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    Hello everybody [smiley=icon_biggrin.gif] this is my first post. I have enjoyed reading lots of helpful information through this site but now need more specifics regarding my profession, any replies will be gratefully recieved!

    I'm a hairdresser specialising in Afro and European hair for last 20 years and also design and make jewellery and other items. We, (my husband and 2 small children), are moving to the Auckland area between July and October this year with my husbands work. He has a job secured, (well nearly!) at a hospital in the central business district. My aim is to still work part time. Does anybody know if there is a procedure I'd have to go through, (i.e. any extra exam etc.) before I could start work in NZ? Although I qualified in City and Guilds 19 years ago here in England, I'm not sure how this is assessed in NZ! I'm wondering if I could start work straightaway or if there were any legal requirements necessary beforehand?

    I've been self employed here for most of that time and had my own salon before the children came along but it may count for nothing in NZ perhaps? I realise these questions are very specifiac to hairdressing but thought there may be others who have been through this? It would be difficult for me to secure a job beforehand because I'll need to work around my husband's days at work, so I am hoping to either remain self-employed within a salon for a couple of days a week or set up a small salon within our home. (The latter would be preferable due to my jewellery work aswell!)

    Also, (sorry, this is going on forever! [smiley=icon_confused.gif] ) does anyone know if there is a market for handcrafted jewellery etc there? I'm hoping to sell to shops or maybe at craft markets, if there are any?

    Anyway, as you see I have lots of queries and even more to come but I'll close it here for now and hope someone could point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance, DebD

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    Default Any advice for Hairdresser and Jewellery Designer Please?

    Welcome!

    I know that hairdressers were on the skills shortage list, so hopefully that will mean that you can work as you please when you get there.

    I know there is a craft fair on Waiheke Island and at least one other in Auckland. I bet the tourist information centre would know.

    Best of luck to you and your family!

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    Default Any advice for Hairdresser and Jewellery Designer Please?

    Thankyou Jadet, some nice positive advice there! I'll try that, bye for now.

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    Hi Debd,

    Don't know if this would be of interest to you. It's one way of making money from your craft.
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    Hi Mother Bear, thankyou so much for that link, it sounds great doesn't it? A good idea. I've saved it to my favourites. Thanks

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    Hi Debd,

    Just read your post about your jewellery. My friend in NZ makes her own as well and she just approach all the craft markets and some smaller shops which sells handmade card and other crafts to see if they would sell some of her items. They of course take a % of what she makes but she said most of her items sell through the shops at the mo.

    She also set up a really good website - I'm sure it was free it was just her domain name she paid for so thats also worth a try and of course the good old Tradme website like our eBay, she gets a few sales from that.

    Let me know when you get your move sorted and start selling your jewellery would love to see it all :icon_biggrin:

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    Hi Debd,
    I am a professional musician, but started making jewelry as a hobby three years ago. It has turned out to be quite an obsession and stress release at the same time. I have amassed quite a large amount of beads of all kinds in the mean time and have been making pieces to sell as well as for gifts. We are moving to Christchurch in August (my husband has a job at the university) and I looked for outlets to sell jewelry while we were there in February for his interview. I checked out the Craft World on Blenheim and I think it may be an option. The kind of jewelry I saw being sold there were mainly for tourists (shells etc.) I also saw some nice pieces in the stores in the Arts district. I am sure there must be places that sell on consignment, but I don't like doing that since you won't make much unless they are some upscale boutique.
    I don't know about Auckland, but I was disappointed to see the very limited selections of beads and jewelry-making supplies in Christchurch bead shops. I have been spoiled here in the US using Softflex for stringing (you can buy a 100 ft roll for US$30 at some places) and they were all using tigertail. They had softflex but it was terribly expensive. I heard there are many more sources for supplies in Australia...we may have to order our stuff from them. Most of the online stores here in the US that I shop at are willing to ship overseas, but I am not sure if I would have the patience to wait so long....airmail may cost an arm and a leg!
    Good luck to you! Keep posting on what you find in Auckland...I'd like to know too!

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    I have been spoiled here in the US using Softflex for stringing (you can buy a 100 ft roll for US$30 at some places) and they were all using tigertail. They had softflex but it was terribly expensive. I heard there are many more sources for supplies in Australia...we may have to order our stuff from them. Most of the online stores here in the US that I shop at are willing to ship overseas, but I am not sure if I would have the patience to wait so long....airmail may cost an arm and a leg!
    If you're having a container shipped down to NZ perhaps you could buy upfront what you need to keep you going for a while and put it in the container. If you make any trips back to the US in the future, you could stock up again then. Just a thought [smiley=icon_biggrin.gif]
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