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Forum: NZ Update
Jul 12th 2019, 10:49 am
Replies: 1
Views: 855
Posted By LauraNotts

6 years today :)

Hi everyone,

I'd completely forgotten about this forum until you sent me a happy birthday reminder (sorry life got busy) so 6 years ago I landed in Christchurch with two suitcases into a raging...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 20th 2017, 9:09 am
Replies: 35
Views: 7,445
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Student Loans company - ugh

In my experience if there is anything they can do to make your experience with them stress free and easy the SLC will go to any lengths possible not to do it.
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 15th 2017, 8:05 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,880
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Reality of Chch?

You'd be daft living anywhere in NZ and not having a plan for a serious disaster or emergency. I have water, a bit of food, a torch, matches and candles etc and a plan to meet my friend somewhere in...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 15th 2017, 7:58 am
Replies: 9
Views: 656
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Christchurch fires.

I'll take Locusts for $1000 please Bob.

Seriously though it's pretty eerie and looks like more houses are in the way of the flames. I just hope they can get it under control. It's not too far from...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 14th 2017, 9:08 am
Replies: 39
Views: 6,406
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Student loan

I really hope you're okay - give us an update and have a big hug. As Pom said breathe, stay calm and come up with a plan.
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 30th 2017, 9:26 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 9,661
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Nursing in New Zealand

The Annual leave allocation if you work on the wards isn't that bad. If you're full time you get each of the 11 public holidays plus 40 hours of shift leave for anti-social hours plus 4 weeks annual...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 28th 2017, 9:59 pm
Replies: 65
Views: 12,414
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Any regrets?

No :)

It's been an up and down emotional journey at times but I bloody love it here.
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 28th 2017, 9:56 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 9,661
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Nursing in New Zealand

I am an expat nurse who works in Mental Health -when I emigrated I had just under 2 years experience and the DHB I came to work for credited that to me in terms of salary banding so they can do that....
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 15th 2016, 8:34 am
Replies: 244
Views: 17,002
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Bad long quake.

- Gangnam Style
- Shake it out (I am not without a sense of irony)
- I am the one and only (or a healthy ego)
- Poi-e (because why wouldn't you)

That's at least 4 - the rest just go for 90s pop.
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 15th 2016, 4:57 am
Replies: 244
Views: 17,002
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Bad long quake.

Just checking in from Christchurch.

It feels completely surreal down here and I feel so helpless to make a difference up there.

Thinking of you all who are affected. I can recommend cheesy pop...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 30th 2016, 11:02 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 3,699
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Accents

There is a caller ID system - I think it might be the infamous Jitstar that requires you to say 'Yes' or 'No' to various options to navigate through the menus. After several frustrating rounds of...
Forum: Italy
Oct 30th 2016, 10:24 pm
Replies: 42
Views: 4,165
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Earthquake - Italy

Thinking of you from Christchurch, N.Z.

Right now things must seem awful and scary, but the people here are nearly six years out from the Canterbury and Christchurch earthquakes. Recovery is...
Oct 9th 2016, 12:03 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,018
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Now what

When I got my residency (I was already here and on a work visa) I didn't have to get my nursing qualification assessed.
Forum: NZ Update
Sep 18th 2016, 10:49 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 3,762
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: 2 year update! here goes................

I did a similar thing to you - came over with about $2500 to last me 6 weeks. I was nuts. Absolutely insane. Still here 3 years later :) good update and some wise words.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 11th 2016, 12:54 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,116
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Question your Rates

Try getting rubbish bins out of Christchurch City Council if you're not the home owner.

It took 3 phonecalls and 3 emails to my property manager to get her to call the council (who won't let me...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 6th 2016, 6:52 am
Replies: 8
Views: 848
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Arriving in Christchurch super soon!

Vegan wise - the Lotus Heart on St Asaph Street is amazing, C1 coffee shop do good vegan coffee and muffins, New World have awesome meat free sections and you might want to check out Piko Wholefoods...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 2nd 2016, 11:40 am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,259
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: NZ nursing council registration - help please!

I'd call them or email them. They have contact details available on their website :)
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 1st 2016, 8:57 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 2,223
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Christchurch job offer advice please

Regarding point 9 in the post above do whatever you can to cushion blows.

- Have a safety net saved up to help with unexpected bills
- Find a GP and a Dentist that you feel happy with and set up...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 1st 2016, 8:35 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 595
Posted By LauraNotts

East Coast Quake

Hope everyone up there in the North Island is okay. That didn't sound much fun.

Best wishes and a stable day to you from the South Island.
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 28th 2016, 8:57 am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,214
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Standard of New Houses?

I have moved into a brand new (rented) unit and it is heaps warmer than my old place and double glazed too. I feel happy with it.
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 28th 2016, 8:36 am
Replies: 3
Views: 524
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Ooops

Lift up a chair with some treats on, it'll walk onto the chair and you lower it down. Easy.
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 28th 2016, 8:32 am
Replies: 3
Views: 524
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Ooops

I told you all - I told you! None of this 'there haven't been any in months lark' :p

I think I get Cantabrian points for sitting there at work with 3 Kiwi colleagues and the room rattles and I...
Forum: Italy
Aug 24th 2016, 11:18 pm
Replies: 42
Views: 4,165
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Earthquake - Italy

Just popping in from the NZ forum and Christchurch to wish you all the best - we are thinking of you over here and I am sure that when (not if) Christchurch organises donations for the areas that...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 24th 2016, 10:13 am
Replies: 29
Tv
Views: 2,480
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: Tv

I have unlimited internet ($94) and I pay for Netflix ($12.99) Lightbox ($12.99) and I have splashed out and got myself Fan Pass (Sky Sports 1-4) at $55 a month.

This covers all my entertainment...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 24th 2016, 10:00 am
Replies: 59
Views: 6,148
Posted By LauraNotts

Re: British Invasion

I'm not happy with the direction the UK is taking. I think Europe as a whole is taking a sharp step to the right and there is a rise in anti-immigration and anti-ethnic minority feeling that I find...
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