Thanks.... Yes, I know the road you mention, traveled it quite often in the past (when visiting my girlfriend at the time, whose family had a farm at Takapau).I liked the road, and did think of taking it again. However, chose SH 2 in the end because there were some things I wanted to check out along that way. Where I have been the past few days (Ahipara, south end of Ninety Mile Beach) a bunch of surfers have turned up. Auckland based, but from all over, including one who hails from Tutira. Have had some interesting conversations. He had been back recently, and said it is still very dry. As far as I'm aware NZ Super is paid out in full to NZ citizens and residents provided they fulfil the requirements of 10 years residence since the age of 20, including 5 years post 50 years old...... Yup, no citizenship requirement, and I know several non-citizens who are getting Super because turned up to retire early enough / be with offspring, and hung around. As far as I can make out there was a change in the residence requirement around 2005. What "they" say, (including my charming high uncivil servant brother) is that expats don't pay tax in NZ, and don't contribute to NZ, thus are not entitled to National Super until we meet the residential requirements..... Nonsense, I reckon. Probably most expats bring fund back to NZ (I did through the 1990s, when I worked seasonally in the UK. Not more recently when I was I was in Thailand on a very modest income, teaching at a university). Also many of us have investments in NZ, and are taxed on income from them..... I did (All my investments are in NZ banks or companies) and was content to be taxed at the residential rate, which I thought would keep my residential status sweet..... Not so, I discovered. It is based on physical presence, not tax status. Super is not means tested, but does become part of your taxable income. A nice lady from WINZ called yesterday (Saturday), to get some details, then e-mailed to inform me that my Super will start in November 2024..... Meanwhile she said that I could go on an Emergency Benefit. I just had to fill out the attached form..... Turned out to be the Jobseekers Allowance (aka the dole, currently about $250 a week) which is means tested, and reduced pro rata for any income you have from any source....... I do have a handy amount of income from investments, which would make a big dent in the Allowance, so in the end going down that route I'd be better off by very little, if anything at all! Re our demographic, it isn't until you reach middle age that you realise what it means to be "over aged. over experienced, but under qualified. Things that we just did years ago now require a ticket. Even in ESL teaching I'm now told that to get anywhere I should do a new NCA level 5 qualification..... but to do that you need to be actively teaching. I got turned down for a tractor driving position because they wanted someone with a Forklift Licence...... I'm doing that next week, but drove forklifts without one years ago, when you didn't need one. Just a bit of common sense was all that was required by a boss.