So, there I am, in New Zealand, busy learning a new job and missing Tina like mad. Tina had the rough end of the stick being stuck in Germany, and arranging the removals to move our house contents out here, getting rid of the brand new Car, which we still need to get rid of ( sodding awkward gits in the customs in BFG, but that’s another story) and generally worrying over everything. bless her, it was a little rough trying to sort everything out, especially when the BFG customs required an actual signature from me, wouldn’t accept an email or a fax or a scan. Thank you DHL and sod you BFG customs. Anyhow. I spent the 7 weeks we were apart Skyping Tina morning and night, which wasn’t to bad except for the exact 12 hour difference. Learning the new job, getting my bearings and learning the local suburbs, and sitting in Starbucks on Saturdays and Sundays resting my leg ( just had keyhole surgery on my left kneecap 2 weeks before flying). Seven weeks apart seemed like an age but wasn’t to bad looking back. Tina worked out most of the stuff in Germany and said goodbye to all our friends, lots of tears all around.
So I had the Visa in my sweating palms. We then booked the flight that afternoon at 1pm with British Travel in the concourse in JHQ, and I flew from Dusseldorf the next morning. Travelling from DUS to LHR to LAX to AUK to WEL. Exhausting flight. I Waved Goodbye to Tina on Thursday 1st November as she was heading to the UK for her mothers Birthday. I flew out on Saturday 4th and skipped the 5th altogether, landing in Wellington on Monday 6th Nov. Lisa, my new boss picked me up from arrivals and drove me around to Wellington itself via the coast road, showing me oriental bay and some of the sights. Lisa dropped me off at my accommodation on the Terrace, and then I started work at 0830 the next morning as the Team leader for a 3rd line group of lads. Fun job 🙂
So the process of the Visa application started. We took on a consultant, recommended by Al Hollis who had just done the whole process. They in turn said, go for your work visa as its faster to get out there with that, then once you have it we can do the EOI (Expression of Interest), that’s what you need to fill in and get accepted for emigration.
So we plowed through the paperwork, took a weeks holiday in Florida with Cat, and then got the police checks and the medicals out of the way when we got back. Had to get up at 5am and drive to Dortmund for the medicals. Thanks to GPS it wasn’t too difficult. Expensive though for an x-ray and a medical.
Once we gathered all the facts and data, we pushed them through to the NZ consulate in Berlin, and they took a week to turn around and grant me my work visa. We were a little on tender hooks that last week, wondering whether to book a flight or not. But I got the Visa back through courier post on the Friday lunch time.
Well, to start, Tina and I are living in Germany. Tina works for Fujitsu with the MOD and I sit at home looking for a job. Not as bad as it sounds as I was working in Iraq for the previous couple of years, and since we got married Tina my wonderful wife, asked me to stop going there so I did.
So there I am, looking for a good job within the bubble that is the British Army in Germany. We had a nice quarter given to us by the MOD (Officer status you see), and we enjoyed the benefits of living tax free in Germany. A good life all in all, but a protected life in the bubble. People live for decades like that, but the bubble has to burst soon with the withdrawal of British troops from Germany. So we looked at what we’d do when Tina’s time in Germany would come to an end.
Returning to the UK didn’t look to good, as it’s one of the biggest third world countries in Europe. Failing infrastructure, overburdened education system, health system, transport system, stealth taxed to death. Last man out turn the lights off please. So we looked abroad. Canada maybe, hang on, lots of French there. Oz ? Hmm, New Zealand. Lovely, that’ll do me.We went to the Summer Ball in Rheindahlen with the civilian Mess and met a bloke there from NZ. He said come on down you wont regret it. So we had a chat, and decided to go for it.
Tina looked around the web in NZ and found out that there was an arm of Fujitsu there and I banged my CV off to their HR. A couple of days later and a few interviews and I had a valid job officer with Fujitsu in Wellington. Next stop, Get a Visa 🙂
I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while now, just to keep friends and family updated. as at 2013, these personal blogs are more of a diary, with social media, Facebook etc. prevalent is there a need for this ? I don’t know, but is nice to go back and see what we were up to, more of a public family record now. maybe one day the grand kids might stumble over this in an internet archive and realise what and who we were.
Looking at it now, some of the time references are a little scruffy, but that’s mainly because the bulk of the entries were created in Feb 07.
Not to worry, Enjoy.
Tina & Scott 🙂