BMWST - thanks for that. That is good news with regards to the private sale GST. Here when you register the new owner of a used vehicle with the province, the government charges you GST after the fact.
Ya I did some research back when I started this thread and contacted Bunce.... they won't touch my little car. There is no point really. Basically for someone with just a run of the mill hatch there are really only 2 options:
- Bring it in and drive it LHD.
- Leave it behind.
I think we'll be leaving it.
So anyway... we got through the first part of the immigration stage, got the police checks done, got the bike all pristine looking to pass the MAF inspection.... all we had to do was submit all the necessary documents to the office in London. I was looking for work and to be honest, I wasn't happy with what I was finding.... or at least the interest from the companies just wasn't there unless I was already in NZ, which I can kind of understand.
Then.... I get a GREAT opportunity in Western Canada and we decide to do that, put everything in motion to move to western Canada... place to stay... moving container.... and about a week and a half before we decide to leave.. I get a call from a company in NZ offering me a job, good pay, willing to pay for 1/2 the relocation cost.... etc etc. sunofab!tch I say!
Anyhoo - the family and I decided to go the western Canadian route for now. Love your country, but the timing was a touch off. If I had that job offer 2 weeks sooner, I'd probably be there by now. BTW, I am jealous of your summer right now.... and well.... your winter is pretty nice too. I hope you guys don't mind me popping in now and then.
Lame? Hey when you have to move yourself, your wife, 2 kids under the age of 2, the dog, a 1/2 container (or a partial, but then having to buy a ton of stuff there), need to pay a couple of grand to NZ immigration, don't have a job lined up, don't know where you are going to find work, need to put the dog in quarantine, need to get a new vehicle there..... it all ads up. Then I got a fantastic opportunity, which was a few thousand kilometers away, but still in Canada... so not exactly an easy move either, but much easier than going to the other side of the world... we get everything rolling for that, and well the NZ offer came in a bit late.
You most likely made the right decision. That is typical of the behaviour of NZ business and bureaucracy: Faff about interminably without letting anybody know what's going on, then make a decision too late to take advantage of the benefits that they had based their decision on, and then usually they moan to anyone who will listen how they had their time wasted.
Good luck with the new job in the new home.
Keep on chooglin'
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions; and a man is judged by his deeds and his actions, why say it's the thought that counts? -GrayWolf
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