I'm having trouble replying to your post and to PMing you, so hopefully you'll find this alright!
Just letting you know there ARE other Kiwis here. Not sure how many, but probably a fair few ex-pats. I'm originally from Wellington, but funnily enough my last trip to NZ - back in November '07, was in Hanmer Springs with a friend from Chch.
Have fun on Homeone!
PS: LOVE the avatar!