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Forum: New Zealand
Nov 8th 2006, 9:51 am
Replies: 121
Views: 3,511
Posted By IainW

Re: Alternative culture in NZ

The tip of the Coromandel, around Whitianga is pretty hippyfied. The real alternative bunch used to live on Waiheke Island until the JAFAs kicked them off, then they moved to Great Barrier Island.
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Forum: New Zealand
Nov 7th 2006, 8:03 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By IainW

Re: Fact or Fiction

I've only heard it said the other way round! Wellington is where it's at if you like the nightlife & a bit of cafe culture. Auckland feels very different to everywhere else - it is to NZ what London...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 31st 2006, 7:23 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By IainW

Re: Renting in Auckland, help please?

Definitely right on the rent.

If you don't have kids and want some nightlife then I'd suggest living in the CBD to start with. Commuting is easy because you're travelling the opposite way to...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 31st 2006, 9:17 am
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By IainW

Re: Renting in Auckland, help please?

We payed around $395 a week for a 2 bedroom place just behind Sky Tower, then $330 a week for a 1 bedroom place out at Titirangi. Both were good quality apartments but not flash. $200 a week in...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 31st 2006, 6:25 am
Replies: 146
Views: 5,697
Posted By IainW

Re: Kiwi ways of saying stuff

'The' bash as opposed to 'a' bash. Hear it all the time. On the news the police will often say someone was 'bashed' rather than assaulted or beaten up.
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 30th 2006, 4:19 am
Replies: 146
Views: 5,697
Posted By IainW

Re: Kiwi ways of saying stuff

The bash = beaten up

As in "He got the bash last Saturday night".
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 27th 2006, 8:03 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 441
Posted By IainW

Re: Child care?

School times are similar to the UK, ie just before 9 to just after 3 for primary.

As for child care, there are lots of options available - commercial childcare centres, home based, Kindy, nanny,...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 22nd 2006, 10:23 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By IainW

Re: Can the camping gear come?

I brought all my camping (and potholing) gear. This included 2 (very expensive) backpacking tents. No problems - just make sure you wipe the ground sheet clean and vac out all the grass and dead...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 22nd 2006, 10:17 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By IainW

Re: How long from brochures to moving?

Thought about it in June 04, applied September 04 (after putting the house up for sale), ITA issued in Jan 05, PR granted Apr 1st 05. Arrived Apr 26th 05.

That was at a time when processing was...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 22nd 2006, 10:10 pm
Replies: 59
Views: 3,339
Posted By IainW

Re: If You Could, Would You Go Back Home?

We've been here just over 18 months and it feels like home to us. We still intend to do some travelling and maybe live elsewhere, but NZ is where we'll come back to. I wouldn't waste the air fair...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 22nd 2006, 10:06 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 428
Posted By IainW

Forum: New Zealand
Oct 7th 2006, 7:26 am
Replies: 14
Views: 2,512
Posted By IainW

Re: Registered childmninder's in NZ ??!!

I presume you mean home based child care? In which case, try

http://www.barnardos.org.nz/ChildCare/KidStart_what.asp

also

http://www.porsenz.com/about_porse/index.htm

ERO are the folks...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 4th 2006, 7:26 am
Replies: 64
Views: 2,485
Posted By IainW

Re: Taking everything with you ?!

We were the same. We did ship a few tea chests over, but needn't have bothered. Our furniture in the UK was pretty much past its sell-by date and it was a great opportunity to de-clutter. Cost wise,...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 26th 2006, 10:52 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 842
Posted By IainW

Re: OK,no swearing,but what's up with Palmy?

Nothing wrong with Palmy. It's not the prettiest town on the planet, and I guess a lot of people who have a downer on it have just driven through on the way to somewhere else and have based their...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 25th 2006, 10:13 am
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By IainW

Re: Primary Teaching

Degree + PGCE + your experience (if full time) would put you on $60k.

Jobs in the primary sector are easy to come by in Auckland, much trickier elsewhere. A lot of people in the provinces spend...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 23rd 2006, 9:46 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 852
Posted By IainW

Re: From great to crap.

They're teenagers. They are supposed to annoy people and make the older generation tut at them, it's in the job description.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 20th 2006, 8:09 am
Replies: 17
Views: 910
Posted By IainW

Re: The 10 'must do things' in NZ

1. Visit a marae & attend a hangi
2. Rotorua thermal parks
3. Te Papa (Especially the cultural performance & special exhibitions)
4. Tongariro crossing (if they are fit enough)
5. Whale watching...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 17th 2006, 8:56 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Posted By IainW

Re: Do they know something?

Rangitoto.

It just exploded out of the sea - big isn't it? :D

The individual volcanoes in Auckland are all extinct, but the underlying volcanic field is still active. Not very likely to go...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 17th 2006, 3:08 am
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Posted By IainW

Re: Do they know something?

Me.

I can see 2 active volcanoes from where I live (Taranaki & Ruapehu) and have experienced half a dozen decent sized tremors in the last 9 months or so. The crater lake on Ruapehu is due to go...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 17th 2006, 2:55 am
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By IainW

Re: Motorbikes!!!

You can watch 'The battle of the streets' - the first leg of which is in Wanganui every Boxing Day. It's street circuit, known as the Cemetery Circuit,around the town centre (and through the...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 16th 2006, 9:49 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By IainW

Re: Teacher training

You would need to obtain a graduate diploma of teaching (Early Years, Primary or Secondary depending on your interest) which is a one year full time course available at a number of institutions...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 15th 2006, 5:06 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,217
Posted By IainW

Re: NNEB, TEFL,Dyslexia teaching in NZ

Lots of good stuff from Bevs there. I think you should bite the bullet and get an NZQA assessment done. It's not that expensive in the scheme of things, and you will certainly need it for your...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 29th 2006, 7:27 am
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By IainW

Re: Teacher training

What do you want to know? I was a teacher (Intermediate) in Auckland when we first came over, and now work training teacher aides. I'm taking a load of potential trainee teachers on a visit to Massey...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 26th 2006, 10:12 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,420
Posted By IainW

Re: How Much Do you need to survive?

We found that the cos of living in NZ was roughly the same as the cost of living in the uk when the exchange rate at 2.5 ish. Now the rate is around 3 it would be a bit cheaper in NZ. So work out...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 17th 2006, 2:26 am
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By IainW

Re: Rough timescales

If you have a job offer, then EOI to PR stamp can be very quick indeed, NZIS will bend over backwards to get your paperwork in place if your job offer is time constrained, but in any case you could...
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