Basingstoke, England

Job title:

Linux software engineer




Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Computing)

Moved to Christchurch:

July 2012

Chris Kimber
Why did you choose to move to Christchurch?

I didn’t exactly make a real decision – I was offered my position here and moved on a whim.
I figured living in a city that had just gone through such a major earthquake would be pretty interesting – I wasn’t wrong!

What does your company do?

Enatel designs and manufactures a range of standby power solutions used in telecommunications, networking, wireless and industrial industries globally, as well as grid tied solar inverters for the renewable energy sector and motive power chargers for the industrial battery sector.

What does your job involve?

I am helping design the next generation platform for all of Enatel’s future products.
We’ve designed a new ARM-based board, running Linux, that will be at the heart of every product. This gives us much more flexibility, so we can make use of Open Source software more effectively and provide much more informative solutions to our customers.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I like that I’m not pigeon-holed into a single role. On any day I could be reviewing hardware schematics, implementing device drivers, working on the new user interface, or anything in between.

How do you see your career progressing?

Enatel is a very flexible place. I could easily see myself moving into a more technical support role when customers start using our new product lines in earnest. On the other hand, I could move into a more hardware focused role – it’s all up in the air.

Tell us about your lifestyle in Christchurch:

Fun at work:
Everyone at work is up for a laugh. We go out most Fridays for after-work beers and generally we have a work BBQ every few months.

Fun outside of work:
For me, Christchurch has to be the best location in the South Island for outdoor sports.
I live by the beach and go paddle boarding and kite surfing most days during summer. We’ve also got the Port Hills that have some awesome mountain bike trails and in winter we’re only one-and-a-half hours from the snow!

Life in Christchurch:

Post-earthquake, Christchurch is a really interesting place.
I love the pop-up bars and restaurants that have appeared all over the city. Where else could you go to have a beer in a bus or a building made out of pallets?
The food is also really nice – there are much fewer chain businesses than the UK, so everywhere feels really unique.
I’ve made a bunch of awesome friends here – everyone’s so friendly and welcoming. I have no regrets about coming over and never really want to go back to the rain in England!

Enatel Factory
Chris Kimber kite surfing at a Christchurch beach