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  Reply # 841249 21-Jun-2013 20:04
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Rotovegas.... you may like to visit
Ashvegas and Waiberia, not soo much.

Auckland is part of New Zealand..... not the other way around.

Sometimes it seems like no one lives in the South Island. This is essentially a truth as there are under a million and for most it's a lifestyle choice. (However many of them maybe too closely related.... particularly in Gorrre.)



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  Reply # 841253 21-Jun-2013 20:11
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kiwitrc: Dont confuse the slang.
Example Tinnie can be an aluminium boat, can of beer, or dope wrapped in mums cooking foil.
So can you tell which Tinnie is what in this short test?
We took the tinnie out into the Fiords looking for oysters and had a couple of cold tinnies on board.
Edit: This came from the NZ residency test.


We don't even need slang to get in those kind of problems ;) Words having several meanings are nothing new for me. ;)

Sounds like a nice tinnie btw. =)






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  Reply # 841262 21-Jun-2013 20:22
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sittingduckz: One thing that grinds my gears is hearing how much better something was done in your/their country... over and over and over.

And then you feel like saying 'If everything is that much better, then go back!!'

Not that you would do this :-)


There are good and bad things about most places I think, and yeah - when you move to another country it is probably a good thing to take it as it is, good and bad. If you think it so much better where you come from it might be an idea to find the way back.

That being said, I love my wifes observations of things that are different here from New Zealand, because a lot of the time its things that I would not really think about that is part of norwegian culture. It really lets me look at things I take for granted in another light.






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  Reply # 841274 21-Jun-2013 20:40
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DravidDavid: I can't think of anything you need to know...But please contribute to the flow of society's shopping and transport facilities by walking up and down escalators. If you have a bad knee or similar, stand to the far left for the convenience of everyone else.


Love the escalator etiquette of London UK, and hate the lack of it here in Norway. How is Kiwis with this? Have not had much escalator experience in NZ.

EDIT:  If you are in a split house, secure more smoke alarms than usual.  Your neighbor more than likely has a cheap oil heater from The Warehouse running 24/7.  It is a good idea to have them anyway.


I have been selling fire safety equipment for the last decade and couldn't agree with you more. Here in Norway its mandated by law that you have to have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers but people still skimp on it. I wouldn't live without proper and enough smoke detectors, people seem to be ignorant about the fact that its usually the smoke that kills.

And with wireless interconnected smoke detectors its really not hard to get them up either.




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  Reply # 841284 21-Jun-2013 20:58
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Something I still don't understand is that saying 'shame' in empathy to someone's sad story can be taken as 'shame on you'. I said that to someone many years ago when I first moved here and it wasn't taken well.... at all!

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  Reply # 841288 21-Jun-2013 21:08
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Love the escalator etiquette of London UK, and hate the lack of it here in Norway. How is Kiwis with this? Have not had much escalator experience in NZ.



Now you're getting to the heart of the matter.

Napier is a little different - the climate is wonderful for grapes and wine but tends to add a california feel to life. 'Relaxed'.

Wellington climate is about 5C colder than the rest of the country, because it's situated in a location where warm Northern air continuously collides with cold Southern air.... overnight we've had some typical winds hit the country quite nicely (visit http://www.stuff.co.nz to get a feel).

Etiquette is much the same as the rest of the anglo-saxon world; we drive and walk on the right. In cities most people avoid looking at each other for the obvious reason (humans are scared of each other). Parking is on the left, and you can't cross lanes to park on the other side of the street facing the wrong way (ala UK). You need to be a very active driver because the roads here are still mostly single lane and full of bends. I have no issue tipping but it's still a little uncommon. 

Wellington has the best coffee culture in the country but is also a public sector city. It's great for IT/Proj Mgmt opportunity but not for private sector activity (most of that is in Auckland).

As quinny said in another post the biggest issue you will find with housing is insulation; many homes older than 40 years tend not to have any. Windows are 3/4mm pane glass, double-glazing is very rare. Most heating is electric based but Welly does have piped natural gas in large parts of the region (not everywhere).  But equally many homes have been loved by their owners and retrofitted with good glazing; work with the real estate agents and ask the hard questions. Investment varies by region, and a lot of central Auckland/Wellington suburbs have been gentrified and have pricing to match.

Many imported goods are priced similar to European levels; a VW Golf that is €26k is about $45k NZD. We have had more Ford, Holden (GM) and Toyota penetration here than BMW, Peugeot or Merc. Euro marques are pricey to purchase and service.

Regarding tech, I use the Cable network is Welly and would never change to DSL. Vodafone owns it now, and it's pretty stable and just goes. It's not the cheapest network. For mobile I personally use 2degrees because their prepaid billing is real-time and has granular call controls from the website; it's been built for the consumer market using online as the prime interface. 






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  Reply # 841324 21-Jun-2013 22:24
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Now you're getting to the heart of the matter.
Napier is a little different - the climate is wonderful for grapes and wine but tends to add a california feel to life. 'Relaxed'. 


Sounds good to me :)


Wellington climate is about 5C colder than the rest of the country, because it's situated in a location where warm Northern air continuously collides with cold Southern air....


The windy city. We have a few of those here too, on the west coast. It rains horizontally and not vertically.

My wife is from the Wellington area and were surprised by the lack of wind here in Oslo. Leafs staying on the trees were weird for her.


Etiquette is much the same as the rest of the anglo-saxon world; we drive and walk on the right


Drive? At first I thought you meant drive on the right as in with cars, but I think you are talking about the escalators?! :D 

In London you get told within seconds if you are standing on the wrong side. Here in Oslo its sometimes impossible to get people to move even when you do tell them they are in the way.

Parking is on the left, and you can't cross lanes to park on the other side of the street facing the wrong way (ala UK).


Thats something I know I have to look out for, its not that way here and I could end up getting a fine for that one.

Roundabouts are interesting when driving on the left side (for someone used to driving on the right), my wife really woke up first time we drove through a roundabout here - it just feels wrong.

You need to be a very active driver because the roads here are still mostly single lane and full of bends


Yeah, come over here for a drive around the country and you will bless the Kiwi roads ;)

Wellington has the best coffee culture in the country but is also a public sector city. It's great for IT/Proj Mgmt opportunity but not for private sector activity (most of that is in Auckland). 


I have to admit I like Wellington, not for the weather but for the vibe of the place.

As quinny said in another post the biggest issue you will find with housing is insulation; many homes older than 40 years tend not to have any. Windows are 3/4mm pane glass, double-glazing is very rare. 


I find the use of carpets everywhere very strange, and wood or carpet in the bathrooms. Here we use tiles mostly for wet rooms and its common to have underfloor heating in the bathroom. More and more you also put in underfloor heating in other rooms, its a great way to heat the room with the hot air coming from all the way from the floor and up.

Many imported goods are priced similar to European levels; a VW Golf that is €26k is about $45k NZD. We have had more Ford, Holden (GM) and Toyota penetration here than BMW, Peugeot or Merc. Euro marques are pricey to purchase and service.


Have had very good experience with Toyota here and have gotten myself a Toyota for New Zealand as well. Hope they can mach the service level I am used to from here.

Regarding tech, I use the Cable network is Welly and would never change to DSL. Vodafone owns it now, and it's pretty stable and just goes.


Have had almost all kinds of internet connections so far. From the old days of dialup, via something called ISDN (digital phonelines), to ADSL, VDSL, Cable and fibre. Have been on cable the last couple of years (on a modern install) and its been very good.

Looking for places with fibre (UFB) in New Zealand, looks like I will be able to get it where we are moving to in Napier.

 For mobile I personally use 2degrees because their prepaid billing is real-time and has granular call controls from the website; it's been built for the consumer market using online as the prime interface. 


Think wife is probably going to end up on 2Degrees, while I am looking at Vodafone. For me mobile internet connection is more importan than call minutes, texts etc.




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1. Always remove shoes before stepping inside someone's house. If they don't mind you keeping shoes on they will say so.


I hate taking my shoes off because I've got smelly feet. I only know of one friend that likes to have shoes off in her house. She is Asian by the way. It's not a rule, but if you see lot's of shoes by the door, and see no one else  wearing shoes then remove them.

 
Love the escalator etiquette of London UK, and hate the lack of it here in Norway. How is Kiwis with this? Have not had much escalator experience in NZ.


Stand on the right for London. In NZ stand where you like. Sit down even. Escalators in NZ don't get crowded like they do in London.






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Love the escalator etiquette of London UK, and hate the lack of it here in Norway. How is Kiwis with this? Have not had much escalator experience in NZ.


I lived in London for nearly 10 years and loved the escalator system there. Stand on the right and walk on the left. So simple and efficient. I loved it when a tourist would block the whole escalator with their suitcase or stand on the left and then what would normally be a mild mannered office worker would scream in their ear to "get the f@#% out my way c*$%". Never mess with a Londoners escalator or queuing system. 

Be prepared to be disappointed here, I don't think most NZ's realise you are actually allowed to walk on a escalator.

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  Reply # 841370 22-Jun-2013 04:05
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jarledb:
joker97: when people say 'hi how's it going' don't tell them


I thought the only proper answer to that is "Sweet as" ;)


That's sooooooo last decade!!!  Laughing



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  Reply # 841373 22-Jun-2013 05:35
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farcus:
jarledb:
joker97: when people say 'hi how's it going' don't tell them

I thought the only proper answer to that is "Sweet as" ;)


That's sooooooo last decade!!!  Laughing


Teach an old man a new trick then ;)




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  Reply # 841377 22-Jun-2013 07:58
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Horses are pets, please don't eat your friend's horse. It is ok to suggest they get a donkey go with it as they make the sausages taste better, as long you are good at acting surprised when they tell you the horse is a pet.

If you go to your friends place and they say 'bring a plate,' they mean for you to bring it with food on it. Try not to put horse on it though.




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  Reply # 841380 22-Jun-2013 08:26
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SaltyNZ: Horses are pets, please don't eat your friend's horse. It is ok to suggest they get a donkey go with it as they make the sausages taste better, as long you are good at acting surprised when they tell you the horse is a pet.

If you go to your friends place and they say 'bring a plate,' they mean for you to bring it with food on it. Try not to put horse on it though.


I can bring som whale meat maybe?




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  Reply # 841384 22-Jun-2013 08:55
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jarledb:
SaltyNZ: Horses are pets, please don't eat your friend's horse. It is ok to suggest they get a donkey go with it as they make the sausages taste better, as long you are good at acting surprised when they tell you the horse is a pet.

If you go to your friends place and they say 'bring a plate,' they mean for you to bring it with food on it. Try not to put horse on it though.


I can bring some whale meat maybe?


Oooh, bad form! We don't hunt whales here, and generally tend to dislike the Japanese for their "scientific research" lies given as their reason for hunting whales. The Japs come all the way down to the southern ocean to hunt whales each season.




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  Reply # 841385 22-Jun-2013 08:56
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jarledb:
SaltyNZ: Horses are pets, please don't eat your friend's horse. It is ok to suggest they get a donkey go with it as they make the sausages taste better, as long you are good at acting surprised when they tell you the horse is a pet.

If you go to your friends place and they say 'bring a plate,' they mean for you to bring it with food on it. Try not to put horse on it though.


I can bring som whale meat maybe?


Good question... what does it actually taste like?




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