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Yes that's also right, capital gains tax on investment property in Aussie (even a vacant piece of land is subject to it) and also if you own your own home less than 2 years and sell it and make a profit from the sale.

I have seen many items in the media here as I am sure you have Anski where Aussie is really talked ''up''. People at work talk about ''moving to australia'' for a better life and really they have no idea, but do take new attitudes and ethics with them that had they done so here would see them miles ahead. I recognise though its difficult to get Oneself out of a familiar rut too.

Property in NSW in general has been in decline for a numbers of years. For example our house back there is now worth $A200k less than it was 5 years ago, however media talks about booming times yet my Cousin in Western Australia who bought well, improved etc but decided to sell, sold on the verge of the decline of the WA housing market. He tells me he was lucky to achieve his sale when he did.

i don't want people to think i am talking down aussie, because it is a lovely vast country and it gave me a good and safe childhood and positive attitude. We all whinge about the Govt in whatever Country we live.
However from my experience I don't believe that the current thinking of moving to Australia over/out of New Zealand would be any better is right.

people will make of their move what they want to from it.

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Yes that's also right, capital gains tax on investment property in Aussie (even a vacant piece of land is subject to it) and also if you own your own home less than 2 years and sell it and make a profit from the sale.

I have seen many items in the media here as I am sure you have Anski where Aussie is really talked ''up''. People at work talk about ''moving to australia'' for a better life and really they have no idea, but do take new attitudes and ethics with them that had they done so here would see them miles ahead. I recognise though its difficult to get Oneself out of a familiar rut too.

Property in NSW in general has been in decline for a numbers of years. For example our house back there is now worth $A200k less than it was 5 years ago, however media talks about booming times yet my Cousin in Western Australia who bought well, improved etc but decided to sell, sold on the verge of the decline of the WA housing market. He tells me he was lucky to achieve his sale when he did.

i don't want people to think i am talking down aussie, because it is a lovely vast country and it gave me a good and safe childhood and positive attitude. We all whinge about the Govt in whatever Country we live.
However from my experience I don't believe that the current thinking of moving to Australia over/out of New Zealand would be any better is right.

people will make of their move what they want to from it.
I totally agree with you.
I love both counties never for a moment regret living in Sydney, our children grew up in nice neighborhoods, had great State schools etc.

But what really annoyed me was that in spite of paying Medicare (compulsory) & also paying for private medical cover you never had 100% cover.

After claiming from private for for any medical or hospital fund alway left a 20% gap. I used to work for a private medical fund & the government WOULD NOT allow them to pay back 100% even though funds had piles of money & wanted to do so.
When I first arrived in NZ I fell & hurt my wrist & went to outpatients of Auckland hospital. I had wonderful fast treatment xray & strapped up & the Dr gave me a letter to have Physio etc. Did not understand the system because in australia this is not available free of charge. Also knew a woman (not working) fell on rocks had 2 operations & masses of Dr & Physio visits all paid for by ACC & she had not contributed 1 cent.
Cannot believe Pathology is free in NZ also & after my husband's cardiac surgery a nurse made daily house call to collect his blood for a month- No Charge!
So there are many differences between the 2 countries.
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the real estate market/agents both in Aussie and NZ trip over themselves when an overseas buyer shows any interest.

I downloaded a floorplan a couple of months ago of a renovated villa that has been extensively advertised in auckland, but the agent upped the anty and start to flog to attract overseas interest and sure enough, One bit the apple without due dilegence and paid an overinflated price (reason why it didn't sell to locals).

Buyer beware. Do your research and haggle, haggle, haggle in both countries!!!!!!!
Better still, don't buy the minute you arrive (in either country) rent and find your feet.

I returned from NSW about 4 weeks ago, Kiwi Hubby returned a fortnight ago. both of us were pleased to be returning to NZ and I even went as far as obtaining a kiwi licence upon my return! If anything made up my mind, it wasn't the 2 1/2 years already spent here, it was the 5 days I spent in Sydney that did it.

So what did I glean to compare during my recent trip? Well my NSW friends are looking forward (not) to an 18% increase in the cost of electricity. The state govt has removed subsidies for alternative power hardware purchases, shooting up the price of solar power products and the like.

Food and wine is about the same although dairy products are still slightly higher in NZ than in aussie but if you are canny shopper like me you will buy your cheeses on special in NZ nd will be about the same.
Fuel and LPG for vehicles is still slightly inflated in NZ but diesel remains cheaper even with the road tax you pay at NZ post offices to run your ON ROAD diesel vehicles.
SKY TV (pay TV) is still more expensive in NZ than aussie and i was equally disappointed with it in Aussie as I am getting in NZ. Mind you we are seeing newer UK programmes on Prime (free to air in NZ) than on UK pay TV!.

Registering a vehicle and relicencing is still cheaper in NZ than NSW. Insurance, well most of NZ's policies are underwritten by IAG who is aussie owned, as you know natural disasters have rocked NZ and its safe to say policies will increase regardless of either Country.

I am disappointed by the seafood range/fish mongers in NZ shops considering its a seaside country. I am therefore planning a trip to Auckland fish markets to see how it scrubs up against Sydney's. Not expecting heaps of shops, just a better selection than at my ''local'' fish monger.

Young drivers (15) are not the people having the majority of accidents. its the slightly older age of 19 ish that are with a car load of people/mates to egg them on (sounds familar eh!) and that again is the same in both countries.

If you fly em*rates as part of your european business dealings, well they have removed the car allowance from business and first class travel to and fro airports between Aussie and NZ. I am scraping the bottom of the barrel for comparisons as you can probably guess, but if you are used to such a service, it won't be there now from this end to Aussie. both Emirates and air NZ have excellent business class lounges and comfort in their aeroplanes though!

air NZ has the monopoly on the run from Auckland to Perth. If you want to fly anyone else, you have to jump ship between ports, so to speak. That annoys me having relos in Perth and being held to ransome for cattle class fare between countries.

There is one more thing, one really more important thing. THIS (yes I mean to shout) was the first week that NZ news reported all was not well in the land of Aussie.
Far out, hallauya, finally the media have caught up with the rest of us Aussie expats to tell Kiwis that all is not well over the ditch!!!!!!!

Off for a Kiwi wine to celebrate! Cheers. xox
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hang on, I did think of a down side to living in NZ, I have never seen moth balls for the linen cupboard for sale here.... I just bought 4 packs back in NSW.

On the up side, my UK born parents (who also now live here) my new ''in laws" (found via adoption methods) and my family also enjoyed Quality Street tins for Christmas at our local Pommie food shop...

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[QUOTE=Darla.R;535633]I've never had a need to use mothballs in either country so can't tell you where to find them, Bunnings perhaps?


haven't seen them at all in NZ but will try Mitre 10 mega at some stage...

a long time ago my MIL had a silverfish type moth infestation in her carpet and underneath the spare beds. Whilst I am fairly certain it was due to a bit of senile decline in the cleaniness dept, having a few moth balls in the airing cupboard and the like stops any liklihood of it happening in my home, and I like them more than spraying fly spray about the place.

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Young drivers (15) are not the people having the majority of accidents. its the slightly older age of 19 ish that are with a car load of people/mates to egg them on (sounds familar eh!) and that again is the same in both countries.
I see in the front headline in the Herald today (re Maori King's son involved in accident) that they are now stating the 15 - 17 age bracket is the highest for car accidents... Hmmm, bit different to a couple of months ago where it was claimed they weren't...

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haven't seen them at all in NZ but will try Mitre 10 mega at some stage...

a long time ago my MIL had a silverfish type moth infestation in her carpet and underneath the spare beds. Whilst I am fairly certain it was due to a bit of senile decline in the cleaniness dept, having a few moth balls in the airing cupboard and the like stops any liklihood of it happening in my home, and I like them more than spraying fly spray about the place.[/QUOTE]


Moth balls smell YUK. Over the years I have bought cedar balls (the cedar odour repel moths) & recently I bought Lavender fragrance moth devices that hang on rails in wardrobe.
You should be able to find some sort of Moth deterrents in Pak n Save, New World, The Warehouse, Mitre 10,

Yes Aussie must be getting costly my daughter (Canberra) keeps asking me for help with her bills especially electricity & I know she is really struggling. My son (Brisbane) complains his business is the quietest it's been in over 20 years.

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Yes Aussie must be getting costly my daughter (Canberra) keeps asking me for help with her bills especially electricity & I know she is really struggling. My son (Brisbane) complains his business is the quietest it's been in over 20 years.

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Yep I agree and its totally flying in the face of what up until last week Kiwis were being told about the Country and lifestyle... compared to what was happening in NZ.

I think for anyone who is considering moving to either of these Countries its important to know there is good and bad in both, economics, employment, Govts, health and education, justice systems etc just to name a few.

I sincerely hope that i have been able to offer a balanced perspective with real time comparatives.

Immigrating is what the person will make of it, its certainly not easy and its never how you think its going to be. I wish anyone about to undertake the task all the very best!

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I see in the front headline in the Herald today (re Maori King's son involved in accident) that they are now stating the 15 - 17 age bracket is the highest for car accidents... Hmmm, bit different to a couple of months ago where it was claimed they weren't...
not age groups in these stats, just overall figures; still too high of course but an improvement:

NZ Herald, 4 June 2011
Until 48 hours ago, 120 people had died on our roads this year. This time last year, 160 people had perished.

The road toll so far this year is at a 31-year low. It is a monumental improvement. Why? Is the price of fuel keeping people off the roads? That might have something to do it - police report fewer crashes in general compared with recent years.

and by comparison with nearly 40 years ago when there were a lot less vehicles on the road

The worst year for road deaths was 1973, when 843 people died

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I see in the front headline in the Herald today (re Maori King's son involved in accident) that they are now stating the 15 - 17 age bracket is the highest for car accidents... Hmmm, bit different to a couple of months ago where it was claimed they weren't...
Be confused no more. Here's the quote from NZ Herald:-

"Road crashes are the single biggest killer of 15- to 19-year-old New Zealanders, and our teen crash rates are among the worst in the developed world - that's a situation no one should accept," said the agency's national manager of road user behaviour, Michael Cummins.

New Zealand has the highest road death rate in the OECD for 15- to 17-year-olds, and the fourth highest road death rate for 18- to 20-year-olds."

Comparison were being made with the "developed world" and "OECD", NOT across age groups within NZ.

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