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Old Jan 9th 2014, 11:06 pm
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we landed in Wellington.

Things started well, or was that rose tinted glasses.

MrF was already working when myself and the children arrived. Day after arrival MrF took us to see the rental he had booked which was not to clean lucky for us MIL had booked us in to the Museum Hotel for 3 nights as a Christmas present so we managed to get proper cleaners in. hubby took a few days off to show us around a bit.

We had our first earthquake within the first 2weeks of being here. Quakes take a while to get used to and can be scary but it's part and parcel of living here and you just have to hope for no big damaging ones

Within a few weeks I had got myself a part time position at After School Care, covering for the guy that MrF had stayed with who wanted time off to go be an extra in The Hobbitt. This arrangement went on longer than the management had agreed so I took over his role completely.
Kids seemed to settle into school well.
It was summer and things seemed to be going great.

Then Autumn came and the wind. The big UK storm in the UK saw a rather large branch through my bedroom window so I'm quite cautious about wind. But I never realised how frightened I actually am and having a metal roof doesn't help.

Anyway we bought a house in the area we rented within 6mths - now feel that was possibly a mistake, I love my house just wish I could pick it up and move it to a less windy area. The reason we bought so quickly was the rental was just awful and we had sold the house in the UK so had the funds but if I was advising any one I would say wait and rent in a few area's first before deciding on the area. We are looking at selling now and moving a bit more North and see if that helps, but that has bought it own stresses and we haven't even enlisted an agent yet.

Schooling for the kids started well but for my 10/11/12yr old soon found her bored. The Principal didn't really have an idea of which year to put her in, then I said she had befriended one girl of a similar age so she got put in with her. But as classes are mixed years it now appears that she could of still gone into that class and be in the upper year. Anyway last year nearing the end of Term 3 she mentioned she was bored and not learning anything. Knowing that she had stat tests and camp we decided to see what her results were and then discuss the options. Well her results were good so we contact the local college and asked if she could start there in 2014 rather than 2015. Which they agreed, so we had 5wks to get that sorted before the end of term 4. She is very exciting about it. As for my youngest he has fitted in well but then he only had reception and 1 term of UK education before he started here so he hasn't really known any other way of learning.

MrF has now got another job and last year I replaced the Head Supervisor of After School Care so I basically now run the place. (which I shall miss doing, despite its stresses if/when we move).

There are some problems with the school and how they manage things, think its more to do with the Principal and the BOT having no guts to get rid of them. Trying to find out who else you can complain to is a nightmare but I will keep complaining and hope we can get it sorted. It doesn't affect the sons education atm so no problems about that and if we move he will have to change schools anyway.

I wasn't unhappy in the UK, MrF was and although he still has the same work stresses he had in the UK he says he is happier here. Myself, well to be perfectly frank I live the same as I did in the UK, working part time, house work, shopping, etc. The kids have settled well and seem to be enjoying it. the main difference for them has been less after school clubs, but that's because of the work I do and not being able to get them to any. Also sports seem to be seasonal here so tennis is done in term 4 and 1 and not 2 or 3 ? Have managed to get son into swimming and basketball at weekends that run throughout the year but daughter hasn't wanted to join. she has taken up the piano and guitar at school and hopes to carry that on at college.

so was it worth it?

All in all it's had it's up's and down's but at the end of the day apart from the scenery being prettier than where we came from in the UK its much the same day to day stuff.
Things we were used to having easily in the UK sometimes takes more effort to obtain or you just go without. Choice is less here and some things are more expensive but it is what it is and has to be accepted or you could drive yourself round the bend.
We do do more together as a family, walks out (which MrF was reluctant to do in the UK) day trips, more social gatherings. But we seriously could of done that in the UK if we put some effort into it.

What would I do differently?

Not be so quick to buy. we thought it would be easier on the kids not to have to move again so quickly as they had made some friends. but if we move now those friendships are more established than back then so will it be harder on them now?

Where will we be at the 5yr anniversary?

I said we would stay for the 5yrs to get Citizenship and I will stick to that. Unless there are some unforeseen circumstances still in NZ but having serious talks as to whether we stay.
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Nice Blog/update. Very honest.

We will have been here 3 years at the end of next month.

On Tuesday I've got a couple of weeks temporary work. A huge improvement on no paid employment last year at all.

We purchased our house a couple of months after arriving in Wanganui. We had rented a place initially. The house we bought was the house I had my eye on via TradeMe before we had even left Christchurch. Albeit once my husband got his job offer in Wangas.

We purchased our home in Wanganui 2 September 2011 after selling our house in Britain on 12 January 2011. Months and months of uncertainty, upheaval and being unsettled came to an end when we moved in.

My husband and I weren't unhappy in Britain just fed up and wanted a change. We'd both had enough of our jobs and, after ten years at the same address, wanted to move house. Personally I felt that we could have moved to a different county of Britain but I also felt we had one chance to see what life was like in NZ. I sort of, 'always knew' that one day we might be in New Zealand.

He's got family in Auckland. His 78 year old mother really isn't getting any younger. His sister is married with kids and also lives in Auckland. My husband remarked, shortly after arriving in NZ, that he, 'didn't come here for them'. Them being his family. I thought, 'someone needs to make up their mind.' We visit his family in Auckland two or three times a year. It's ok as we get to see our nephew and twin nieces, so my husband is not a stranger to them. He can also catch up with his mother and sister. It's all good. Apparently.

Anyway we'll just see what's what in on February 28 2016. As we will have been here five years at that point. I will look into what's involved regarding applying for citizenship i.e. form filling, fee to be paid etc.

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Good, candid update MrsF and thanks for sharing.

Yup ! Gaining citizenship is a way to go , especially if you are uncertain if you will remain.

Heck, I'm uncertain I will remain and that is after nearly ten years.

I hope your current home seels quickly and you find a lovely place out of the Welly wind.
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Technically, in order to get citizenship, you do have to demonstrate a commitment to stay in NZ....

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eermmm, does owning your own home and working count?
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Originally Posted by MrsFychan
eermmm, does owning your own home and working count?
Yes but you essentially have to commit to staying for at least another year - I know someone who did not feel he could do this, because of the solemnity of the occasion - as he knew he would be leaving NZ shortly. Therefore, even though he was eligible, he never took up citizenship

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its more for the kids to be honest and something MrF wants to do. I said before we came over I would commit to the 5 years and go from there.

Things have been a bit more difficult in the 2nd year than the 1st so I am on a bit of a downer at the moment. things change so we will have to see what happens
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Enjoyed all your posts..will be interested to see if you stay. I am a Kiwi originally..but still finding it hard to live back here..friends and basic entertainment poor here..despite job now being ok..I take a ferry to work in city side each day! We found after being out for 25 yrs that the place hardly changed in sense of lifestyle..in sense of friends..gets better..but they always leave!!
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On Citizenship..worth getting..cost you nothing to speak of..even if you leave a month later..you have it for life! Commitment ..only need to show did your five years and can tell them are here longer..leave one day later after getting it and you still keep it for life!!
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On Citizenship..worth getting..cost you nothing to speak of..
'Nothing' in the grand scheme if you happen to have a spare $1000 or so lying around; it's $470.20 per adult and $235 for a child and needs some thinking about when there's a long list of other things screaming out for dollars.
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just been informed that the 2yr anniversary for updating the visa needs to be done within 3 mths of the 2yr anniversary so now have 10 days to get and pay for it, lucky we've had haircuts for the passport photo's I suppose
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Originally Posted by Bo-Jangles
'Nothing' in the grand scheme if you happen to have a spare $1000 or so lying around; it's $470.20 per adult and $235 for a child and needs some thinking about when there's a long list of other things screaming out for dollars.
Quite. Bo-J . Quite.

All a bit odd really given he's not posting from Auckland nor even NZ & all the posts were in the one day.

I did bother to send Dave008 a BE email about this conundrum but am yet to receive a response.
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