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Forum: New Zealand
May 7th 2015, 10:56 pm
Replies: 58
Views: 7,395
Posted By Batty

Re: UK to NZ - is it worth it???

Investigative journalism will be a novel concept for Fairfax!
Forum: New Zealand
May 7th 2015, 10:42 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 4,910
Posted By Batty

Re: Fear of not being able to go back

I don't often come on here anymore but I do like to check in every now and then (mainly to see if people are still coming here :-)). Anyway, I've always thought that a person should do what makes...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 11th 2014, 4:58 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,154
Posted By Batty

Re: 20 minutes from Silverdale?

Have a look at this link - my understanding is that a motorway extension will be built across the river, which would be a bit unfortunate if you bought a place for the view.
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Forum: New Zealand
Feb 23rd 2012, 7:39 am
Replies: 25
Views: 2,271
Posted By Batty

Re: What did NZ do for you?

Made me braver. e.g I was a passenger in a 'burn out' car at speedway a couple of weeks ago :eek: If you only knew how much a scaredy cat I am you would know how big a deal this is.

Gave me...
Forum: NZ Update
Feb 23rd 2012, 7:35 am
Replies: 105
Views: 19,544
Posted By Batty

Re: Almost two years on and.........friendships are hard to come by!!!!

I haven't been around very much and have only seen your post now Hippygran. We're in Glenfield and I'd love to meet someone who calls herself Hippygran :) PM me if you'd like to meet up.
Forum: NZ Update
Feb 23rd 2012, 7:23 am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,430
Posted By Batty

6 years, 8 mths

I’ll be here 7 years in June and it seems fitting to write this now because I’m leaving the job where I’ve spent the last six years on 1 March.

It really has been the best and worst of times. ...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 22nd 2012, 3:12 am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,771
Posted By Batty

Re: That deaf MP thingy

Hi, I'm from Ireland :) I can't imagine why sign language wouldn't be taught in schools, there should be nothing stopping deaf kids from attending mainstream school.
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 21st 2012, 6:49 am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,771
Posted By Batty

Re: That deaf MP thingy

My parents had deaf and dumb friends when I was growing up and we learned the 'old fashioned' sign language - actually spelling out each letter of the alphabet. We never felt that we weren't...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 21st 2012, 6:38 am
Replies: 3
Views: 720
Posted By Batty

Re: Auckland - tree consent

The law changed last month.

Changes to tree protection rules from 1 January 2012

In 2009, Parliament amended the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to remove general tree rules in urban areas...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 7th 2012, 7:08 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,947
Posted By Batty

Re: Older chidren (still in the UK) question

Exactly! Still remember my sister's face when I said that to her - she's the mother of three sons :rofl:
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 5th 2012, 6:23 am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,947
Posted By Batty

Re: Older chidren (still in the UK) question

I've been here since 2005 and my 30 year old son has never been here.

He paid for my trip back in 2008 and I was back last year for his wedding. His wife is from Chile and very close to her...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 7th 2012, 7:38 pm
Replies: 58
Views: 5,090
Posted By Batty

Re: How many of you have 'visitors'???

Em, that's not so easy when Ireland is in the grip of a huge recession.

Hi Irish Eyes. I was home in June last year - my son got married in Sicily so it was wonderful. Very hard to say goodbye...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 7th 2012, 7:25 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 9,274
Posted By Batty

Re: Birkdale, Beach Haven and Birkenhead Living

Ponsonby was the Otara of its day and that's what the locals will tell you. I have a friend whose mother grew up there and when the grandparents died they sold the house because it was such a bad...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 4th 2012, 9:38 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 9,274
Posted By Batty

Re: Birkdale, Beach Haven and Birkenhead Living

Hiya. We live in Bayview which used to be Glenfield before the new postcodes :D Have a look along Manuka Road - we don't have school going children but I hear that Manuka Primary and Bayview...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 3rd 2012, 9:34 am
Replies: 15
Views: 13,601
Posted By Batty

Re: has anyone used expatshield to get bbci

Try www.Bolt.org or www.Mechdownload.com forums. Much safer.
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 3rd 2012, 9:29 am
Replies: 23
Views: 2,454
Posted By Batty

Re: My 19 year old son's account of the earthquake

He's able to portray what happened so vividly - he's a very very very good writer. I'd be very proud of him too Chippy64. Gives me hope for the future really to see 19 year olds who can express...
Forum: New Zealand
Dec 14th 2011, 7:32 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,351
Posted By Batty

Re: Summer is here - Mega rain hits Nelson and Bays.

Hope ye're all right down there this morning Bevs. It's just heavy rain here in Auckland and 100% humidity.
Forum: New Zealand
Dec 14th 2011, 6:01 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,351
Posted By Batty

Re: Summer is here - Mega rain hits Nelson and Bays.

The Malls are doing well but the stand alone shops are suffering, especially those along 'destinational routes'. Nice to have some relevant news :)
Forum: New Zealand
Dec 9th 2011, 3:23 am
Replies: 32
Views: 2,513
Posted By Batty

Re: Christmas really is ALL about the kids!!

I think us adults prefer the 'traditional' freezing cold type Christmas but I reckon if you gave children the choice they'd opt for actually being able to go out to ride that bike every time...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 24th 2011, 7:09 am
Replies: 26
Views: 1,806
Posted By Batty

Re: When flying into Auckland do you feel ....

Both times I've come back from Ireland I've been on my own so my strongest feeling was that of looking forward to seeing my husband. I didn't feel sad this time because I'd been there long enough to...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 24th 2011, 6:56 am
Replies: 32
Views: 2,328
Posted By Batty

Re: Driving!!!

I did that last week....... but.... in my defence - I AM only learning - just made me laugh to see what you'd written cos I felt really bad about the people behind me at the time.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 24th 2011, 6:55 am
Replies: 587
Views: 87,729
Posted By Batty

Re: Other peoples noise and anti-social behaviours. Be warned . RANT

Can you start with date & time stamped videos? People don't SEE words any more - they need the pictorial evidence. :rolleyes:
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 24th 2011, 6:51 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,692
Posted By Batty

Re: KIWIsaver getting shitter?

Or, you put in 2% of your salary, your employer puts in 2% of your salary and you don't get a pay rise until such time as pay rises have risen above 2% so you are paying the employer's contribution...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 24th 2011, 6:42 am
Replies: 320
Views: 23,579
Posted By Batty

Re: RWC - Triumph or flop?

It disappointed me that there was so much noise at the kicks last week. I've always been so proud of that silence.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 22nd 2011, 2:29 am
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