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Old 02-04-09, 08:20 PM
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I keep seeing all these commercials for NZ. Will I really be forever young if I go there? And, is there a University anywhere near you?
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Also, are there any job openings for unsafe alpinists?
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Also, are there any job openings for unsafe alpinists at companies willing to cover relocation costs?
Seriously, you want this.
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Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
I keep seeing all these commercials for NZ. Will I really be forever young if I go there? And, is there a University anywhere near you?
Well yes and no. You won't stay forever young (unless you die young) but you are allowed to grow old disgracefully.

There is a university campus 10km, a Polytechnic campus 4km, a different campus for the same Polytechnic 2km, another university 25km from my house. There is also a two beaches within 15km, hills with MTB and walking tracks and rock climbing within 5km. The nearest mountains are about a 2 hour drive.
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Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
Also, are there any job openings for unsafe alpinists?
Would have a clue. I haven't looked in the Situations Vacancts for ages. Oh, our dollar is currently worth US$0.50 so it is cheap for yanks to come here.
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Do y'all need any environmental attorneys? What kind
of socialized medicine and retirement do you have?
I'd be willing to work hard for a country that had it's
act together. I already work my arse off here--
in the US of A. I'm not feeling like I trust Uncle
Sam to have my back so I seriously think of emigrating
to some other country at times.
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Seriously, you want this.
Ideally, yes, but shouldn't let it stop you. The main obstacle to moving to another place is you. If you go to New Zealand and want to find a job, you will find one. Eventually.

In my experience, companies are MUCH more likely to hire people who are already in the place they want to work. Less risk and expense for the company involved.
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Do y'all need any environmental attorneys? What kind
of socialized medicine and retirement do you have?
I'd be willing to work hard for a country that had it's
act together. I already work my arse off here--
in the US of A. I'm not feeling like I trust Uncle
Sam to have my back so I seriously think of emigrating
to some other country at times.
There were a couple of jobs available on seek.

Our health system isn't in the greatest of shapes despite the money thrown at it by the government. In saying that, as part of everyone's taxes there is a component that goes towards funding ACC. ACC is a government organisation that heavily (almost completely) subsidises accident treatment and recovery. For example I didn't have to pay a cent for treatment for a partially torn hamstring, my broken elbow or my cracked ribs and with my elbow as I couldn't work they paid 80% of my wages while I was away from work. The government also subsidises most doctors visits, dentist visits for those under 18 and prescriptions. For example my three monthly doctors visit costs about $40 and my prescription costs about $5. There can be long delays in getting non-urgent surgeries done in the public system though. If you have the money or have health insurance you can get it done privately.

Our current retirement scheme is simple. At 65 years of age everyone gets a superannuation pension, provided they are a citizen or permanent resident and have lived in NZ for at least 10 years since you turned 20. It currently is, for a single person, gross (pre-tax) of NZ$18,000 or a net of $595 a fortnight.
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There were a couple of jobs available on seek.

Our health system isn't in the greatest of shapes despite the money thrown at it by the government. In saying that, as part of everyone's taxes there is a component that goes towards funding ACC. ACC is a government organisation that heavily (almost completely) subsidises accident treatment and recovery. For example I didn't have to pay a cent for treatment for a partially torn hamstring, my broken elbow or my cracked ribs and with my elbow as I couldn't work they paid 80% of my wages while I was away from work. The government also subsidises most doctors visits, dentist visits for those under 18 and prescriptions. For example my three monthly doctors visit costs about $40 and my prescription costs about $5. There can be long delays in getting non-urgent surgeries done in the public system though. If you have the money or have health insurance you can get it done privately.

Our current retirement scheme is simple. At 65 years of age everyone gets a superannuation pension, provided they are a citizen or permanent resident and have lived in NZ for at least 10 years since you turned 20. It currently is, for a single person, gross (pre-tax) of NZ$18,000 or a net of $595 a fortnight.
Oh yeah. I'm totally willing to move to a country that uses the term "fortnight" in regular speech.
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Oh yeah. I'm totally willing to move to a country that uses the term "fortnight" in regular speech.
Well we were a British colony originally. What do Yanks call a two week period then?
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Well we were a British colony originally. What do Yanks call a two week period then?
two weeks
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Well we were a British colony originally. What do Yanks call a two week period then?
I lived in England for a year. I actually miss hearing fortnight. It took me about a fortnight to figure out what the hell it actually meant.
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I lived in England for a year. I actually miss hearing fortnight. It took me about a fortnight to figure out what the hell it actually meant.
I went over for 2 weeks about 5 years ago. A few days after I got there I asked a friend of mine I met up with what a quid was. None of my money had the word "quid" on it.
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<sigh> NZ is Xena and Hercules territory .... love the scenery.

Best go by that lotto ticket I was going to ...
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What do Queen's English-speaking countries say to indicate a period of three weeks? Fortnight and a half? Is a month two fortnights?
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What do Queen's English-speaking countries say to indicate a period of three weeks? Fortnight and a half? Is a month two fortnights?
Three weeks in a bushel, half a hundredweight to a month.
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Three weeks in a bushel, half a hundredweight to a month.
So a hogsday is... 6-8 weeks?
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So a hogsday is... 6-8 weeks?
Hogshead! A hogsday is 3/4 of an acre.
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Hogshead! A hogsday is 3/4 of an acre.
Damn, I always get those two mixed up.

A pennyweight is still 13 hours and 17 minutes, right?
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Yes, but only on weekdays between 9am and 4pm.
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Right, of course. Wouldn't make sense any other way.
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Glad that's cleared up. So ... New Zealand! Good place.
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:hypnosis: come visit Canada, your friendly, excellent exchange rate and cheap air travel, next door neighbour which is also a former British colony. We can woo you with words too! Wooo!!!
actually I've always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand.
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