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My little secondhand contribution; In a Zoom meeting recently a colleague from SA but now in NZ for a few years; small business (built environment consulting) remarked that one thing was strange in NZ; people just paid on invoice.  In SA a letter of final demand was treated as a start to negotiating the price.

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2 hours ago, mazambaan said:

My little secondhand contribution; In a Zoom meeting recently a colleague from SA but now in NZ for a few years; small business (built environment consulting) remarked that one thing was strange in NZ; people just paid on invoice.  In SA a letter of final demand was treated as a start to negotiating the price.

People in SA can be pretty disgusting like that. Agree on a price until it comes time to pay it and the job is done, now they suddenly want to negotiate for a lower price after its already at 30/60 days.

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Speaking of EVs, just saw this comment on a local FB page where a guy had seen a Rivian (EV truck) being inspected at the airport:

 

Everyone is bagging the **** out of these but they actually blitz any ute on the market... 5 tonne towing capacity (would be more if they were heavier), 0-100 in under 5 seconds, heaps of cargo space, the biggest batteries can get over 700km per charge... and at $75,000 USD ($105,000) NZD pretty similar to a land cruiser which plenty of farmers run...and one of the coolest specs is the Tank-turn
Before anyone has a whinge too, I’m an agricultural contractor and ex-farmer, I think we just needed someone to be the first to get one in NZ so hats off to whoever has bought this one

 

 

So, I'm already jealous....

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14 hours ago, davetapson said:

Speaking of EVs, just saw this comment on a local FB page where a guy had seen a Rivian (EV truck) being inspected at the airport:

 

Everyone is bagging the **** out of these but they actually blitz any ute on the market... 5 tonne towing capacity (would be more if they were heavier), 0-100 in under 5 seconds, heaps of cargo space, the biggest batteries can get over 700km per charge... and at $75,000 USD ($105,000) NZD pretty similar to a land cruiser which plenty of farmers run...and one of the coolest specs is the Tank-turn
Before anyone has a whinge too, I’m an agricultural contractor and ex-farmer, I think we just needed someone to be the first to get one in NZ so hats off to whoever has bought this one

 

 

So, I'm already jealous....

They're supposedly there for winter testing on the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds. Big step. Don't think the F150 has the same real world accreditation that the Rivian does.

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Question. How’s the mtb scene in/around Auckland? Any good trails to recommend? Compared to Tygerberg trails in Cape Town and other like Banhoek / Jonkershoek, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Trails?  any similar type spots? I have heard Rotorua is also a hub for good trails. 

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