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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #760 on: November 11, 2019, 02:46:44 am »
Its raining, and when I say rain I mean pouring down! It is wellingtons rainy season and this morning we had close to 20mm this morning, with another 18mm predicted for tonight.

So this weekend was mostly spent indoors . We had a work function on Saturday from 14h00 to 15h00 and it's an entire family event, for up to 10 immediate family members and grandchildren. The grannies that work at my company will take with their daughter/son + spouse + their kids. It was great fun! They had face painting, little jeeps for the kids to drive around, steak and chicken with lots of side foods, icecream truck for deserts and various slides, jumping castles etc.

It was held at the Trentham racecourse. Beautiful old vintage style buildings with a modern everyday horse racecourse. Its buildings, erected by the Wellington Racing Club in 1906, were used during the Second World War as a military hospital and also to house American troops.

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When the rain stopped and the clouds parted to give us some sun on Sunday, we took the opportunity to garden. The grass has now fully settled and growing well. It has had its first cut and needs another to keep it under control. Things here seem to grow at a very fast pace! The veggies are doing well and we weeded the veggie patch as well.... won't be long before the first vegetables are ready.

Unfortunately, the Brussels sprouts had an aphid problem that I hope I treated in time, and hopefully, they will recover.

My lemon tree is also blossoming so I am expecting some lemons soon  :thumleft:

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #761 on: November 11, 2019, 07:00:20 am »
daai groente lyk goed Hannes  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #762 on: November 11, 2019, 12:27:33 pm »
Wow, all of the cars and jumping castles and stuff for only an hour?! :o So great that so many family members could join in :thumleft:

That creeper building looks a lot like Table Mountain Cable Car's bottom cable station.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #763 on: November 11, 2019, 12:55:37 pm »
 Brussels sprouts

Ek dink jy moet dadelik huistoe kom of sommer NamibiŽ toe, iets daar onder maak dat jy sulke volksvreemde grasse wil eet!! :o :o :o
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #764 on: November 12, 2019, 02:21:21 am »
Wow, all of the cars and jumping castles and stuff for only an hour?! :o So great that so many family members could join in :thumleft:

That creeper building looks a lot like Table Mountain Cable Car's bottom cable station.

doh! sorry, was meant to be 17h00 not 15h00 - But still only 3 hours  :thumleft: :thumleft: Employers really look after staff.

Brussels sprouts

Ek dink jy moet dadelik huistoe kom of sommer NamibiŽ toe, iets daar onder maak dat jy sulke volksvreemde grasse wil eet!! :o :o :o

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #765 on: November 12, 2019, 08:11:51 am »
Brussels sprouts

Ek dink jy moet dadelik huistoe kom of sommer NamibiŽ toe, iets daar onder maak dat jy sulke volksvreemde grasse wil eet!! :o :o :o

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veggie patch lyk baie goed Hannes, good job!

Ek het so vlugtig 'n Pak-n-Save click & collect shop gedoen oor die naweek, net om te sien wat n week se grocery bill sou wees, en vars groente en vrugte is nie goedkoop daar nie!


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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #766 on: November 12, 2019, 09:11:27 pm »
Brussels sprouts

Ek dink jy moet dadelik huistoe kom of sommer NamibiŽ toe, iets daar onder maak dat jy sulke volksvreemde grasse wil eet!! :o :o :o

 :laughing4:  :imaposer:

veggie patch lyk baie goed Hannes, good job!

Ek het so vlugtig 'n Pak-n-Save click & collect shop gedoen oor die naweek, net om te sien wat n week se grocery bill sou wees, en vars groente en vrugte is nie goedkoop daar nie!

Trues bob - Fruits and veg is one of the most expensive items in NZ. Tomoties you buy when its on special or in season. Winter tomatoes can run as high as $13 per kg where now in summer its as low as $3. Unlike SA, prices here fluctuate weekly depending on supply and demand so when you see a good price you buy it.

But most people have veggie patches for that reason.  :thumleft:

There are also farmer markets that are must cheaper then the supermarkets but the wife is yet to wake up early enough to attend one  :peepwall:

@0012 you planning a visit to NZ?  :P
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #767 on: November 13, 2019, 10:05:38 am »
Very interesting info, thanks!!

Ja you'll have to set SWAMBO's alarm, and when it goes off in the morning you say "daarsy noudat jy elk geval wakker is kan jy boeremark toe"   :lol8:

We've had some friends move over so I just did some general research, no plans to visit just yet  ;D


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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #768 on: November 16, 2019, 06:23:43 am »
Seems like "grow your own" is the preferred source of veggies.
A little different to here where everyone is now growing their own dagga...  ::)
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #769 on: November 16, 2019, 11:48:23 am »
Is veggies expensive because of labour costs being high on veggie farms or why?
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #770 on: November 17, 2019, 04:04:11 am »
Seems like "grow your own" is the preferred source of veggies.
A little different to here where everyone is now growing their own dagga...  ::)

Lots are hoping and voting in next year's cannabis discussion... They might have those here legally very soon  :peepwall:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #771 on: November 17, 2019, 04:06:30 am »
Is veggies expensive because of labour costs being high on veggie farms or why?

Ons is die gat kant van die wereld.... That's the one thing about nz.... Its sits far from the rest of the world. Everything imported is expensive and visiting the rest of the world isn't cheap either.

I'll pull the list of veggies and fruit that we import. Got it somewhere, just need to find it
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #772 on: November 17, 2019, 06:48:37 pm »
Seems like "grow your own" is the preferred source of veggies.
A little different to here where everyone is now growing their own dagga...  ::)

Lots are hoping and voting in next year's cannabis discussion... They might have those here legally very soon  :peepwall:

It will be interesting how NZ will regulate the use/sale/possession. So far, it’s been a bust here. People still grow their own or buy from their regular “street corner” supplier. The government thought they could capitalize on legal weed by taxing the hell out of it like with alcohol and tobacco. But all it did was lower the price of weed on the street.  :biggrin:

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #773 on: November 17, 2019, 08:43:59 pm »
Seems like "grow your own" is the preferred source of veggies.
A little different to here where everyone is now growing their own dagga...  ::)

Lots are hoping and voting in next year's cannabis discussion... They might have those here legally very soon  :peepwall:

It will be interesting how NZ will regulate the use/sale/possession. So far, itís been a bust here. People still grow their own or buy from their regular ďstreet cornerĒ supplier. The government thought they could capitalize on legal weed by taxing the hell out of it like with alcohol and tobacco. But all it did was lower the price of weed on the street.  :biggrin:

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/beta.ctvnews.ca/national/canada/2019/11/15/1_4688416.html

I am sure the consumer is not complaining - cheaper weed for all!  :imaposer:
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #774 on: November 17, 2019, 09:07:40 pm »
Is veggies expensive because of labour costs being high on veggie farms or why?

Ons is die gat kant van die wereld.... That's the one thing about nz.... Its sits far from the rest of the world. Everything imported is expensive and visiting the rest of the world isn't cheap either.

I'll pull the list of veggies and fruit that we import. Got it somewhere, just need to find it

Also realising now that the kiwis are quite spoiled and they want fruit and veg year round(not just in season) so demand rises quite a bit in the off seasons for particular fruit and veg and this means more importing over those period.

Graph attached for what NZ import/exports relating to fruit&veg.

Some more info:
*This relates to all goods
In October 2019 compared with October 2018:
  • fruit and vegetable prices decreased 0.2 percent
  • meat, poultry, and fish prices increased 4.2 percent
  • grocery food prices increased 2.1 percent
  • non-alcoholic beverage prices increased 2.7 percent
  • restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices increased 3.4 percent.

NZ Imported NZD 5710.17 million worth of goods
NZ Exported NZD 4468.54 million worth of goods

The top 5 countries NZ imports from:

China
Australia
Japan
Germany
South Korea

Interesting to note we import $9.5b from china but export $11.5b to china in return  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #775 on: November 18, 2019, 12:24:39 am »
But surely with all the rain and fantastic soils there is no need to import veggies? Guess fruits need to come from places where the sun shines more though.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #776 on: November 18, 2019, 12:54:12 am »
But surely with all the rain and fantastic soils there is no need to import veggies? Guess fruits need to come from places where the sun shines more though.

Problem is, most of the land is taken up by cow, sheep and grape (wine) farmers.
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #777 on: November 18, 2019, 08:01:15 am »
To my knowledge, most vegetables are highly suited to intensive urban farming methods.
Even a small patch of earth in a residential plot of land could easily yield enough vegetables to feed the family - and more.

My late father-in-law converted an area in the bottom of his garden into a veggie farm.
He created a wire cage to keep the birds out and made partly raised beds using stacked recycled paving bricks and similar materials.
He installed lighting above so that he could potter about in the cooler evenings relaxing after work.
With modern techniques of drip irrigation and recycled water, even the driest parts of the world can be farmed in similar ways.
(Not that rain is a problem in NZ...!)

As an aside, I tried something new recently.
A tray of tomatoes from the grocer contained one tomato that had partly spoiled.
Instead of whinging about the quality of the product, I cut the spoiled portion off and planted it in the garden.
I loosened the soil and buried the spoiled fruit about 2cm under the soil.
6 weeks later, this was my reward:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #778 on: November 18, 2019, 08:15:28 am »
that's not a reward,  that's tomatoes on a bush.
weed would have been a reward.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #779 on: November 18, 2019, 10:09:40 am »
But surely with all the rain and fantastic soils there is no need to import veggies? Guess fruits need to come from places where the sun shines more though.

Problem is, most of the land is taken up by cow, sheep and grape (wine) farmers.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/91162354/new-zealand-farmers-break-world-record-for-wheat-growing
Hulle koring oeste daar op die Canterbury plains is ook nie te sleg nie!! ;) :thumleft:
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