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    Hi all!

    Our EOI was selected in the last draw, and now we're waiting for the ITA...
    Finally we can now believe that we are actually going - leaving from Helsinki, Finland to move to New Plymouth.

    My wife has a job there in the hospital and I will be stay-at-home-dad until I find work (luckily not in a hurry).
    We're all excited, but we have no idea of what we're getting into, especially in regards to New Plymouth.
    We'd love to hear your comments about the city and region!

    Also, I'm going to be a stay-at-home-dad. Any experiences on how well that goes in NZ? I'm a bit concerned about finding a social circle if I'm not working, especially since NP is not the biggest city. Anybody has stories to share?

    Cheers,

    Paul+Sanni
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    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    We looked at New Plymouth as a place to live and it quite appealed to us however we decided against it and came to Welli instead for OH work options.

    Alison on here is in New Plymouth and enjoing it- she doesn't seem to pop in so much now but maybe you could PM her.

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    Hi Papu

    Sorry I dont get around to looking online so much nowadays, but yes we moved here to New Plymouth last July and have to say are really happy here! No it's not the biggest town in the world, but it is a really nice one and a very friendly place, I am still amazed at how quickly we felt at home here. Friendly people, good schools, beautiful scenery all around, lots to do in summer and winter for a smaller place, weather wise was a great summer, very hot and sunny throughout, infact Taranaki got declared a drought area in the end, not so good for those pooir farmers though, winter on the way, we have snow on the mountain now which is a good sign hehe. House prices not to bad I dont think.

    As for being a stay at home dad you will be fine, I've seena few around at school and don't think anyone has an issue, at the school my son goes to the mums took me under there wing straight away and looked after me, inviting us round for dinner/drinks etc, infact 2 of those mums are now my best friends and are just amazing, we have had lots of bad luck lately with things going wrong, car, in the house etc and they have been there for us constantly to help out.

    If you have any specific questions just post away here or send me a PM, I will try and check back a bit more often :)

    Ali
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    Here's a couple of photos, sorry don't have many loaded onto Photobucket at the moment hehe

    Taken from our front garden during an amazing sunset :)

    http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/i...08/pics231.jpg

    http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/i...08/pics234.jpg

    View from the house of Mt Taranaki

    http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/i...08/pics050.jpg

    Up Mt Taranaki, near Dawson Falls (about 900m up) my son and my nephew who was over visitting recently, he loved it so much he didn't want to go back to the UK hehe

    http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/i...8/PIC_0483.jpg

    Looking back at New Plymouth Port and Sugar Loaf Marine Reserve (big seal colony there which is gorgeous) from Oakura Beach during last winter.

    http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/i...08/pics135.jpg

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    Some great Pics there Ali.
    Glad you have settled well.
    We are in Welli now- been her just over 5 weeks!!!
    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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