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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #320 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.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #321 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:

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #322 on: November 14, 2018, 09:28:07 am »
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #323 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.

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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.
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #324 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
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #325 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:

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #326 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/

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #327 on: November 21, 2018, 06:52:39 am »
Now I know why NZ residents don't own more than one motorcycle !
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #328 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
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #329 on: November 21, 2018, 07:57:42 am »
I just renewed the licence on my Vespa - R287...  :sip:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #330 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...?
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #331 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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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #332 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:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #333 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

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #334 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

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #335 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?
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #336 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.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #337 on: November 22, 2018, 08:15:30 am »
Naaaaas Legacy you got there, welcome to the 'baru clan  ;D


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« Reply #338 on: November 25, 2018, 06:50:12 am »
Naaaaas Legacy you got there, welcome to the 'baru clan  ;D

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« Reply #339 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


Working with a view  :biggrin:




wires, wires everywhere



all done - FROM this


TO this