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The problem with living in Japan when NZ is clearly the better option

This quote is so telling: “The best economic response to the virus was always going to be a strong public health response, and that’s why our strategy from the start has been to go hard and go early,” -NZ Finance Minister Grant Robertson. It goes without saying but I am extremely proud to be a …

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Capital Gains Tax in New Zealand

Should have done it years ago. There’s too much emphasis here on buying a house and it’s hard not to see why, there’s just too much money to be made, or lost if you’re stuck renting. I don’t blame people for investing in property one bit when their gains aren’t going to be taxed, and …

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Sometimes you just can’t take the culture out of someone.

Here I am sitting on a bus heading for Hamilton, New Zealand, with a group of about 30 Japanese students. For all of them I imagine it’s their first time to this country, and yet they’re all asleep! Look outside at the beautiful scenery, Huntly’s pretty nice at this time of year. But I guess …

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Comparing yourself to others

You may have heard of the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby team. Even if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard of something called sport. Well, the New Zealand All Blacks have the highest win percentage for any professional team in sport. 77%. That means they win more than three out of every four games. It …

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