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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #460 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 :)
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #461 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:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #462 on: January 16, 2019, 07:00:27 am »
Mmmm I wonder if Mrs Zog reads this thread  :imaposer:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #463 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!
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #464 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:
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #465 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:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #466 on: January 22, 2019, 07:13:09 am »
Eat life!
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #467 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:


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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #468 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.
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #469 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:


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The broken bones take a bit longer  :eek7:  :o
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #470 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


Some more views of and out of the city



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Mevo e-tron Audi



 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #471 on: January 24, 2019, 08:10:45 am »
So, how many cones have you seen since you've been there? :peepwall: :imaposer:
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #472 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
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #473 on: January 24, 2019, 10:36:00 am »
Hey Hannes,  did you survive the earthquake yesterday?  Hope all is good.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #474 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."




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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #475 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:
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« Reply #476 on: January 25, 2019, 07:23:10 am »
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #477 on: January 25, 2019, 08:25:10 am »


This is what every public space looks like after in Public holiday in SA

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #478 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
I'm sure the sun goes around the earth twice a day.
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #479 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!

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