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    Immigration related abbreviations
    BMB - Business Migration Bureau
    CBD - Central business district (in cities)
    CO - Case officer
    EOI - Expression of Interest
    IELTS - International English Language Testing System
    ITA - Invitation to Apply
    LTBV ? Long Term Business Visa
    LTSSL - Long Term Skills Shortages List (POL Replacement)
    NZIS - New Zealand Immigration Service
    NZQA - New Zealand Qualifications Assesment
    OSL - Occupational Shortages List (No Longer Used)
    PI - Pacific Islander
    POL - Priority Occupations List (No Longer Used)
    PR - Permanent residency/resident
    SMC ? Skilled Migrant Category
    STSSL - Short Term Skills Shortages List (OSL Replacement)
    WHV - Working Holiday Visa
    WP - Work permit
    WTR - Work to residence

    General forum user abbreviations
    AFAIC - As far as I'm concerned
    AFAIK - As far as I know
    AFAIR - As far as I remember
    AISI - As I see it
    aka - also known as
    ASAP - As soon as possible
    ATST - At the same time
    BTW - By the way
    BWDIK - But what do I know?
    DBEYR - Don't believe everything you read
    DHYB - Don't hold your breath
    FTTB - For the time being
    FWIW - For what it's worth
    FYI - For your information
    HTH - Hope this helps
    IBTD - I beg to differ
    IDGI - I don't get it
    IDK - I don't know
    IDTS I don't think so
    IIRC - If I remember correctly
    IIWM - If it were me
    IMHO - In my humble/honest opinion
    IMNSHO - In my not so humble opinion
    IMO - In my opinion
    IOW - In other words
    IYKWIM - If you know what I mean
    JAFA - Just another f*****g Aucklander
    J/K - Just kidding!
    J/W - Just wondering
    KWIM - Know what I mean
    LLAP - Live long and prosper
    LMAO - Laughing my ass off
    LOL - Laughs/laughing out loud
    MTFBWY - May the force be with you
    OH - Other half, husband/wife etc.
    OMG - Oh my gosh
    OTOH - On the other hand
    PMSL - P!ssed myself laughing
    ROFL - Rolls/rolling on the floor laughing
    ROTFLMAO - Rolling on ohe floor laughing my ass off
    SCNR - Sorry, could not resist
    WTF - What the f*** or (polite) What the flip
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    Thank you so much for this glossary. With any luck it will make managing this forum a bit easier(seems 97% of posts are from U.K.). My partner and I are planning a move to NZ in about 4 years but I've already spent a lot of time starting the research. The NZIS website, although helpful gets to be extremely tedious; as every page you open leads to another and then another and then another.......... finally 10 pages later your "simple" question gets answered. We're heading over in a few weeks for a month visit, deciding on what area we'll settle in. Is there a free-internet service IN NEW ZEALAND to sign up for(in the u.s.a. we have:, & aol/ I know I could access these, but would really like to start building proper relationships in our future home. Thanks for any help. Ciao.

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    Hi Kiwi2be,

    to the forum. You certainly are starting your research early, but it?s always good to be prepared. You never know when fate can take a hand and you may find yourselves making the move to NZ even sooner than you thought.

    I would agree with you about the NZIS site. I think we all get a bit swamped by it. It?s like being in a house with doors that open into rooms with doors that open into more rooms and so it goes on. I?m sure they could organise it so it?s more user friendly.

    I?m not quite sure what you mean by ?free Internet service? in NZ. When you talk about Yahoo and Hotmail it brings to mind a new email service, which is to be launched at the beginning of June in NZ. If you are interested, it?s called Rockmail and is free for normal use. Nothing much to see at the moment, but watch that space.

    Good luck with your fact finding trip. Let us know how you get on. :023:
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    Hotmail and Yahoo are already free email services. In terms of getting on the web, internet cafe's or places with wireless internet (airports etc.) are the best bet. Some hotels might have free wireless internet but most I have come across require you to pay a per hours charge for use of the the internet.

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