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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-11-18 23:59
  Subject:   Hmmm....
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christchurch

What do you think? Look like a nice place to live? Looks a surprising bit like Colorado to me - except greener.
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A Queen Of The Shadow Realm
  User: mistress_wench
  Date: 2007-11-19 07:04 (UTC)
  Subject:   Dooo eeet!
I've never been to NZ, but I've seen so many nice places to go walking in.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2007-11-19 10:14 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Yeah, seems nice. I'm guessing it seems greener than CO b/c, by the looks of it, it sits on or close to the coastline and is closer to sea level than mile high. I couldn't find elevation in the wiki entry, though.

The weather seems nice, too. I don't see it dropping past 35F on average. But, it looks like having a car might be a necessity since they refer to it as the dominant form of transportation even though they have the Metro.

The budding technology industry there might give you something as far as the job market is concerned...

If you go, send me back a wombat. I hear the damn things are feral, but they seem so cute. It's worth getting my face ripped off for. Oh, hey, I could just meet the women here if I wanted that. Ohsnaps!

(also, I'm thinking that the wombat is an Australian creature as opposed to NZ, but eh...)


-J
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-11-19 20:03 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
I hear the damn things are feral, but they seem so cute. It's worth getting my face ripped off for. Oh, hey, I could just meet the women here if I wanted that.

LOLLERCAUST! ;D
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Coinneach Fitzpatrick
  User: scarybaldguy
  Date: 2007-11-19 12:03 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
NZ's supposed to be a very groovy place to live.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2007-11-19 17:22 (UTC)
  Subject:   You know my position on NZ
Christchurch is a fantastic place to live and very similar to Colorado, climate wise. It is greener due to its lower elevation, I believe its like 300 ft above sea level. You have access to Alpine country and Beach country within an hour's drive. There's a lot of great hikes and nature to be seen very near by, so it makes a fantastic destination for tourists. Public transportation is fantastic, they even have a trolly like San Francisco. It is the second largest city in the country, and it's FLAT! So you could easily ride your bike everywhere and never be out of breath. It has a very classical style of architecture that hasn't really changed in over the past hundred years. Watch Peter Jackson's film "Heavenly Creatures" to get a better idea of Christchurch, it hasn't changed too much.

Downfall is that it's not very diverse (only full of white kiwis) and because of that, mildly racist towards what few Maori people that are there. There are always *tensions* between pekaha (white folk) and the Maori, and it seems to get worse the more South you go in the country. Hmm...sounds familiar, but no where near the same degree as found here in the states. Now some would say that Boulder is not very diverse, but we do have various immigrants from different countries and cultures: Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Germans, French, Italians, Spaniards, Russians, Dutch, Somalians, Kenyans, Nigerians, Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians, Kuwaitis, Suadis, etc. Although you might not always *see* them in Boulder, they ARE here. Christchurch is jut full of God-fearing white folk of New Zealand, very few immigrants.

On the other hand, I do LOVE Wellington and Auckland is not half bad either, both of those cities also have a budding IT industry as well as games and movie industries.

cheers
- Liam
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-11-19 19:13 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: You know my position on NZ
Wellington is tempting... but I'm worried about the rain. Christchurch is rumored to be the dryest city in NZ (average rainfall = ~1.5 in a month) which is why I started looking at it. Getting a job is a worry, I may have to work for the university there. I'll take a closer look at Wellington and see what I think.
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  User: enishi2000
  Date: 2007-11-19 19:56 (UTC)
  Subject:   So, you've been talking about it for a while now...
Oh just fucking do it!

Love,

Mark
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-11-19 20:04 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: So, you've been talking about it for a while now...
If I could do it today, I would. Unfortunately there are certain "3 years of high tech industry employment before we let you in" rules that I have to deal with. :P
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2007-11-20 00:14 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: So, you've been talking about it for a while now...
And for dating, Ewe are in luck! Kiwi laws are much more understanding of Mutton Lovers down there!
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Ben Cantrick: straight to hell
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-11-20 01:23 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Keyword:straight to hell

Q: What do you call a New Zealander who raises both sheep and goats?

A: Bisexual!
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  User: enishi2000
  Date: 2007-11-20 05:27 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: So, you've been talking about it for a while now...
Forgive my ignorance, but don't you already have more than that under your belt?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-11-20 05:32 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: So, you've been talking about it for a while now...
As far as I know, that's continuous time measured backwards starting from present. Which means that my little stint at the plastic factory gets in the way. At best, I can claim 1 year continuous employment in high tech out of the last two.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-11-20 05:33 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: So, you've been talking about it for a while now...
Plus, there's the spoiler... if they impeach Bush, I can stay.
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  User: enishi2000
  Date: 2007-11-20 13:53 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: So, you've been talking about it for a while now...
Yeah, there is always that.

Still, there are far worse places to relocate to. I still say regardless of any governemtal change you should go for it. There is nothing quite like living in a foreign land to test your mettle, and few things are quite as satisfying.

In my opinion, of course.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2007-11-20 17:59 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: So, you've been talking about it for a while now...
I still say regardless of any governemtal change you should go for it.

Non-issue. The Cheney's-cock-gagging Dems aren't going to impeach. Useless fuckheads.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2007-11-21 21:54 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: So, you've been talking about it for a while now...
and so the foreign experience still reigns as the best option. Good for the mind and soul as well as looking shiny and pretty on the resume, should you return when things *improve*.

-L
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