Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

Another look at another life —

Flicking through my emails this morning, I came across one alerting me to a comment on my last post from my fellow blogger Ian McKenzie saying: ‘You have definitely come a long way from that flat, “a mere drunken banker’s stagger from Canary Wharf.” It looks great.’ The words struck a chord and, searching back, I was […]

The last piece of paper —

Five years, four months and 25 days ago, I wrote a post entitled Two pieces of paper, in which I celebrated our family being granted returning residency in New Zealand. Today, we each received a letter (above) requesting we attend a ceremony next month at Auckland Town Hall.  There, with just a twist of irony, we […]

Hitting the road —

The last ten days have passed in a blur of activity and, by securing a work permit and finding a house to rent whilst we find one to buy, we have now cleared the last two major obstacles in the first phase of our move to New Zealand. Just over a week ago, after four […]

Clearing the first hurdle —

Unforeseen issues and last minute hold ups notwithstanding, come the 5th of December, I will be taking on a newly-created operations and strategy role with a regional utility company in based Auckland. It is a smaller company than my last but the role manages and oversees three departments: the call centre, the dispute and complaints […]

Frequent flying —

A while back, one of our brood managed to lose a large set of keys to our house and car. This must have, in some way, been working on the subconscious of my beloved earlier this morning because, in the depth of the night and half asleep herself, SWMBO shook me violently and, in a […]

Learning curves —

Standing at the dining room window, watching our two middle kids walk away from the house and off to school, it stuck me how adaptable and trusting all four offspring have been. Whilst one might reasonably expect a child to trust their parents, I am still impressed by how readily ours accepted and absorbed the […]

Turbulence —

“Oh…Dear…Lord…” My neighbour, whose fingers were clamped deeply and firmly into the headrest in front of him, was clearly not enjoying the flight and spent a good deal of it in the ‘brace’ position recommended on the card in the pocket in front of him. To be fair, a small propeller-driven commuter aircraft flying up […]

Dislocated —

Six people, twenty two pieces of luggage, three international flights over twelve thousand miles, seven hotel and resort rooms, four yellow cabs, one Hollywood premier and a swim in a waterfall – the last three weeks have been like no other in my life. Whilst I set out with the intention of posting my thoughts, […]

Because it is there —

‘Because it is there’ was George Mallory’s now-famous response to the ‘Why climb Everest?’ questions that he endured before losing his life on his third attempt in 1924 – 29 years before it was finally accomplished by Aucklander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. We have a good friend, Elaine, who lives in […]