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    The west coast of the south Is is cheap , hokitika or greymouth, great scenery and you can go gold mining in your free time.
    The north Is has a far bigger Maori population than the south, the south Island natives are lot better behaved too.

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    Japan is the best place in NZ, bro!

    Just kidding... avoid Auckland unless you are well minted...

    House prices here are a joke - I could go into more detail... but it's just depressing, so I won't lol...

    OK... average house price in Auckland is creeping near 1 million.. *and that's just a simple, bog standard 3 beddy.

    Not to mention the traffic is a nightmare, people are losing their friendly nature and becoming passive aggressive, etc...
    Anyway, enough hating on my peeps...

    On a positive note, anywhere outside Apia/Auck is much nicer (both environment and people IMHO)...

    Sweet az bro!

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    You should avoid Kawerau. There are well established gangs there such as Mongrel Mob and Black Power. Both of these gangs are into intimidation. Avoid any place with sea views - you will pay a huge premium for such property. I would look at locations within 30 minutes travel time to the coast, mid North Island between say, Pokeno and Palmerston North. Don't go further inland or go further south unless you like cold. If you have an expectation for work unless you have a highly marketable skill you should stick to populations of 200000 plus.

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    Where did Jake the Muss live?


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    In the book: my hometown.

    In the movie: some unamed city but presumably South Auckland

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    Looked very hard at NZ about 7/8 years ago and after extensive research I settled on Nelson at the top end of South Island. Based on my dislike of big cities and the best of both worlds weatherwise, Nelson came out top. Medium size for reasonable infrastructure and access to beaches and countryside which is my main interest.
    Would be interested on Kiwi first hand opinions of the area.
    I did mention this in a PM to Panama Hat but he's a bit of a snob who centred his search further north.

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    Nelson is indeed pretty focking awesome. The whole bays area is beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    In the book: my hometown.

    In the movie: some unamed city but presumably South Auckland
    Your home town is the fictional town of Two Lakes? That explains a lot. Now make the man some Iggs.

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    ... Has Uncle Bully been touching you again??

    Rotorua = lit. Two Lakes, nowt fictional about it (other than my tales of being a hometown hero)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    Nelson is indeed pretty focking awesome. The whole bays area is beautiful.
    Thank you for the detailed and profound analysis.
    No, really thanks.

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    Maori, in general *IMHO are decent, warm people.









    ...until they slice your Pakeha throat, and eat your liver...


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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    ... Has Uncle Bully been touching you again??

    Rotorua = lit. Two Lakes, nowt fictional about it (other than my tales of being a hometown hero)
    Rotorua (/ˌroʊtɵˈruːə/, from Māori: Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, "The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe")

    So anyway, I doubt if the OP is going to retire to KiwiLand he would select the projects where Jake the Muss lived.

    Surely the advice is the same as is given to all people looking to move to a new country;

    1 - have you been there? If not, go and have a look
    2 - When you move there, don't buy straight away. Rent. Wait until you are sure, and then buy. Don't ship all your worldy possessions over until you are sure it is for you.
    3 - avoid places with too many Aussie immigrants there. They are a pest, and citronella and deet has no effect on them.

    That should cover it.

    Has the OP watch Lord of the Rings yet? Also, Whale Rider was a good Kiwi Film



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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    Nelson is indeed pretty focking awesome. The whole bays area is beautiful.
    Thank you for the detailed and profound analysis.
    No, really thanks.


    Sorry mate. I've not actually spent a whole lot of time there, passed through mostly.

    I do recall that I thought it was an 'old peoples town' but that was when I was a uni student so fuck what young people think.

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    Smile

    Must be time to end this research now .

    Thank you all .

    I started it so surely it's reasonable that I finish it ?

    Here .



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    Oh bugger I was going to mention that film clip posted by pseudolis, great film haven't seen it in years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Hornblower View Post
    Wasp which areas are you talking about in Liverpool.?
    Dovecot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    Nelson is indeed pretty focking awesome. The whole bays area is beautiful.
    Thank you for the detailed and profound analysis.
    No, really thanks.


    Sorry mate. I've not actually spent a whole lot of time there, passed through mostly.

    I do recall that I thought it was an 'old peoples town' but that was when I was a uni student so fuck what young people think.
    As I am now officially 'old people' it may well be suitable. I have no problem with transitory aging hippies. Thanks for the update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bankao dreamer View Post
    Oh bugger I was going to mention that film clip posted by pseudolis, great film haven't seen it in years
    "The Piano"

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    spent a night in nelson on my way to the abel tasman
    lovely town, great food
    struck me as wet
    right at home for northern english to be honest

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented
    struck me as wet
    Mighta just struck some bad luck weatherwise, Nelson has the highest sunshine hours in NZ (mind, it's relative of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bankao dreamer View Post
    Oh bugger I was going to mention that film clip posted by pseudolis, great film haven't seen it in years
    I think that is the full film. Only watched it once as a guest of the New Zealand High Commission in the UK for its premier. I went thinking it would be shit, and looking forward to the champagne reception. The reception was shit, but the film was very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    spent a night in nelson on my way to the abel tasman
    lovely town, great food
    struck me as wet
    right at home for northern english to be honest
    More sunshine hours in Nelson than any other town . (Or close to it)

    Lots of nice vineyards, gets a bit cold in the winter, but not too bad. Very nice part of the world.

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    i have pictures that prove otherwise
    and im not being a nancy; ive been to manchester

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    ^...Eh?

    Climate

    On average 2,457 annual sunshine hours (6.73hrs/day). Hawkes Bay averages 2,281 hours
    On average 649mm (25.5 inches) of annual rainfall fall in Marlborough
    Moderate diurnal temperature change – commonly a 10C / 50F range
    Maori refer to the region as “Kei puta te Wairau’ / The place with the hole in the cloud”

    Key Statistics Snapshot | Wine Marlborough

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    Unhappy

    I've lost interest in New Zealand now .

    I'm looking at Sweden instead.



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