One year today

Old Feb 21st 2015, 7:36 am
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One year in Christchurch today. Strange to reflect on a whole year that really only felt like a month of two.

Absolutely loving it. Didn't think after spending a life time in London that I could 'love' a place but me and ChCh got it going on!

Still working at the same company I joined a year ago and now manage the team I started in. Stressful but the days just fly and I always look forward going back to work on Mondays. Started my own company that's now really becoming a full time job with 3 permanent staff but it's paying off very nicely.

Been a very good week. My residency came through on Tuesday and the house purchase finally closed on Wednesday. I can't wait to get my builder's hat on and start renovating under the strict eyes of the girlfriend

We've put an offer on a 'bach' in Hanmer so really hoping that goes well for us. It might just be the best year I've ever had in my life if that works out too.

And I have to admit. Before I came to NZ and read this forum daily to try and learn from others experiences and with the posts being mostly negative, I didn't exactly came here in a good frame of mind. I'm so glad I paid the negative chorus no mind (in the end). It's been the best move I made since leaving university 10 years ago.

I don't socialise with Brits or others that constantly yearn for 'home' or moan about NZ. I always and kindly point them in the direction of the airport.

Bar my accent and a few quirks, as far as I'm concerned I'm a honorary Kiwi

And loving it!
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Old Feb 21st 2015, 6:44 pm
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Excellent Nice to hear from a settler who looks forwards and not backwards....
The "moaners" can be useful as long as you categorize them....
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Love this post, thank you for putting it up. It's great to hear how much you enjoy life in NZ
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Old Feb 22nd 2015, 6:34 am
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Good on ya Gez, living the Kiwi dream

Good luck with the bach in Hanmer, let us know the outcome!

We've been in Chch now for two years and love it. Battered and bruised as she is I still admire the snow capped mountains on a winters day, the way the Port Hills look in the sunshine and driving over the Waimak bridge admiring how blue the river is on my way home from work

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Originally Posted by Stormer999
Excellent Nice to hear from a settler who looks forwards and not backwards....
The "moaners" can be useful as long as you categorize them....
Just wondering what your categories are and which particular category this particular 'moaner' fits into
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Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix
Just wondering what your categories are and which particular category this particular 'moaner' fits into
Your in the "happy people" category...like me!
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Your in the "happy people" category...like me!
Really? I'm a bloomin' miserable cow

Great that you're loving it Gez.
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Fab update. I need to do an update soon. I live hour outside chch
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