Thanks for the replies!
I'm so glad to hear about the food & water! I've heard people use alot of herbacides/pestacides
like considering round-up to be mild
: Hope its not sooo true.
I'm hoping to have some options for homebirth. My last 2 have been unassisted HB simply because it was either that or the hospital with all the 'fixins'. My labors are all very smooth & if I wasn't afraid of being 'messed with', I'd be glad to have a midwife or even a birthing center.
After 2 months of waiting for them to say they actually want to give us an offer, we waited 2 weeks for them to get back with us...gave them a call last week & were told 'sure, we'll get an offer together for you next week - its just been on the back burner.' I'm hoping....but I'm not holding my breath!
From what I hear, its par for the course - no sense of urgency like you find in the US!
Ok so I'm a lazy typer - this next bit I posted on an immigration forum - gives an idea of what I'd like to know of the area. Of course I have yet to get hold of anyone who has lived around there - not many immigrants there I suppose
! If any of you NZ moms know of any homeschool or AP stlye moms (even on other more NZ boards) that live in the Westland area...I'd love it if you could point me in their direction!
I'm not as savy on these boards as some - I found a homeschool NZ group on Yahoo, but you MUST live in NZ to get registered. We hope to be there Oct/Nov.
Our whole point in moving to NZ is to experience/see a new place with lots of narural beauty and outdoor activities. So...looking at the map, it seems the SI is where we want to be. As far as main cities go, of course Nelson looks ideal. But we aren't really city people anyway, and the branch in Greymouth gave us an offer - which it turns out has OH working just north of Westport. From the map, living around there looks good to me - and cheaper to live than Nelson (one of the links I found on here put rent in that area for 4 bedrooms at $200 week)
Does anyone know what its like there - and other than it having poor job prospects for most people - would it be a pretty neat place to live with kids?
OH will work 5 days & have 3 days off as his rotating shift - work about 50hrs. He'll earn $70-$75k NZD. We plan on renting & don't want much yard work or upkeep. We want to be off riding bikes, camping, hiking & riding down rivers! I'm hoping to have somewhere we can swim regularly, and access to a good library (the kids read so much I have to restrict their reading at times!) Things that I would also like to find are dance, music, & soccer lessons and a scouting group for the boys.
Do you think we'll find what we want in Westoprt (or in a spot nearby)?