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Thread: Things I Never Thought I'd Say Until I Lived in NZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwieagle View Post
    Ha! I called up AA or the bank or something and I got an automated answer phone.
    "If you need to make a claim, say, 'Yes.'"
    "Yes."
    "I'm sorry, I didn't understand you. If you'd like to make a claim, say, 'Yes.'"
    "Yeess."
    "I'm sorry, I didn't understand you. If you'd like to make a claim, say, 'Yes.'"
    "YEESS!"
    "I'm sorry, I didn't understand you. If you'd like to make a claim, say, 'Yes.'"
    "Yes, Yes, Yes, A million times YES!"
    "I'm sorry, I didn't understand you. If you'd like to make a claim, say, 'Yes.'"
    "Yuss"
    "Thank you, we'll put you through to a claim representative now"

    I felt like those Burnistoun guys in the lift.
    That also happened to me when I first arrived and was trying to use one of those voice recognition phone assistants!

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    Calling the NZ passport office and after a few rings:

    them: Hello - this is Helen, how may I help you?

    me: pause - waiting for the tone so I can leave a message.

    them: Hello? May I help you?

    me: Oh - I thought you were a computer. This is a real person?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cappuccino View Post
    That also happened to me when I first arrived and was trying to use one of those voice recognition phone assistants!
    Hilarious!

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    Yes I have flybuys!
    (When I first arrived, I had no idea what the supermarket checkout person was saying, I do now!)

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    great thread..so many of those resonate!

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    Sweet as...

    I heard it as 'sweet ass' at first and looked at the person with narrowed eyes.

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    "400 kilometres? That'll be a seven hour drive then..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dharder View Post
    "400 kilometres? That'll be a seven hour drive then..."
    Are driving times different on the North Island?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newarrival View Post
    Are driving times different on the North Island?
    Different from what? My European self, when planning a long journey, calculates about 1hour per 100km. That is not possible here, takes far, far longer. Caught me out a couple of times in when we first got here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dharder View Post
    Different from what? My European self, when planning a long journey, calculates about 1hour per 100km. That is not possible here, takes far, far longer. Caught me out a couple of times in when we first got here.
    Yes, true...., but even here 400km don't take seven hours, for sure? Christchurch is 308km from Blenheim and it takes us 3 1/2 hours to get there in normal circumstances. And if there are holidays in Germany, you won't get anywhere near the 1hr/100km average. I know that I am probably on the positive side of the fence, but after our last driving experience in Germany in April I'd much rather drive here!

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