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    hi all
    just wanted to shout to universe and all you very supportive and informative people on this forum that we have made the BIG decision ! deon, will leave SA at the end of june, fly to NZ, go to our friends in Whangarei and look for a job there (they have assured him he will find one quite quickly - he is a plumber) !! as soon as our house is sold here in Cape Town, we will follow (me & the noodle). I am soooooooooooo happy that we finally have a plan of action, we have talking and talking and talking about emigrating for so long now that i did not think it would ever really happen !!!
    so if anybody knows anybody who wants to employ a really brilliant & NZ registered plumber, please let me know :)
    also if anybody has any advice on whether or not we should bring a container with our worldy goods from SA ? my thinking is if we need to rent an unfurnished house, we may as well buy things new... ???? This seems to really be the only area of uncertainty for us......
    thanks so much
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    hey

    Good for you. Making the decision is always the hardest part!

    I am sure your OH will find a job, plumbers are in short supply.

    Anyway good luck.

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    Yes, a decison, and a happy one at that.

    You won't have long to wait before you leave either. Exciting stuff. As for your container, you would need either a WP of (I think) more than a year or PR to enable you to bring your stuff into NZ without having to pay 12.5% GST (tax). You could weigh up how much your belongings are worth and set that figure against the cost of shipping them (plus insurance and handling charges etc.). If it's stuff you feel you could live without, perhaps you could sell it in SA and, with the saving you'd make on not shipping it, you could buy new in your new country. A new start all round. Yay..... shopping!
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    Well done for making the decision. That was the hardest part for us. Good luck with the rest of it
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    Good luck for the rest of the journey. Good luck for the OH getting a job- i'm sure he will be fine.

    As for shipping we decided to just ship more personal items- books dvds etc and bought all our furniture etc new as we won't have container for about 6 months.
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    Good Luck,and im sure your hubby will find work no probs.
    As for the container,we decided to get one as i had loads photos and personal things,that i cant go without.
    Also i had just bought 2 new settees so wasnt leaving them as you never get what you pay for back really.
    We arrived in jan 29th and our furniture comes 6thjuly,not bad really
    We also rented unfurnished and our very nice landlord gave us old sofas,garderning tools etc
    We bought a washing machine though,a top loader,which i prefer to my old one now.But the old one can always be a spare.
    Also our unfurnished did come with cooker.
    And i needed a new bed anyway,so bought beds
    Apart from that its like camping
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    Kia ora

    With regard to bringing your household items from South Africa it will be worth the while to get a container it will cost about R25k which is equavalent to $3.5k and you will not be able to fit out your rental with $3.5k. We came over 8yrs ago and that was one of our regrets as the quality of furniture is not as good as SA's. And should you sell people dont want to pay what the items are worth.

    Everything of the best, will find out from a few plumbers about vacancies and will keep you posted.

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    thank you all for the assurance of deon finding work and thanks also for the advice about the container - helps with making our mind up.... will keep you all up to date with our progress
    cheers
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    Kia ora

    With regard to bringing your household items from South Africa it will be worth the while to get a container it will cost about R25k which is equavalent to $3.5k and you will not be able to fit out your rental with $3.5k.
    When I mentioned above that you could buy new stuff with the money you saved on shipping, I should have also added 'and the money you get from selling your belongings'. It's right you wouldn't be able to kit out a new place with $3.5k. At the end of the day, it depends on how old your things are and whether they'd be worth shipping because you might need to replace them soon anyway.
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    Fantastic news, some exciting times ahead for you. I have family in the Whangarei area and they tell me that they're crying out for tradesmen, apparently the Refinery (at Marsden Point) has got a lot of work on at the moment.

    As for the shipping scenario - we're selling our furniture and just packing our sentimental things in tea chests, I've been quoted for 5 tea chests, 3 book boxes and my big toy box 530, and apparently we should receive these in about 12 weeks - not sure I believe them on the timescales.

    We've booked a fully furnished holiday for a first few months, after that we'll find a rental and buy everything to fit it out and hopefully our boxes of stuff will only be a month or so away by then.

    Hope that helps
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