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Forum: New Zealand
Oct 7th 2015, 9:38 am
Replies: 24
Views: 2,914
Posted By trafford

Re: NZ or UK - HGV driver & legal secretary + 1 child.

Haven't been on the forum since last year, and just remembered my login details and decided to "pop in". Having arrived back in NZ nearly two years ago, and with my OH working in HGV recruitment, I...
Forum: New Zealand
May 7th 2014, 9:25 am
Replies: 10
Views: 12,676
Posted By trafford

Re: Marketing jobs in Auckland- what's it like?

Since I am fairly new to Auckland (after living in the UK for 16 years) I know little about working here. I am about to start a new job next week, so I guess I will find out. However, my sister...
Forum: New Zealand
May 4th 2014, 5:24 am
Replies: 4
Views: 616
Posted By trafford

Re: Wheat free in Taranaki

I am gluten intolerant, not allergic thank God. I have found it easier in NZ than I did in the UK. Every cafe I have been in here (in Auckland at least) has had gluten free bread, and also a gluten...
Forum: New Zealand
May 4th 2014, 5:17 am
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By trafford

Re: New Plymouth - Yes or No???

I spent my teenage years in New Plymouth and my mother still lives there. It was a great place to grow up - safe, lots of outdoors activities, good schools. By the time I was ready to go to...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 7th 2014, 9:20 am
Replies: 108
Views: 7,982
Posted By trafford

Re: Work/ life balance?

I have only been back in NZ for just over two weeks (after 16 years away), so the following are only early impressions.

I spend more at the supermarket. This is probably because I have had to do...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 26th 2014, 9:03 am
Replies: 54
Views: 4,258
Posted By trafford

Re: January 2014 Arrivals and Departures

Thank you BEVS. I am feeling a bit better, but I have lost my voice and have terrible sniffles and coughs. I have too much to do to take to my bed, so I have been out spreading my germs all over...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 26th 2014, 8:40 am
Replies: 20
Views: 2,673
Posted By trafford

Re: Moving with A Level/IB aged children

Thank you confusedkiwigirl. :starsmile: I hope we settle in too! My daughter is spending mornings videocalling friends in the UK, and the afternoons crying because she misses them so much. So the...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 24th 2014, 8:37 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 4,258
Posted By trafford

Re: January 2014 Arrivals and Departures

Thanks MrsFychan :thumbsup: Still unwell, but improving. Hopefully that will make me immune to the next few bugs.:fingerscrossed: I am just interrupting my typing to tell my daughter to put...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 24th 2014, 8:19 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,673
Posted By trafford

Re: Moving with A Level/IB aged children

No problem :). I am in Auckland. I don't know if we are brave or foolhardy! Both teenagers were in very good schools, they had a strong and extensive friend network, they were truly embedded and...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 24th 2014, 12:08 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,673
Posted By trafford

Re: Moving with A Level/IB aged children

I have just arrived (3 days ago) with two of the children - aged 15 and 16. My son (15) will be doing IGCSE's (they only do 6 as it is done as a 1 year rather than 2 year course). He had a choice of...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 24th 2014, 11:46 am
Replies: 54
Views: 4,258
Posted By trafford

Re: January 2014 Arrivals and Departures

Glad to be here finally but it was hard to leave. Loads of friends and family came to the airport to wish us farewell, which in hindsight might have been a mistake My 16 year old daughter didn't stop...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 13th 2014, 8:09 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,355
Posted By trafford

Re: Quarantine steam cleaning charges

Thanks for the links BEVS.:thumbsup: I don't think I completed that particular form but I did fill in an unaccompanied personal baggage declaration. It included cars and bikes but did not...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 12th 2014, 7:26 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,355
Posted By trafford

Re: Quarantine steam cleaning charges

The international movers did all the paperwork (except the forms I had to fill in). We had the cars cleaned before taking them to the movers and they cleaned them again just to make sure. But we had...
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 12th 2014, 7:02 pm
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 12th 2014, 4:57 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,355
Posted By trafford

Re: Quarantine steam cleaning charges

Cars and bikes were steam cleaned! Underneath and engine bay done for cars. And inside vacuumed.
Forum: New Zealand
Jan 12th 2014, 3:56 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,355
Posted By trafford

Quarantine steam cleaning charges

Hoping someone can help me regarding fair charges for steam cleaning. Our container arrived recently and the NZ shipping agents have sent us a letter from biosecurity requiring two cars and two...
Forum: New Zealand
Dec 5th 2013, 8:51 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 4,258
Posted By trafford

Re: January 2014 Arrivals and Departures

They are doing the last few years of high school at an independent school so no zoning issues. If you move into zone, the school is obliged to give your child a place. Even with over-subscribed...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 14th 2013, 10:54 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 4,258
Posted By trafford

Re: January 2014 Arrivals and Departures

Buckle up, here we go!!! Can't believe I am actually doing this after talking about "going home" for so long.:eek:

Myself (46), daughter (16) and son (15) - Leave Manchester 19th January.
Arrive...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 6th 2013, 9:08 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 1,915
Posted By trafford

Re: At last the drink drive limit has been lowered

The roads seem so much wider in NZ too which means it is easy to find yourself speeding. Three out of my four speeding tickets were in the South Island too - and I was only there for two weeks. What...
Forum: New Zealand
Nov 6th 2013, 8:22 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 1,915
Posted By trafford

Re: At last the drink drive limit has been lowered

Do others in the forum think that Kiwi's speed? Omg, the slow driving does my head in when I am in NZ.

I always thought that people in the UK are quick but considerate and skilled drivers. NZ...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 31st 2013, 10:23 pm
Replies: 142
Views: 17,875
Posted By trafford

Re: NZ Tax Bill Introduced - UK Pensions

Thanks again chc4me. You're on my speed dial when we arrive in NZ! She has an accountant and I'm pretty sure the tax is sorted out as she got a refund last year (she was so excited! She had a...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 31st 2013, 12:50 am
Replies: 35
Views: 6,698
Posted By trafford

Re: Raising kids in New Zealand

It has been pointed out by many people here in the UK that I swear a lot. I drop swear bombs randomly. A UK policeman told me it was a kiwi trait he had noticed but that he would overlook it because...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 31st 2013, 12:11 am
Replies: 142
Views: 17,875
Posted By trafford

Re: NZ Tax Bill Introduced - UK Pensions

I have just had a rather worrying thought and hoping someone can help. My mother (82) has lived in NZ since 1977. In 1987 my father died, leaving half of his pension to be paid to her since then. ...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 30th 2013, 11:50 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 6,698
Posted By trafford

Re: Raising kids in New Zealand

If you don't agree with the findings of the report, then you can't make assertions that negate the findings by merely stating some paltry anecdotal evidence about several friends. Seems to me that...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 30th 2013, 11:18 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 2,257
Posted By trafford

Re: help is needed...dont know who else to ask

I am a kiwi, my OH is English, and we met each other in NZ while he was working/travelling there. He decided he wanted to return to the UK when I was pregnant with our 3rd child. The reasons he...
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