So the purpose of the trip to New Zealand, officially, was so I could file for a visa to Australia and thus begin working once again. Unfortunately it's not possible to file from within the country, so we scooted off for a trip to Auckland. Auckland is pretty, but really slow and glacial. Given how boring I can find Sydney at times I feel very backwater here (even though it's a beautiful backwater!) I was pretty surprised how fast the visa process went, since the official at the embassy initially informed us that it can take up to three weeks to get an answer, but in no less than three days I had my visa and the official allowance letting me work and live in Australia for the next twelve months.
Which is a relief, to be sure, though we didn't think there would be much opposition to it (it seemed pretty much instant-decision the first time) but it's nice to know for sure.
It's also nice that I'll begin to finally put my life into a semblance of normalcy and routine, which I'm looking forward to (even though I expect to change my mind immediately and decide I never want to work again). I've gotten very bored the past few months as I was forced to twiddle my fingers and sit around without employment. It will be nice to get back in the swing of things, at least initially.
Though I do seem to have the best timing with moving and jobs; when I moved to NYC it was right after the recession began after 9/11 and looking for work was so bad not even McDonald's was hiring. Now, years later, I start my job hunt in Sydney in the midst of a hyped-up Global Economic Crisis where Australia's recent good fortune and low unemployment has started to turn for the worse. At least I have the benefit of not being in a situation where it's imperative I find a job immediately, but still. Lovely coincidence!