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    Unhappy Where are the Crappy Areas of New Zealand ?

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    So there I was doing a bit of musing about where to retire to when I have had enough of Ghent.

    And I came to some decent-looking properties in New Zealand which were inexpensive .
    But who can tell me if the areas are shit areas or not ?

    Tokoroa , Waikato seems to have cheap places . Which makes me suspect its not a great place .
    And a place called Kawerau pops up a lot .

    So if you are a Kiwi please can you help ?

    Where should I avoid ?

    And where MUST I avoid ?


    Thanks .


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    No such luck as crappy areas in the Land of Plenty.

    Quite the paradise.


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    wherever the Maoris are.

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    huh never been there then Jeff have you.


    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    No such luck as crappy areas in the Land of Plenty.

    Quite the paradise.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp
    But who can tell me if the areas are shit areas or not ?
    Hi Wasp...I look forward to your NZ build thread...

    Perhaps that Sharky fellow can direct you "better"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Hornblower View Post
    huh never been there then Jeff have you.


    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    No such luck as crappy areas in the Land of Plenty.

    Quite the paradise.

    Lived there for 12 years, Literal Jack....


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    never opened your eyes then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Hornblower
    never opened your eyes then.
    How so, HH? Could you expand upon your opinion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp
    But who can tell me if the areas are shit areas or not ?
    Hi Wasp...I look forward to your NZ build thread...

    Perhaps that Sharky fellow can direct you "better"...
    Hi BB .

    You do get around ! What are you doing here looking at shit areas of New Zealand ?

    I was bemused because there are some very decent homes at some very low prices .
    Suspicious methinks .
    Because when you look at Auckland they are Sydney prices - meaning they are also London prices .
    If you don't know your way around Liverpoool you can find some very cheap houses there too and they look OK . But I DO know my way around Liverpool and you shouldn't touch them .
    Fix all the 6 locks on your front door no later than 7 pm and stay inside until 8 am and maybe you'll be alright.

    But is that the story with these cheap NZ houses ?

    thaimeme thinks NZ is Paradise !
    But thaimeme is a well-established idiot .



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    Wasp which areas are you talking about in Liverpool.?

    I have been in Liverpool for 52 yrs on and off and never heard what you just posted.

    Then again i suppose we could talk about any UK city if we go down that road

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    In Liverpool, that would be in the areas where the slaves live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp
    You do get around ! What are you doing here looking at shit areas of New Zealand ?
    Heh...Just following your lead, Wasp...On the virtual highway...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp
    well-established idiot
    Heh, again...I kinda like that one...

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    My old room on MT Victoria, there's some kiwi ghettoes in Newtown Sydney that seemed pretty daggy to even a rolling stone like myself in the 1990s,as a vade mecum the rooms are cheaper nearr the sheepshagging

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

    I have been in Liverpool for 52 yrs on and off and never heard what you just posted.
    Croxteth . Netherley . Liverpool 6 . Bootle . Kensington . Newsham Park . Anfield anywhere off Breck Road. Kirkby . Fazakerley . Norris Green . Stockbridge . Page Moss . Dingle .

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    NewZealand, sheep everywhere, black white AND brown!! Soft and tender to the touch and not too fussy on the catholic moral values (so Ant tells me?).
    Sounds like there ain't a lot of shit anywhere in the whole islands

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    Auckland is apparently a shithole, and the downtown streets stink of piss.

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    The worst neighbourhoods in New Zealand are easily spotted, it's were the residents are all Black supporters.

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    Anywhere in the vicinity of any mongol mob clubhouses or members.


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    Know all the areas, whilst rough they ain't No go areas and people certainly don't lock up at 7pm and resurface at 8 am,the areas you have posted are accessible though caution is warranted.

    True enough I wouldn't venture into a local pub on my own.

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

    I have been in Liverpool for 52 yrs on and off and never heard what you just posted.
    Croxteth . Netherley . Liverpool 6 . Bootle . Kensington . Newsham Park . Anfield anywhere off Breck Road. Kirkby . Fazakerley . Norris Green . Stockbridge . Page Moss . Dingle .

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    Seems as this thread is being pushed as to assume there's only a city side to NZ...

    Sad that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky View Post
    NewZealand, sheep everywhere, black white AND brown!! Soft and tender to the touch and not too fussy on the catholic moral values (so Ant tells me?).
    Sounds like there ain't a lot of shit anywhere in the whole islands
    Apparently many people commenting Auckland who have not lived within 10k radius. OK. I call them euroshite. Fair, Jeff?

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    Auckland might do itself a favour and rename itself Apia.

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    Live on the south Island. then you only have Christchurch to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp
    Tokoroa , Waikato seems to have cheap places . Which makes me suspect its not a great place .
    And a place called Kawerau pops up a lot .

    So if you are a Kiwi please can you help ?

    Where should I avoid ?

    And where MUST I avoid ?
    Those are kinda difficult questions to answer, depends on too many factors.

    Generally speaking though both Kawerau and Tokoroa are small ruralish areas/towns so that's why house prices are going to be cheaper than the main cities and centers.

    Both have their pluses and minuses. Both were built up around the logging industry and are pretty quiet and sleepy really.
    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Hornblower
    wherever the Maoris are.
    Well then that pretty much rules out the entirety of NZ.

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    I own a handful of houses in Kawerau. It is a mill town that was developed in the 1950s basically from nothing. It was setup to take advantage of the geothermal nearby and water from the Tarawera River. There are two mills, Tasman Pulp and Paper and Caxton. I am guessing at one point both mills would have directly employed about 3,000 people.

    Typical of most mill towns around the world it is dependent on the mills as a source of income. Since the 1990s the mill has been down sized a number of times and also sold onto various international investment groups. Due to the downsizing of the mills the population of the town has dropped and it has kind of turned into a social security town. It is full of single mothers, unemployed and retirees. However it is a well-run town, the local council take care of everything very well.

    The only things that are against it as a place to live is that as a small town you canít buy anything there. You would have to travel to either Whakatane or Rotorua to purchase anything of significance. Both are about 30 minutes away. Kawerau also has an odour from the geothermal and the mill that takes a short while to get used to. It is not anywhere near as bad as the smell of Rotorua. (See Panama Hatís thread about NZ). I most certainly would not classify it as a shit area but it is a small rural town. It definitely is not like living in Auckland and it is a long way from living in Ghent.

    For about NZ$50,000 you can buy a fixer up house. For $100,000 you can get a fairly decent house and for less than $200,000 you will find a really nice house with a couple of acres.

    I canít say that I know much about Tokoroa except that I assume it is similar to Kawerau, a mill town that once supported a saw mill that has slowly been down sized.

    I would say that there are very few places that I would avoid in New Zealand. It really comes down to each individual. Once you are outside of the large cities everywhere has a rural feel to it. If you can handle that it is great place to live.

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