First week in Wellington

Vivianne street 33

This is where we will live

It’s been a week in Wellington for me now and an interesting one. I’ve been trying to get my shit together to be able to live here for a year or so.

To stay in NZ I need five basic things, in this order.

  • Job
  • Visa
  • A place to live
  • IRD – tax number, identification
  • Bank account

The job was almost the easiest one to fix, since I wouldn’t have moved without it.

The VISA was a bit of pain in the ass and took a lot of effort, time and angst to get. After I got the VISA I could fly over to New Zealand and try to get the other ones as quickly as possible.

Getting an apartment was not as easy as I thought it would be, but not as hard as it could be. Beggars can’t be choosers. There are a lot of flats on the market in Wellington, even downtown. The problem is the standard. It is not scandinavian standard more like cold and moist. But on friday I’ll have keys for an apartment in my hand. Best place to find apartments must be trademe.co.nz.

Getting an IRD (tax number) was pretty easy as soon as I got an address. They were a little bit anal about the documents though. For the IRD you have to show four different documents, photocopies and originals. For me it was my passport with visa and the ‘job offer’ paper from my job (that letter is a crucial part in NZ apparently). But somehow the offer paper didn’t spell out my lastname, so I had to go back and get a new one. In the rain. Bastards. To get it ASAP you have as well pay a fee of 10 NZD. Got it a day later over the phone. Nice.

Then the final puzzle was the bankaccount. I went for KiwiBank, they are a (new) bank with a really good internet bank and low fees. I really didn’t need an adress or IRD, as they said. It took a scheduled meeting and about 20 minutes to have my own account. Nice.

So that’s the latest update about the official stuff.

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