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Joanne- Registered Nurse, from Scotland to Auckland.

The process to come to NZ took me about a year to get organised to get my NZ reg, then about 3months after I got offered a position. Overall it took me 3years to make the definite decision to move, so it was nice to take that time

The easiest part of the process was applying online with NZ visa, all though it is a bit of an effort to gather info, as it’s all online it was really easy.

The most challenging part of the process was making sure I gathered all pieces of information I needed, and double checking them. 

My first impressions of NZ were: what a gorgeous and friendly place, everyone was so welcoming, and still are!

The best parts of NZ are the people, and the warmer climate!

What I miss the most is my family, and sweet popcorn at the cinema.

My advice if you are planning to come to NZ is have money spare, it costs a lot and without a relocation package it can really add up. Auckland is an expensive city.

Anything else you would like to say?
If you’re thinking about it, do it. There are wonderful things to see here, it’s gorgeous and so different to home!

Are there any major differences between your current role in NZ and your previous role in UK? 
Not particularly, there are things that aren’t available or maybe practice that’s a bit older than home. But there are also things like education available and encouragement of nursing development which is much more supported than the UK.

Are there any similarities that have helped you orientate/transition easily? 
Whittaker’s chocolate has just made me feel amazing inside, whenever I feel sad I grab some of that and it’s just made everything better!

The development of nurses has really impressed me and the availability for advancing your knowledge.

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