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    I start work in Wellington July 01, 2008. I havenít done much arranging yet so this is the time I begin and get my butt into action. I am initially coming over on my own for a few months after which my partner will be joining me. Sooooo, this means I have a few questions:

    I am working in the city (I think!).

    Renting:
    1) I want to rent for a few months before purchasing a property (gives me a chance to get to know the Wellington areas)
    a. What length of months should I rent for before buying?
    b. Does one get a better rate if one rents for a longer period?
    c. A flat will be fine for a rental but what area should I rent? Is renting in the city an option or are there great flats in the suburbs with views? I would prefer a view.
    d. Perhaps the city is better for a single person (initially) so that one can walk to pubs and restaurants, entertainment etcÖ.??
    e. Where can I search for furnished 1 or 2 bedroom flats/apartment for rent? Is TradeMe the ONLY site?

    Car:
    I plan on renting a car for the first week or two until I purchase one.
    1) Can I rent from the airport? Any advice on which rental company to use if I am to rent for a few weeks?
    2) Can one purchase a car for cash on a SA driverís license?
    3) Can I ride in NZ using my SA driverís license or do I need an international driverís license
    4) I plan on getting my NZ license ASAP but I guess that will only happen after a month or two in Wellington

    Bank:
    From the forum I have learned that its between Westpac and National:
    1) Which is the better for Wellington? Are both national?
    2) Is there a HSBC in Wellington?

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    I start work in Wellington July 01, 2008. I havenít done much arranging yet so this is the time I begin and get my butt into action. I am initially coming over on my own for a few months after which my partner will be joining me. Sooooo, this means I have a few questions:

    I am working in the city (I think!).

    Renting:
    1) I want to rent for a few months before purchasing a property (gives me a chance to get to know the Wellington areas)
    Good decision. Look on trademe.co.nz to find places to rent is a good start.
    a. What length of months should I rent for before buying?
    You can rent short term. You will know when things are right for you.
    b. Does one get a better rate if one rents for a longer period?
    Sometimes but eh rates are pretty much teh same in an area. Not sue if you want a house or a room.
    c. A flat will be fine for a rental but what area should I rent? Is renting in the city an option or are there great flats in the suburbs with views? I would prefer a view.
    d. Perhaps the city is better for a single person (initially) so that one can walk to pubs and restaurants, entertainment etcÖ.??
    In the city will be more expensive but you will be close to things. If you like living in the city this would not be an easy start.
    e. Where can I search for furnished 1 or 2 bedroom flats/apartment for rent?
    Trademe as mentioned abpove. This will give you a good idea of prices and what is available. Prices aer nornally per wek.
    Is TradeMe the ONLY site?
    No but one of the best. Friends or coworkers can also be of help.

    Car:
    I plan on renting a car for the first week or two until I purchase one.
    1) Can I rent from the airport? Any advice on which rental company to use if I am to rent for a few weeks?
    Se who will give you the best deal. All the majors are there. Also shop on the internet for other option since you are talking longer term.
    2) Can one purchase a car for cash on a SA driverís license?
    3) Can I ride in NZ using my SA driverís license or do I need an international driverís license
    International is a smart option but not required.
    4) I plan on getting my NZ license ASAP but I guess that will only happen after a month or two in Wellington
    You can put your name in the hat or driving test.

    Bank:
    From the forum I have learned that its between Westpac and National:
    You may look into Kiwibank as well.
    1) Which is the better for Wellington? Are both national?
    About the same as far as I know unless you have special needs.
    2) Is there a HSBC in Wellington?
    Yes.
    Cheers

    Cliff

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    NZ Citizenship in 2000, been in NZ 15 years now
    Arrived NZ in 1997 from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    "New Zealand isn't just a physical place it is a state of mind."

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    2) Is there a HSBC in Wellington?
    Yes.


    Where is it Cliff?
    We set up an account in the UK who promised us connected account here in NZ- as we were last minute setting it up they said they wouldn't have time to do this but if we took all our paperwork to a branch when we got here we could set it up ourself.

    When OH went online to locate a branch there was only branches in AUckland liseted!! We have seen an office block in Wellington but no actual branch for banking.
    Flights booked for 24th March 2008!
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    Got Job offer in November 2007
    Got 3-years work visa valid to 15.01.2011 in Jan 08
    Landed in Wellington the 16th January 2008
    Work permit for my partner submitted the 26th Jan 08
    Loged EOI the 27th January 2008
    Was selected the 31st January 2008
    Work permit/visa granted for my partner the 20th Feb 08
    Loged my PR the 28th March 2008
    PR approved 23.07.2008

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    Where is it Cliff?
    Oops non in Welllington. It is in Auckland but HSBC is in NZ. Sorry about that. My mistake for no clarification.

    We set up an account in the UK who promised us connected account here in NZ- as we were last minute setting it up they said they wouldn't have time to do this but if we took all our paperwork to a branch when we got here we could set it up ourself.

    When OH went online to locate a branch there was only branches in AUckland liseted!! We have seen an office block in Wellington but no actual branch for banking.
    Cheers

    Cliff

    Nelson, New Zealand
    NZ Citizenship in 2000, been in NZ 15 years now
    Arrived NZ in 1997 from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    "New Zealand isn't just a physical place it is a state of mind."

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