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Offline storm_r

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Half a dozen questions??
« on: May 18, 2010, 12:10:54 pm »
Hi there

I am new to this forum and hopefully you guys can help me with some questions, seeing as you know where i come from...  :P

1) compared to Jo'burg weather, how cold is it really in the North island?
2) what is the school system like (primary in particular)? this is my biggest concern! My eldest is due to start Gr 1 next year and i found the perfect school (after 3 years of looking)  so i am sooo scared that i dont find something suitable for him there. (He has delayed speech).
3) compared to your experiences, would it be better to jump on a plane and look for work before we pack up everything here? I have read that it can be particularly difficult to find work there?
4) how are the hospitals and Drs there?
5) how geared are they to technology? email, Blackberry, internet etc. I know its a silly question (as are some of the others), but NZ as a nation doesnt strike me as people who care about technology the way we do??
6) i also heard that kiwi's are very clicky (sp?) - is it hard to make friends there??

hope you guys don't mind the barrage of questions  :)

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Re: Half a dozen questions??
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 12:19:13 pm »
 :bigwelcome: to the forum!


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Offline storm_r

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Re: Half a dozen questions??
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2010, 12:30:53 pm »
thanks!  :)

oooh, and I should prob mention that we want to move to Whangarei  8)

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Re: Half a dozen questions??
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2010, 02:57:46 pm »
ok, i found a post on the weather - so im changing my question slightly to the amount of sunshine!?
i suppose i can handle the cooler weather... but not lack of sunshine... thats why i never wanted to move to the UK... i neeed sunshine  :D

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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2010, 04:18:48 pm »
welcome aboard Storm  r , I also fancy Whangarei. what do you do and who are storm  r ? do you only have one kid?
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Re: Half a dozen questions??
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2010, 08:52:55 pm »
Howzit Storm_r, :bigwelcome: to the family

1) compared to Jo'burg weather, how much sunshine compared to Jhb?
About the same in summer, bit less in winter as it can sometimes rain for a few days at at a time which we are not used to, but it's not that bad at all.
2) what is the school system like (primary in particular)? this is my biggest concern! My eldest is due to start Gr 1 next year and i found the perfect school (after 3 years of looking)  so i am sooo scared that i dont find something suitable for him there. (He has delayed speech).
We are very happy with the schooling our primary school daughter is getting. With the move, she ended up missing around 6 months worth of school and her new school immediately picked it up and she got extra lessons - all free and all in school time - in order to catch up (she did that in about a month. We have since moved and the new school is even better than the first, so relax on that front
3) compared to your experiences, would it be better to jump on a plane and look for work before we pack up everything here? I have read that it can be particularly difficult to find work there?
HERE is my view on that
4) how are the hospitals and Drs there?
Haven't been to hospital, but a few others have, find that info HERE. Dr's - those we have been to have been fine and comparable to those in SA.
5) how geared are they to technology? email, Blackberry, internet etc. I know its a silly question (as are some of the others), but NZ as a nation doesnt strike me as people who care about technology the way we do??
NZ is very geared to technology - there is currently a big drive to get "fibre to the door" internet in all the houses. I however don't know if it's just me, but I seem to think that the range of mobile phones here tend to be more on the "cheapy" side. Maybe it's because here you have to pay for your phone so there is less of a market for the top of the range phones, or maybe I am just out of date with the range of phones on the worldwide market?
6) i also heard that kiwi's are very clicky (sp?) - is it hard to make friends there??
I honestly can't answer that one as we have been so busy putting our lives back together again that we have not had time to do much socialising, other than the occasional visit to folks we know off the site - I should be able too answer that in a year or so  :D  :-X

Tell us a bit more about the Storm_r's  ;)

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Re: Half a dozen questions??
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2010, 07:49:11 am »
thanks for the replies.

thx Nolan, i read your post about finding work. I am the type to err on the side of caution, so i think we should just take our time.... and just keep praying that we find a job... or get a company transfer!
I am so relieved that the school systems are good.

ok, well, about us.... my DH and i have 3 kids.....3 boys so you can imagine how chaotic my life is!  :)
The older two are 5 and our baby is 18 months. My DH is a RF/Telecoms Engineer and I am in IT support... (hence the importance of email and BB from my previous post...lol)
We have been thinking about immigrating for a while, mainly for safety - i am sooo tired of being too scared to walk out my back door into my OWN garden at night. And i worry about my children - apart from crime etc, are they even going to find jobs here when they grow up?

We debated going to Aus because i have family there - but we changed our mind because we think NZ is so beautiful! its going to take some time to get our stuff sorted and get passports  :blush: but we are planning on starting the process in about 2 months.

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Re: Half a dozen questions??
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2010, 08:57:24 am »
Hi Storm_r.  A big :bigwelcome: from us.

1) compared to Jo'burg weather, how cold is it really in the North island?
Some parts of the North Island can be cold, especially central North Island as it does snow there.  Some areas are also have more wind than others.
As far as sunshine goes, some areas also have more than others.  We live on the East Coast of NI close to Tauranga (in the area known as Bay of Plenty), and we have had plenty of sunshine.  We had an absolute cracker of a summer, lots of sunshine and lovely warm days.  Auckland's weather doesn't seem so bad either.

2) what is the school system like (primary in particular)? this is my biggest concern! My eldest is due to start Gr 1 next year and i found the perfect school (after 3 years of looking)  so i am sooo scared that i dont find something suitable for him there. (He has delayed speech).
Sorry, can't comment as we don't have children.

3) compared to your experiences, would it be better to jump on a plane and look for work before we pack up everything here? I have read that it can be particularly difficult to find work there?
The job market it tough here at the moment and you would need to to really think carefully about doing this.  Your job really has be highly skilled and sought after here to do cowboy now.  Look, we packed up everything and jumped on a plane without a job in Nov 2008.  I was very lucky to get a job within a month (I am an accountant), but poor hubby is still without a decent job and he is into sales which any kiwi can do.

4) how are the hospitals and Drs there?
My only experience is going to a doctor.  We had work permit, so paid $25 for the consultation and $3 each per medication prescribed.  I thought that it was reasonable.  And we have had some SA friends who have had emergency medical treatment and said it was very good.

5) how geared are they to technology? email, Blackberry, internet etc. I know its a silly question (as are some of the others), but NZ as a nation doesnt strike me as people who care about technology the way we do??
Technology seems OK.  In some instances, the technology is excellent and most things like banking, renewal of car licenses, online shopping can all be done on the internet by phone.  We have had some amazing service delivery.  I agree that the cellphones seem a bit out of date and the variety is limited.

6) i also heard that kiwi's are very clicky (sp?) - is it hard to make friends there??
I find the Kiwis very friendly, but perhaps a little introvert and kinda keep to themselves.  Neighbours keep to themselves and don't seem too nosy.  Even my colleagues at work are like that.  But I think it may depend on where you live and it may just take some time to get their confidence to become friends.  We have gotten to know some lovely Kiwis, but they don't tend to visit us.

Good luck with all your plans.