New Zealand is a small country. This essentially means his field of work (aircraft engineering) will not exist here in any substantial way. The career he has studied for and worked in since he was a teenager, gone. Hundreds of engineers searching for the few small pieces of contract work that will be available.
There are very, very few jobs in aircraft engineering in Australia, either. Like the garment industry, it's now cheaper to outsource to Asia - never mind the skills of the workers, or fair pay and conditions.
We haven't decided what to do yet. There probably is nothing that we can do, other than save our pennies! It's much too early to know what Chris is going to do if the work does indeed run out. I feel awful for him - I can't imagine how I'd feel if civil engineering was no longer a career in this country.
I just wanted to let you all know what is going on. I'm not writing this to elicit a thousand sympathetic responses, or career-change advice. Being entertained and distracted by your blogs is more than enough. I greatly appreciate your work!
Thank you all for being inspiring people and wonderful friends.