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Well I have decided I am coming over, by myself since kids are grown and I am unmarried. At 48 years old I still have a chance. Now to just save up enough money in the darn USA economy=that is the challenge.
Ferrai, How do you intend to work without a work visa? Do you know something I don't? The point system mis very strict, I'm going to go for a partner visa for temporary work but need to live with him here in NZ for 6 months before applying is my understanding.
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You can't work without a visa - but you can look for work then apply for a work visa once you have it. It must be a position that can't be filled by a New Zealander though....

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Hi There,

Like you we have moved around considerably, South Africa, ENgland, The UAE, Qatar, but to name a few. We have just had our EOI accepted and are in the process of formalising our residency.

We are moving with intention of finding a safe, secure and peaceful environment for our 3 beautiful girls to grow up in.

We are also looking at setting up a business in the Tauranga area and are looking for reliable sources in which to explore opportunities if anyone has any advice?

Additionally we are torn between the Mount, Tapoa and Bethlehem in terms of location as although the ocean views of the Mount are magnetic, the are zoning for kids schools seems to lean towards Bethlehem. Or is my internet research dodgy???

Any pointers you have would be greatly appreciated. We are on our way, ready to put on the Chiefs jersey on arrival!!!!

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Hi There,

Like you we have moved around considerably, South Africa, ENgland, The UAE, Qatar, but to name a few. We have just had our EOI accepted and are in the process of formalising our residency.

We are moving with intention of finding a safe, secure and peaceful environment for our 3 beautiful girls to grow up in.

We are also looking at setting up a business in the Tauranga area and are looking for reliable sources in which to explore opportunities if anyone has any advice?

Additionally we are torn between the Mount, Tapoa and Bethlehem in terms of location as although the ocean views of the Mount are magnetic, the are zoning for kids schools seems to lean towards Bethlehem. Or is my internet research dodgy???

Any pointers you have would be greatly appreciated. We are on our way, ready to put on the Chiefs jersey on arrival!!!!

Cheers, James
Hey James.

Are your girls at primary or high schools? ...or both?
The mount/Papamoa area has been under stress due to insufficient schooling although to be fair the entire greater Tauranga area is suffering from the same problem.

This is eventually being corrected by the building of a new primary school (about 1km from my home in Papamoa east and the building of a large high school in Papamoa East as well. The infrastructure mentioned above as well as many other planned infrastructure projects including a small city here of 30,000 people are the reasons why my wife and I chose this area over and above Bethlehem or any other area. Well that and the fact that we wanted to be walking distance to the beach....otherwise why bother?

Happy to talk about business opportunities as I am an entrepreneur myself and found after moving here that the best opportunities lay in running your own show since employment is somewhat difficult and wages are low.

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Hi Ferrari-
My husband has had a thing for NZ for 20 years. We've never been but from everything we've heard and read it sounds like a place we'd really fit well into. The healthcare system here is a mess and the proposals for reform sound scary. We're tired of paying for everyone else to have what we don't even get. We also want to simplify our life, rid ourselves of all the excess crap that we've collected over the years, start fresh with a new mindset of less is more and show our children that we don't have to keep up with the Joneses. Don't get me wrong, we don't think NZ will be some sort of utopia or something but we want to try something new and different and see if it fits.
He and I are coming the end of July for 12 days to check it out. His job is all lined up which sounds like it's the major issue for people who don't like it there. We love the outdoors and trying new things.
We are so very excited!

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Hi Chris,

Thanks for your response. The girls are primary and preprimary ages between 2 and 7. We are looking for schools as from the new school year in 2011, as originally we will originally be staying in Hamilton with friends before moving to Tauranga in the New Year, if not sooner. Is there a planned opening date for the primary school in Papamoa?
Schools we have had our eye on are St Mary's and Bethlehem College do you have any thoughts on these? Would i be able to school my kids if i reside Papamoa?

Re the business interests I am very new to the website and haven't mastered the PM thing yet!! If you could Pim me that would be great. I am definitely looking at setting up my own business down there and any pointers you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again, James

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Hi Chris,

Thanks for your response. The girls are primary and preprimary ages between 2 and 7. We are looking for schools as from the new school year in 2011, as originally we will originally be staying in Hamilton with friends before moving to Tauranga in the New Year, if not sooner. Is there a planned opening date for the primary school in Papamoa?
Schools we have had our eye on are St Mary's and Bethlehem College do you have any thoughts on these? Would i be able to school my kids if i reside Papamoa?

Re the business interests I am very new to the website and haven't mastered the PM thing yet!! If you could Pim me that would be great. I am definitely looking at setting up my own business down there and any pointers you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again, James
Hey James and Lisa

Congrats on deciding to come here. As much as I haven't seen any other areas (I have been here only 7 weeks) I absolutely LOVE Tauranga and the surrounding areas. Every area around here has something to offer, and all of them are nice places to live (next to a lot of outer-city areas I have lived in over in England).

Do you HAVE to choose an area before you get here? We tried to do that, but ended up securing a short-term fully-furnished rental for 4 months in an area called Matua. We thought this was where we wanted to stay, but as we've got more settled, picked up work and got to know the areas, we have decided to move at the end of our lease to Papamoa (we are beach people too, Chris!). I recommend trying this, especially while your belongings are shipped over. The process of getting them can take between 3 and 6 months (depending on when, how and who you shipped with).

In relation to schools...Bethlehem is a private Christian school (an excellent reputation), and children can go all the way through from kindergarten up to A-level/NCEA's). You don't actually have to live in any catchment area for this school, and buses are provided from all over the area. The other school that is pretty good is Otumoetai (primary through to college). It is the biggest state school in the area, and people from Matua, Otumoetai, Bethlehem and Bellevue (to name a few) go here, as there is no other secondary that side of town (although there are plans to build in the future).

In Papamoa, the primary school is pretty good (I believe, although I am a secondary teacher), and they have JUST started opening the Papamoa College (literally opened this year on a rolling intake). It is brand new and state of the art (apparantly).

For more information on the schools, look at TKI - Home for individual school info. The higher the decile point (1 the lowest, 10 the highest) the more affluent the area (although not necessarily the better).

It could take a while to find the right area, so make sure that you come prepared to be open-minded to changing your location.

Good luck!!

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Hi Chris,

Thanks for your response. The girls are primary and preprimary ages between 2 and 7. We are looking for schools as from the new school year in 2011, as originally we will originally be staying in Hamilton with friends before moving to Tauranga in the New Year, if not sooner. Is there a planned opening date for the primary school in Papamoa?
Schools we have had our eye on are St Mary's and Bethlehem College do you have any thoughts on these? Would i be able to school my kids if i reside Papamoa?

Re the business interests I am very new to the website and haven't mastered the PM thing yet!! If you could Pim me that would be great. I am definitely looking at setting up my own business down there and any pointers you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again, James
Hi James. I think you have to make a certain no of posts before you can PM or I can PM you. 4 from memory so when you get there then we'll be able to pm. Either way its not working at present.

There are many schooling options all across Tauranga including in Papamoa. We have personally chosen to send our kids next year to the new school being opened here in the first term of 2011 since it will be brand new and is going to be a small school with a total of about 300 kids when full. This appeals to us. It does have a catchment area however. You can go to goldensands.school.nz for info if you like.

Jen is quite right I think. Come and take a look around for a few weeks or even months. There's no need to rush what will likely be a totally new lifestyle for you and your family. We spent about 3 months travelling the entire country and then rented a place for about a year. By that stage we were totally clear on where we wanted to be and why. We now have no regrets whatsoever.

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Thanks for your response. The girls are primary and preprimary ages between 2 and 7. We are looking for schools as from the new school year in 2011, as originally we will originally be staying in Hamilton with friends before moving to Tauranga in the New Year, if not sooner. Is there a planned opening date for the primary school in Papamoa?
Schools we have had our eye on are St Mary's and Bethlehem College do you have any thoughts on these? Would i be able to school my kids if i reside Papamoa?

Re the business interests I am very new to the website and haven't mastered the PM thing yet!! If you could Pim me that would be great. I am definitely looking at setting up my own business down there and any pointers you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again, James
Hi James & Lisa - Welcome to the Forum.

You'll be able to PM other members once you've had five posts - but we'd love it if you'd carry on your conversation here. There are a few others out there who are bound to be in the same boat

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Hi Jen, Chris

Thanks for the info. After living the gypsy life we are used to being flexible with moving, although we are looking to bring that to an end as soon as possible. In saying that your advice is logical and in line with what we were planning which was to arrive in Sep with an aim to be in or around the 'permanent' area by Jan in time for the school year which starts in Feb.

Hardest part now is the wait!! Resignation went in at work today so now there's no turning back!!!!

Thank you all for the input and advice to date I will have a look at the websites you have referred and come back to you with a 100 more questions!!! Your positivity about the place makes us believe we are making the right decision and we can't wait to get there.

Cheers for now.
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