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hi again I am not sure what to do we are considering on the moment more the north as there is it not so cold but we have to see of my hubby can get work we are a wee bit critical with Christchurch with al the earthquicks what we wrote in the facs from NZ so don't know of that is save to live there build a life and than it gets destroid from an earthquick hmm don't know ???kaz
Yes the north will be warmer but also wetter and more humid the further North you go.

It will all hinge on where your hubby can find work and you'll live near to wherever his work is then whilst in that position, decide if the place and lifestyle there are for you. If not you can always look elsewhere whilst you are here.

We originally intended to go to Christchurch or Wellington but the earthquakes in Christchurch completely put us off, however after visiting we wouldn't have any problems living there now. It really is a beautiful place.
In my opinion, your just as exposed to the dangers of earthquakes etc in Wellington or Auckland or anywhere else in NZ just as much as Christchurch. They could happen anywhere and anytime here. As I said we are in Wellington and predictions are that it is well overdue a big quake and we live only a few Km's from the fault line which runs around the back of the city.
Heck my work building is virtually built on it!!!

We are prepared for an earthquake event at work and at home which is as much as one can do really.
Can't live your life worrying about it or you wouldn't live here.
If it happens - it happens. We just hope that the decisions we have made on where we are living etc reduce the risks.

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it is good to hear that you and your family are so positive about it I mean your are right can happen anywhere and anytimes I hope he can find a workplace in NZ he is a qualified plasterer sind over 25 years and want to leave now the UK its horrible here and it doesn't get any better so we wont to go and live our life in a different style than here and I would like to get later on a small b&b in NZ I hope that worked out for me what you think will it work for me I don't know how it is with holiday makers in NZ any feedback for me atol I hope I keep you not of any important things but I am glad to get as many info as possible thanks kaz

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it is good to hear that you and your family are so positive about it I mean your are right can happen anywhere and anytimes I hope he can find a workplace in NZ he is a qualified plasterer sind over 25 years and want to leave now the UK its horrible here and it doesn't get any better so we wont to go and live our life in a different style than here and I would like to get later on a small b&b in NZ I hope that worked out for me what you think will it work for me I don't know how it is with holiday makers in NZ any feedback for me atol I hope I keep you not of any important things but I am glad to get as many info as possible thanks kaz
Yes being positive is the only option.
There are many earthquakes every day - maybe 40 or so however we've only felt 1 in the 13 months we've been here.
Seismic activity, volcanoes/earthquakes also interests me greatly and I kind of love having it all on the doorstep :-)
Yes we too were fed up of life in the UK. Dismal weather, rising cost of living etc etc.
Came here for adventure, a better quality of life and an excellent lifestyle for our little one growing up.
Don't get me wrong it isn't easy and it isn't paradise but in our eyes it is much better in many ways than the UK.
Life here is just so different and it takes some getting used to but now we've settled somewhat and have friends it is great.

With your hubby a long serving plasterer he shouldn't have any problems finding work but don't think for one minute you're going to make money here. It's almost impossible to earn an equivalent salary than in the UK, especially when first getting here. Doesn't matter how long he will have been plastering in the UK, when he comes here he'll be considered a newbie until he proves himself. May take 2 years before he's earning like all the other skilled workers and will most definitely need to adapt to the different styles here and the different materials.

Yes there are a lot of b&b's but it'll be an expensive thing to get into.
If you want to command the most money with a regular stream of business go for a motel with many rooms or buy cheap property, do it up and rent it out short or long term.
Rental prices in NZ are astronomical - double the UK on average.
We have visions of buying a decent house on a plot big enough for another dwelling on it in the future that we can offer as short term rental and use that as an investment.

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my hubby just ask what a plasterer on the moment eabd over in NZ any ideas?now we have to see that we the visa and workpermit in the run getting what you think how long will that take do you need the medical for the NZ vixa aswell and do we need an agend for the visa how did you found your way to settle when you touch down in NZ was it difficult did you had work and a place to stay how went that by you ??is your wife working too ?? Karin and william

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my hubby just ask what a plasterer on the moment eabd over in NZ any ideas?now we have to see that we the visa and workpermit in the run getting what you think how long will that take do you need the medical for the NZ vixa aswell and do we need an agend for the visa how did you found your way to settle when you touch down in NZ was it difficult did you had work and a place to stay how went that by you ??is your wife working too ?? Karin and william
After a year or two of proving himself a newly qualified plasterer can expect to earn between $15 and $18 an hour. Before this they would likely be on the minimum wage.
Very experienced plasterers, or those running their own business, may earn between $25 and $35 an hour or more depending on the area and client/contract.
It all depends where on the scale an employer is willing to place your hubby taking into account the employer has no idea how good his skills are.

Period to secure the visa depends which visa you apply for ?

http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/

Yes you will need to supply medicals, police certificates, proof of qualifications and experience etc etc.
You can use an authorised Immigration Agent if you wish but it is possible to do it all yourselves and save the cost.
I'd say if your circumstances are all normal and there aren't any surprises with your health etc then do it yourself.
If you expect complications then use an Immigration Agent.
Whichever way you do it you still have a lot of work to do but its fairly straightforward. You still have to fill in all the forms whichever way you choose. With an agent you always have someone available to answer questions and guide you all the way.
We used an agent as our case was never going to be straightforward but it was still fairly intensive with a lot of paperwork, photocopies, letters from doctors etc etc which all cost money!

We secured Resident visas first (Aug 11) then I set about trying to land a job.
Took a few weeks for a suitable post to appear on www.seek.co.nz but I was interviewed and came runner up to a kiwi who should always get a job in their own country over an immigrant.
Didn't take long for other jobs to appear and by the beginning of Dec I had two contracts on the table from different companies so we sat down as a family and picked the most suitable.
All the employment stuff, relocation expenses etc all agreed/arranged by mid Jan 12 and we flew out 1st Mar 12.
We arranged a holiday home for our first 8 weeks here whilst still in the UK which was fully furnished.
Just trawled the small ads - especially www.trademe.co.nz as there are loads of rental ads.
We then lined up a more permanent unfurnished rental when we knew the date our shipping container was landing which we are still living in. All worked out quite well.

Yes we have settled. I did very quickly probably as I was working, learning a new job and meeting lots of people everyday.
It has taken my wife a longer time to adjust and settle but I'm glad to say she has done now and has a number of friends.
As I said it takes some getting used to as it is so different than the UK. When people say its like UK 20/30 years ago they aren't kidding!!!

Since we have a toddler my wife has only just started to look for work. She's a nurse so will always be able to find work wherever we are. Luckily she has enquired locally at the GP's and it seems she may have landed some time with them to gain some experience in practice nursing which is what she fancies instead of hospital work again.

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now you was very lucky there can you tell as wich agentyou had and who did shipped your things over to NZ for you did you had any animals to ship see we haven't any children they are all adult but we have two dogs and none of the kids want to take them so they have to come with as did you took al your furniture with you or is there some what is better to buy over in nz likes the washing machine and the hob and the tv and things like that the beds and all this things want my hubby things its cheaper to buy againe over in NZ and I am not sure want we would need a big container anyways we have some items but not that much so it is the point is it better to take the things or better buy it againe that's here the question you being there now sind a year what would you say to that ? how is the electricity I mean the plugs can I use the kitchen machines from the UK over in NZ or does that not work with the system oh so much to ask and I hope I don't bore you to death lol I would like to stay with you and your family in contact to let you know how we getting on and maybe meet us when we are over in NZ what you think is that possible Iwe would be very happy to have a friend over there ok never meet but its never to late ? so cant waite for more news from you and your family
oh by the way went to bet UK time at 5.30 was waiting but went too late so the time different is still ther lol hope to hear from you soon Karin and William

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now you was very lucky there can you tell as wich agentyou had and who did shipped your things over to NZ for you did you had any animals to ship see we haven't any children they are all adult but we have two dogs and none of the kids want to take them so they have to come with as did you took al your furniture with you or is there some what is better to buy over in nz likes the washing machine and the hob and the tv and things like that the beds and all this things want my hubby things its cheaper to buy againe over in NZ and I am not sure want we would need a big container anyways we have some items but not that much so it is the point is it better to take the things or better buy it againe that's here the question you being there now sind a year what would you say to that ? how is the electricity I mean the plugs can I use the kitchen machines from the UK over in NZ or does that not work with the system oh so much to ask and I hope I don't bore you to death lol I would like to stay with you and your family in contact to let you know how we getting on and maybe meet us when we are over in NZ what you think is that possible Iwe would be very happy to have a friend over there ok never meet but its never to late ? so cant waite for more news from you and your family
oh by the way went to bet UK time at 5.30 was waiting but went too late so the time different is still ther lol hope to hear from you soon Karin and William
We didn't have any pets, was just me wife and a baby.
We used an agent called "WorkingIn" based in Auckland. We met them at an emigration expo in Manchester and were offering free initial consultations/advice about EOI points, skilled migrant category visas etc and if you decided to sign up with them there and then they were basically offering a hall price service.
We used PSS International to ship our household goods. They were excellent and I would recommend them. There are a few international shipping companies so good idea to get quotes from them all and pick the one that provides the best service for you.
We took everything with us from our house in the UK.
All furniture, appliances, beds, bedding, tv's - everything apart from our cars, motorbike and the lawnmower.
I'd advise you to take everything you have and buy more for the container to fill it as its the same cost whether its half full or full.
Everything for home is more expensive here, furniture, appliances, beds, bedding, homewares, curtains, towels........ In fact it would be easier to post a list of things that are cheaper as that's so much easier :-
Fuel!!! (at the moment)
$2.20 a litre petrol, $1.55 a litre diesel.
Car road tax - $278 per year.
Car insurance - approx half the cost.
No council tax.
There is nothing that I would recommend you buy here instead of UK. If its an appliance or electronics in the UK, just cut the plug off when you get here and get the hubby to replace it with an NZ plug top.
All UK appliances/electronics work here as the domestic electricity voltage and frequency are the same 240v/50hz but you will need a plug/socket adapter as these are different. We bought a big bag of them before we came and then slowly replaced the plug tops one by one.
Where you use many items in the same position - ie tv, DVD player, games console just use one adapter or change the plug top on a UK 4 way extension and plug all the items in the extension keeping the UK plugs on. We've done this with our tv combo in the lounge and also with the pc/printer/shredder/camera dock in our home office.

Ask away with questions - we are here to help.
The forum was excellent in answering a lot of our questions before we came and yes keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on with the process. You can just post a new thread or use the PM facility to message individual members directly and if you ever come to Wellington in the future we can always meet for coffee, lunch with the family.

Ps I forgot to mention.
I have a friend who's a roofer here with his own business and knows way better than me how it works with trade people here.
He only employs 1 person permanently. All his other staff are contracted in depending on his workload.
This may be the same situation for your hubby ?
Just letting you know that he may have to work for himself or on the books of a contracting agency and not sure how that fairs with Immigration and the visa.
Also he may be expected to do a lot more than just plastering - ie he may have to board out and undertake other skills under the same title. I'd advise you to research the job here as the skills people use under a job title in UK don't relate to the same job title here. It may be wise for your hubby to look at getting other skills and qualifications under his belt in the run up to emigration. He may also need to do the IELTS exam ?

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hello or should I say good morning lol I just had my dinner !!!! now that is all very intressting I think billy is in many other sides smart he is tiling and cornishing and roughcasting and,and it is a lot in his job what he have learnt now explain me please why he needs an IELTS he is born in the UK ??? I am not but that is what I speak English and german what is your trade in NZ when you don't mind that I ask you ? oh I was watching today in the internet the life coverstory about the Christchurch earthquake oh god that was someyhing did you ever watch that there died 64 people oh man and you realy don't mind .It would be greate when your friend could have a look around of anybody meeds a qualified plasterer that would be very kind of you .awaiting your answer Karin and William

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hello or should I say good morning lol I just had my dinner !!!! now that is all very intressting I think billy is in many other sides smart he is tiling and cornishing and roughcasting and,and it is a lot in his job what he have learnt now explain me please why he needs an IELTS he is born in the UK ??? I am not but that is what I speak English and german what is your trade in NZ when you don't mind that I ask you ? oh I was watching today in the internet the life coverstory about the Christchurch earthquake oh god that was someyhing did you ever watch that there died 64 people oh man and you realy don't mind .It would be greate when your friend could have a look around of anybody meeds a qualified plasterer that would be very kind of you .awaiting your answer Karin and William
Hello again,

Good that your hubby has got other skills.

I'm not saying either of you will need to pass IELTS, it all depends on your circumstances and the visa you are hoping to apply for.
Under skilled migrant category visa all persons on an application must have a good understanding of English and the principal applicant must show a better standard of English over that of his or her spouse / partner / children.
It doesn't matter if you are English and have been brought up in England all your life with English parents, the requirement now is all persons must prove it and the main method used to do this is to pass IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5, however there are other ways to prove you have the English requirement.
Always better to check if you do or don't need to do the IELTS.

I've been in the electricity industry for 25 years and have been an electrical engineer for the past 15 of them specialising in Transmission and Grid Networks.

Sorry, my friend doesn't know of any employer looking for a plasterer. He just knows a lot of people in all trades associated with houses and buildings as he comes across them in his profession as a waterproofer so knows how it all works.

Yes I've seen the documentary about the Christchurch earthquake. Very interesting and shocking all the same. After visiting and seeing the damage and where / how some of the people died it is surprising that we didn't want to get out of there as fast as we could but the place being so beautiful, had the opposite effect.
It really has such a good English feel to it, one could be in a Cheshire town instead of the Southern Hemisphere.
Doubt we will ever get the chance to live there though. Wrong way for us, we're looking for higher temperatures and less wind so hoping to move North to the Bay Of Plenty - Tauranga, Mount Maunganui at some point in the next year or so.

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aha so you move away from wellington aswell and up in the north is iy saver ?there is nothing to be afraid of or is there ? you see my hubby said he don't wont to build his life and than trough natural damage is all gone that would be hard is in the north any kind of danger atoll.
oh by the way Happy Easter from Karin and will from Scotland

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