Case Study: Roger & Lorna Stone

Case Study: Roger & Lorna Stone

Working long hours at stressful jobs in the UK, Construction Project Manager Roger and Hairdresser Lorna were finding it difficult to find quality family time, and began seeking a better work-life balance. They attended the Down Under Live show and spoke to Borey Chum at Migration Associates – it was then that they were able to plan a new life in New Zealand. 

Case Study: Adam Ludlam

Case Study: Adam Ludlam

What initially appealed to you about New Zealand?

We certainly never looked at any other destinations - the reason New Zealand appealed so much to us was due to a more appealing work life balance, better job prospects and opportunities, the better climate. Hannah's brother and family have lived out in Auckland for 20 years and that also helped the settling in a lot easier, and seeing there more outdoor lifestyle visiting beeches, camping etc.

Tell us about the journey you took from your initial interest through to the move. 

3 months after visiting New Zealand on holiday in November 2013 we both went to Down Under Live at Birmingham and the 1st stall we went to was Migration Associates just as we walked in the main hall, they asked a group of questions to see how eligible we were and sent us a full report within the following week. We also visited TINZ seminar in Manchester and then finally another one in Manchester later that year put on by migration associates where we then committed to the move. The whole decision/researching process took around 18 months.

How was the visa process for you?

As soon as we had committed to using Borey's team we were assigned a fantastic consultant in Rachael who was very detailed and helped us through out the process, she was always on hand to answer our calls or emails. There was a fair bit of information she required to make our application go through 1st time with no hiccups. From the minute the application was submitted it took 2/3 weeks for our passports to return stamped, this was shorter time than NZ's official website had advised which was great. Rachael even managed to line me up 2 interviews one with New Zealand Skills in Demand via Skype and the other with a company in Auckland having made the decision to travel alone for 2 weeks in search of the job offer I needed to complete our visa applications.

As an engineer, how are you finding work in NZ?

The construction industry is certainly in a transitional period in regards to safety, planning management and up-skilling staff, things we take for granted in the U.K sometimes be seen as a new idea to some companies in New Zealand. The terminology and type of materials can be found quite a challenge and certainly different to the UK. There are many brands for very similar products but this just takes time and with many overseas trades in NZ the kiwis are never really surprised if you don't understand some terminology and are usually quick to support you with some light-hearted banter. I would definitely recommend visiting a plumbing merchant and just picking up a few brochures or even talking to the counter staff. I was fortunate to have my employer take me out to visit some jobs and staff before deciding to accept there job offer(highly recommended) Although I have changed employer from my initial application due to one reason or another the prospects in NZ finding a new employer are fantastic and this was done in just 2 weeks

How are you and your partner finding life in NZ?

We find more time for each other now and have a stronger bond from the whole experience, it certainly took at least 6 months to settle and get used to the change in commodity costs in both for and against. I.e. house prices/rent are dearer but fuel costs less. Our weekends seem planned weeks in advance for all the places we'd like to see and things we'd like to do. We have made many new friends through our jobs. Hannah took just 3 weeks to finding a job with a company called flight centre new Zealand's voted number one employer, she is doing a very similar role as in the U.K. In travel retail. Certainly the biggest struggle has been missing our family's and friends back in the U.K. but morning and evening Skype calls definitely help bridge the gap. We look pretty certain to make the move permanent at some point purely based on better life we would have if we were to raise a family which we plan to do.

Case Study: Richard & Elaine Mountford

Case Study: Richard & Elaine Mountford

What made you choose New Zealand as a destination?

We first considered immigrating to New Zealand back in the 1990’s, so we already knew a lot about New Zealand from talking to various friends who had visited or lived here, and from our own investigations. We wanted to live in a country that offered better weather, great scenery, friendly people, a much lower population density, and affordable living.

How did you start your journey?

In September 2010 I attended an event at the Motor Cycle Museum in Birmingham (Down Under Live), where Migration Associates had a stand. MA provided all the information, guidance and in-depth knowledge we needed to obtain our visas. At two stages of the process we hit stumbling blocks: once early on when additional professional accreditation was required, and later when one part of the acceptability requirements changed unexpectedly. MA’s assistance was invaluable in finding a suitable route forward in both instances. Without MA’s help we would probably not have persisted beyond the initial problem.

Now you’re in New Zealand, how are you settling in?

Very well. We had decided in advance that we wanted to get involved in local activities, wherever we ended up living. We went out into the local community and did just that. The people here have been welcoming, helpful, friendly, and encouraging. We feel especially fortunate that all those things we wanted to pursue have been available locally, and we feel at home here.

Did you have any expectations of New Zealand life? Is it meeting those expectations?

We expected the pace of life to be slower than that in the UK, and we thought that the sense of community would be stronger. In terms of being involved in local community activities, our expectations have been exceeded. In addition the weather is as good as we had hoped! We appreciate the snow-free winters, and we love the long hot summers.

Do you have any tips for people considering New Zealand as a place to live?

Think carefully about your temperament. Outside of the cities such as Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, the pace of life is certainly slower than the UK, and some may find it too quiet. New Zealand is a sparsely populated country, and though it is well-developed, it cannot offer the range and scope of entertainments or industries that America or Europe can, Therefore, sometimes you will need to travel long distances to take advantage of events that you would usually enjoy locally, and work opportunities (depending on your area of expertise) can be correspondingly scarce. Do your homework on the climate of North and South Islands – there is a considerable difference between them!
If you like friendly, down to earth people, enjoy quiet roads and stunning scenery, and are prepared to join in with your community, then you will “get” New Zealand, just as we have.

Case Study: Kotze Family

Case Study: Kotze Family

What were the main drivers in your decision to emigrate?

Our main driving factor was to create a better life for our children.

Did you always have your heart set on New Zealand? 

Once we started doing research we found that new Zealand had the most to offer in terms of education for the children. Also, we love the great outdoors and in terms of that you will struggle to find a more beautiful county with limitless options for outdoor experiences.

How did you decide how to proceed?

We saw the Webinar advertised on Facebook, signed up and 'attended' the session. As Borey was willing to share all the required information without us having to pay anything initially it helped us work through our thought process before committing to anything. 

What visa options did you have?

We had our own small business in SA and considered coming over with on a Business Visa. Borey advised us to consider an alternative visa option as this would be a very expensive and complicated route for our situation. It was necessary to prove that I had 5 years relevant work experience that was in line with the job offer that I would receive. My employer also needed to show that this position could not be filled from within NZ in a certain time frame. With Borey’s help they approved a 5 year work visa under essential skill level 1.

Now you're in New Zealand, does it live up to your expectations?

NZ far exceeds our expectations. They are very focused on young children and there is really a lot for them to do. Children participate in outdoor activities and sports. One of the most amazing things for me was the library. They have a massive selection for children and the quality of content is amazing. There is almost always some or other community programme on. A visit to the doctor also far exceeded our expectations. They were very throughout with the examinations and reluctant to prescribe medications unnecessarily.

Case Study: Jade & Joe

Case Study: Jade & Joe

Administrator Jade & Carpenter Joe had always wanted to travel the world. After attending a Down Under Live show and meeting Migration Associates and New Zealand Skills in Demand, they settled on the idea of migrating to New Zealand. Nine months later after Joe had secured a job, the couple were living in Christchurch. 

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Case Study: Lyndsey Brooks

Case Study: Lyndsey Brooks

Lyndsey Brooks, a Veterinary Nurse, and her family began considering the idea of living somewhere other than the UK. They were looking for an improved lifestyle, a better climate and to get away from the ‘rat race’, and settled on the idea of New Zealand.  In her own words, Lyndsey talks about her decision making process, visas, job hunting, and how the family are finally living the dream.

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Case Study: Steven & Clare

Case Study: Steven & Clare

People from all over the UK are seizing the unique opportunity to start a new life in New Zealand, and helping rebuild Christchurch to its former vibrancy after the devastation of the earthquake in 2010. This is the story of Carpenter Steven and his family, and how they are planning on buying a plot of land and building their dream home in New Zealand.

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Case Study: NZ Skills In Demand

Case Study: NZ Skills In Demand

We partner with New Zealand Skills in Demand, who specialise in matching skilled individuals from around the world into positions with New Zealand organisations, across a multitude of sectors. Here, Joel Gabites explains the types of roles that are in high demand in New Zealand, and the government’s plans to help build a great lifestyle for skilled migrants who seek a New Zealand lifestyle. 

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Case Study: Johnathan & Gwyneth

Case Study: Johnathan & Gwyneth

After Johnathan and Gwyneth’s daughter Anna took a job in Wellington New Zealand, the couple were faced with the prospect of not seeing their children (or grandchildren) regularly. After a 3 week visit to the country, they began investigating also moving to New Zealand and engaged Migration Associates to assist them with obtaining residency under the Family Category - Parent Policy. The couple talk about their new lifestyle, job opportunities, housing and education in their new home, the beautiful coastal town of Porirua. 

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Case Study: Roger & Lorna Stone

Case Study: Roger & Lorna Stone

Working long hours at stressful jobs in the UK, Construction Project Manager Roger and Hairdresser Lorna were finding it difficult to find quality family time, and began seeking a better work-life balance. They attended the Down Under Live show and spoke to Borey Chum at Migration Associates – it was then that they were able to plan a new life in New Zealand. 

Hear the story of their move to the Canterbury region.

Case Study: Joanne & Scott

Case Study: Joanne & Scott

Joanne and her husband Scott, a Quantity Surveyor, loved to travel and regularly spoke about experiencing life outside the UK. After a few tough years during the recession, the couple decided the time was right to explore their opportunities, and met with Borey Chum from Migration Associates at a Down Under Live event. Here the couple talk about the research they carried out before leaving, job hunting, and how they achieved residency after only three months from their application.

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Case Study: Working Holiday Visa

Case Study: Working Holiday Visa

More young people than ever are packing their backpacks and travelling to New Zealand for a year’s working holiday. This visa scheme allows young people to spend 12 months working in the country, giving a perfect opportunity to get a taste of New Zealand life. An increasing number of travellers are finding that the lifestyle, culture and weather is just too hard to resist, using the experience to make their move permanent.

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Case Study: Nick Shaw

Case Study: Nick Shaw

What made you decide on New Zealand as a destination to live and work?

We have two sons, both in their late 30's and they have been residents of NZ for some years. We had been finding it increasingly hard making the journey to see them and have been six times in the last 10 years. In November 2013 following a family discussion we decided to seek approval for a Parent Category Visa.

Tell us about your Visa process.

There is a strict annual quota for this category of visa and in order to stand the best chance we decided to seek professional assistance. Migration Associates seemed best suited, particularly with Borey Chum's NZ qualification and his intimate knowledge of the procedures. Through the process Borey took a keen personal interest and was backed up by his staff. There were some NZ Immigration health queries which following MA advice were quickly resolved.

How are you settling into life in New Zealand and what is like to be close to your NZ family?

We have been to New Zealand a number of times involving lengthy stays with family and were therefore already acquainted with the Kiwi's attitude. We have not been disappointed with everyone being very welcoming including dog walkers, (yes we took 2 dogs!) local professionals (including the GP) and even strangers in the shops. And of course we speak most days to our sons and they come to stay in our new home in Waikanae when appropriate.

What is the key difference between life in the UK and life in NZ which is so attractive?

People here seem so much more relaxed and friendly with an interest in you. Some years ago a Dutch B&B proprietor said to me when we were discussing emigration "we're all immigrants here". We certainly have been most welcomed and do not feel out of place.

What advice would you give to those looking to live & work in NZ in the future?

My advice to anyone thinking of emigrating to New Zealand is don't concern yourself with the emigration process but employ a good experienced agent. The cost is minimal in the scheme of things. But get here as it's different, but not that different!

Case Study: Keith & Claire Timmins

Case Study: Keith & Claire Timmins

Keith & Claire Timmins first became aware of work opportunities in New Zealand after hearing a radio broadcast for the Down Under Live show in 2013. They always had their heart set on Australia but after the Expo they saw the opportunities in New Zealand for Scaffolders. Here's the story of their journey from an idea, through to their new life in New Zealand...

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Case Study: Ries Quin

Case Study: Ries Quin

What initially appealed to you about New Zealand? 

I first wanted to come to New Zealand as I had read an article on it and seen photos, plus I had a school friend who came from New Zealand. I first went to New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa and after 5 years of living in NZ I knew I wanted to make it more permanent.

What were the initial steps you took?

I was referred to Migration Associates by a New Zealand recruiter who were happy to help me find employment but needed to make sure I would be able to obtain the correct visa. I met with Borey in the Surrey offices and went through everything I needed, paperwork, and docs. The process was made very easy. As I am already in New Zealand and Borey now has an office in NZ, I was able to meet with him face-to-face to finalise the Residency Visa.

As you're a Carpenter, can you tell us about the current demand for work in New Zealand at the moment? What's different to the UK work?

There is still a demand for Carpenters in NZ, Christchurch and Auckland especially. There's still much work to be done in Christchurch after the earthquakes and with rising population houses, and commercial buildings will always be needed. Work in New Zealand does differ from the UK in some ways, for instance different timber species and some different materials that we don't use in the UK, but on the whole it's very similar.

What made you choose to live in Christchurch?

I love Christchurch, it's an amazing city, with a friendly and vibrant feel to it, after the quakes it bought the city closer together.  After travelling around New Zealand I got to Christchurch and knew that I wanted to stay and settle. Now I have my permanent residency it feels amazing, no more worrying about having to sort out another work visa. I couldn't be happier with life in NZ, the best move I made. The future looks good, just been made a Foreman for an architectural housing company, i'm living with my kiwi partner, and generally living the kiwi dream!

Case Study: Peggy Barrett

Case Study: Peggy Barrett

1. What initially appealed to you about a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand?

I met my partner, Callum, while I was studying abroad at University of Canterbury for a semester. When I returned to the States, I only had 6 months left of my degree and decided I would make the big move back to New Zealand. Not only was the love of my life living in New Zealand, but it was also world famous for all of my favourite activities - hiking, camping, skiing, and travelling. I explored my visa options and decided that the working holiday visa was the best for my situation because of my age and necessity of employment.

2. How did you decide which services to use?

I came across Migration Associates purely by accident. I accepted a position as a nanny, working for a family who just moved back to New Zealand after ten years in the U.K. Although the father had not yet moved to New Zealand, I told his wife that I was going to be applying for a new visa in the next six months, and that was when she recommended I use Migration Associates. It was incredible luck that I found Migration Associates services but I am so grateful that I did!

3. What was the visa process?

To extend my working holiday visa to a work visa based on partnership, the two major things that I had to prove was the authenticity of Callum and my relationship, and the length of time we have lived together. It was relatively simple to proved the authenticity of our relationship with letters from family and friends, a chronological timeline of our relationship, photos and flights together. The most difficult aspect to prove was how long we have lived together because, although I moved in with Callum the day I arrived in New Zealand, my name wasn't on his tenancy agreement. In January, we moved into a new flat that had both of our names on the tenancy agreement, but that wasn't going to be enough. I had to find evidence that we had lived together before January! Borey suggested that I look for all bills, bank statements, and letters that had come in the mail to us, as well as ask the previous and current landlord to write a letter. Fortunately, his advice succeeded and my visa was approved! 

4. Now you're settled in New Zealand, does it live up to your expectations?

Although I only moved here 15 months ago, New Zealand has become my home. I've fallen in love with Marmite, feijoas, and Whittaker's Chocolate. My vernacular has adapted, exchanging garbage can for rubbish bin, sidewalk for footpath, and grown to include a handful of Aotearoa Māori words. My love and respect for this beautiful land grows with every walk I take and each new town I visit. There's really something special happening in this land down under and I am so grateful I get to experience it!