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  • Morning all. A monkey, please don't bypass the South Island on your travels to our beautiful country. Come and stay.
    Re residency. I am led to believe that it is easier to gain residency if you have a vocation that New Zealand wants. We have an Indonesian girl living with us, and she is a top chef, as in has won awards, was head hunted by one of our finest yadda yadda ya............. Anyway she is still waiting to hear, and it has been over six months since she applied. Apparently chefs are sort after here.
    It was sad that Zoe and her family have had to leave, and I suppose one never knows if it will swing positively in your favour or not. You will never know if you don't give it a go. I am hoping for a positive outcome for our wee boarder.
    Good luck


    On a chillier note.......... Major frost going on here this morning. I am so pleased that I still have the wee tomato plants under the eaves of the house.
    Middle DD competed in the barrel racing at the rodeo this weekend. Not a brilliant outcome althou she did it and the horse will be getting better with the noise, and people, and other horses etc..... She is still limping from when the horse fell back on top of her, so I am hoping that she hasn't done too much damage to those ligaments.

    Suns out and it's looking like its gonna be a beauty day. Here's hoping the wind stays away
    G x
    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

    ...small steps....

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    • LOL i always tell people to go to auckland so i keep the beach to myself!!! the only downside of where we live is it isnt really that warm. not warm enough to grow tomatoes outside even so no worries on me accidentally getting any seedlings frosted here. awesome day today. sunny and warm ( LOL ) with stuff all wind. me and the dog just went to the beach - on our own even. just us and about 5 sea lions and a few seagulls and black oystercatchers. very peaceful. i agree with G, it helps to have a vocation NZ needs. we have to import IT developers at work for example as we cant get them here.

      found a very interesting cake recipe here. How To Make An Allergy-Friendly Birthday Cake | Stuff.co.nz i am thinking of doing skull cupcakes or something like a 2 tiered cake covered in chocolate spiders webs with a big spider on top for halloween. 16 eggs is a bit OTT so i will poss halve it. or i may just be boring and do a simple GF cake as the kids will eat it all anyways.

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      • Re: Our own little Kiwi Thread !

        Auckland is a good jump off point for travellers to make some cash while being able to do some nice weekend/sorry break type trips to cool places within an hour or 4s drive, but probably not the most picturesque part of the country itself. Depends what your after really.

        When I first came here for a six week holiday I spent most of it in the North Island and did a 2 week whistle stop trip hitch hiking around the South Island and for scenery South wins hands down! It's absolutely stunning. That's not to say the North has nothing to offer, but not as dramatic as the Souththat's for sure.

        12 years later and I've still never made it further south again than Wellington
        Last edited by Misabi; 10-28-2013, 03:44 PM.
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        Originally posted by tfarny
        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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        • That is just wrong Misabi. You need to come on down here for a wee caveman conference. In the combi of course.........
          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

          ...small steps....

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          • Yay the wind has died down enough for me to get some vitamin d in! I also dragged the kids up mount kaukau yesterday, even the 3 year old! Great wellington winds shoved in their faces

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            • Well done V. Start them early I say!!!!!!!! Our youngest was 2 when we went on her first overnight tramp. Six hours in, and six hours out. I must admit that we did have her on our shoulders above our packs every so often, but she did very well.
              She is 18 now!!!!! Where does the time go ?????????
              We have had no wind all morning, but it's just picking up now. Time to mow the lawn..............
              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

              ...small steps....

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              • She was great! Slept like the dead too ;-)

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                • Always a blessing when the little ones sleep - gives ma and pa, ma and pa time!!!!!!!!
                  "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                  ...small steps....

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                  • Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                    That is just wrong Misabi. You need to come on down here for a wee caveman conference. In the combi of course.........
                    I know, I know. I was hoping to join the great kombi caravan around the South Island a year or two ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the kombi, but couldn't in the end.

                    The problem is with family living in the UK, Malaysia, France and the Caribbean, it's hard to find time to spend any holidays in this country.
                    If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

                    Originally posted by tfarny
                    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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                    • Thanks guys, I will ask some more specific questions now

                      1. Where do you live and what do you like and dislike about it?

                      2. In terms of climate, I'm assuming the north island is 'nicer'? I lived in Scotland for most of my life and I prefer warmer and less wet!

                      3. How do rent prices vary across the islands? I looked at places in Auckland and it seems I could get decent accommodation for under 400 NZD a week.

                      4. My degree is in pharmacology (i.e. science) and I'm doing an internship in a technology company. Where are the hotspots for these industries?

                      5. How is the job market? It seems my degree could be in demand, so it seems quite easy to find a job there.

                      6. Are the women attractive?

                      Thank you!
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                      • [QUOTE=AMonkey;1349970]Thanks guys, I will ask some more specific questions now

                        1. Where do you live and what do you like and dislike about it?
                        A.30 mins from downtown Auckland (in good traffic ). The sheep are noisy.

                        2. In terms of climate, I'm assuming the north island is 'nicer'? I lived in Scotland for most of my life and I prefer warmer and less wet!
                        A.In general yes. Though i think parts of the South Island get hotter in the summer and much cooler in the winter. North of Auckland is subtropical, so hot in summer, generally wet and mild in winter. The North Island is so narrow from Auckland North that the weather is very changeable.

                        3. How do rent prices vary across the islands? I looked at places in Auckland and it seems I could get decent accommodation for under 400 NZD a week.
                        A.Sounds about right. Depending on whereabouts in Auckland that could get you a 3 bedroom house or a 1 bedroom shoebox apartment ; )
                        Have a look on www.trademe.co.nz.

                        4. My degree is in pharmacology (i.e. science) and I'm doing an internship in a technology company. Where are the hotspots for these industries?
                        A.Have a look on www.seek.co.nz

                        5. How is the job market? It seems my degree could be in demand, so it seems quite easy to find a job there.
                        A.It's been getting harder over the past few years with lots of kiwis coming home from the UK due to the GFC and rising unemployment etc. But it really depends on your field. We've seen lots of IT folks coming back.

                        6. Are the women attractive?
                        If you like Asian ladies you'll be in heaven
                        A.As for kiwi girls, same as any city I guess. But shit do they drink

                        Thank you!

                        If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

                        Originally posted by tfarny
                        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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                        • ^ what Misabi said on points 2,3,4 and 5. Point 1. undisclosed location in the lower south island LOL it would be too cold and the weather too changeable i think. our part definitely does not get hotter in the summer than the north island. as to 6. well, ITA with Misabi there as well except i do need to point out the men drink a huge amount too.

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                          • Ok Gwammas turn
                            Lots of negatives and positives no matter where you live

                            1. Where do you live and what do you like and dislike about it?
                            I have lived in Canterbury for 30 years and love it, because it's not busy like the north, and I hate the muggy heat in the summer, that you tend to experience up Auckland way!!!!!!!!
                            2. In terms of climate, I'm assuming the north island is 'nicer'? I lived in Scotland for most of my life and I prefer warmer and less wet!
                            In the north the hot is more humid and the cold is quite damp. Whereas in Canterbury, which is the middle of the South Island, the hot is very dry, and the winter cold is not as damp, so it doesn't,t tend to get uncomfortable like the north.
                            And yes I know having been born and bred in matamata( hobbiton)
                            3. How do rent prices vary across the islands? I looked at places in Auckland and it seems I could get decent accommodation for under 400 NZD a week.
                            Chch has dramatically gone up since the earthquakes. One of our rentals is getting $475, and the other $480/wk.
                            4. My degree is in pharmacology (i.e. science) and I'm doing an internship in a technology company. Where are the hotspots for these industries?
                            I have a brother in law with 6 pharmacies - I could introduce you............
                            5. How is the job market? It seems my degree could be in demand, so it seems quite easy to find a job there.
                            Pass
                            6. Are the women attractive?
                            I am not into women, but I am sure like any country in the world, there are nice ones and not so nice.
                            I also believe that attractiveness comes first from within!!!!! and I do agree with Misabi, we drink far too much!!!!!!!!

                            Come out for a holiday, I am sure you can crash at various primals across the country...................well definitely at mine
                            G
                            "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                            ...small steps....

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                            • [QUOTE=Misabi;1350005]
                              Originally posted by AMonkey View Post
                              Thanks guys, I will ask some more specific questions now

                              1. Where do you live and what do you like and dislike about it?
                              A.30 mins from downtown Auckland (in good traffic ). The sheep are noisy.

                              2. In terms of climate, I'm assuming the north island is 'nicer'? I lived in Scotland for most of my life and I prefer warmer and less wet!
                              A.In general yes. Though i think parts of the South Island get hotter in the summer and much cooler in the winter. North of Auckland is subtropical, so hot in summer, generally wet and mild in winter. The North Island is so narrow from Auckland North that the weather is very changeable.

                              3. How do rent prices vary across the islands? I looked at places in Auckland and it seems I could get decent accommodation for under 400 NZD a week.
                              A.Sounds about right. Depending on whereabouts in Auckland that could get you a 3 bedroom house or a 1 bedroom shoebox apartment ; )
                              Have a look on www.trademe.co.nz.

                              4. My degree is in pharmacology (i.e. science) and I'm doing an internship in a technology company. Where are the hotspots for these industries?
                              A.Have a look on www.seek.co.nz

                              5. How is the job market? It seems my degree could be in demand, so it seems quite easy to find a job there.
                              A.It's been getting harder over the past few years with lots of kiwis coming home from the UK due to the GFC and rising unemployment etc. But it really depends on your field. We've seen lots of IT folks coming back.

                              6. Are the women attractive?
                              If you like Asian ladies you'll be in heaven
                              A.As for kiwi girls, same as any city I guess. But shit do they drink

                              Thank you!

                              I may need to save this for twenty years in the future. My god I am so far behind in life lol...

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                              • Gwamma, I'm counting on you to line up many affluent widowers when I come to visit. Looks mean nothing to me (they all look the same in the dark). I'm all about personality (and the ability to support me in the style to which I'd like become accustomed).
                                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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