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Forum: New Zealand
Jan 5th 2013, 10:28 pm
Replies: 88
Views: 5,223
Posted By thedtb

Re: Estate Agents Stingy With Info

In our 3.5yrs in NZ we rented a total of 5 houses. Whilst most (particularly the last one) were large houses on huge plots of land in great locations with views to die for, from an insulation and...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 5th 2013, 8:26 pm
Replies: 88
Views: 5,223
Posted By thedtb

Forum: New Zealand
Jan 5th 2013, 7:53 am
Replies: 88
Views: 5,223
Posted By thedtb

Re: Estate Agents Stingy With Info

We never bought a property during our time in NZ so perhaps I have no real grounds to comment, but I never really understood the 'celebrity' angle of agent's marketing themselves.

Neither do I...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 13th 2012, 8:48 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,445
Posted By thedtb

Re: We're "Leaving (NZ) on a jet plane".

Thank you everyone for the good wishes. It means a lot.

Things did indeed get better for us Psycho and even with the bumpy start, we have - on the whole - enjoyed our NZ Adventure.

We always...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 6th 2012, 7:27 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,445
Posted By thedtb

Re: We're "Leaving (NZ) on a jet plane".

Ha, I wish.

Around a month before our 3rd little boy was born (May 2011), it became apparent that my business partner (UK Company) was, well, not being much of a "partner" and was trying to steal...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 28th 2012, 7:15 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,445
Posted By thedtb

We're "Leaving (NZ) on a jet plane".

So, we made it to three years (in September) with vague plans to stay long enough to get citizenship (and the future immigration "doors" - OZ, NZ etc that having citizenship may 'open' for our kids...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 5th 2012, 9:00 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,817
Posted By thedtb

Re: Going back to the UK. Recommended Shipping Company/Quotes.

Our original costs from PSS when we came out here were:


TO EXPORT PACK, WRAP AND SHIP HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS WITH A VOLUME NOT EXCEEDING 1500 CUBIC FEET IN 1 X 40'GP @ GBP...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 5th 2012, 4:41 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,817
Posted By thedtb

Going back to the UK. Recommended Shipping Company/Quotes.

So... we've been toying with the idea for some time now... we've been here for almost exactly 3yrs and 1mth and have now made the decision that we're off back home to the UK.

When we came out...
Sep 23rd 2012, 1:17 am
Replies: 2
Views: 595
Posted By thedtb

Returning to the UK / Residency VISA / Travel Conditions

Hey guys,

So after three years (and a few days) in NZ we're now seriously contemplating returning to the UK permanently.

We have NZ Residency VISA's granted on 15/Jul/2011 with indefinite...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 20th 2012, 9:13 am
Replies: 34
Views: 3,522
Posted By thedtb

Re: Most unwelcome IMPORT to NZ

:-) You all know I'm just playing daft don't you? My wife recently mentioned one and all I could think of (having only seen grandparents using one) was that it was just another sign of us getting...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 20th 2012, 8:57 am
Replies: 34
Views: 3,522
Posted By thedtb

Re: Most unwelcome IMPORT to NZ

Perhaps, but the only people I've ever known to use a Pressure Cooker were my Grandparents (all three sets of them)... I refuse to entertain the thought of having one in the house for that very...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 20th 2012, 8:03 am
Replies: 34
Views: 3,522
Posted By thedtb

Re: Most unwelcome IMPORT to NZ

Pressure Cookers... Really? Aren't they things that old people use?
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 19th 2012, 7:38 am
Replies: 48
Views: 4,651
Posted By thedtb

Re: Your attitude

1. I tried that. I really tried that. I quickly discovered that I don't understand the rules and now almost passionately hate Rugby and, despite having both played and watched it, I don't understand...
Forum: New Zealand
Jul 18th 2012, 10:24 am
Replies: 13
Views: 3,916
Posted By thedtb

Re: Pampers nappies

Our local Pak & Save imports Pampers Nappies from the UK.

They don't last long on the shelves though so it helps to have an insider friend to give the head's up as to when they're back in stock...
Forum: New Zealand
Jul 18th 2012, 10:23 am
Replies: 30
Views: 18,929
Posted By thedtb

Re: Hot chocolate V milo

I've tried Milo, twice. I just don't get it. It's bloody awful.

When I buy Hot Chocolate for making at home, I buy one of any number of different brands available from our local Moor Wilson's.
Forum: New Zealand
Jul 11th 2012, 2:06 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 905
Posted By thedtb

Re: Blackberry Abroad?

Ummm, I can't remember what model I came out with, (I've changed since), I'll see if I can find it and check. But yes, everything worked for me just fine.

If your existing BBerry works, bring it....
Forum: New Zealand
Jul 11th 2012, 9:16 am
Replies: 60
Views: 9,374
Posted By thedtb

Re: Citizenship timing 2012

It's entirely unnecessary to have to attend a ceremony. I'd much rather it be something that can be sorted either by post (preferable) or from opposite sides of a desk. No fuss.



I think you...
Forum: New Zealand
Jul 11th 2012, 7:16 am
Replies: 10
Views: 905
Posted By thedtb

Re: Blackberry Abroad?

I brought my Blackberry from the UK. Had it unlocked before I left.

Picked up a SIM (on contract) from a vodafone store here in NZ and short of waiting for a few hours for activation etc...
Forum: New Zealand
Jul 3rd 2012, 9:31 am
Replies: 60
Views: 9,374
Posted By thedtb

Re: Citizenship timing 2012

What is a Citizenship Ceremony?

Today there were some photos in the local newspaper of "New Citizens" who were posing with the Town Mayor.

I'm potentially interested in staying in NZ long...
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 18th 2012, 9:40 am
Replies: 22
Views: 3,361
Posted By thedtb

Re: UK passport renewal from NZ

I agree.

Assuming I've read the page below correctly, it's £129.50 for an adult's passport (but you have to be there in person) and they don't do a same-day service for a child's passport:
...
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 18th 2012, 4:48 am
Replies: 22
Views: 3,361
Posted By thedtb

Re: UK passport renewal from NZ

Don't wish to split hairs but...

If what the lady in my local post office told me (that it wouldn't have left them until the Monday) was correct, it would have arrived with the Wellington office...
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 16th 2012, 7:16 am
Replies: 22
Views: 3,361
Posted By thedtb

Re: UK passport renewal from NZ

Are passports actually sent back to the UK?

We applied for our baby's first UK Passport last year, we posted the forms to Wellington and I'm sure we received the passport back just 2-3 days later...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 25th 2011, 8:53 am
Replies: 34
Views: 4,322
Posted By thedtb

Re: How does anyone afford to have a baby in NZ?

I'm a stay-at-home-Dad and whilst I can't breastfeed, my wife expresses, then stores milk, periodically throughout the day at work. Which I then give to our baby in his bottles the day after,...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 23rd 2011, 8:33 am
Replies: 34
Views: 4,322
Posted By thedtb

Re: How does anyone afford to have a baby in NZ?

We've just had a baby (May) in NZ and also found the Maternity arrangements to be, erm, frustrating, difficult and confusing.

My wife is a teacher and though our experiences may well be exclusive...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 3rd 2011, 11:07 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,259
Posted By thedtb

Re: New to wellington!!!

We were in South Yorkshire prior to moving here!

My wife is a "Yorkshire-Lass"... though I'm originally from the cheshire-set myself! :-)
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