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    Default We're Here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well we are now in Kiwi land.

    Landed in Welli at 9:30 this morning- only 31 hours after we left Heathrow!!!!!

    Flight (s) went well. The girls did really well, Air NZ were very helpful and the food was good too. Got through all check-ins and customs etc pretty smoothly (and no fines ).

    First impressions: haven't had chance too see much really. Got a bit of a tour of Welli city courtesy of shuttle bus, seemed fairly busy. Tawa is very quiet (so far). The rental is very basic but will do us until we find a house somewhere. Managed to unpack all 8 suitcases plus handluggage bags and a walk to the supermarket for essentials for the next couple of days.

    Oh and it's really hot!!!! We left the UK in snow and get off the plane to this- as if we weren't hot enough humping 8 cases and hand luggage cases and 2 kids complete with car seats.

    Anyway can't think of much else to write at the moment- god knows what time I have been up since and trying to stay up until propor bedtime!

    Beth
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    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Right that's used up all the forum's worth of exclamation marks between us.

    Well done, Beth. Glad you made it in one piece. Hope you'll be able to rest up over the next few days and give us a broader view of how you're finding your new surroundings. I bet it hasn't sunk in yet that you're now upside down and hanging off the bottom of the world.

    Get Neil out on the streets job hunting. Never mind letting him rest up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebianca View Post
    Tawa is very quiet (so far).

    Beth
    The thing about Tawa is it's a bit...

    Wellington places - Lynn of Tawa - Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

    Some friends from work talk fondly of Lynn - Character inspiration for Kath & Kim?

    Aussie's stealing things and claiming them as their own. I don't believe it.

    Glad you've all survived the journey and the terrible windy weather.

    Enjoy

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    Welcome to NZ!!!!!

    Glad you survived the journey and hope you enjoy your first days here

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    You mean they let you in?

    Glad to hear you arrived safe and well The next week or so will be a fuzzy blur with changing your body clocks by 12 hours!
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    Fab news Beth ... soo glad to hear the flights were OK with your girls.

    Have fun, and catch up soon when you've had a chance to settle in a little,

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    Glad you all get there in one piece . Can't wait for your 'one week in' post!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taffy View Post
    You mean they let you in?

    Glad to hear you arrived safe and well The next week or so will be a fuzzy blur with changing your body clocks by 12 hours!

    Why wouldn't they let me in? We had no trouble at all with customs etc- although we had to open the cases for them to inspect the girls welli/gum boots.

    As for the jet lag- i feel OK at the moment- maybe it will all catch up with me later today, Neil was bad yesterday!
    Flights booked for 24th March 2008!
    Landed in Wellington 26th March 2008!!

    Job Offer Received 9th July 2008!

    Temp Work Permit application submitted 11th July 2008!
    Temp Work Permit approved 4th August 2008!

    EOI Submitted 11th July 2008!
    EOI Selected 16th July 2008!
    EOI 'Successful' 1st August 2008!
    ITA Received 8th August 2008!
    ITA Aplication accepted 26th September!

    APROVED in Principle 10th June 2009!!!!
    Residency Visa issued 7th July 2009!!!!!

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    Great to hear the flights went OK and the sun was shining for you when you got here! Hope everything continues to go smoothly for you.
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    glad you all got there in one piece ..... enjoy........

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