My Name is Marjorie and I am an Intellectual Disability Nurse. I came to NZ in May 2019 from the U.K. after a 32 month process.
The easiest part of the process was the Skype interviews. I felt that I could ask any questions and not be embarrassed, and I felt as if I knew the managers already because they were warm, approachable and friendly. They also arranged the interview at a time that was convenient for both of us.
The most challenging part of the process was doing IELTS and OET (but didn't need them in the end) along NCNZ registration, which ACCENT helped me with.
My first impressions of NZ were everybody's friendliness, and the many delicious vegetarian and vegan places to eat! Along with visiting amazing restaurants, my favourite things to do in NZ include visiting the museums, shopping and exploring the various beaches.
I haven’t yet visited any cities aside from Wellington, my new home city, but I love it so far. It’s a lovely city with lots of shops, beautiful scenery and not compact - you can always see the beautiful hills, sea and sunshine even whilst in the centre of town which just isn’t possible in the U.K.
What I miss the most is my husband, as he is settling matters in the UK, but will be joining me soon hopefully.
My workplace here offers a much more caring and friendly environment with much less pen pushing all the time. My team is smaller and able to offer a more personal service to the patients.
I also now have a much better work-life balance compared to the U.K. where I was stressed and tired from overworking 24/7. Here I can take days off work to enjoy a social life and go away for day trips and weekend trips.
My advice if you are planning to come to NZ is: don't delay,"Less Stress, Love Life !" Be prepared to be amazed by the wonderful differences.