Claire - Registered Nurse
I found Accent Health Recruitment so helpful. I would highly recommend them to help anyone look for a job here because you will get loads of support when you arrive. They offered to help me with accommodation and contacted me on arrival in New Zealand to see if I needed anything.
My name is Claire. I am a registered nurse and moved to New Zealand in 2012. I spent a long time researching my options for New Zealand in order to have everything ready before the move. Once I got my registration and work visa I contacted Accent Health Recruitment to help me distribute my CV and find a job. I found the staff, especially Prudence, phenomenally helpful and I got a job after my first interview!!
I've been to New Zealand before and travelled it extensively and my favourite places are Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Lake Wanaka, Christchurch and Taupo. There are lots of activities and adventures to do here, much more so than at home. The weather makes it so much easier to get out and about. Since coming back last year I've taken up trekking/hill walking or tramping as they call it here. There are so many places to explore here the list is endless.
My advice if you are planning to come to NZ is to be sure to organise your nurse registration and visa before looking for a job or coming to New Zealand. The New Zealand Nursing Council will send you the information you require to register. The nursing union NZNO are also helpful at giving you information in relation to the salary, annual leave, working hours etc.
The New Zealand Immigration website has all the information you require to apply for your visa before you enter New Zealand. Their website is very easy to navigate. The working holiday visa is a great option if you are under 30 and if approved enables you to work in New Zealand from the day you arrive.
Once you are in the country you can just pop into your nearest Immigration Office and get all the forms you need to apply for a new visa after the 12 month working holiday visa.