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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #740 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.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #741 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.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #742 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:

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #743 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?
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« Reply #744 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
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« Reply #745 on: October 21, 2019, 01:54:48 am »
Thanks guys think I will hike up there one weekend and ask :p Just need to find the hiking bug thats hiding around here somewhere   :deal:

Saturday was Roan's son's 3rd birthday party, followed by a braai and kuier. We didn't go all out like we did last weekend, as I think most of us still felt the effects from the previous weekend. It was a long day though as the party started at 12h00 and we left at midnight, but the kids had a ball, even more so as the rain we had in the morning created a perfect mud patch next to the house, that they discovered early into the party. So the next day we had shoes and clothing to soak and wash.

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Then a bubble machine was a gift about 3 weeks ago and ever since we have been having bubble braais - we put it down to that only real men can braai in bubbles  :peepwall:

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Sunday was normal weekend stuff, housework, and grocery shopping. I did pop out for about 3 hours to go look at a boat with Roan as he is quite keen to go deep-sea fishing. They stayed in Dubai for about 6 years before coming to NZ and he had a boat over in Dubai as well.

He is looking at this - Surtees 610 - the owner took us out for about 45mins, but just around the harbor bay as it was quite choppy and the open ocean had massive swells.

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Work-wise we have an interesting problem at one of our Distribution Centers. over the years, and yes it seems no one actually noticed it until it was too late, water was slowly leaking in between the paneling that makes up the cold storage units.
Over this period, it basically mixed with the insulation in the paneling and froze. Over the years it become heavier and heavier and eventually buckled the framing.

So they drilled and cut out a section to confirm the above, and funny enough it's as hard as concrete and took the guys a few hours just to cut out a small window. Our engineers and refrigerator specialist are now working on the best way to get it out and replaced.

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #746 on: October 21, 2019, 10:29:12 am »
Silvra just curious do you still speak afrikaans at home or do you find that you speak english more often?
Guess your son speaks afrikaans?
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« Reply #747 on: October 21, 2019, 11:07:49 pm »
Silvra just curious do you still speak afrikaans at home or do you find that you speak english more often?
Guess your son speaks afrikaans?

Funny story, I speak more afrikaans at work then any where else.  :P

I married an english girl, so home language is majority english, or some afrikaans if I want to confuse the misses,  :imaposer: on a serious note she does understand afrikaans and so does my lighty but dont ask either of them to speak it.

So family/kids wise they fit in better then I would say the more platte land afrikaaners that move over, especially in schools, but then I have seen some of those same kids speaking english within 6months.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #748 on: October 22, 2019, 03:05:06 am »
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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.

Just catching up...

Yes, here in the US it's the same in (most) supermarkets. You have to place the item in the plastic bags on the checkout side, otherwise it'll throw a tantrum. And if you bring your own reusable shopping bags like I do (to cut down on plastic use) ---- just forget it. Epic fail.  :(
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #749 on: October 22, 2019, 09:51:36 am »
Funny story, I speak more afrikaans at work then any where else.

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #750 on: October 28, 2019, 08:48:35 pm »
Its a sad sad day in NZ - most of the locals are moping and most, if not all are discussing how better the AB's couldve been and blaming england for disrespecting the Haka and and and  :sip:

Its an upset that most locals didnt even expect. So far most of the office staff have been good sportman when seeing me and saying congrats to the boks.... overnight the boks just got another entire countries support. So far not one Kiwi is supporting england  :thumleft:

Other then the rugby that dominated most of the weekend, last week was quite busy.

I had a quick flight to Auckland for 2 days for work - It seems this is becoming a monthly thing now so where I thought my travel days are over, it seems like its not.  :patch:

During this time the new sky city convention centre that is under construction caught fire by what they suspect to be from a blow torch left on the roof. The fire, due to its location and apparantly the roof material was left to burn itself out over a course of 48hours. The firefighters kept the surrounding structures wet and kept the fire localised to avoid any further damage. Majority of the streets around the building was closed for most of last week and emergency services asked employers to allow employees to work from home to avoid congestion and the potential of harmfull gasses to be inhaled. Luckily no one got hurted but the set back is about 12months according to the main contractor.

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Yesterday (Monday) was Labour day and a public holiday, so Roan and I decided its a perfect day for a spot of fishing, but with the Rugby only finishing at midnight we got out a bit late and first line only went in at about 8.

We did land a small kahawai, but no keepers for the day. Roan did fight something for about 10mins (we thinking snapper) but it eventually made it to the rocks and snapped the line  :xxbah:

Remember that big mussle shell of a few weeks ago? well a live one washed up with some sea weed so we opened it up to use as bait, as kahawai loves mussles and prawns. To our suprise when we opened it up it contained a small crab as well.

In other news we decided to put up christmas decorations early this year and started with it over the weekend. To do is the lights has to go up outside as well as a light up reindeer. :thumleft:

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #751 on: October 28, 2019, 10:52:37 pm »
Like jou cap se skrywe!!! :lol8: :lol8:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #752 on: October 29, 2019, 01:35:16 am »
Looks lekker.....remember to wear your springbok kit on Saturday...everywhere!!!!! :imaposer:
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« Reply #753 on: October 29, 2019, 10:24:57 pm »
So something biking related  O0

This story is currently doing the rounds in the local (pacific) region. Happened in Australia. @BOZO hopefully not you

This is what happens when a lid from a cooler/esky flys off, bounces up from the road and smacks you in the face.

Know someone who puts stuff in the back of their Ute without securing it well - show them these pics, and encourage them to spread the word to be mindful of just how dangerous random flying objects can be.

Lucky the guy held the bike up, could have been a whole lot worse off.

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« Reply #754 on: October 30, 2019, 12:39:20 am »
Eina, blikskottel.  Having once owned a hardly davidson I can attest to wanting to being beaten like that for ever doing it.  :imaposer:.
But seriously that well done to that guy for keeping it on two wheels. Also now might be a good time to consider a closed face helmet.
If the police catch you here (in the city) with an unsecured load they go ape.
I suppose that because there is so "little theft" people don't think about securing something down. Its not like its going to grow legs at a robot or at the local bottle o. :pot:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #755 on: October 30, 2019, 12:58:10 am »
The BEST advertisement for full face helmets I have ever seen !  :eek7:
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« Reply #756 on: October 30, 2019, 08:33:11 pm »
I am ready for saterday  8) Here is my prediction. Either way, we celebrating or drowning our sorrows Saterday night. Rumours are Roan also got one....

Another celebration (not that we need reasons to drink some beer) is that this weekend will mark exactly 1 year since I landed in NZ  :ricky: Cant believe its been a year already!

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Then Francsois, a recently landed south african had some spare Boks jackets and I decided that I will grab one from him for this weekends game. I might also just wear to work tomorrow (friday  :pot: )
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He just got off from work and he is a technician for Fisher & Paykel and has a nice van setup going - immediately made me think of @Mr Zog  :thumleft:
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It is also halloween. Its a bit bigger over here then in SA and apparantly kids do the trick or treat thing. The shops ofcourse are fully committed and every countdown, new world, the warehouse etc are decorate and selling all kinds of stuff.

The rule of thumb though is only from houses that are decorated. I might do something next year just for the hell of it.
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« Reply #757 on: November 04, 2019, 09:11:02 pm »
I am still semi recovering from the weekend, and have a few full days at work, so the update will be short  ::)

What a weekend, not much to say but what a weekend! Well done boks!

We started early on saterday, at about 04h00 - Went for a bit of a fishing, then after we went shopping and straight to the meet for THE game, eng vs SA - we all were hoping for a win but never expected the final score! Well done boks!

Monday I had some meetings in the city and wore by pull sprinbok pull over and everywhere people were congratulation me on the boks win! Not often one gets to rub it in over here  :peepwall:


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« Reply #758 on: November 05, 2019, 12:48:28 am »
Its amazing how many Kiwi's supported SA for the Final. I had Guys emailing me wishing us best of luck.
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« Reply #759 on: November 11, 2019, 02:26:21 am »
Its amazing how many Kiwi's supported SA for the Final. I had Guys emailing me wishing us best of luck.

 :thumleft: It was awesome!