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Old Mar 29th 2008, 4:35 am
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Arrow Upon arrival, what would it have been really useful to have known?

Following on from this thread, what would you really have liked to have known when you came to NZ?

Dreamfish suggested knowing the following:
  • How the ambulance service works
  • What those funny grey boxes are kerbside (they're mailboxes)
  • What the emergency number is (111)

I would like to add:
  • When is rubbish collection day and where do you get bins or bags from?
  • How does the ACC work?
  • Where are the emergency centres? (they have a proper name, can't remember it right now)
  • Website links to the various schools
  • Names of the main supermarket chains
  • Names of the main home stores (Bunnings, etc.)
  • Where are the area's major shopping malls?
  • Where are the swimming pools? ('cos there aren't exactly too many to list )
  • What procedures need to be followed when I buy a car - tax, WOF, etc.?
  • What are my rights as a consumer?
  • Which beaches are dogs allowed on?
  • When are the public holidays?


This goes for Hutt Valley, Wellington, and Porirua. I don't honestly think it would take too much effort to pull it all together... what say you?

What would you have liked to have been told when you first got here, that would have helped with settling in, the emotional part as well as the practical part?
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Old Mar 29th 2008, 7:22 am
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What the immigration requirements for Australia were.
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Old Mar 29th 2008, 7:29 am
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What the immigration requirements for Australia were.


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Old Mar 29th 2008, 7:41 am
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I'm too lazy to go look, but do you two actually post in the Oz forums?
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I'm too lazy to go look, but do you two actually post in the Oz forums?
Yep just have

Why, arnt we allowed to post on here
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Yep, me too.

Nz and Oz are secretly the same place anyway - just don't tell the kiwis because they'll want more pay

Sorry to disrupt your thread Maz, which was a very worthy one and if you get some good replies it would merit being condensed into the Wiki or made a sticky.
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Originally Posted by Ian & Sharon View Post
Yep just have

Why, arnt we allowed to post on here
Did I say that? NO. Stop trying to bait me, it ain't workin'.

Originally Posted by Nerine View Post
Yep, me too.

Nz and Oz are secretly the same place anyway - just don't tell the kiwis because they'll want more pay
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Sorry to disrupt your thread Maz, which was a very worthy one and if you get some good replies it would merit being condensed into the Wiki or made a sticky.
Yeah it might be good to get a comprehensive guide going.
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Did I say that? NO. Stop trying to bait me, it ain't workin'.
Me ........................no
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Originally Posted by Maz View Post
Following on from this thread, what would you really have liked to have known when you came to NZ?

Dreamfish suggested knowing the following:
  • How the ambulance service works
  • What those funny grey boxes are kerbside (they're mailboxes)
  • What the emergency number is (111)

I would like to add:
  • When is rubbish collection day and where do you get bins or bags from?
  • How does the ACC work?
  • Where are the emergency centres? (they have a proper name, can't remember it right now)
  • Website links to the various schools
  • Names of the main supermarket chains
  • Names of the main home stores (Bunnings, etc.)
  • Where are the area's major shopping malls?
  • Where are the swimming pools? ('cos there aren't exactly too many to list )
  • What procedures need to be followed when I buy a car - tax, WOF, etc.?
  • What are my rights as a consumer?
  • Which beaches are dogs allowed on?
  • When are the public holidays?


This goes for Hutt Valley, Wellington, and Porirua. I don't honestly think it would take too much effort to pull it all together... what say you?

What would you have liked to have been told when you first got here, that would have helped with settling in, the emotional part as well as the practical part?

I say, put the questions & answers all into the BE Wiki.

It's about time we did better than nothing and took on Canada
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Old Mar 29th 2008, 9:49 am
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ACC was certainly a mystery to me (but then most things were) when we first arrived so I think I did something on healthcare for the Wiki.... once.... long time ago.
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[*]Which beaches are dogs allowed on?
Most New Zealand as far as I can remember.

You don't see that many dog's on beaches over here........most of the ladies are very fit
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Originally Posted by Ian & Sharon View Post
Me ........................no
Ya right

Originally Posted by BEVS here View Post
I say, put the questions & answers all into the BE Wiki.

It's about time we did better than nothing and took on Canada
Alrighty then! ... I just need to learn how to update it. I honestly do think it would be a good thing for the NZIS to hand out too, though.

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ACC was certainly a mystery to me (but then most things were) when we first arrived so I think I did something on healthcare for the Wiki.... once.... long time ago.
I got a really fantastic crash course in what the ACC is and how it works when I met with my local rep for Southern Cross when I signed up with them.

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Most New Zealand as far as I can remember.

You don't see that many dog's on beaches over here........most of the ladies are very fit
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Originally Posted by Maz View Post
Following on from this thread, what would you really have liked to have known when you came to NZ?
......
mmm... along those lines and off the top of my head......
  • recylcling collection times, protocol - you can usually get that from a council addie in the local blue phone directory, although in ChCh they seem to put this on the TV ads.......nice people that they are!
  • who is likely to try to rip me off as a "cashed-up Pomm"
  • where the nearest Citizens Advice Beuraux is - as they can help with all sorts of problems
  • how Work and Income can help me - nice people that they are
  • how to get an IRD no
  • that the Bank needs a letter from your employer to authorise the receipt of wages into a bank account......weird one, eh?
  • how to join Flybuys
  • the tiimes of day I can walk my dog (if I had one) or drive my car on the beach without breaking local byelaws (usually well posted)
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Old Mar 29th 2008, 11:03 am
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Good ones about the financial stuff, thanks Ian!
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Thanks Maz, couple more:
  • I wish that I had truly understood the visa situation in more detail - so that I would have got the PR application geed up more and be closer to IRRV and being a passport-carrying Kiwi (well the kids anyway....)
  • Oh yeah, that MAF don't always give you a hard time - our moved messed-up and I was worried about the inspection, but the MAF guy was fine - nike bloke....
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