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Forum: New Zealand
Nov 3rd 2018, 5:29 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,759
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Uk State Pension to NZ State Pension

What about private pensions in the UK? If the kids return to the UK one day, I wouldn't rule out us following them. Best to just keep them in the UK?
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 8th 2018, 8:38 am
Replies: 2
Views: 456
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Moving to Bucklands Beach Auckland! (Schools)

McCleans would be one of the top secondary schools in the area. I hear it's very academic.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 7th 2018, 10:04 am
Replies: 19
Views: 2,069
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Completely new and would love honest advice!

Yeah, kids makes it so much easier to meet folk. We came out with a 2 and 3 year old. auckland is fine if you can find the right spot - e.g. live close to work or can grab a ferry to work. ...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 27th 2018, 7:38 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,185
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Help/Advice - Any young families recently emigrated from UK to NZ?

We emigrated 4 years ago when our kids were 2 and 4. Glad we had the kids in the UK, with the family support and parental leave etc. We have settled really well here but we were lucky in terms of...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 21st 2018, 7:22 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,300
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Salary question

Ask for 3 times your current salary. Min 100k if on your own. Ideally 120 and get some health insurance if you can...
Forum: New Zealand
May 17th 2018, 9:57 am
Replies: 11
Views: 819
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Accommodation

air BnB is the way to go.
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 28th 2018, 6:49 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,423
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Lockwood homes

yeah we have a lockwood. We got the walls painted white - easy enough and brightens the place. Don't have any cracking. I'd prefer a new build but we have a big section and wonderful location so...
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 30th 2018, 5:59 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,007
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Some people think Auckland aint so bad --

Yeah I love it too but I rarely have to drive on SH1 :).
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 30th 2018, 5:56 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 6,077
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Returning to the UK after 13 years < ad snipped>

Interesting. We've been in NZ for years and have 2 kids around 7. Absolutely love it but if they return in the UK when older I could see us moving back too.
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 30th 2018, 5:54 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 870
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Any advice about living in Aukland!

agree with the posters above. 85k sounds nice when you divide by the current exchange rate but that just skews things. You need to be dividing by 3 I reckon. When we first arrived 4 years ago I...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 5th 2018, 4:28 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 2,576
Posted By desmondo84

Re: What are the best areas to live in around Aukland?

Yeah traffic is a nightmare so all depends where he is working. If he works in the city then somewhere close to ferry terminals opens up a few cool place too.
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 18th 2017, 4:12 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,810
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Moving to Auckland - need a little help with areas to live

Beachlands may be worth a look - lot of pilots live out here. Used to be a little kiwi summer retreat but has recently been developed - can grab a ferry into town if you need to.
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 10th 2017, 8:13 am
Replies: 12
Views: 850
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Singapore Airlines vs Emirates or other.

Singapore air had a deal if you were emigrating you could bring 40 kg - we had 2 toddlers so that was 160 kg plus hand luggage plus a double buggy!!! Savage amount of stuff.

We found them really...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 10th 2017, 8:10 am
Replies: 36
Views: 4,217
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Advice please - Moving to NZ soon....

I brought 2 mountain bikes. I stripped them down and gave them a really good clean so they were spotless - tires included. The inspectors opened up a small part of the wrapping and glanced inside...
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 10th 2017, 8:07 am
Replies: 18
Views: 1,013
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Migrating with Infants?

Plunket also hire them - they are an organisation set up to support young families. Singapore airlines allowed us to bring a massive pram which didn't count as luggage so I think this is fairly...
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 17th 2017, 10:23 am
Replies: 56
Views: 4,134
Posted By desmondo84

Re: B & I Lions

Not classic game V the Maori but sets the 1st test up perfectly. Should be interesting!
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 11th 2017, 7:05 am
Replies: 56
Views: 4,134
Posted By desmondo84

Re: B & I Lions

since 2013? You mean in crusaders matches or in NZ in general?
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 11th 2017, 2:39 am
Replies: 56
Views: 4,134
Posted By desmondo84

Re: B & I Lions

I thought the ref was pretty poor. Scrums are hard to call so perhaps the ref saw something close up but it looked as though the crusaders had the nudge on for most of the game. French referees...
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 8th 2017, 7:44 am
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By desmondo84

Re: SHORT TERM HOUSE RENTAL AUCKLAND

Ah, bookabach on Waiheke island and ferry across to work - now that would be lovely :). However, maybe not so realistic :)!!
Forum: New Zealand
May 21st 2017, 8:07 am
Replies: 36
Views: 4,217
Posted By desmondo84

Re: Advice please - Moving to NZ soon....

Bring everything and more. Except wardrobes. But everything else.
Forum: New Zealand
May 21st 2017, 6:46 am
Replies: 225
Views: 21,454
Posted By desmondo84

Re: 'Fess up . Who has relit their fires this evening.

Had the logburner going in Auckland last night. How do you 'bank' it up so she can keep going all through the night?
Forum: New Zealand
May 4th 2017, 7:13 am
Replies: 225
Views: 21,454
Posted By desmondo84

Re: 'Fess up . Who has relit their fires this evening.

Had the heat pump on a few times but not the fire - probably this weekend...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 21st 2017, 6:45 pm
Replies: 225
Views: 21,454
Posted By desmondo84

Re: 'Fess up . Who has relit their fires this evening.

I thought it was a lot cooler than last year lol. Was on the verge of putting the heatpump on in Auckland last night... Needed to get a blanket in the middle of the night - depressing!
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 18th 2017, 8:44 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,749
Posted By desmondo84

Re: british and irish lions tour

yeah, pretty expensive down here too. Once in a lifetime and all that...
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 11th 2017, 11:37 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,752
Posted By desmondo84

Re: What surprises did you have in the last weeks before/first weeks after your arriv

We had arranged our removal guys for the friday before we flew out, only to be rung that week to say they wouldn't be out as it was a public holiday in N.Ireland.... So the removal guys came on the...
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