WHERE'S BEST TO LIVE IN NZ AND WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW: PART 5!

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AngryBeaver Tue 27-Nov-12 09:01:29

Look at us Chatty Cathy's!
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(I'm not sure grin)

meerkate Thu 14-Feb-13 19:28:59

Ooh Sibble - X-posted there! Thank you so much too. That's given me such a flavour of the area and I do LONG for more cultural diversity, living where I do (gorgeous but very much white anglo-saxon). I will look at some of the areas you and WSS have mentioned tonight. Really grateful smile

meerkate Thu 14-Feb-13 19:30:42

oh, here is the link girls - god knows whether it will work <techno-numpty alert> http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qkmpb

meerkate Thu 14-Feb-13 19:31:30
Sibble Thu 14-Feb-13 20:05:16

meerkate no problem, if you want any specific information just shout. I'm just rushing out the door, I'm working at North Shore this morning and Auckland City this afternoon. Middlemore, Auckland City next week.

Might be able to find out some insider information on the job if your dh wants wink

meerkate Thu 14-Feb-13 23:13:46

sibble you are the perfect mole! flitting between hospitals, ear to the ground...love it grin thanks so much. think we would be v interested in some of those lovely eastern suburbs...but then i will probably get a horrible shock when i check out trademe rental prices tomorrow! back soon smile

thelittlestkiwi Fri 15-Feb-13 05:35:41

Meercat - my oh used to work at counties. He mainly enjoyed it but his team had a huge staff turnover which was quite stressful. My advice would be to live centrally if you can as that will give your oh options if he decides to move. We lived in Parnell and now St heliers. It was a 30-40 min commute door to door and presumably oh will be starting at stupid o'clock and miss the traffic?

We are in the far north which has the most amazing beaches. And our bach is lovely apart from the neighbour who threatened to whack my fucking head off and trash our car.. ..

lollystix Fri 15-Feb-13 08:08:39

Oh not so friendly littlest! Are you getting good weather. Auckland been off the boil today

thelittlestkiwi Fri 15-Feb-13 08:25:41

It's been lovely. We've had sun everyday.

Is off the boil hot or cold? Will my garden be fried?

meerkate Fri 15-Feb-13 08:45:15

Yikes, littlest! Sounds a charmer, alright! It is actually sunny here - again. I make that TWO days in a row. I can't explain what that feels like!! Littlest, I agree that living centrally would be a good plan. What if I can't find work anywhere other than North Shore, for instance? I don't want our lives to be dominated by some sort of traffic-snarled commute-hell...

lollystix Fri 15-Feb-13 09:43:06

Not fried at all. Watered a bit.

justaboutchilledout Fri 15-Feb-13 18:22:20

Meercate, it's probably not worth worrying TOO much about the fabled traffic. Especially not from NS.
My DH takes DS3 to kohanga in town now. He leaves at just before eight, and gets him in the door by eight thirty opening time. This is the worst time of day, on the worst traffic stretch, etc etc. Allegedly.

Sibble Fri 15-Feb-13 19:31:44

It also took me 45 mins door to door yesterday to North Shore Hospital and 25-30 mins back from Auckland City. Off peak traffic is a doddle. Dh is working on the North Shore at the moment, leaves at 6.30am and 4pm and does it in the same time.

Peak traffic is of course a different story but that does without saying.

frikonastick Fri 15-Feb-13 20:28:22

We are here!!! Arrived yesterday afternoon. Internet at the motel is soooo slow. I can't believe we are actually here! Weather beautiful, motel we are staying at right on the water, DD took one look and proclaimed it awesome :-D We are heeeeeeeere!!!

frikonastick Fri 15-Feb-13 20:36:14

we got met at the airport and had a lovely drive down to tauranga and friends had already been down to the motel and stocked the kitchen and bought us flowers and we also got upgraded to a waterfront suite which is ver cool.

WhatSheSaid Fri 15-Feb-13 21:09:07

Welcome frik smile

Sibble whats the state of play with work for your dh now? Did he get the position in Auckland?

Wonder how AB got on in Waiheke yesterday.

I went down to the outdoor cinema at the waterfront again last night, which was good, despite a tiny bit of rain.

Sibble Fri 15-Feb-13 22:32:04

welcome frik

Re DH: he has been doing some consultancy for somebody this week. Hopefully it's 1 months work which has been a Godsend. Been a bit mad as we've had to buy a cheap car, he's 'borrowed' ds1s phone and my laptop. He also heard yesterday he's through the second round of the job he's chasing so 3rd interview on 21st and if he gets through that final interview on the following Monday!!

He's had a few others but they are Canada and Adelaide so I'm hoping the Auckland one will come off [fingers crossed emotion]

I however, am working as many hours as I can which is a bit of a shock to the system. I'm off to Wellington Monday/Tuesday early flight out and late flight back and straight back into it Wednesday. Only light on the horizon I have a fully paid work lunch at a nice restaurant Friday - hurray!!! Keep thinking money, money grin

justaboutchilledout Sat 16-Feb-13 04:02:53

Outdoor cinema at the Waterfront? Tell me more.

WhatSheSaid Sat 16-Feb-13 04:18:50

Outdoor cinema is at Silo Park, it's been running since Nov. Think it goes till March? There are markets, music events and kids activities at the waterfront too. Web page is here www.silopark.co.nz/Silo-Park/About.aspx but the Facebook page is sometimes more informative, search for Silo Park.

We saw Priscilla Queen of the Desert last night and they had a countdown to lighting up the Skytower and Museum in rainbow colours to celebrate the Pride festival, it was cool.

justaboutchilledout Sat 16-Feb-13 04:30:42

Looks wonderful. I can't find admission prices though.

WhatSheSaid Sat 16-Feb-13 04:35:12

It's free smile. The film is projected onto the side of one of the old silos, it's not a massive screen or anything.

justaboutchilledout Sat 16-Feb-13 05:10:01

oh wow.

Definitely one to watch out for then!

AngryBeaver Sat 16-Feb-13 09:59:10

Hi all, sibble I shall weave you something FANTASTICAL for Xmas!!

Well, I had a great time on Waiheke. Much better than the last visit!

PHEEEEEW!

It's been a long few days, but I'm really glad we went agin.
Have picked a school!
meerkate loved you on radio 4!!!

justaboutchilledout Sat 16-Feb-13 22:11:42

Phew!

So now we can all start planning our trips to Waiheke to see you. You will greet us wearing clothes made of flax, of coruse

AngryBeaver Sat 16-Feb-13 23:01:23

And when I open the door I shall say "nomaste,*justa*,please, enter and let me help you find oneness" ;)

It is very different there. I don't want to say "hippy", but, erm, bohemian definitely, and laidback (which, I am not, I am quite uptight, so this may be a good thing for me!"

Yes, different. The principle hugged my Mum after the tour! Her face was a picture! I quickly proffered my hand and said "Well, thank you very much for your time" <firm shake and don't hug me face> grin

I like an embrace as much as the next bloke, but it seemed an odd time and place!

I can't imagine the principle at dd's current school doing that! He is very business like.

I think it might be a Waiheke thing!

WhatSheSaid Sat 16-Feb-13 23:16:17

So when's the moving date AB and what did your mum think of Waiheke?

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