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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #420 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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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #421 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:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #422 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
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #423 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.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #424 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:
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #425 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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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #426 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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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #427 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:






Not coke anymore but a mixture of Worcester and malt vinegar




 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #428 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!
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #429 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.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #430 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 !
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #431 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  :-\
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« Reply #432 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:

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #433 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.
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #434 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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« Reply #435 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:
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« Reply #436 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.
 

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« Reply #437 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:
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #438 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.
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« Reply #439 on: December 31, 2018, 05:24:04 pm »
Lekka Lekka Boet all the best for 2019!!!  :occasion18: :occasion16: :occasion5:
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