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    So, let me get this right then, coz something Stevey said made me think. If we head on out there on a VV, all of us, kids and all with no jobs lined up or anything having sold up lock, stock and barrel in the UK, how likely are we to be told that any vacancies we apply for could be filled by a kiwi? That could apply to any vacancy couldn't it? Surely one somewhere could do any job advertised?

    All the enquiries we've made about work have been met with 'sounds like you have loads of skills that we could use, come and see us when you get here'. Gary's degree is in humanities so not specialised enough to get him snapped up from over here and you know my work, people have to meet me to know whether I have what they're looking for, be able to see me dance or teach, caught between a you know what and a you know what.

    And if one of us does land a job, do we then receive free schooling for the kids etc with a work permit? AND all the jobs you see advertised say applicants must hold a current work permit and be registered for work in NZ, so how can you even apply for work if you only have a VV? :-k

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    Dawn, it?s not correct that all potential employers demand that you have a WP before they?ll offer you a job. True you must have one to start work, but it?s not a legal requirement that you have one just to apply for jobs, although some awkward s.o.b.s could ask for one. It?s quite possible for you to apply for and be offered a job, then hop off to get your WP, which can, in many cases, only take a few days to come through.

    If the kids start school whilst you?re on a VV, you?ll have to pay international fees, but when you?re on a WP or you have PR you only pay domestic rates (it's not completely free). Don?t know if you?ve looked back over this or not.
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    Hi Dawn, hopefully we will soon be able to let you know how easy it is to find work while on a visitors visa, as we are heading off a week on Saturday on just such a visa! :icon_eek: can't believe its come round so quickly, and Mr Moo and I are just starting to hit that "OMG What are we doing?" stage - Mr Moo has a couple of interviews lined up now for mid June in wellington - agencies were much more receptive to him when we contacted them in the last couple of weeks with all our itinerary details - he's also had a couple of phone interviews with agencies who are now putting him forward for particular vacancies so fingers crossed something will come from one of them!! Then we have all the fun of applying for the work permit and then for residency - eeeek!! Its all getting TOOOO real now!! But its going to be a great adventure and if we back out now, we will kick ourselves for ever I'm sure....

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    :038: Good for you Maggie, dead exciting. Do you have kids too?

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    Hi Dawn, yes we have 2 little girls - 21 months and 5 months - we are making the move now really because of them so we can have a better quality of life and a more outdoor lifestyle. Am I right in thinking you have older kids? How's it going looking for schools/colleges etc?

    Are you heading to Wellington as well? When are you hoping to head out? Oooh here I go with all my questions again!! :icon_rolleyes: Sorry!!

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    My kids are 15, 10 and 4 so really spread out. We're not gonna try getting schools sorted until we're there and can go and see them, I like to go on how a place feels.

    We'll be heading out just as soon as we can sell this house (slow going been for sale 20 months already) and yeah we think we are going Welli way, as far as we can tell never having been. I have a friend who's a visual artist and she lived there for 2 years. She said that if you were going with no idea of what it's like and needing somewhere to find your feet for a while Welli would be the perfect place to do it from, so we're taking her advice.

    Are you going that way too?

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    As you all know, I just came back from Wellington from a job hunt.

    I just want to say that you have to have lots of patience when searching for a job there. I mean, yes, it is the same for all other countries but I think the stress of moving to a new country and trying to get a job asap at the same time when roll together is very daunting.

    I had so many talks with recruitment agencies and I think overall, employers are probably slower to response for a particular vacancy.

    Of course, Good Luck!!

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    Hi Dawn,

    We struggled at the very beginning with our EOI as Mike's joinery qualification was Scottish and not City & Guilds so we were set to go with the VV route same as Maggiemoo.

    I have a mate in Whakatane who says a great deal of folks go out on the VV cos they feel it's better to secure job offers etc face to face. It's a big brave step, especially with kids but it sounds like you and your OH would get jobs no probs.

    Good luck
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    Thanks for the response Pulsarblu, I'm wondering whether my situation is a little different to yours tho. Agencies don't deal in the kind of work I do, with me it's about being able to make a connection with the kids I'm working with, I can say what I like on paper but they need to meet me to know whether I could do what they expect, it's a 'something but don't know what it is' thing. I know that sounds mad but it's true. The work I need would involve me checking out the theatres and the community arts groups, the arts faculties as well as private teaching studios, I could also freelance after a while as I do here. It's about networking and getting people fired up about the passion I have for what I do, I can't do that from 12000 miles away.
    It's just about the only way we can do this as we're too old for WHV, can't get a job for a WV and only score 95 points coz Gary has very little work experience that is pertinent to his degree. I on the other hand have years of experience but no formal qualification so looks like the only way to do it is to jump with both feet!

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