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Forum: New Zealand
Oct 17th 2020, 8:01 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 5,399
Posted By Clappy

Re: General Election - 2020 edition

Is it over yet?

The question for us though is does MMP produce a better outcome than we are all used to from the first-past-the-post system? There is a graph on the BBC news site that shows the NZ...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 7th 2020, 5:53 am
Replies: 86
Views: 4,493
Posted By Clappy

Re: Emigrating to NZ

Stories of people moving to New Zealand believing that it is their chance for a 'nice life' then feeling let-down by the reality go back a long way - posts on this forum, posts on the forum that no...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 4th 2020, 7:48 am
Replies: 86
Views: 4,493
Posted By Clappy

Re: Emigrating to NZ

I visited Nelson once. In the museum there was a display showing the adverts from 70 years ago that were used to dupe English people to move there. In those days they were desperate for people to do...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 1st 2020, 9:51 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,190
Posted By Clappy

Re: struggling to settle

I miss London too. I note though that I have been here for twelve years now and none of the friends from my London days live there any more. The British ones have moved out to the satellite towns and...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 1st 2020, 7:31 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 479
Posted By Clappy

Re: Car insurance

I have found that most of the financial rules that I grew up with and learned in the UK don't apply in New Zealand.

It is legal to drive a car without insurance here (see the answer above about...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 18th 2020, 6:02 am
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

I nearly replied earlier to ask if we should get excited that someone on TV in the USA has mentioned New Zealand - it will probably be on the six o'clock news.

It is on the 6 o'clock news.
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 10th 2020, 10:13 pm
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

It was not really a huge surprise that one or two people might try breaking-out of managed isolation, but if people are going to break in too then a second wave has to be a distinct possibility....
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 10th 2020, 9:27 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 792
Posted By Clappy

Re: Smart TVs

It is true that equivalent items will cost you more in New Zealand than many other parts of the world.

I found a 50 inch 4K TV on one of the NZ electronic retailer sites for about $1500...
Jul 17th 2020, 11:46 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 788
Posted By Clappy

Re: Route to NZ as IT Professional

The whole Information Technology industry in New Zealand is a small-scale affair. I am sure that the last time I saw a figure quoted it was a total of around forty thousand technology jobs in the...
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 16th 2020, 7:17 pm
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

On the bright side - I expect that the clamor of people demanding to be treated as exceptions had become deafening so this gives the government the opportunity to draw a line under that and say 'no'...
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 5th 2020, 10:09 am
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

I have lived here several years now and stopped expecting to be able to treat the Kiwis like adults a long time ago.

The government have taken a very cautious approach which I am OK with because...
Forum: New Zealand
May 21st 2020, 2:32 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,882
Posted By Clappy

Re: Population hits 5 million

I can't wait to find out if the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages will allow Covid as a baby name.
The rules are clear that Covid-19 will not be allowed but what about just the Covid part?...
Forum: New Zealand
May 13th 2020, 4:57 am
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

I watched the questions after today's announcement. What horror!

I had already decided to abandon spending any time or money on the vast majority of outlets these people work for so it will be...
Forum: New Zealand
May 4th 2020, 5:01 am
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

Sorry to hear your news.

There is absolutely no time that anyone would consider OK to hear things like that but I think the isolation that we are going through now does it so much worse.
Forum: New Zealand
May 1st 2020, 5:59 am
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

How do people feel about the 'community check-points'?
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/415617/mps-questioning-of-legal-iwi-checkpoints-really-is-racism

I have not travelled very far...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 30th 2020, 8:27 am
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

It will be like the 1970s all over again.
My hair is starting to make me look like someone from the 1970s so it seems quite appropriate.

I don't think this move is any worse than the...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 29th 2020, 10:55 pm
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

Earlier today I made the decision that I would no longer look at the Herald website at all.

I used to take a look at it to see the headlines and find out what the locals were concerned about. I...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 29th 2020, 9:35 am
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

Oh no! The fast-food binge has been ruined - MaccyD's has run out of lettuce. ...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 29th 2020, 5:39 am
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

I have seen people in the past complain that newspaper (I use that term in the loosest sense of the meaning) was too Auckland-centric and had never really seen that myself but that focus is very...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 28th 2020, 5:48 am
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

You were correct on that we see.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12327917

We are indeed living in paradise.
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 17th 2020, 8:28 am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,066
Posted By Clappy

Re: Let's talk the future of the Kiwi economy.

It will be interesting to be able to do the comparison in a few months time against the places that are keeping their economies going for longer - like the UK and the USA to see how that pans out.
...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 13th 2020, 1:57 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,447
Posted By Clappy

Re: Weather in Wellington vs England

The well-worn phrase the Kiwis use about the weather there is 'You can't beat Wellington on a good day'.

Whenever I have visited in the past the weather has usually been warm and sunny. I did have...
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 22nd 2020, 4:12 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,857
Posted By Clappy

Re: Security measures and how you're affected ?

My workplace also trialed having staff working-from-home last week (it was always OK for some to do that from time-to-time but they thought they would see what happens when everyone does it).

So I...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 27th 2020, 5:40 am
Replies: 47
Views: 5,189
Posted By Clappy

Re: Lost and Confused

Feel free.. I am not going to argue with ANY of it.
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 1st 2020, 6:07 pm
Replies: 684
Views: 67,522
Posted By Clappy

Re: Coronavirus

My work colleagues from Hong Kong are panicking. One of them told me that her mother-in-law in Hong Kong has been unable to buy face-masks so she has been to several places around Auckland trying to...
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