Finding a job at an expo

Your move to a better life in a new country could start at a job expo.

Getting a job offer is usually the easiest route to a new life in a new country. Job expos let you get the answers to your questions about immigration, and meet face-to-face with prospective employers, without having to travel halfway around the world.

Job expos are the ideal place to meet top employers and recruitment consultants who want to recruit skilled people. Going to a job expo also gives you the opportunity to speak to a range of companies who can help you make your move a stress-free one.

Tips for finding a job at an expo

  • Improve your chances of getting the job you want – go to an expo that focuses on a specific country
  • Do some research before you go on where you’d like to live in your new country – it will make your expo experience more worthwhile.
  • Start the visa application process – work out which visa you’re eligible for and get the ball rolling.
  • Maximise your time at the expo – some times of the day (and days of the week) are quieter than others – ideal if you want to avoid the queues.
  • Get your paperwork sorted – have hard copies of your CV on hand to pass out to prospective employers (and make sure your CV is well written and well presented), and consider attaching a photo of yourself to jog their memories later on.
  • Brush up your interview skills. Some employers interview at the expos so make sure your first impression is a good one by dressing appropriately – and remember that a smile and a firm handshake go a long way.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re ready for a change of lifestyle, then going to a job expo could be your chance to make your dream of moving countries a reality. Visit now for more information on upcoming Opportunities New Zealand Expos.


What’s the cost of living in NZ like?

If moving to New Zealand is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then you may be wondering exactly how far your money will go once you get here.

It can be a little tricky to work out the price comparisons between say the UK or South Africa and New Zealand when you take into account varying salary levels and fluctuating currency conversions.

Salaries in New Zealand vary depending on industry, but may be anywhere from the same level as you’re used to to around a third less. Although New Zealand isn’t particularly well known for high salaries some people in high demand professions may find that they are better paid in New Zealand.

NZ property prices vary a great deal depending on whether you’re looking at living in a city or a rural community, plus there’s a price differential between the North and South Islands.

Property in New Zealand’s North Island tends to be more expensive and you could expect to pay a minimum of $400k for a three-bedroom house. The same amount would probably get you a four-bedroom house in the South Island.

Visit to find out more about the cost of living in New Zealand including vehicle costs, phone and internet, healthcare in NZ, and how much you can expect to pay for fresh produce, eating out or a night at the movies.

Sun shines on NZ during the festive season

How does the thought of celebrating Christmas in your shorts and a t-shirt sound? Although the weather in New Zealand at Christmas time may not be that conducive to a traditional roast turkey meal, a Kiwi Christmas in the sunshine can be a lot of fun.

Kiwi Christmas celebrations are often more low-key than overseas celebrations and the food can be different too. While some Kiwis get stuck into a large lunch, other families will opt for a barbecue and salads, or even a picnic at the beach. Read more about NZ´s festive season.

With most businesses closing down for a week or so over the Christmas period, most Kiwis use some of their annual leave to get out and enjoy the many activities that are on offer over summer.

Water sports are hugely popular in New Zealand, due to the proximity to beaches, lakes and coastal areas. Summer´s also the season for outdoor food and wine events.

With all this on offer, now’s a great time to consider a move to New Zealand. Visit to find masses of other reasons to want to move here!

New Law Cuts Out Immigration Sharks – NZ

A new law passed in New Zealand should put an end to shady immigration advisers taking advantage of unwitting hopeful migrants.  The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act means that from 2009 all NZ based immigration advisers will have to be licensed, and all off-shore ones from 2011.  In the past dodgy consultants have sometimes been responsible for really messing up people’s applications, charging them ridiculous fees and even damaging careers.

If you are using an immigration consultant make sure you check their credentials, or click here for a link to respected advice.  Check out for more helpful tips on making a new life for yourself in New Zealand.

NZ’s Oldest Immigrant Turns 103

Eric King-Turner, who made history by becoming New Zealand’s oldest ever immigrant whene arrived by ship in February this year with his wife, Doris, has celebrated his 103rd birthday at his home in Mapua, near Motueka yesterday. 

Back when he arrived Mr King-Turner told the press he had no intention of putting his feet up in his new homeland and has continued to follow his passion of trout fishingwhen the weather allows.  The King-Turners keep in touch with family and friends back in England via the Internet.

It is never too late to start a new life!  If you have ever dreamt of living in New Zealand, make NOW the moment when you start realising that dream.  Visit for loads of information on how to make it happen.

From Pies to Design – NZ Does It All!

Today, in the New Zealand Herald, two separate articles clearly show just how good life is in NZ.  The first was a piece announcing the winner of the Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards which has gone to a Hawkes Bay baker, Neville Jackson, for the second year in succession.  His chicken and vegetable pie stole the show, winning the Supreme Award and an accolade for Mr Jackson as “an outstanding baker”, after 30 judges had waded their way through 3000 pies!

The second story hails the work of three New Zealand architectural firms: Patterson Associates, Fearon Hay Architects and Archimedia, whose designs have been shortlisted in the internationally renowned World Architecture Festival awards, held in Barcelona.

Glorious provincial pie heaven and world class creativity – New Zealand really does have the best of everything! 

Bring your skills and make a new lifein New Zealand.  You know it makes sense…