Moving to New Zealand with children can be an extremely daunting experience. Not just because it’s extra little lives to co-ordinate while moving continents, but also because children don’t necessarily understand what’s happening. As parent you’ll know what this could mean – frustrated, angry, sad or scared children.
It doesn’t have to be this way though. You can pack up and move your life to New Zealand without disrupting your children too much. All you’ll need is an action plan – and we’re here to share tried-and-tested ideas with you.
Make your children part of the decision-making process
You know, and we know, that the parents will make all the important decisions. But you can let your children help with some of the decision making and make a big deal of their input. In this way, your children will feel included and considered. Start with their room – decide together what can stay and what should go.
Answer all the questions
Children are not afraid to ask questions! This is the one time though that no questions should be off limits. Getting answers to their questions will quell any fears or concerns your children might have. Also don’t wait for them to approach you. If you see your child is quieter than usual or is acting out more than is normal, ask them if anything about the move is bothering them.
Tell them it’s a new adventure
Let’s face it – while immigrating is indeed stressful, it’s also a big adventure. Get your children to buy into this! Here’s one idea – watch videos of New Zealand together and then place stickers on all the sights you want to visit once you’ve arrived.
Help your children say goodbye
Don’t forget that goodbyes are hard on your children too! We might not always realise it, but children also have the ability to form strong bonds, even at a young age. A great idea is to host a leaving party at school or at home, while also organizing one-on-one goodbyes with close friends.
Remind your children all along that new friends are waiting on the other side.
Stick to your schedule
Moving to New Zealand with children is going to be so much easier if you stick to your normal schedule. For instance, continue eating dinner at the same time. Keep bed time the same too! This not only makes the children feel safe and secure, it also makes things easier on yourself. Less chaos equals happy parents.
Don’t forget to care for your relationship with your partner too. It’s all too easy to focus only on the children or the parts of the your visa application. Yes, immigrating is not easy, especially when it’s as a family, but remember – as you’ll tell your children – a new adventure awaits!
Want to increase your chances of getting a job in New Zealand? Work with New Zealand job agencies. These agencies have recruiters with the contacts, know-how, and industry knowledge to secure you a job.
10 of New Zealand’s top recruiters
Adecco has offices in 16 cities across New Zealand. Their recruiters can assist with jobs for a wide range of industries, including engineering, constructions, and sales and marketing.
2. Advanced Personnel
Advanced Personnel is a recruitment agency that places people across a range of industries including engineering, manufacturing, infrastructure and construction, food processing and logistics, hospitality, business support and IT. The group has offices in Christchurch, Auckland North Shore and Manukau, Hamilton, Nelson, and Invercargill.
3. Drake New Zealand
Drake New Zealand can connect you with jobs in several industries, ranging from healthcare and IT to engineering and education. These recruiters have 11 offices across New Zealand. You can sign up for job alerts on the website and access career advice too.
4. Enterprise Recruitment
Enterprise is divided into four specialists division – Information Technology, Business Support, Professional, and Industrial. Each division offers dedicated expertise and knowledge. You can find Enterprise in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Invercargill.
Fosterra works specifically with technically-orientated companies on the South Island. They specialize in Senior Management, Sales and Marketing and most types of technical professional. Fosterra’s office is in Christchurch.
6. HQ Recruiting
HQ Recruiting has two offices, one in Auckland and one in Wellington. They work with candidates in early childhood education, transport, and IT.
OCG offer recruitment solutions across for the HR, technology, manufacturing and industrial industries. They have offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. You’ll find a career support section on the website, where OCG gives you advice on your resume, interviews, and job hunting.
8. Superior Personnel
Superior Personnel connects job seekers with opportunities in Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty. The team specializes in manufacturing, freight and logistics, infrastructure, specialist trades and clerical roles.
As the name suggest, Tradestaff provides recruitment services for the trades and industrial sectors. They have 11 offices across New Zealand, each with a unique understanding of their geographic area.
10. Also visit New Kiwis
New Kiwis is not a job agency, it is a free employment service to migrant job seekers and Zealand employers. Applicants can upload their CVs and search the job section, while employers use the site to search for candidates and post vacancies. You can thank the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Immigration New Zealand (MBIE) for this initiative.
Here’s how a recruiter can help you
- New Zealand job agencies are experts on the New Zealand job market. You’ll get insider information and tips to help you succeed in your job search.
- Recruiters often know about jobs that are not being advertised on job boards or social media.
- Specialist agencies in your industry are already connected with the companies you should approach.
- Recruiters can also help you with your CV and give advice on your career path.
- When you apply for a job, the recruiter follows up on your application. This means you don’t have to and you get regular feedback on your application.
- Using a recruiter is free!
New Zealand employers often use recruiters to screen candidates, especially for specialist and high-level jobs. Our advice is thus to seriously consider using a job agency! Not only for this reason, but also the 6 reasons we list above. With a recruiter by your side, especially when you’re job hunting before you emigrate, you have a much bigger chance of finding the perfect job.
Please note: Intergate Emigration is not affiliated or associated with any of the job agencies listed above.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand released a new version of ANZSCO on Wednesday, 30 October. INZ will continue to use the previous version until the middle of 2020, although not for every occupation.
What is changing?
The updated version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is Version 1.3. This version sees the government adding 44 jobs to those deemed to be ‘skilled’ for the purposes of a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa application.
When does ANZSCO Version 1.3 come into effect?
New Zealand will continue to use the current version of ANZSCO in the assessment of most applications until mid-2020. In mid-2020, Version 1.3 will then kick in.
How does Version 1.3 affect visa applications?
At the moment, New Zealand uses a combination of ANZSCO classification and pay to determine skill band levels. From next year, when ANZSCO Version 1.3 comes into effect, New Zealand will no longer use ANZSCO to assess the skill level of jobs for the Essential Skills Work Visa. Until then, New Zealand uses Version 2.1 to assess occupations.
Some occupations will be treated as an exception
As mentioned, New Zealand will continue to use ANZSCO Version 1.2 until mid-2020. However, New Zealand will treat some occupations as exceptions. Exceptions will apply to occupations that are:
- Low-skilled – Skill level 4 to 50 in ANZSCO Version 1.2.
- Skilled – Skill level 1 to 3 in ANZSCO Version 1.3, and
- The visa applicant earns at least the New Zealand median income, which is currently at NZD25 per hour.
New Zealand will treat these occupations as if it is ANZSCO skill level 1 to 3.
You can find a list of ANZSCO occupations that’ll be treated as exceptions on INZ’s website.
What does the change in ANZSCO list mean for visa applicants?
There are a couple of scenarios for visa applicants:
- You hold already hold a work visa: The skill level of your job remain the same for the duration of your visa.
- You apply before mid-2020:
- Your occupation is not on the exceptions list: New Zealand will use ANZSCO Version 1.2 to assess your visa application.
- Your occupation is on the exceptions list: New Zealand will treat your occupation as if it were skill level 3, if your job pays above the New Zealand median income or use ANZSCO Version 1.2 to assess your application, if your job pays below the New Zealand median income.
- You apply after mid-2020:
- For an Essential Skills Work Visa: New Zealand will no longer use ANSCO to assess the skill level of your jobs.
- For a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa: New Zealand will use ANZSCO Version 1.3 to assess the skill level of your jobs.
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