Is this very different from voting locally?
I would say it’s more strict than voting locally, where the standard interaction has you providing your name and electoral workers believing you, and even the catch situation outlined above does not require third-party verification.
I was also amused at the implied equivalence between the classes of acceptable witness.
ETA: if you vote from overseas you sign a "special declaration", which I suppose is equivalent to the “require the questions to be answered in writing signed by the person to whom they are put” bit of S166.
Yeah I mailed mine and the ID requirements amounted to "have someone trustworthy agree that you're you, and by 'trustworthy' we mean an official, a New Zealander, or someone who knows you".
Jetting back for a couple of weeks for a family Christmas or wedding doesn’t really cut it.
I'm sure you don't mean that to come off as dismissive as it does. "A couple of weeks" is all the time off most of us get, "a family Christmas or wedding" is desperately precious, and "[j]etting back" will eat a huge portion of most people's disposable income.
One thing about the three year rule is that it favors the wealthy. That is, given two equally-connected people living in the same place overseas, the one with more money is more likely to be able to make the necessary trips back to NZ.
Two ideas, one maybe-possible and one not at all so (but highly attractive from where I'm sitting):
Idea 1: You can vote in NZ if you're not voting somewhere else.
Idea 2: A trip-to-NZ version of the volunteers who pick you up and give you a ride to the polling place.
I’m keen to learn, and I seem to learn best at my own pace or on the job. But the old job-experience catch-22 continues to raise its ugly head. I’d be the ideal candidate for an ICT apprenticeship if they ever get implemented.
One option for gaining tech writing experience at your own pace is to join an open source project and contribute documentation. I can't guarantee that all employers will count this as 'experience', but some definitely do[*], and will in fact look extra-favorably on it as showing initiative/commitment/etc.
Be warned, though, that some (not all) technical writing positions[**] and many (probably not all?) testing positions do involve nontrivial amounts of coding.
[*] source: have been involved in hiring people whose experience was gained through open source work.
[**] source: am technical writer.
I had 2 years of hour-a-week RE in my state primary school, both taught by local ministers.
I don't remember anything about one of them, but my recollection of the other is that we spent the entire year learning to sing Lord Of The Dance, never quite seeming to reach the standard our instructor hoped for. At one point he even brought in a tape of other kids singing to inspire us to greater heights.
I've always filed this mentally under "adults are weird", but it now occurs to me for the first time that maybe he was being quietly subversive in his own way. Still weird, though.
I tell people that my go-to meal for dining alone is a can of tuna and a multivitamin, but I can exclusively reveal to you, dear PASers, that actually I usually skip the multivitamin.
For me, the content of what I'm consuming in the evenings seems to matter a fair bit. Current events (in any format) are highly likely to rile me up, so I have stopped watching or reading news at night. This seems to have been beneficial. The same restrictions apply to hate-reading, although obviously it would be better still to give it up entirely.
A couple of months ago I decided to try counting sleep and then spent the rest of the night trying to figure out whether I was 'watching' multiple sheep or the same sheep going round and round in circles, and if the latter, how it was getting back round to the left-hand side of my imagination without me 'seeing' it.
I think I did get to sleep eventually, but without ovine assistance.
Never mind the old Aussie uniforms, check out that old Aussie (and Kiwi) facial hair!