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South African film “Faith Like Potatoes”

Popular South African actor Frank Rautenbach will visit New Zealand in late October, early November to share an extraordinary story.
After playing the lead character in the hit South African film “Faith Like Potatoes” based on the true story of Angus Buchan, Frank’s life took an unexpected turn for the worst.
After the film made the rounds at the international film festival circuits and received great acclaim, Frank was set to take the international movie scene by storm; but things didn’t end up going according to plan.

Frank says “My career fell spectacularly and of course that leads to a loss of income and we had to sell our house. We lost several relatives, and there were several pregnancies that ended in heartbreak and tears.”

The night before he starting shooting the movie Frank met Angus and he explained to him “My boy, if you are going to play me in a movie, the Lord is going to take you through fire”. Frank goes on to explain “At the time I had no idea what that meant for me, but as the next nine years of my life unfolded, the picture became clearer”.

Faith like Potatoes is a biographical film based on the book written by Angus Buchan, which depicts his struggles as he relocates his family to start a better life in rural South Africa. It is through these personal struggles that Angus cultivates an unwavering belief in the power of faith.
Frank’s personal journey of growth mirrors that of Angus Buchan. Frank will share about the lessons he learnt through this personal turmoil and how despite going through tremendous struggles he has been able to cultivate an unwavering belief in the power of faith, just like Angus.
Joining Frank on the tour is the talented and charismatic singer songwriter David Lyle Morris. Together this team will inspire and challenge you in this not to be missed event.


Day Time Venue Name Address Area
Friday 24th October 7:00pm Bethlehem Community Church 183 Moffat Road, Bethlehem Tauranga
Sunday 26th October 10:30am Dargaville Baptist Community Church 185-187 Victoria Street Dargaville
Sunday 26th October 7:00pm East City Weslyan Church 19 Ranfurly Road, Epsom Auckland
Tuesday 28th October 7:00pm Windsor Park Baptist 550 East Coast Road, Mairangi Road Mairangi Bay
Thursday 30th October 7:00pm St. Andrews Presbyterian 11 Vincent Street, Howick Howick
Friday 31st October 7:00pm ACK Hamilton Methodist Church, 6 London Street Hamilton
Saturday 1st November 8:30am St Stephens Ponsonby Cnr Shelley Beach & Jervois Road Ponsonby
Sunday 2nd November 9m & 10:30am Browns Bay Presbyterian 45 Anzac Road, Browns Bay Auckland
Sunday 2nd November 7:00pm Chapel Hill Community Church Cate Rd Hamilton

Come along with your friends and family for an inspirational and uplifting experience. You are sure to be challenged and inspired!

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FingerPrinting and Authenticated Documents by a Notary Public | Service for South Africans

south african fingerprinting in new zealand aucklandThe South African Identification Act and the South African Passport and Documents Act, 1994 (Act No. 4 of 1994) clearly describes that in foreign countries, only the South African High Commission staff may take the fingerprints and do the identification and certification of applicants and their photographs.

My name is Jock Irvine and I have been a Notary Public for many years and mostly witness and authenticate documents for use overseas including court documents, property conveyancing papers and commercial documents where their authenticity is required.

The main work I do as the South African Hon Consul is to endorse documents for use in South Africa, even if they have already been signed by a NZ notary, they still have to be authenticated under the SA Government seal.

Most recently I have been taking fingerprints for renewal of South African (SA) passports . Until recently the New Zealand  Police undertook this function but have now discontinued this service and I was asked to take on this role.

This means that Auckland residents can avoid having to travel to the High Commission in Wellington !! I have been the Hon Consul since June 2006 .supporting the South African Community

Please visit www.fingerprinting.co.nz to arrange a suitable time for an appointment.

Jock Irvine is handly located at the offices of Quay Law – An Auckland based law firm situation in Remuera with free parking and easy access from the motorway.

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south african performers visit new zealand for the first time Mango Groove and Claire JohnsonPRESS RELEASE


It is with huge regret that Mzungu Promotions and Mango Groove announce that Mango Groove’s 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand has been cancelled. Unfortunately, and through last minute, thoroughly unanticipated developments that were beyond their control, Mzungu Promotions were unable to fulfil their logistical and other obligations for the completion of a successful tour.

Mzungu Promotions would like to reassure all ticket holders that they will be refunded in full. Mzungu Promotions would also like to apologize unconditionally for any inconvenience they may have caused to the thousands of Mango Groove fans who have already bought tickets for the shows.

In the words of John Leyden of Mango Groove: ‘’What can I say? We are gutted. We have been looking forward to this tour for many months now, and are heartbroken at the fact that we will not be performing to all those loyal fans who were looking forward to the shows. At the end of the day, however, certain vital conditions were not met by the promoter, and it became clear that the tour would not be able to proceed in a way that was in accordance with our normal professional and logistical requirements. There is no bad blood at all with Mzungu Promotions, and in fact our sympathies go out to them: at a key juncture their main funder pulled out (for reasons unrelated to the tour), and this left them severely compromised in relation to fulfilling all their obligations. On this basis it became unworkable for us to continue.’’

In the words of Claire Johnston: ‘’We are disappointed beyond words about this. I really hope this very regrettable development will not stand in the way of us visiting Australian and New Zealand shores again in the near future, and I truly hope that our fans will understand. This was a situation that was totally beyond our control and choice, but it doesn’t make it any less devastating for us.’’

All ticketholders will be contacted via email in due course.

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South African insurance company heads to New Zealand

South African insurer eyes NZ market

source: Sunday Star Times
Last updated 05:00 11/05/2014

Giant South African insurer Youi is tipped to launch in New Zealand in a bid to exploit what Insurance Council figures suggest is weak price competition in the car, house and contents insurance markets.

On Wednesday, the Commerce Commission gave the green light to Australian insurer IAG to take over Lumley General Insurance as part of a A$1.85 billion trans-Tasman deal, saying it did not believe it would cause a “substantial lessening of competition”.

But figures released by the Insurance Council imply that even before the merger, competition in the house, contents and car insurance sectors is not delivering lower prices for consumers.

And sources say Youi, part of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Rand Merchant Insurance group, is attracted by the profits to be made in New Zealand.

After launching in Australia in 2008, it boasts that: “Our customers could fill Eden Park five times, with over 500,000 policies open with Youi.”

The company opened a call centre in Auckland last August and its website says it has “big plans” for its business her

Spokesman Trevor Devitt said the company was looking at opportunities, but its plans for New Zealand were subject to “detailed investigations and board approval”.

IAG, which owns the NZI, AMI and State brands, has a market share of just over 40 per cent of the entire general insurance market, but the Lumley deal, will see that rise to just over 50 per cent, giving this country a level of insurance concentration far beyond that in other developed countries (see chart).

Its share of the home and contents and vehicle insurance market will rise to 66 per cent from 60 per cent.

It protested that competition was strong when seeking the commission’s approval for the deal.

But the Insurance Council’s annual release of statistics shows that the ratio of claims to premiums paid for car insurance has been falling.

In the 12 months to the end of September 2008, private and commercial vehicle insurance paid out $73.68 in claims for every $100 of net earned income. The following years saw it fall to $70.08, then $64.17, before in 2011 going up to $65.16, dropping again in 2012 a new low of $63.52, before rising to $68.11 in the year to the end of September 2013.

Safer cars, and the insurers extracting better and better deals from collision repairers have been behind that shift, but in a highly competitive environment, it might have been expected to see premiums falling as the claims ratio fell.

There has been a similar pattern for domestic building and contents. The Insurance Council

splits out the earthquake cover associated with those policies, and with that removed, the loss ratios have dropped from $82.33 in 2008, to just $59.33 in 2012, and $58.11 in 2013, painting a picture of people paying much more for getting the same non-earthquake risks covered.

Tim Grafton, chief executive of the Insurance Council, denied that competition was weak and said focusing on individual loss ratios was misleading, especially at a time when the insurers were being required to hold more capital by the regulators.

“There are a number of providers for motor insurance out there,” he said, adding: “People do shop around and they can get better deals by shopping around. Our observation would be that the market is working. There is plenty of advertising of motor insurance and no barriers to switching.”

Grafton said the bigger picture of the total loss ratio across insurers’ entire lines of business, including all commercial insurance, marine, cargo, director liability and earthquake, showed a flatter line, with the loss ratio of $68.46 in 2008 having fallen to $62.03 in the latest figures.

He also pointed out that once payments to staff, and other business costs, including payments to overseas parent companies, were included, the net profit was just $3.73 for every $100 earned.

IAG said in a statement: “IAG believes its premiums are very competitive and reflect good value for the risk cover they provide. While claim costs in some categories have fallen other costs in our business remain stubbornly high and we must price for long term sustainability.”

Gary Young, head of the Insurance Brokers Association, said households were being told to brace for further premium rises, while corporate insurance premiums were level or falling as reinsurers soften their stance on New Zealand.

Richard Conway, a British expat trying to launch an online insurance comparison service called iCompare with former Vero chief executive Roger Bell, said he was not convinced competition is particularly strong in the house, contents and car markets.

Neither IAG and Suncorp’s New Zealand businesses will deal with iCompare, which is designed to make shopping around for insurance easier.

Conway, who is expecting Youi to launch here soon, said the big insurers were very focused on not allowing prices to “erode”.

“It doesn’t seem like there’s a huge amount of competition.”

Grafton, who also expects a launch by Youi, said: “If premiums in any line rise then the natural counter to that is aggressive business plays in those lines.”

In fact, just the kind of move Youi, which has opened a corporate office in Auckland and is hiring staff, appears to be planning.

Grafton said Youi’s planned move “indicated we have got no barriers to entry and people can provide a level of competition, if there’s seen to be money to be made.”

The public has to wait for the Commerce Commission’s detailed report on why competition is not necessarily reduced by its decision, as it works to “redact” parts of the document which are not for the premium-paying public’s eyes.

“There’s a confidentiality issue and some material has to be redacted from the public version and then that must be signed off internally,” the commission said.


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Success | Great and Affordable biltong made using The Biltong Box

Biltong Maker for affordable meat drying at home

The biltong added to the Biltong Box. Two days later – great biltong for a family to enjoy.

Product Recommendation – The Biltong Box from www.biltongbox.co.nz

The biltong box and meat dryer is designed and handmade by an engineer.

It is an appliance which can stand in your living room and has been made to last!

Only the best commercial material and supplies have been used to create this box.

Instead of biltong or dried meat  being a luxury, it can now be affordable and part of your family’s weekly diet. There is no guess work.  I followed the recipe  and within 2 days and for some pieces 3 days my biltong was ready.

The savings of making your own biltong will make this appliance a worthwhile investment for years to come.

Biltong Recipe

1.  Easy to use and simple to keep clean.

2.  Great support from supplier.

3.  Well packed and protected when posted.

4.  Recommended biltong recipe works well.


Source your own biltong maker today.

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Robin Banks Returns to New Zealand | International Speaker and Mind Power Expert

Robin Banks in New Zealand.  Free community news broadcast from the south africa website and south africans web siteA community notice as published on our South Africa Blog.  A website supporting the South African community living in New Zealand

Renowned International Speaker and Mind Power Expert, Robin Banks, returns to New Zealand
Mind Power expert Robin Banks has been wowing audiences for over a decade and now, following incredibly successful previous tours, he is returning to New Zealand for a fourth campaign.
Robin’s love of the New Zealand people sees him return to offer free introduction seminars and a full Mind Power course in Auckland this May.
“I am delighted to be returning to New Zealand again,” says Robin. “I love the realness of the people and that enjoying life is at the core of your purpose. It feels like coming home and the demand for Mind Power is both humbling and reassuring.”
As one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of Mind Power and Personal Mastery, Robin is a highly sought after international speaker. With multiple testimonials from leading business CEO’s the world over, Robin is a prolific speaker and presenter, with an amazing ability to combine solid content with a humorous and dynamic presentation.
Robin’s philosophy follows on from John Kehoe’s popular Mind Power course, established in 1977. Kehoe handed the reigns over to Robin in 2003 and since then he has connected with audiences from all walks of life around the world.
The free Mind Power introduction seminar covers the power of mind sets, dealing and coping with change, internal versus external control, maintaining a positive attitude, creating empowering beliefs and generating a vibrant energy field.
Robin will also be running a truly life changing four week Mind Power course as a follow on from these introduction seminars.
“The world is going through rapid change and now more than ever before is the time to take charge of our lives and shape our destinies. All we need to do is get clear on what it is we really want and focus our intentions,” says Robin.
“We truly are incredibly powerful beings and we are constantly creating our own reality.”
Free Introduction Seminars: 28 & 29 May (evenings)
Mind Power Course: Tuesday 3 June, Monday 9, 16 & 23 June (evenings)

Venue: Auckland Conference Centre, 12 – 16 Nicholls Lane, Parnell, Auckland

Please see the website http://www.robinbanks.co.nz for more details.

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Cost of living in New Zealand

Living and visiting NZ

New research proves what Kiwis already suspected – housing is expensive in New Zealand compared to the rest of the developed world.

Research by Victoria University public finance professor Norman Gemmel on the costs of goods and services in New Zealand compared to other OECD countries showed construction and investment prices were high here. This led to high rents and house prices.

Gemmel based the price comparisons on figures released by the World Bank in 2005, the most recent data available.

The figures showed rents in New Zealand were between 20% and 25% higher than the average for 30 other OECD countries.

Goods and services related to investment (such as property), construction and utilities (like water and electricity) were “relatively high” in New Zealand compared to other OECD countries, including Australia, the research showed.

Gemmel said capital was expensive in New Zealand due to a high exchange rate. This pushed up the price of investment-based goods and services. The lengthy resource consent process also had an effect on house and rent prices, he said.

Private passenger transport services, alcohol and tobacco prices were also high compared to other OECD countries, due largely to tax, the paper said.

Some tradables, such as supermarket food, were expensive in New Zealand because costs of things like freight, fuel and storage had an “unfortunate knock-on effect”, Gemmel said.

Only 11 out of 70 tradable goods compared were found to be cheaper in New Zealand. However, products New Zealand produced and exported, such as beef, veal, lamb, fish and dairy products were cheaper than in other countries.

Although Kiwis often complained about the cost of dairy products, considering the high quality of such produce, they were very cheap on a global basis.

Government-provided services, such as education, health and social protection, were cheaper than other OECD countries due to New Zealand’s low average wages.

The World Bank’s International Comparison Programme figures from 2005 were still “broadly representative” of price differences between New Zealand and other OECD countries, he said.

If anything, the cost of goods and services would have increased since 2005 due to higher interest rates and exchange rates.

However, Kiwis did not necessarily have a higher cost of living because construction, utilities and tradables costs were balanced out by the low cost of government services and locally produced goods. But someone travelling to New Zealand might find the cost of living more expensive than back home due to the high kiwi exchange rate.

Sourced from TVNZ . 27 April 2014


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