet after assembling atleast the bed so I can sleep and carting everything in, and accepting some deliveries where when asking for assistance, it's sorry we in a rush. So had to cart the fridge in by myself from the stoep.

Ill post some more details and photos tomorrow... Shower, atleast put a sheet over the mattress then sleep
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Blou Zebu on December 14, 2018, 10:20:56 am
Hells bells I'm kapoet, sore and hungry....i decided to love tonight.

Maybe not the best choice now lying here on the carpet after assembling atleast the bed so I can sleep and carting everything in, and accepting some deliveries where when asking for assistance, it's sorry we in a rush. So had to cart the fridge in by myself from the stoep.

Ill post some more details and photos tomorrow... Shower, atleast put a sheet over the mattress then sleep

Quick ban his wife before she reads this!

Typo or autocorrect?  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 14, 2018, 06:16:24 pm
Hells bells I'm kapoet, sore and hungry....i decided to love tonight.

Maybe not the best choice now lying here on the carpet after assembling atleast the bed so I can sleep and carting everything in, and accepting some deliveries where when asking for assistance, it's sorry we in a rush. So had to cart the fridge in by myself from the stoep.

Ill post some more details and photos tomorrow... Shower, atleast put a sheet over the mattress then sleep

Quick ban his wife before she reads this!

Typo or autocorrect?  :peepwall:

 :laughing4: :imaposer: shows you how kapoet I was... Suppose to be move, stupid phone keyboard with my big fingers.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 17, 2018, 02:03:54 am
I am at work, physically but maybe not mentally  :imaposer: I am sore in places that I haven't been sore in ages...

See, the plan was to move in time over the weekend as I took the friday afternoon off. A major reason was actually that they were coming to deliver most of the new furniture on Friday afternoon, and the bed being the one I was after.

So Friday I collected the keys from the agent, drove to the property, did a 10min video and walkthrough for the wife and waited for the delivery guys. Most of them rocked up between 2 and 4 and delivered most of the stuff....in flatpacks  :lamer: and I saw my future for the weekend right there and then.

Got everything in and locked up at 5ish heading back to the airbnb. Just as I got there a chap phoned asking if I was home as he wants to deliver the fridge, and upon questioning him, he indicated he won't be back in the area until the following weekend. A week without a fridge wont work, so told the gent to just leave it on the outside porch, I will be back later.

And then, me being me stripped my moer and decided I am moving, a decision I would regret later....

Took me about an hour to pack everything, and get it loaded into the car, and dam glad I got a station wagon as it was FULL!
Luckily only one trip would be needed.

As I got to the new house I unloaded everything (it is about 20h30 by now) and decided to first move the fridge in, and have supper.

House with a view!
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Funny how things sometimes just fit!
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move move move
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 17, 2018, 02:13:49 am
So this time of year the son only goes down at about 9 with pitch blackness way past 10. I still had daylight so got working.

First thing first, got the fridge up and running so I can get the food in before is spoils

Second thing, I need a place to sleep. Got going with the bed and within 10mins realized I don't have the tools to make this easy (no drill and bits) and tackled the assembly by hand with my screwdrivers and the one bit I got with the bed.

working hard and furious the bed was up and in about 60mins. I plonked down the mattress, grab a sheet, 1 pillow, and the duvet. I will now be able to sleep eat and sleep.

The last thing for the night was the TV... So i got the 3 things any man would be happy with, eating, sleeping and watching TV  :deal:

I couldn't sleep much so had a shower, tried to unwind a bit by watching relaxing TV and proceeded to pass out on the carpet where I was lying. No idea what time I woke up but zombied to the bed and passed out.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 17, 2018, 02:24:39 am
I woke up on Saturday at about 9am feeling refreshed and ready for the day. I decided to head to the local hardware store (mitre10) and check on tools. I got a cheapie drill ($20  :thumleft: vs nromal $69) thanks to the local sale person and some bits.

Getting home and starting to assemble more pieces of furniture I realized the bits the sale person gave me was incorrect fit and stupid me didnt look properly either. I decided to mission on and just use my trusty screwdrivers.

At about 3pm I decided to head back to the hardware store and get those bits  :imaposer: as my hands as already started blistering. One thing I have noticed in NZ is that one off purchases are cheaper vs where in South Africa its more expensive than monthly expenses

I proceeded to finish assembling some chairs, the coffee table, tv stand, and the 2 flo seater couches.

Well at least the lounge is done, for now, now its just the bedroom stuff remaining, which will have to wait until next weekend

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on December 17, 2018, 03:24:43 am
Good job Hannes  :thumleft:


Get yourself a decent battery powered driver. Has a 1/4 inch hex drive and then you can get all the bits your heart can desire. You can even get drill bits with a hex drive, spade bits, and adapters for all sizes of sockets. Makes loosening and tightening things, making holes, and a whole lot of other stuff a whole lot easier. Get a good one, not the super cheapie crap, and it will last you for many years. 18Volt or higher  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sardine on December 17, 2018, 06:19:23 am
Good going!  :thumleft:

Looks like a beautiful spot!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on December 17, 2018, 07:53:52 am
What is that field you are looking out onto?
Cricket pitch?

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Sensible timber fence there with a gap at the bottom so the weedeater can clip underneath.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Splash on December 17, 2018, 08:43:59 am
Well done. Getting settled is a huge task. No IKEA furniture. Easier to assemble?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 17, 2018, 08:28:57 pm
@Fudmucker Yip its a big local park with playgrounds, picnic area and in the middle is a cricket field. Schools often use it to practice and on Saturday was a full-blown 25/25 over friendly school match, with parents pitching their umbrellas and camping chairs. I stopped for about 30ish minutes and just sat and watch some cricket  :thumleft:

@Splash no direct ikea unfortunately. There are some furniture shops that sells it but with the middleman, price added. Most of the furniture I got I got through black Friday as well so relatively cheap.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 17, 2018, 08:41:38 pm
So I drove to work yesterday as I had to finalize some more home stuff and after 8 the bus intervals becomes 30-60mins apart depending on the area.

We had a stop and go where we stopped for about 10mins while a crane hoisted some roof sheeting and i spotted @Christian Kuun south island girl  :deal:

Then this morning I took the bus and found the park I was looking for. Now my son can play while I watch some school cricket and mommy can take a nap  :thumleft:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 17, 2018, 08:53:30 pm
I was walking around town yesterday doing some laptop shopping...my boss found out I know a thing or two about computers and is now the non-official/official IT guy as well.

Work is going well and the work ethics and "easyness" of doing business here in NZ and the amount of work per staff member.

Then I thought I spotted Dwerg walking around NZ, but in the end it was just Peter Dinklage  :deal:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: onderbroek on December 18, 2018, 07:41:58 am
Every time the page loads, the pictures disappear after a second, anyone experiencing same issues?


Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: woody1 on December 18, 2018, 08:06:30 am
Lekker Hannes.  Hierdie storie van jou laat my weer dink aan ons 5 jaar "Europese vakansie" toe ons in Holland gebly het.
Ek het ook eerste oorgegaan.  Alles in plek gekry vir die familie wat my 3 maande later gevolg het.
Kon darem met die kontrak wers se geld 'n huis koop al was hy 100 jaar plus oud gewees en glad nie op standaard nie.
Maar ek het nuwe matrasse gekoop (sonder beddens net so op die vloer vir die eerste paar maande), nuwe kombuis goed en so het ons begin.

Ek onhou die winkel KIJKSHOP.  Wat vir my 'n lekker plek was.  Alles uitgestal in sulke glas kaste.  Elke item met 'n prys en 'n nommer.  Dan skryf jy die hoeveelheid en die nommer op 'n papier, gee dit in by die KASSA , betaal en kry jou goed.

Ek hoor Kijkshop bestaan nie meer nie...jammerte.

Lekker bl doer onder.. :laughing4:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on December 18, 2018, 08:05:16 pm
Haha, loving your thread.

My passport left today for work visa. Lets hold thumbs I can have a beer with you shortly- its only a ferry away. Cool thing I only figured out now is that, being on the "immediate skills shortage list", potential employers need not prove they cant find or train a local. Problem is that I bet they dont know it either…

See you in March… .hopefully
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 20, 2018, 04:22:02 am
Every time the page loads, the pictures disappear after a second, anyone experiencing same issues?

mmm, not sure. still happening?

Lekker Hannes.  Hierdie storie van jou laat my weer dink aan ons 5 jaar "Europese vakansie" toe ons in Holland gebly het.
Ek het ook eerste oorgegaan.  Alles in plek gekry vir die familie wat my 3 maande later gevolg het.
Kon darem met die kontrak wers se geld 'n huis koop al was hy 100 jaar plus oud gewees en glad nie op standaard nie.
Maar ek het nuwe matrasse gekoop (sonder beddens net so op die vloer vir die eerste paar maande), nuwe kombuis goed en so het ons begin.

Ek onhou die winkel KIJKSHOP.  Wat vir my 'n lekker plek was.  Alles uitgestal in sulke glas kaste.  Elke item met 'n prys en 'n nommer.  Dan skryf jy die hoeveelheid en die nommer op 'n papier, gee dit in by die KASSA , betaal en kry jou goed.

Ek hoor Kijkshop bestaan nie meer nie...jammerte.

Lekker bl doer onder.. :laughing4:

haha ek onthou sulke winkels in namibia snaaks genoeg. Ons het dit altyd besoek net voor hulle 12h30 toe gemaak het vir lunch!

Haha, loving your thread.

My passport left today for work visa. Lets hold thumbs I can have a beer with you shortly- its only a ferry away. Cool thing I only figured out now is that, being on the "immediate skills shortage list", potential employers need not prove they cant find or train a local. Problem is that I bet they dont know it either…

See you in March… .hopefully

Noice!  :thumleft: This is awesome news. Do take note that ferry is a 3-4hour trip  :lol8: Will have to be a weekend beer  :thumleft:

That is how i understood it as well, and visa's generally goes quicker for your lucky guys on that list. Is it just you coming over for now all you planning for the entire family?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 20, 2018, 04:43:21 am
Did a site visit today and decided to do a walkthrough parliaments grounds. Love the look of the old style buildings :)

Then yesterday on the bus ride home I had to just snap this. So the queue on the right is the turn onto SH1, and was a good 1-2km. My immediate thought was we will get stuck in the front as someone will try to skip the queue and push in front, nope, not a single car tried it.,, still trying to get used to not being in a SA mindset.

Then I realized again that people here, although labour is expensive, in general prefer to still phone contractors to do stuff. So the house I moved into's fuse box in the garage keeps tripping a fuse on the garage motor. I pulled the same rating fuse next to it, to test. All good, so the old fuse has reached its age and the rating has dropped. I then also discover the 9V battery in the garage remote is dead so will need a new one.

As a courtesy, I just phoned the Property Manager and let her know I am replacing one of the fuses and the 9V battery. oh no sir please don't, we will call someone out. I try to say no worries but nope, she is adamant the landlord must fix it.

I send her photos of the fuse, the make and ratings thinking the landlord will just pop out and buy it.

But no, an electrician phoned me today to state he is on his way to come fix it and 10minutes later all is good in the world. Will most likely charge the landlord $100 + parts  :eek7:


Parliament
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Clear roads
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on December 20, 2018, 06:14:46 am
Nice - thanks for keeping us updated  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on December 20, 2018, 07:18:12 am
SR, you are in a nanny state now...  ::) you are NOT ALLOWED to change the fuse !
That would be tampering with the electrical installation and Occupational Health and Safety issues would arise.
You probably already broke some law or other with what you did...  :eek7:

Don't they have trip switches like backward South Africa?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on December 20, 2018, 08:31:40 am
I will have to take the ferry, just to say I have done it…

It will just be me for now until I have found something more permanent and have set up camp. Going to be long and hard without the family but then again, I dont have to tell you that.

Looking forward to it though
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Buff on December 20, 2018, 09:14:37 am
Wow, it's all so clean  :o
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sam on December 20, 2018, 09:20:06 am
Those old buildings look fantastic!

I visited the parliament buildings in Auckland many years back. They took us down into the basement / foundations - the whole building is suspended on massive rubber "shock absorbers" in order to withstand all but the worst of earthquakes. Quite amazing to see.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: landieman on December 21, 2018, 12:55:32 pm
Sorry for the hijack,but my visa has been declined for the second time nowwhere am I going wrong.NZ immigration stated that I lack the boba fide credentials and that they are concerned that I plan to stay in NZ illegally .PLEASE HELP!!!


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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Welsh on December 21, 2018, 02:15:24 pm
Flat pack furniture😜 I did bookcases. tables, chairs, bedside cupboards, tv stands etc etc for my daughters university flat, OMF was I stuffed the next day  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 21, 2018, 02:35:22 pm
I will have to take the ferry, just to say I have done it…

It will just be me for now until I have found something more permanent and have set up camp. Going to be long and hard without the family but then again, I dont have to tell you that.

Looking forward to it though

Been on the cook straight ferry tween picton and Wellington a number of times, beautiful town Picton,  quick journey too.

The havelock sound area is beautiful too as is the entire South Island, good luck.

Cool thing about Wellington is the train station is right next to the rugby stadium, catch train, drink at the station pub, go rugby , get dronk and train home,,,,

Sweet,kebab shops in Wellington too for babelaas food
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on December 21, 2018, 07:45:35 pm
Landieman, what visa are you applying for that they decline  :patch: Actually not much that can go wrong… supposedly.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 22, 2018, 03:54:28 am
Sorry for the hijack,but my visa has been declined for the second time nowwhere am I going wrong.NZ immigration stated that I lack the boba fide credentials and that they are concerned that I plan to stay in NZ illegally .PLEASE HELP!!!


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What visa you applying for landie? Makes a big difference in the approach you need to take.

Flat pack furniture😜 I did bookcases. tables, chairs, bedside cupboards, tv stands etc etc for my daughters university flat, OMF was I stuffed the next day  :sip:

I'm doing some more this weekend.. Already stuffed for the day and still got tallball and dresser table to do this weekend.  :lamer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 26, 2018, 04:54:51 am
Belated merry xmas to all!

So my plans didn't work out exactly and decided to stay put and not travel to Auckland. This means I have time to do stuff  :imaposer:

So I decided for the last 2 days to finish the furniture. The bedroom tallboy and dresser table is now also done and just put it to the side. The wife will need to come re-arrange on how she see it fits :p

Then I won a bid on Trademe for a $100 for an almost unused boys bedroom set, and its even nice and blue for him :) I decided it will fit in my station wagon as I was not spending another $150 odd for a truck (bakkie) higher. It took 2 trips, some disassembling and the gent selling it to help moving it (Wellington people are always willing to help without asking) but it got moved and it is now assembled.  :thumleft:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 26, 2018, 05:11:59 am
Over the last week or so I have been looking at local biltong shops but couldn't bring myself to buying biltong at $100/kg  :eek7: ... reason number 1...

One guy brought some to our Christmas party, as my office colleagues seems to enjoy it... reason number 2...

We got talking about it and people discovered that I made biltong back in SA and they subsequently asked when am I making some...Reason number 3...

So with 3 reasons to make biltong, maybe as a past time work for the wife when she lands and make some $'s, I decided to head of the local hardware shop to get materials.

With the high humidity and coolish, even for summer, temperature, I decided to opt for 2 light bulb design and a fan. Talking about fans, check the big fans keeping the shop cool  :thumleft: Those blades were no less than 2meters.

Anyhoot, I got all the material and by shopping around I manage to keep everything below $20, bargain! I proceeded to the electrical department and found the 240v smaller fans. It is here that I thought this project will have to wait till next year as the 240V fans were $40 each, and I originally wanted 2  :-\

I proceeded to walk around and look for alternatives but even the smallest 240V desk fan was $20 and then the motor was to big to make it work. I took a breather and paged through their pamphlet and spotted the solution, a USB powered 12V 10cm mini desk fan!!  :thumleft: They were still $10 but better than $40. On inquiry they were out of stock so I took out my phone and started to google.

The local warehouse, almost crazy storish, but better, had stock and at $5 a fan :) score! I proceeded to the closest store and on inspection of the test unit decided the RPM is high enough to install only one.
I also grabbed some "draad" hangers to make the hooks for 50c

On the way home I stopped at countdown and got salt, coriander, blackpepper, malt (brown) vinegar, Worcester sauce and 1kg of rump steak (special at $20 a kg). Also grab a coke as I need the bottle for the wet mixture and it works best.

I finished off the afternoon with phoning the wife awake at 0330 SA time as she and my son had to be at the airport at 6 for a flight to east london. They visiting her sister and children for the next 8 or so days for holidays and to stop my wife from going insane all alone with my hyper active son  :lol8:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 26, 2018, 05:22:07 am
The assembly of the box took me about 2 hours but I am happy with how it came out, and on testing, I had to trim some section for the fan to clear, but in the end, all worked well! I drilled some holes in the top and sides and got good positive pressure  :thumleft:

I proceed to make the biltong wet and dry mix, get the meat ready and got it marinated.
I have always wanted to test two methods and decided its the perfect time to do so. All 4 pieces were marinated 3hours a side and 2 pieces were then hung and 2 left overnight in the fridge.
The last 2 were then hung out the next morning. - Time will tell if there is any difference.

Tomorrow's plans are to go site seeing a bit and clear up the lights of my car, as they faded and yellow. I have all the gear but never had a garage to do the work in.  :thumleft:

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Not coke anymore but a mixture of Worcester and malt vinegar
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Oubones on December 26, 2018, 07:19:21 am
Hehe,like your Biltong making!
You can take the African out of Africa, but not Africa out of him! :imaposer:
That is nice meat and I am sure it is going to be delicious. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on December 26, 2018, 09:22:13 am
SR - I think you may just have found the secret to a great second income in NZ...!
I do not know what the NZ Health Department would require for you to SELL biltong.
You could always have interested people supply you raw meat and you just provide the spicing and drying SERVICE for a set price per kilo.
That way you are not selling a meat product...?


BTW, are you extracting or blowing into your box?
From what I have read, the best is to extract and to have air inlets that have screens to prevent flies getting in.
The flies can't enter against the air current caused by the extractors but they could be sucked in by fans blowing into the drier.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Wild Hearted Son on December 26, 2018, 02:36:19 pm
Awesome!

I did pretty much same for my Billie box but used a computer power supply fan & an old cellphone charger to power it.
I used silicone sealer around the dowel holes & the box's handle holes to keep goggas out.
I also put mozzie netting over the back of the fan & the air vent holes.

Enjoy your biltong !
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on December 27, 2018, 03:30:34 am
Nice biltong dryer Silvrav  :thumleft:


I made myself a biltong-kas more than a year ago, but have still not used it  :eek7:

Good meat is just so expensive here, and each month there is something more important to spend my money on  :-\
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 27, 2018, 10:11:44 pm
So today i ate some biltong  :biggrin: It was gooooood. The pieces that were marinated overnight seems to have more flavor so going forward I will keep doing that. I will save some for the office next week and get a second opinion, although I believe any biltong would be good for them  :deal:

I also started on the car lights today. As you can see from the photos they quite yellow and hazed. So the process will be:

Wet sand with 400 grit
Wet sand with 800 grit
Wet sand with 1500 grit
Clean and leave to dry
Clear coat 4 layers
wet sand with 1500 grit (lightly) for smooth, no orange peel, light
Polish and 30 days later wax.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 27, 2018, 10:19:19 pm
SR - I think you may just have found the secret to a great second income in NZ...!
I do not know what the NZ Health Department would require for you to SELL biltong.
You could always have interested people supply you raw meat and you just provide the spicing and drying SERVICE for a set price per kilo.
That way you are not selling a meat product...?


BTW, are you extracting or blowing into your box?
From what I have read, the best is to extract and to have air inlets that have screens to prevent flies getting in.
The flies can't enter against the air current caused by the extractors but they could be sucked in by fans blowing into the drier.

Fud, good catch, I will need to research a bit  :thumleft: I most likely wont make it a full time second income but more just for the office people, families and friends. There are quite a few places selling biltong already, including a few local full blown shops that are owned by saffers.

I am blowing air in creating a positive pressure inside the box to also help keep dust etc out. What i forgot to show is the back of the fan has a netting on to keep dust and goggas out as well.

Awesome!

I did pretty much same for my Billie box but used a computer power supply fan & an old cellphone charger to power it.
I used silicone sealer around the dowel holes & the box's handle holes to keep goggas out.
I also put mozzie netting over the back of the fan & the air vent holes.

Enjoy your biltong !

I had the same setup in SA and work very well  :thumleft: This i like as its cleaner with no need to splice or cut wires, except for the lights that I daisy chained.

Nice biltong dryer Silvrav  :thumleft:


I made myself a biltong-kas more than a year ago, but have still not used it  :eek7:

Good meat is just so expensive here, and each month there is something more important to spend my money on  :-\

What are meat prices like there mr Zog?

Here on special these steaks were about $20/kg, but ideally I want to find a butcher that can cut as required and maybe get a better price.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on December 27, 2018, 10:24:51 pm
Silvrav, Santa popped in 9 days after my writing of the application… shal we do that beer?


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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on December 28, 2018, 03:02:06 am
Silvrav, Santa popped in 9 days after my writing of the application… shal we do that beer?


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Most excellent news Christian  :thumleft:  Well done.


Now the hard work starts. Hard work, but it will be so worth it in the end.  :thumleft:


Hannes, good beef is around $10 - $15 per pound. So well over R300 per kilo  :eek7:

I can get cheaper beef, but then it's really tough old stuff. but hey, your pics of the biltong got my mouth salivating. Maybe I'll get a couple of pounds this weekend...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 28, 2018, 06:43:50 am
Silvrav, Santa popped in 9 days after my writing of the application… shal we do that beer?


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Aa lekker and congrats  :thumleft: when you flying?

@Mr Zog wow and that's us dollar so about 30 to 40 NZD per kilo  :o that's dam expensive indeed.

Maybe long term hunting? That's my plan atleast as well to get some venison meat.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on December 31, 2018, 12:51:20 pm
Happy new year all wild dogs! Hope 2019 brings everything you guys hope for!

So far 2019 looks good... Come don't live in the past now  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: roxenz on December 31, 2018, 02:20:06 pm
Yep, you're a whole year ahead of us here in ZA!  :biggrin:
You seem to have done exceedingly well so far, Silvrav, just getting stuff done, no matter how difficult or strange. Admirable, boet!

Hope the time flies till your family can join you.
Happy New Year!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Oshkosh on December 31, 2018, 05:24:04 pm
Lekka Lekka Boet all the best for 2019!!!  :occasion18: :occasion16: :occasion5:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: nemodakar on December 31, 2018, 06:40:05 pm
Silvrav, Santa popped in 9 days after my writing of the application… shal we do that beer?


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Aa lekker and congrats  :thumleft: when you flying?

@Mr Zog wow and that's us dollar so about 30 to 40 NZD per kilo  :o that's dam expensive indeed.

Maybe long term hunting? That's my plan atleast as well to get some venison meat.

I have a friend over there that is a keen hunter , and if i might add, a good shot.

Where abouts are you?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: landieman on January 02, 2019, 05:01:33 pm
Silvrav, Santa popped in 9 days after my writing of the application… shal we do that beer?


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Nicely done Christian,applied for a visitor visa
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Blou Zebu on January 02, 2019, 06:05:16 pm
http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz (http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz)
http://www.visabureau.com/australia/skilled-occupation-list.aspx (http://www.visabureau.com/australia/skilled-occupation-list.aspx)

My luck is uit. Niemand soek n twatwaffle nie
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 02, 2019, 08:50:27 pm
Silvrav, Santa popped in 9 days after my writing of the application… shal we do that beer?


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Aa lekker and congrats  :thumleft: when you flying?

@Mr Zog wow and that's us dollar so about 30 to 40 NZD per kilo  :o that's dam expensive indeed.

Maybe long term hunting? That's my plan atleast as well to get some venison meat.

I have a friend over there that is a keen hunter , and if i might add, a good shot.

Where abouts are you?

I am based in wellington  :thumleft: But happy to travel anywhere in NZ for a good weekend of hunting.

Silvrav, Santa popped in 9 days after my writing of the application… shal we do that beer?


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Nicely done Christian,applied for a visitor visa

mmm, was your primary intent to visit or look for work? That is what they will base visitor visa's on.

http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz (http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz)
http://www.visabureau.com/australia/skilled-occupation-list.aspx (http://www.visabureau.com/australia/skilled-occupation-list.aspx)

My luck is uit. Niemand soek n twatwaffle nie

Ek was ook nie op daai lysies nie  :thumleft: Anything is possible.

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 02, 2019, 09:11:48 pm
The past few days have been very chilled at home, just lazying about missing the family... its getting tough and it's discouraging me from doing things   :xxbah:

I did finish the car lights and for now, I am happy with it, but got some orange peel, so might have to redo it at a later stage. (I think it wasn't hot enough on the day when I did the clear coat).
however, it is still much better then what it was.

I also spotted a great deal that was listed on trade me for an old washing machine for $30. See, I was supposed to get a free washing machine with my internet that was supposed to be connected on the 20 December. It was delayed to the 9 January and they only ship the washing machine once your fiber is connected  ::) The laundry mat down the road asks $4 a wash and If I had to do 2 loads every weekend at $8, with petrol taken into account its $10 a weekend.

I estimated another 4 weekends at least so $30 well spent. Afterward, I will sell it or donate it to the salvation army or hospice.

So today is back to work day... was a tough morning to get out of bed. The problem here is 99% of curtains/blinds are blockout curtains/blinds. So where I was used to waking up with the sun or an hour or so just before, the body seems to don't like these blockout idea  :peepwall: Some mornings I woke up at 8, which is super late for me  :eek7:

I did start leaving the curtains open a smidgen so that my body can "sense" when the sun is actually up  :imaposer: But this morning was still a mission when the alarm went of at 530.

I usually catch the bus at 0630, but 630 rolled on and no bus. I realized their holiday season timetable is still probably rolling which means a bus only every hour, and not the normal 30mins intervals.

The bus arrives and the card reader is out of order - driver says no worries, free trip today  :thumleft: score! The holiday season route was also confirmed when a commuter had to direct and explain the route to the driver  :deal: Apparently they are short staffed and even the ops managers got roped into driving today.  :ricky: He had all his routes for the day printed,  except for the first one  :lol8:

oh, one last thing - I am really enjoying staying close to the park with a view - It really brings back those childhood memories of when I was younger. I see so many families and kids and dogs and and and... I don't know when last I saw kids flying a kite!

All that yellow gunk and oxidation coming off  :thumleft:
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After - no more yellow and its clear
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Kids flying kite
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The gent that I went to go collect the washing mashine from stays accross a semi beach  :drif:
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on January 03, 2019, 04:00:59 am
Those headlights are looking good buddy!  :thumleft:

Is that your garage you are working in? The construction looks exactly the same as my workshop. 2x4 frames and aluminium sheets screwed to the sides and roof?

If it gets cold in there you can insulate it with stuff like "think pink" and then put thin plywood over to keep it in. Really easy, and it makes a hellofa difference. Yes, the insulation is expensive, just do a bit at a time. Start with the roof, keeps heat down in summer, and keeps warm in in winter.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 03, 2019, 04:21:56 am
Those headlights are looking good buddy!  :thumleft:

Is that your garage you are working in? The construction looks exactly the same as my workshop. 2x4 frames and aluminium sheets screwed to the sides and roof?

If it gets cold in there you can insulate it with stuff like "think pink" and then put thin plywood over to keep it in. Really easy, and it makes a hellofa difference. Yes, the insulation is expensive, just do a bit at a time. Start with the roof, keeps heat down in summer, and keeps warm in in winter.  :thumleft:

It is indeed   :thumleft: nz seems to have same structural construct as there in Florida due to high humidity, natural disasters etc. So I might call you from time to time  :peepwall:

Once we buy I'll definitely insulated the garage but to add it was considered hot for wellington when I worked in it and was very bearable for me, so might not be needed. Although we have high humidity that makes you sweat the temperature itself stays relatively low to mid twenties.

Winters are a different story, or so I am told.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on January 03, 2019, 04:30:25 am
Ja, winter in that garage will be like inside a freezer  :eek7:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on January 04, 2019, 11:45:32 am
Lights are looking good  :thumleft: and so does the billies. I like your taste in meat-cut...that nice thick layer of yellow fat is what dreams are made of (just don't tell your cardiologist)!

I am very jealous and cant wait to get across. I am still trying to secure a more permanent job but will take the 3 month contract if all else fails. The employers are very cool and laid back about it.

Good luck mate and keep the updates coming

Edit: I will also most certainly be taking all my rifles. If you can hunt, you have an unlimited source of free protein.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: landieman on January 05, 2019, 10:42:32 am
lights are looking great  :thumleft: ,the purpose of my visa is to meet up with recruiters and to come home(SA) with a job offer then finalize for my work visa
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 06, 2019, 08:24:18 pm
Lights are looking good  :thumleft: and so does the billies. I like your taste in meat-cut...that nice thick layer of yellow fat is what dreams are made of (just don't tell your cardiologist)!

I am very jealous and cant wait to get across. I am still trying to secure a more permanent job but will take the 3 month contract if all else fails. The employers are very cool and laid back about it.

Good luck mate and keep the updates coming

Edit: I will also most certainly be taking all my rifles. If you can hunt, you have an unlimited source of free protein.

Yellow fat....exactly! and it works so nicely with my recipe  :thumleft:

Nice, have you booked your ticket yet?

lights are looking great  :thumleft: ,the purpose of my visa is to meet up with recruiters and to come home(SA) with a job offer then finalize for my work visa

If this was your main reason on the application for a visitor visa they would deny it.

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 06, 2019, 08:38:10 pm
This weekend was another car weekend. Dont you just love dealer detailing and by that I mean lacking the detail part in detailing :patch:
The car feels like it was dunked in a polish vat with white residue everywhere!

I spend most of Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon giving the car a proper wash, polish, wax. So spend most of the day in the garage lying down cardboard boxes and sheeting for the car to stand on. Also using no hosepipe made it take longer.

In NZ its illegal to wash your car in the street or any cement surface where the runoff goes into the stormwater drainage. The stormwater is not treated and runs directly into the rivers and sea. You only allowed washing your car on grass or dedicated washing areas (which has treatment plants) so that the water is filtered through before reaching the rivers/sea again.

Rest of the weekend was spent setting up freeview (local TV) as my TV comes built in with the decoder as local tv has gone digital a while back. So with normal TV (and no tv license required), you have full digital program guides, info, etc. Works a treat.  :thumleft: and funnily enough enjoying adverts  :spitcoffee:

While I was out doing weekly grocery shopping I spotted a special on rump steak so decided to make some more biltong so that the guys at the office can have a taste. The last batch didn't survive  :peepwall:

While watching a spot of school cricket I spotted a granny mowing her lawn. I also booked a return ticket to Auckland this coming weekend as it's my buddies 40th birthday and can't miss it.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on January 06, 2019, 08:54:20 pm


... I don't know when last I saw kids flying a kite! .....


We love flying kites. I have a 2 meter aerofoil kite. Fun times

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I also have to “polish” my wife’s truck lights. They “replaced” it last year after she hit a deer, but I am 100% sure they replaced it with used parts.



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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on January 06, 2019, 08:57:04 pm
How much longer before the family joins you?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 06, 2019, 09:06:08 pm
aaa nice Immigrant. I probably will get a kite as well, and might even look into kitesurfing once finances improve in the coming years.

About 6 weeks before they fly, so we passed half way and can't wait  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on January 07, 2019, 07:04:57 am
Almost there - nice  :thumleft:

Enjoy reading your thread!

Thanks for the effort.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: landieman on January 08, 2019, 01:30:07 pm
Lights are looking good  :thumleft: and so does the billies. I like your taste in meat-cut...that nice thick layer of yellow fat is what dreams are made of (just don't tell your cardiologist)!

I am very jealous and cant wait to get across. I am still trying to secure a more permanent job but will take the 3 month contract if all else fails. The employers are very cool and laid back about it.

Good luck mate and keep the updates coming

Edit: I will also most certainly be taking all my rifles. If you can hunt, you have an unlimited source of free protein.



Yellow fat....exactly! and it works so nicely with my recipe  :thumleft:

Nice, have you booked your ticket yet?

lights are looking great  :thumleft: ,the purpose of my visa is to meet up with recruiters and to come home(SA) with a job offer then finalize for my work visa

If this was your main reason on the application for a visitor visa they would deny it.
My reason was to visit friends,could luckily suspend my ticket so not losing out on 16k worth of flight ticket.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 15, 2019, 04:19:10 am
Wow, what a busy past week it has been. :o

Things started off slow past Monday with people coming back to work but from Tuesday it was full steam ahead. We had a property flood, we had roof sheeting blow off a roof, insurance claims, new tenants taking occupation, contractors not getting to work, etc etc etc. Was busy!

I also had to get home early on Wednesday as the fibre company phoned me at 930 to say, hey we standing in front of your house to finish the fibre installation. Got a bit pissed off as the sms said they will be there between 1 and 4 for which I planned.  :lamer:

I also had a short day on Friday as I had a flight booked to Auckland for the weekend!! My one buddy had his big 4-0 on Saturday and I was invited. The flight was all of $79 return as I decided to fly back on the Monday and spend another day in Auckland. Unfortunately when I got to the bus stop the 91 (express service to the airport) was cancelled and I couldn’t wait for the next one, which was 30mins later. Therefore I had to grab a taxi! $32 vs $5 for the bus.  :eek7:

The last 2 or so years I have travelled a lot! And all of it was international travelling into Africa, so flying domestically, where I don’t have to spend an hour going through passport control was welcoming! I literally got off the plane in Auckland, walked down the back stairs, through some roller gates into the parking area of Auckland airport. My buddy and I went for a pizza and beer before heading to his place.  :ricky:

The weekend was excellent! Haven’t seen them in almost a year so every night we didn’t get to bed before 1! Granted that was their 4month old sons feeding time so they didn’t mind.

The party was on Saturday and most of the guests had kids, but we made one BIG family bed for them in the lounge where they could pass out while the adults braai’d, talked and just have fun!

While cleaning up and packing away items I discovered this little guy sneaking about the garage! Apparently, they are native to NZ and it's my first time seeing a wild hedgehog out and about! He was quite big and fat which is always a good sign!
Another fun fact, there are NO snakes in NZ  :thumleft:

I flew back on Monday afternoon, but not before going for a final coffee. I probably turned the big cup 3 times looking for the handle before realising there is none!

Once landed I caught the 91 into town to get my normal bus back home. Interesting fact, there is a route through the mountains for only the bus, to cut out major congestion from the airport to the city!

Now back at work and pushing forward with more work! Had to visit the high commission of South Africa at lunch time (and yes it was a quick and pleasant experience actually) to give approval that my wife can travel with my son, as we got their visas yesterday!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: O0

Auckland here I come!
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First braai in over 3months!
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Nice fat little guy!
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Handless coffee!
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Back to welly!
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Bus tunnel!
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Motor1 on January 15, 2019, 05:25:45 am
Hey Hannes, well done on the family visas.  When do they arrive?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on January 15, 2019, 06:27:28 am
Lekker  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 15, 2019, 08:45:43 pm
Hey Hannes, well done on the family visas.  When do they arrive?

If all goes well, mid feb. She is just finalising the last little items to sell and the house for transfer.

See we got an offer and accepted it :)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on January 16, 2019, 02:38:39 am
Hey Hannes, well done on the family visas.  When do they arrive?

If all goes well, mid feb. She is just finalising the last little items to sell and the house for transfer.

See we got an offer and accepted it :)

Lekker man!  :thumleft:

Min dae… enjoy your last few weeks alone  :thumleft:   before you know it your time will no longer be your own, and the nagging will start again...  :pot:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on January 16, 2019, 07:00:27 am
Mmmm I wonder if Mrs Zog reads this thread  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 17, 2019, 08:27:49 pm
Mmmm I wonder if Mrs Zog reads this thread  :imaposer:

 :imaposer: Think Mr Zog is hoping not!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 17, 2019, 08:33:06 pm
Another busy and short week! Work is finally moving and getting to know my properties and the contractors.

This weekend is also a long weekend! Monday is wellington anniversary date and a "public day" for Wellington. Each region has like an anniversary date that is a public holiday for that region.
Quite interesting getting to know and read the history of New Zealand.

Also they don't really know public holidays, its called staties or state holidays here  :thumleft:

I have also started another batch of biltong and I promise this will make it to the office  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mrs. Zog on January 22, 2019, 12:56:48 am
Mmmm I wonder if Mrs Zog reads this thread  :imaposer:

Oh but I do... I do! :pot:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on January 22, 2019, 07:13:09 am
Mmmm I wonder if Mrs Zog reads this thread  :imaposer:

Oh but I do... I do! :pot:

 :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 22, 2019, 07:47:19 am
Mmmm I wonder if Mrs Zog reads this thread  :imaposer:

Oh but I do... I do! :pot:


OOps. Waxfoot, nou is jy innie kak in  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Takashi on January 22, 2019, 09:09:05 am
My girlfriend is currently in Auckland.

She flies for Qatar Airways, this was her first Doha - Auckland flight (2nd longest non-stop flight in the world)

She says Auckland is amazing, luckily because the flight is 17hours they get almost 3 days off before the return leg.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on January 23, 2019, 02:23:50 am
Mmmm I wonder if Mrs Zog reads this thread  :imaposer:

Oh but I do... I do! :pot:


OOps. Waxfoot, nou is jy innie kak in  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:


I guess the bruises will heal with time  :peepwall:

The broken bones take a bit longer  :eek7:  :o
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 23, 2019, 04:28:51 am
Mr Zog has no escape...not even from the interwebs as Mrz Zog finds him everywhere  :imaposer:

@Takashi respect for GF and for you doing the "long distance" thing as I can imagine you don't see each other often?

So small updates this week. Got another saffer coming to stay with me from the beginning of February as he is looking for greener pastures. It helps them and me financially while the house is still empty and much cheaper then Airbnb or hotels. Once the family arrives space will be taken though but feel for people heading this way and have no idea where to start. So happy to help where and how I can.

We also had another good break in SA with our furniture. As sales were slow my wife arrange cash converters, or was it crusaders  :patch:, any way to come make offers for the leftover items. All in 5k for 70k worth of items in the house  :eek7:

So we decided at that price we will rather store it and ship it over in time. However, I saw a post on facebook of a family looking for furniture and send them a message. Happy to say they will be taking the majority of the bigger items and paid a deposit already  :thumleft:

Then yesterday the electrician went to go to the COC for our unit in SA (at a rip off price of 4k! granted he needs to install one isolator but still dam!), and my wife phoned in the afternoon to say their is a leak in the kitchen and seems to come from the outlet pipe of the geyser tray. SO this is where they installed the isolator  :lamer: Sucks that I am not there to handle these issues. Thumbs up to the sparky as he said he will come back tomorrow to investigate and fix any issues they caused. I am hoping they just bumped the incoming water line and it can easily be fixed and that it's not the actual geyser leaking.

Then there is a new (about 6months old) initiative in Wellington called MEVO. Its basically car rental by the hour. You get the app, register and from there you can see cars on the map to book. They using all e-tron audi's so its all ectronic, and you use your phone to unlock the car, lock it,book it etc  :thumleft: Quite interesting. https://mevo.co.nz/ (more here for those wanting to read up on it)

Also noted at a site meeting today the wellington Electrical company is driving electrical SUV's  :thumleft:

Then some more random photos

Spinach growing wildly in my garden xD need to spend some time sorting the back yard out as the previous tenant didnt really take care of it
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/e31f3eaf-2750-4bbf-bffe-aa83ff481a8b-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/e31f3eaf-2750-4bbf-bffe-aa83ff481a8b)

Some more views of and out of the city
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/4095f4e2-2665-4e41-b632-cbf2a0c2f70e-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/4095f4e2-2665-4e41-b632-cbf2a0c2f70e)
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/0bcb90a7-3318-4974-a725-409860f1aace-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/0bcb90a7-3318-4974-a725-409860f1aace)

all electric SUV
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/cbd986ec-3b5e-4a90-b05c-17100e88649b-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/cbd986ec-3b5e-4a90-b05c-17100e88649b)

Mevo e-tron Audi
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/9a67d3c5-190d-422f-91ef-0ff0498fdec2-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/9a67d3c5-190d-422f-91ef-0ff0498fdec2)


Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Slingervel on January 24, 2019, 08:10:45 am
So, how many cones have you seen since you've been there? :peepwall: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 24, 2019, 08:55:11 am
Holy crap Boet.
Do people actually live there?  :eek7:

I mean.....  Its so clean and neat and tidy
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Motor1 on January 24, 2019, 10:36:00 am
Hey Hannes,  did you survive the earthquake yesterday?  Hope all is good.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 24, 2019, 08:48:58 pm
So, how many cones have you seen since you've been there? :peepwall: :imaposer:

Plenty  :imaposer: Cones are used here for any small works being done in public space. You need to cordon off any area you plan to work in, even if its just putting a nail in the wall.

Holy crap Boet.
Do people actually live there?  :eek7:

I mean.....  Its so clean and neat and tidy

 :thumleft: $400 on the spot fine if you caught littering, with up to 6months imprisonment if you a repeat offender, and possible deportation if you a visitor.

This actually brings me to my post for today as well. New Zealand population is about 4.7mil at the moment with roughly 4mil tourists passing through New Zealand annually. 

A family, originally believed to be Irish but later came out they from Liverpool UK, was issued with deportation notices after they littered a beach, which led police to discover they were also the couple that walked out of restaurants without paying. The court ordered (they were in court within days) for them to repay all bills, be fined for the littering and be deported for the chaos they caused.  :peepwall:

People were up in arms about this couple and some waited hours outside their hotel to have a "talking" with them

Cleanliness and littering is a big issue for kiwis and I spot people daily happily picking up stuff lying around and throwing it away.

Hey Hannes,  did you survive the earthquake yesterday?  Hope all is good.

Indeed  :thumleft: Wasnt to bad here. Was sitting in my lounge and felt my couch having a slight wobble. Now with this, we had a big storm passing over the south island, up to 200km/h winds, with 150km/h felt up here in wellington. It was classed as hurricane winds so @Mr Zog respect, its not fun! ) At first I thought it was the wind seeing that we live in wooden houses but it happened as the wind took a breather so felt out of place. Check the website (screenshot attached) and realised it was a quake.  Some info below for those interested. - Can say I have now felt my first earthquake in NZ.

At 8.40pm, GeoNet cleared things up: "We've had a couple of quakes close together, but this Whanganui quake is the one that people have felt."

That quake was reported as being M4.7 and hit 96km deep.

A bit later GeoNet added: "This (the Whanganui quake) came in at the same time as a M5.0 from offshore which confused our system into thinking a quake happened at Ruatoria."




Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on January 25, 2019, 03:35:36 am
Yes, hurricanes are no joke.

Like an ex-wife, they come and fuck your stuff up, and leave with half of it too...  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on January 25, 2019, 07:23:10 am
 :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: onderbroek on January 25, 2019, 08:25:10 am
(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=223701.0;attach=622831;image)

This is what every public space looks like after in Public holiday in SA

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: hedleyj on January 25, 2019, 08:46:09 pm

The Leaving Of Liverpool"

Farewell to you, my own true love,
I am going far, far away
I am bound for California,
And I know that I'll return someday

So fare thee well, my own true love,
For when I return, united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me, ( its the return trip that im shit scared of)
But my darling when I think of thee

I have shipped on a Yankee sailing ship,
Davy Crockett is her name,
And her Captain's name was Burgess,
And they say that she's a floating hell

So fare thee well, my own true love,
For when I return, united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me,
But my darling when I think of thee

Oh the sun is on the harbour, love,
And I wish that I could remain,
For I know that it will be a long, long time,
Before I see you again

So fare thee well, my own true love,
For when I return, united we will be
It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me,
But my darling when I think of thee
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 27, 2019, 03:30:01 am
So home alone again. The saffer I boarded for 2weeks have finally found a place and moved in yesterday. Now just my mind to have conversations with at night  :lol8:

Have a couple that is coming over mid Feb for about 3 weeks to also try and find a place.

I must say cleaning one's own home again is quite humble, and give one a sense of achievement. If you REALLY want a domestic worker you can fork out $26p/h for them to come clean (not iron that's more) but most people starting out would be lucky if they make $30p/h so very few people have domestics in nz. It'd mostly businesses. It's also like I saw in the movies. Cleaners don't clean during office hours. The crew has access cards or keys to each office and clean during the night... And I bumped into one the other night when we worked a bit late... Can see why some ceo's work late  :peepwall:

On Monday I asked the council to please come cut the grass next to the one shopping centre I managed as it was council grounds. On meeting with a tenant yesterday I hear lawnmowers. Cool they mowing  :thumleft: but then I spotted this thing that looks straight out of terminator..

Remote control mowers  :thumleft: being a tech guy I found this fascinating!

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Oubones on January 27, 2019, 08:03:04 am
Mowing like that is playing not working :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on January 27, 2019, 08:27:03 pm
Those things can be programmed to mow by themselves using GPS coordinates.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on January 27, 2019, 10:07:23 pm
Those things can be programmed to mow by themselves using GPS coordinates.

I have seen guys using similar mowers over here on the side of the highways. Especially where there are steep slopes and stuff...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 28, 2019, 10:06:27 pm
Happy, sad, excited....another emotional week.

6weeks to go before the family arrives  :thumleft:

Also now that I can be certain that orders from banggood and those places will arrive and within a week I can get up to all kind of things :)
Seeing that I also have to replace most things this side I can do it step by step and with things that can be smart  :deal:

I have ordered some smart wifi switches from banggood and started playing with automating items in the house. Now if i tell Alexa I am going to bed, she will switch of the TV and the lounge lamp, switch on the bedroom lamps and keep the passage light on for 1 min.

I am also automating the garage door and will be building a custom doorbell for announcing when people arrive.

It keeps me busy while the wife is away.

Then @Mr Zog is also assisting me by shipping some stuff for me from the US that was on special but only available in the states. Helps to have a friend in the states  :thumleft:

Gary whatsapp this to me  :ricky:
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/06b3902c-1dde-494b-a636-4378885b2608-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/06b3902c-1dde-494b-a636-4378885b2608)

Toys that arrived from banggood
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(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/15da5504-4c2a-4749-b198-2f795f4342b1-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/15da5504-4c2a-4749-b198-2f795f4342b1)
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/4187c1ce-3302-443f-9736-4184dc1fcdbe-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/4187c1ce-3302-443f-9736-4184dc1fcdbe)

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 28, 2019, 10:09:17 pm
But unfortunately, there is sad news as well. Our one pug wouldn't make the journey and its a risk we rather not take.  :'( The wife is adamant to bring the younger female, Lilly one with so we have to rehome the older male, Yoda. It's heartbreaking and I wish I was in SA to support the family as I know already the tears that will flow when he is taken.

Then Lilly also has to spend 4 weeks in pet paws resort in SA and she can fly to Auckland on the 14 April, then its another 10 days in quarantine in Auckland. It's going to severely sadden my wife. Lilly is almost a support animal for her and very attached  :'(

(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/76f1cb64-9f95-4233-9dae-14598fd0d761-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/76f1cb64-9f95-4233-9dae-14598fd0d761)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on January 29, 2019, 01:53:08 am
It's terrible that Yoda can't make the trip  :'(

Is his health too bad?

Your Echo Dots shipped this morning, will be there in 6 - 10 working days according to the lady at the USPS  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 29, 2019, 02:28:39 am
It's terrible that Yoda can't make the trip  :'(

Is his health too bad?

Your Echo Dots shipped this morning, will be there in 6 - 10 working days according to the lady at the USPS  :thumleft:

More his age and the stress related - we fear what it would do to him. Lilly is more independent doggie and couldn't give a rats ass if a bomb goes of next to her

aa thanks Gary  :thumleft: :thumleft: Much appreciate it bud!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mrs. Zog on January 29, 2019, 03:01:37 am
I'm so sorry about Yoda... but at least you will still have Lilly. And hopefully you can re-home Yoda with someone awesome who will keep in touch and let you know how he's doing.

Re: you telling Alexa to do stuff... I can't even...

Last week I tried to set an afternoon reminder on my Google phone for 2 pm. After three tries, OK Google Girl (whatever her name is) says, "ok, I will remind you at 2 pm."

2 pm came and went. Nothing. Completely missed my deadline. Finally, around 10 pm, I get pinged and she says, "tell me how your day went." SERIOUSLY?  :BangHead:



Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 29, 2019, 03:17:13 am
I'm so sorry about Yoda... but at least you will still have Lilly. And hopefully you can re-home Yoda with someone awesome who will keep in touch and let you know how he's doing.

Re: you telling Alexa to do stuff... I can't even...

Last week I tried to set an afternoon reminder on my Google phone for 2 pm. After three tries, OK Google Girl (whatever her name is) says, "ok, I will remind you at 2 pm."

2 pm came and went. Nothing. Completely missed my deadline. Finally, around 10 pm, I get pinged and she says, "tell me how your day went." SERIOUSLY?  :BangHead:

 :lol8: Yes it is stressful! One thing I learned is reminders does jack - its a small pop up if you lucky on your phone screen. Ask this google girl to rather set an alarm for you...or just ask Mrz Zog to remind....  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sardine on January 29, 2019, 08:27:33 am
Sorry to hear about Yoda. It's always tough saying good bye to a furkid.
I'm sure you will find him a loving home :)

As for automating everything, ja nee. I have only just figured out Siri, and like Mrs. Zog and Alexa, we don't get along so well. I'd rather just get up and switch stuff off myself  :lol8:
That being said, Siri did come in handy yesterday when I was baking and had to set timers but my hands were full of flour.

Thank you for the updates.
This time last year I was in New Zealand and I miss it a lot.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ross Riddle on January 29, 2019, 10:21:44 am
Hi,

Sorry to hear about Yoda and I sure that the reunion with Lilly will be epic!.

We are ( wifey and myself) looking at our options and are looking at NZ as a possible.
If possible please could you advise on whom you dealt with regarding your CV and Cover Letter revising as it would loike to touch base.

All the best and hang in there till teh family arrives :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: gee on January 29, 2019, 10:25:58 am
sorry to hear about yoda what is happening to him
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Wild Hearted Son on January 29, 2019, 03:15:16 pm
A really tough decision to make.
Surely it would be better for both dogs to stay together & be re-homed  as a pair/couple here in SA?.
Twice as heartbreaking for the family but half as stressful for the dogs.

my 2c
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Knucklhead on January 29, 2019, 04:03:54 pm
But unfortunately, there is sad news as well. Our one pug wouldn't make the journey and its a risk we rather not take.  :'( The wife is adamant to bring the younger female, Lilly one with so we have to rehome the older male, Yoda. It's heartbreaking and I wish I was in SA to support the family as I know already the tears that will flow when he is taken.

Then Lilly also has to spend 4 weeks in pet paws resort in SA and she can fly to Auckland on the 14 April, then its another 10 days in quarantine in Auckland. It's going to severely sadden my wife. Lilly is almost a support animal for her and very attached  :'(

(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg156/HannesNel/1/76f1cb64-9f95-4233-9dae-14598fd0d761-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/HannesNel/p/76f1cb64-9f95-4233-9dae-14598fd0d761)

not to sound too harsh but is it not worth it to take a chance , whats the risk 50/50 or .... :'(
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on January 29, 2019, 08:14:10 pm
At this point we trying to rehome yoda - Belief this to be the best option.  :'(

@Knucklhead not harsh at all, We have thought about it but if something happens my wife will never ever recover from making that decision.

@Ross Riddle I use Lemonade services - https://www.lemonaide.nz/

Lorren is also a saffer and her services are top class - not the cheapest but worth it  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mrs. Zog on January 29, 2019, 09:56:20 pm
How old is Yoda?

Also, our two, Maggie and Sammy, are very similar in temperament to Yoda and Lilly I think. Sammy is very clingy and needy, he is a sensitive soul. Maggie is as robust as they come. Nothing fazes her much. I know that Sammy is incredibly attached to Maggie, even though he is almost three times her size. But we've seen over and over again, no matter what the situation, and no matter how fearful Sammy is, as long as he is with Maggie he is 100% fine, she's his calm in the chaos.

Consider maybe the same thing... maybe Yoda will be absolutely fine traveling with Lilly. Maybe he would be worse off separating him and Lilly than go through some upheaval and travel.

Just my two cents. I'd love to see everyone stay together.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mrs. Zog on January 29, 2019, 09:57:33 pm
How old is Yoda?

Also, our two, Maggie and Sammy, are very similar in temperament to Yoda and Lilly I think. Sammy is very clingy and needy, he is a sensitive soul. Maggie is as robust as they come. Nothing fazes her much. I know that Sammy is incredibly attached to Maggie, even though he is almost three times her size. But we've seen over and over again, no matter what the situation, and no matter how fearful Sammy is, as long as he is with Maggie he is 100% fine, she's his calm in the chaos.

Consider maybe the same thing... maybe Yoda will be absolutely fine traveling with Lilly. Maybe he would be worse off separating him and Lilly than go through some upheaval and travel with Lilly to lean on.

Just my two cents. I'd love to see everyone stay together.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mrs. Zog on January 29, 2019, 09:59:04 pm
Sorry, double posted. Not sure what happened, was trying to modify.  >:(
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on January 30, 2019, 07:10:05 am
You Quoted instead of Modify.
Been there.
Just delete in future.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 30, 2019, 10:11:54 am
Sy gesigs uitdrukking sê " ek gan fokken saam"!!! :deal: ;) :lol8:
Hy sal fine wees solank hy saam met sy maatjie is. :thumleft:



Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Blou Zebu on February 02, 2019, 06:59:00 pm
It's terrible that Yoda can't make the trip  :'(

Is his health too bad?

Your Echo Dots shipped this morning, will be there in 6 - 10 working days according to the lady at the USPS  :thumleft:

More his age and the stress related - we fear what it would do to him. Lilly is more independent doggie and couldn't give a rats ass if a bomb goes of next to her

aa thanks Gary  :thumleft: :thumleft: Much appreciate it bud!

Thank you for being willing to make a difficult decision. I hate this that people keep animals and it is all about "my" feelings but the suffering of the animal is not taken into account. How do I whatsapp you a beer?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ri on February 03, 2019, 05:42:43 pm
It's terrible that Yoda can't make the trip  :'(

Is his health too bad?

Your Echo Dots shipped this morning, will be there in 6 - 10 working days according to the lady at the USPS  :thumleft:

More his age and the stress related - we fear what it would do to him. Lilly is more independent doggie and couldn't give a rats ass if a bomb goes of next to her

aa thanks Gary  :thumleft: :thumleft: Much appreciate it bud!

Thank you for being willing to make a difficult decision. I hate this that people keep animals and it is all about "my" feelings but the suffering of the animal is not taken into account. How do I whatsapp you a beer?

I agree with you, but sometimes people get shamed for deciding to rehome their pets rather than put them through this. On another thread someone mentioned how the emigration experience traumatised their dog so badly, he was never the same again. They said if they had to make the decision again, for the dog's sake they would have rather rehomed him.

Pets' emotional and physical well-being must definitely be a consideration when emigrating. We should trust that owners made the right decision for their pets because they know them best, and support them, because either decision is hard on both owners and pets.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 03, 2019, 08:10:32 pm
@Mrs. Zog Yoda is touching 9 this year so getting on the older side of life. :( It is sad but we believe better for him in the long run. We will definitely not send him to the SPCA or pug shelters or or or. We will find him a decent home. Ri has already found an older lady that is willing to take him on. This is actually a perfect fit for him.

@Blou Zebu @Ri thank you  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 03, 2019, 08:30:44 pm
We experienced a heat wave last week, well at least what NZ considers a heat wave  :peepwall: Temps in Wellington reached highs of 28-30, some parts of the country did hit 35's, but it was still not SA heat. It was hot and humid but not Durban style. I still have to acclimatize so wasn't that bad for me.

This past weekend was gardening weekend. - The previous tenants left the garden in a state. The agreement is that the owner cuts and maintain the grass and the tenant looks after the small bushes and plants (of which there aren't much)

So I got some weed killers and sprayed it last weekend. This weekend it started taking effect but new ones popped up. Will need to get a stronger weed killer it seems.

I also want to remove all the grass in the one enclosed area and plant softer greener grass. Wellington grass is almost like "steek gras" that I am used to seeing on the farms. Not the nicest to sit or play on for kids.

I have also started designing a workbench as already made they quite expensive here. Bunnings, the local hardware store will cut pieces to size, just need to give them my cutting list  :thumleft:

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Even with a heat wave, the mornings were cool and misty!

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on February 04, 2019, 07:42:23 am
Nice man - check all those perlemoen shells - yum!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 04, 2019, 10:14:53 pm
First motorbike accident I read about since being in NZ - https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/110362737/driver-apologises-to-motorcyclist-after-moments-inattention-leaves-him-with-broken-femur

Heal up soon rider  :thumleft:

A driver who crashed into a motorcyclist in "a moment's inattention" has met with the man to apologise in person.

Valerie Mavis Gray, 63, was driving her Nissan Terrano at the intersection of George St and Seymour St, in central Blenheim, about 2.40pm on September 20.

Gray believed the road was clear and pulled out into the intersection, knocking down the motorcyclist and dragging his bike across the road, wedged under her front bumper.

Gray was still in the car when emergency services arrived, a police summary of facts said.

An ambulance took the motorcyclist to Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, where he was treated for a broken femur and a broken bone in his hand.

Gray admitted a charge of careless driving causing injury last November, and reappeared for sentencing at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

Her lawyer Laurie Murdoch said the case had been remanded off so Gray could complete a defensive driving course before sentencing.

"She had an elderly neighbour with her and they were both very shaken by the crash," Murdoch said.

Gray was "devastated" to be in the courts, as it was her first criminal charge during her 63 years, Murdoch said.

She had met with the motorcyclist through the restorative justice process to apologise in person, and paid the motorcyclist $1000 in reparation.

The motorcyclist said in a victim impact statement he had rods and screws put into his leg, and had been unable to work, and was missing out on wages.

But Judge Denys Barry, reading the victim impact statement, said the motorcyclist had accepted Gray's apology, and her offer of reparation for the loss of his bike.

"There was a moment's inattention, that resulted in harm," Judge Barry said.

"As it often happens in cases such as this, the harm is out of proportion to the lapse of attention, and the consequences went way beyond the norm."

Judge Denys Barry convicted Gray and gave her the minimum mandatory disqualification period of six months.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 05, 2019, 10:33:29 am
 minimum mandatory disqualification period of six months.

Try daai in SA!! :o :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ri on February 05, 2019, 01:43:10 pm
True story
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"As it often happens in cases such as this, the harm is out of proportion to the lapse of attention, and the consequences went way beyond the norm."

I'm more interested in the "restorative justice process".
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on February 05, 2019, 08:48:49 pm
minimum mandatory disqualification period of six months.

Try daai in SA!! :o :lol8:

In ZA, the biker gets buried and the driver keeps on driving.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Slingervel on February 06, 2019, 06:04:47 am
It's just astonishing the difference between NZ and SA (1st vs. 3rd world).

I mean, everything about this whole story is different.
Admission of guilt, repentance, mandatory defensive courses, reparation in a personal capacity (even though it's forced), disqualification (from driving?).

It's refreshing. That how things should be.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 07, 2019, 10:07:53 pm
Family tickets booked and paid for - 5weeks and counting...cant wait to see them.

We had a public holiday on Wednesday - Waitangi Day - the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, celebrated as a public holiday in New Zealand on 6 February since 1960.

I decided to just chill at home, watch some movies and clean around the house. It was a cold day so outside activities were not on the table  :peepwall:

Its been a rough week for the south island. A fire that sparked on Tuesday is still out of control and of this morning are covering 2,000 hectares. They are now evacuating another village of 3,000 people.

Currently, it is unknown how it started but firefighters have been at it for 4 days and the fire is still out of control. 1 house so far destroyed and estimated $2mil damage to date. Really hope they get it under control soon.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on February 08, 2019, 03:12:32 am
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We had a public holiday on Wednesday - Waitangi Day - the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, celebrated as a public holiday in New Zealand on 6 February since 1960.

I could google this, but then only I would learn something  :deal:

Tell us more about this Waitangi...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 08, 2019, 04:06:00 am
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We had a public holiday on Wednesday - Waitangi Day - the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, celebrated as a public holiday in New Zealand on 6 February since 1960.

I could google this, but then only I would learn something  :deal:

Tell us more about this Waitangi...  :thumleft:

 :thumleft:  Gladly. Did a bit of research on in over the past weekend. But I would be typing pages if i had to cover everything,

Waitangi signed treaty of 1840 is considered the founding document of New Zealand. It was signed by representatives of the crown and 40 Maori chiefs across NZ. The treaty secured British sovereignty over the islands of New Zealand. - The Treaty guaranteed that individual Māori iwi (tribes) would have undisturbed possession of their lands, forests, fisheries and other taonga (treasures) in return for becoming British subjects. The Maori chiefs also hoped this would bring unity and stop the musket wars between Maori tribes that took place from 1807-1842)

However this did not bring peace as there were various conflicts between the British and Maoris from 1845 to 1875 and is known as the New Zealand wars. The biggest problem as in most countries where the British ( :peepwall:  :pot: ) landed was over land and smaller groups refusing to acknowledge the crown.  Eventually, in 1860-1875 the british and NZ armed forces got involved.

New Zealand has a rich and complicated history. Here is a timeline I came accross

About 1807: First use of muskets in battle in New Zealand, by Ngāpuhi
1809: Crew of Boyd killed by Ngāti Uru at Whangaroa
1818–25: Ngāpuhi raids across North Island
1821–6: Ngāti Toa and other iwi migrate from Waikato to Wellington area
1829–37: Ngāti Toa and allies fight Ngāi Tahu in South Island
1835: Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Tama invade Chatham Islands
1840: Treaty of Waitangi; first large-scale British settlement
1843: Twenty-two Pākehā and 4 Māori die when land dispute between Ngāti Toa and Nelson settlers turns violent at Wairau
1845–6: Inconclusive Northern War which splits Ngāpuhi for and against and government
1846: Fighting near Wellington as Ngāti Toa resist expansion of settlement
1847: Fighting around Whanganui as up-river tribes attack settlement
1858: Coronation of Māori King symbolises opposition to further land sales
1860–1: First Taranaki War ends in stalemate between government and local iwi
1863–4: Waikato War – Kīngites expelled from lower/mid-Waikato and Tauranga
1863: Suppression of Rebellion Act enables confiscation of land of 'rebel' Māori
1864–8: Many small conflicts, most between Pai Mārire followers and other Māori
1865, 1866: Campaigns in south Taranaki by imperial troops
1868–9: Titokowaru's War threatens settler control of Whanganui area
1868–72: Te Kooti raids across central North Island and is pursued by kūpapa
1881: Māori autonomy in south Taranaki ends with occupation of Parihaka
1884: Survey of King Country; Pākehā no longer excluded
1890s: Urewera Māori resist land surveys
1898: Hokianga Māori assert rights in ‘Dog Tax Rebellion’
1916: Arrest of Rua Kēnana at Maungapōhatu ends Māori autonomy in Urewera


In the end, Waitangi Day means everything – it's whānau, community and helping others. It's wāka, kapa haka, tupuna, karakia and kai.

For more to read go here : https://teara.govt.nz/en/treaty-of-waitangi/page-1
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Beebop on February 08, 2019, 01:34:30 pm
I just spent 2 weeks in Aussie and a week in NZ. It seems they have the exact same history as SA.
The white man came and stole their land. Now the respective governments pay them to live in their own areas.
Not much different to SA except that they represent a tiny fraction of the population.
I was in Aussie for Australia day, in fact in Sydney at the Opera house where they had
a huge event. There were also protests by those who believe that  Australia day should not be
celebrated as the day Australia was founded by Captain Cook, as they were there before him.
I guess it happens in every place that was colonized.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Blou Zebu on February 08, 2019, 04:10:39 pm
Family tickets booked and paid for - 5weeks and counting...cant wait to see them.

We had a public holiday on Wednesday - Waitangi Day - the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, celebrated as a public holiday in New Zealand on 6 February since 1960.

I decided to just chill at home, watch some movies and clean around the house. It was a cold day so outside activities were not on the table  :peepwall:

Its been a rough week for the south island. A fire that sparked on Tuesday is still out of control and of this morning are covering 2,000 hectares. They are now evacuating another village of 3,000 people.

Currently, it is unknown how it started but firefighters have been at it for 4 days and the fire is still out of control. 1 house so far destroyed and estimated $2mil damage to date. Really hope they get it under control soon.

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700 evacuated from New Zealand town as wildfire threatens
2019-02-08 13:00


(AP)

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About 700 residents were evacuated from a New Zealand town on Friday as a forest fire threatened the area.

Civil defenCe authorities decided to evacuate parts of Wakefield on the South Island. Authorities opened up a sports stadium as a welfare centrE and said they could accommodate people who didn't have friends or family to stay with elsewhere.

Others in the town of 3 000 were waiting to hear if they would also be evacuated, and many were choosing to leave.

Police and civil defence responders were knocking on the doors of about 250 affected homes to makes sure nobody remained behind.

The wildfire began on Tuesday and had spread to about 2 000 hectares by Friday. It had burned down one house. Authorities believe it was started by sparks from farm equipment.

Other, smaller fires were also flaring up in the dry region, including in the city of Nelson, which is home to about 50 000 people.

Richard Kirby, the group recovery manager for Civil Defence, said it might be four of five days before the fire is contained.

He said the drought-like conditions in the region are causing problems for residents and farmers alike.

"The general feeling is one of consternation. There's no rain on horizon and it's very dry," he said. "The realism is coming through that perhaps the worst can happen: that the rivers go dry and we can't irrigate, and have severe restrictions on urban water use."

Australia and New Zealand have been experiencing a hot Southern Hemisphere summer.

Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and there have been wildfires razing the south and flooding in the tropical north. New Zealand's weather hasn't been as extreme, although it did experience a heatwave over the last few days of January.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 10, 2019, 10:58:03 pm
Busy but relaxing weekend - I am starting to get "cabin fever" without the family. So I took out my camera this weekend and charged it. This coming weekend I am heading out a bit to go take proper photos. Just not to far as $'s are tight and I try and save where I can.

One of my tenants are the News and film commission for New Zealand and I went to go introduce myself last week Friday. WOW what an office  :thumleft: I'll snap more pictures next time as I was in to much awe of the memorabilia they have, from original Aliens movie posters to lkife size statues of tin tin etc. I did snap a photo of their private theatre in the basement that they use from time to time to review movies before they approve them for NZ market...What I wouldn't give to be invited to some  :peepwall:

One thing I missed being close to the ocean in east London was seagulls. They relax me and their noises are always welcoming. In Wellington, they are everywhere! and very tame as people don't scare them off. Often you will be walking with 2 or 3 just sitting close by not batting an eye. Some, however, are just downright cocky and won't move when they in your way.

I also picked up some fubar chair and height adjustable table on Sunday from an old lady living in a retirement village bought it for $1 and perfect for the garage. Both are on wheels so can wheel it around the garage as need be.

Then NZ racism story for the week - https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/110487760/woman-slams-racist-service-after-group-referred-to-as-asians-on-auckland-cafe-receipt

Also, my package arrived from the states with a Mr Zog touch to it  :thumleft: Thanks @Mr Zog ! Now I just need to find a spot for them!


Private theatre
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Retirement village and seagulls!
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Mr Zog  :thumleft:
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Table and chair for the garage
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sardine on February 11, 2019, 03:39:39 pm
Thanks for the updates!  :thumleft:

As for the "racist" restaurant... when I was working as a bar tender, I came with all sorts of things to remember customers. "Guy with weird shoes." "Lady with ugly shirt". "Cool hairdo". "Pale lady with freckles".
Even in Botswana, we would meet 10-20 people at a time. Ain't no way I could remember every person. As they were normally different nationalities, that is how I remembered them "Loud Americans". "Asian group". "Vodka".

People are just too sensitive and quick to jump on the racist train as an easy way out.  :lamer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 13, 2019, 09:20:38 pm
@Sardine and its only getting worse. People of today wont survice the 80'90's but I do believe its needed. Really show people that they focusing on the wrong stuff.

Now, on that subject Americans are very much disliked in NZ.  Wellington often has these huge cruise ships stop in the harbour (2-3 a week in peak season).

We had 2 this past week and all my colleagues  that come back from lunch immediately stated, "F* americans", with one even going on a bit of a rant, the fat F*'s that they are, eating non stop and screaming at each other in the streets forcing the locals to squeeze past their obese stomachs.

Then @Ama ride ride decided its time for a change and started a new job in wellington. So we had a whiskey last night and he will be staying with me during the week while looking for a long term place for him and the family  :thumleft:  Good to have some company  :thumleft:

4weeks! 4weeks as of today till the family flies!

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Shamelessly stolen from google but this is what it looks like currently.
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on February 14, 2019, 01:58:18 am
:Lekker to have some company from the "old country"...  :thumleft:


And the time is flying, just like I told you it would. only 4 weeks left!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on February 14, 2019, 08:06:32 am
Nice - 4 weeks is nothing  :3some:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Blou Zebu on February 15, 2019, 01:56:56 am
Nice - 4 weeks is nothing  :3some:
Another guy's 4 weeks is nothing. Your own usually last forever! But it is getting closer!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Oubones on February 15, 2019, 04:43:10 am
No longer 4 weeks, you can start counting days now!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on February 15, 2019, 07:06:39 am
Nice - 4 weeks is nothing  :3some:
Another guy's 4 weeks is nothing. Your own usually last forever! But it is getting closer!

True that  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 20, 2019, 02:41:16 am
Been a busy week, work-wise and on the phone sorting last minute stuff out still at home.

not much to report this week except that IKEA, who recently announced they opening their first store in NZ, left NZ of their world map  :lamer:  :imaposer: :imaposer:

&feature=youtu.be

Tomorrow also marks 3 weeks until the family boards that plane  O0
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on February 20, 2019, 03:51:55 am
I have over 9 months before I'll see my son again.  :'(

I try to keep really busy so I don't think about it too much.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Oubones on February 20, 2019, 04:55:19 am
It is now just a blink and then your family joins you! :thumleft:
The busier you are the faster it will go.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 20, 2019, 09:13:59 pm
I have over 9 months before I'll see my son again.  :'(

I try to keep really busy so I don't think about it too much.  :thumleft:

 :'( I feel for your Mr Zog...its heartbreaking, but you have a plan, keep planting that seed  :thumleft:

So we all currently watching what Tropical Cyclone Oma is doing. Rated as a category 2 and currently moving between Aus and NZ over the Coral Sea. Not knowing if it will turn towards NZ or Aus or just keep pushing over the Tasman sea south.

Either way, predictions are a wet and cold couple of days with even snow being predicted. Had a bad nights sleep as the wind picked up and had some gust winds blowing all over. Still getting used to a wood house with all the creaking and noises that come with it.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on February 21, 2019, 03:18:14 am
I have over 9 months before I'll see my son again.  :'(

I try to keep really busy so I don't think about it too much.  :thumleft:

 :'( I feel for your Mr Zog...its heartbreaking, but you have a plan, keep planting that seed  :thumleft:

So we all currently watching what Tropical Cyclone Oma is doing. Rated as a category 2 and currently moving between Aus and NZ over the Coral Sea. Not knowing if it will turn towards NZ or Aus or just keep pushing over the Tasman sea south.

Either way, predictions are a wet and cold couple of days with even snow being predicted. Had a bad nights sleep as the wind picked up and had some gust winds blowing all over. Still getting used to a wood house with all the creaking and noises that come with it.

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Ooh  :eek7:   that tropical cyclone is what we call a hurricane over here  :deal:

Cat 2 is strong, but not too bad. Your wooden house will be just fine. If it turns up to a cat 4 or 5, and heads directly your way, then hold onto your hat!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 22, 2019, 01:01:33 am
Thanks Mr Zog  :thumleft: Now i know, anything above a cat 3 I will tie everything down.

Predictions are it will just be chilling over the tasman for the next 7 days before dissipating, so not hitting either NZ or Aus.

Also on my walk to a meeting today a building in the street had an evac drill. This is compulsory for ALL buildings in New Zealand and must be done twice a year. As property managers, we do inform the fire department so it's up to them to respond or not. however,  I have been told 1 out of ever 5 they do respond to as part of their training. Was great to watch them storming in with the fire truck and people making it as easy as possible for them to get in.  :thumleft:

Today also marks 8-years since the 2011 quake in the south island (Christchurch) that killed 185 people.  :'( Some memorial speeches taking place with media recapturing the events of that day.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on February 22, 2019, 05:09:39 pm
I came across this video of Saffers in NZ:



I wonder if you agree with the views...?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on February 23, 2019, 04:20:16 am
I came across this video of Saffers in NZ:



I wonder if you agree with the views...?
Interesting.  Our confidence is often mistaken for arrogance.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on February 23, 2019, 08:03:25 am
Interesting.  Our confidence is often mistaken for arrogance.

I think if it is linked to other anti-social attitudes some of us still retain from the bad old days,
then it can easily be regarded for arrogance.
If it is just a "can-do" approach, then I don't think it would be.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Blou Zebu on February 23, 2019, 10:56:46 am
Interesting.  Our confidence is often mistaken for arrogance.

I think if it is linked to other anti-social attitudes some of us still retain from the bad old days,
then it can easily be regarded for arrogance.
If it is just a "can-do" approach, then I don't think it would be.
I have lived in another country for 15 going on 16 years. The fact is that you are different. The locals, irrespective of which country, try to measure you by their own standards, which is normal as that is all they know. So they interpret things incorrectly. In effect it is like trying to adjudicate a cricket game while using rugby rules. you keep on getting the wrong result.

HAving said that, a lot of people left SA because of racist attitudes.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on February 24, 2019, 07:21:46 am
The biggest gripe according to everyone I met in NZ was Saffas trying to recreate SA and telling the Kiwis how to do things "our" way. A person has to remember that you are a foreigner in "their" country and things must be done "their" way. The kiwis are very well informed of all things South African, in general. I found them friendly, helpfull and welcoming (I ended up playing a golf day with my mate and a bunch of Kiwis). They arent very social as in "come over for a braai" or "dinner at our place on Saturday" but they are a good bunch.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 24, 2019, 08:50:34 pm
I came across this video of Saffers in NZ:



I wonder if you agree with the views...?

Not really - I think the biggest problem, which the video focuses on, are the people that came across in the 90's early 2000's. People moved without doing proper research and not knowing what to expect.

Secondly, there is a diversity between South Africans in NZ as well. There are a lot that just refuses to integrate into NZ and just wants it to be another South Africa,  (and its touched on at 6:30) and he is correct. Then you have the other "group" that is open and wants to integrate and usually makes kiwi friends as well. I was at a braai recently where there were SA's, white kiwis and Maoris and it was great fun. Generally, you don't hear from there south Africans as life is good and they have nothing to complain about. (guess its just like in SA, you don't hear from the people that are having good lives complaining). You do get the SA guys that struggle and with all mankind you generally try and assist those you relate best with.

The groups that struggle in NZ, are the first group, as they just want to talk Afrikaans, make fun of people and only socialize with other South Africans... of course, you going to feel out if this is your attitude. I had an SA guy stay with me for a week that was very old school and use the K word often, he was to stay with me for 3 weeks but after 1 week I asked him nicely to leave. There was a recent group on facebook that started kicking out south africans as they kept asking for help for furniture and household goods as they just landed and only brought their clothes, so no planning there. Now I have no issue with people asking for help in the SA groups but this group was a group for the NEEDY in NZ after major disasters, like earthquakes, floods and recently the fire in the south island. - starting to see why locals see us as arrogant?

With SA arrogance, I can see it being an issue and its something I work on constantly in my workplace. I watch how I say/suggest things to try and not come forth as knowing everything or trying to enforce my ways, which does make it difficult as its one of my KPI's (to improve processes and have twice the years in experience as the next guy in the business).

The problem or rather, other issue is the kiwis are very laid back and relaxed - they work their 8-5, take lunch, talk kak most of the day at work and come 14h00 on a Friday it's drinking time. They consult for a bit with other teams within companies for a second opinion before making decisions.

In comes SA guy that's use to working 12 hours a day running around non-stop and works/talks fast as he has a million things to do, making decisions on the fly....This can be seen as arrogance.

Overall it is as @Christian Kuun said, the Kiwis are very friendly, helpfull and welcoming. It is for us to integrate not for them to adapt to us.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 24, 2019, 09:05:43 pm
The weekend was a WET one, Oma moved more south than expected and we got the outer storms. Yesterday, by my expectations we probably got 30mm (if not more) of rain. It was raining non stop! At about 12h it started getting cold, and by 1 it was about 12deg.  My plan for this weekend was gardening but that went out the window!.

I closed the lounge doors and fire up the aircon (or heat pump as its known here) to 25'C. It is recommended here to use your heaters/heat pumps if it's cold AND raining to help with keeping moisture out for in case of mold growth.... So yes I did it only for this reason  :peepwall:

Otherwise, I am prepping for the families arrival. I also have another South African coming to stay with us for about 4weeks so he will be there when my family arrives. I got another queen bed and proceeded to put this together on Saturday. Dam bed took its pound of flesh when the one end decided it had enough and proceeded to drop on my foot  :o Nothing broken and the instructions to recommended 3 people to assemble it  :lamer:

I also got this little balancing bike for $5 from trademe and popped out to the hardware shop to get some new red paint. Going to sand it down, clean the rust off and give it a good coat of new paint, reassemble with new sparkly bolts and give the rubbers a good clean. When my boy lands (as he is landing on his birthday) he will have a new toy to play  :thumleft:

Still on the lookout for a proper train set as he LOVES trains and rather keep looking then buying something in the moment that wont last.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on February 24, 2019, 10:28:26 pm
Silvrav, 200%. Very nervous nation and nobody can commit. The buck is always passed. Like you say- a Saffa walks in, works hard, commits and owns it. It may be perceived as arrogance. Take stuff in,the Liwi stride and they will love you.

Also, agree- all my mates are happy and living well. Nothing like the TV series depicted.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 24, 2019, 10:46:47 pm
Silvrav, 200%. Very nervous nation and nobody can commit. The buck is always passed. Like you say- a Saffa walks in, works hard, commits and owns it. It may be perceived as arrogance. Take stuff in,the Liwi stride and they will love you.

Also, agree- all my mates are happy and living well. Nothing like the TV series depicted.

You here yet mate?  :sip: We need to go for that beer if you are
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on February 25, 2019, 07:23:26 am
Not yet bud. Flying out on the 7th March. Will definitely give you a shout when there. Just bought some wheels…  Camry 2.2 with 280 000 on the clock, for $2k(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190225/5db7189b51090b770f7c87117e2e4078.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190225/58ea5b18701b4150228ccb9cdf83ed49.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190225/38bc85971b6ca117eda158f8d724f234.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190225/b90eed8224605ce650aa3f4c2c9ff6d2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190225/1ccd01b34b826288d3f85870351b78a6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190225/e4dea7f77ca762b4a3858e96123fbb75.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190225/6355a870dec685932c363a0535e04746.jpg)

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: merlin on February 26, 2019, 08:51:42 pm
Julle ouens het darm n plek met lekke weer gekry. Oostenryk vang slegte winters en knorrige mense.
Maar nou mag ek officially n KTM kry.
Geniet daar onder. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on February 27, 2019, 03:14:29 am
Silvrav, you should be down to seriously min-dae now?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: merlin on February 27, 2019, 10:14:35 am
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=234628.0
Does anyone know it Expat tax has been discussed yet?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: merlin on February 27, 2019, 10:17:07 am
I found a thread
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=233383.msg4199433#msg4199433
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on February 27, 2019, 08:51:46 pm
Today marks 2 weeks before the family leaves SA!  :ricky: 15 more days before I see them! it will be 135 days!! since I last saw them, and man you can count to 135 easily but when it's in days it's completely different.

Other then that I am keeping myself busy with home automation stuff. Did some more soldering and coding over the last week or so and happy with the progress. Now the wife just needs to start working so I can buy some more toys  :peepwall:

Unfortunately, the weather has not been great for sanding or painting as it was 12'C today and raining. Prediction is for warming weather over the weekend, and I hope its warm enough with no wind for a good painting session.
I also need to tackle the gardens as I sprayed the weed killer 2weeks ago. Its all dead but weather hasn't permitted garden work   :sip:

Schools are also back in full swing so most Saturdays I enjoy a good old game of school cricket:
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Automation process
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I have started coding the front end as well and once my dam digitizer arrives from China for my broken tablet, this will be the user interface for controlling stuff
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 05, 2019, 01:33:24 am
What a week and weekend. Friend of mine did the move and transferred from dimension data in SA to dimension data in NZ. He is staying with me until he can find a place. But he likes kuiering, especially now since his wife and child is also still in SA. Fetched him from the airport at 5pm as he landed from Auckland (He flew SA->dubai->auckland->wellington) - 3 days of straight traveling, with a day sta over in Dubai to visit some other friends.

from there we headed out to get beer, some food, some charcoil (wood is kak expensive here) and some more beer. The weekend was a combination of braai'ing, drinking and going to test drive cars and see houses for him.

I am also back on 2 wheels!!  :ricky: :ricky: It has some good lines and some good good curves, a full 600W of power and even came with a bell  :imaposer:

I got a little (well big) ebike to start being a bit more health and will commute with it as well. the cost, as its over 24months interest-free, is half of what my monthly bus ticket will cost.  I can ride into work quite easily (about 10km one way) as its mostly down hill. Back home is a bit more difficult and the major hill I will tackle only once I am a bit more fi. For now, I catch the bus at the bottom of the hill to the top and ride back home.  :peepwall:

and its 9 days....9 days!!! before the family fly!  :biggrin: :biggrin:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on March 05, 2019, 09:45:26 am
Lekker man  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on March 07, 2019, 10:58:54 am
Boom! Flying out at 6 tonight
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Dirt Junkie on March 07, 2019, 11:20:05 am
Boom! Flying out at 6 tonight
good luck
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sardine on March 07, 2019, 05:00:47 pm
Boom! Flying out at 6 tonight
Awesome! Safe travels!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mzee on March 07, 2019, 06:22:04 pm
Silvrav, I enjoyed reading your journey to relocate to NZ.  All is well and may it go well with reuniting with your family.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 07, 2019, 09:21:18 pm
Boom! Flying out at 6 tonight

Going to land in some wet weather  :deal: Its raining proper in NZ today and tomorrow. Safe travels and let me know once you on the north island for a beer
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on March 13, 2019, 04:53:39 am
Mindae  boet  :thumleft:

I'm guessing the family lands any day now?  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 13, 2019, 08:19:30 pm
Mindae  boet  :thumleft:

I'm guessing the family lands any day now?  :ricky:

Today (well Wednesday night now in SA) Is their last night in SA! They fly tomorrow, thursday and will be landing just after midnight Friday, NZ time  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Been hecticly busy this week sorting last minute items out for their arrival, making sure there is enough food in the house, more pillows, blankets (as its getting quite chilly now at night) and cleaning the house.

Its been raining and misty the since about last week Wednesday so the balance bike hasn't been sprayed yet, so this will only get done later, unfortunately.

Also been a hectic work at week as we finalizing budgets and long term maintenance plans for all the properties!

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ROMMEL HOND on March 13, 2019, 09:36:08 pm
Mindae  boet  :thumleft:

I'm guessing the family lands any day now?  :ricky:

Today (well Wednesday night now in SA) Is their last night in SA! They fly tomorrow, thursday and will be landing just after midnight Friday, NZ time  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Been hecticly busy this week sorting last minute items out for their arrival, making sure there is enough food in the house, more pillows, blankets (as its getting quite chilly now at night) and cleaning the house.

Its been raining and misty the since about last week Wednesday so the balance bike hasn't been sprayed yet, so this will only get done later, unfortunately.

Also been a hectic work at week as we finalizing budgets and long term maintenance plans for all the properties!
Ek is bly die lang wag is verby..geniet elke oomblik met jou gesin...my vrou was 6mnd in NZ voor ek oor is.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sardine on March 13, 2019, 10:07:54 pm
Woohoo!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: IceCreamMan on March 13, 2019, 10:12:06 pm
Silvrav are you in Upper Hutt?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 14, 2019, 01:30:25 am
Silvrav are you in Upper Hutt?

Nope, I am johnsonville/Churton Park area. About 40km from upper Hutt.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on March 14, 2019, 03:20:49 am
Lekker boet  :thumleft:

The long wait is over, and you'll agree that it was worth it.  :biggrin:


Now the real "new life" starts, enjoy it  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on March 14, 2019, 05:17:41 pm
Fantastic pal. I can imagine the excitement. Enjoy it  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: boere on March 16, 2019, 08:58:49 pm
Some Feedback on the Family Silvrav.

Are they safe and sound :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on March 17, 2019, 12:33:53 pm
Some Feedback on the Family Silvrav.

Are they safe and sound :thumleft: :thumleft:

The man is "catching up"  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: boere on March 18, 2019, 05:58:26 am
Some Feedback on the Family Silvrav.

Are they safe and sound :thumleft: :thumleft:

The man is "catching up"  :imaposer:
:imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: woody1 on March 18, 2019, 09:27:53 am
Het hy al opgkom vir lug ? :laughing4:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: boere on March 18, 2019, 09:56:08 am
Het hy al opgkom vir lug ? :laughing4:
:imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on March 18, 2019, 11:00:54 am
Lyk my die man is pootuit  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: boere on March 18, 2019, 02:09:38 pm
Lyk my die man is pootuit  :imaposer:
Toe ek laas gecheck het was hy landuit :peepwall: :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on March 18, 2019, 02:30:11 pm
Lyk my die man is pootuit  :imaposer:
Toe ek laas gecheck het was hy landuit :peepwall: :peepwall:

 :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: 0012 on March 18, 2019, 03:21:46 pm
jis die laaste paar replies hier   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on March 19, 2019, 02:09:07 am
fokkit man, kom op vir asem en laat weet jy's darem ok en die familie het veilig aangekom  :deal:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 19, 2019, 10:32:50 pm
Ek is moeg, pootuit en landuit  :imaposer:

I have had 4months of singleness, watch what I want to watch, eat when and what I want to eat, go where I want to go, do what I want to do, BUT I won't trade it for having my family with me.  :thumleft:

I am on leave till tomorrow (Thursday) when I go back to work but these last 5 days were awesome! I went for drinks Friday night after work before heading home to have some supper and relax for the night. I monitored my families flight via flight tracker and noticed they will be 30mins ahead of schedule landing at 11H15 and not 11H45 as scheduled. I left home at 11h15 as the airport is about 20mins away and know that immigration and customs takes about an hour.

At about 00h00 they eventually walked through the exit and my son jumped off the baggage trolley and ran towards me while shouting dadda at the top of his voice!  We both shed a tear and he held on to me for the rest of the way to the car :'( My wife was just as happy and we all cried off joy while embracing and being back as a family. Its been a looooong 4months but it was finally over!

We took Saturday and Sunday as recovery days and they slept, ate and slept some more, with an occasional conversation  :imaposer:

Monday I took them around our suburb so show them the area and some shopping so the wife knows the area. we also went for our first walk on the beach but it started getting quite chilly so it was cut short. It was his birthday on the 15th (when they landed) but due to jetlag we only did his cake and candles on monday afternoon follow by a very noisy present, a police helicopter  :lol8: oh the joy of the same sound over and over and over....

That night we also braai'd and my son joined us with his very own chair  :biggrin:

Tesuday I showed them the public transport system and we took the bus to the train station. From there we took the train into Wellington and went for a walk at the wharf. We had a snack at one of the many restaurants. The plan was to explore a bit more but my son started getting tired and irritated (to much so quickly) and we took a slow walk back to the bus station and took the bus home.

Once home he helped me sand down and clean his bike and last night I could continue to paint and clear coat it as it was nice and hot. So today we will assemble it and he can take it for his first spin!

I can't believe how much he has matured in the last 4months. He is now speaking full sentenced, can say what he wants and feels like, and even put on his own shoes  :o

My wife is still recovering from jetlag and a bit unsettled due to the new country, new house, new environment and all of a sudden not having to look after Gabe all alone anymore, not packing and sorting things out. I think it will be a while until she is fully acclimatized, but there is all the time in the world now. First order of business is to get my son into a preschool (as he gets 20hours free per week) and she can then start hunting for a half day job.

I also spotted african cucumber in our local store  :thumleft:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on March 20, 2019, 01:58:48 am
I'm super stoked that they are there ok, and that now finally your life is complete again  :thumleft:

And now you can laugh at the wife when she has her own WTF moments  :imaposer:

ps. posting those pics of the lamb on the braai was just wicked  :xxbah:  :drif:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Oubones on March 20, 2019, 04:42:34 am
Glad they are there at last and you must enjoy.
Nice braai and play area for your son.
I am sure that he is going to enjoy growing up there.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on March 20, 2019, 05:03:49 am
Sometimes we don't fully appreciate what we have until we don't have it.
I am sure you now know exactly what your family means to you.

Emigrating puts a strain on any relationship.
Work hard on getting it all back together.  Cuddle a lot. Be soppy romantic for a while.
Remember that your wife now has to go through all the changes you went through.

I am overjoyed you guys are together again !  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: boere on March 20, 2019, 05:05:19 am
Mr Silvrav you are alive and well. :peepwall: :peepwall:

Glad your fam is safe with you. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on March 20, 2019, 07:55:02 am
Mr Silvrav you are alive and well. :peepwall: :peepwall:

Glad your fam is safe with you. :thumleft: :thumleft:

+1 - thanks for the update :thumleft:

Enjoy your new life with your family!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Slingervel on March 20, 2019, 08:01:17 am
Bly om te hoor julle almal is nou weer bymekaar!
Dit kon nie maklik wees nie! Respek.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: 0012 on March 20, 2019, 08:06:29 am
Dankie vir die update, amazing to all be back together again!

Also, at that young age I can imagine your son is nearly totally different person to who you said goodbye to 4 months ago, they grow and change insanely quickly, with mine I notice changes even after just a week of absence!

Emigrating puts a strain on any relationship.
Work hard on getting it all back together.  Cuddle a lot. Be soppy romantic for a while.
Remember that your wife now has to go through all the changes you went through.

Yes, the most stressful common experiences:
Death of a loved one
Divorce
Changing jobs
Moving

When we relocated it took us about 18months to really settle in.
Things like making new solid friends can't be forced and really only come with time.
Enjoy the process and give each other more space than usual to adjust    :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 20, 2019, 09:46:32 am
 african cucumber

I have never seen that in my life?!! Looks like some sort of turksvy?

Very happy for you and your family being together at last!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on March 20, 2019, 03:59:13 pm
Good to hear you are all together again. Woman seem to process the whole immigration thing a lot different than men. I remember it took my wife a very long time before  she finally unpacked all of her suitcases. They (at least my wife) seem to take a lot longer to make friends and trust people, which is essential to settling in.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr. Python on March 20, 2019, 07:55:28 pm
For us it's an adventure
They leave that whole support network behind
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 20, 2019, 09:18:24 pm
I'm super stoked that they are there ok, and that now finally your life is complete again  :thumleft:

And now you can laugh at the wife when she has her own WTF moments  :imaposer:

ps. posting those pics of the lamb on the braai was just wicked  :xxbah:  :drif:  :imaposer:

Doors always open  O0 We can braai every night  :deal:

Sometimes we don't fully appreciate what we have until we don't have it.
I am sure you now know exactly what your family means to you.

Emigrating puts a strain on any relationship.
Work hard on getting it all back together.  Cuddle a lot. Be soppy romantic for a while.
Remember that your wife now has to go through all the changes you went through.


I am overjoyed you guys are together again !  :thumleft:

Thanks Fud! Good advice right there  :thumleft: The biggest problem is the sudden stop for the family so I am trying to mitigate that at the moment.

Dankie vir die update, amazing to all be back together again!

Also, at that young age I can imagine your son is nearly totally different person to who you said goodbye to 4 months ago, they grow and change insanely quickly, with mine I notice changes even after just a week of absence!

Emigrating puts a strain on any relationship.
Work hard on getting it all back together.  Cuddle a lot. Be soppy romantic for a while.
Remember that your wife now has to go through all the changes you went through.

Yes, the most stressful common experiences:
Death of a loved one
Divorce
Changing jobs
Moving

When we relocated it took us about 18months to really settle in.
Things like making new solid friends can't be forced and really only come with time.
Enjoy the process and give each other more space than usual to adjust    :thumleft:
For us it's an adventure
They leave that whole support network behind
Good to hear you are all together again. Woman seem to process the whole immigration thing a lot different than men. I remember it took my wife a very long time before she finally unpacked all of her suitcases. They (at least my wife) seem to take a lot longer to make friends and trust people, which is essential to settling in.

Thanks guys! I have a saffer that's still staying with us for now that also has a 3-year-old and wife still in SA. We clicked and will see if they wives get along but so far we think they might. They also found a house across the park from us so maybe it's a good solid friendship. My buddy in Auckland also mentioned this and that his wife took a while to adjust. So I have made her a nice little list of things she can do/sort out at home  :pot:

african cucumber

I have never seen that in my life?!! Looks like some sort of turksvy?

Very happy for you and your family being together at last!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumis_metuliferus - some more info  :thumleft: We used to collect them in the Namib desert as children but the variant there does not taste anything as they say in the link...its bitter enough to make any man pull a funny face.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 20, 2019, 09:40:31 pm
The family is almost over jetlag and my son just can't get enough of his bike and almost took it with to bed to hold it while sleeping  :ricky:

Guess I will need to start looking for a little 25cc when he is older.

Then some of my favorite whiskey was on special this weekend (50% off at $30) and I just couldn't resist. My wife was ok with it as she knows this bottle will last me 6-12months as I am not a big drinker.

This morning I saw a big tanker being tugged into the harbor.  Made me miss my dad as he works for SARS on the harbourside and he used to take me on routine inspections of ships in my younger days.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on March 21, 2019, 03:21:48 am
Nice man  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Oubones on March 21, 2019, 07:13:57 am
I am glad it is coming together so well for you and your family.
That is one happy biker with many smiles per meter! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on March 24, 2019, 04:43:47 pm
Learning Quickly in NZ… Slow Down. One,thing at a time. Dont work too hard  :lol8:

We are used to multi-tasking and moving swiftly because time is money,and we need to get the job done. These chaps are in no rush and the quickest way to pick up hassles is to make your coleagues look bad, or so they told me.  :deal:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on March 24, 2019, 04:50:56 pm
Learning Quickly in NZ… Slow Down. One,thing at a time. Dont work too hard  :lol8:

....These chaps are in no rush and the quickest way to pick up hassles is to make your coleagues look bad...

  :deal: The first rule to becoming a successful immigrant.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Tom van Brits on March 24, 2019, 04:55:53 pm
Heartwarming to see you all finally settling in together, well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 24, 2019, 08:44:14 pm
Learning Quickly in NZ… Slow Down. One,thing at a time. Dont work too hard  :lol8:

We are used to multi-tasking and moving swiftly because time is money,and we need to get the job done. These chaps are in no rush and the quickest way to pick up hassles is to make your coleagues look bad, or so they told me.  :deal:

Learning Quickly in NZ… Slow Down. One,thing at a time. Dont work too hard  :lol8:

....These chaps are in no rush and the quickest way to pick up hassles is to make your coleagues look bad...

  :deal: The first rule to becoming a successful immigrant.

 :imaposer: :imaposer: No truer words has been spoken... I am chasing a simple email from a college of my for 3weeks now. Been contemplating cc'ing in the boss as one would in SA but have to really thing about it in NZ
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 24, 2019, 09:15:04 pm
Busy busy weekend!

Friday night we had some unruly teenagers drinking in the park, just before they left they shattered some glass bottles on the basketball court and ran like hell  :dousing: Typical teenage behaviour.

As I was making coffee Saturday morning and had my sit down to admire the view a park ranger bakkie or UTE as they called in NZ, pulled up and 2 rangers jumped out and cleaned the area  :eek7: another WTF moment for me. I mean it literally happened only a few hours earlier.

Then we did our normal Saturday grocery shopping at Pak and save (comparable to a makro kind of shop) but with good veg/fruit and meats. We then spotted something...something that made me jump for joy, some mielie sakke, but mielie sakke that I could see had wood in it  :drif: on closer inspection, it was only pine, but then at the back there was Manuka (local hard wood). at $25 a bag you might get 3 braai's out but I had to, so we got a bag and it will be treated with a good braai every other week  O0

On Sunday we did some exploring and went to Makara beach and west field wind turbine farm. A mere 10km from home but going through farmland, where on the side of the road you can buy anything from horse poo, to acorns, to alpaca poo for your garden. It was a stunning twisty road (and would be perfect for 2 wheels  :ricky:, and spectacular views. Unfortunately its narrow with some areas single road only so no places to stop to take photos.

I'll comment further on the photos below with some video's at the end.

Rangers to the rescue
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mmm, wood braai  :drif:
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Also got a fridge for $1 - dop en vleis fridge for the garage
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Turbines, turbines everywhere! It was quite amazing the sheer size of these!
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IN the background past the ocean you can see the south island mountain ranges  :thumleft:
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 24, 2019, 09:20:43 pm
Some photos of Makara beach!

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Then this morning getting into the city it was still quite dark so did some long shutter speed photos, but will need a trypod for crips clear photos:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 24, 2019, 09:23:18 pm
The beach was full of pebbles (no sand beach) and you can hear how the pebbles rush over in the waves - quite soothing.

Then on the wind turbines, you can hear how it slices through the air. I was quite amazed so was my son, but wife just wanted to leave in fear that they will sheer off and slice us all in 2  :biggrin:









Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: 0012 on March 25, 2019, 10:49:02 am
Wow, awesome pics and vids, thanks!

Hoe maak die subaru, nou dat jy dit al n rukkie het - goods, bads, surprises...?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 25, 2019, 07:49:42 pm
Wow, awesome pics and vids, thanks!

Hoe maak die subaru, nou dat jy dit al n rukkie het - goods, bads, surprises...?

Good! Really enjoying it and the space inside is awesome. Loaded the garage fridge in it when I collected it  :thumleft:

Its an old vehicle so the rubbers are wearing, and and and,  but all fixable.

Suprises... How well the motor and turbos still run :biggrin: and the car feels planted thanks to its AWD. We most likely driving up end of April to fetch doggie in Auckland so will have a real feel for it long distance
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on March 26, 2019, 11:26:16 pm
I love the sound those pebbles make when the water retracts- its therapeutic and I can sit for hours
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 27, 2019, 12:09:41 am
@Mr Zog fault...he is inspiring me... looky what is in my auction list. Still going but got a bid or two in  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on March 27, 2019, 12:11:12 am
I love the sound those pebbles make when the water retracts- its therapeutic and I can sit for hours

yip! and with a whisky in hand its bliss!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on March 27, 2019, 02:40:00 am
@Mr Zog fault...he is inspiring me... looky what is in my auction list. Still going but got a bid or two in  :peepwall:

 :biggrin: :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Oubones on March 27, 2019, 04:41:49 am
@Mr Zog fault...he is inspiring me... looky what is in my auction list. Still going but got a bid or two in  :peepwall:

 :biggrin: :peepwall:
Now that is they way to go! :thumleft:
I hope you are successfull.
What sailing do you have around there?
That is harbour or dam size yacht?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 01, 2019, 08:19:45 pm
@Mr Zog fault...he is inspiring me... looky what is in my auction list. Still going but got a bid or two in  :peepwall:

 :biggrin: :peepwall:
Now that is they way to go! :thumleft:
I hope you are successfull.
What sailing do you have around there?
That is harbour or dam size yacht?

The one I am bidding on is harbor size yacht. Sailing here is mostly ocean sailing as the Wellington harbour. (See aerial) is quite protected from the rough seas, but the bigger yachts and more experienced sailors will sail between Wellington and the other towns around NZ.

With the protected harbor there are also a lot of sailing clubs for young and old

In the middle of the North island there is Lake Taupo for those that prefer dam/lake sailing and dont want to do the 150 odd km to the ocean every weekend.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 01, 2019, 08:25:24 pm
The family is settling well, some more then others  :peepwall: My wife is still up till midnight/2ish in the mornings again and think jetlag still got her. That and the fact that she has not a lot to do at the moment. so this coming weekend I will be forcing her to drive the car so she can get use to driving here. Then she will feel more comfortable to drive on her own and not have to rely only where the public transport can take her.

I also went to pick up an old BBQ for free over the weekend. The plan is to clean it up nicely, take out the burners, get a 6mm steel box welded together and drop it in where the burners sat. Temporary braai that's not a Weber  :imaposer:

The area I collected it from is called Melrose, and it overlooks the airport and southern end of Wellington.

Some photos and a clip I took from a plane taking off.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 02, 2019, 10:29:58 am
 I will be forcing her to drive the car so she can get use to driving here. Then she will feel more comfortable to drive on her own

In general how do people drive in ZN?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on April 02, 2019, 12:57:44 pm
I will be forcing her to drive the car so she can get use to driving here. Then she will feel more comfortable to drive on her own

In general how do people drive in ZN?

The same way as here....get in the car...turn on the ignition....... :imaposer:

Probably a WHOLE lot better than here. Here you put your life in danger when you cross the road at a pedestrian crossing - the cars actually increase speed and "gun" for you  :3some:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 03, 2019, 12:01:31 am
I will be forcing her to drive the car so she can get use to driving here. Then she will feel more comfortable to drive on her own

In general how do people drive in ZN?

Cautiously, which in itself is sometimes a problem. Its a lot slower and relaxed then SA and people are generally friendly, give space and do not get road rage if you take to long.  Employers also understand traffic sometimes exist and is lenient in leaving early or arriving late if there are problems on the roads.

The rules of the road are catered for cyclist and pedestrians. (see photo below of a general pedestrian crossing). This becomes a stop street if a pedestrian crosses, and some don't even look before they cross and will just walk. I have seen some close calls but in general, cars will stop.

One thing that I am still trying to get used to are circles, or roundabouts as they are known here. There is no gap, or who enters the roundabout first, you yield to the right and wait till ALL the cars have gone. Then they also indicate twice ... :patch: One to enter the roundabout and again to where they want to exit, so cars that go straight and we not use to indicate will enter the roundabout and indicate left but not exit left but carry on straight, or if they want to turn right (3rd exit) they will indicate right as they enter and then indicate left just before they exit at the 3rd exit.

Something to get use it and does cause confusion from time to time as its a 50/50 chance if someone is going to indicate or not....

Then the other problem is space.... Here street parking is very much acceptable and often suburban streets will become 1 car wide as cars are parked on both sides of the roads. Some area's it becomes very tight so caution and knowing the area is crucial.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: corne.l on April 03, 2019, 06:49:50 am
I will be forcing her to drive the car so she can get use to driving here. Then she will feel more comfortable to drive on her own

In general how do people drive in ZN?

Cautiously, which in itself is sometimes a problem. Its a lot slower and relaxed then SA and people are generally friendly, give space and do not get road rage if you take to long.  Employers also understand traffic sometimes exist and is lenient in leaving early or arriving late if there are problems on the roads.

The rules of the road are catered for cyclist and pedestrians. (see photo below of a general pedestrian crossing). This becomes a stop street if a pedestrian crosses, and some don't even look before they cross and will just walk. I have seen some close calls but in general, cars will stop.

One thing that I am still trying to get used to are circles, or roundabouts as they are known here. There is no gap, or who enters the roundabout first, you yield to the right and wait till ALL the cars have gone. Then they also indicate twice ... :patch: One to enter the roundabout and again to where they want to exit, so cars that go straight and we not use to indicate will enter the roundabout and indicate left but not exit left but carry on straight, or if they want to turn right (3rd exit) they will indicate right as they enter and then indicate left just before they exit at the 3rd exit.

Something to get use it and does cause confusion from time to time as its a 50/50 chance if someone is going to indicate or not....

Then the other problem is space.... Here street parking is very much acceptable and often suburban streets will become 1 car wide as cars are parked on both sides of the roads. Some area's it becomes very tight so caution and knowing the area is crucial.

At last someone that understands how to use a traffic circle   ;)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on April 03, 2019, 06:55:49 am
Traffic circles or roundabouts are supposed to deal with traffic on an equal basis.
There is a tendency here to just roar on into a circle because the guy in front of you is already in it.
So cars that arrive at a circle enter ahead of other cars that have been waiting for ages.
In busy times at one circle I ride through, I have sat waiting for ten or more cars that arrived after I did
just because some sons of bitches value their time as worth more than mine.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ganjora on April 03, 2019, 07:40:15 am
there are actually 2 types of traffic circles in SA,  and they have separate rules.
the big,  full on roundabout - give way to vehicles from the right.
the little,  pimple sized,  raised, round bits of tar - 1st come,  1st serve.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on April 03, 2019, 08:05:20 am
there are actually 2 types of traffic circles in SA,  and they have separate rules.
the big,  full on roundabout - give way to vehicles from the right.
the little,  pimple sized,  raised, round bits of tar - 1st come,  1st serve.

Yip
The latter I see as a fourway stop without the need to stop.

And then they screw it up with something like this.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: dieseldawie on April 03, 2019, 08:21:20 am
I will be forcing her to drive the car so she can get use to driving here. Then she will feel more comfortable to drive on her own

In general how do people drive in ZN?

Cautiously, which in itself is sometimes a problem. Its a lot slower and relaxed then SA and people are generally friendly, give space and do not get road rage if you take to long.  Employers also understand traffic sometimes exist and is lenient in leaving early or arriving late if there are problems on the roads.

The rules of the road are catered for cyclist and pedestrians. (see photo below of a general pedestrian crossing). This becomes a stop street if a pedestrian crosses, and some don't even look before they cross and will just walk. I have seen some close calls but in general, cars will stop.

One thing that I am still trying to get used to are circles, or roundabouts as they are known here. There is no gap, or who enters the roundabout first, you yield to the right and wait till ALL the cars have gone. Then they also indicate twice ... :patch: One to enter the roundabout and again to where they want to exit, so cars that go straight and we not use to indicate will enter the roundabout and indicate left but not exit left but carry on straight, or if they want to turn right (3rd exit) they will indicate right as they enter and then indicate left just before they exit at the 3rd exit.

Something to get use it and does cause confusion from time to time as its a 50/50 chance if someone is going to indicate or not....

Then the other problem is space.... Here street parking is very much acceptable and often suburban streets will become 1 car wide as cars are parked on both sides of the roads. Some area's it becomes very tight so caution and knowing the area is crucial.

At last someone that understands how to use a traffic circle   ;)

Thats exactly how they are supposed to work here anyway.

Try this one

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_(Hemel_Hempstead)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on April 03, 2019, 08:14:08 pm
Yeah mate, I'll swing by later to collect my jandals and for some piss and we can have a wee yarn about the weeks hard yakka  :o
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 03, 2019, 08:56:49 pm
haha yes all you clever okes  :ricky: :peepwall: Problem is there are so many immigrants here with each using the circle in a different way  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 03, 2019, 09:01:45 pm
Yeah mate, I'll swing by later to collect my jandals and for some piss and we can have a wee yarn about the weeks hard yakka  :o

Sweet as bro! We can catch a piss in the wop wops but I was on the turps last night and feel like I might carked it!   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mrs. Zog on April 04, 2019, 02:38:34 am
Quote
Problem is there are so many immigrants here with each using the circle in a different way

Years ago (in the US) I was driving late at night behind a car driving very slowly and erratically. I gave it lots of room ahead of me. It entered a circle. I decided to wait it out. (No traffic at all, thanks goodness). I just stopped and watched. They circled twice. Very slowly. Then they stopped. Then about 5 or 6 people spilled out of the car, looked like a family of several generations, old, young, and in between. They had a discussion while standing around the car. Everyone changed seats. Then they circled some more. Came to a stop. Reversed because, presumably, they had "missed" their exit. They exited. Finally.

Still the most amusing thing I have ever seen on the road.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ROMMEL HOND on April 04, 2019, 05:32:16 am
Yeah mate, I'll swing by later to collect my jandals and for some piss and we can have a wee yarn about the weeks hard yakka  :o
Sweet as ,see ya lata
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on April 04, 2019, 05:36:03 am
They must speak foreign, Mrs Z !

In ZA, there would have been a total traffic snarl-up with much hooting, swearing and rude hand gestures...

...even if there were only two cars!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on April 04, 2019, 07:09:44 am
They must speak foreign, Mrs Z !

In ZA, there would have been a total traffic snarl-up with much hooting, swearing and rude hand gestures...

...even if there were only two cars!

... even if there was only ONE car  :imaposer:



Fixed
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mikie on April 04, 2019, 08:22:35 am
They must speak foreign, Mrs Z !

In ZA, there would have been a total traffic snarl-up with much hooting, swearing and rude hand gestures...

...even if there were only two cars!

In Jozi, they would have just driven over the circle directly towards the exit they intend on taking
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on April 04, 2019, 09:00:48 am
Silvrav thanks for this thread. I am considering moving to New Zealand also, my sister is already there, so Im busy going through the thread. I have an Irish passport so do you know if it is any easier to get residency there with this passport?

My main concerns are:
- my daughters who are now both older than 18
- our dogs
- my bike will be going with
- and obviously a job there.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mikie on April 04, 2019, 09:50:35 am
Silvrav thanks for this thread. I am considering moving to New Zealand also, my sister is already there, so Im busy going through the thread. I have an Irish passport so do you know if it is any easier to get residency there with this passport?

My main concerns are:
- my daughters who are now both older than 18
- our dogs
- my bike will be going with
- and obviously a job there.

One of our mates went a few years ago and took his bike with too
Isnt the company that you work for an international company?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Skaiidawg on April 04, 2019, 01:15:05 pm

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Are you allowed to pick-up wood from the beach? If you are, why not use that just for a fire, not to braai on?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ROMMEL HOND on April 05, 2019, 12:54:44 am
Silvrav thanks for this thread. I am considering moving to New Zealand also, my sister is already there, so Im busy going through the thread. I have an Irish passport so do you know if it is any easier to get residency there with this passport?

My main concerns are:
- my daughters who are now both older than 18
- our dogs
- my bike will be going with
- and obviously a job there.
If I may....My son was 19 at the time and is now studying full time in NZ.
                           Our two Labs have got more flying hours than the average SA bloke and are enjoying the dog parks.
                           My GSA and a MT5 was shipped with my furniture in the same container,no problem at all.
                           Jobs...sometimes very easy sometimes not, depending on your trade attitude and willingness to start at the bottom and work yourself up.
                           I've got an Irish friend and he went through the same process and s%&t as we did.

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on April 05, 2019, 12:32:28 pm
Thank you Rommel Hond
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 05, 2019, 12:51:29 pm
I have an Irish passport

Are the Irish allowed in any other countries?!! ;) :lol8:
Brucet how did you get an Irish passport, by being born there of through mom or dad? Would love to go travel the country lanes of Ireland. Love the music and pub in small town culture. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on April 05, 2019, 01:22:32 pm
I have an Irish passport

Are the Irish allowed in any other countries?!! ;) :lol8:
Brucet how did you get an Irish passport, by being born there of through mom or dad? Would love to go travel the country lanes of Ireland. Love the music and pub in small town culture. :thumleft:

Apparently the Irish are allowed in once. :)

My mother was born in Ireland.
On a side note, busy getting my kids passports too. You think SA Homeaffairs is bad.....try the Irish - even worse. For all my applications they required some documents. My passport was eventually approved which it wouldnt have been had I not submitted the correct dosuments. So you would think they would just use my passport to "prove" the things they need proving. Nope, I have to resubmit all the same paperwork and more - sounds eaasy if that paperwork was mine (its my mothers). Now if SA would just give me an unabridged marraige certificate I think Im pretty sorted - been a 2 year frustrating, expensive process.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 07, 2019, 10:01:31 pm
They must speak foreign, Mrs Z !

In ZA, there would have been a total traffic snarl-up with much hooting, swearing and rude hand gestures...

...even if there were only two cars!

Agg frikkie, I love it when you talking foreign  :deal:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 07, 2019, 10:05:17 pm
Silvrav thanks for this thread. I am considering moving to New Zealand also, my sister is already there, so Im busy going through the thread. I have an Irish passport so do you know if it is any easier to get residency there with this passport?

My main concerns are:
- my daughters who are now both older than 18
- our dogs
- my bike will be going with
- and obviously a job there.

To add to some of Rommels comments

- Kids under the age of 24/25, if still dependant on you can come over with you but if they want to work will need a work visa, or student visa if they want to study. - check INZ website for exact details
- :peepwall: we bringing one and its shit expensive  :peepwall:
- If you have owned your bike for more then 12months and commit to not sell it in 24months when landing no GST or duties are due. Look at loading it in your main container then you dont have to pay double shipping etc.
- Job = visa, without one it wont be easy.

On the Passport, residency is based on a points system, and the origin of the passport doesn't give you extra points.

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 07, 2019, 10:08:59 pm

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Are you allowed to pick-up wood from the beach? If you are, why not use that just for a fire, not to braai on?

Some say yes, some say no as this is covered by the bylaws - extract below. Another thing to consider the Maori's are very mother earthbound so you might upset the locals if you do take stuff.

Council Beach Bylaw (2009) also restricts the taking of materials. No sand, driftwood, native estuary vegetation or stones (where they form the predominant beach material) may be taken from beaches unless: no power tools are used to chop up or break down the beach material, the material is carried on foot or written permission for removing the beach materials is obtained from the Chief Executive
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 07, 2019, 10:30:25 pm
It's been raining....ALL weekend and it's still raining. Been a good weekend, inside  :peepwall: Even the seagulls have started to come inland to avoid the rough seas.

I put up a washing line in the garage so that we can at least do some cloth washing. I planted some tomatoes, as they freaken expensive here, as well as some Capsicum.
The veggie, however, is in need of some weeding which is now starting to look like a mini forest  :patch:

Also didnt get to clean and work on the new braai.

I also had to renew my cars rego (car license) this past weekend. Got an email, click the link, paid and the new disk will be in my post box at home in 2days  :eek7: just another wtf moment.

I am also noticing Maori words more and more and its really locally driven for people to also learn the language - some building has translations posted around for you to learn.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: 0012 on April 08, 2019, 10:19:51 am
I am also noticing Maori words more and more and its really locally driven for people to also learn the language - some building has translations posted around for you to learn.

 :spitcoffee:    :lol8:

Arawera is just like someone mispronouncing elevator  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on April 11, 2019, 12:50:13 pm
Can someone please help with my upload speedon 4G? SA Says it will ttakr longer(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190411/2659502d8ff7c30d8749263b9d132748.jpg)

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on April 11, 2019, 02:43:17 pm
That's just....well......er.....bragging  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 17, 2019, 11:18:33 pm
Busy busy busy! The gent that stayed with us has finally moved out and we can officially re-arrange the house as we see fit.

We have also started sorting the wives items out for New Zealand, IRD, license, insurances etc. Had another bit of a WTF moment as to how quickly it all went.

We also went to write our IELTS test. IELTS is an English test that all immigrants (outside of US, EU, and Canada citizens) have to take to prove you can speak/listen/read/write the English language very deliciously  :imaposer:

It was at the University of Massey and the first step is the speaking test. You sit down with a moderator that will have an everyday conversation with you. She asked about the weather, where I was from, what did I like about my hometown, Do you think beauty can be expressed in a painting, and some more other random stuff. She looks out for proper work and sentence structure, struggles to pronounce words and if you can respond correctly to her questions.

The next 3 tests (reading, writing, listening) is a sitting test. With the reading test you read through various articles and have to answer questions based on the articles.

With the writing test, you have to write an essay. I was asked if I agree or disagree that if emergency rescue workers should risk their lives to rescue extreme sportsmen (for example extreme hiking, mountain climbing etc) .
They look out for grammar, spelling, paragraph structure, punctuation and if you can argue a valid point. Here I was thinking, dam @Wooly Bugger would probably write back to them about all their errors  :peepwall:

The listening test you have a 2-3min audio clip to listen to and then answer some questions on what you hear. The problem here is you have 30seconds to scan the questions, then the clip starts playing and you have to answer the questions as the clip is playing. You also only hear the clip ONCE. So instead of just concentrating on listening, you have to also read and answer questions at the same time to ensure you don't miss anything.

The test in its entirety takes about 4 hours and wasn't that bad overall. We got our results yesterday and I got an 8 out of 10 and my wife got an 8.5 out of 10  :ricky: :biggrin: You need 6.5 minimum to apply for residency.

On that note, we proceeded to submit our EOI (expression of interest) to get into the pool as we have the 160 points required. Once selected we will get an ITA (invite to apply) for a residency where we then submit all the documents and application to prove what we stated in the EOI is correct and accurate.

Then if all goes well, they will deduct roughly $3500  :lamer: and send us our residency stickers for our passports, so please hold thumbs guys  :thumleft:

With residency, our stay is 90% permanent, then 2 years from getting residency we can apply for permanent residency (it has fewer travel restrictions) and then 3 years from that we can apply for citizenship.

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on April 18, 2019, 03:22:33 am
Great news on getting the process started getting the permanent residency  :thumleft:

Just 5 years and you can get citizenship. I have 2 years to go to get mine  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Wooly Bugger on April 18, 2019, 04:11:11 am
 :deal:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 18, 2019, 05:52:28 am
Great news on getting the process started getting the permanent residency  :thumleft:

Just 5 years and you can get citizenship. I have 2 years to go to get mine  :ricky:

Nice Mr Zog  :thumleft:

I just double checked something on the eoi and this message popped up. We have been selected from the pool!!! Hopefully everything is in order and we can get an ITA  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on April 18, 2019, 07:08:53 am
Well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on April 24, 2019, 09:56:01 am
13 hours and only 600km... :o kapoet, going to enjoy sometime in Auckland. Full RR coming when I return to wellington  O0
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on April 24, 2019, 03:43:04 pm
Nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sardine on April 24, 2019, 07:50:39 pm
13 hours and only 600km... :o kapoet, going to enjoy sometime in Auckland. Full RR coming when I return to wellington  O0

The short distances on those windy roads at speeds of 90-100km sure do make everything seem like half a world away.
Country side must have been spectacular though!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on April 25, 2019, 10:44:13 pm
I was one of the first in the world to see Friday… lol. Dont get much further East than Gisborne


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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on April 25, 2019, 10:52:41 pm
Silvrav is right, I feel like I have wrestled a moose after driving a camper for 2 days. Its like a never ending Chapmans Peak. Here are some pics from the 2 days- Auckland to Gisborne

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on April 26, 2019, 02:25:58 am
Dis verskriklik mooi daar Christiaan  :thumleft:

En is dit nie lekker om so in jou camper te slaap en nie so stres dat iemand jou in die nag gaan kom keelafsny vir jou selfoon nie  :biggrin:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on April 26, 2019, 05:53:25 am
Aaah that's really cool - thanks for posting  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: woody1 on April 26, 2019, 07:28:16 am
Daai yskas het te veel kos in. :laughing4:

Man dit lyk fantasties daar.  As jy deur Twizel ry moet jy my pel Gren Poval gaan hallo se. Hy is seker nou al 20 jaar daar.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: woody1 on April 26, 2019, 07:30:10 am
Dis nou op die Suid Eiland  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on April 27, 2019, 08:09:48 am
Dalk volgende week verby Twizel.

It is a beautiful country and I am loving the tour. Takes me back to my youthful days. Really enjoying the "thinking time". Without going soft, it has been great for some introspection and will still bring great thoughts- mostly "I need a farking bike here"
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on April 27, 2019, 09:49:38 am
I only had the opportunity to drive part of North Island,
but it made me realise that NZ is a wonderful bike riding country.  :ricky:

Just do your riding at a leisurely pace...   8)
and have rain gear along.  ::)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on April 27, 2019, 10:20:52 am
Everything at a leisurlely pace…  The twisties are mal.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on May 03, 2019, 08:37:55 am

To add to some of Rommels comments

- Kids under the age of 24/25, if still dependant on you can come over with you but if they want to work will need a work visa, or student visa if they want to study. - check INZ website for exact details
- :peepwall: we bringing one and its shit expensive  :peepwall:
- If you have owned your bike for more then 12months and commit to not sell it in 24months when landing no GST or duties are due. Look at loading it in your main container then you dont have to pay double shipping etc.
- Job = visa, without one it wont be easy.

On the Passport, residency is based on a points system, and the origin of the passport doesn't give you extra points.

Hi Silvrav. A month later and I am in a slight panic as it seems I have a successful job application in Hamilton. I have done no ground work in the way of getting visa's etc

What is a realistic time frame to meet all the visa and permit requirements? (we do have valid passports etc)

WRT my bike, ive only owned it for about two months. Do you think I have a chance of being allowed to take it with?

PS. R28k to ship my bike to Auckland - just waiting to find out if I have to pay tax's on it as Ive owned it less than a year..

thank you
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on May 05, 2019, 10:02:25 pm

To add to some of Rommels comments

- Kids under the age of 24/25, if still dependant on you can come over with you but if they want to work will need a work visa, or student visa if they want to study. - check INZ website for exact details
- :peepwall: we bringing one and its shit expensive  :peepwall:
- If you have owned your bike for more then 12months and commit to not sell it in 24months when landing no GST or duties are due. Look at loading it in your main container then you dont have to pay double shipping etc.
- Job = visa, without one it wont be easy.

On the Passport, residency is based on a points system, and the origin of the passport doesn't give you extra points.

Hi Silvrav. A month later and I am in a slight panic as it seems I have a successful job application in Hamilton. I have done no ground work in the way of getting visa's etc

What is a realistic time frame to meet all the visa and permit requirements? (we do have valid passports etc)

WRT my bike, ive only owned it for about two months. Do you think I have a chance of being allowed to take it with?

PS. R28k to ship my bike to Auckland - just waiting to find out if I have to pay tax's on it as Ive owned it less than a year..

thank you

 :thumleft: Another WD coming to NZ - We can organise our own bash soon  :peepwall:

Currently visas take anything from 4weeks to 4months - https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/waiting-for-a-visa/how-long-it-takes-to-process-your-visa-application

BUT if an employer is willing to employ you, they generally don't mind the wait, just keep chatting to them and keep them informed. Remember you only need medicals and police clearance for a work visa (and obviously passport) so focus on getting these done. Birth, marriage certificates etc is for residency and can be done while you wait for your visa (if you don't have them already).

Is your employer an accredited employer? if not they have some additional paperwork to complete as well, but all this will be on your visa application. (do it online if you doing it yourself, its much easier then paper-based)

RE your bike, this is best to contact customs and see what they say. Send me your contact details and I will ask one of the guys in the SA FB group to get hold of you (he works as a senior official at customs) and generally answers questions like this.

You welcome to PM for questions.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on May 05, 2019, 10:07:45 pm
We are back! It was a nice break and good to see friends again! Before we left we had to do an easter hunt egg first, and naturally with that came lots of chocolate, lots of bouncing off the walls and lots of....  :puke_r: more on that later.

It was also a rainy Easter weekend so we decided its the perfect opportunity to introduce our son to fort building!

I am busy uploading the photos and writing a short RR as the photos will do most of the talking  :thumleft:

Easter egg hunt, our fort, and one happy pug finally back home

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on May 06, 2019, 01:09:40 am
After easter hunt, fort building and packing the previous night, we were up at 0500, had some coffee and packed the car. The idea was to get away at 0530 but as everyone with kids knows, the planned time is just that, a plan.  :lol8: We eventually got away at 6ish. The idea was to go north via the SH1 but the wife and I decided a more scenic route for a first road trip is in order. We headed north via the SH1 for about 50kms before turning off the beaten track and onto the SH4.

The route:
It is roughly 650km.
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WOW!  :biggrin: What a route! winding roads, massive hills, massive cliffs, massive drops, beautiful terrain, and countryside! unfortunately, not a lot of places to stop for photos but man, the SH4 route on a bike would be spectacular! It carried on like this for at least 200-250km and after 6hours it didn't get old.   ;D

The problem is not the speed limits, but the road is generally so narrow and winding that you just can not even do the legal speed limit of 100 km/h. Most corners have speed indicators of their own and most did not go past 35km/h

Corner limit indicator
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During the 6 hours we stopped twice, about halfway in there was one opportunity with a rest stop to stretch some legs and take some photos...

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and just as we were exiting the southern part of the north island the chocolate Easter bunny had its revenge and my son proceeded to vomit it up, along with the breakfast he had :puke_l:  :puke_r: ! My wives first words - Now its a family road trip! Can't have a family road trip without a child getting sick!

As the road was still narrow I had no option to pull over, and with every few minutes, somehow my son's stomach found more content to violently eject! and mommy getting more agitated as she can't help. Eventually, I had no choice and as I found a straight'ish piece of road I pull off onto the opposite side of the road where the shoulder is wide enough to park safely. We proceed to get the wet wipes out and spend about a good 45mins cleaning our son, the car seat, his clothes, get new clothes for him and get some liquid back into him.

As I strap him in, he looks at me and says, "sorry for getting icky daddy". Man! it makes your heart melt when your kids say stuff like that  :) 10mins in and he is happy as a chappy and just wants to eat.

Halfway point is Lake Taupo, or is at least via SH1 and with the lake comes snowy mountains to the west of it. As we were heading far west of it we only got a small glimpse of the top.

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Past this point, the roads opened up and became easier to drive. It was now about 14h00 and we decided to stop for lunch. We made some sammies the previous night and had some juice and coffee with us as well.

You get table stops here as well, and they quite nice, well thought out and kept clean. Our stop was interrupted by nature though, as we would later find out that the area is well known for honey production. We had bee's trying to eat with us and some seriously annoying ladybugs! Afterward, we found out ladybugs are actually a pest here in NZ and can cause an issue with pets that try and eat the bugs! - recent news article : https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/112272040/the-vets-thought-it-was-a-joke-ladybirds-infesting-dogs-mouth with a photo from the article:

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Photos from the lunch stop:
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We finished lunch at about 15h00 and still had roughly 200km to go. Luckily the rest of the road as mentioned was open, straight and you could keep the speed limit of 100.

We arrived at our accommodation just before 6, which was a homestay for 2nights. Homestay isn't my first choice, but my wife has never experienced it and she wanted to try something new. There was a nice Indian family and Japanese family staying in the 8 bedroom house and it is always fun to see how other cultures live.

We didn't do much for supper as I was kaput after 12hours of driving and had some toasted sammies before we all passed out just after 8.


Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on May 06, 2019, 02:13:44 am
It was now Thursday morning, and we were scheduled to go stay with one of our friends from Friday night, so we had 2 days to see a bit of Auckland as the weekend would be spent braai'ing, making biltong and catching up.

We decided that we will go into the CBD for the day and go walk queen street and go visit the harbor. It was a public holiday so at least work traffic would be less. Parking here is expensive! I booked a parking spot online as its 15% cheaper if you pre-book and the 6hours would cost $45  ??? Getting a hop card and loading airtime for the 3 of us would have cost the same, and then we would have hop cards we won't really use again, so we decided to rather drive.

As we approached the parking garage I spotted dedicated bike access - No need to pay or try and balance while taking a ticket, as we all know what can happen!  :imaposer:
Bikes in general park for free, be it in the street on in parking garages

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The harbor was impressive, and we were told before that Auckland is home to superyachts... after googling superyachts I don't believe we saw one but some are close! Some serious money floating around here.
I am sure @Mr Zog wouldn't mind going for a fishing trip on one  :3some:

The Racing team, Explore, was also in town as they busy preparing for the next big race:
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Some photos of the harbor, its boats (retro, old, new), the draw bridge for when you want to leave the harbor, and some aerial displays as it was ANZAC day (more on that later)
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On our way to queen street a convoy (I would guess 100+) of bikes passed us as a ride along for ANZAC day, and there was your everyday rider, to hells angels to metro riding along.
The way Auckland CBD is built, it is very confined and the bikes were loud, very loud, to the point that I held my sons' ears closed. You could still hear the bikes 10mins later roaring on the other side of the CBD.

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Queen Street is a very touristy street in Auckland as it contains many boutique shops, along with the major brands of the world, like Oakley, Rolex, Armani, etc. and have some decent coffee shops as well.

Funny enough the wife, whose idea it was, did not find it interesting enough and we decided after 20mins to head to Albert Park. Albert Park has been labeled as one of New Zealand's best parks, and although small in comparison to New york's central park, has been compared to it as its located within the city center.

We saw people walk their dogs, having a nap, having picknick, going for a run, reading and just relaxing.

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It was nearing 15h00 and frankly we were pretty tired by now. My high school friend who also stays in Auckland phone me up earlier and said we must come for a braai, so we had to head back in any case to get some food, drinks and get ready for the night.

As we got back to the carpark, we were pleasantly surprised when the ticket cost was only $6, as it was a public holiday parking was capped at $6 max!  :thumleft: bonus!

The night was spent with good food, good company and we fortunate enough that my son can sleep anywhere as we only left at about 00h30  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on May 06, 2019, 02:42:23 am
I'm up for fishing, anywhere, anytime  :biggrin:

I really liked those parks, clean, tidy, safe  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on May 06, 2019, 02:46:03 am
Its Friday morning, late Friday morning and we need to be out by 10h00. We managed to drag ourselves out of bed by 09h00, pack our bags and the car in record time, and still had breakfast before we left the homestay at 10h00 (ish) :imaposer:

On today's agenda was a visit to Denvonport - a nice little suburb on the northshore of Auckland and where my buddy took me for a coffee and walk about when I first came to visit in July of last year. So I knew the family would enjoy it. We decided we will have a picnic for brunch and had a quick stop at countdown, where we bought a picnic blanket, some picnicy stuff, some ice for the cooler box and drinks.

Once we found parking and grab all our picnic stuff the very first sign I spotted was of great importance!

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 :imaposer: Humour plates like these are apparently a thing in NZ!

We sat right in front of the ocean, just before the beach where we could keep an eye on our son but not have to sit on beach sand!

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Once we finished our picnic we walked around a bit and found a field of remembrance that is erected here for a short period over Easter for ANZAC day. What is ANZAC day:

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served"

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders.


It is big, and everyone shows great respect for war veterans, and not just during this time but year round.

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By now, it was only 12h00 so I decided to take my family to the North Head reserve.

Strategically located on a headland at the entrance to Aucklandís harbour, North Head, or Maunguika, commands sweeping views over the Hauraki Gulf and its islands. It has a long history, first of Maori occupation, and then as a coastal fortification. It is considered the most significant coastal defence site in New Zealand because of the size and variety of its defence installations, which span nearly 120 years and include elements from all periods of New Zealandís coast defence history.

The North head also protected the ports during the Russian scares of the late 1800's and overlook Torpedo bay, named after the mines and torpedo's that was used/placed as it is the entrance to Waitemata Harbour, which at the time was the main naval base.

Below I marked on the map where the entrance was (with a red line) and North head was the red dot. The south and North battery installations could cover 170-180deg field of view and thus could protect the harbor quite well. The island is a maze of underground caves, secret passage, tunnels etc.

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We had a blast and stayed much longer then we planned. Some photos from our visit:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on May 06, 2019, 03:15:36 am
The weekend, well the weekend was spent mostly kuiering, braaing and catching up. My wife took most of the photos over the weekend so once I grab them I'll post some here.

Our son, now 3, played very well with their daughter of 5 and gave us all a well-deserved adult break, where one can have some adult conversation while the kids are playing  :lol8: It seems that the wife and I will have to work on a brother or sister for him  :3some: :peepwall:

Monday came pretty quickly and could only fetch our pug at 13h00. So the plan was to pick up the dog and drive half way, stay over at Turangi (which is next to lake Taupo) and drive the rest on Tuesday.

The route: (roughly 300km)
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Filling up just before fetching Lilly - note the security system  :deal:
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We fetched Lilly, with the wife being overjoyed! and proceeded to hit the road....what can I say, the SH1 is pretty Boring  ::) compared to the scenic route there is not much to see.  One interesting thing that we did spot was that you drive through the defense force training ground. For about 20km of the journey, there were constant signage asking you not to stop and if you do to remain in your vehicle for your safety until someone arrives.

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Also, you will notice from the photos below, the non-passing solid lines here are yellow  :thumleft: The wife and I debated it a bit and I for one believe it to be better, as with the contrast to white you spot it easier.
Her argument was it confuses her with the shoulder of the road. There were also a few sections of warnings of frost and ice, with some saying specifically to watch out for the shadows  :lol8:

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We then arrived at the nothern point of lake Taupo....wow! Its huge, almost ocean-like! Apparently, it was a volcano that erupted many many years ago and gauged out the center of the island, leaving a massive crater. The lake if the world famous for its fishing, and has the largest natural trout fishery in the world!

It was just passed 5ish when we arrived at Tony's lodge, where we would be staying for the night. A friendly gentleman named Tony of course, that opened the lodge about 8 years ago when he retired from corporate life and moved down from Auckland.

The below pic is now from the eastern side of the snowy mountains and across from Lake Taupo (stolen from google as it was darkish when we arrived)
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We went to bed pretty early that night, after hot dogs for supper. The next morning we were up by 0600, packed and ready to go by 730. Tony made us some scrambled eggs, and had packed out some yogurts and fruits for us. We grab some for the road and left at about 08h00.

the route, roughly 300km
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The SH1 again was pretty average but have now come to realize that if you want to travel to get somewhere take the SH1 - we were home just after 12, which puts the journey for 600km'ish at just over 8 hours.

We filled up in a town called bulls on the way down - It has, black bulls everywhere! We spotted about 15 of these statues just driving through the town!

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The rest of the day was spent washing, ironing, and cleaning.

Next time we will do a halfway stop on the scenic route and not SH1 !
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on May 06, 2019, 07:39:42 am
Nice - thanks for posting - appreciate the effort this takes  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: w@nted on May 23, 2019, 08:34:30 am
Thanks for the pictures and updates! How is the family doing adjusting to life in NZ? Wife and son happy?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Sardine on May 23, 2019, 11:47:29 am
Not sure how I missed your trip report.

Fantastic photos and write-up!  8)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Maverick on May 23, 2019, 12:11:39 pm
Cool photo's and info on places I have heard of but never seen  :thumleft: Glad you are united with your family again and enjoy every precious moment together. When we moved back to SA couple of years ago I made a big effort to unpack and settle my wife in immediately so she could get on with things. Probably the reason why I 5 years on still have crates unpacked in my garage with my stuff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on May 24, 2019, 06:01:58 am
Will do some updates later next week.

Been hectic at work with budget time and currently man down with the man flu....  :bueller:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on June 12, 2019, 11:19:03 am
Its not all sunshine! I wish I could post a Whatsapp Audio! My 7yo daughter has been struggling to complete video calls after 4 months of being away. She sent me a voice messag, in a wobbly voice, saying "Daddy, I love you lots and miss you tons. I wish everyghing could be back to normal"! It broke me! As blessings would have it, 2 companies are now itchy for me and the first to get my family here, wins. I am shattered without my kids. All that keeps me going is the dozens of oghers who went through the same but now sit there with their kids on their lap…


Apologies Silvrav, I have properly hijacked your thread.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on June 12, 2019, 01:02:59 pm
Hang in there - it will be worth it in the end. Can't you send her a whatsapp voice message - why not?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on June 12, 2019, 07:55:40 pm
Sorry, that came out wrong- I wish I could post a WA audio HERE for you to hear her voice.

We chat daily. I know its for the best but they struggle to understand.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on June 12, 2019, 08:44:27 pm
It is the voices of our children that cut right into our emotions.   :'(

Be strong for them and remember the end goal.
You haven't abandoned them - you are the advance party of a major family expedition.
It will all be worth it when they join you.
 ;)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on June 13, 2019, 12:26:30 am
True guys, true. Thanks
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on June 13, 2019, 03:51:32 am
I know how you feel Christian.

I saw my son over December, and I'll see him again in July 2020. That is 18 months without giving my boy a hug. I see him once a week on a WhatsApp video chat, but it's just not the same.

I keep reminding myself that I am creating a future for him.  :thumleft:

Hang in there boet, shit will fall into place, and before you can wipe your eyes they will be there with you.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Fudmucker on June 13, 2019, 07:02:15 am
Silverav, tell us more of ANZAC Day...?

Those aircraft in formation look like Harvards?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Pumbaa on July 23, 2019, 08:54:35 am
So what is happening in NZ these days?

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on July 24, 2019, 02:47:25 am
So what is happening in NZ these days?

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Ja Hannes... whats up man? You still alive?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: BOZO on August 11, 2019, 12:58:43 pm
Been reading this thread for the last 2 weeks and have finally caught up. I (my family an I ) moved to Melbourne, Aus 3 years ago and I have to agree nothing prepares you for changing countries. It’s been refreshing to see your attitude to your situation and how you find the positive. For me it’s been a bit of a come to god moment. Thank you for sharing.


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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on August 12, 2019, 06:00:13 am
Been reading this thread for the last 2 weeks and have finally caught up. I (my family an I ) moved to Melbourne, Aus 3 years ago and I have to agree nothing prepares you for changing countries. It’s been refreshing to see your attitude to your situation and how you find the positive. For me it’s been a bit of a come to god moment. Thank you for sharing.


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How about starting your own thread and sharing your experiences?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ganjora on August 12, 2019, 06:13:44 am
So may stories of Englishmen in New York.
Imagine one of the Englishman in London.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: BOZO on August 12, 2019, 10:45:45 pm
Been reading this thread for the last 2 weeks and have finally caught up. I (my family an I ) moved to Melbourne, Aus 3 years ago and I have to agree nothing prepares you for changing countries. It’s been refreshing to see your attitude to your situation and how you find the positive. For me it’s been a bit of a come to god moment. Thank you for sharing.


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How about starting your own thread and sharing your experiences?
Thanks for the suggestion, I have in a way, I have written a series of letters to the folks back home since arriving. I seem to have taken on a more satirical outlook with my writing and even though I have been told they are entertaining and informative. I’m not sure a lot of the readers here would appreciate my sense of humour.



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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on August 13, 2019, 05:52:28 am
Been reading this thread for the last 2 weeks and have finally caught up. I (my family an I ) moved to Melbourne, Aus 3 years ago and I have to agree nothing prepares you for changing countries. It’s been refreshing to see your attitude to your situation and how you find the positive. For me it’s been a bit of a come to god moment. Thank you for sharing.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro

How about starting your own thread and sharing your experiences?
Thanks for the suggestion, I have in a way, I have written a series of letters to the folks back home since arriving. I seem to have taken on a more satirical outlook with my writing and even though I have been told they are entertaining and informative. I’m not sure a lot of the readers here would appreciate my sense of humour.



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Give it a go - the Wilddogs have a wide range in sense of humour  :pot:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Ri on August 13, 2019, 07:20:18 am
Been reading this thread for the last 2 weeks and have finally caught up. I (my family an I ) moved to Melbourne, Aus 3 years ago and I have to agree nothing prepares you for changing countries. It’s been refreshing to see your attitude to your situation and how you find the positive. For me it’s been a bit of a come to god moment. Thank you for sharing.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro

How about starting your own thread and sharing your experiences?
Thanks for the suggestion, I have in a way, I have written a series of letters to the folks back home since arriving. I seem to have taken on a more satirical outlook with my writing and even though I have been told they are entertaining and informative. I’m not sure a lot of the readers here would appreciate my sense of humour.



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You may be surprised - wide variety of readers on this forum :sip:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: BOZO on August 13, 2019, 12:58:30 pm
Thanks guys for the suggestions. Sorry for the hi-jack... what’s happening in the land of the long white cloud.


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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on August 13, 2019, 01:39:03 pm
Methinks he's busy making little All Blacks  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: w@nted on August 16, 2019, 09:46:18 am
Looking forward to the updates...  :sip:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Would I? on August 17, 2019, 03:58:47 am
Just found this tread as been off the forum for quite a few months.

sorry for the hijack!!!!!!

Immigrated to New Zealand Last year.  (May 2018)
Got a job eventually in July 2018 in Hamilton as a project manager for a tiling company

Wife and kids are in Tauranga so I only get to see them on weekends.

Love this country and living the dream!!!!!!!!!
We submitted our residency application November  2018 just before I turned 56.
Money taken off the day before my birthday!!!
We only got a case officer in APRIL …...……….then RESIDENCY APPOVED 3rd August. 2 years now and we can apply for Permeant Residency.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: w@nted on August 18, 2019, 10:48:39 am
Just found this tread as been off the forum for quite a few months.

sorry for the hijack!!!!!!

Immigrated to New Zealand Last year.  (May 2018)
Got a job eventually in July 2018 in Hamilton as a project manager for a tiling company

Wife and kids are in Tauranga so I only get to see them on weekends.

Love this country and living the dream!!!!!!!!!
We submitted our residency application November  2018 just before I turned 56.
Money taken off the day before my birthday!!!
We only got a case officer in APRIL …...……….then RESIDENCY APPOVED 3rd August. 2 years now and we can apply for Permeant Residency.

Hi! How did you emigrate without a job offer? Did your wife find a job first? Congratulations on the residency visas!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Would I? on August 18, 2019, 12:01:33 pm
Just found this tread as been off the forum for quite a few months.

sorry for the hijack!!!!!!

Immigrated to New Zealand Last year.  (May 2018)
Got a job eventually in July 2018 in Hamilton as a project manager for a tiling company

Wife and kids are in Tauranga so I only get to see them on weekends.

Love this country and living the dream!!!!!!!!!
We submitted our residency application November  2018 just before I turned 56.
Money taken off the day before my birthday!!!
We only got a case officer in APRIL …...……….then RESIDENCY APPOVED 3rd August. 2 years now and we can apply for Permeant Residency.

Hi! How did you emigrate without a job offer? Did your wife find a job first? Congratulations on the residency visas!

Yes wife got a job offer so I had an open visa to go looking for a job. I had more points so we did residency application with me as applicant.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on August 26, 2019, 04:13:36 am
Time flies when you having fun!

Sorry guys, been a hectic last few weeks...sorry months! Can't believe its end of August already... I have 2 months left to being here a year!

Since my last update I have changed jobs and now work for a company called foodstuffs – they run own and run the new worlds, Pak N saves of new Zealand. These are supermarkets of new Zealand and they have over 300 sites. New World is your everyday supermarket like a Pick and Pay or shoprite where Pak N save is a bulk store like Makro.

With the work comes a company car and some nice other little perks – for one I do site visits around the lower part of the north island. With my wife not working and little one only going to kindy, it makes road trips possible and this coming weekend we heading to Tauranga national park to go see snow (hoping there is some).

Since my last update we also finally managed to get residency and can now stay with out the fear of a work visa expiring! It has been a long and tough road but it was so worth it! It was a stressful last 2 or so months a my original work visa was tied to my employer, so I had to apply for a new visa. The original indicated time from was 5 working days with it being changed to 70 working days. My then employer was going on leave on the day of my last working day and was not keen to extend my resignation.

This could have meant I could sit without work for 30days and be in the country illegally. Lots of sleepless nights and phone calls, but eventually 5 days before my last day INZ pulled through and send me my new visa, followed a week later by our residency visas… If I new it would take that quick I would’ve waited as the new visa was $700! Dough!

But rather safe then sorry as some peoples residencies have taken over 14months, guess we were just lucky!

The last weekend we visited the Weta caves, where the props for LOTR, district 9, avatar, to name a few was made. The shop and little museum houses original props from all the movies with replicas available for purchase. Its not been pay day yet but definitely going back afterwards to get some items.

We then did a beach walk and spotted the snow capped mountains of the south islands! We have been having some chilly days with lots of rain and wind – but still happy here and now properly settled that our residency came through 😊 5 years from now we will get those little black books

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South island snow capped mountains from the north island
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We still making good food here in NZ :)
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An entire tree for our residency application
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: BOZO on August 26, 2019, 04:27:20 am
Welcome back  ;D
Good news about your New job and PR.
I remember the stack of papers when I did my PR. Nothing quite like the relief of that piece of paper.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: immigrant on August 26, 2019, 05:01:10 am
 Congratulations on your PR. It is a big step forward, and a lot less stress!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on August 26, 2019, 05:49:47 am
Welcome back - and congrats on all fronts - new job and residency. Please keep us updated - thanks  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Splash on August 26, 2019, 07:01:15 am
Congratulations on getting your PR. Sure it is a big relief. Good luck with the new job.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Oubones on August 26, 2019, 07:56:23 am
Congrats on both the new job and your res!
I hope things just keep on going better for you guys there!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on August 26, 2019, 10:08:11 am
What do you mean you had a few chili days? Them white caps are right here by us!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on August 26, 2019, 10:10:46 pm
What do you mean you had a few chili days? Them white caps are right here by us!

Your choice! :imaposer: How is the south island? See there were a few nasty shakes the last 2 weeks ?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on August 29, 2019, 04:03:58 am
When NZ gets a bit slow, mother nature shakes things up a bit. Nothing serious. I drove through your neck of the woods yesterday again- spending 2 weeks in Hawkes bay and then drive back down to Blenheim.

Great start to my day yesterday- the missus and kids visas were approved. they will be here end of Sep. It has been the hardest 6 months of my life, being without them.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ROMMEL HOND on August 29, 2019, 04:37:23 am
When NZ gets a bit slow, mother nature shakes things up a bit. Nothing serious. I drove through your neck of the woods yesterday again- spending 2 weeks in Hawkes bay and then drive back down to Blenheim.

Great start to my day yesterday- the missus and kids visas were approved. they will be here end of Sep. It has been the hardest 6 months of my life, being without them.
That's great news Christian...when are you coming down to Rolleston again?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on August 29, 2019, 08:53:34 am
When NZ gets a bit slow, mother nature shakes things up a bit. Nothing serious. I drove through your neck of the woods yesterday again- spending 2 weeks in Hawkes bay and then drive back down to Blenheim.

Great start to my day yesterday- the missus and kids visas were approved. they will be here end of Sep. It has been the hardest 6 months of my life, being without them.

Aaa that's excellent buddy!! Awesome news! They flying into welly I assume?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on August 29, 2019, 09:17:14 am
Thats brilliant news Christian. Congratulations. I bet September is now going to be seemingly a long slow month for you.

If it makes you feel any better we have been struggling for four months and have made no progress. I wanted to purchase a business there and even that will not help us. I or my wife needs a job in order to get our work visa's and then the "unemployed" one will get their visa and can then purchase the business.

How did you find a job there? It seems all the applications I have made, the standard response is "thank you for your application and while we think your experience is suited for the position, we unfortunately can only look at applicants already in NZ"

My first choice is New Zealand, but I have started looking at something in the States after an opportunity was offered to me. You wont believe that it is actually easier to get into the USA than it is into New Zealand, even though I have family already in NZ.

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Christian Kuun on August 29, 2019, 08:56:06 pm
Thanks guys, it is great news indeed.

@Rommel, My mate Rob is nagging me to come and play golf in their Hackers comp on the 22nd but if the family arrives the next week, I might pass on the golf. Will keep you posted.

@silvrav They will be flying into Christchurch, bud. That ferry trip for the family will cost more than an international flight. Its $200 one-way for just the car and me and then returning will probably be another $440 or so and it is no quicker than the drive to CHC. 3h45m on the ferry and another half an hour from Picton. I reckon I will spend the weekend in CHC, with my mate, too.

@Brucet Its not easy. The locals are pretty uninformed and don't realize that you can have a visa quicker than a locals notice period. I was lucky in that I contacted the right guy at the right time but it still wasn't as easy as that. I had a 3 month fixed contract (family cant come if less that 6 or 9 or whatever it is, months. I then got a 3 month job with a friends friend and then the original boys wanted me back full time. Hence the 6 months wait for the family. What industry are you in or what type of business do you want to buy?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: w@nted on September 01, 2019, 07:12:09 am
@Christian Kuun Congratulations on the visas for the family! All of the best for the last month of waiting for them. I can just imagine how difficult it is without them!

@silvrav Congratulations on the permanent residency!

I have been following this thread from the start, so thanks for all the information. My wife is finally on board with the emigration process. Collecting the kids passports this week and have received our unabridged birth certificates. Now the job hunting is in full swing. I am applying on seek, so please shout if any NZ dogs see opportunities for a process engineer   :deal:.

We had an appointment with an agent from an agency, but honestly, I cannot say he told us anything we have not read ourselves. At this stage I am going to try the process myself, and will deal directly with imm NZ if there are queries/uncertainties.

Anyway, our emotions as a family are still mixed. Fear, excitement, etc. It feels like a big mountain to climb, hopefully we will reach the top.

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 03, 2019, 09:29:09 pm
Thanks guys!  Interesting how some ink on paper can make one happy.  :deal:

@Christian Kuun ya the Ferry its nice, BUT it takes time and is expensive, but really happy for you guys to be reunited  :thumleft: Things are moving and thats great news!

@w@nted ya, if you have no narlies (like PCC issues) or medical issues, submission is quite easy if one takes the time to read the INZ websites and call them for any clarification. Some agents is currently milking people for funds. The worst I know about to date is R200,000 just for submitting one family application. If you do everything yourself and just want someone to sense check it and submit it for you,l let me know I have a great agent that will do that for you at about R15,000 - for us it was worth the sense check and confirmation that a registered agent had a look over.

@Brucet, unfortunately, a lot of employers got burned over the last few years with South Africans that accepted jobs and never arrived. Your best bet currently is to take 4-6weeks leave (or your wife depending on who is the most in demand job) and come spend it here in NZ doing face to face interviews, meetings, door to door CV drops etc.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 03, 2019, 10:04:42 pm
So we headed the weekend to Ohakune - Its almost half way to Auckland (about 4hours drive from Wellington) and is at the base of mount ruapehu, an active stratovolcano that has some hiccups from time to time (some video below)



For the rest of the time she is pretty timid and the only commercial ski resort on the north island. The weekend we decided to go was forecasted to be the best weekend of the season....  :xxbah:

We got there at about 14h00 and I had a business meeting from 14h30 to 16h30. So we checked in beforehand at a nice little self catering house that was about 10km out of town. - Place called Snowy Waters and it was a old nurses home build in 1941 for the nurses and docters when a major timber operation started in the area, to support the hospital that was understaffed since being built in 1922.

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After my meeting, I met back up with the family and we decided to make a trip up the mountain. The mountain has 2 sides, North and south sides and Ohakune is on the southern side. There is a one-way road in and out and often gets closed if the snowfall gets too much. It's about a 14km trip up with various gates and parking spots to stop and fit your snow chains if needed. After about km 15, (each km is marked on the road) 2wd cars are not allowed without chains. Luckily our car is an AWD with low range capabilities so no worries there as the snowfall onto the roads was minimal.

it was COLD! bitterly COLD! we were underdressed so played a bit around in the parking area and snow and did not dare to go up to the top - we need to gear up before we attempt this. it was still great to see and worth the trip, which I am glad we did as overnight more than 5000 people descended on the town, with people arriving at the lodge at all hours during the night  :xxbah:

Saterday morning I had another quick business meeting and by 10 we decided to buy some warmer interim gear to go and attempt the mountain again, but as we arrived 3km from the parking lot cars were already standing in a queue and waiting. We decided to make a u-turn and head home as the initial plan was to head back home at 12.

oh, during my business meeting, 2 helis passed overhead with what can only be described as big cherry bombs on long-reaching arms from the helis. My colleague saw the question marks popping out of my head and he explained they are avalanche bombing the mountain. Apparently, with the wet weather they have been having, the moisture creates an ice layer between snowfalls and this is was causes avalanches  :thumleft: learn something new every day! He further explained they now do if often as just a week before a major avalanche took out the main lift causing probably close to $5mil of damage. Luckily no one got hurt. There was one gent working on the mountain at the time but he saw it coming and ran into one of researching huts.

On our way home we spotted some more snow cap mountains and discovered you can get there so we might make another trip to a less busy area for some snow fun.

Unfortunately, the weekend was not without incident on the mountain, as at about 3pm Saturday afternoon 3 helicopters were sent onto the mountain to evac 3 people. They were standing under one of the lodges and the snow/ice on the roof decided to give and proceeded to trap the 5 people standing underneath. Most ok, with the worse injury being 3 broken ribs and collapsed lung.

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Some photos taken during the trip, including of some snowboards - was tempted but ranging from $1k to $5k  :eek7:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 03, 2019, 10:09:29 pm
The day before we headed to Ohakune I had a quick trip to Auckland for a team building day - it was quite interesting to see how retail operates here in NZ, can't go into to much detail due to confidentiality but let's say competition makes people do funny things  :lol8:

We are also busy rolling out EV charging bays for all our stores, some you can charge for free for 60mins and some you pay for, depending on the operator module.

some more LOTR fandom at the wellington airport - scale 1 to 1 of what they believe the eagles would have been like:

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Some of the EV charging bays and the view from the conference facility in Auckland

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 03, 2019, 10:12:49 pm
The rest of the weekend was spent in the garden, I planted some grass 3weeks ago and its starting to come through  :thumleft:

A quick trip was made to the local garden shop and we bought some veggies to start our veggie patch.

With the new job there is also some spare chance floating around and I can finally get back into fishing - so some gear was bought as I had to get rid of mine before we came over.

Now I just need @Mr Zog to come fish in NZ for a bit  :peepwall:

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: BOZO on September 03, 2019, 11:48:19 pm
Nice, NZ certainly is beautiful.
When that grass starts growing, you gonna be busy keeping it tame.  ;D
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on September 04, 2019, 06:18:28 am
Nice - thanks for the update. That volcano - wow - nice video.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on September 04, 2019, 08:22:52 am
@silvrav looks like you guys are having a brilliant time.

A few months ago I told a prospective employer that I thought it was a bit soon as I was not very organised at the time. He appreciated my honesty as he needed someone within two months so not wanting to mess him around I declined.

I now may have another chance at an opportunity as they wanted to know when they could call me on skype. Im a bit more organised now so lets see what happens. Its a position much lower than my current position but after all the shit happening in SA this week I am at the stage of not really worrying about that too much.

Anyway, hopefully one day we can have a Wilddogs get-together in NZ.

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: w@nted on September 04, 2019, 08:30:15 am
Thanks for the update @silvrav. I will definitely contact you with regards to the agent to check the documents. Job hunting is in full swing, will give it a few months. If I am not successful, then like you said, I will attempt a trip looking for work/interviews.

It really is a beautiful country, thanks for all the photos.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 10, 2019, 12:40:02 am
@Brucet @w@nted I hope it works out for both you!  :thumleft: I think we about 15 WD here so a mini bash (some on bikes some not) could potentially be arranged  :3some:

Small update:
I got a 1-3kg class rod for my son to learn from young as fishing is great father/son time. I still have fond memories of my fishing trips in Namibia with my dad and uncles.

The weekend was cold, and Saturday was not just cold but WINDY! We ended up heading out for a bit of fishing at 11h00, I know it was way too late as it was nice sunny weather so the fishies would be out to sea or under the rocks hiding.
Regardless, it was a good opportunity to learn my rod and reel and get back into something I haven't done for years!

It took some time to get the bait, get it hooked, seated and ready to go as I am basically relearning the stuff and only remember some stuff as I go along  :sip:
I did remember to make up some rigs at night during the week so that saved some time.

The family came with and enjoyed the time out.

Sunday morning was father and son time only so we went out quite early, at about 7h, but the current was strong and the water dirty, so although I got some bites, it seems nothing big enough to take the hook.

The beach is also quite rocky, well almost all rocks/pebbles, which makes it even more difficult.... But I have met some local fishermen and they have shared some good spots with me. If the weather holds, as we have been having awesome weather, we will go to a more sandy, well-known fishing beach on Saturday.

So, on to work, at our office we have a nice coffee machine that makes good coffee, but come Monday it was out of order. I had to thus make some instant coffee. Easy enough until it came to adding the hot water, a crucial part in making coffee you know.

I looked around, everywhere for something indicating its a boiler, or hot tap or something. I spotted the tap with its pretty red and blue light. Not wanting to test the hot water with my finger I tested the cold one first.
Out comes ice cold water - success!

Proceeded to put my cup under the tap and press the red button....nothing  :patch: Not even a drop.

I proceed to test the cold water again and it works flawlessly, press the red button again and no go  :lamer:

I almost give up but one guy that saw me, without me even knowing, steps and shows me that you need to press the little red bar under the handle and press the red level at the same time.  :o WTF, its apparently a safety (child switch) for the office full of adults. So for the rest of the day, you saw adults making funny hand gestures at the hot tap as you need hold your cup, press the safety switch, press the tap and ensure you dont burn yourself.

Another new thing learned for the week.

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on September 10, 2019, 02:36:18 am
Brilliant Silvrav, those memories will last a lifetime with your son  :thumleft:

Makes me wish mine was closer to me  :'(
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 16, 2019, 01:21:21 am
Brilliant Silvrav, those memories will last a lifetime with your son  :thumleft:

Makes me wish mine was closer to me  :'(

Hows the plan coming along mr zog? Is there still the chance of him moving over when he is a bit older?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on September 16, 2019, 01:40:07 am
Brilliant Silvrav, those memories will last a lifetime with your son  :thumleft:

Makes me wish mine was closer to me  :'(

Hows the plan coming along mr zog? Is there still the chance of him moving over when he is a bit older?

The plan is still just that, a "plan". Right now his mother has no plans to let him come live here, but each time he visits I try to let him see for himself what life is like. When he turns 16 (4 years to go) he can make his own decision, I hope it is to come over here.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 16, 2019, 02:35:47 am
The weekend was broken down in 2 days  (as most are  :deal: ) and Saturday saw normal housework, grocery shopping, etc. and Sunday housework as we would not be home on Sunday  :peepwall: We created a local group on Whatsapp for us that enjoy fishing, new guys and guys thats been here for years and on Friday we decided, the weather looks good enough for a Sunday fishing trip :)

Now the spot we were heading to, long gully beach, is part of a reserve and is generally closed to cars on Sundays as Sundays the roads are for the cyclist, joggers, and walkers. Luckily one of the guys in the group stay on the reserve and have access codes to all the gates  >:D score!

So Saturday night we spent getting all the gear ready, checking and double-checking that the tackle box is stocked and ready, packing the cooler box with water, some vitasport,(its an electrolyte drink - energade/powerade basically), healthy nut and cranberry bars and some good old potato chips :)

The alarm goes off at 4:45, and I get up to make some coffee. I wake the misses and little one but both look at me like I am crazy and sometime during the night they both decided they not coming anymore.  I get on with packing the car and set off at 530. We planned to meet at 0600 at the wellington wind turbine parking and from there we would go down towards the beach.

For what was predicted to be a nice sunny day, turned into a wet, rainy, misty morning and what an eventful day it turned out to be.

The last guy (now 5 of us) pulls in at about 06:05 and we head out. (photos of the way down below). So it was Ryno, Roan, Gareth, Chris, and me.

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It is a stunning trip down with some spectacular views. We all had either a 4x4 or AWD with low range as some areas had steep rocky or muddy down and uphills.... we got down from the mountains and had about 200m left when yours truly, outlander (company vehicle :p )decides that no, I am getting stuck right here  :lamer: My fault as I didn't switch traction control of beforehand. From later photos, you will see the ground is not sea sand but more a mix of pebbles, grit, and rocks.
By now it has also started to rain, and we made peace with the fact that we are getting wet. Roan, had a hilx 4x4 and reversed it closer, we got digging to get to the outlanders front hooks and hook her up to pull her out. Luckily it was a short 20m to the embankment with rock hard ground and we left her there as the last 200m was the same grit, or worse.

We cross-loaded my stuff to the Hilux and Ryno's Suzuki and continued. We all got dressed in some kind of rain/fishing protection but in the end, it still didn't help much. from about 7 to 12h00 it was either misty, spitting or full-on raining. It didn't stop us though and between the 5 of us, we had about 8 lines in the water. We all agreed beforehand it's still early in the fishing season and will most likely not catch any keepers but it was still great to get out the house and wetting the lines.

We had some strong bites, and the first 2 hours was running between the rods as the tips were twitching with bites.  We all seemed to have lost some big fishes/fish? as it bit right through 2 of our lines. We suspect it was barracuda as they tend to come look for shelter at the coast when it's rough out. Some spotties were caught, some eagle rays and 1 eel....that was quite the kicker and fighter and at about 1.5m. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we didn't take many pictures and caught no keepers.

(https://i.ibb.co/dBBdrJg/IMG-20190915-124438.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Pxx7NzQ)
(https://i.ibb.co/rFy6pry/IMG-20190915-124429.jpg) (https://ibb.co/fq0pNw0)
(https://i.ibb.co/0tpDm3K/IMG-20190915-124426.jpg) (https://ibb.co/4dwmKx2)
(https://i.ibb.co/10BYdrX/IMG-20190915-124418.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Fhck05Y)
(https://i.ibb.co/yNX6Sk4/a512205f-3f59-4dc9-a969-a5d262fca185.jpg) (https://ibb.co/JcKvQp3)
(https://i.ibb.co/k9wgRPM/151aa459-ef98-48a6-84f4-f34b4116b968.jpg) (https://ibb.co/KLfjM8m)
(https://i.ibb.co/x87jtsN/5c1c0021-87a3-4ed8-84ed-0121c79597ec.jpg) (https://ibb.co/h1mWJMS)
(https://i.ibb.co/8bWnwXZ/2c28ee9c-1f23-4acd-833f-d23f7cd136c5.jpg) (https://ibb.co/sC0p4tY)

At about 12h00 Roan decided to test out his drone and took some areal shots and videos for us (will upload once I receive a copy). and at 12h30 we had a visitor.....

(https://i.ibb.co/TkL11CV/Capture.png) (https://imgbb.com/)

They literally hovered about 10-15meters of the surface of the water at roughly 25m in front of us, did a circle above us, come to the front of us and hovered again - wave off and continued slowly along the coast. - we later saw on the local Facebook page that it was a military helo with 2 fisheries officers on board. They were patrolling the coastline looking for poachers and any wrongdoing  :thumleft: Was quite the sight to see. Some googling reveals its a AW109 and operates from the airforce base in Palmerston north.

According to some they even landed at some spots where they asked for licenses etc.

Roan and I decided at about 13h00 its time to head out as the bites have stopped and we still needed to clean and prep for work the next day. On our way back we were met with a rock slide that took out most of the road.
Luckily the rain cleared up about an hour beforehand and the surface wasn't to wet. It was a tricky and dangerous situation but after some assessment and rock rearrangement, we got passed it safely.

(https://i.ibb.co/X5Hvh5H/ba5a41da-60f1-40de-8fb2-5cba91ab0d86.jpg) (https://ibb.co/GMmbKMm)

Once we got back to the parking lot of the Wind turbine, I stopped to take some photos and left for home.

(https://i.ibb.co/9ntXFYw/IMG-20190915-142339.jpg) (https://ibb.co/tBXf7CZ)
(https://i.ibb.co/jVvPL8Q/IMG-20190915-142336.jpg) (https://ibb.co/pWvB31M)
(https://i.ibb.co/XxHdZky/IMG-20190915-142332.jpg) (https://ibb.co/nMpVs83)
(https://i.ibb.co/0YX5Jts/IMG-20190915-142329.jpg) (https://ibb.co/kqyZc1m)
(https://i.ibb.co/pK1ZwGs/IMG-20190915-142326.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jw8GfBx)

Got home at about 15h00 and the rest of the afternoon was spending cleaning and washing fishy cloths. Although we didn't catch any keepers, we had a great time!

The weather looks good for this coming weekends  :pot:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on September 16, 2019, 10:46:57 am
Nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 17, 2019, 09:40:25 pm
Facebook lit up last night (NZ time) which was tesuday morning in South africa. NZ has announced the coming changes in immigration law, and its the biggest changes since 1990.

You see, when labour came into power 2 years ago they committed to cut net immigration numbers down from the current +-60,000 per year to just +-15,000 a year.

The last 12months has been a big focus on the failure of this and the delays in processing visas also didnt help, so as much as people were complaining to bring changes, it might have not been the outcome people were hoping for.

The NZ public seems to be in favour of the changes, althoughsome business are not as there is a lack of skills for some sectors, and now it will become even harder to bring skills in NZ.

The way the changes are being brought on is basically that - yes you welcome to come work here but you cant stay - obtaining residency is become so much harder now. A lot of people, i would guestimate at 80%, dont qualify for the 160 points to get residency through the pool system, (mostly due to lack of recognised qualifcations, age, etc.) so their only path to residancy was to get a work offer from an accredited company, that would lead to residency after 24months working for the company. No need to qualify for the 160 points. 

Although this is still possible, the criteria for this has become A LOT harder. One of these are the salary. The requirement has now been hiked from $55,000 pa to $79,560 p/a.

All companies also now have to become accredited to employ foreigners, and this along with the 40% increase in salary will mean most companies will elect not to. INZ want companies to up skill and train kiwis first.

The other big change is the skill shortage list - where most of the the list was for the entire NZ, this entire list will now become a regional list (like canada) and if you obtain a job via skill shotage list it will be limited to that area/city.

It is not all doom and gloom, as one change now allows lower skilled works to bring family with. Previously if your skill was on a certain level and you earned below a certain threshold, your visa could not support visas for your family. This is now allowed but again, it cant lead to residency.

Overall, I feel heartbroken for the guys thats currently in the process as NZ has closed the door almost completely for people that want to stay permanently.  :-\

All advisors are currently studying the new laws as to understand the way forward. Its a bitter/sweet day as the locals are mostly supporting the announcement while at the same time it chattered the dreams of others.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: pietas on September 17, 2019, 10:28:47 pm
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/documents/amendment-circulars/amendment-circular-2019-03.pdf?_ga=2.176279276.816279239.1568751337-2074038273.1567185357
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: dirtWarp on September 17, 2019, 11:50:47 pm
The 79k can't be that much of a hurdle?

An advanced beginner developer with 1 year experience earns that much (over here)

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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 18, 2019, 12:22:37 am
The 79k can't be that much of a hurdle?

An advanced beginner developer with 1 year experience earns that much (over here)

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Companies here like local experiance and a lot of people, me included have to drop 2 or 3 levels to just get in and work your way up again. Doesnt sound much but considering that and the costs now to get accredited makes it more attractive to grab someone new out of uni and train him up.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: w@nted on September 19, 2019, 02:18:13 pm
So essentially there will only be one workers visa for immigrants when the changes to the system are complete? What I do not fully understand is the effect on the residence visa applications. Is the migrant residency visa process still the same with the EOI and points system? So you would look for work, apply for the new works visa and then follow the EOI route to residency (The path we were planning to follow)?

I suspect our process will now be delayed (Job hunting phase) while all the changes are implemented.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Slingervel on September 20, 2019, 07:21:38 am
So essentially there will only be one workers visa for immigrants when the changes to the system are complete? What I do not fully understand is the effect on the residence visa applications. Is the migrant residency visa process still the same with the EOI and points system? So you would look for work, apply for the new works visa and then follow the EOI route to residency (The path we were planning to follow)?

I suspect our process will now be delayed (Job hunting phase) while all the changes are implemented.

It's a very difficult situation, especially for those in the process and those on the fence.

AFAIK, the changes are planned over an 18 month period and 3 phases. That's why its probably best to still get in if possible.

The biggest concern for everyone is the residency. They're not exactly clear what the requirements and pathway will be to residency once these changes are implemented.

We are incredibly lucky and blessed as we already applied for a talent visa and will not be affected by these changes.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: pietas on September 20, 2019, 07:25:08 am
I would also like to know the answer to the residency question. In my case it would be through the long term skills list visa.

I would not make much sence to go for a work visa and having to return after 2 years
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 20, 2019, 11:04:02 am
 a talent visa

What is that? I might have a talent that could get me in just don't know it!! :lol8:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 22, 2019, 10:15:41 pm
@pietas for little is still known about the residency changes, so for now you still follow the normal route - get visa - get 160 pints - do expression of interest - get invited to apply and apply for residancy.

The only change to date that comes in effect 7 october is the accredited talent visa where the salary requiremnt has increased and they have taken away PR if you earned 90k plus - so you now have to go residency first then PR as with essential skills visa.

@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS - yes, its a bit confusing as an accredited company's visa is also called a talent visa, but you also get a talent visa if you a muscian, or circus peformer or or or :p
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 22, 2019, 10:40:47 pm
What a weekend  :xxbah: The boks, ai the boks - good 20mins and then all gone to hell. This morning however the debate in the office is strong with the disagreement with Jerome Garces, with even some kiwis agreeing he was very biased in his blowing of the whistle.  We can be lucky that we didnt get a yellow card and/or penalty try for Mapimpi's tackle. But the final score is the final score and we can just hope for a better outcome in the final  :thumleft:

Anyway the weekend, actually the entire week has been brilliant weather, its finally turning and spring is here! Saterday we did a bit of shopping and got a little TP tent for my sons room. He loves camping and we  use to use blankets to build forts. So this is perfect addition for his room.

We also spotted a good special for a Roomba vaccum cleaner - and when things here goes on last stock special its a special! marked down from $799 to $99  :o So grab the last one from the shelf and proceed to set it up at home. Now its not as smart as the newer ones that came out, and it doesnt map the house. It just randomly goes around using 9 different algorithms to pick a direction and vacuums.  We did a few test runs and it actually does a pretty good job over a few jobs. Its not there to replace the main vacuuming but it does keep the house more dust free and clean during the week  :thumleft: Just another tool to help us along.

Then saterday my wife had a girls night out and my son and I was invited to Roan (one of my new fishing buddies) to watch the rugby. He also has a 3 year old son so it was perfect kuier time as the 2 played for hours without needing adult entertainment  :peepwall: at about 21h30 just before the kick off of the NZvsSA game, my lightie decided its bed time. So got his blanky and pillow from the car and we made him a nice little bed in one of the rooms. My son is a hard sleeper as well so the shouting and screaming didnt bug him at all. Overall it was a great kuier with some new friends over a braai and rugby!

I also made some more bilting but need to start planning to build a bigger case as I am getting more and more queries on if I would sell. - Now that I am a resident and not restricted to one company to work for, its something i can do - just need to start planning it.

(https://i.ibb.co/4JST9DQ/20190914-085334.jpg) (https://ibb.co/DLMCs6q)
(https://i.ibb.co/4234gPj/20190912-145220.jpg) (https://ibb.co/vhRLvZJ)
(https://i.ibb.co/ThZZcQ9/20190912-145226.jpg) (https://ibb.co/3hww1xg)

Rugby and play time
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(https://i.ibb.co/hKnTWsk/IMG-20190921-WA0019.jpg) (https://ibb.co/fCKTpMb)


Also made some more biltong - this time I cut it myself as the butchers here are very inconsistent.
(https://i.ibb.co/TYx0jpX/IMG-20190921-WA0014.jpg) (https://ibb.co/DzHMcsX)
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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: BOZO on September 23, 2019, 12:11:51 pm
The billing is Looking good.
Its great that you have a mate with the same age kids.
We have footy finals madness in Melbourne at the moment so that’s all the conversations are about here.


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Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Bergie on September 23, 2019, 03:06:22 pm
I think he last thread I read from start to finish was the XR500R Bedroom build http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=35075.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=35075.0), thanks for taking us along on the journey :thumleft:
My brother and his wife relocated to Hastings (just South of Napier, in Hawkes bay) a few months ago, and their experience has only been positive thus far.  With a young family the move looks tempting, even if it is just for a change of scenery.
The world is a big place, and we should be free to experience as much of it as possible (and give our kids the same experiences)

The plan is to visit my boet and his wife in 2021, let's see what has changed on this side by then.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: pietas on September 25, 2019, 01:25:18 pm
A bike related question (as this being a bike forum  ;) ) Has anybody taken their bike(s) over to NZ? Easy/difficult and what needs to be done. I might consider taken my 37 year old BMW with.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 25, 2019, 10:01:39 pm
A bike related question (as this being a bike forum  ;) ) Has anybody taken their bike(s) over to NZ? Easy/difficult and what needs to be done. I might consider taken my 37 year old BMW with.

The normal process - need to be data dotted, police clearance done, Sara export papers and nz import papers. I'll try and send you some more details and of a buddy of mine that imported.

Cheapest would be to hire a container to ship, house stuff over and ship your bike in the same container  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: tulips on September 26, 2019, 08:33:01 am
ianb did it just recently
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=237842.0

And thanks for  the thread silvrav  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on September 29, 2019, 09:46:59 pm
I call today zombie day  :sleepy1:  Im at the office at 7am, that was 6am on friday and feels like midnight :sleepy1: - We had a daylight savings change yesterday so we moved an hour ahead, its BS that we have to now wake up an hour earlier without as much as a day to just recover and adjust from it - think I must run for minister and change the monday directly after the shift to a public holiday.

Speaking about politics, its voting season in NZ and as residence we can now (well almost) vote, once we have been residence for 12months+. Here you do not see A4 posters hanging from every street light, you dont see people in shirts sporting their colors and dancing everywhere - instead they litter your post boxes with their pamphlets, and its the waxy paper stuff so useless for fire startets  :lamer:

We get about 3 of these every second to third day:

(https://i.ibb.co/pzbvb3X/20190928-144542.jpg) (https://ibb.co/HzBDBrg)

This is just for the regional voting, that is taking place on Saturday the 12 October.  The next general election is in November of next year so cant wait to see the amount of pamphlets we get then  :patch:

Then over the weekend at our weekly grocery shop (here you shop weekly for those that dont know, mainly due to pricing) we had to start using the manned check out counters. It seems countdown has activated their scales on the self service checkout counters. So what these scales do is it doesnt allow you to scan the next item until it detects that you have put the first item down on the checkout side. This is to prevent theft I assume. New world, the other supermarket chain also has these scales and a 15 item limit for self service checkouts.

So you can still use it but when the area becomes full you need to take your bags off, the maching starts shouting and moaning at you, you have to wave down the nice lady working there to scan and verify her credentials, all while she apologises profusely (people here are nice  :thumleft: ) and then you can continue.

Anyway, so we decided that we will start using the self service checkouts as it makes it a bit easier and faster, and you dont feel like a box everytime you have to wave down the young ladies. So this was my first manned service check out since getting to NZ many moons ago. I recall using it once before but since almost day 1 I have been using the self service checkouts. I proceed as normal, but at the same time eyeing the other people to see if there is anything special to do. First thing you pack on the conveyer belt is your bags - there is no bagging staff here, so the cashier packs as she scans. oh, and dont try to offer to help, they will tell you NO, in a nice polite way and carry on.

So I continue packing my items out and pack the the last item on the conveyor belt. Manevour my trolley to the end and wait. Next minute a little old lady (highly irrated) ask me if I am done. I politely say yes and she continues to grab this square looking plastic stopper? and put it behind my items and starts unpacking her items. I completely forgot about this - So when you done its your (the unpacker of goods) job to put it down to show you are done and the next person can start unpacking their stuff.  So its basically a barrier between peoples groceries so the cashier knows where to stop.

(https://i.ibb.co/C6HwC2Y/20190928-110058.jpg) (https://ibb.co/tzJHjXv)

Also my next round of biltong was done and just in time for the rugby:

(https://i.ibb.co/5rgCVvd/IMG-20190927-WA0016.jpg) (https://ibb.co/sKdcrQh)
(https://i.ibb.co/2Sd9LHW/IMG-20190927-WA0014.jpg) (https://ibb.co/W0fhdjG)

and its finally warming up so our little pug, Lilly, is not constantly on our laps anymore looking for heat or comfort. She will now happily go lie on the carpet in the sun

(https://i.ibb.co/VBDgrNr/IMG-20190925-102818.jpg) (https://ibb.co/j4GyB5B)
(https://i.ibb.co/pncRFZQ/IMG-20190925-102805.jpg) (https://ibb.co/9G6V52h)

Then, some WTF photos of the last week from around. some of them are from the greenies that marched again about the planets climate issues.

(https://i.ibb.co/x577hJd/dn5tu46djwo31.jpg) (https://ibb.co/XJCCXSM)
(https://i.ibb.co/jJyJTnv/izwYtSKl.jpg) (https://ibb.co/0sCscHj)
(https://i.ibb.co/16cwv55/ny6kipw3p7p31.jpg) (https://ibb.co/4dk5mGG)
(https://i.ibb.co/VDMmD2f/tlrrbqxc8fp31.jpg) (https://ibb.co/4M4dMPh)
(https://i.ibb.co/LY2tfMN/u-IY4xi8-Zjcie-B6b42s-Wv-NR-G0-F0c-Nha-Al-89-N8u-8go.png) (https://ibb.co/9cCTjJZ)





Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 30, 2019, 10:12:01 pm
Also my next round of biltong was done

Bliksem daai Gerber lyk na n gawe mes!! :thumleft: :drif:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: TeeJay on October 01, 2019, 07:21:48 am
Nice - thanks for the update  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: roxenz on October 01, 2019, 11:12:04 am
Like the way that VW went straight for the chill zone! Must have had a hectic day...   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on October 08, 2019, 09:02:31 pm
Also my next round of biltong was done

Bliksem daai Gerber lyk na n gawe mes!! :thumleft: :drif:

Ja, daai mes kom al die pad saam van SA al - dis die eerste mes wat my 20 steke gekos het  8) Wil mos gryp as hy val....
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on October 08, 2019, 09:29:29 pm
So the weather is a bit kak again and the last few days have been spent inside. Its also school holidays so not the best timing. But now with some people that is becoming good friends with same age kids, my wife spent about 3 of the weekdays at a playdate and my son is really enjoying his new "maatjies" - he struggles with the concept of names currently so call everyone his maaitjie  ::)

Sunday turned out to be a great day and we decided to head to the zoo. Although it doesnt have that much animals, we didnt make it through the entire zoo as the enclosure is quite big. So after 3 hours of walking, and attending some talks we were kapoet....

We got there at about 9h30, as the zoo opened and got parking close to the entrance - always a score in welly! Entrance is not cheap, for the 3 of us it came to $66 but worth it as the zoo and its animals are well maintained.

There are talks every 30mins at various animal enclosures and the wife wanted to attend the farm animals and tiger talks. Unfortuantely the tigers decided they dont want to come out of their bedrooms so we proceeded to the farm animal talk 30mins later. It was ok, but coming from South africa it wasnt anything new .

I was quite suprised by the enclosure of some animals, especially for a nanny state that NZ is. For animals like the birds, sheep, emu's and even the wallabys have walk through enclosures and you are more then welcome to interact with the animals as long as they are within the footpath reach or on the footpaths.  :thumleft: Was quite enjoyable.

The bigger animals had massive enclosures and nothing cage like that you see in other zoo's

(https://i.ibb.co/mc8nXGB/20191006-093655.jpg) (https://ibb.co/FDVQ0KW)
(http://ontheworldmap.com/new-zealand/city/wellington/wellington-zoo-map.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/gmB3dCX/20191006-123350.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jb1TzFx)
(https://i.ibb.co/GkXdDSk/20191006-121025.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xGy2bTG)
(https://i.ibb.co/VBhHM4L/20191006-120135.jpg) (https://ibb.co/4NDs4rF)
(https://i.ibb.co/dBdvFRF/20191006-115111.jpg) (https://ibb.co/5TN3mPm)
(https://i.ibb.co/D7Y766S/20191006-114159.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xMYMccR)
(https://i.ibb.co/X27jGs2/20191006-105515.jpg) (https://ibb.co/DV9zjCV)
(https://i.ibb.co/jZ69B0b/20191006-105511.jpg) (https://ibb.co/pr06GVb)
(https://i.ibb.co/rFVD95X/20191006-103807.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xXNxZzr)
(https://i.ibb.co/fCQ5gMC/20191006-105510.jpg) (https://ibb.co/7Gb5fvG)
(https://i.ibb.co/vs0FJR6/20191006-104217.jpg) (https://ibb.co/bHc0rDM)

They have some great rest spots as well, with little coffee/cafes all over the zoo, and catering for the kids is their first priority.

(https://i.ibb.co/JmQY9Tb/20191006-100637.jpg) (https://ibb.co/bQJ4kVy)
(https://i.ibb.co/KDkqxqZ/20191006-100453.jpg) (https://ibb.co/G9L2Q2w)
(https://i.ibb.co/WVW1KCB/20191006-100355.jpg) (https://ibb.co/vXx8z9L)

Then, on another note, its duck season  O0

Ducks are everywhere, they even started crossing roads with ducklings behind them, people are currently advised to please stop and allow them to cross roads.

They even just chill on the side walks.

(https://i.ibb.co/RzJxtxT/20191008-095756-0.jpg) (https://ibb.co/FgdScS4)
(https://i.ibb.co/BfR7WRx/20191008-095755.jpg) (https://ibb.co/fX7K675)

Think its time I get myself that 12 gauge for some duck hunting  :P

and then, mussles anyone - some serious mussle shells spotted on the beach

(https://i.ibb.co/WDcZtLP/20190921-071621.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xmMWHNf)
(https://i.ibb.co/2qWqChJ/20190921-071629.jpg) (https://ibb.co/SN5NMyS)
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 08, 2019, 11:15:19 pm
some serious mussle shells spotted

moer mens het net twee nodig vir n hele mosselpot!!! :o
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr. Python on October 09, 2019, 12:24:38 am
They Started farming those things in Saldana
They have escaped into the Lagoon, seriously big compared to our local ones
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: w@nted on October 09, 2019, 08:53:11 am
Thanks for the photos @silvrav . The zoo looks great!
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on October 09, 2019, 02:18:51 pm
A bike related question (as this being a bike forum  ;) ) Has anybody taken their bike(s) over to NZ? Easy/difficult and what needs to be done. I might consider taken my 37 year old BMW with.

I am getting ready to leave SA and going to NZ. Few things need to be done still so I am looking at mid to end of 2020.

I have been quoted R22k for my bike but I will be charged duties and "tax" if I move now as I have owned it less than a year. Its only about 6 months old now so by the time I move I wont pay the duties or tax. I didnt know I could include the bike with the rest of our stuff in one container. Thanks for this info.

I will also be taking my Discovery5. Just bought it about a month ago as I couldn't resist the deal I got. The estimated cost of shipping will be around R50k (waiting for a quote now) but due to the deal its still a bonus as I paid well below book and sold the old one well above trade. But the same import rules apply; as long as I have owned it more than a year I dont pay the duties or tax on it. If you have owned it less than a year depending on the length of time you pay a pro-rata fee on duties and tax.

Only two big concerns, is the sale of the house and our dogs. We have 4 dogs and budget is R35k per dog. WRT the house, I need to make sure there are enough funds for the bond etc to be paid should I leave before the house is sold which could be anything from a week to a year (obviously I would drop the price drastically should I need to).

@silvrav  great photos. I have a possible opportunity in Wellington so we may end up being neighbors although we are looking at living in Titahi Bay.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 09, 2019, 05:45:14 pm
 We have 4 dogs and budget is R35k per dog.

That is plain sick!!! :o :(
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on October 09, 2019, 08:25:06 pm
@Brucet awesome boet! We can arrange a lekker braai when you settled.

On the dogs, budget R45k per doggie...There are some unforeseen costs etc that we didnt know about  :patch:

Then yesterday more writing on the wall that NZ is busy tightning up immigration controls - https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12274084

The Parent category visat that allowed individials to bring their parents to NZ based on the kids visas was put on hold in 2016 - This has been now re-opned as of feb next year but with almost a 200% increase in what the children must earn to support their parents. Where previously a single earner had to make $65,000 a year to bring over a parent, they'll now need to earn $106,000 and about $159,000 if they want to bring two parents. A couple will have to earn over $159,000 to be joined by one parent and $212,000 by two.

People are furious about it but one can see why - The parents get full goverment support in medical, senior schemes etc that is subsidised by the goverment. They now putting this back into the childrens hands which is fair.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on October 10, 2019, 08:22:41 am
@Brucet awesome boet! We can arrange a lekker braai when you settled.

Sounds great.

Just received the quote for the bike and car and its R52k plus some small charges when it arrives like for storage and various inspections.

Silvrav hope you dont mind me posting this here. It may help someone.

Guide to bringing a car / motorcycle / boat into New Zealand (as at 1st Aug 2015)
New Zealand has some fairly strict rules regarding frontal impact and quarantine regulations associated with
bringing a vehicle into New Zealand. However, if certain steps and processes are followed this can be made
a lot easier.
1) A vehicle / trailer-borne boat / motorcycle will be admitted free of customs charges if the importer is able to
establish that they:
• Have arrived in New Zealand and on the date of importation of the vehicle hold a document authorizing
residence in New Zealand, and
• Have for the whole of the period of 21 months preceding their arrival, resided outside New Zealand or
been domiciled outside New Zealand, and
• Have personally owned and used the vehicle or boat overseas for at least one year before the date of
their departure for New Zealand, or for at least one year before the date that the vehicle or boat is
surrendered for shipping (or, where the boat is imported other than as cargo, the date of its departure
for New Zealand), whichever is the earlier, and
• Give a written undertaking, in such form as a Customs officer may require, that if any such vehicle or
boat is sold or otherwise disposed of within two years from the date of its importation, they will forthwith
pay to Customs the Customs charges that would have applied at the time of their importation, or pay to
Customs such lesser sum as may be required.
Documents authorizing residence in New Zealand - means any of the following:
• A New Zealand Passport
• An Australian Passport
• A current New Zealand Residence visa or permit or a current New Zealand returning residents visa or
permit
• A current permanent residence visa (including a resident return visa) issued by the Government of
the Commonwealth of Australia
• A current New Zealand work visa or a work permit that was issued for a minimum of twelve months
• A current New Zealand work visa or work permit issued under the Work to Residency (Skilled Migrant
Category) policy or the Long term Business Visa/Permit category
• A current New Zealand visitor's visa or permit that was issued for a minimum of three years
2) What you need to check first to see if the vehicle is compliant and can be brought in at all
• Front Impact Rules
From 1 April 2002, all Class MA passenger vehicles (passenger vehicle that has not more than nine
seating positions including the drivers seating position) must comply with an approved frontal impact
standard before they can be certified and registered for use in New Zealand for the first time, unless:
(a) the vehicle was border checked before 1 February 2002, or
(b) the vehicle was first registered outside New Zealand 20 years or more prior to being certified for
entry

Manufacturer’s certificate of compliance for frontal impact & emission standards may be required for vehicles
to be registered for use on New Zealand roads. Detail information is available on the following website:
www.ltsa.govt.nz. It is very important the vehicle is not shipped until the client has written confirmation from
the entry certifiers that the car meets the required standards.
Two of the organizations listed below are appointed by the NZTA to advice on the suitability of vehicles for
import, and carry out entry certification of imported used vehicles and new vehicles that are imported by
persons other than the vehicle manufacturer's representative in New Zealand:
• Automobile Association of New Zealand www.aa.co.nz/
• Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ)Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ) http://www.vtnz.co.nz/
NZ Customs Regulations that are in place for household goods & motor vehicles can be viewed on the
following website www.customs.govt.nz/travellers
3) Once you have confirmation or are yourself confident your vehicle will pass this test on arrival we suggest
before handing your vehicle over to the shipping company you steam / pressure clean the vehicle engine /
under the vehicle wheel arches and cleaning inside the car as well as the boot. This may assist your
Biosecurity clearance, but it is subject to final inspection by Quarantine in NZ, who can re-order cleaning.
4) The following documents will be required for clearance
• Original Registration Certificate and / or original deregistration certificate (with VIN number shown) as
applicable
• Original purchase invoice or New Zealand valuation
• Original compliance certificate issued by the manufacturer of the car if applicable / required.
• Original Passport
• Bill of Lading
5) Once the motorcycle / motor vehicle arrives in New Zealand
• The vehicle will be unloaded from the shipping container at our depot
The vehicle will be inspected by MPI Biosecurity (normally within 3 working days from unloading) –
you should budget between NZ$ 190.00 for a motorcycle / NZ$320.00 for a motor vehicle for this
inspection.
• All motor vehicles and motorcycles are now also subject to a structural inspection. The cost of this
inspection can vary dependant on the type of vehicle and/or motorbike.
Please budget: NZ$175.00 for a motorcycle / NZ$220.00 for a motor vehicle
6) Once the vehicle has been given the green light by Customs, MPI Biosecurity and passed the structural
inspection it will need to be sent to a certified local compliance / testing centre
• We can arrange and charge you for this transport or you may arrange and pay for this directly.
• At the testing centre the vehicle will be checked for compliance confirmation and then following this
given a warrant of fitness check and then registration for NZ roads processed. All charges for this will
be for your account.
• Once this process has been completed the owner will need to go to the compliance centre as the
owner is required to sign certain legal documents in person.
• You may then drive the vehicle away.
7) Please note – if the vehicle was deemed to have failed the MPI Biosecurity inspection and was required to
be sent for further treatment / cleaning, then it will need to be sent via a car transporter to a MPI approved
cleaning facility first before being sent to the compliance and registration centre. This is not a full car valet
centre but rather a facility that will remove / clean the area that is deemed to have failed – perhaps under a
certain wheel or under the chassis for example. Additional charges will be applicable for the clean and
transport to / from the cleaning facility.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: w@nted on October 10, 2019, 08:35:09 am
A bike related question (as this being a bike forum  ;) ) Has anybody taken their bike(s) over to NZ? Easy/difficult and what needs to be done. I might consider taken my 37 year old BMW with.

I am getting ready to leave SA and going to NZ. Few things need to be done still so I am looking at mid to end of 2020.

I have been quoted R22k for my bike but I will be charged duties and "tax" if I move now as I have owned it less than a year. Its only about 6 months old now so by the time I move I wont pay the duties or tax. I didnt know I could include the bike with the rest of our stuff in one container. Thanks for this info.

I will also be taking my Discovery5. Just bought it about a month ago as I couldn't resist the deal I got. The estimated cost of shipping will be around R50k (waiting for a quote now) but due to the deal its still a bonus as I paid well below book and sold the old one well above trade. But the same import rules apply; as long as I have owned it more than a year I dont pay the duties or tax on it. If you have owned it less than a year depending on the length of time you pay a pro-rata fee on duties and tax.

Only two big concerns, is the sale of the house and our dogs. We have 4 dogs and budget is R35k per dog. WRT the house, I need to make sure there are enough funds for the bond etc to be paid should I leave before the house is sold which could be anything from a week to a year (obviously I would drop the price drastically should I need to).

@silvrav  great photos. I have a possible opportunity in Wellington so we may end up being neighbors although we are looking at living in Titahi Bay.  :imaposer:

@Brucet are you using an agent?

We are at the point of signing with NZ shores. All our documents are in hand, just waiting for police clearance certificates. Then it is just to find that elusive job offer for a process engineer  :-\

@silvrav From your experience, having an immigration agent represent you in NZ and deal directly with employers, increase the chances of finding work?

It still is an emotional roller coaster though, but I believe we are ready to commit with an agent to get this process done...
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on October 10, 2019, 09:16:34 am
Yes I have an agent. Once appointed I think employers look at that as a positive especially if you have paid the agent already.

The agent also gets involved in helping the employer to jump through the hoops.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on October 10, 2019, 08:51:45 pm
@Brucet @w@nted be careful of some agents - number one priority make sure they are registered with NZ - https://iaa.ewr.govt.nz/PublicRegister/Search.aspx

There are quite a few scams going around at the moment.

Immigration agents don't really persay represent you in Nz, unless they specifically state they will help you find work. - 90% of their function is to ensure paperwork is completed properly, any niggles you might have is dealt with appropriately in the application (like the little niggle I had) and they do the follow up with INZ for you on the progress of your visa. They are also able to tell you with better accuracy if your path will lead to residency.

Some also believe if INZ sees an agent did the paperwork they don't look at it in so much detail as the assumption is it will be more correct then if someone did it themselves. This is obviously a theory only  ::)

Yes, some agents will help the employers with paperwork, but again only if they state they will do this. Some employers are more comfortable if you do have an agent involved on your side, and paid them as it shows you are serious. In the last few years, there were too many people that stuffed employers around in NZ, so employers are a lot more wary now. Get the agent to give you a letter to say they are working with you to ensure you are document ready for visa submission and attach this letter to your CV/applications.

But in the end, dont rely soly on an agent or recruiter in NZ to get a job, keep sending your own applications and doing networking. Just be open and honest with everyone that you also looking on your own.

The only time I would say to only work with a recruiter, is if your skills are on the short or long term skills shortage list, as they then tend to work with international people more often.

@Brucet if you do need to come over to welly for a few weeks or to meet the employer f2f, just give me a shout - have a spare room and queen bed that you can use  :thumleft:
and this offer is open to any dog that is looking at coming to welly  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Brucet on October 11, 2019, 07:32:14 am
Thank you silvrav that's a very kind offer.

Yes I believe so. Fortunately my agent has said directly and put it in the contract that he will also assist any prospective employer with the correct paperwork and will explain the procedure to them.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: w@nted on October 11, 2019, 08:21:40 am
Thank you Silvrav. Yes they are registered, and like Brucet mentioned, it is stated in the contract that they liaise with employers to assist with paperwork during the visa application process. Like you mentioned, they also provide a letter that is attached to your CV explaining to potential employers that you are document ready and committed to the process.
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: silvrav on October 14, 2019, 01:31:58 am
 :eek7: Where did the weekend go, and did anyone catch the registration of the bus that hit me  :peepwall:

We had another braai over at Roan, one of our new NZ friends and we "clicking" if one wants to phrase it that way  :imaposer:

Saturday was spent doing some housework, spotting some deals at bunnings (like a nice gas mobile stove for $10) before we headed out at about 15h00. Two other south african couples were also invited... well the men were atleast. See, of the 4 couples, all 4 men are working and none of the wives are, so during the past week or so they have been having tea and cake sessions (apparently for the kiddies, but I'm starting to think the kiddies are just an excuse  :patch: ). So while the men work, the women party....

Anyhoot, so come Saturday night we start a nice fire, lekker wood, some good music, great company and at about 17h00 the wife of the house starts dishing out good old melktertjies - apparently a new recipe with NZ brand ingredients that we have to taste test for her.  I think we had 3 that night, but I can't be sure. The kids eventually passed out on the couches at about 22h00 and we ate at sometime after that.

Its been a while since we had a proper kuier and it was the first braai for Johannes (or Jo, as they call him in NZ cause, don't even ask a kiwi to say Johannes) since landing in NZ in June.

My wife was designated, driver and at about 00h30 we called it quits and decided its time to head home, with our alarms set for 05h00... See the reason for the get together was actually to plan the fishing trip for the next day, but when 05h00 came around, we all WhatsApp'd each other to see what state we all were in and unanimously decided that the fish can be free and we will see them next week!   :imaposer:

Unfortunately I am an early bird so I got up at 05h00 on the lovely sunday, decided to shower, make some coffee, have some headache tablets and attempt to open some curtains and see how my eyes will take it.

The rest of the day was pretty much spent between the couch, the kitchen and the bed. One thing I did spot, and maybe a nice wild dog here would know what they doing, is that they were working on the power lines on the mountains and every few minutes you would see massive amounts of smoke/steam? come from the pylons - Anyone know what they are up to?

Well, let me return to work, or attempt to work as I am still semi nackered - just glad I dont have to go anywhere today..its an OFFICE DAY  :3some:

(https://i.ibb.co/jHYKW2j/20191010-170856.jpg) (https://ibb.co/g681Ppc)

(https://i.ibb.co/qkJmPFd/IMG-20191012-WA0004.jpg) (https://ibb.co/FgH8jqK)

Powerlines :

Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Mr Zog on October 14, 2019, 01:45:29 am
RE the power lines...

maybe they are recharging the flux capacitors?

or maybe they are cleaning the insulators?
Title: Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
Post by: Duke916 on October 14, 2019, 08:42:28 am
Could be that they are washing off salt deposits from the insulators  ::)  Salt mixed with moisture becomes a very good conductor  of electricity  =  spitzen sparken und beeeeg bang  ;D