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Old 7th January 2011, 08:04 AM
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Hi there, my husband and I recently spent 4 weeks in NZ and we fell in love with the place so much that my husband sent his CV on Tuesday night to a company in New Plymouth and within 30 mins had a reply, Wednesday spoke to an MD and was told there is a job for him. Amazed that this happened so quickly.

Problem is:
a) we don't know how long the process takes.
b) living accommodation - taxes for water, council etc.
c) vehicle insurance.
d) buying a property once we are established there.
e) registering with a doctors surgery

I would dearly love to go tomorrow, but I know that I have got to be reasonable and be patient, so any help would be most appreciated.
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hi, just joined this page today. We are in the same boat, i don,t have much advice for you at the moment, i two would love to go tomorrow. i also have two young children and my husband was trying to source work last night awaiting responce although his trade is on the short skills list. I would love someone to share my experience with along with helping each other with our process, you never know we could end up moving together and being friends when we start our new life. With having no family there, i dare say we will need good friends.

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What area of work are your husbands in? Mine is in the construction industry and on the wanted list also? We are going through the process with an agency - have you contacted anyone yet? We hope to get our paperwork sorted in time for the next pick from the 'pool' which is on the 15th Jan I believe, but it has been stuck in the post since before Christmas so we've had to send again. Fingers crossed XX. If we're lucky then there's the awful process of telling my parents what we intend to do. Not looking forward to that! Have you been watching wanted down under on BBC1 9.30 each morning? Yesterdays was for Christchurch. Don't know if it's split between NZ & Oz or just the odd one for NZ though.

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Hi my husband and i spent 9 months in New Zealand and are very keen to return my husbands work is also on the wanted skills list he has applied for jobs but no joy yet. how did your husband find work so quickly??

We have already told family our intentions and though they are upset they understand that we want a better life for our little boy..

My sister emigrated 5 years ago and her visa was completed in 6 months.

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New Zealand has always been the place for me since I was a teenager. My father wanted to go, but was not able to and sadly he died 5 years ago. So, unless I give it go, I will never know and might regret it for the rest of my life. We are so fed up with the UK and our children are old enough to fend for themselves, so why not? Hope you find what you are looking for.

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I got a list of companies that looked suitable and my husband just pick one, decided to send his CV to them. It is early days and we have a long way to go as yet. We are at the latter end of the age group, so we do have to hurry up!

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That's great, I also would like to keep in touch and try and help as much as possible, we can all learn from each other about pro's and con's. I too don't have any family there, but I don't think any of us will have any trouble fitting in. Let's face it, this country is too over crowded and we can safely say that NZ is definately not!

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My husband is an Electrician and yes we have already spoken to someone about a job, now we have to go through the long winded channels.
We are at the latter end of the age group, my parents are both gone, my husbands dad is in his 80's, but he wouldn't want us to miss this opportunity. Our 2 children are 20 & 21, so they can fend for themselves, plenty of other family and friends they can stay with until they get out there on their own accord.
It is the other side of the world and yes we will miss those left behind, but at the end of the day, as an uncle of my husband's said to us before he died, the only people that mattered was myself, my husband and 2 children. He was so right!

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What area of work are your husbands in? Mine is in the construction industry and on the wanted list also? We are going through the process with an agency - have you contacted anyone yet? We hope to get our paperwork sorted in time for the next pick from the 'pool' which is on the 15th Jan I believe, but it has been stuck in the post since before Christmas so we've had to send again. Fingers crossed XX. If we're lucky then there's the awful process of telling my parents what we intend to do. Not looking forward to that! Have you been watching wanted down under on BBC1 9.30 each morning? Yesterdays was for Christchurch. Don't know if it's split between NZ & Oz or just the odd one for NZ though.
My husband applied to goughs, they are supposesed to help with the move if you have the skills. my husband is also in construction (plant maintenance). We have tryed to register with a number of agencies but no one seems to get back to us, so we are hoping this will be our best bet. We have told our parents dont think they believe it is going to happen. Watched it last night online it was Australia which looked really good. What agency have you went with? Which part are you thinking of going to? Do you have any kids? Have you heard anything about education?

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Hi my husband and i spent 9 months in New Zealand and are very keen to return my husbands work is also on the wanted skills list he has applied for jobs but no joy yet. how did your husband find work so quickly??

We have already told family our intentions and though they are upset they understand that we want a better life for our little boy..

My sister emigrated 5 years ago and her visa was completed in 6 months.
What area of work is your husband in? That is one of the reasons we are going to, to give our two children a better life. We have also told family about what we are doing. Did your sister go to NZ, if so where does she stay?

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