Thursday 18 August 2011
On Wednesday we moved into the new Mozilla Auckland office! For about a week the only thing holding us back was getting Internet access hooked up. Once that happened around 4pm Wednesday, we lost no time in shifting over our most important gear (laptops and monitors of course). Carrying all that gear through the streets of Newmarket, I'm glad we didn't start a riot. We capped off an exciting day with a "pizza and Settlers" evening in the office.
The new office is very close to the old office. It's on the 7th floor of 5 Short St, Newmarket. This is the top of one of the tallest buildings in Newmarket so we have great views! We can see the Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto Island, Motutapu Island, Motuihe Island, Waiheke Island and Browns Island, and Coromandel (including Moehau Range and Castle Rock); Bastion Point, Tamaki Drive, Hobson Bay, Kepa Bush, Thomas Bloodworth Park and Outhwaite Park; the Hunua Ranges; Mt Wellington, Mt Hobson, Mt Eden, One Tree Hill and trees of the Domain; Lumsden Green, Broadway (all the way to Parnell), Khyber Pass, Short St, Kingdon St, Shore Rd and the railway; Auckland Hospital, the Sky Tower, Auckland Grammar School, and the old Dominion Brewery; and of course large tracts of Remuera, Mt Eden and Newmarket. OK, you have to squint to see some of those :-). You can see six volcanic cones in all (not counting the Moehaus which are a much older volcanic range). The downside is that now I have to resist staring out the window wishing I was outdoors :-).
We have great new facilities: more desks, work tables, an eating area, a much better kitchenette, a decent-size meeting room and two smaller meeting rooms. The network is already better than the old office's and will get better still when it's upgraded next month. With these facilities we will be able to do more --- hire more people, host more visitors, host meetings of 30 people or more, and hopefully get more work done!
To all friends of Mozilla in Auckland or passing through: please stop by and check it out! At some point --- hopefully soon --- I want to organize an official "open day" event for the public where we can talk about our work and Mozilla.
Enormous thanks to the Mozilla team that put all this together, especially Karl Tomlinson who has been very busy handling the local arrangements! The Stack design team has also done a great job.