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Forum: New Zealand
Mar 3rd 2005, 8:39 pm
Replies: 287
Views: 23,988
Posted By sofistek

Re: NZ Scary story - or what ?

It also says a lot about the expats you met. They all enjoyed themselves but left anyway! Go figure.
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 2nd 2005, 11:04 pm
Replies: 287
Views: 23,988
Posted By sofistek

Re: NZ Scary story - or what ?

And yet the population has increased with every census since 1858. In the 10 years between 1991 and 2001, the population increased by over 11%. In the same time, the UK's population increased by only...
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 2nd 2005, 8:00 pm
Replies: 287
Views: 23,988
Posted By sofistek

Re: NZ Scary story - or what ?

And as for population growth as a whole, I investigated that a year ago. Over the previous decade or so, NZ's population grew at a much faster rate than the UK's (I think it was about twice the...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 28th 2005, 9:41 pm
Replies: 287
Views: 23,988
Posted By sofistek

Re: NZ Scary story - or what ?

KS, you can believe what you will. I've had 3 cars stolen and 2 broken into. I've experienced some on the inefficiencies of the NHS, though it's getting better (if you survive MRSA). Violent crime is...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 22nd 2005, 7:48 pm
Replies: 287
Views: 23,988
Posted By sofistek

Re: NZ Scary story - or what ?

It's a mixed bag. He likes the life style. He misses political correctness (go figure). Workers are more laid-back (good). His quality of life is better.

I'm not sure where he gets him income tax...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 21st 2005, 9:50 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,845
Posted By sofistek

Re: Do u need a 4x4 in New Zealand ??

I don't think we're disagreeing on the basics, Ian. But you put a different emphasis on things and weigh the factors differently. That's fair enough. To each his own.
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 21st 2005, 9:21 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,845
Posted By sofistek

Re: Do u need a 4x4 in New Zealand ??

I'm not sure, Campbell. They are certainly less thirsty (though petrol is catching up) but I think they pump out more harmful particulates. Diesel fuel used to be quite a bit cheaper in the UK, I...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 21st 2005, 9:14 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,845
Posted By sofistek

Re: Do u need a 4x4 in New Zealand ??

Not if one is driving safely[quote] Im sure there must be some stats out there somewhere relating to accident rates for different vehicle classes, even if its just an explanation for the higher...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 21st 2005, 2:37 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,845
Posted By sofistek

Re: Do u need a 4x4 in New Zealand ??

It's not ego, and SUV drivers don't drive as a group, so you meant "if". It is people, driving cars that hit people, not the cars that are deliberately aiming themselves at people. The world is full...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 21st 2005, 10:47 am
Replies: 21
Views: 3,845
Posted By sofistek

Re: Do u need a 4x4 in New Zealand ??

When? Don't you mean "if"?

I don't know about you, but the only living thing I've ever hit, in nearly 30 years of driving is a dog that ran out in front of me from trees. Oh, apart from a few...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 21st 2005, 8:56 am
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By sofistek

Live Music

The Big Day Out is going on right now and that prompted me to ask if there is much of a live music scene in NZ? If I'm ever going to persuade my kids, at least the possibility of occasional gigs...
Forum: Australia
Feb 24th 2004, 2:44 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By sofistek

Thanks. A very slight possibility but not even...

Thanks. A very slight possibility but not even worth thinking of, now; at least 3 years away.
Forum: Australia
Feb 24th 2004, 9:33 am
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By sofistek

Going, going, not gone (NZ)

I've posted this on the other emigration site but there may have been a few stragglers here that missed it.

I was due to fly to Wellington today but it's been a struggle to convince my family to...
Forum: Australia
Feb 21st 2004, 6:57 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 1,701
Posted By sofistek

Re: Couple of things I forgot....

Why can't you get them unlocked in NZ? I don't think it's a peculiarly British skill.

Good luck!
Forum: Australia
Feb 10th 2004, 10:36 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By sofistek

You're going out in 2005, nell? Why such a wait?

You're going out in 2005, nell? Why such a wait?
Forum: Australia
Feb 10th 2004, 1:33 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By sofistek

Re: Quick quick slow (NZ)

I live near Newbury but have just finished some freelance work in Bracknell.

I'm not sure what you mean by up to the minute news but I'll keep you posted about how I get on.

Tony
Forum: Australia
Feb 10th 2004, 10:52 am
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By sofistek

Quick quick slow (NZ)

Well, after finding a job in Wellington, I got my future employer to fax the job offer to NZIS in London. It was faxed on the 27th Jan, after a couple of e-mails, I got confirmation on the 29th that...
Forum: Australia
Feb 2nd 2004, 6:07 am
Replies: 33
Views: 5,884
Posted By sofistek

Thanks. It's interesting and helpful but not a...

Thanks. It's interesting and helpful but not a clear map. I came across a half decent one a few months ago but haven't managed to find it again, yet. I'll keep looking.
Forum: Australia
Feb 1st 2004, 8:54 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 5,884
Posted By sofistek

Re: Earthquakes

Does anyone know of a site with a good map of the major fault lines in the Wellington region?
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2004, 10:17 pm
Replies: 103
Views: 7,648
Posted By sofistek

But which Kiwi?

But which Kiwi?
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2004, 11:18 am
Replies: 19
Views: 786
Posted By sofistek

Re: Offsetting Tax (NZ)

I don't quite get this. Is the depreciation similar to depreciation of company assets? Capital expediture is usually written off over a number of years. However, a property usually increases in...
Forum: Australia
Jan 30th 2004, 8:27 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 4,712
Posted By sofistek

Re: NZ salary v. cost of living

Gazza,

It's true that most companies won't consider you, if you're not at least in NZ, even if you don't have a work visa yet. However, many agencies would at least consider your CV and offer some...
Forum: Australia
Jan 30th 2004, 8:04 pm
Replies: 103
Views: 7,648
Posted By sofistek

Thanks for the contradiction. It is nonsense to...

Thanks for the contradiction. It is nonsense to say that you need to visit a country first before migrating. Not many would disagree that it would be nice to visit but that will tell you very little....
Forum: Australia
Jan 30th 2004, 12:22 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 786
Posted By sofistek

Re: Offsetting Tax (NZ)

I asked, and he was using poetic licence. However, he said that immigrants could claim back many of the expenses associated with a move, including removal costs. He also said that a favourite...
Forum: Australia
Jan 30th 2004, 8:06 am
Replies: 19
Views: 786
Posted By sofistek

Re: Offsetting Tax (NZ)

I'll ask, but it seemed as though many or most Aussies had an accountant. If you do that, you've got to make more on allowances than the accountant costs.
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