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Forum: New Zealand
Jan 7th 2019, 2:36 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
Posted By jmh

Re: Staff Meetings

That's what I thought too. Don't call someone out in front of others. Being 'upfront and honest' can be just another form of bullying. You can sort problems out by talking 1-1 to the person, or...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 7th 2019, 2:27 am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,366
Posted By jmh

Re: Where to live for lovely low cost living

Consider the Far North, e.g Keri Keri.
Forum: New Zealand
Dec 14th 2018, 1:19 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,507
Posted By jmh

Re: Missing UK Telly choices!

I use a dns service and access BBC iplayer and ITV on demand. You can download to the iplayer app. I also subscribe to Acorn TV which I hear is coming to NZ. That has a broad mix of...
Forum: NZ Update
Oct 17th 2018, 3:50 am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,020
Posted By jmh

Re: Now Citizens

Congratulations! :thumb::thumbsup:
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 3rd 2018, 1:44 am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,020
Posted By jmh

Re: Introduction & Concerns From A Potential Immigrant

I agree with that. Having returned back home to NZ after 20+ years away, it's lovely to meet up with those friends I made from years back who I share a history with. I was never able to capture...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 24th 2018, 5:08 am
Replies: 49
Views: 9,793
Posted By jmh

Re: Should we move to NZ?

I meet a lot of teachers from a range of schools. The happiest seem to be those at mid-range schools where the parents are interested but not obsessively so. The higher the decile rating, the more...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 21st 2018, 8:48 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,229
Posted By jmh

Re: North shore - unaffordable dream?

The housing market will only crash if the job market collapses. Then banks will sell off their assets as mortgagee sales and collapse the market. If you can keep your job and your marriage, you can...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 21st 2018, 12:18 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,229
Posted By jmh

Re: North shore - unaffordable dream?

Lot's of good advice. I would live somewhere for a year and get a feel for the place - you may feel differently about Takapuna after you've lived there - I'd probably go further up the coast. Yeah,...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 19th 2018, 9:13 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,009
Posted By jmh

Re: Auckland or bust by xmas: districts to rent a house

This might help: https://safeswim.org.nz
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 19th 2018, 9:10 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Posted By jmh

Re: Relocating - recommendations in Northland?

Thanks Leandra - very interesting. I will go up an have a look.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 19th 2018, 1:31 am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,009
Posted By jmh

Re: Auckland or bust by xmas: districts to rent a house

I second those two. Nice beaches nearby. Mangere Bridge is ok, but I'm not sure if the beaches are swimable.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 18th 2018, 10:14 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Posted By jmh

Relocating - recommendations in Northland?

Hi guys - quick recap. Returned home in 2011 after 24 years OE in London. Started a business and living in Auckland but now keen to move to a less populated area, avoiding fault lines if possible. ...
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 18th 2018, 10:10 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 630
Posted By jmh

Re: Crumpet conundrum

The nicest crumpets I've found that have no extra additives in are 'Button Family Crumpets' available at Countdown. I'm get odd reactions to processed food due to additives, but I'm fine with these.
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 11th 2018, 1:30 am
Replies: 18
Views: 2,484
Posted By jmh

Re: Living in Waipawa, Hawkes Bay

With a global uptick in seismic activity due to the solar minimum, I'd be steering clear of any fault lines right now. If you have a strong personal desire to live in the region, be earthquake aware...
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 11th 2018, 1:24 am
Replies: 6
Views: 2,272
Posted By jmh

Re: Living in Nelson

Weather in Nelson is WAY better than Scotland. I know several people who have lived in Nelson and have loved it. Moved away regretfully for family reasons. I am considering moving to Nelson myself....
Forum: New Zealand
May 4th 2018, 8:48 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 697
Posted By jmh

Forum: New Zealand
May 4th 2018, 8:46 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 738
Posted By jmh

Re: Banking enquiry

Cryptos are the way of the future. Bypass the banks completely.
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 29th 2018, 8:38 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,634
Posted By jmh

Re: Repatriated Kiwi

I was away for 24 years and returned in 2011. I was lucky enough to be able to go back for a visit in 2012 and it cemented the view that I had made the right choice. I reminded myself that it took...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 29th 2018, 8:24 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,327
Posted By jmh

Re: Lockwood homes

One thing you do know about Lockwood homes is that they are well built. You have to like wood though :p. I would never paint the wood - it could negatively affect you resale value. If you want to...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 10th 2018, 10:10 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 2,001
Posted By jmh

Re: Need for HGV drivers

I think that means one year on a foreign licence then you have to get a NZ one. Brits can usually just swap their UK car drivers licence. Not sure if the same thing applies to a Heavy Truck...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 10th 2018, 10:03 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 641
Posted By jmh

Re: Happy New Year

Bit late, but Happy New Year to you too. :drinkingwine::cake:
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 10th 2018, 10:01 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,574
Posted By jmh

Re: Another holiday in the South Island.

I wouldn't normally do touristy things being a local and all, but I had family from the UK staying with me last August (ie. winter). We took the kids all around the Auckland tourist spots and was...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 10th 2018, 9:55 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 4,377
Posted By jmh

Re: Road death statistics

I think Auckland is particularly bad. I was on Waiheke Island over the hols and we talked about the terrible Auckland drivers - even experienced it when my mum wasn't driving fast enough for some...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 10th 2018, 9:50 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By jmh

Re: Herald reporting house prices

If you have a look on Trade Me Property Insights you will find their actual sale price - link below. Houses that don't sell at auction (quite common) are worth targeting for a good offer. Keep your...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 10th 2018, 9:37 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 954
Posted By jmh

Settling in to the kiwi workplace

I came across a small pamphlet I thought might be helpful to new migrants which I have linked to below.



https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/files/documents/Newcomers-guide_0.pdf
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