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.

What to bring when living in New Zealand

Hamster eating broccoli

Bring everything, even the hamster and the broccoli!

Of course it’s possibly to haul all your furniture and stuff around the world, how else would you have got that sofa in your livingroom? But my plan is to only bring the necessities to New Zealand.

I’ve tried to look up how to send stuff overseas, but it’s a bit pricy. If I was really eager I could probably call around for oversea transport, but I can’t be bothered. Less possessions equals to more freedom and less hassle.

So only pack the essentials is my mantra. I mean, after moving that many time I should know what I’ll miss and packing surely must be a breeze.

I’ll bring a suitcase packed to the brim and a carry-on to New Zealand. That’s it. In theory I’ll be needing some clothes, my computer and my camera. The hard thing is that I only want to leave behind one box of stuff and throw or give away the rest.

Books

I’ve tried to give away my books at http://bin.stojg.se/books.md but no-one so far wanted to have the bulk of my sci-fi collection. Books can now easily be fetched and bought as e-books and I think they in many ways are better than their tree killing versions? I highly recommend the Amazon Kindle for that.

Techstuff

This is where I becomes my father, a saver of things. Being a nerd it means you have to upgrade you computer quiet often. That means spare-parts and some soon-to-be-forgotten cpu’s and memories. Problem is that processors and memories tends to go out of stock faster than you can turn on your computer. Luckily, it’s small stuff and will most likely fit in a small box.

When going through my collections of old cd-roms i found some treasures.

  • Windows 98 to Vista
  • Ubuntu distributions from Feisty Fawn to Karmic Koala
  • Encyclopedias from 2004
  • Mp3 fetched from Napster
  • Movies
  • Old backups

I bought extended storage (50GB for $99/yr) at dropbox, put everything cool in there and scraped the rest. Now I have a firesafe storage that is shared between my computers.

Clothes

I have no idea of how cold or warm I will be the first weeks in Wellington. I will most likely not need the full winter gear, but a warm coat would be nice. On the other hand, clothes takes an awful lot of place. I’m guessing that it’ll be a last minute decision.

I’ve already given a lot of clothes away that I don’t use. There are people that need them more than saving them in a box for two years.

Official looking documents

I’m bringing all the papers that could possible mean something to an authority. There is always trouble to get these kind of papers, sign this, hand it in, come back later to fill in some missing data, pay a fee and so on. I cannot imagine the hardships for doing this overseas. I’m bringing it all in a neat little folder.

Outdoor stuff

I would like to bring my whole kit of outdoor clothes and fishing gear. But it take a lot of place and my stuff has passed the date of expiry. I’ll bring my awesome Primus camping burner only.