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Forum: New Zealand
Aug 18th 2014, 11:24 am
Replies: 23
Views: 4,190
Posted By nick99

Re: Co-op Guernsey closing, need a new UK expat account

I am going to be looking again for a UK expat account with low fees and low minimum balance. Standard in IOM have been fine for service but now my new Dutch bank also wants a substantial deposit to...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 21st 2013, 8:24 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 4,190
Posted By nick99

Re: Co-op Guernsey closing, need a new UK expat account

I heard back from Santander Jersey. They do offer free BACS internet transfers but require a minimum "$50,000 relationship" with the bank. And they only offer accounts to UK residents or UK expat...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 20th 2013, 11:06 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 4,190
Posted By nick99

Re: Co-op Guernsey closing, need a new UK expat account

Hey vivsim. Standard have been slightly disappointing, I agree. Because I was daft enough to assume that the Isle of Man is part of the UK I did not expect to pay fees (GBP15) to send an internet...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 21st 2013, 10:48 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 4,190
Posted By nick99

Re: Co-op Guernsey closing, need a new UK expat account

Just to close off the thread I chose Standard Bank. Had not heard of them either but some research showed that they are sizable and their branch in the Isle of Man is covered by the normal IOM...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 21st 2013, 10:34 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 2,874
Posted By nick99

Re: Advice on Dunedin

We have been in Dunedin for just over three years now (Brits). As the other poster noted, watch out for areas that don't get enough/any winter sun - you'll freeze your bits off. We live in Maori Hill...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 26th 2013, 5:59 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,009
Posted By nick99

Re: Are all NZ pension fund contributions tax free?

Quite right - thanks for the correction.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 25th 2013, 11:47 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,009
Posted By nick99

Are all NZ pension fund contributions tax free?

Am trying to answer this simple question for my partner. I realize that Kiwisaver contributions direct from salary are paid from your gross salary before it is taxed (a benefit).

If she decides...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 25th 2013, 11:38 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 6,068
Posted By nick99

Re: Are Kiwi employers 'rude'?

Oh, and forgot to mention the colleague at my partner's (new) job who stormed out of the room when a previous 'difference of opinion' was politely brought up in a team meeting. The kind of team...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 25th 2013, 11:19 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 6,068
Posted By nick99

Re: Are Kiwi employers 'rude'?

Have to agree with this. When we arrived (5 years ago) my partner had organized an Auckland job with a large multi-national engineering consultancy. It was pretty surprising to hear that they had...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 12th 2013, 10:25 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 4,190
Posted By nick99

Re: Co-op Guernsey closing, need a new UK expat account

Natwest Jersey customer service seem ok, respond to emails fast. But the content of their reply was not very positive. They wrote "Gold accounts are only offered to local residents" which seems to...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 11th 2013, 1:19 am
Replies: 42
Views: 6,189
Posted By nick99

Re: LONELINESS, some questions.

On the friends/acquaintances issue we found that it was much easier to make friends with other expats rather than Kiwis. We assume its because Kiwis already have well established social networks and...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 11th 2013, 1:09 am
Replies: 23
Views: 4,190
Posted By nick99

Re: Co-op Guernsey closing, need a new UK expat account

Thanks. From their site Llyods now seems to require GBP2500 minimum balance permanently otherwise they charge GBP20 month. And no loss and damage waiver on car hire, just travel insurance.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 10th 2013, 10:34 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 4,190
Posted By nick99

Co-op Guernsey closing, need a new UK expat account

As the Co-op Guernsey is closing its doors in 2014 I am looking for a new UK bank account to help with payments for home. Llyods and Natwest made the shortlist as they have the least onerous...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 30th 2007, 10:26 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 757
Posted By nick99

Re: Is skin cancer/moles an obstacle to work visa?

Cheers, well the moles are now off and we wait for the docs letter. The doc at the medical says we should wait to get that before sending in the work visa app.
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 30th 2007, 8:48 am
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 29th 2007, 12:19 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 757
Posted By nick99

Is skin cancer/moles an obstacle to work visa?

My gf has her NZ job offer in place and we are set to travel there late Jan. However she recently found out she has to go into hospital to get a dodgy mole removed. Then it will have to be tested...
Nov 29th 2007, 8:09 am
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By nick99

Re: How long will it take and do EOIs count?

Hi Maz. I think it does actually, I have been advised to do that by a few people, including a kiwi and also a brit who actually did it. And the brit came back into nz after a few days in Oz they...
Nov 28th 2007, 12:51 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,138
Posted By nick99

Re: Processing times for work visa (NZIS London)???

Great, thanks for that. As soon as she gets the police check back she is going to head there then :)
Nov 27th 2007, 9:38 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By nick99

Re: How long will it take and do EOIs count?

Cheers for the info HappyNZ. I am planning on joining her but won't be working so will be going on a holiday 6 month no-visa trip. Hopefully to extend when I am out there, they said that would be ok...
Nov 27th 2007, 9:27 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,138
Posted By nick99

Re: Processing times for work visa (NZIS London)???

Cappuccino, was the trip up to London worth it do you think or would say calling (even at £1/min) better? My gf plans to go up with her completed work visa application and hopefully have someone...
Nov 27th 2007, 9:22 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By nick99

Re: How long will it take and do EOIs count?

Ok, thanks. She plans to take the completed application up to the London office and hopefully have someone look it over to make sure its completed ok. Timewise (like everyone else I guess) we just...
Nov 27th 2007, 8:35 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By nick99

How long will it take and do EOIs count?

I am a little confused on the EOI thing. My gf is applying for a work visa. She has a job offer from a accredited employer already. We agreed today not to book flights for end Jan in case the visa...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 23rd 2007, 10:58 am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,948
Posted By nick99

Re: A question from a New Zealand newbie

Platty, maybe this will help. We had to do the same calculations recently. We spoke to a few recent expats and one told us that he earned in NZ about half what he earned in the UK (direct conversion...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 23rd 2007, 10:38 am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,339
Posted By nick99

Re: The Book Depository.

If you have not done so already maybe give Abebooks a try? Its a portal where booksellers around the world (13,500 they reckon) list their inventory. You can get new and used and I have found it...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 22nd 2007, 9:24 pm
Replies: 0
Views: 302
Posted By nick99

Paying UK tax when in NZ?

Has anyone investigated this issue? I are off to NZ for a year or two. The proceeds of the house sale will be sitting in a bank account here (I am a taxpayer). I will be holidaying/home studying in...
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