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P18PPS Jun 25th 2012 11:59 pm

Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
being stoney broke and the poorest I've ever been in my life

BEVS Jun 26th 2012 1:40 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by P18PPS (Post 10138800)
being stony broke and the poorest I've ever been in my life

:lol: I did wonder how long it would be.

FWIW it's the same for us. We're not on our uppers but one certainly has to watch all the pennies & that makes for a restricted life.

As you will see I've moved the post to a thread of it's own. Just felt it was a matter of fair play that those enjoying their NZ lives be allowed to express it freely without a damp squib being thrown in.


Things you would never have done before you got to NZ
Gone years on end without a holiday.

Budgeted for one tank of petrol a week.

Paid $2 for a bag of horse manure :eek:

P18PPS Jun 26th 2012 2:23 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
not to mention spending so (or too) much time with kiwis and aussies

bourbon-biscuit Jun 26th 2012 2:32 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Gosh, when I think about it there's heaps!

Pay a small fortune for a wooden home with no serious heating :ohmy:
End up with kids who don't share our cultural background or really know their wider family
Find we're only really comfortable swimming where there's lifeguards due to the rips and currents, etc, from being sea swimming keeners in the UK
Spend every holiday either in Oz or Britain with family- really miss France and feel sad that my kids will never feel the familiarity with it we had
Drive such a massive car with a larger than 1.3l engine- ugh
Drive ****** everywhere!
Get bitten to heck by stripey mozzies everytime I go in the garden in summer.

P18PPS Jun 26th 2012 2:55 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
what's a holiday?

chippy64 Jun 26th 2012 3:12 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Experienced several hundred earthquakes! :eek:

bourbon-biscuit Jun 26th 2012 3:31 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by P18PPS (Post 10139027)
what's a holiday?

Not sure, but think it's prolly not something you ideally do with inlaws in tow :D

love30stm Jun 26th 2012 3:45 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Get Sick of tons off flies in summer.
Moved my children from England for a better life but not quite worked out as eldest has never settled hates it and can't get a job.
Not been on a proper Holiday since living here just back to the UK and Christchurch for a week.
Miss going to a theme park.
Getting dressed up with nowhere to go.
Living somewhere with dull kiwis ;).

Oh and living somewhere where everyone is so easily pleased

Stormer999 Jun 26th 2012 4:25 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Flown 12.000 miles to read a bucketful of posts from whingeing poms...:rofl:;)

love30stm Jun 26th 2012 4:35 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by Stormer999 (Post 10139135)
Flown 12.000 miles to read a bucketful of posts from whingeing poms...:rofl:;)

Nah! You used to read them before you came here :p

Jan n Neil Jun 26th 2012 5:14 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
pay 6 bux for milk :thumbdown:

Neil

Stormer999 Jun 26th 2012 5:21 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by love30stm (Post 10139144)
Nah! You used to read them before you came here :p

:rofl:;)

hazeandsteve Jun 26th 2012 6:43 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
P18PPS. Lucky you.
There's plenty of people that couldn't get work years ago, regardless of desire. I've certainly been poorer and colder than I am here.

P18PPS Jun 26th 2012 7:36 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Though I have been made redundant twice in the UK, it's never happened here, however the financial quality of life in NZ is far lower than that of the UK, and with 4 children it is definitely a problematic issue.... you can rant on about the quality of life over here for kids - which is fantastic - however we have reached our peak and are moving on....

good luck to those that live it out! we shall be back no doubt at some point in the future, but "greener" (??!) pastures call for the immediate future.

Bo-Jangles Jun 26th 2012 8:32 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
OMG where do I start and how long have you got?

:rofl:

BEVS Jun 26th 2012 12:45 pm

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by Stormer999 (Post 10139135)
Flown 12.000 miles to read a bucketful of posts from whingeing poms...


Originally Posted by hazeandsteve
There's plenty of people that couldn't get work years ago, regardless of desire. I've certainly been poorer and colder than I am here.

For heavens sake. Enough !

I had hoped the purpose of splitting the thread would be understood & respected. Clearly not , which has given me the grumbles.
So. To be clear. People will not rain on the parade of the 'upbeat' thread for reasons which I have stated on that thread .That same fairness applies to this thread too. Do not seek to denigrate what others have chosen to write here.

Stormer999 Jun 26th 2012 8:27 pm

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 10139733)
For heavens sake. Enough !

I had hoped the purpose of splitting the thread would be understood & respected. Clearly not , which has given me the grumbles.
So. To be clear. People will not rain on the parade of the 'upbeat' thread for reasons which I have stated on that thread .That same fairness applies to this thread too. Do not seek to denigrate what others have chosen to write here.

You said downbeat you got downbeat! stop trying to spoil our downbeat by moaning !!;)

love30stm Jun 26th 2012 9:51 pm

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 10139733)
For heavens sake. Enough !

I had hoped the purpose of splitting the thread would be understood & respected. Clearly not , which has given me the grumbles.
So. To be clear. People will not rain on the parade of the 'upbeat' thread for reasons which I have stated on that thread .That same fairness applies to this thread too. Do not seek to denigrate what others have chosen to write here.

agree with you. ive wrote on here and the other thread and people who moan about us winging poms do not know what problems we have been through in NZ so they can shut it. :frown:

P18PPS Jun 26th 2012 10:31 pm

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
this is very entertaining

love30stm Jun 26th 2012 10:55 pm

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by P18PPS (Post 10140814)
this is very entertaining

better than Eastenders ;):lol:

love30stm Jun 26th 2012 10:59 pm

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by P18PPS (Post 10139303)
Though I have been made redundant twice in the UK, it's never happened here, however the financial quality of life in NZ is far lower than that of the UK, and with 4 children it is definitely a problematic issue.... you can rant on about the quality of life over here for kids - which is fantastic - however we have reached our peak and are moving on....

good luck to those that live it out! we shall be back no doubt at some point in the future, but "greener" (??!) pastures call for the immediate future.

well your lucky you can afford to move on? where you going to btw?

BEVS Jun 26th 2012 11:14 pm

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by Stormer999 (Post 10140591)
You said downbeat you got downbeat! stop trying to spoil our downbeat by moaning

Further posts to jump on the 'downbeat' posts in this specific 'downbeat' thread which was started to help the 'upbeat' posters, will perhaps be moved to clog up the original thread :sneaky: , which I spent some time farting about with yesterday & then renamed the 'upbeat' thread to ensure it would not get clogged by the 'downbeat' posts thereby hacking off the 'upbeat' posters who wish to enjoy their 'upbeaty' posts without having to view 'downbeaty' posts , which have been given this place to huddle in peace also

Yeh.

Miss Nic Jun 26th 2012 11:21 pm

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Driving a clapped out car and fearing for my life on a daily basis when 'taking on' Auckland drivers :-o

love30stm Jun 26th 2012 11:49 pm

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Being subjected to seeing Males in shorts and gumboots :lol:
Crap Drivers who dont know what indicators are for
Rugby Rugby Rugby!!!!
Crap Tv
expensive everthing!

RobClubley Jun 27th 2012 12:01 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Having to import car parts to get them for less than double the UK prices.
Then getting screwed for GST and duty at customs.

P18PPS Jun 27th 2012 1:35 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
the desert ....

Stormer999 Jun 27th 2012 3:34 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 10140895)
Further posts to jump on the 'downbeat' posts in this specific 'downbeat' thread which was started to help the 'upbeat' posters, will perhaps be moved to clog up the original thread :sneaky: , which I spent some time farting about with yesterday & then renamed the 'upbeat' thread to ensure it would not get clogged by the 'downbeat' posts thereby hacking off the 'upbeat' posters who wish to enjoy their 'upbeaty' posts without having to view 'downbeaty' posts , which have been given this place to huddle in peace also

Yeh.

Cool..:thumbup: Is that Kiwi speak...:p

Justcol Jun 27th 2012 6:11 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Whats to moan about its all lovely

Stormer999 Jun 27th 2012 7:29 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by Justcol (Post 10141299)
Whats to moan about its all lovely

Bet she dosn't miss that slurr.....:D

BEVS Jun 27th 2012 8:01 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Sigh.

BEVS Jun 27th 2012 8:02 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by P18PPS (Post 10140814)
this is very entertaining


Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff


Being colder inside my house than out.

Stormer999 Jun 27th 2012 8:04 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 10141377)
Being colder inside my house than out.

Well get out and have a barbie.....:lol:

BEVS Jun 27th 2012 8:15 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by Stormer999 (Post 10141379)
Well get out and have a barbie.....:lol:

Thing with that is , me fingers might drop off and be taken for chipolata's.

You do know you will get a slap one day , don't you.

Stormer999 Jun 27th 2012 8:25 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 10141386)
Thing with that is , me fingers might drop off and be taken for chipolata's.

You do know you will get a slap one day , don't you.

Yes...it's the Welsh devil in me.....trouble is I can't run as fast any more.....more like can't run!:p

Hey how about an indoor barbie....keeps the oven clean and warms the house....:D

Bo-Jangles Jun 27th 2012 8:36 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
I would never have spent so much time on the internet 'listening' to TOWINZ expats talking b0ll0ck$ about their happy ever after, endless summers and dreamy blue sky days at the beach.

I would never have been subjected to these Narnia type stories of folks that emigrated here for the less materialistic, simpler life; whilst simultaneously surrounding themselves with big boys toys and bragging about their big houses, spa pools, monster BBQs and Chelsea/ Remuera type tractors. :rofl:

Stormer999 Jun 27th 2012 9:39 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Do you know you really do downbeat well BJ....;)

love30stm Jun 27th 2012 9:49 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by Bo-Jangles (Post 10141409)
I would never have spent so much time on the internet 'listening' to TOWINZ expats talking b0ll0ck$ about their happy ever after, endless summers and dreamy blue sky days at the beach.

I would never have been subjected to these Narnia type stories of folks that emigrated here for the less materialistic, simpler life; whilst simultaneously surrounding themselves with big boys toys and bragging about their big houses, spa pools, monster BBQs and Chelsea/ Remuera type tractors. :rofl:

Haha :lol:

BEVS Jun 27th 2012 11:41 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by Stormer999 (Post 10141523)
Do you know you really do downbeat well BJ....

We've been here a cynical while.

scrubbedexpat094 Jul 5th 2012 2:04 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 
Hate being colder inside my house than outside, reminds me of staying at my Nan's house in the late '60's, early 70's.
Having a house with crying windows.
Owning a car that I will need to keep until it gives up the ghost.
Dicing with death on the roads of Auckland on a daily basis & accepting that as being the 'norm'.
Not being able to find any decent clothes in the shops.
Given up being a midwife, cos the maternity system stinks.
Not owning a hamster because they don't have them :cry_smile:

love30stm Jul 5th 2012 2:47 am

Re: Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff
 

Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix (Post 10155231)
Hate being colder inside my house than outside, reminds me of staying at my Nan's house in the late '60's, early 70's.
Having a house with crying windows.
Owning a car that I will need to keep until it gives up the ghost.
Dicing with death on the roads of Auckland on a daily basis & accepting that as being the 'norm'.
Not being able to find any decent clothes in the shops.
Given up being a midwife, cos the maternity system stinks.
Not owning a hamster because they don't have them :cry_smile:

My house is warmer than outisde
ive been buying loads of clothes from Pagani lately love that shop
:p


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