I hope everyone has been enjoying their holidays thus far. I got a great gift that arrived just in time. The New Zealand Consulate returned my passport on the 24th of December, complete with my new work visa! Since I spoke with the Consulate a couple weeks ago, I knew that my visa application was approved and have already booked my flights. I'll be leaving California on the 16th of January and stopping off in Indonesia briefly before continuing to New Zealand on the 1st of February. This means I only have a few weeks to sort out my affairs here before heading off.