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Day 5: banking, shopping, schools and cheese

Friday 23 September

We all managed to get a good night’s sleep last night, with the girls having undisturbed nights, and N and I waking at 5:30am. I’m flagging now, at 6pm), but it feels like we might be over the worst of the jet lag. Hurrah!

Today was a day of chores:

  • Fill out the multitude of enrolment forms for two schools.
  • Return forms to schools.
  • Go to bank to finalise the opening of our account and get an EFTPOS card.
  • Buy wellies (gumboots, for the locals) for hanging out with family on the farm.

When I write it down like that, it doesn’t seem like much of a list at all. But it took all day!

The schools were very chilled out about the forms, and we had a quick chat with the deputy principal at the primary school. Off to the bank for a nice chat with a very relaxed chap who sorted out our ID, and opened up two more accounts, and provided us with loads of information about foreign exchange accounts and mortgage applications. We left with an EFTPOS card which will allow us to pay for things in person, but our debit cards had to  be ordered, and are on the way. So I’ll have to refrain from loads of online shopping for now.

We headed to The Warehouse (The warehouse, where everyone gets a bargain! – S sang this on repeat loop, and she’s never even seen the commercials.) for wellies, and grabbed some sweets while we were there.

After N’s satnav got confused and tried to take us the wrong way, we ended up beside a lovely big playground, which the girls used to burn off some energy.


Other highlights of the day were:

  • Sushi sandwiches:
  • We found our new favourite shop:
  • Some online grocery shop browsing showed that, despite the cheese crisis, things might not be too bad here:
    (Seriously, $10.99! It was £10.99 in England!!!)
  • And finally, on the cheese crisis front, some googling reveals that we might be able to get proper mozzarella, but only in certain shops. I’ll keep you posted, as I know you’re all worried about N’s state of mind.

After loads of house shopping online, hopefully we’ll go visit some open homes this weekend, to get an idea of what’s around, and more importantly, what we can afford.






Kiwi, just returned home after 17 years in the UK. Feminist, wife, mother to 2 daughters. Strongly opinionated and very vocal. I'm wicked through and through.

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