I thought that I would give all of you, my lovely readers, a little update on how we’re progressing with our move to New Zealand. It’s only 5 1/2 months away, and I can already hear the clock ticking. I have so much to do, but there’s also been a lot accomplished. So far, I’ve:
- Passed my English exam to prove to the NCNZ that I can, in fact speak English and they should give me an NZ nurse’s license
- Gotten about 3/4 of my NCNZ RN license application completed
- We’re up to date on our immunizations
- Found a good home for Bear (he will be living the rest of his life with my in-laws, as we won’t be bringing him to New Zealand. That’s another story in and of itself, sniff sniff!)
- Been looking at housing options once we arrive (the university provides a few weeks’ worth of furnished housing and a rental car, plus arranges for us to meet with a realtor, thank goodness)
- Been keeping an eye on airfare, although the university will pay for this, too (also good, since it’s about $1000 per one-way ticket)
- Gotten established with a doctor here in our new hometown so that we can get the physicals for our visa done next month
- Called a nurse recruiter based in New Zealand to learn more about job opportunities for me over there
And now, let me interrupt this list with a picture of New Zealand on the globe:
You see it? That’s New Zealand way down in the left-hand corner. It looks kind of lonely, out there all by itself! Australia’s pretty close, though – only about a 3 1/2 hour flight from Auckland. Can you say, “future vacation spot”? I can!
Alright, back to my lists. We still have a lot to do:
- Sell our cars and the majority of our belongings. As of now, we’re planning to donate one of our cars. It’s a good little car, but it’s 10 years old. I would rather donate it to someone who is in need, than to go through the hassle of selling it.
- Figure out how to ship the remainder of our things over there (the university pays for a shipping container, it goes over by boat, and it can take up to 3 months… that’s pretty much all I know about that!)
- Finish the huge amount of paperwork involved in getting our visas (think x-rays, FBI reports, pages and pages of medical history, proof of employment, a copy of our marriage certificate, passports…)
- Finish my NZ RN license application (involves getting transcripts sent from my school of nursing and documentation from the state board of nursing), then apply for my practicing certificate
- Figure out more about New Zealand’s climate, and just exactly what kind of clothing and linens I should bring along with us (if you’re a New Zealander and you have any input on this, please advise!)
- Replace any outdated electronics, since they’ll cost a bit more once we’re in NZ
- Stock up on converters for all of our US electronics!
As you can see, the “To Do” list is quite a bit longer than the “Done” list, but we’re getting there. I’ve really enjoyed looking at New Zealand rental properties and do so at least twice a week. I want to have a good idea of what we want and what we should expect once we arrive. I’ve also been reading the New Zealand Herald almost every day. Again, I think that it’s important to know as much as you can about a new place before you arrive there – it helps make the transition easier. And after moving as often as we have, I’m beginning to be an expert on what makes moving easier!