I’ve been away from BENIsLAND for a few days, had to go to town (Auckland) to finalize and update my immigration status. Happy to announce that I’m done and through with it, now I can, for the rest of my life, without any conditions, live and work in New Zealand. There are two very common misconceptions when it comes to the various New Zealand Immigration schemes and stati.
i) people wait too long for applying for schemes that allow them to stay in New Zealand permanently or indefinitely. Governments and rules change, you might not be eligible to apply in the future. As a migrant you don’t necessarily know if you want to live in New Zealand indefinitely, that is correct, however, you can only chose once you have obtained such a right.
ii) you will constantly hear the opinions and understandings of other people about a certain immigrations status. As usual, there are misunderstandings and people will tell you stuff like a permanent residency permit is not permanent, or that you have to be New Zealand a citizen, otherwise you will lose your rights to stay and work in New Zealand if you leave the country for a certain period of time. Believe me, read the conditions and documents from New Zealand Immigration yourself, if you don’t fully understand them, ask a professional. Don’t let the opinions and misconceptions of others reduce your motivation for taking the necessary steps to securing a right to live here. Think about your future, how can you know where you want to live in 20 years? Wouldn’t it be great when New Zealand would be at least an option?
Anyway, I am stoked to be back on BENIsLAND, the ferry trips were longish and slightly exhausting, Rani has been sleeping since we’re back. She had a big time in town, meeting 6 other dogs… When we arrived in Tryphena, I really rushed home, looking forward to my own place, as primitive as it may seem, and to having my own time. Sounds crazy, is perhaps a bit crazy, but it is these little things that give me a satisfying feeling of contentment.
Being in town, I realized once again how great it is when you have a few things and certain ‘luxuries’. Things like an oven, a proper shower, fast internet connection, a clean house with a carpet and the list goes on. I’ve been back for a couple of days but was unable to connect to the internet, due to bad mobile reception.
Looking forward to fishing off the rocks soon (hopefully tomorrow), I’ve got some new hooks, line and leader, and I’m keen on a feed of fresh fish.