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Forum: New Zealand
May 4th 2011, 6:48 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,585
Posted By drrobert

Re: NZ Blood

You are fighting a losing battle!

There have been four probable cases of variant CJD transmission through blood products, all in the UK.

There is a well-established principle of 'donor...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 10th 2010, 8:42 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 1,903
Posted By drrobert

Re: Simon Schama - New Zealand/Australia Union

Interesting, but there is no need to worry, as there is no possibility of a union with Australia in the foreseeable future.

Maori (and many European New Zealanders) will simply not accept any...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 10th 2010, 8:28 pm
Replies: 137
Views: 11,741
Posted By drrobert

Re: New Zealand is really, really cool because...

...I went to look at a car I saw advertised on TradeMe. Knocked on the guy's door. He gave me the keys, and told me to take it for a test drive - no checking my ID, no leaving a credit card etc.
...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 9th 2010, 3:47 pm
Replies: 137
Views: 11,741
Posted By drrobert

Re: New Zealand is really, really cool because...

Yes, unfortunately, NZ is beginning to change, especially the supermarkets.

When I arrived three years ago, my shopping was always packed for me at New World. After a year or so, the packers were...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 9th 2010, 4:07 am
Replies: 137
Views: 11,741
Posted By drrobert

Re: New Zealand is really, really cool because...

...cycling along a very busy highway in the capital city, I stopped for a couple of minutes to take off my coat. Both cyclists who passed me stopped to ask if I was okay

...I went to a city centre...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 8th 2010, 8:59 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,341
Posted By drrobert

Re: Rumour mill please...

Name suppression is taken very seriously for cases like this in NZ.

I suggest the moderators close this thread.
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 8th 2010, 8:53 am
Replies: 7
Views: 717
Posted By drrobert

Re: Bright lights

Yes, there are NZ 'intellectuals' - at least as many as you'd expect from a country of 4 million people:

James K Baxter
Alan Brunton
Bernadette Hall
Sam Hunt
Hone Tuwhare
Robin Hyde...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 8th 2010, 12:35 am
Replies: 36
Views: 3,644
Posted By drrobert

Re: The strength of the kiwi$

There's an article about the strength of the NZ Dollar at interest.co.nz today. John Key and Alan Bollard explain why intervention is not an option. As I suggested above, they are actively pursuing...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 7th 2010, 4:15 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,451
Posted By drrobert

Re: What do you need/need to do to buy a car in NZ?

Yes, a WOF (warrant of fitness) is like an MOT. You need to get them every 6 months for older cars.

Buying a car is quite easy.

The car should already be registered and have a current WOF (I...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 7th 2010, 8:56 am
Replies: 36
Views: 3,644
Posted By drrobert

Re: The strength of the kiwi$

Please consider the following:
- New Zealand is the 123rd most populous nation
- New Zealand has the 52nd largest GDP of any nation
- However, the NZ dollar is the 12th most highly traded...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 6th 2010, 10:38 am
Replies: 36
Views: 3,644
Posted By drrobert

Re: The strength of the kiwi$

Quantitative easing is what you do to create inflation (and lower the value of the currency) once you have already lowered interest rates as far as you can.

The RBNZ would want to lower interest...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 6th 2010, 9:46 am
Replies: 36
Views: 3,644
Posted By drrobert

Re: The strength of the kiwi$

The Kiwi dollar is a free-floating currency, so the NZ government cannot 'devalue' it.

The only ways to lower the value of the NZ dollar would be to lower interest rates (and that decision lies...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 6th 2010, 9:42 am
Replies: 2
Views: 558
Posted By drrobert

Re: ACC and Health Insurance

If you are a permanent NZ resident, then you have full access to the health system like anyone else: co-payments for prescriptions and GP appointments, free hospital appointments and...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 5th 2010, 9:58 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 3,388
Posted By drrobert

Re: New UK - NZ departure Tax

Yep, every country has airline taxes, it's just the UK one has risen substantially. I wonder how long before travel agents find ways to book flights to e.g. Dubai first (attracting a lower departure...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 5th 2010, 9:53 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 3,644
Posted By drrobert

Re: The strength of the kiwi$

The problem is not the strength of the Kiwi dollar, it's the weakness of the pound (and US dollar). With UK interest rates at 0.5%, and the Bank of England threatening to print more money to bail out...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 5th 2010, 12:48 am
Replies: 24
Views: 2,110
Posted By drrobert

Re: Heres some NZ electrical appliance prices

Yes, you can just change the plugs and use your electrical appliances here. Note that UK digital TVs are not compatible with the NZ digital broadcast system, so you will probably need a separate NZ...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 5th 2010, 12:44 am
Replies: 150
Views: 10,126
Posted By drrobert

Re: NZ. 3rd best place in the world to live.

I agree with the survey - NZ is an excellent place to live. Great schooling, low crime rate, beautiful landscapes, friendly people, equitable healthcare system, flat society (labourers and lawyers...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 3rd 2010, 9:29 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,735
Posted By drrobert

Re: Credit cards that earn air miles ?

Lots of my local cafes don't accept credit cards.

Quite right, too. As a cash/EFTPOS payer, I don't really want to subsidise other peoples' airpoints balances!
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 3rd 2010, 2:01 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,735
Posted By drrobert

Re: Credit cards that earn air miles ?

The Air New Zealand website has a handy summary table comparing all the Airpoints-earning credit cards here:

http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/airpoints-direct-earn-credit-card-comparison-table
...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 2nd 2010, 9:00 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,863
Posted By drrobert

Re: Health care costs

I presume this is in a privately-run 'Emergency Clinic'? Hospital Emergency Departments don't charge.

Ambulance charges vary by region - they are free in Wellington.
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 29th 2010, 7:45 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,097
Posted By drrobert

Re: Help Help!!

Once you're shipping some stuff by container, the incremental cost of an additional box is quite small. So you may as well bring everything that you want/need. Obviously, there's not much point in...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 27th 2010, 7:14 am
Replies: 2
Views: 602
Posted By drrobert

Re: Furniture and Accessories

www.trademe.co.nz

We bought all our furniture second-hand from TradeMe - great value! It's worth arranging to see any items before you purchase/bid for them, to make sure they're the right...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 27th 2010, 7:11 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,097
Posted By drrobert

Re: Help Help!!

Regarding the car, read through this thread: http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=690806
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 25th 2010, 8:10 am
Replies: 42
Views: 2,844
Posted By drrobert

Re: Should I bring my car?

I have also heard of stuff going missing from the inside of a shipped car (I think it was on this forum).

If Rob's figures are correct (approx $5000 to ship and register), then it's not worth...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 25th 2010, 8:04 am
Replies: 20
Views: 19,886
Posted By drrobert

Re: ANZ or BNZ???

Personally, I would choose Kiwibank or ASB for branch banking, or Bankdirect for internet-only (fee-free).

All the five main banks (Kiwibank, ASB, ANZ, BNZ, Westpac) have branches in most main...
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