Trondheim is sort of in the middle of Norway. I’m here for two main reasons, the first is I followed a boy and secondly, I got a job. I’m doing a PHD. It’s about landslide early warning systems, I’m part of a research group called Climate 2050.  I’ve been a bit slower to finish than I thought, I’ve had one baby since we got here and I’m 7 months pregnant now.

I left NZ six years ago to do my masters in Zurich. That’s where I met my partner, in German classes, the language of love. The writing of my PhD is in English though some of the reading is in Norwegian.

My partner is also doing his PhD. Since lockdown we moved to a bigger house which has made working from home easier. I don’t have a teaching component but my partner does. Some of his classes are in person, every two hours they leave the room so it can be cleaned.

I have a sister-in-law at home with breast cancer and I’d like to return to be supportive, but I just can’t right now. I was born in Levin and lived there until I was six, I attended Northland Primary then Wellington High School. I stayed living with my parents whilst I did my bachelors in geology and business at Vic, then moved to Switzerland.

Mum was hoping to come for Christmas this year because our baby is due in November, but she won’t be now. Norway is a good place to have babies but because of Corona we won’t be allowed any visitors. I’ll stay in a baby hotel for three nights after the birth.

I had a corona test today, I had a bit of a cough and wanted to be sure. I find out the result tomorrow.




Image supplied by interviewee

This interview and the others in the series are an extension of my new book “This Is Us” it is in all good bookshops in New Zealand and also available in Australia. It will be available elsewhere in the world from August.

Amazon UK here.

Amazon US here

Through the publisher here

This Is Us – the diaspora in lockdown – these interviews are slightly different from the ones in the book as they focus on New Zealanders living abroad in this time of isolation.  Copyright Licensing have awarded me a grant to complete this project and convert these postings into a book.

If you can think of suitable interview subjects please let me know via – I currently need interviews in the more unusual places around the world.

Exisle have released This Is Us as an e-book you can buy it here.

Pete Carter is the author of This is Us. Due out in June 2020 it will be published by Exisle and tells the story of more than 200 New Zealanders in words and pictures. The book is really a portrait of the nation and how it is made up. Pete wrote Our Dog Benji a children’s book illustrated by his nephew, published by EK in 2017. He is also the author of two books of poetry. He has had magazine articles published and poetry in anthologies. As a photographer he has had two solo exhibitions and work included in group exhibitions in NZ and overseas and has sold work to and been commissioned by corporate clients.

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