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Forum: New Zealand
May 23rd 2017, 10:46 am
Replies: 87
Views: 21,704
Posted By maquis

Re: Anyone moved back from NZ to the Lake District UK?

On a slightly different tack, I found the maternity care in the public system to be so much better in New Zealand than where we lived in Kent. Other parts of the UK may be different. If you have...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 3rd 2017, 10:56 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,271
Posted By maquis

Re: How early did you take your kids out of school

My eldest son's secondary school wanted confirmation that he was enrolled in another school, but the primary school didn't care.
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 17th 2017, 1:09 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 823
Posted By maquis

Re: Looking for an Ex school mate

Terrance Morris was naturalised in 1977 and lived at 24 Kaiwaka Road, Waiuku (Papakura) in 1978. Not sure where he is after that. This might be him on FB? https://www.facebook.com/terrance.morris.10
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 30th 2016, 10:49 am
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By maquis

Re: MAF and Customs declarations - not sure PSS are advising us correctly!

From memory (September this year) PSS required the basic cleanliness declaration form filled out before shipping. We filled out further detailed forms on arrival in NZ that their local agents (NZ...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 27th 2016, 11:00 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,316
Posted By maquis

Re: MAF costs

*ouch*

Could have been worse....?
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 23rd 2016, 9:40 am
Replies: 44
Views: 4,762
Posted By maquis

Re: New Zealand School System Comparison?

How long ago did you take it? Maybe it was just in our little area of Kent in that particular year, with all the changes.
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 22nd 2016, 12:52 pm
Replies: 44
Views: 4,762
Posted By maquis

Re: New Zealand School System Comparison?

It seems to vary so much from school to school, I guess? Broke my heart to see kids (mine included) in tears over the 11+ in England, so am all for a less stressed style of education. It will take...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 22nd 2016, 10:52 am
Replies: 44
Views: 4,762
Posted By maquis

Re: New Zealand School System Comparison?

Mrs F, that sounds like an awful school :(

Kids have been at their new school for a week. My eldest has found it the most difficult, after a year in a grammar school and coming into Y8 at a...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 22nd 2016, 10:30 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,316
Posted By maquis

Re: MAF costs

Nope, not alone! :D There seem to be quite a lot of us arriving at the mo. At the kids' school there have been several families joining in the last month, has made it a bit easier I think.
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 21st 2016, 6:14 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,316
Posted By maquis

Re: MAF costs

That is a long time to wait for clearance :(
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 21st 2016, 5:51 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,316
Posted By maquis

Re: MAF costs

Yes, alcohol a basic necessity at the moment! Rude awakening today with that icy blast.

We're lucky we have some stuff from storage, but kids on borrowed mattresses and it feels very much like...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 21st 2016, 4:30 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,316
Posted By maquis

Re: MAF costs

Hi Munchkjn, hope you're settling into Wellington okay. :)

A friend's just had her 40 ft container checked by MAF and was charged $30 for some pinecones. Fingers crossed yours will be fine too!...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 12th 2016, 9:38 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,389
Posted By maquis

Re: ***Looks like we are coming***

Haha! All good in theory ;) Actually, once the shipping container went, I was a lot more chilled. I found that the most stressful part.
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 11th 2016, 11:34 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,389
Posted By maquis

Re: ***Looks like we are coming***

Not long to go now! We had that too, and in the end I just had to say either come to the farewell drinks at the pub on this date, or we'll see you in NZ sometime. Hard, but I got used to it in the...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 11th 2016, 11:27 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,389
Posted By maquis

Re: ***Looks like we are coming***

We did some things in London with the kids - the Eye, the Monument, Globe. Also visited family and friends in the months leading up to our departure. Left some things a bit late.

We were...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 11th 2016, 11:17 am
Replies: 30
Views: 4,202
Posted By maquis

Re: Not turned out as expected back home we go

We've been back less than a fortnight now and the weather's been pretty good! 23C in Welly last week, not bad I thought for a Spring day.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 9th 2016, 10:55 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,283
Posted By maquis

Re: Things to buy outside of NZ to bring with flight?

Maybe just more organised than me! Shippers arrive Thursday, only confirmed them last week. Will be glad when that's done.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 9th 2016, 7:51 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,283
Posted By maquis

Re: Things to buy outside of NZ to bring with flight?

Oh, you sound super organised!! I feel like we're lurching from one panic to another. Currently attempting to complete the insurance inventory forms.

Kids all need socks, shoes, more clothes. ...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 28th 2016, 7:15 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,580
Posted By maquis

Re: Shipping from UK

I'm a Kiwi, married to a Brit, and have been going back and forwards! This time is the worst, as we have accumulated so much more stuff (thanks, kids). Most of my old photos, etc. are in storage in...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 28th 2016, 2:04 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,580
Posted By maquis

Re: Shipping from UK

We were told the PSS airfreight box was 46x46x46 (4 cu feet) with max weight of 25kg.

Car seats - the airlines should take these free of charge (or at least, one item per baby/child, check airline...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 26th 2016, 5:21 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,580
Posted By maquis

Re: Shipping from UK

I am planning a second-hand book spending spree on Amazon! Have voucher from birthday to use up :D Might invest in a book on growing cucumbers.
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 25th 2016, 6:41 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,580
Posted By maquis

Re: Shipping from UK

We've got about 75% of a 20', so have quotes for "sole use" and groupage. Our vehicle not worth shipping!
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 25th 2016, 5:25 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,580
Posted By maquis

Re: Shipping from UK

Minefield indeed! I think we're down to PSS and Crown, need to go over the small print properly, and also try and get them to move a bit on price.
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 25th 2016, 5:12 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,580
Posted By maquis

Re: Shipping from UK

We're still deciding which shipping company to go with. LisaMaree, thanks for info re the airfreight box size, as I thought it would be a lot bigger! Have also discovered our TV's original box has...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 15th 2016, 7:31 pm
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