THE EMPLOYER LIKES ME!
Had the Skype interview today and it went great! I dunno what position I will have at their restaurant, but she definitely wants to hire me and train me!
They open early in September, so they would like me to fly down as soon as I can to train me. I just applied for a Working Holiday visa tonight, which will allow me to stay there for up to a year and I can work and go exploring on my free-time!
The restaurant is brand-new, called "Stoked" in Whitianga and it's casual/affordable dining. My employer said that I could work out accommodations once I'm there, but she offered to let me stay with them temporarily while I worked in their restaurant. The starting wage will be $16 NZD per hour which is about $11.50 USD per hour. She said that the worst case scenario would be that I would work 12 hours a day, which is fine because that won't be any different than working around