2 weeks in and....Wellington is feckin awesome. Kiwis are so relaxed, friendly but organised; work the same, chilled and relaxed but organised and Stuff gets Done properly; great cosmopolitan wee city with people here from all over the world, loads of interesting cafes, restaurants and bars; decent music scene, seen some good bands already; found meself a decent flat a 20 minute casual stroll to work in the morning; Wellington is a nice size of city, big enough to always have something on to go see or do but not a big sprawling mess, nice compact city centre; everything was so easy to get organised, bank accounts and tax numbers and payroll and all the usual stuff, like I said Stuff here just Works, none of the banging-your-head-off-a-brick-wall of incompetence, byzantine illogical bureaucracy and general stupidity that always annoyed me so much at home; seems so far to be a great lack of croneyism, very egalitarian society with little time for pretension or people seeing themselves as "superior", and where jobs are given entirely on merit, if somebody is in a job its usually because they know how to feckin do that job...weather is a mixed bag, when it's nice it's glorious but you get the odd day when it's pissing down just like home...but even on those days it's still a good bit warmer than it would be during an Irish summer, so I can live with that...huge need for IT, medical and construction staff in particular if any of you are thinking of doing a year or two away...loads and loads of things to go do and see just here in the city, looking forward to doing a mad tour of various parts of both islands in a camper van in a few months time...
All in all, no real downside that I can see so far, it's all been very positive! Not the cheapest place to live though, price level wouldn't be all that different to home really, so you'll need a decent job organised before you arrive, and a couple of thousand dollars for deposit/rent/food etc till you get your first paycheque.
See that wasn't hard to keep in touch with old auntie pinney was it!
Sounds great ya lucky ducker. All the best in your new world and do please keep updates and cerebral ramblings flowing this way.