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Old Dec 21st 2010, 6:05 am
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This is our first Christmas in NZ and a friend wants to send our children some money for Christmas how easy is it to do that from Uk to NZ - without using a finance institution!


We also need the information to give to family members in the future.

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They can just send it directly from their bank to a bank over here.
You could then withdraw it from your account and give it to the children if they're not old enough to have an account themselves.
Obviously it's not a good idea to send cash through the post- even though my Grandma used to do that before she passed away. She could never be persuaded not to and to be honest could never be persuaded to do or not to do anything if she didn't want to...
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You could get a uk cheque sent over. The banks should accept them over here. I know ASB do.

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The one thing I would suggest is that they make one transaction to divide up once it’s here. Not little payments that could each have sending and receiving charges.
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Originally Posted by Kiwiprincess View Post
The one thing I would suggest is that they make one transaction to divide up once it’s here. Not little payments that could each have sending and receiving charges.
totally - and using the bank is the best way to go, my family in the Uk have been doing this for a few years now ever since 2 large xmas parcels went 'missing' in the UK sorting office
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Aye. We had a friend here whose parcels went 'missing' from their mail box. Tracked that they had left the UK and then - shazam - disappeared in a puff of smoke. Later found out to be a light fingered neighbour.


This is our first Christmas in NZ and a friend wants to send our children some money for Christmas how easy is it to do that from Uk to NZ - without using a finance institution!
I think we had another thread about this quite a while ago. I seem to remember I suggested Western Union and someone else came up with a much better suggestion which cost less.

You could get a uk cheque sent over. The banks should accept them over here. I know ASB do.
I've done this in the past. Be aware that it will take at least 3 weeks to clear but the fee is minimal..

Tranzfers do.......transfers but there will be a fee
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I've done this in the past. Be aware that it will take at least 3 weeks to clear but the fee is minimal..

Tranzfers do.......transfers but there will be a fee
the last time we did a cheque it was 6 weeks to clear! Much better just to do an electronic transfer.

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the last time we did a cheque it was 6 weeks to clear! Much better just to do an electronic transfer.
Depends who you bank with. ASB used to take over a month for us. We are now with National, I took a British cheque in last Friday & it was cleared by Tuesday.
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Bank to bank i suppose or try Moneygram for faster transaction.
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I know you said no financial institutions, but we send money to daughter in UK via Paypal - not sure of the charge but it is very reasonable/cheap
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I know you said no financial institutions, but we send money to daughter in UK via Paypal - not sure of the charge but it is very reasonable/cheap
PAYPAL is the best. 100% guaranteed security.
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We still have a uk bank account and my sister puts money in there and we give the girls the nz dollars equivalent and a bit more sometimes
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Another idea would be to buy gift cards for appropriate stores and have them delivered to family in NZ. We did this at Christmas for our teenage grand children . We looked on line for a gift card supplier in NZ and ordered the cards choosing from a wide selection of store cards. However there is an extra charge for a greetings card and postage and this is added to the cost of each gift card. We did not realise that until we had done the order. Another time we would order one card each and put more money on it.

We have also on some occasions put money for the girls into their parent's account in UK and asked them to put the equivalent funds into the girl's savings in NZ.

Hope this give you another idea.
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