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An opportunity popped up with in the last two days and I have a job interview with a company in New Zealand today. Completely unprepared and looking for a few quick tips. Currently a happy US resident but up for some adventure if the money / conditions are right.

I have three dogs, three children and a wife. I would expect the children to stay here, as they are in their last year of high school or already in college. On the other hand the dogs and my wife will be coming along.

Is NZ firearms friendly? Obviously there is plenty to do such as skiing, back packing, kayaking so we will be content with the outside opportunities.

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An opportunity popped up with in the last two days and I have a job interview with a company in New Zealand today. Completely unprepared and looking for a few quick tips. Currently a happy US resident but up for some adventure if the money / conditions are right.

I have three dogs, three children and a wife. I would expect the children to stay here, as they are in their last year of high school or already in college. On the other hand the dogs and my wife will be coming along.

Is NZ firearms friendly? Obviously there is plenty to do such as skiing, back packing, kayaking so we will be content with the outside opportunities.

Sincerely, John
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I'd say that NZ is more 'firearms friendly' than the UK, and much much, much less 'firearm friendly' than the US.
And I say 'Thank God for that'!

Our police officers don't even carry guns as a matter of course. And that's just how I and the vast majority of NZers want it.

What type of firearms are you talking about? NZ has a hunting fraternity, but the use or storing of any kind of gun (especially hand guns) is very controlled. They're certainly not for keeping around the house 'in order to protect myself'.

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I appreciate your answer, I wouldn't debate another countries choice or lack of choice I was just curious. I will plan on leaving my firearms at home in the USA with family. Based on other sites there is a growing crime problem in NZ but I am capable of defending myself with or without a firearm.



Any suggestions for my interview?

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I appreciate your answer, I wouldn't debate another countries choice or lack of choice I was just curious. I will plan on leaving my firearms at home in the USA with family. Based on other sites there is a growing crime problem in NZ but I am capable of defending myself with or without a firearm.



I think there's a lot less crime in NZ than in other countries (except in a couple of pockets of known trouble spots) but in common with most of the rest of the world, it probably is getting a bit worse.

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I'd ask about any 'extras' included in the package. Generally NZ companies don't give extras such as superannuation, medical insurance, etc. so make sure you're happy with a base salary that doesn't contain them.

And good luck with the interview!

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Great information, I would not have even ask being that any decent job in the USA has benefits. I will ask about medical, dental, vision, annual leave, pay raises and bonuses.

I am currently at 6 weeks leave with full benefits and yearly cash bonus. I imagine this will be hard to replace anywhere outside of my current company.

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Is 160 to 220K enough to survive in NZ?

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It should be enough to feel comfortable, providing of course that they actually pay you that amount. But I'm sure you'll have that written into your contract of employment. Some employers attract people from overseas with large salaries and then drop the offer after they arrive, or don't give pay rises for a few years until you've caught up.

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any decent job in the USA has benefits. I will ask about medical, dental, vision, annual leave, pay raises and bonuses.

I am currently at 6 weeks leave with full benefits and yearly cash bonus. I imagine this will be hard to replace anywhere outside of my current company.
Good idea to ask about this in detail. Sometimes you can get lower health insurance premiums if you arrange it through your employer. Dental cover is virtually non existent, not sure about vision. Health care service in NZ is of a different standard to that of the USA and you may find some procedures and medications simply aren't available - even if you offer to pay for them.

Annual leave is usually 20 days and you have to accrue it before you can take it, some employers insist that you work a full year before they'll let you take leave so I advise you to ask about their policyand get a written copy of it if possible.

Cash bonus depends on the company, not many NZ employers do it and of those that do - some years they'll pay it and some years they won't. Get it written into your contract.

Lastly if they're paying that sort of salary they should also be giving you some relocation assistance with the costs of the move, paying for accommodation for a little while after you arrive etc.

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Suggestion for interview questions:

Ask how they see your overseas experience being applied and used in their company.
What proportion of staff are from outside of NZ and how many of them make up the senior and executive management.
What's the rate of staff turnover.
What are the major challenges and opportunities for the company over the short and long term.
What promotion opportunities exist for you.
Ask for a structure chart so you can see exactly where you fit in and at what tier, who you report to, who you are responsible for etc.

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It should be enough to feel comfortable, providing of course that they actually pay you that amount. But I'm sure you'll have that written into your contract of employment. Some employers attract people from overseas with large salaries and then drop the offer after they arrive, or don't give pay rises for a few years until you've caught up.
More fool people for not having it signed and agreed before they go to NZ.

Why anyone would accept a job anywhere in the world without the written contract is beyond silly.

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It should be enough to feel comfortable, providing of course that they actually pay you that amount. But I'm sure you'll have that written into your contract of employment. Some employers attract people from overseas with large salaries and then drop the offer after they arrive, or don't give pay rises for a few years until you've caught up.



Good idea to ask about this in detail. Sometimes you can get lower health insurance premiums if you arrange it through your employer. Dental cover is virtually non existent, not sure about vision. Health care service in NZ is of a different standard to that of the USA and you may find some procedures and medications simply aren't available - even if you offer to pay for them.

Annual leave is usually 20 days and you have to accrue it before you can take it, some employers insist that you work a full year before they'll let you take leave so I advise you to ask about their policyand get a written copy of it if possible.

Cash bonus depends on the company, not many NZ employers do it and of those that do - some years they'll pay it and some years they won't. Get it written into your contract.

Lastly if they're paying that sort of salary they should also be giving you some relocation assistance with the costs of the move, paying for accommodation for a little while after you arrive etc.
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There are minium holidays and annual leave entitlements by law.
Annual Holidays
You are entitled to four weeks’ paid annual holidays at the end of each year
of employment with any one employer. If you leave your employer before
completing a full year of employment, you should get 8% of your gross earnings,
less any holiday pay you have already received.
You can agree to holiday pay on a “pay as you go” basis if you have:
• a job for a fixed-term of less than 12 months
• a casual job where you work so irregularly that it isn’t practical for your
employer to give you four weeks’ annual holiday.
This means that your employment agreement has to say clearly that this is how
you will be paid and the amount paid. Holiday pay must be at least 8% of your
gross earnings and recorded separately on your pay slip.
More information about annual holidays is available on the Department of
Labour’s website at Holidays : Employment Relations Service
Public holidays
There are 11 public holidays each year. If they fall on days you would normally
work, you are entitled to be paid for that day, even if you do not actually work on
that day.
If you work on a public holiday, you:
• must be paid at least time-and-a-half for the time you work
• are also entitled to an alternative holiday, if the public holiday falls on a day
that you would normally work.
More information about public holidays, and when they occur, is available on.

In NZ all employers must supply a written employment contract and there are a number of employment rights that all contracts must include. http://ers.govt.nz/publications/pdfs/minimum_rights.pdf

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