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Kiwis in the city

  • 09-06-2019 9:42am
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,373 ✭✭✭ BlackEdelweiss


    Is there a NZ Kiwi association or group in Galway or even just a pub or club where they frequent?

    My son and his Kiwi girlfriend are moving back to Ireland in the next few weeks and we thought it would be good for them if they were able to meet up with a few Kiwis to give a bit of advice and help her settle in a bit and maybe not feel like she is so far from home.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 897 shenanagans


    Send them to Kai Cafe/Restaurant on Sea road in the West End of the city. Its a Kiwi restaurant. Owners should have all the low down on Kiwi groups etc in Galway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,863 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble


    The NZIA is based in Dublin.

    Kai is nice, but pricy. Not really a hangout unless you've on very good money.

    Avoid the Skeff. Too many Aussies there.

    Meeting other immigrants living here can be helpful. Or maybe not - if they're on WHVs they'll be moving on again soon enough, not really good for making long-term friendships. If you're hoping they'll stay long term, then meeting other long-term immigrants is a better approach.

    Bring a long-form birth certificate, and copies of School C / UE / Bursary / NCEA /IB / third-level quals (delete whatever doesn't apply depending on the age). As well as professional registration certs etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,765 ✭✭✭✭ flazio


    The NZIA is based in Dublin.

    Kai is nice, but pricy. Not really a hangout unless you've on very good money.

    Avoid the Skeff. Too many Aussies there.

    Meeting other immigrants living here can be helpful. Or maybe not - if they're on WHVs they'll be moving on again soon enough, not really good for making long-term friendships. If you're hoping they'll stay long term, then meeting other long-term immigrants is a better approach.

    Bring a long-form birth certificate, and copies of School C / UE / Bursary / NCEA /IB / third-level quals (delete whatever doesn't apply depending on the age). As well as professional registration certs etc.

    Is this serious? The OP was just looking for a group to socialise with and you suggest bringing professional qualifications to prove themselves, just to join an organisation which has a very unfortunate anagram.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,859 ✭✭✭ Grab All Association


    flazio wrote: »
    Is this serious? The OP was just looking for a group to socialise with and you suggest bringing professional qualifications to prove themselves, just to join an organisation which has a very unfortunate anagram.

    I assume she’s only reminding the OP to make sure the sons GF has everything in order before coming here and seeking employment.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,882 ✭✭✭ Peatys


    Been a while since i lived in Galway, but there used to be a Kiwi managing the Salthouse Pub, and a few kiwi's used to frequent it to keep up with news from home.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,863 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble


    flazio wrote: »
    Is this serious? The OP was just looking for a group to socialise with and you suggest bringing professional qualifications to prove themselves, just to join an organisation which has a very unfortunate anagram.

    Deadly serious.

    No kiwi coming here needs a social group from home: if they wanna talk to Kiwis, skype is a click away.

    They do need a job though. And having the right paperwork from the beginning will make this easier. No one would expect their school results to matter once they've got a tertiary qualification, but here, sometimes, they do. Go figure.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,373 ✭✭✭ BlackEdelweiss


    To be honest I was just looking for suggestions like the salt house pub. We lived in NZ for 6 years and it was nice to meet up with a few Irish people every now and then, especially at the start. Advice and help we got from them was invaluable and they also understood what we were going through.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional West Moderators Posts: 6,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭ connemara man


    Not to sound like I'm playing to a stereotype but head to Galwegians and Corinthians Rugby clubs both have a few NZers there

    Corinthians summer tag is on at the moment and would have a good social scene


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