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Forum: NZ Update
Jan 28th 2020, 10:03 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,792
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Update after 14+ years, UK Trip

Thanks mate and the same to you.

It really does make you re-assess everything, the unexpected end of your marriage. For me over time I've realised it really wasn't so unexpected.
But it does take...
Forum: NZ Update
Jan 20th 2020, 8:37 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,792
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Update after 14+ years, UK Trip

Thanks all for your comments. It's interesting how going back brings a lot of old memories and thoughts to the fore and makes you contemplate.
Finally made it home to Wellington last night.
The...
Forum: NZ Update
Jan 8th 2020, 8:51 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,792
Posted By RobClubley

Update after 14+ years, UK Trip

Bit of an update for the new decade. Things have changed rather a lot for me in the last year.
November 2018 marked 13 years in New Zealand, and the end of my marriage of nearly 15 years. 2019 has...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 7th 2020, 8:32 pm
Replies: 247
Views: 37,762
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Cucumber News

Just to add to this, I was in Durkar ASDA a few days ago and cucumbers were 60p.
Forum: New Zealand
May 20th 2019, 5:27 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,133
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Would you rather...

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Forum: New Zealand
May 20th 2019, 4:23 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,133
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Would you rather...

Ducks are evil bastards.
Forum: New Zealand
Jul 5th 2018, 1:27 am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,817
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Considering a move to lifestyle block

This place ticks a lot of boxes apart from one - it's too remote! :D

https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1383809823
Forum: New Zealand
Jul 5th 2018, 1:15 am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,817
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Considering a move to lifestyle block

I'm starting to think that looking for somewhere to move to with a house already there would be a much less stressful option.
I like the idea of building but is it really worth the stress?
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 26th 2018, 9:11 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,817
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Considering a move to lifestyle block

Wow that's a lot to think about, thanks so much for the info.
We're still in the thinking stages and might talk ourselves out of it. But it is a very appealing idea.
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 26th 2018, 12:46 am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,817
Posted By RobClubley

Considering a move to lifestyle block

A visit to some friends who have just moved from Cannons Creek to Carterton, and a couple of hours spend in their parents' paddock helping them chop wood, has got us both thinking about moving over...
Forum: New Zealand
May 4th 2018, 1:37 am
Replies: 29
Views: 2,283
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Doughnuts

50p!!! :(
Now I want donuts. Or maybe churros.
Forum: New Zealand
May 2nd 2018, 10:58 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,077
Posted By RobClubley

Re: shipping cars

I hear this a lot but it wasn't the case with mine. Maybe because it was 18 months old and I apparently don't use the brakes (finally changed the rears at 10 years old and 95,000km)
Forum: New Zealand
May 1st 2018, 10:16 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,626
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Still getting the guilt trips

Yeah that's one of the big issues. I got away with going negative on my leave because I started a new job after the trip was booked, but I need to work until about November just to get to zero...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 30th 2018, 10:23 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,626
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Still getting the guilt trips

We've been back three times but not for about seven years.

So yeah it's hard.

The Disney trip was amazing, and great timing as my daughter is seven, so she's tall enough for all of the rides...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 30th 2018, 7:55 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,626
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Still getting the guilt trips

You make good points. They have only ever been out of the UK twice, 50 years ago and 30 years ago.

And they're retired.
There is the added complication of my 46 year-old sister who they look...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 30th 2018, 4:44 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,626
Posted By RobClubley

Still getting the guilt trips

I'm getting the guilt-trip again from my parents for going on a family holiday to Disneyworld in favour of a trip back to their golden wedding celebration. I'm currently trying to work out how to...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 30th 2018, 4:40 am
Replies: 3
Views: 807
Posted By RobClubley

International Arrival to New Zealand

We just got back from a two week trip the the U.S. and as we walked into Auckland airport there was the wooden gateway with the Maori carvings and a recorded waiata playing, followed by a corridor of...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 21st 2018, 12:07 am
Replies: 53
Views: 6,747
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Why did you move?

We came to New Zealand in 2002 on a three week campervan tour of the North Island.
We liked it.
We kept talking about how it would be a good place to live.
We realised we'd regret not doing it....
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 24th 2017, 10:17 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,185
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Moving to New Zealand - Wellington

CBD - Central Business District. City Centre basically.
Forum: New Zealand
Sep 22nd 2017, 3:08 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,185
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Moving to New Zealand - Wellington

We love Wellington, been here 12 years now.
For me personally the weather isn't an issue. It's just weather, and we have stunning days year-round. The weather rarely stays the same for long anyway.
Forum: New Zealand
Aug 14th 2017, 11:57 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,008
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Shipping a car and which company

Personally I wouldn't bother shipping over a Golf, there are loads here and prices are reasonable.
I brought my nearly new car over in 2005 and I'm glad I did because I'd had it from new and...
Forum: New Zealand
Jun 26th 2017, 5:18 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,923
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Life in Wellington?

We love Wellington! Been here nearly 12 years now. I work in IT too.
Auckland just didn't appeal to us but Wellington has a smaller footprint and much nicer feel to it, in my opinion.

This must...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 21st 2017, 8:02 am
Replies: 35
Views: 7,820
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Student Loans company - ugh

That's the main reason why we've been ignoring it until now.
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 20th 2017, 9:34 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 7,820
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Student Loans company - ugh

Looks like it'll be at least 10 more years before it expires, so no point mucking about, we just need to get it paid off. No disadvantage of paying extra unless they still demand a monthly payment...
Forum: New Zealand
Apr 20th 2017, 8:02 am
Replies: 35
Views: 7,820
Posted By RobClubley

Re: Student Loans company - ugh

I thought it was written off at retirement age? Have they changed that?
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