bach beach house
jandles flip flops
de facto couple who live together but not married
toll call long distance phone call
tiki tour scenic route
whanau (maori for) family
hottie hot water bottle
parks car parking space
(warrant of fitness)
do you live in a tent? do you live in a barn?
lock it in / locked in save the date (diary)
tits in a tangle knickers in a twist LOL
I have also come across a few things which differ from here to at home.
- traffic lights change from red to green (missing amber) so no warning, they change all of a sudden
- there are traffic lights to get on each motorway, but they change instantly RED AMBER GREEN RED AMBER GREEN (as quick as it took u to read that - 2 cars are meant to go through at a time) sorry i didnt know how else to explain it by text lol
- 'Merge like a zip' signs made me laugh as ur joining a motorway
- Some railway lines run next to the roads, so you can be driving line & a train goes past next to you...or you see people waiting at the station right next to the road
- Coronation Street is 18 months behind in NZ!!
- There is NO central heating. And its winter!!!!!!!!!!! Its absolutely freezing cold - people rely on small heaters to warm the place up but when you walk from one room to another the cold hits you. Night time is the worst - I had to sleep face under quilt cos I had a cold face haha. Constantly have cold hands & feet - I guess when ur so used to central heating its a shock whereas kiwis are used to it. We're called SOFT POMS cos we cant handle it lol
- Brothels are legal.
- Shops do not all close at 4pm on a Sunday. Supermarkets open till 11pm!
- No small change in NZ - no 1 cent, 2 cent or 5 cent. Smallest is 10 cent (20p). In shops they round the price up when you get to the till
A few differences within the health care system:
- you pay for doctors appointments - around $50/£25 - apparently if you're a student nurse you can see the onsite doctor for $5/£2.50!!!!
- you are invoiced if you call 999 and an ambulance comes to you and/or transfers you to hospital - around $80/£40
- healthcare assistants help administer medication if they have their drug competency signed off - its not always the nurses job :/ (not sure I agree with this)
- a lot of medication is given in blister packs/ dossett boxes rather than administered individually
And thats that :) xxxxxxxxxxx