Passed a milestone this week. Darryl and I got our IRRVs put in our US passports.
When we first were accepted into NZ, we got PR (permanent resident) visas, which meant we could stay in the country as long as we wanted. We also got a 2 year RRV (returning resident's visa). That's the bit you use when you leave New Zealand for any reason. Even if you have a PR visa, you can't get back into NZ once you leave without the RRV. The initial one we got was good for 2 years, but because we've been living in NZ with only one trip abroad, when it expired recently we qualified for the coveted IRRV - indefinite returning resident's visa - which has no expiration date. Meaning should we choose at some point to live outside NZ, we can still always come back again.
Wow, never has something that exciting for me been this mind-numbingly dull to explain.
Anyway, after we got our number from Welly immigration we had a 45 minute wait, and they said we could leave and come back, so we walked around the corner and Darryl went into a games store and I hit The Body Shop. We came back, got called, were processed within minutes, and went to the movies (got to get it all in while we're in the 'big city'). Our only visit to immigration so far was a breeze.
I've enjoyed watching "So you Think You Can Dance, Australia" even though I've never seen its American counterpart. It surprised me that I looked forward to it, but dancers don't get anything close to the exposure that singers do, and when I do see dance it's usually part of a music video, a theatrical performance, or a b-list star vehicle, not something devoted entirely to good dancing. In any event, they had a 15 (now just turned 16) year old named Caleb who could not compete because of his age, but who can dance like you would not believe. Video proof:
His original audition:
And at the finale when they had him back on (he comes on stage 1 min. in):
They gave him a scholarship worth $10k to continue studying in Sydney.