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Old Aug 18th 2014, 12:15 am
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Originally Posted by Purrball
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in over 20 years, things that immediately struck me:

• Cicadas - Love them

• Utes - Hate them

• Soft water - we still use water filters

• Unbelievably crappy TV advertising - My favourite was the advert for bovine mastitis- on at peak viewing time.

• Lots of cannabis smokers - Wouldn't know about that one.

• Sparrows inside public buildings - Agreed, which is fine until they cr@p on you.

• Bare feet shoppers - We never do it (though I have driven barefoot - what a rebel!)

• How many Asian people in Auckland compared to the 1980s

• Chain link fences

• Unnervingly quiet town and city centres at night, especially when you're a pedestrian - Not in Courtenay Place!

• Lack of decent pubs with a (generalised) middle-class aversion to even visiting them - Couldn't agree more.

• Calling a goverment department and getting through to a person straight away, with no call waiting or 'choose option 2'. That person then followed up with an email within five minutes. - Unless its IRD in my experience...maybe they didn;t want to give me my rebate!

• How humid Auckland can be

• Corrugated iron roofs - Noisy

• Strange interior decorating choices

• Unsatisfying clothes shopping - We still get M&S, Debenhams stuff sent over.

• Public loos in parks and reserves with toilet paper in them - and invariably very clean

• Over-friendly supermarket checkout people* - I like someone packing my bags for me!


Also, on the trust issue, two incidents come to mind:

• Waiting at a bus stop in Wadestown, within minutes, being offered a lift by a complete stranger back into town.

• Office premises leaving their front doors open for anyone to walk upstairs and inside. Few door buzzers/intercoms.

*Originally coming New Zealand, it's easy to now see how many British people appear standoffish, when I think it's more about privacy and initial reserve, rather than rudeness per se.
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Old Aug 19th 2014, 1:02 pm
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You can refer to your GP on first name terms when you phone to make an appointment or turn up at the reception ....... it still seems a bit wrong.
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Some very bizarre decorating choices, sort of mixture of eighties/ colour blind/what they had left/what was cheap but looked shiny..

Infomercials

Massively staged houses for sale- tiny beds and no furniture

Excitement and wonder at the concept of UPVC windows...futuristic!

Top loading washing machines....why?

Bus drivers not sat behind sealed bullet proof security screens

Outrageously expensive taxis but cheaper fuel?

Wider selection of decent foods in supermarkets, things like healthy foods/ gluten free/etc

Crazy Chinese driving. Outside lane to suddenly turn left!

The never ending sales or "specials"
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How small it is. Everyone seems related or knows each other
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Originally Posted by Bo-Jangles
You can refer to your GP on first name terms when you phone to make an appointment or turn up at the reception ....... it still seems a bit wrong.


Did that in England
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Being able to get GP appointments on the day!

Being able to get dental appointments on the day I want at the time I want.

That I've now become aculturated and now say 'on special' instead of 'on offer'

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lots of roads only have pathways on one side of the road. and pathways just Stop for no apparent reason and you are left thinking where the hell do I go now.
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No daffodils flowering in the garden on St David's day
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Mums dropping their children off to school or kindy and wearing slippers and PJ pants, so funny when the child forgets something in the car and the mum races in to drop it off and gets caught!
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Originally Posted by Bo-Jangles
You can refer to your GP on first name terms when you phone to make an appointment or turn up at the reception ....... it still seems a bit wrong.
Had to take my son to A&E yesterday, the Dr said, ' Hi I'm the doctor, Sean' err 'Hello Sean' I said
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no "15% gratuity has been included for your convenience" on the restaurant bill.
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Originally Posted by moonie2011
........ ' Hi I'm the doctor, Sean' err 'Hello Sean' I said
Did you think his Mum should have called him something other than Sean then?
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It's so easy to get an appointment at the Docs, cos nobody can afford to go there unless they can claim it on ACC or they're nearly dead.

Shocker of the week for me was in trying to make an appointment for a 'routine' screening of the lady kind and being told I first needed to see the Doctor first to get permission; $46 kerching ta very much ma'am.

Two days later the test is done; another $33 kerching.
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Originally Posted by Bo-Jangles
Shocker of the week for me was in trying to make an appointment for a 'routine' screening of the lady kind and being told I first needed to see the Doctor first to get permission; $46 kerching ta very much ma'am. Two days later the test is done; another $33 kerching.
Next time check out your local family planning clinic just $20 - that is the price for the clinic in Newmarket, Auckland so it may be cheaper elsewhere! You cannot just show up and you have to book but it is much cheaper than your GP
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