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that is exactly the same as what they said to my oh, they could have said something personal, bit cheeky really when you take the time to fill in their form. what trade are you? what is your next move going to be?
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Mind you mumofthree, when I went out on a work visa I only went with $1000.
As the company payed for a Motel for a week, then they also found a unit for me mind you unfurnished. And I felt like what have I done but hey the boss turned up with a two seater sette and a single chair, and a matteress which I slept on for 3 weeks.
And with the wage I got I paid for rent electric phone and food.(mind you I was by myself at the time). But lived on £35 a week and that was in Lower hutt.

So I would have a good think about it as others are differant and you may find you can live comfortable when others live beyound there means.

You don't need posh cars Kiwis dont give a dame what people drive,one example is A millionaire lived in a street and his next door nieghbour was a low wage earner and the got on together.

So hey there is no North and South devide.

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Sormesher,
I was RAF Regiment for 15 years, now a locksmith run own business just now. But did go over to Lower Hutt to work for a year, but OH did not want to come out due to kids not wanting to go(daughter).

But as they say time will tell, got OH watching reruns of Wanted Down Under.LOL

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I encourage you both and any others that will be on the same induction to form a bond it really does help.
Hi DC, have been looking through the threads and think you may be able to help us. We are due over next October (2009) hoping to get MQ, presumably in Hobsonville. We have two daughters, one will be 13 in the Novemeber a month after we arrive and one will be 12 on January 1st after we arrive. We are still unsure if our oldest will still be in Primary or not, over here she would be in year 8. Our main interest, however is what choices of Secondary do we have if we are living in Hobsonville, the only clear info I can get is that we are zoned for Massey High, and that is about it. I also wanted to ask you whether you have any info on the Hobsonville Development and whether they have provisional dates for a new Secondary school in the area. Sorry about all the questions, but another point was, in your experience, we are coming over after 10 years in the RN, so not a huge pension, would we be better off coming over and taking the tax free option, or should we allow ourselves to benefit from any assistance that the NZ G'ment may offer which may mean declaring pension and paying tax on it. If you can't answer any of these, don't worry, would love to hear how life is over there, and if you feel it was the right move for yourselves and your children. Thanks for all your help. Beth and Rich
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Originally Posted by mumofthree
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A bit new to all this but am wondering if anyone could answer a bit of a personal question? Hubby has a job offer with RNZAF, but has had a bit of a depressing conversation with someone who went out to NZ with the NZ navy, couldn't manage financially and so came back. This guy apparently had no mortgage and had bought quite a big house and had savings too. We have no savings and would need a mortgage so was just wondering how do you find wages against cost of living? Don't want to be sitting in a shed admiring a lovely view but living on baked beans!
Hello there, I think we are feeling a bit the same, are planning to go out Oct 2009, have had a really wobbly week about the whole thing, from education through to finances. Are we doing the right thing? My girls just say go on Mum, go for it, which is usually my attitude, but want to make sure that we are not going to make our lives worse (different is OK!!) We are due to go to Auckland, and use MQ at least initially. Let us know what you think, need someone to tell me we are doing the right thing!! Have discovered that Hobsonville is zoned for Massey High, and that's it. Would be nice to have more choice. Does anyone know the chances of getting an out of zone school. Please help!! Beth
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I understand about the 'wobbly' thing - we have been having second thoughts, thirds thoughts etc. We have done some mad foreign tours with the RAF but this is a bit permanent isn't it? Hubby is more gutted about not going than I am about going so I think that settles it!! I don't know what to think about schooling having read some of the posts on here, although we have had good as well as less than positive experiences of UK schools and SCE ones. It sounds like you are pretty much stuck with the one you are zoned for if I am reading it correctly, unless you go private of course!
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Originally Posted by mumofthree
I understand about the 'wobbly' thing - we have been having second thoughts, thirds thoughts etc. We have done some mad foreign tours with the RAF but this is a bit permanent isn't it? Hubby is more gutted about not going than I am about going so I think that settles it!! I don't know what to think about schooling having read some of the posts on here, although we have had good as well as less than positive experiences of UK schools and SCE ones. It sounds like you are pretty much stuck with the one you are zoned for if I am reading it correctly, unless you go private of course!
Am glad someone else is feeling a bit the same, I think we will stick with it for the time being. We have our medicals in two weeks, so will see how all that goes. What's it like in Naples, have often thought that would be a nice draft! When are you due over in Auckland, we could be due over the same time. How old are your children? Do you think you will use married quarters? Sorry about all the questions. With a bit of luck will get some info from the good people who have already done it! All the best with whatever you decide, keep in touch.
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My eldest will be 13, middle one 9 and littlest 8 so schools are a bit of a worry! We are due down in October 09, and will be in Wellington. We would have liked a quarter as a safe start but apparently they don't have many so we would probably have to rent for a while until we get settled. We had thought of buying something beforehand but have read all the horror stories about damp houses that are falling to pieces and grotty areas full of boy racers and gangs It is actually being in Naples that has made me a bit wary about emigrating - the weather is fantastic - today it must be 27 degrees and really sunny, not bad for October! There are problems though - lots of crime and really mad and totally terrifying driving! Culturally Naples is like another planet though, which is something that I wasn't expecting, and that you just can't prepare for. I just don't know what to expect in NZ, and I still don't know if we are doing the right thing...
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Originally Posted by mumofthree
My eldest will be 13, middle one 9 and littlest 8 so schools are a bit of a worry! We are due down in October 09, and will be in Wellington. We would have liked a quarter as a safe start but apparently they don't have many so we would probably have to rent for a while until we get settled. We had thought of buying something beforehand but have read all the horror stories about damp houses that are falling to pieces and grotty areas full of boy racers and gangs It is actually being in Naples that has made me a bit wary about emigrating - the weather is fantastic - today it must be 27 degrees and really sunny, not bad for October! There are problems though - lots of crime and really mad and totally terrifying driving! Culturally Naples is like another planet though, which is something that I wasn't expecting, and that you just can't prepare for. I just don't know what to expect in NZ, and I still don't know if we are doing the right thing...
We actually met in NZ so have an idea what it's like. There are lots of positives, but it will be quite different living over there permanently with our children. We are also going over in October, but to Auckland, I have emailed a couple of schools so will let you know if I have any info that may be useful. Keep in touch and let us know how your application goes.
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Originally Posted by rickg37
Hi All well we have been here a month now and our house at Hobsonville is feeling like home .This week Rick went on the second part of his course and the kids went to school i thought this might be when homesickness hit but to tell the truth i haven't had time .We came over on our induction with a really good group so i have been out and about with the other wifes.

I dont know if anyone is coming to Whenuapai but if they are and want any advice please dont hesitate to email me .I have two children of 14 and 17 so they are at Massey high school.

Things are different and certain things are more expensive ie Shampoo shower gel and we haven't as yet come across aquafresh toothpaste but by enlarge we have found most things.

I will post again with some more pics . I think we made the best move when you get up in the morning and the sky is blue and the beach is up the road who could ask for more.

Tracy
Hi guys, just a quick one, have been trying to get lots of info on Massey High, but if your girls are attending can you let me know what you think. You can send me a message if you like. Any advice you may have regarding schools would be really appreciated. Many thanks. Beth
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I have just received confirmation of release from my RN reserve service requirements. If Rich requires contact details drop Debz a line. Police checks came back within a week! Just medicals to go.

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I have just received confirmation of release from my RN reserve service requirements. If Rich requires contact details drop Debz a line. Police checks came back within a week! Just medicals to go.

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Thanks, Rich is back on Friday, will get him to contact you if need be regarding contact details. We have our medicals next week at Tavistock, have just completed the forms. Getting there slowly!
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Hi DC, have been looking through the threads and think you may be able to help us. We are due over next October (2009) hoping to get MQ, presumably in Hobsonville. We have two daughters, one will be 13 in the Novemeber a month after we arrive and one will be 12 on January 1st after we arrive. We are still unsure if our oldest will still be in Primary or not, over here she would be in year 8. Our main interest, however is what choices of Secondary do we have if we are living in Hobsonville, the only clear info I can get is that we are zoned for Massey High, and that is about it. I also wanted to ask you whether you have any info on the Hobsonville Development and whether they have provisional dates for a new Secondary school in the area. Sorry about all the questions, but another point was, in your experience, we are coming over after 10 years in the RN, so not a huge pension, would we be better off coming over and taking the tax free option, or should we allow ourselves to benefit from any assistance that the NZ G'ment may offer which may mean declaring pension and paying tax on it. If you can't answer any of these, don't worry, would love to hear how life is over there, and if you feel it was the right move for yourselves and your children. Thanks for all your help. Beth and Rich

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Wow so many questions! I was exactly the same.
1st ..... You will get married quater in either Hobsonville or Whenuapai , both houses are very basic, but with big gardens and not as crammed in as most suburbs are.
Schools, yes it is zoned for Massey but you can go elsewhere if you apply, Westlake girls, St Dominics, Rangitoto, Albany junior high to name a few.
My eldest is 121/2 and she is still at Hobsonville intermediate till she is 13 1/2. The end of year is Christmas. The last year in primary/intermediate is year 8. So by the looks of your dates your eldest wont be in the last school term long .
The Hobsonville development is still very speculative and has been for years from what i can gather. There is alot going to happen but not till 2012 i think

Pension issue, we didnt have one so havnt got a clue , people i know who have, have taken the tax break. We dont get very much in the way of goverment assitance and we have 4 kids.

Was it right for us?.........
You will find the cost of living very different here, [ this is the main bug bare of most people understandably] it is not fair to do a huge list of comparisons to the UK as living in NZ is well........ living in NZ and not the UK.My experience is we are cash poorer, yes, we have to budget better,yes, we dont spend the same as we did in the UK on clothes, furniture, electrical etc etc, because we havnt got it. But.... we arnt any worse off for it, its only 'stuff' its not really needed is it? as long as you have the basics , i have found that in the Uk we were very materilistic, very, and here we are not. It dosnt matter that we dont have our kids kitted out in the lastest brochure from Next, or that my sofa was from Debenhams, or my curtains are Laura Ashley,my neighbours dont care or my real friends dont either. Life here is all about living 'life' , getting to the beach with a groaning picnic. Softball [ any sport really] on a saturday morning and watching your kids be happy.
Schools were a big shock to my system, a huge hurdle for me to overcome, but my kids are getting on fine and are happy. Everyone has their own views on this, most say the kids arnt pushed hard enough here, it is not as regimental here as it is in the UK, no locked gates,no padlocked number access to the reception. My first reaction when i found out the kids eat off the floor in the playground was utter horror! ''what no dinner hall! no dinner ladies! '' but now i dont mind, its just how it is done here, the kids arnt any worse off for it.
Life is life wherever you reside, I have learned I need give and take a little or I feel like a salmon swimming against the flow battling the relentless river in my quest to find home.
You will have many questions alot will remain unanswered , you will only find some of the answers when you are living here, alot of ups and downs , it is like being on a huge roller coaster ride, huge emotions will grip you vice like and small things will seem like the most important thing.
Right i have waffled on long enough! please dont think im being rude if i dont reply on come on, i just dont seem to be able to find much time todo this anymore, forums are very time consuming places!
I think my main thing to say to any of you newbies coming is that we are all unique , we all have different expectations, hopes, fears. All of which i have and still have. I dont think it is living in NZ that brings these things up, just everyday life .
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Sorry been away and havnt been on here for ages!
Wow so many questions! I was exactly the same.
1st ..... You will get married quater in either Hobsonville or Whenuapai , both houses are very basic, but with big gardens and not as crammed in as most suburbs are.
Schools, yes it is zoned for Massey but you can go elsewhere if you apply, Westlake girls, St Dominics, Rangitoto, Albany junior high to name a few.
My eldest is 121/2 and she is still at Hobsonville intermediate till she is 13 1/2. The end of year is Christmas. The last year in primary/intermediate is year 8. So by the looks of your dates your eldest wont be in the last school term long .
The Hobsonville development is still very speculative and has been for years from what i can gather. There is alot going to happen but not till 2012 i think



Thanks for all the information, it is greatly appreciated. We are still getting all our paperwork together at the moment. I have stopped checking things out for a while as I was getting a bit stressed!! I'm pleased that you are enjoying your new lives, and of course it is different with lots of ups and downs, but as they say 'A change is as good as a rest'. I will get back to you when I hear if we have passed all the immigration tests. Bye for now, and thanks again, Beth x

Pension issue, we didnt have one so havnt got a clue , people i know who have, have taken the tax break. We dont get very much in the way of goverment assitance and we have 4 kids.

Was it right for us?.........
You will find the cost of living very different here, [ this is the main bug bare of most people understandably] it is not fair to do a huge list of comparisons to the UK as living in NZ is well........ living in NZ and not the UK.My experience is we are cash poorer, yes, we have to budget better,yes, we dont spend the same as we did in the UK on clothes, furniture, electrical etc etc, because we havnt got it. But.... we arnt any worse off for it, its only 'stuff' its not really needed is it? as long as you have the basics , i have found that in the Uk we were very materilistic, very, and here we are not. It dosnt matter that we dont have our kids kitted out in the lastest brochure from Next, or that my sofa was from Debenhams, or my curtains are Laura Ashley,my neighbours dont care or my real friends dont either. Life here is all about living 'life' , getting to the beach with a groaning picnic. Softball [ any sport really] on a saturday morning and watching your kids be happy.
Schools were a big shock to my system, a huge hurdle for me to overcome, but my kids are getting on fine and are happy. Everyone has their own views on this, most say the kids arnt pushed hard enough here, it is not as regimental here as it is in the UK, no locked gates,no padlocked number access to the reception. My first reaction when i found out the kids eat off the floor in the playground was utter horror! ''what no dinner hall! no dinner ladies! '' but now i dont mind, its just how it is done here, the kids arnt any worse off for it.
Life is life wherever you reside, I have learned I need give and take a little or I feel like a salmon swimming against the flow battling the relentless river in my quest to find home.
You will have many questions alot will remain unanswered , you will only find some of the answers when you are living here, alot of ups and downs , it is like being on a huge roller coaster ride, huge emotions will grip you vice like and small things will seem like the most important thing.
Right i have waffled on long enough! please dont think im being rude if i dont reply on come on, i just dont seem to be able to find much time todo this anymore, forums are very time consuming places!
I think my main thing to say to any of you newbies coming is that we are all unique , we all have different expectations, hopes, fears. All of which i have and still have. I dont think it is living in NZ that brings these things up, just everyday life .
`Thanks for all the information, it is greatly appreciated. We are still getting all our paperwork together at the moment. I have stopped checking things out for a while as I was getting a bit stressed!! I'm pleased that you are enjoying your new lives, and of course it is different with lots of ups and downs, but as they say 'A change is as good as a rest'. I will get back to you when I hear if we have passed all the immigration tests. Bye for now, and thanks again, Beth x
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Hi pegman

How's it going with all the immigration? We have just about got everthing done, though i have to go back in and have some more blood taken as the JR Hospital in Oxford refused to do the extra checks........nice of them! Was hoping to get the paperwork in before xmas but probably won't happen.

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