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    Congrats!
    Now I'm homesick tho

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    Thumbs up

    Go for it and good luck to you both.
    I've had a couple of mates go out there and they love it. Doing well for themselves too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markcuk View Post
    well first day back at work after 2 weeks holiday and first thing I did was hand my notice in to the head:-)
    i left mine on his desk & sent an email on friday
    bugger em

    'grats on the NZ trip
    not jealous at all

    i'm off to work with grown ups in the NHS
    make a nice change from working with & for children
    (they know who they are, gits!)

    neb

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    @ nebapneb: grown ups in the NHS, you're in for a surprise Dr's and consultants are a right royal pain in the behind. I think God Complex is the term :-)

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    Few more years experience and certification here for myself and I'll be joining you all

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    Good luck, hope it works out and let us know how you get on.

    EDIT: Oh heck I'm gonna be nosey, how easy was it to get a visa and how long does it last for? I'm very tempted to emigrate in the next few years, trouble is I think you have to be a bit more skilled then a jack of all trades technician to be what they want.
    Last edited by K.C.Leblanc; 8th April 2008 at 11:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    EDIT: Oh heck I'm gonna be nosey, how easy was it to get a visa and how long does it last for? I'm very tempted to emigrate in the next few years, trouble is I think you have to be a bit more skilled then a jack of all trades technician to be what they want.
    well i got the working holiday visa so it lasts for a year but can be extended to 2 but you then you have to do a medical.but if you get the 2 year one you can only work for 1 year.cost us £80 have to be 18-30 for the goverment one but bunac do one for 18-35

    Work New Zealand - BUNAC's work and travel programme to New Zealand

    A working holiday in New Zealand

    but hopefully if i get offered a full time job ou can apply for a 1 year rolling work permit or something will look into it when im there

    mark

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    I went out there in 2004.
    Brilliant time did the whole Nth, Sth Billy Connoly trail drove myself and the brood went everywhere and spent the last 10 days in Russel in the Bay of Islands.

    Fantastic, made a few calls and got three job interviews the same day!
    The money was good and the cost of living proportional.
    I would have emigrated in 2004 I had everything sorted until the Mother in Law became ill and my wife had no option but to become her carer.

    SYNACK will tell you, the place is about 20% larger than the UK and only has a population of about 4 Million! That a lot of empty space.

    But it has it share of problems, there are race issues, crime, rape and murder etc etc, but with a fraction of the population of the UK all of the issues are proportional.

    Property prices were incredible in 2004 however they spiralled in the last few years creating similar problems to the UK.

    See this website Open2view - New Zealand's Real Estate Website to get an idea of property costs etc.
    Auckland is getting as expensive as the SE of the UK with properties on the North Shore in excess of 1 Million UK Pounds

    There are loads of specialist forums to help you get relocated, don't worry too much about being granted a visa, if you are under 56 and in good health and have the experience and speak english as your 1st language you will get a job offer and in turn all the points you need to secure it.
    I was 49 when I applied and scored 146 on my first attempt. It took only 3 weeks to get my EOI accepted, I had the Meds done then the Mother In Law syndrome happened so it was back to square one.

    There are plenty of Kiwi's still working well into their 70's clearly the stress of the 21st century hasn't reached them yet.

    If you are young enthusiastic and have a degree it's a formality 100 points guaranteed.

    Now I am probably going to have to get my kids out there first and let them sponsor me and the wife.
    Whatever, Im still going - to the Northland, KeriKeri thats where I want to be.

    So I'm going to tell you all, this is the worse place on earth, a hell hole, do not go there, you will all hate it!

    That way, there might still be a place for me if/when I can ever get things sorted out here.
    I really don't want it overrun with ex pat edugeekers!

    Stay away!
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    I attend a night school course that is about to start teaching JADE:
    Jade 6
    We were told they take on trainees in NZ, and run a graduate scheme for institutions. Might be worth looking into? Not sure what JADE is like a language, or what the pay is like however...

    Best of British! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    But it has it share of problems, there are race issues, crime, rape and murder etc etc, but with a fraction of the population of the UK all of the issues are proportional.
    yeah i noticed this there was trail going on about a father whol killed his babies while i was there.the one thing which seemed to happy daily was road deaths so many crashes esp Auckland area.

    theres alot of gang culture in auckland too many kids trying to copy american gang culture (thats what i thought)

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    Quote Originally Posted by markcuk View Post
    well i got the working holiday visa so it lasts for a yeark
    Ah interesting, I looked into Aus but their working holiday Visa only lasts for 6 months.

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    Originally Posted by m25man
    But it has it share of problems, there are race issues, crime, rape and murder etc etc, but with a fraction of the population of the UK all of the issues are proportional.

    Quote Originally Posted by markcuk View Post
    yeah i noticed this there was trail going on about a father whol killed his babies while i was there.the one thing which seemed to happy daily was road deaths so many crashes esp Auckland area.

    theres alot of gang culture in auckland too many kids trying to copy american gang culture (thats what i thought)
    Yes there are problems, like everywhere. As m25man says it is proportional and depends mostly on the area that you are in. I agree that the thing with the babies being killed was terrible and there has been a lot of government stuff aimed at preventing something like that from happening again.

    I'm not sure how the road deaths stack up in comparison to the UK but in NZ every one is reported, they do seem to have gone up recently but 2007 had 396.

    The house prices in Auckland are absolutely stupid at the moment like in most of the western countries at the moment but the market appears to have reached its peek and the prices are dropping currently.

    m25man is right about space, I live 30minutes drive away from Auckland city and can drive to a nice beach inside 30min if I go east or west. If I go south around 20min I can get to a water catchment area/forest (bush in NZ) that is full of walking trails. The size of the bush itself is such that it is a whole days walk to get across its narrowest section (15 - 20km of crazy up hill and down hill) there is a spot in the middle where you can stand on the top of one of the hills, look 360 degrees around you and see nothing but bush land. I still live in a suburban city though rather than the country.

    You do pay a bit of a technology tax though, new stuff takes a little longer to come here and it is always more expensive than in the US or UK. We do get a lot of imported cars from japan which makes these types of cars quite cheap over here, that and we also get the full strength variations of the Evo and Imprezza if that kind of stuff is important to you. It may also help to explain some of the road toll, well that and the useless job they do on some of the roads.

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    More expensive that in the U.K. OUCH!!! concidering everything here seems to cost twice what it does in the U.S. even though currently it's £1 = $2. Software expecially grrrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    You do pay a bit of a technology tax though, new stuff takes a little longer to come here and it is always more expensive than in the US or UK. We do get a lot of imported cars from japan which makes these types of cars quite cheap over here, that and we also get the full strength variations of the Evo and Imprezza if that kind of stuff is important to you. It may also help to explain some of the road toll, well that and the useless job they do on some of the roads.
    yeah seen loads of kids with skylines quality!!!

    when i was there the prices were very good on apple software got ilife from an apple store for £30 relised how cheap they were so bought 4 extra copies and sold them to friends here

    @synack what are the internet shops like?

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