Moving to New Zealand

  1. i am a british rgn of 15 years with surgical, hdu and community experience, have a long term partner and 3 lovely girls!! we are planning to move to nz later in the year after a long time planning!!!
    my qualifications are registered in nz and i have received my practising certificate. we would like to live in northland, after falling in love with the area. any help, advise, or previous experiences in moving and working here would be gratefully appreciated.
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  3. by   jayna
    Not a NZer, but spent couple of years in NZ. Both islands are great place to live in but Northland nurses have a higher salary scale from the southland nurses, dont even know whats the big differences in their nursing training as both islands have the similar standard.

    Three Northland cities I've been to are

    Auckand ........ great, big city but for me I wouldn't like to live. Very busy traffic.

    Hamilton .........a great city to live and work, they have a hospital where there are more foreign nurses than the kiwi's :chuckle

    Wellington the capital .....great place to live and work as well but too windy.

    But you will like the northland, many pommies quiet like living in NZ for its not much a difference to UK except the weather (grey and raining in UK)
    Good luck
  4. by   Clean Queen
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    Quote from susan 1
    i am a british rgn of 15 years with surgical, hdu and community experience, have a long term partner and 3 lovely girls!! we are planning to move to nz later in the year after a long time planning!!!
    my qualifications are registered in nz and i have received my practising certificate. we would like to live in northland, after falling in love with the area. any help, advise, or previous experiences in moving and working here would be gratefully appreciated.
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    hi susan,
    we are also considering moving to nz
    i am a community infection control nurse and my husband works for lancashire ambulance service. we are going out there in july for 3 weeks to have a look around you seem to be a bit further on with the process than we are. any tips, advice you have regarding the intial stages would be really useful.

    thanks

    christine
  5. by   Susan 1
    hey christine!!

    have a fabulous time in july, we went out at christmas for a month, we have friends in aukland, and spent a few days there and the rest of the time travelling...
    begin the registration process asap for your qualifications, the forms can be downloaded, but it took me a week to complete and organise the ukcc, a solicitor etc., but then 4 months waiting for the registration to come through (although 2 of my referees were slow off the mark!!). then it has been another month for the practising certificate also. i have not started applying for jobs yet, our house is just about to go on the market. we think it will be about august when we hopefully move. the problem we are facing is the question of visas.we dont know whether to apply for residency or a work visa and then residency after 12 months?? the process seems daunting and a question of timing, but i think it may be the work visas. if you have any ideas on the subject i would be grateful. are you gong to use an agency??
    my partner is an armed police officer, and nz are not currently recruiting from the uk, so i will be the main breadwinner for a while.
    any way enough of my waffle, i would love to hear from you again with any advice ect. thanks sue
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    hi susan,
    we are also considering moving to nz
    i am a community infection control nurse and my husband works for lancashire ambulance service. we are going out there in july for 3 weeks to have a look around you seem to be a bit further on with the process than we are. any tips, advice you have regarding the intial stages would be really useful.

    thanks

    christine
  6. by   nurseunderwater
    ::::sigh::::: our dream too....we are still in the "planning" stages..(have been for 6 or so years) it's wonderful to see someone getting so close to realizing her dream....
  7. by   Clean Queen
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    Quote from Susan 1
    Hey Christine!!

    have a fabulous time in July, we went out at christmas for a month, we have friends in Aukland, and spent a few days there and the rest of the time travelling...
    Begin the registration process ASAP for your qualifications, the forms can be downloaded, but it took me a week to complete and organise the UKCC, a solicitor etc., but then 4 months waiting for the registration to come through (although 2 of my referees were slow off the mark!!). Then it has been another month for the practising certificate also. I have not started applying for jobs yet, our house is just about to go on the market. We think it will be about August when we hopefully move. The problem we are facing is the question of visas.We dont know whether to apply for residency or a work visa and then residency after 12 months?? The process seems daunting and a question of timing, but I think it may be the work visas. If you have any ideas on the subject I would be grateful. Are you gong to use an agency??
    My partner is an armed police officer, and NZ are not currently recruiting from the UK, so I will be the main breadwinner for a while.
    Any way enough of my waffle, I would love to hear from you again with any advice ect. thanks Sue

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for your reply!
    I am also baffled by the initial stages and where to start :spin:
    I don't know whereabouts you are in the Uk, but there is an exhibition in York @ the Racecourse on the 21st, 22nd & 23rd May 10-4pm each day. Apparently there will be lots of stands for lots of different countries including NZ with lots of info. There will also be a daily seminar called 'Starting a new life in NZ' running @ 11.30am om each of these days.If you would be able to make any of those days, I can let you have some more info, if not, I will gladly pass on any info to you
    There is also a publication called 'Destination NZ 'with comes out each month,
    available from Outbound Publishings, again if you are interested, I can give you details etc.
    Thanks for the advice regarding registration, I think it sounds like I need to get on with that. Did you visit any hospitals whilst you were out there?
    What was you first impressions of NZ?

    It would be good to keep in touch. This will be such a big step for us, it's good to talk to someone in the same boat.

    Bye for now


    Christine
  8. by   DLPrice
    I was wondering if there are any US nurses here who could give me a comparison of working conditions in NZ (ratios, acuity, etc.) I'm particularly looking for info on working in nursing homes, or aged care.

    Thanks!
    Diana
  9. by   louise21
    great to hear you are reaching your goal susan well done


    ive just qualified as a pedatrician and looking to go to nz in the nxt 12 months with my family..im 39 but have been told that should not be a problem

    where is the best place to look for nursing jobs in new zealand??

    best wishes:hatparty:
  10. by   lizod
    Kia Ora everyone

    I am a new member on here I have lived in New Zealand all my life. New RN working in Maori Community Mental Health which I enjoy very much. I live in the North Island, New Plymouth. I hope you all enjoy coming to our country. Its a beautiful place.
  11. by   gwenith
    Kia Ora Lizod!!! I am glad you logged on to talk to us!!
  12. by   KIWIRN
    louise21
    [[font=book antiqua]congrats on thinking about the big move, i'm a kiwi. if you want beautiful scenery go to the south island, or if you want bigger cities try the north island.
    for some sites you might find what you are looking for try:
    www.nzhealthjobs.co.nz or
    www.netcheck.co.nz
    or www.seek.co.nz
  13. by   DLPrice
    Quote from kiwirn
    louise21
    [[font=book antiqua]congrats on thinking about the big move, i'm a kiwi. if you want beautiful scenery go to the south island, or if you want bigger cities try the north island.
    for some sites you might find what you are looking for try:
    www.nzhealthjobs.co.nz or
    www.netcheck.co.nz
    or www.seek.co.nz
    could you tell me a little more about the workign conditions for nurses in nz? do you work in a hospital or aged care? what kindof ratios are expected for aged care?

    thanks!
  14. by   KIWIRN
    Quote from DLPrice
    Could you tell me a little more about the workign conditions for nurses in NZ? DO you work in a hospital or aged care? What kindof ratios are expected for aged care?

    Thanks!
    I work in a hospital (that recently closed its aged care facility) most aged care is privately run in NZ now. Ratios vary depending on employer, are you talking RN to patient? cos if u r a RN you often have carers working with you also although u r ultimately responsible. Overall conditions are not too bad it certainly pays to asertain what the requirements are when you apply for a job.
    Nurses are currently fighting for fay pay in NZ as opposed to other professions such as police and teachers. The Govt states it believes in equal pay but reckons they don't have the budget to increase nurses wages. :angryfire
    Wages also vary between organisations and responsibility.

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