Leaving Queenstown

Three weeks after I moved into Naoko’s place, Sam and Himani, the owner of the house who we live with, came back from their holiday in India. I stayed about two months in their house together with Naoko. It was very nice and I had a good time with our “flatmates”.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to enjoy Queenstown as I had to manage things for getting a Job Offer from WebSeason (Wellington) and get all the paperwork done to be able to apply for a Work Permit.
As I am going to apply for Permanent Residence as well I started working with Peter Hahn, an Immigration Advisor, who helps me to do the right steps.
I already sent an Expression of Interest (the first step to get Permanent Residence) to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) on 16 December and applied for a Work Permit on 24 December.

But of course I didn’t do only that. I could spend some time for other things as well like relaxing at Earnslaw Park or spending a few hours on Queenstown’s ‘beach’ with Naoko.

On Christmas day Naoko and I went to a really good French Restaurant called Solera Vino and we spent the rest of the evening by ourselves at home.
On New Year’s Eve we went to Earnslaw Park where two stages with live music and a DJ were set up and we watched the fireworks at midnight on Lake Wakatipu.

A few days later Philipp from Germany came to Queenstown before exploring the Fiordlands and we went up to the Gondola and walked around town.

Even though I haven’t got my Work Permit yet I am going to leave Queenstown for Wellington tomorrow. I hope I can start working in February and I will try to find a place to live for Naoko and me.
I had a really nice time in Queenstown and I’m sure I will miss this town.

Queenstown – the first two weeks

First of all the most important thing: Finally Naoko and I could meet us again on Saturday 31. October! 🙂
It was very good to see her and so far we spent two very nice weeks together here in Queenstown.

Last Sunday I went playing volleyball at the Wakatipu High School gym which is organised by some Japanese and mainly foreign people are playing there. It was good to see that I still know some of them from my last stay in Queenstown.
In the next few weeks I am going to meet some more old friends here as well!

I am not sure how long I will be in Queenstown for but I am thinking to spend Christmas with Naoko here and after that going to Wellington. But it all depends on the job.

As regards to my job search it looks quite good that I can start as a software / web developer at WebSeason next year. If everything goes well they are going to hire me and I will base myself in Wellington. You’ll find more detailed information about that in my next article.

Anyway from now on I am going to write a bit less but I hope I can manage to write a short summary of what I am doing every one or two months.

Wellington 21-28 October

As I mentioned before, I spent totally one week in Wellington.

After one hour flight from Auckland in the morning of 21 October I could take a rest for a while. In the evening I met Elke from WebSeason who I know from my last time in New Zealand. We were talking about the opportunity for me to work for their company and she seemed to be interested.

The next day I visited my old language school WBS in Lower Hutt. I met Birte, Tomas, Mieko and Denis there – all WBS staff. Later I talked to Mieko, General Manager of WBS, and she was interested in hiring me as well. So after not even a week in New Zealand I already had two chances to get a job offer. 🙂
On the same day I met my former homestay family for dinner and one day later Bianka, who I came with to NZ the last time. I spent Saturday afternoon at Birtes and Allisters house and we had a nice dinner together.

After 2 days without meeting anyone I went to WBS and my homestay family again.

The week in Wellington finished way too quick as I am going to Christchurch tomorrow. Let’s see what that brings up.