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It can be really difficult to make new friends in a new city - so how about having a virtual cup of coffee and maybe arranging a social do?
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Hi,
I have recently emigrated from the UK with my husband and 1yr old son...3 weeks ago, in fact! We are living in Wellington. We have never been to NZ before and dont know anyone here. I am currently not working as I left the UK on maternity leave and intend to be a 'stay ay home' mummy until we are all settled. Apparently I shouldnt find it hard to find work as I'm a qualified and very experienced ICU nurse (20yrs in the same unit ;-))
Would be nice to meet other mums, who like me, will have plenty of time on the hands entertaining their little ones, or any ideas of where I can go (rain or shine) with my little one in the Wellington area.

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Hi bdl123 that sounds like a plan. We hav jus sent off our application off so we are at the very start of our process. So did u emigrate not knowing anything about NZ? We haven't visited yet either. Got lots to do to our house first before renting it out x good luck with meeting more mums. I hav 2 older step children aged 15 and 11.

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Hi bdl123,how are you getting on now in Wellington? Im a UK nurse,have been considering moving to NZ- Wellington area. Documentation process is quite daunting eh?! High cost to even register with nz nursing council and sit the ielts(i already have higher english). Any advice/info?

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Hi bdl123,how are you getting on now in Wellington? Im a UK nurse,have been considering moving to NZ- Wellington area. Documentation process is quite daunting eh?! High cost to even register with nz nursing council and sit the ielts(i already have higher english). Any advice/info?
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Yeah the registration can be a bit daunting and the longer you've been qualified the harder it is! I qualified over 20yrs ago and so the documents ( the transcripts of training) are quite difficult to get hold of, mine had all been microfilmed so they sent very poor photocopies directly to NZ Nursing so they must have been acceptable.The NMC verification is quite straightforward and you can find most info needed on the website. You need certified copies of all your certificates which you can get a solicitor to do and thats not too expensive (we didnt even get charged from the solicitor but i think its 5 generally) The rules have changed slightly over the last couple of years and I expected to have to complete a competency programme as I'm a diploma 'traditionally trained' nurse (no degree) but have got 20yr experience..so maybe that counted for something as I didn't have to do anything extra.
I think it cost me $495 NZD to register and then you have to obtain an annual 'certificate to practice' which is similar criteria to our PREP requirements. I have yet to get mine as not working at the moment.

The IELTS exam (make sure it's the Academic version) is quite difficult. I have only done post reg (diploma level) courses since I qualified and therefore found the 'writing' section the hardest... Discussing a statement..or critiquing an article (many many years since I've attempted to that). So if you've done any recent studying and especially at level 3 I'm sure you'd find it a lot easier. The rest of it..reading, listening & speaking is relatively straightforward although I've been told by a couple of English people on here that they found it really hard, but in the reading section..the answers are there you just need to 'pick' them out..the listening is where you have statements on the paper in front of you and you're listening to tape recording...mine was regarding the opening times of the local museum...and you fill in the blanks...made to catch non speaking English out I think as they go all around the houses and just briefly mention the info you need....no daydreaming there then!!!! The speaking is easy, if you're English, they ask you your opinions on things so no right or wrong answers. I personally don't understand how anybody who has English as a 1st language wouldn't get a 'pass' mark but I've been informed on here that some haven't! That's around 110 (I think) but its got to be done! If you're concerned you can get practice papers off the IELTS website but I'm sure with Higher English you'll be fine.
I can't comment on jobs here really as I'm still not looking for work yet. I left the UK following 12mth maternity leave so I'm still looking after my little boy (15mth old) for a little longer until he can go to kindy. They start at 2yr here but most will take from 18mths and with no family here starting back work yet would be a nightmare! The jobs are there though, have a look on SEEK website. I was a sister in ICU before I left but not sure it's what I want to go back to....
NZ is a beautiful country but id be lying if I said I loved it as soon we arrived. We'd never been before and it was a huge culture shock, but I love it more and more everyday. The weather is far better here than UK, even now in winter I've been out this am in just a cardigan. The wind can get windy but its not like that everyday.
I've managed to make friends even without going out to work and have a few people I see regularly each week, but that doesn't stop me missing family!
Hope that gives you a little insight. Let me know if I can help with anything else

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Hi bdl123 that sounds like a plan. We hav jus sent off our application off so we are at the very start of our process. So did u emigrate not knowing anything about NZ? We haven't visited yet either. Got lots to do to our house first before renting it out x good luck with meeting more mums. I hav 2 older step children aged 15 and 11.
Hi Emma, yes we came over without having been before and it was a massive shock but 3mths down the line I'm slowly getting used to things. It's just not as 'convenient' as the UK. As in, you can get very few ready prepared things in supermarket, like veg or prepared chicken meals..I was mortified when I had to wash & peel my own sprouts for the first time :-)))
I suppose it's not a bad thing really as it makes you cook from scratch a lot more and therefore less preservatives and 'exas' going in that you're not aware of!
I did a lot of research on NZ though, bought loads of books about emigrating and tried to find out as much as possible but it was still a shock!
Everyone is really friendly though and I feel so much safer here than in UK we lived in a nice area.
Since posting the thread I've met quite a lot of other mums and regularly see 2 a couple of times a week which is great as I'm not thinking of returning to work just yet...although I think my hubby would like me to :-))))

Good luck with your application, hope it all goes smoothly.

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Just to say that the previous replies were actually from me (bdl123) but I typed them on my hubby's iPad (escapedtonz)!!!
Hope you're not too confused ! :-)))x

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Hi,
Yeah the registration can be a bit daunting and the longer you've been qualified the harder it is! I qualified over 20yrs ago and so the documents ( the transcripts of training) are quite difficult to get hold of, mine had all been microfilmed so they sent very poor photocopies directly to NZ Nursing so they must have been acceptable.The NMC verification is quite straightforward and you can find most info needed on the website. You need certified copies of all your certificates which you can get a solicitor to do and thats not too expensive (we didnt even get charged from the solicitor but i think its 5 generally) The rules have changed slightly over the last couple of years and I expected to have to complete a competency programme as I'm a diploma 'traditionally trained' nurse (no degree) but have got 20yr experience..so maybe that counted for something as I didn't have to do anything extra.
I think it cost me $495 NZD to register and then you have to obtain an annual 'certificate to practice' which is similar criteria to our PREP requirements. I have yet to get mine as not working at the moment.

The IELTS exam (make sure it's the Academic version) is quite difficult. I have only done post reg (diploma level) courses since I qualified and therefore found the 'writing' section the hardest... Discussing a statement..or critiquing an article (many many years since I've attempted to that). So if you've done any recent studying and especially at level 3 I'm sure you'd find it a lot easier. The rest of it..reading, listening & speaking is relatively straightforward although I've been told by a couple of English people on here that they found it really hard, but in the reading section..the answers are there you just need to 'pick' them out..the listening is where you have statements on the paper in front of you and you're listening to tape recording...mine was regarding the opening times of the local museum...and you fill in the blanks...made to catch non speaking English out I think as they go all around the houses and just briefly mention the info you need....no daydreaming there then!!!! The speaking is easy, if you're English, they ask you your opinions on things so no right or wrong answers. I personally don't understand how anybody who has English as a 1st language wouldn't get a 'pass' mark but I've been informed on here that some haven't! That's around 110 (I think) but its got to be done! If you're concerned you can get practice papers off the IELTS website but I'm sure with Higher English you'll be fine.
I can't comment on jobs here really as I'm still not looking for work yet. I left the UK following 12mth maternity leave so I'm still looking after my little boy (15mth old) for a little longer until he can go to kindy. They start at 2yr here but most will take from 18mths and with no family here starting back work yet would be a nightmare! The jobs are there though, have a look on SEEK website. I was a sister in ICU before I left but not sure it's what I want to go back to....
NZ is a beautiful country but id be lying if I said I loved it as soon we arrived. We'd never been before and it was a huge culture shock, but I love it more and more everyday. The weather is far better here than UK, even now in winter I've been out this am in just a cardigan. The wind can get windy but its not like that everyday.
I've managed to make friends even without going out to work and have a few people I see regularly each week, but that doesn't stop me missing family!
Hope that gives you a little insight. Let me know if I can help with anything else
Hi bdl123.
Thanks a lot for all your very helpful information. So would you say that in general Wellington is a nice city and are the people friendly? I have previously read a bit in a recruitment brochure about Wellington, it appealed to me at the time.

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Yes people are friendly here, as I believe they are all over NZ. I regularly see 2 ladies I met in my first week here. Wellington is a lovely place but I'm still not sure I 'get' all the hype!!! 'there's no better place than Wellington on a good day' I hear a lot...so far I would beg to differ! It's a city, a relatively small or compact, nice & clean city...but still a city!! But i have to say i feel much safer walking around the city than i ever did in Manchester, Liverpool or London & nowhere near..in fact I don't recall seeing any.... litter....Much nicer places to be on a good day though, I'm sure!! ;-)
We are still newbies so still finding our feet but there are already many positives but also a few negatives! (I think the negs are NZ in general though - in direct comparison to UK).

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Yes people are friendly here, as I believe they are all over NZ. I regularly see 2 ladies I met in my first week here. Wellington is a lovely place but I'm still not sure I 'get' all the hype!!! 'there's no better place than Wellington on a good day' I hear a lot...so far I would beg to differ! It's a city, a relatively small or compact, nice & clean city...but still a city!! But i have to say i feel much safer walking around the city than i ever did in Manchester, Liverpool or London & nowhere near..in fact I don't recall seeing any.... litter....Much nicer places to be on a good day though, I'm sure!! ;-)
We are still newbies so still finding our feet but there are already many positives but also a few negatives! (I think the negs are NZ in general though - in direct comparison to UK).

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Thanks again for your further info re Wellington etc. I've now browsed the SEEK site, found it very good. From what you know so far, do you think it would be better to apply for job via recruitment agency or direct to a district health board?( i.e. applying prior to arriving in nz).

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