I have been curious ever since i arrived back in Christchurch about staying here for a while, not just a few months for a holiday, but longer, to see what the winters are like and what it might be like to live here for a while.
It's taken a bit of time to decide, but right now it feels like the correct thing to be doing. So this is the plan. To research the immigration procedure and discover how to go about staying for longer. It may not work out or it may be amazing, i have no idea. All i know is that i like it here and want to experience it some more.
Christchurch seemed like the best place to start on my plan, so i've been staying with a good friend, Jo, who i met at the first farm i worked at last year and again this year, She lives close to the centre of town with her daughter and a lodger and was more than happy for me to stay for a few days.
The Immigration Department was easy to find and the process sounded quite simple to start with, although there is plenty to do to fulfill all the requirements. To stay, i need to secure a job for 2 years, although i cannot actually start working until my application is approved, provide a police check from the UK and have a full medical. Then present my application for approval.
So i am out and about deciding where i might like to stay for a while and checking out the job opportunities as i go. There is minimal unemployment here so i think my chances may be quite good. Will just have to wait and see.