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    WanaKiwi is offline Junior Member
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    Default Greetings and Thanks

    What a super forum and site. I found it via a basic, boring websearch and thought at first it was a typical rip-off site trying to sell something. I've been reading for 15 minutes and can't believe what a resource this is!

    Anyway, my wife and I are strongly considering relocation from the US, and NZ is our favorite choice for several reasons. We're just starting to seriously evaluate everything, and I am really thankful to have found this kind of a community.

    We live in San Francisco, she's a school psychologist with MFT license/MS in Psychology. I'm what you would call a solicitor, which apparently is not an occupation of absolute skill shortage in NZ I have sheared sheep before, though, and I did notice that was listed as a skill shortage. I'm not sure I'm ready to do that again, or as able as I was at 18, but I'm definitely willing to be flexible with my career.

    Anyway, thanks again to all for your efforts and looking forward to participating here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WanaKiwi View Post
    ...... and thought at first it was a typical rip-off site trying to sell something.
    Right, OK let's see, what can we offer you then? We have a sale on at the moment. I'm not sure of what exactly, but I'm sure we can find something to suit you. Talking of suits, Taffy has a nice, sober business suit going cheap.

    Joking aside, a big to you. Here's looking forward to seeing you around here regularly.
    Mother Bear

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    Hi and welcome
    I only discovered this site too a few months ago.
    Wish i had found it before we came over.
    No matter,its still proving useful to me now and ive still got the eoi and perm residence forms all ahead of us,so sure we will get tons of help when time comes

    Your from San Francisco.Thats the one place my hubby keeps saying he would love to visit
    Mine was NZ,and now we are here,living the dream
    So you can tell who wears the trousers in this house

    Enjoy getting to know everyone

    Landed in New Zealand 29th jan 2008
    Colin got job offer 21st feb
    Work Permit applied for 3rd march
    Colins work permit received friday 2nd may 2008
    Dated till jan 2010
    My work permit applied for 7th may 2008
    My work permit received 27th may 2008
    Dated till jan 2010

    Arrived back in Scotland 21st July 2009

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    You may find Wellington reminds of the bay area a little (at least it does me). If you wife qualifies tehn she can bring you if she wants. lol. You both don't have to qualify but does help your points.

    We are merely a 12.5hour flight from SFO to Auckland.

    Sheep shearing is highly regarded skill here. Hard work but good pay.

    i used to live up the hill in Reno for many years. I have a lot of friends in the bay area still. The group here is pretty darn good at giving help to people. If you have questions ask away.


    Nelson, New Zealand
    NZ Citizenship in 2000, been in NZ 15 years now
    Arrived NZ in 1997 from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    "New Zealand isn't just a physical place it is a state of mind."

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    Just wanted to welcome you on board too.

    Feel free to fire away with any questions- there is always someone around to help.

    Flights booked for 24th March 2008!
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    Welcome aboard spanner And good luck with everything
    Passionate about the unfathomableness opportunities of kiwi-a-gogo-land

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    Hi! I've found this site to be one of the best all-round for information and support, and I know you will, too!
    Arrived in Auckland on August 6, 2008.Now live in Kawakawa with my kiwi partner.
    I just started working at Bay of Islands Hospital at the beginning of December 2009.
    Work permit renewed and good until June 2010
    EOI submitted and selected, case manager assigned and ITA received. PR application submitted 28/08/09
    approved in principle 26/01/10, PR granted and received 19/03/10


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