Life is going well in NZ. My job is enjoyable - thoroughly so - and I'm learning lots every day. Very little open source work done lately as I need to check the T&Cs of my contract to see if I'm okay. I'm sure there is no problem but I need to check first.
Our application for permanent residence here is going well. I submitted our expression of interest back on 21 March and we were successful on 6th April which is quite quick really. I was expecting it to take a few months. I'm still waiting for the ITA form to come through by post which seems to be taking some time. I'm guessing that receiving it is really the long part of the process.
I hope it comes through quickly as my wife and daughter are still in the Philippines and I'm missing them so much. We could apply for a visitors visa for her, but we have other obligations which need to be met in the immediate future (too much detail to go into here). Still, we chat every day by email and video chat. I've even managed to play games with Louise by webcam which ranks as a good achievement. It's not the same as being with her but it's the best I can do right now.