In November 2014 after 2 months of travelling around China, Vietnam and Indonesia we entered New Zealand for our year’s Working Holiday Visa. We flew with Air New Zealand (weren’t overly impressed with the service) Anyway, we landed into Auckland and checked into Base hostel on Queen Street, we had stayed here back in 2012 so knew it was a good location. It was expensive though, a double room with no window cost $84 per night so we immediately started looking for our own accommodation but struggled to find a well-priced place in a good location, so in the mean time we stayed in a lovely studio apartment through Airbnb. A few weeks later we moved in to 135 Victopia Court, Victoria Street West, one block from Sky Tower, on Victoria Street West.
After getting a phone number and IRD (tax card) we looked for jobs, Pam found a waitressing job at an upmarket restaurant called Sails for a few weeks and had a trial at a bar before both finding work at Auckland council. Shannon tried his hand at waiting tables at Elliott Stables too. Pam then worked 9 months as Mayor’s receptionist and PA for the ‘Champion of Auckland’ meeting a host of VVIP’s including John Key the Prime Minister Shannon had 3 placements, two that were intense at first then tedious, one as Building Support Office, one as Resource Consents Admin and his best was a swimming pool inspector, with a company car getting to drive all around the suburbs looking at people’s pools at their big fancy houses. We both also worked for ‘Platform’ at the Vector Arena and Eden park. Working as stewards, guiding crowds and seating them, during the event watching over them, but it meant we could also watch and listen. We worked at various events, Shannon at the football and basketball and a few gigs. Pam at lots of gigs including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Sting and Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Ricky Martin, Roxette and Spandau Ballet. During the 9 months we pondered if we should move on but thought it easier to stay put.