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Forum: New Zealand
Mar 18th 2019, 6:17 am
Replies: 60
Views: 6,429
Posted By bearskin

re: North and South islands - Climate Advice & wher to live for lifestyle

Hawke's Bay maybe? I've always thought that would be a great place to live.
Friend just moved to New Plymouth - that seems to tick a lot of boxes.
Otherwise, you could consider Taupo or Rotorua?...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 13th 2019, 6:32 am
Replies: 7
Views: 521
Posted By bearskin

Re: Travel insurance

AA Insurance for me. Off to Oz in a couple of weeks, very reasonable.
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 8th 2019, 6:25 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 687
Posted By bearskin

Re: Visa / passport questions

I would clarify that as I understand it, it's not so much about citizenship, but it does depend on passports. If you are a NZ citizen but travel into NZ on a different passport - ie a UK passport,...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 26th 2018, 6:57 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 879
Posted By bearskin

Re: NZ Super increasing to 20 years residency?

I think this is fair enough. I'd have thought it reasonable to have to meet a 20 year rule even if the reciprocal agreement didn't apply. Would think that a person receiving a pension in a country...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 25th 2018, 8:04 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 10,509
Posted By bearskin

Re: Should we move to NZ?

Isn't this the plan though? They are still training NZ teachers. A beginning teacher will usually only get a years contract, but I'm not sure for an experienced teacher from another country - you'd...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 23rd 2018, 3:12 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,391
Posted By bearskin

Re: North shore - unaffordable dream?

You are seriously mis-informed here.

If you bought property in North Shore in 2007, it will be worth approximately 1 million dollars more now in 2018 than you paid for it. Add in paying off ten...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 23rd 2018, 3:07 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,391
Posted By bearskin

Forum: New Zealand
Sep 20th 2018, 7:23 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,391
Posted By bearskin

Re: North shore - unaffordable dream?

True. Those people could sell up and walk away with a million dollars if they wanted to now.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 20th 2018, 8:06 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,391
Posted By bearskin

Re: North shore - unaffordable dream?

If you are bringing over a lump of money to put down against a house and happy to service a decent size mortgage that you can afford on your wages, you'll be fine. House prices will rise and if you...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 20th 2018, 8:04 am
Replies: 3
Views: 531
Posted By bearskin

Re: Relocating - recommendations in Northland?

I could happily live on the coast south of Whangarei - close enough to go up to the city, and only 1.5hrs down to Auckland for visits.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 16th 2018, 7:09 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,031
Posted By bearskin

Re: Auckland or bust by xmas: districts to rent a house

I've heard that Buckland Beach is a nice place to live, and Half Moon Bay.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 3rd 2018, 7:19 am
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By bearskin

Cool Re: Auckland or bust by Xmas: Banks?

No, no, I think you'll find I made all that up...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 27th 2018, 7:00 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By bearskin

Re: Auckland or bust by Xmas: Banks?

ASB is alright, does all the basics OK. It's an Aussie owned bank so a bit pushy if you have to interact with staff. I don't like going in to a branch for the reason they try to sell you things all...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 23rd 2018, 6:49 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 528
Posted By bearskin

Re: Pension question

Thanks.
Employer is currently contributing 10% of my wage. If I joined kiwisaver, their contribution would have to be split down to 7% and they'd pay 3% into my kiwisaver. I'd get the government...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 23rd 2018, 5:09 am
Replies: 3
Views: 528
Posted By bearskin

Pension question

I'm thinking that I could afford to pay a bit more into my pension
What do people think about the options of
a) increasing the payments into an existing pension scheme (Defined Contribution...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 21st 2018, 6:54 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By bearskin

Re: Abel Tasman March or Dec?

December. Could be blisteringly hot in March.
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 12th 2018, 6:57 pm
Replies: 88
Views: 13,152
Posted By bearskin

Re: WAIN

I know you make a joke of it, but this is the situation we are faced with now. It's got significantly worse in the last couple of years (although it's never been fabulous). Record breaking rainfall...
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 11th 2018, 6:50 pm
Replies: 88
Views: 13,152
Posted By bearskin

Re: WAIN

So, we had a beautiful day in Auckland on Saturday - one out of the box - but boy do you have to pay for those up here in Auckland... the rain the last 24hours has been relentless, again. It's like...
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 6th 2018, 12:59 am
Replies: 21
Views: 2,122
Posted By bearskin

Re: Negotiating on a property

True.
But if they had a fixed fee arrangement the agent might not be so sniffy about the offer?
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 5th 2018, 6:44 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 990
Posted By bearskin

Re: 800 Words

I liked the first couple of series of 800 Words a lot. Well written and decently acted.
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 5th 2018, 6:41 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,122
Posted By bearskin

Re: Negotiating on a property

This, absolutely.
They are only in it for themselves. Higher the selling price, higher their own pay-out.
Forum: New Zealand
May 30th 2018, 8:47 am
Replies: 38
Views: 4,034
Posted By bearskin

Re: Finding after a month in the uk

I take it you've never ventured to the Avondale market then? I think it is Sundays only, but it is massive. The fruit and vegetables is mind boggling. Not sure about meat there though... I don't...
Forum: New Zealand
May 27th 2018, 7:30 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,398
Posted By bearskin

Re: Salary equivalents between UK and NZ

Mmmmmwhahahahahahahaha. That is hilarious. The temperature in the UK in summer can get a LOT hotter than it does here in Auckland (that's where you're considering living, yes?). And "summer" here -...
Forum: New Zealand
May 22nd 2018, 6:52 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,129
Posted By bearskin

Re: Gathering firewood

Constantly - in my sleep.
Forum: New Zealand
May 17th 2018, 9:35 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,129
Posted By bearskin

Re: Gathering firewood

Are you saying it is illegal?
My experience is that there's a lot of wood lying around, even in suburbia. More so I would think if you are rural.
One time we were out with the kids and came home...
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