one week in......
27.01.2010 26 °C
We arrived in New Zealand on Thursday to a welcoming committee of Gerald’s mum, dad, brother David, his wife and their 2 children! We all went off for dinner near the airport then Gerald and I went off to see Kirsten and the others went back to the airport to welcome Gerald’s sister Jennifer who was visiting from Wellington.
Our bags did not follow us from Sydney – for some reason they were left behind so we had to arrange for them to be dropped off at Gerald’s parents’ place (where we are staying) the next day when they finally arrived. In typical style of all those corporations Gerald’s bag arrived at midday in a cab, mine turned up 3 hours later in another cab!
Over the weekend Gerald, Jennifer and I went to Hamilton, where Gerald grew up. Lots of his family still live there so we caught up with as many of them as possible. First we caught up with his brother Alan and then it was onto David’s where Eriko cooked us a great feast and the kids Hugh and Alisa kept us entertained with their board games and gymnastics displays!
We also went to visit Gerald’s 93 year old Nan and his Godfather Noel and his wife Diane – so a busy weekend!
Monday morning we had an appointment with the bank manager and have now each got a bank account as well as a joint account, it’s only Wednesday and we have already received our cards so we are pretty impressed so far!
Yesterday I had 2 teaching agency interviews. I am now on their books however it turns out that they can only get me a work visa if I get a long term teaching job. It is more likely that I will get day relief work and for that they cannot sort out a visa. I had tried to get one from the UK and was told that it wasn’t possible however the agencies advised me to try again over here. So Gerald and I went over to a visa place we had seen near where Kirsten lives, explained the situation and a lovely lady named Apurva said she could make it happen! So last night was a mad rush collecting ‘evidence’ of our relationship and asking friends and family to write testimonials about our relationship (thank you so much for everybody who helped us out at such short notice, we are very grateful). We dropped it all off today so I am hoping and praying it all goes through quickly and smoothly so I can start earning after our 5 month trip and no work!
Today Gerald had an agency interview which seemed to go very well and they are going to put him forward for a job that is short listing shortly. We spent the rest of the day looking at cars as we really do need one, Gerald’s parents are kindly letting us use theirs each day so the sooner we sort it out the better for them!
On top of all that we have also been visiting estate agents to get details of apartments available in the city as we feel a central location will be best. We have found loads that look great on paper, tomorrow we are hoping to go and see some to find out what they are really like! Lots of them have amazing view, gym and lap pool and we are planning on getting a 2 bedroom place so that people can stay if they are heading to NZ while we are here.
So that’s about where we are right now, not the most exciting blog we have ever written but I guess this was inevitable! We are looking forward to being settled, earning money and making a home. Watch this space and we will let you know how we get on!