A message told me the number I’d dialed was no longer in use.
I phone 018 to get the new one.
I explained I wasnted an Oamaru number, gave the first and last names and said I didn’t know the address.
“Which suburb is it in?” the call-centre bloke asked.
“Oamaru is a wee town, it doesn’t have suburbs,” I replied.
He told me he didn’t have a number for anyone of that name in Oamaru.
I said “Oh”. Then I asked if he was sure.
“No-one by that name at all?” I asked.
“I do have someone by that name in Oamaru North,” he said.
This is what happens when you export services which require local knowledge.