Issue 46 – November 2013

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Issue 46 – November 2013

We are just a few weeks away from welcoming the New Year.
This edition features inspiring stories from newcomers and service providers, as well as job tips, Immigration New Zealand tools, support services available and upcoming events.
For making 2013 a memorable year, a huge thanks to all our clients, advisory group members, seminar speakers and our local settlement network.

Meet Natasha Woodley-Mitchell
Natasha moved to Wellington from Manchester with her partner in February this year. Initially they planned to move to Australia but at the last minute, job arrangements fell through and they ended up in Wellington instead. Coming here with no job and not knowing anyone didn’t faze Natasha.
Her positive attitude and proactive approach to job searching paid off and within three weeks she had landed a job working at Business Central. This was after meeting the Government Programmes Coordinator for the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce at the ‘Welly 101’ event that Settlement Support Wellington ran in March. Natasha had been working in retail, but had really hoped to do office work instead. When she moved to New Zealand, she was really excited to be offered the position.
Fortunately for Natasha and her partner, her partner’s employer helped relocate them, which included providing hotel accommodation for the first few weeks. This gave them enough time to find a temporary place to rent in Mount Victoria, although Natasha admits that it was difficult to know where to begin.
They found TradeMe a good place to look for accommodation, but unfortunately didn’t find out about this website until they got here. It was also difficult to find information about which suburbs would be suitable to live in. However, they’ve now found a fantastic place with stunning views over the harbour. Natasha jokes that she is probably annoying some of her friends back home with her constant updates of the view from their house!
Before coming to Wellington Natasha and her partner talked to several friends who had been here before and being big Billy Connolly fans they also watched his show about travelling around New Zealand by bike. It was nice to come to Wellington and be familiar with some of the sights already! There have been a few surprises though. While some items are cheaper, in general the cost of living here is higher than they expected, especially the cost of food.
Natasha has been really impressed by the public transport system in Wellington and enjoys an easy 15 minute bus ride to work. They also used the buses to explore Wellington and the surrounding area when they first got here and after three months, bought a car to allow them to travel more extensively.
Natasha is looking forward to visiting the South Island with her family later in the year.
A quest for better work-life balance pays off for Job Mentoring Service clients – Mary and Gim
Mary Kang and her husband Gim Leong arrived from Singapore in August 2012 seeking work-life balance. Mary had been working in corporate services in the public sector and Gim worked in IT. They faced a challenging job search but succeeded in both securing good jobs before their nine-month job search visas expired.
Mary and Gim both received support from the Job Mentoring Service (, one of the services provided by English Language Partners Wellington. The Job Mentoring Service offers monthly job search and networking events and one-to-one job mentoring for skilled migrant job seekers from a non-English speaking background, by trained volunteer job mentors.
We decided to relocate to NZ primarily for better work-life balance. I found out about the Job Mentoring Service from my husband, Gim. I was very impressed by the help and encouragement given to him by his mentor, Catherine.
My mentor was and still is Lynette Dixon, who is the Director of Business Support at the Ministry of Women's Affairs. From Lynette, I received invaluable inputs on how to tailor my CVs and covering letters according to job descriptions, how NZ employers shortlist and how to ace an interview. Lynette also gave me much encouragement and moral support. I also found that reporting my job search efforts to a mentor also helped me to focus and be accountable. I really think that the mentoring process works best when the mentee takes ownership and drives the efforts.
I am now a Business Services Advisor with the Wellington City Council. I continue to meet Lynette every 6 weeks to catch up professionally and personally. We exchange notes about projects that we are currently undertaking, and she continues to provide me with advice on Kiwi corporate culture, how to write up a solid performance development plan, etc. She also provided me with her tried and tested cupcake recipe and invaluable house hunting tips.
I would most definitely recommend the Job Mentoring Service to all migrants who are seeking employment in a new country. Not only do you get excellent job search advice, but you also receive emotional and social support. Having said that, I would also add that it is very important to be connected to the local community so volunteering and doing fun but free activities like bush tramping do help keep the spirits up.
Last but not least, believe in yourself and always remind yourself why you chose to relocate when the going gets tough. The job search efforts can be very onerous and daunting, but if you keep at it something will come up if you are not too fussy. I know many migrants who re-launched successful careers here over time through their professionalism and dedication.”
Mary is still enjoying and doing well in her role as a Business Services Advisor for Wellington City Council. Her husband Gim is also enjoying his current role as a Systems Analyst and Trainer at the SPCA – a contact he initially made through his job mentor.
For more information about the Job Mentoring Service go to: or contact Alice on 04 384 1992 or email jobmentor.wellington@

Warning: Silly Season approaching! Don’t give your job searching a holiday

The festive season is a busy time and who has time for job searching? Coupled with the busy holiday season, many job searchers consider the time from November until the New Year not worth the time invested for job searching. But they could not be more wrong!

There is a misconception that the holiday season is the worst time to be looking for a job. However, there are businesses gearing up for the start of 2014 and may need additional staff to get things wrapped up for the end of the year. Some companies are now beginning to forecast staff requirements for January and February and have already initiated the recruitment process, weeks before Christmas arrives. So don’t give your job search a holiday!

Six reasons the holidays are great for job searching:

  1. During the holiday season the number of available jobs increases as employers are looking for seasonal help.

  2. Competition decreases, because job seekers are side-tracked with seasonal celebrations. The timing to find a job could not be more perfect.

  3. Hiring managers use the end of the year as a time to meet their recruitment budget, seeking cover for employees' annual leave with the help of new/temp staff, or to boost staffing numbers for the New Year.

  4. Your holiday job could be your next permanent employment - so make sure you deliver an excellent level of service at all times.

  5. Recruiters are trying hard to meet/exceed their end of years sales figures and are busy trying to place people in jobs before the start of the New Year.

  6. Holidays bring parties and special events which is a great opportunity to network. You never know when people who hold the key to your next job are present. Try to look and act professional at all times. Try to listen carefully to the conversation and pick up on leads or problems a fellow guest is talking about. This could be the open door leading you to your next job.

Boost your employability by making sure your profile on is perfect.

Through this site, employers can search for you, download your CV and contact you directly.

Check out the New Kiwis-Job seekers group on LinkedIn:
New Kiwis - Job Seekers Group on Facebook:
Twitter: @ChamberRecruits
For more information, contact Val Maskell on 09 375 3929 or email
Make 2013 the year it happens for you. End on a high by getting the job you want!
Resources from Immigration New Zealand
Visa Options Check

New Zealand has a range of visa options depending on whether you want to work here, study, invest or simply enjoy a visit. This is an on-line resource to give you an idea of the visa you may be eligible for.
Skills Shortage List Checker

The latest version of the Skill Shortage List Check has just been rolled out, allowing those thinking of moving to New Zealand to see how their occupation stacks up against the three skill shortage lists (Long-Term, Immediate or Canterbury), or if it appears on the List of Skilled Occupations. For occupations in the Immediate Skills Shortage list, the search comes with suggestions of the regions where jobs might be available.
NZ Ready

This free online planning tool will help you plan your move to New Zealand. It ensures migrants know how things work here and have an easy move. It will ask a few questions (e.g. are you travelling as a family? do you have a job?) then automatically tailors a set of information, useful links and related tasks. It covers topics such as healthcare, education, getting a job and where in New Zealand to live.
Users can then add notes, complete and remove tasks. Once they have added notes and ticked off tasks already completed, they can download the full task list as a PDF.
Workplace Communication

About one in four people in New Zealand’s workforce was born overseas. Consequently, good communication is key to making the most of our increasingly diverse workforce.
Work Talk is a tool designed to help improve communication between employers, managers and new migrant employees. It was developed by

INZ in collaboration with the Language in the Workplace Team, School of Linguistics & Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
Website for international students

The website provides a one-stop-shop for information about employment rights and responsibilities, health and safety in the workplace, work conditions attached to student visas, and settlement resources. An employer section also provides information for employers of students.
Who Is Out There to Help?

Here is a list of organisations and services that you can contact over the holiday period if you need help or support, compiled by the Porirua Healthy Safer City Trust:

Fire, Ambulance, Police

Dial 111 free from any phone

HealthLine – 24 hour health advice

0800 611 116

Youth Line - 24 hour helpline

0800 376 633

Samaritans - 24 hour helpline

0800 726 666 or 473 9739

Child Youth and Family Services

0508 326 459

Kapi Mana Victim Support – 24 hour 7 day a week service

0800 842 846

Wellington Women’s Refuge

473 6280

Mental Health Crisis Line – Adult and Child – 24 hr service

0800 745 477

Plunketline (24 hrs)

0800 933 922

Age Concern – community support

499 6646

Help Foundation - 24 hour rape and sexual abuse support

499 7532

Lifeline- telephone counselling service

0800 543 354

Depression Helpline – 8am to 12 midnight

0800 111 757

Kidsline - aimed at children up to 14 years of age, 4pm to 6pm weekdays

0800 543 754

What’s Up – 5 to 18 year olds, 1pm to 11pm

0800 942 8787

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 12 noon to midnight. Aimed at those in distress or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else

0508 828 865

The Citizen's Advice Bureau also will know who can help you.


0800 367 222

Typhoon Haiyan Street Appeal & Concert
In the wake of devastating typhoon Haiyan, the Capital’s Filipino community is appealing to Wellingtonians to support the Typhoon Haiyan Philippine Appeal.
Street appeal

Thursday 21 November (7am - 9am, 12 noon - 2pm, 4pm - 6pm)
All funds raised will be shared between the Red Cross, UNICEF and Caritas.

Public concert

1.30 - 5.30pm, Saturday 23 November, Civic Square

Featuring Filipino choirs and entertainers.

Make a secure online donation at:
Typhoon Haiyan Appeal - NZ Red Cross

Capital Christmas 8 December 2013
Join in the fun at Capital Christmas, a family day of festivities that includes the Santa Parade, Santa's Party and Carols by Candlelight.

Wellington Santa Parade

2pm, City Centre

This year there will be a fantastic array of purpose-built floats, including Peter Pan, Wild West, Star Wars, Santa’s Story time and the ever-popular Santa on his Sleigh and Reindeer Float.
The Santa Parade starts at the corner of Lambton Quay and Ballance Street and ends at Manners Street.
Route: Lambton Quay, Willis Street, Mercer Street, Manners Street
To view the parade, it's best to get there early to secure a good spot.

Santa’s Party

3pm, Frank Kitts Park

Straight after the parade, head to Frank Kitts Park to join MCs Dave and Camille for Santa’s party.

There will be live entertainment, carols and a chance to meet Santa, Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder and the Smurfs.

Carols by Candlelight

7.30pm, Frank Kitts Park

A Maori Welcome for New Wellingtonians
Experience a different side of Wellington and walk in the footsteps of Kupe, one of the first explorers of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
If you are new to New Zealand, this is a great way to learn about local Māori culture and customs.
· Take part in a Māori welcome

· Learn a waiata (Māori song) and haka

· Learn about Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi)

· Share a hāngi (traditional Māori food) for lunch

· Learn about the Māori settlement history, indigenous planting and penguin habitat in a guided walk through Seatoun’s Te Oruaiti Reserve
When: Saturday, 14 December

Buses depart from Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street at 10.15am and will return at 2.30pm
Where: Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna (Māori Immersion School) and Te Oruaiti Reserve
This event is free of charge but registration is a MUST. To register, email
before Friday, 6 December. Places are limited.
Settlement information services funded by Immigration New Zealand will look different in the future.
You may recall that earlier this year a review of Settlement Support New Zealand (SSNZ) was undertaken. While the review found that SSNZ had achieved what it was set up to deliver and that clients were highly satisfied with the service, it also identified that the delivery model is no longer sustainable in a changing economic, social and immigration environment. A new service delivery model for settlement information services was proposed. Immigration New Zealand has recently released more detail about how the service will look in future.

All new migrants and their families will continue to have access to free settlement information and services, and employers will be assisted to plan for and retain the skills their business needs to grow. However, the way these services are delivered will change and Immigration New Zealand’s priorities for its settlement services are:

  1. reaching more migrants in more places, and

  2. better supporting employers to retain their skilled migrants.

Details of the new model are currently being finalised, but the overall intention is that Immigration New Zealand will deliver most of the components of the new model –telephone and email contacts, website services, as well as a team of Retention Specialists who will be dedicated to assisting businesses, sectors and local economic development planning. A face to face information service will be purchased from an external information agency, yet to be determined.
The new model is planned for implementation from 1 July 2014 and, until then SSNZ Wellington will be operating as usual. Settlement services will continue to be available from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, and in addition
is available for current and reliable information about living and working in New Zealand to help new migrants to plan their move and settle well.
For more information or any comment and suggestions, please contact Marilen Mariano in the first instance, or you can email Immigration New Zealand’s National Manager for Settlement

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