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    We're planning to move to Albany area in mid August and are just getting the removals guys in for quotes.

    We've been told no wickerwork items and that all outside furniture and bikes need steam cleaning. Has anyone gone through doing this? Will pressure washing do, just how fussy are NZ authorities?

    By outside furniture I mean some stone benches and an ornimental japanese bridge. I know, are we mad(?), but cost of moving them isn't high and goodness knows what replacements will cost when we get there.

    I guess any tips on items that are real no, no's to take and some must haves too would be useful.... I guess it will be horses for courses but at the moment we're looking at a whole house contents move, already having gone through the manic throw away stage.

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    I've got some heavy garden items to bring, too. Wish I could bring the entire garden.

    It seems that pressure washing would do; sometimes I think that's what people mean when they say "steam cleaning". Perhaps include a disinfectant, like a 10% bleach solution, especially if the garden items are stained or have moss/algae. There may be other posts here about such items.
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    Hi,

    It's a big no for wicker furniture, and whatever you have cleaned, you must have cleaned professionally as MAF will want some evidence of this. MAF will still want to inspect any outdoor equiment, including your wellies, so see if they have been thouroughly cleaned. If there's a spec of dirt on there anywhere, be prepared for a MAF cleaning bill.
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    [quote:62152f90e5="Taffy"]It's a big no for wicker furniture[/quote:62152f90e5]
    Why?
    I know it'll be a dead obvious reason but I can't figure it out. :icon_redface:

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    I'm not entirely sure, I believe it's because it's made from a plant material that NZ doesnt want coming in from abroad.

    This is the closest info I can find about it, but it's about bamboo, cane, willow and rattan. i dont really know what wicker furniture is made from!

    http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/impor...boo-rattan.htm

    The info here is contradictory in some respects. It says all 'forest' produce is prohibited entry, unless brought in by a licensed importer, but later seems to change it's mind! Have a read anyway....
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    I think the "no wicker" rule is because it is so soft, and critters can get in and stow away to NZ.

    So the steam cleaning has to be professional, eh? There's another bit of change out of my pocket. What sort of business does that - do the movers?
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    I wouldnt have thought the movers would do it, guess that would depend on which mover you use! Other than that, there are companies that specialise in cleaning, as long as they treat the stuff according to MAF's guidelines.

    Whatever you end up doing, make sure 100% that you have lists ALL outdoor equipment, or you may be hauled up under the bio-security law for failing to declare a potential bio-security hazard.

    I learnt all that from a TV show on over here at the moment which follows the immigration officers / customs / MAF around in their job. Mostly pulling people at the airport, and tracking down 'over-stayers', but you'd be amazed at the amount of people who try to smuggle in insects and plant material, which could have devastating consequences to an agricultural country like NZ.
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    So what about bicycles, my sons got a pretty good road race bike that we'd hate to leave behind.

    Anybody moved them over?

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    There's no problem with bringing bikes, they just have to be cleaned like everything else to make sure there's no nasties stowing away on them!
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    Hi Curtis,
    How much for you removals to Albany( if you dont mind me asking) I will hopefully joining you in Jan 2006. What info do you have on the Albany area :icon_question:
    thanks
    Skyblue :icon_biggrin:

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