July – December 2015

As I still want to have some kind of diary here – for me and anybody who is interested – I post monthly updates of what we did (including pictures), what we are up to and what our future plans are. Ideally that will also show a bit how much our plans change and how our progress and planning goes for the near future. You can find all entries until now here and for a bit more frequent reports you can head over to Agnès Blog or her short updates.

What we did

A lot happened since the last update in June.

2015-08-18 07.26.19My job search was sucessful eventually. After a pretty long process I was hired by Webranz, a small consulting company specialised in data acquisition and data analytics. At the moment I am working mostly for Fonterra, one of the biggest dairy companies and take care of their data acquisition. After ~4 months it looks like a pretty good choice and I think I was pretty lucky scoring this kind of job.

After I signed my contract, we started looking for places to live in Auckland. There was a big list of requirements (mostly defined by Agnès rather than me) and after visiting around 15 places we found 2 that looked really promising. In the end we got a small 2 bedroom house in a suburb 20min outside of the CBD. We have a small garden which already grows fruit and veggies, a carport that also serves as a workshop and a small shed for bikes and a push mower.

2015-10-19 07.53.59One of the bedrooms is a guestroom that at the moment mostly accomodates couchsurfers. We started hosting soon after we moved in and for now there were 18 people in total staying with us. We were mostly pretty lucky with the surfers we got, although sometimes they seem to be a bit strange.

Since we tried to save money, I started to build furniture out of old pallets. What might sound a bit like a cheap, ugly solution, turned out pretty well. By now we got a proper table and a small bench and I intend to build bedside tables at some point. I also build a truck for the birthday of Agnès’ nephew.

Apart from that we have a pretty “normal” life. We head up to Wakrworth once a month or so, to catch up with our friends there and join the local winetasting, we meet friends at the weekly couchsurfing meetup and have the occasional dinner with some of them. Two of our surfers moved in our neighbourhood so we hang out with them a bit and go on hikes at the weekend.

What we plan to do

Right now there is not much else planned. We are applying for a temporary residency visa, which is comparably easy to get with our education and skill set. This will grant us temporary residency for 2 years and we don’t have to worry if we have a job or not and we can leave and enter the country as we want. For that we currently get all kinds of documents like birth certificates, police records from several countries and graduation papers.

Short term plans are to go north to Cape Reinga for Christmas and do something for NewYears.


We had surprisingly few problems after moving down to Auckland. Due to the accounting system I had to wait a bit for my first wage which wasn’t really optimal but nothing to worry about. Agnès struggled a bit more with finding a job, but after doing some temporary work for 2 months, she will start in a fulltime, permanent role from tomorrow on.

What I learned

Since I am officially self employed at the moment, I bill my hours to my company. That is nice in one hand because I can pretty much work whenever I want but brings all kinds of tax obligations with it. I have to put the GST and Income Tax aside, to pay it once or twice a year. So after a bit of internet research and a meeting with an accountant I learned quite a bit about the New Zealand tax system.

Obviously I learned a lot at work, mostly about Tableau and Alteryx which are two (fairly expensive) business applications. So in case anybody who reads this needs a bit of expertise on that, I might be able to help.

To Do List

Catch fish for dinner on my own
Get a job in New Zealand
Apply for jobs
Find a place to live in
Get a visa to stay longer


One Comment:

  1. Schön dass es Euch gut geht. Vielleicht ist ja auch Schreiner was für die Zukunft 🙂

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