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Hi Chris

I would definitely like to go for a beer or coffee. My boyfriend who is a kiwi isnt into going out to pubs/coffee shops but being british I definitely am! Let you know a time and place. I live in Mairehau so I am quite central so am easy on where to meet.

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I'm so sorry to take so long to reply. I started a new job just after this (with only 1/2 days notice!) so have been caught up with that. If you still fancy meeting up, how about Victoria Street? Vic's coffee house is good or for beer there is Smash Palace. I like the Revival Bar as a pub but its beer choice isn't great! I'm now working Mon - Fri but could meet up evenings, or next Saturday late afternoon if you're free.

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Hi Chris

One night next week would be good to meet. Let me know what night will be best and we can meet at smash palace if thats ok.

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Hi Chris

One night next week would be good to meet. Let me know what night will be best and we can meet at smash palace if thats ok.

Julie
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Any night is fine, but how about Wednesday or Thursday? I could go straight from work so be there around 6, or go home first and get there later. Which would be better for you?

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Hi Chris

Thursday sounds good to me. I will come straight from work too so I should be there at 6pm. I will meet you outside then. Look forward to meeting you.

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Great. Although it will probably be quite obvious if one of us is standing outstide, but just in case there are other people waiting, I have shoulder length brown hair and will be the woman waiting with a white bike and a red cycling helment!

Look forward to meeting you on Thursday.

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Hi Julie,


I think I was being a bit optimistic in thinking I would make it for 6. I might, but it would be safer if we went for 6.15, that way there's much less chance of you waiting by yourself while I peddle like crazy to try to get there! And I'll probably have a dark blue bike.

See you tomorrow

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Hi Chris

I am very sorry but I will have to postpone meeting up as my boyfriend is going away hunting down south for a week, he was supposed to leave this morning but something has come up and we have to attend to it after work before he leaves tonight. So sorry to let you down but I am definitely up for meeting in the next few days, just let me know a day, time and place.

Sorry again.

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Hi Julie

Don't worry, things always crop up last minute! I could do a coffee on Saturday if you're free? If not I'll probably need to leave it a week as we are moving house next weekend so I will be manic busy packing during the week! Let me know what's good for you.

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Hi Chris

A coffee on Saturday sounds good. You mentioned before that the Vic's coffee house is good, do you want to meet there about 2pm? I dont know Victoria Street very well but I assume there is only one coffee house?

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Hi Julie,


2pm Saturday is fine. I think there is more than one coffee house on Victoria Street, but as Vic's has a large sign with a V on it you should find it ok ;-) It's on the Bealey Ave end of of Victoria St on the left hand side if you are walking away from Bealey (ie opposite side from Smash Palace).

I'll send you a PM with my mobile so you can call if you do have trouble finding it.

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Hi people,

Anything going on in this front? I'm new in the city and while I already know my way around I don't really know too many people yet.
 

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Hello everyone, hubby and I are coming to Christchurch in June, very nervous. But very excited.
It's nice to read such positive and encouraging words from you as a few people over here have expressed that the grass may not be greener, but I think that's because they don't want us to go, we will miss them but hubby has always wanted to work in NZ so were going for it! Eek!!

Is it easy to get a dr? And a rheumatologist? Any advice would be welcome :)
I also teach sign language over here and work in the Deaf and hard of hearing industry, I was about to become an interpreter, but I understand that NZ sign language is slightly different, I've looked at some vids and I understand most, I'm hoping that a prospective employer will interview me and judge me on my 5 years study and experience, I really don't want to have to start again....

Lovely to meet you all.
Be nice to arrange a do, and yes I prefer wine or beer to coffee :)
 

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It can also be difficult being from Christchurch and having lived in the UK for several years coming back and meeting friends again. :)
Hello, hubby and I are coming to Christchurch in June, very nervous. But very excited.
It's nice to read such positive and encouraging words from you as a few people over here have expressed that the grass may not be greener, but I think that's because they don't want us to go, we will miss them but hubby has always wanted to work in NZ so were going for it! Eek!!

Is it easy to get a dr? And a rheumatologist? Any advice would be welcome :)


Lovely to meet you all.
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I also teach sign language over here and work in the Deaf and hard of hearing industry, I was about to become an interpreter, but I understand that NZ sign language is slightly different
Their English is different, therefore, you'd expect the sign language to be as well.

Do get in touch if and when you arrive.
 

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Hi we live in methven near the foot of mount hutt we have been here for 15 months and have just brought the cinema here my wife is a school teacher and I am a chef at terrace downs we have been so busy we also have not had time to meet people what with the cinema we also have a son who is 14 and in my spare time I am the manager of the methven mens football team please get in contact with us.

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Making the leap to a new country. Would like to have a friend from there to ask questions about things like "how much are blow dryers?" and other ordinary every day things.
Can you live in ChCh and get away with not having a car? Will just using the bus and having a bike work? What about employment outlook? I heard ChCh is in need of people and tourism. Also can you go with just a US passport and get a working visa when you get there? I know it'll take a while for the paperwork and things to get approved. Anyone gone through the process of getting a work visa for a job on the "non-needed skills" list?

Yeah that's just some random things running through my mind. If anyone would like to help me out, I'd be absolutely grateful^_^ Hope you're having a wonderful day!
I'm not sure if you made it here already or not. If you did, you probably discovered that the voltage here is different, so even if you brought an adapter, if you didn't have a voltage converter, it would fry. Right now Chch is going through a great period of transition. I would not suggest bike riding as your first mode of transportation because the city streets are often detoured due to roadworks, and the cars can be very impatient with bikers. Also, bike lanes are not standard on every road. If you are ultra careful, a bike is adequate in terms of the size of the city, just be careful--also, it would not be practical during winter--we've had snow down to sea level three years in a row now. Taking the bus is fine, just expect that you will need to pad your arrival times to places to account for delays caused by detours. The cost of living is higher in nz than (many parts) of the US, and to a degree, you might find that you get less for your money. Quality can be varied, as is the amount you get for your money. Because it is not a large country, or consumer driven, there is a paucity of competition, so suppliers are limited which makes consumer revolt over quality or price pretty impossible. The flip side of that is, because you have way less brand names to choose from, it reduces your time that is eaten up trying to make a decision. Measurements are metric here: foods are in grams, kilograms, liters, etc. Jobs can be hard to find, although the great rebuild that is finally getting some traction will offer ample opportunity to those who have the skills required. There is a housing crisis right now, with rents averaging about $350-$400NZD per week (yes, rents and wages are generally paid weekly, not monthly or bi-weekly as is common in the US). Chch does not have a lot of single person, single income accommodations like we have in the US. There are no huge apartment complexes with multi-unit dwellings, so it can be a challenge finding something that suits you. If you aren't here yet, depending on your age you could apply for a working holiday visa and come down on that to look for work, or look online to see if you can find and apply for something. Houses here do not have central heating, petrol prices are higher, but much more steady in price changes than the US (usually). It has stunning scenery, few people, great outdoors recreational opportunities, nice people, low crime, communal thinking, and a beautiful blend of Maori and European heritage. Be prepared though, it does not have the creature comforts that the average American expects: cheap prices, central heating, pay-by credit/debit card online features (this is slowly changing), internet shopping (again, this is getting better). Cultural pastimes include gardening, outdoorsy stuff, rugby, soccer, DIY projects, drinking (alcohol--this one I still struggle with) at the pub, a friends, or at home, barbecuing, etc. If you are from a large metropolitan area the culture change could be very intense, if you are from a place more rural and laid back, it's quite likely that the transition will be relatively easy. Best of luck!
 

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Hi all, we moved to Chch at the end of May and absolutely love it here! However we are struggling to meet people. We have socialised a little with neighbours and made a couple of friends on a facebook group, but as yet have struggled to find other people with similar aged children - we have a 3 year old only child and would really like to meet other couples with kids around his age for playdates etc. We are a happy, social family and we are currently living in the hills above Sumner. We have settled fairly well, but I am not working and struggling a bit with boredom really in the week - our son is in preschool 3 days per week. Just wondered if anyone else is in similar position and up for meeting up?
 

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We moved here in December, we have an (almost 1 year old son). We found a nice rental for less than $400 a week which was a real bonus! We are still struggling with the cost of groceries and the lack of choice. Also the attitudes of people here are very strange, maybe its just a chch thing as I have lived in the north island and people were quite different. Chch is a strange (city?), with not alot to do but it has very beautiful surroundings, just a shame there isnt any town! We are looking at moving to the north island once my wife gets a job (proving very difficult) and we can save up. Very happy to be in NZ but Chch? Not recommended for families babies/infants.
 

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I'm interested in hearing about social events as well, especially with fellow parents (our little girl is almost 2 years old) once we arrive, and to swap stories and tips about adjusting to life in Chch -- it will be our first time in NZ and we're from North America (Canada, the US) and have lived in the UK (London) and Europe.

Until wife and daughter arrive, I'll be coming over on my own for about a month in late August and getting to know the city and the world-class NZ wine (I'm a bit of a wine buff)!

Any upcoming events? Is this a good forum or anything simlar on FB as well?
 
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