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Just Arrived in NZ => Kia Ora => Topic started by: Saturn_Moon on January 16, 2009, 02:02:33 pm

Title: Our time has finally come! WE ARE HERE!!!
Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 16, 2009, 02:02:33 pm
Hey everyone  :clap:

Safe in Chch, New Zealand - still feels like a dream but it's not we really are here!

As I'm sure you can tell by the time zone, we are seriously suffering from Jet Lag.  :D

Will send everyone a more detailed post later today (as it is already 2am in NZ).  ;D

Take Care

S_M

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Post by: ANTONK on January 16, 2009, 02:16:11 pm
YEAH safe and sound in NZ  :clap:  :envy:
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Post by: bruceb on January 16, 2009, 02:19:28 pm
I'm sure a lot of us know that jetlag feeling. Good luck!
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Post by: malindy on January 16, 2009, 03:49:31 pm
Glad to hear you've landed safe and sound...  :clap:

Remember to update us as soon as the jetlag is over   and u can think straight again ::)
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Post by: Etresia on January 16, 2009, 04:57:50 pm
 :clap: Well done! keep us posted.
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Post by: Micayla on January 16, 2009, 05:06:16 pm
Wonderful!!!! Glad you arrived safely.. :clap:
Look forward to reading your next post! O0
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Post by: Bevmac on January 16, 2009, 05:47:31 pm
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thats fab news, so glad to hear you are safe and sound!!!!

Hope the jet lag doesnt last too long O0.

 :gl: with the job hunting!!!!

Keep us posted!!!  O0
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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on January 16, 2009, 07:10:33 pm
Welcome to New Zealand, glad you guys are here safely. Rest up as you are going to have a lot to see and do. Enjoy!!

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Post by: noodles mom on January 16, 2009, 08:02:04 pm
welcome and  :gl:
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Post by: NicholaM2 on January 16, 2009, 08:05:55 pm
WELCOME to your NEW HOME and NEW LIFE. Lots of luck with settling in.
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Post by: Paperdoll on January 16, 2009, 08:43:25 pm
YIPEEE!!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  You guys are finally here!

The jetlag can be huge but just chillout and get lots of sleep over the next 3 days and you will be OK.  You'll still be pinching yourself for days just to see if if is all real.

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Post by: Snoozy on January 16, 2009, 09:14:56 pm
Welcome, and all the best for the job huntin in Chch!! Holding thumbs for you guys...
Oh, and enjoy the jet lag... ;D We've all gone through it...
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Post by: Clarikdeens on January 16, 2009, 11:24:10 pm
Glad you arrived safely :clap: :clap:
All going well we should be in Auckland Mid March. House just been sold :2funny:
Give  our daughter Cheryl and Danie our love when you see them. They are in Rangiora. Linda and Darrell are looking after them.
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Post by: TheRindels on January 16, 2009, 11:25:42 pm
Finally!!! Welcome back, and good luck with the job hunting - timing is almost perfect  :)
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Post by: El on January 17, 2009, 01:09:17 am
Yay!  Welcome to Christchurch!  Looking forward to meeting you soon!
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Mumtaz (CapetonianInWellington) on January 18, 2009, 06:31:26 am
Welcome and glad that you arrived safely. Enjoy
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Post by: M and G on January 18, 2009, 08:19:26 am
  :clap:   :clap:  :clap:  :gl:  :gl:  :gl: Hope you enjoy it, waiting for your update
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Post by: !!DV!! on January 18, 2009, 10:11:52 am
 :twothumbs: Welcome :twothumbs: Hope you enjoy it here, was quite a wait for you !!!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:
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Post by: Hute on January 18, 2009, 07:10:48 pm
 :clap: glad you got there safe, good luck with the job hunting.
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Post by: Werner on January 18, 2009, 07:54:31 pm
Welcome home and  :gl:
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Post by: Feather on January 18, 2009, 10:49:45 pm
Welcome to Chch!!! :clap: :clap:  Looking forward to seeing you again on the weekend!
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 19, 2009, 12:26:46 am
Hey everyone  :heeha:

Finally recovered from Jetlag so here is my update:

Checked in our luggage as soon as we got to the airport and spend some time having lunch with some family and friends. Said all the goodbyes which were really hard, lots and lots of tears.

Went through customs, DH declared his laptop and insulin etc. Didn't wait too long before boarding the plane and had noticed that our seats numbers were quite up to the front but didn't think too much of it. My DH had tried to ask for Premium Economy with Qantas (old business class) but we were told that we couldn't because we bought the tickets on discount.

When we found our seats we discovered that we had been bumped up anyway!  :heeha: It was fantastic! Took it as a very good sign and made the 11 hour trip so much more comfortable. We had a different menu to normal economy, had more leg room, wider seats, got offered drinks while everyone was still boarding the plane, had our own screens (for entertainment) in our armrests, chairs reclined more than economy and even had leg rests! My DH was really happy because he is rather tall and was so much more comfortable.

Couldn't believe this was it. We keep saying 'we are in premium economy! A Grade beef! '  ;)  ;D
When the plane took off the ground though I started crying and squeezed my DH's hand and his eyes were also red. We were happy that we were finally on our way home but also sad that we were leaving our country of birth - a place that had so much potential but could no longer bare seeing it slowing being destroyed in front of our eyes...  :'(

Got to Sydney in about 10 1/2 hours. Had to wait a little while at the airport before we could get our boarding passes so we decided to freshen up a bit in the bathrooms. There was only a 30 minute delay to board the flight to Chch. We were stressing (me probably more than my DH) about what we were going to tell customs in NZ and just made sure we had our story straight in case we were asked any questions.

Arrived in Chch right on time (10:10pm Friday, 16th January 2009) and went through customs/immigration before we could collect our baggage. Chose to stand in the queue (there were 3) that had a youngster hoping we would get the least flek as we had gotten questioned when we were in Auck in Oct last year on our honeymoon.

Well, would you believe it, the only question we were asked was if they could see our return ticket nothing else. Other than that all we were asked was did we know who won the cricket (SA of course kicked the Ossies backside) and we had a good laugh about it. What a relief. We did notice however, while we were waiting our turn that there was an elderly couple (not sure which country, maybe european) who didn't have return tickets and a supervisor came along asking all sorts of questions...

Collected our suitcases, which has just come out so we didn't even have to wait for those and went to get them X-rayed and off we went. Word of advise - the little declaration form you fill in on the plane, don't put it or your passport away until you get past the X-ray point - it gets checked about 3 times and you have to keep pulling the darn things out - trust me, I know.  ;D

We had arranged for Happy Expat and family to meet us at the airport as we would be staying in their bedsit/homestay for the 1st month of our stay. So it was really nice meeting people at the airport that we knew!

It was a short drive to Rangiora (about 25 minutes) and we were wide awake. Only went to bed 3 the next morning and only because the internet wasn't working. Crawled out of bed at about 10.30 and had a real surge of jet lag in the afternoon but forced myself to stay awake and still only went to bed 1am the following morning (Sunday).

We did a bit of shopping to get some of the basics (milk, bread, tea, coffee, stuff for sandwiches, washing powder and fabric softener etc). We also bought some L&P cause we loved the stuff while here on honeymoon. We also bought two $50 prepay vouchers for our mobiles if we need to make any calls that are work related.

Happy and family are being really good to us and we really appreciate how they are helping us out for the short term.

We applied for some jobs over the weekend and already got a couple of responses this morning (Monday). Nothing like interviews or anything but we have only just started and we know we can get work. We have great skills to offer but just need to find someone williing to help us get a work permit. That catch 22 is so frustrating. I got a call this morning from an employment agency and I'm so sure that if I had an open work permit I probably would have gone for an interview this week. Oh will just keep trying - will never give up or get discouraged.

I also got an email from one of the employment agencies in Auckland (one who arranged interview for me when in NZ on honeymoon): she said she is helping a candidate relocate from a law firm in Chch to Auk and said that there should be a vacancy opening up in this Chch firm and asked if she could follow-up for me. Well, no prizes for guessing what I said. So what a way to start our first week.

All these positive things that are happening - I have such a good feeling about this!

All our original and certified copies of documents was posted on the day we flew so should reach us by next weekend so this should help speed up the WP application process and then later on be used to assist with our PR application.

So that's it for now. Just doing some laundry and will be going out today to buy a few work clothes and some work shoes for DH. Will also be applying for Fly byes and posting off the application form today.

Until our next update....

Take care

S_M

Title: Re: Our time has finally come! WE ARE HERE!!!
Post by: Hopeful on January 19, 2009, 12:36:43 am
I'm so glad for you guys. It still feels like yesterday when you said you were going over to NZ and now you're there. Hopefully, I'll be there one of these days too. Good luck with everything - especially the job-hunting. And keep the updates coming - I love reading them!!  ;)
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Post by: noodles mom on January 19, 2009, 12:42:35 am
welcome &  :gl:
keep up that positive attitude, it's whats going to get you thru the next few months
keep us posted
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Post by: Feather on January 19, 2009, 01:54:39 am
So glad that you have had a good weekend and had some responses to your applications.
 :gl: with the WP
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Post by: mandyh on January 19, 2009, 02:15:38 am
Welcome SM and lots of luck for the job hunting.

Don't let the "no work permit" story put you off!!  Keep on going. It took me 2 months but I got one in the end.  found looking at smaller companies that don't use agencies more helpful.  towards the end I even stopped saying anything unless they asked me.  The job I've got they didnt' ask even in the interview.  As I was about to go I said, oh by the way......, but they weren't concerned and helped me a lot to get the WP.  There are good companies out there so hang in and don't give up.

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Post by: Snoozy on January 19, 2009, 02:53:16 am
Great to hear all went so well, and that feedback is already coming through. Good timing arriving here in Jan - and am sure Chch has welcomed you with some awesome weather!!
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Post by: Paperdoll on January 19, 2009, 07:11:01 am
Great update and  :gl:  :gl:  :gl: with the job hunting!
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Post by: M and G on January 19, 2009, 07:38:12 am
 :gl: with the job hunting and wish you all the best.
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Post by: ANTONK on January 19, 2009, 07:45:34 am
Thanks Saturn for the update  O0 and  :gl: with the job hunting - ours are starting soon  :whistle:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 19, 2009, 07:59:53 am
Back again with some more positive news.

DH posted for a job application in ACK and not even 5 minutes later, he got a call from one of the people there (I think it is a private firm as opposed to an employment agency). DH had a long conversation with this guy on the phone!  :heeha:

I interrogated him afterwards and he told me that this guy just needs to speak to one of the other people there (can't remember the names of the roles right now but they sounded important) and will get back to DH. Not even 1 hour later and DH got a call. Just need to confirm that my DH skills are what they are looking for to avoid a wasted flight to ACK otherwise his chances of going for an interview are extremely good!  :heeha:

So we went out to get DH hair cut and buy work clothes and shoes for him - needed to do it anyway - but had even more reason to do it sooner.

Will let you guys know how things develop with finding work but thanks for all the good luck wishes, they are paying off.  O0

I can barely believe how things have been working out for us from the start when we decided to immigrate... I mean house sold in 1 month, car sold in 1 month, got a premium economy flight to here, having positive feedback and the first working day of us being in NZ already got a potential interview - COME ON JOB OFFER!!!

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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on January 19, 2009, 08:04:43 am
S_M We holding thumbs for you guys big time. Good luck and keep us posted.

 :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl:
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Post by: !!DV!! on January 19, 2009, 08:06:59 am
Sounds Very Promising  :gl:
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Post by: Micayla on January 19, 2009, 08:42:25 am
Yay! Sound good! Well done guys!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
ANd  :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl:
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Post by: M and G on January 19, 2009, 08:56:54 am
 :clap:  :gl:  :clap:  :gl:  :clap:  :gl:
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Post by: Hute on January 19, 2009, 10:37:21 am
Awesome!  :gl:  :clap: let us know when we can celebrate with you
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Post by: Bevmac on January 19, 2009, 06:06:12 pm
 :clap: Oh wow!!!

Holding thumbs!!!!!


 :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl:
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Post by: dance on January 19, 2009, 09:20:07 pm
SM things are really going well for you. That's great news :clap: :clap: Keep the updates coming
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Post by: ANTONK on January 19, 2009, 09:44:50 pm
Sounds very good Saturn  :clap:  :gl:
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Post by: Happy Expat on January 19, 2009, 11:42:33 pm
Your positivity will pay off O0

It already is ;)
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Post by: Etresia on January 19, 2009, 11:53:19 pm
 :clap:  :gl: :gl:
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Post by: Clarikdeens on January 20, 2009, 06:36:46 am
Thanks S_M for the update. Looks good for you all :clap:
I just love reading all the updates from everyone. Gives me a great feel for what I can expect when we arrive in NZ. One needs to know the pros and cons of the new life ;D
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 20, 2009, 09:47:15 am
My DH and I have been applying like crazy today so hoping to get more responses tomorrow. Got a few positive responses this morning but no definite interviews... yet!

Will keep ya'll posted.  O0

Aside from all the job applying, we might be going to the beach on Friday, early evening, just to chill a bit so that we don't burn ourselves out just sitting in front of the PC all day applying our lives away. Looking forward to it.

Chat soon

S_M

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Post by: Parra on January 20, 2009, 09:50:28 am
Hi SM
Keep applying, and you will come right, Kiwi time!!!

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Post by: M and G on January 20, 2009, 10:32:03 am
How many are you applying for on a daily if you do not mind me asking?
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Post by: El on January 20, 2009, 09:43:29 pm
What super news... amazing what a positive attitude brings!  We're holding thumbs for you guys!
 :clap:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 21, 2009, 12:05:00 am
How many are you applying for on a daily if you do not mind me asking?

As many as we can - depending on what is available each day and if our experience fits the job advertisement. Apparently it will get busier from February but we will have to wait and see...

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Post by: Alta van zyl on January 21, 2009, 07:44:31 am
They had a program on TV during the week about the same jobs being advertised by 4/5 agents and that creates a false number of actual jobs available.  The presenter spoke to one of the bigger agents and she said they are not interested in email's - if you believe in yourself you will pick up the phone and speak directly to them.  This was the view of one agent and just a bit of info I want to share.
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Post by: Bevmac on January 21, 2009, 09:04:04 am
Shew!!!

Thanks Alta thats very interesting to know!!
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 21, 2009, 11:34:25 pm
 O0 Thanks Alta

Yeah, I watched the programme yesterday and it is an eye-opener. Fortunately we are already in NZ so it is easier for us to call and follow-up from here.

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Post by: Nolan on January 22, 2009, 01:23:08 am
:clap: welcome home guys :clap:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 23, 2009, 04:14:21 am
 O0 Thanks again everyone

DH and I both had downers this week - I felt depressed because I really want to start working and carry on with our lives - the stress is unbelievable. DH was really homesick and missing his mum - but we were there for each other and got through it...

Haven't had anything definite yet i.e. interviews. We have a few applications and got quite a couple of 'NOs' already. We know we have only been here for 1 week but the frustration and waiting is killing us. We try to find things to do other than sitting in front of the PC all day applying for jobs.

DH and I got a lift today to Chch and spent a bit of time there - just hanging around and bought DH a long-sleeve shirt cause we couldn't find one the last time and we also just hung by the Cathedral Square and Victoria Square love both of the places. Lots of shade and park benches. The temperature has been a scorcher but really enjoying it because it was so cold when we were here last on honeymoon. We caught the bus back just for the experience of communting. We enjoyed it quite a bit.

We are going to the beach late afternoon tomorrow and then the meet-up on Sunday - really looking forward to both. Then another week of applications....

So, we will just push on and push forward and will hopefully have good news in a couple of weeks or so...

Can't help feeling down and demotivated when we keep getting negative answers especially the frustrating 'sorry we can't help you if you don't have a work permit. We understand the frustration that you can't get a work permit without a job offer and visa versa but we wish you all the best in finding employment'...  :tickedoff: almost drives me insane

But we will persevere - we have to - it's just so frustrating - we are so use to SA time (everything must be done yesterday) that it will take some time getting use to kiwi time - but I'm sure those who have been in this situation can understand how it feels to have your life hanging in the balance...

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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on January 23, 2009, 05:42:14 am
S_M Hang in there my dear. It will happen, I am also still looking for work and we been here 2,5 months. Just the wrong time of year they say and it will get better.

Please PM us a phone number so we can contact you folk and be there for you guys.

 :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl:
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Post by: M and G on January 23, 2009, 06:20:13 am
S_M and Edwin wish you  :gl:  :gl:  :gl: and all the best with the job hunting and hope you find something soon. Hang in there it will happen  :gl:  :gl:  :gl:
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Post by: Feather on January 23, 2009, 06:53:54 am
Hang in there!! I know how frustrating it must be for you!
Wishing you all  :gl: with the job search.
While you are searching we are praying that we don't end up loosing a job!  :thumbdown: All due to economic down turn  :thumbdown: all very  :confused:
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Post by: ANTONK on January 23, 2009, 09:32:16 am
Saturn & Edwin - just hang in there as things will work out  O0  :gl: :gl:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 23, 2009, 10:30:15 am
Hang in there!! I know how frustrating it must be for you!
Wishing you all  :gl: with the job search.
While you are searching we are praying that we don't end up loosing a job!  :thumbdown: All due to economic down turn  :thumbdown: all very  :confused:

Hey Heather
Thanks for your message and hope that things don't go wrong for you guys - thinking of you and wishing you  & everyone all the best during this difficult time...

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Post by: Bevmac on January 23, 2009, 12:37:04 pm
Hang in there, the RIGHT job is out there it will come along at the right time you'll see  O0

 :gl:
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Post by: Snoozy on January 23, 2009, 08:37:02 pm
Hey Saturn. Thinking of you guys. Although it's way hard, give it time and try not pressure yourselves too much in the first month...they aren't very quick here, and often just discard CV's. It doesn't reflect on you personally in any way... And all those letters that arrive in the post saying 'no' - try ignore them - they're good to fill the recycling bag, and that's it. Try not take them personal. Things will work out in the end  :gl:
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Post by: Etresia on January 24, 2009, 06:44:13 am
Hey Saturn,

How are things going?  hope you guys are well!! Am sure that there is a job opportunity out there for you, hang in there!!!! :) :gl:
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Post by: bruceb on January 24, 2009, 07:21:18 am
Went to buy NZ$ on Wednesday and was shocked at how NZ$ has lost ground. We are arriving in just over a week and I am  :censored:ing myself about finding work. You don't want to know how many rejection letters I've received. It almost makes me feel incompetent. I do, however, believe that things will work out in the end. I find that good things usually happen when you least expect it. We're holding thumbs for everyone out there that is in this same boat.
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 25, 2009, 06:23:03 am
Hey Saturn,

How are things going?  hope you guys are well!! Am sure that there is a job opportunity out there for you, hang in there!!!! :) :gl:

Well, we have had a great weekend - went to the beach yesterday and today we went to the Chch meetup. Feel really invigorated and revving to go - all we needed was a good weekend so that we can start the new week feeling motivated and very positive.  ;)

We will get work! Hopefully sooner rather than later but we will get it!

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Post by: Bevmac on January 25, 2009, 12:57:55 pm
YES!!!  Positive thinking thats what we like to hear!!!  O0

 :gl: :gl:
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Post by: Feather on January 25, 2009, 11:23:34 pm
Glad to see you feeling more positive S_M! :clap:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 30, 2009, 07:20:34 am
Our second week in NZ and unfortunately nothing definite yet on the job front.

It is early days. We have both had many rejection letters so far but we also have quite a couple of pending applications as well as friends and employment agencies all over NZ that are willing to help us out in our job hunt.

Today I managed to find 2 pairs of really nice shoes at a K-Mart at The Palms Mall in Chch. They were on special for $20 each - this is really cheap even in SA standards. So I have some nice shoes for interviews and for when I start working here.

Looking forward to this upcoming weekend. No plans, but maybe we will go to the Waimak river and swim there instead of the ocean. We noticed a lot of people doing this when we crossed over the bridge last weekend. Looked really awesome.  :heeha: And the bliss and freedom. No fences or anything.  :clap: People just park their cars wherever on the stones and play in the water with their children. So awesome - I look forward to the day when my DH and I decide to start a family, with all the ups and downs of bringing up a child I still can't wait to raise a child because it WILL be in the safety of NZ.

Anyways, I hope everyone has a great weekend and looking forward to another week of job hunting because from what I have heard things will really pick up now moving in February.

Take Care

S_M

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Post by: M and G on January 30, 2009, 07:42:14 am
 :gl: with job hunting and enjoy swimming  :clap:
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Post by: Snoozy on January 30, 2009, 09:36:55 am
The swimming sounds awesome - enjoy!
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Post by: Alta van zyl on January 30, 2009, 11:08:04 am
Have a nice relaxing weekend and forget about the job search for a while.  Enjoy!
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Post by: ANTONK on January 30, 2009, 01:41:35 pm
Thanks for the update and  :gl: with the job hunting next week.
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Post by: Feather on February 01, 2009, 10:59:06 pm
S_M when you go the Wiamak river look for a quiet area, there is another area away from the noise of the road.  I was there with my kids on Sat just before Mark and Darren came over to collect the goods for El.  It is really fantastic.  You will want to wear sandals that can go into water as the rocks hurt your feet.
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 03, 2009, 02:36:28 am
We didn't get a chance to go to the river this weekend that passed but hopefully this coming weekend. There is also a braai this Friday which we are looking forward to.

Well... we have something in the pipeline!   :heeha:

Don't want to get our hopes up too high but it sounds so positive:

My DH sent through an application to an employment agency in Wellies. He got a phone call not even an hour afterwards (we later discovered it was the managing director of this firm) and said that he has a client that is looking for someone that specialises in biometrix - authenticating a person's identity by the use of a unique biological identifier i.e. fingerprints, iris scanning etc. - so this person asked my DH to update his CV providing more information on his experience in this.

So it sounds really positive - will see what comes of it...
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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on February 03, 2009, 03:27:25 am
S_M we holding thumbs, crossing legs, toes and whatever else. Good luck to Hubby  :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl:
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Post by: Alta van zyl on February 03, 2009, 06:35:37 am
Will be holding thumbs -   :gl:   
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Post by: mandyh on February 03, 2009, 07:04:54 am
 holding thumbs and crossing all appendages   :gl:
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Post by: noodles mom on February 03, 2009, 07:09:53 am
sending positive thoughts to you  :)
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Post by: Paperdoll on February 03, 2009, 09:12:13 am
Oh, that is lovely positive news!!  Holding thumbs, crossing my toes even - sending you lots of  :gl:
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Post by: Snoozy on February 03, 2009, 09:25:01 am
Awesome S_M - really holding thumbs for you guys!
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Post by: Bevmac on February 03, 2009, 09:47:30 am
 :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl:

Holding thumbs and toes for you that this is the one!!!!
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Post by: ANTONK on February 03, 2009, 05:15:26 pm
Holding thumbs and  :gl:
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Post by: Hopeful on February 03, 2009, 08:56:43 pm
I really hope this works out for you guys.  :gl:
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Post by: Etresia on February 03, 2009, 09:00:17 pm
 :gl: :gl:
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Post by: Feather on February 03, 2009, 10:03:37 pm
 :gl: S_M and DH.  Hoping things work out for both of you!
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Post by: Werner on February 03, 2009, 10:29:31 pm
 :gl: :gl:
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Post by: M and G on February 05, 2009, 07:20:51 am
 :gl:  :gl:  :gl:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 05, 2009, 10:33:40 am
Finally back! Thanks guys for all your responses.  O0

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Post by: ryanrich on February 05, 2009, 10:55:48 am
That's good news Saturn_Moon, hope it works out! :)
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Post by: Nolan on February 05, 2009, 01:38:27 pm
sounds good, holding thumbs O0
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Post by: christopher.forbes1974 on February 05, 2009, 05:01:34 pm
good luck  :gl:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 11, 2009, 10:47:38 am
Just to let everyone know that we left Chch this afternoon and have arrived safely in Wellington. (Thanks Happy and family for your great hospitality and friendship  O0 )

We are currently staying with friends (not from the forum) to the North of Wellington in Porirua – closer to the West coast of the North Island.

It is very, very different from Canterbury - very, very hilly and absolutely gorgeous!!! I think we are going to love it here - until our bicycles arrive and we have to peddle up huge hills  ;D

I will definitely miss Chch because of the beautiful Avon river and Botanical Gardens but everything is pointing in the direction of Wellington.

Firstly, we had planned to be in Wellies but only from 15 Feb. We 'stumbled' on some old friends via another community call 'Geocaching' whom we hadn't seen in years and would you believe it they had recently immigrated to Wellington! So we chatted to them and arranged to stay with them while looking for work at a fraction, and I mean fraction of the cost we would have paid at the bach we had originally booked.

My DH has got 3 interviews already (only with employment agencies but at least it is something) - we got absolutely nothing in Chch or any of the other smaller towns we tried applying at. His first one is tomorrow morning and he has another one on Friday and I think the third one is early next week sometime. The couple who we are staying with, the guy works in IT (not sure which field) and works for a listed accredited employer and is very good at networking so he is also going to see what he can do from his side as well as lots of other contacts which he has.

So all sounding very positive. Will give a more detailed update once we have had a chance to check out Wellies a little bit better and what news we have from the interviews.

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Post by: Micayla on February 11, 2009, 11:53:13 am
oh my goodness Saturn! That's incredible! :heeha:
So glad to hear how well its going over in Wellington.. :clap:
3 interviews already! I'm holding thumbs. :gl:
All the best!!! And enjoy Wellington!!!
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Post by: mommy2rhys on February 11, 2009, 12:29:22 pm
The move is already showing greater returns for you guys! I'm glad you did it!  :gl: with the interviews.
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Post by: tmprince on February 11, 2009, 05:43:56 pm
We need a smiley that can hug and one that can hold thumbs and then i would send a whole page to you  :gl:
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Post by: Bevmac on February 11, 2009, 06:21:38 pm
 :gl: :gl: :gl:

Hope Wellies is gonna be the place for you guys!!!

Holding thumbs something comes up really soon!  O0
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Post by: Snoozy on February 11, 2009, 06:39:41 pm
Welcome to Welly!!! :clap:
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Post by: Nolan on February 11, 2009, 08:33:57 pm
:gl: with the interviews
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 11, 2009, 08:59:59 pm
 O0 guys.

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Post by: Hute on February 11, 2009, 09:42:51 pm
How's that! DH is also staying in Porirua with friends... But no luck with a job yet  :( Well its still early days.
 :gl: to you an DH

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Post by: Feather on February 11, 2009, 10:04:40 pm
Glad to hear that things are looking up for you in Wellies.    :gl:
My brother lives very close to Porirua  in Tawa.  So I have a good idea of the area!
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Post by: Happy Expat on February 11, 2009, 10:41:14 pm
It was a pleasure having you guys O0

I miss having your help with the horses already :-\ ;)

I wish you all the best in Wellies. It seems like things are already more positive up there :clap:
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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on February 11, 2009, 11:55:21 pm
S_m You know we holding thumbs for you guys.  :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: ....
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Post by: Paperdoll on February 12, 2009, 06:26:37 am
 :gl:  :gl: Guys!!  Maybe Wellies is the place!!

Before I made contact with the Bay of Plenty region, the personnel agencies in Auckland that I was dealing with, said to me to try Wellington as it seems that there are opportunities there.  And maybe there are!!  :clap:
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Post by: tmprince on February 12, 2009, 02:40:38 pm
 :gl:
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Post by: Durbschick1 on February 12, 2009, 09:23:50 pm
 :gl: and hang in there!!!  :clap:
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Post by: El on February 13, 2009, 08:42:26 am
Sounds great, do keep us posted!
 :gl:

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Post by: Etresia on February 13, 2009, 08:51:23 am
Well done and  :gl:
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Post by: ANTONK on February 13, 2009, 10:15:30 am
 :gl:  :gl:  :gl: Saturn
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 13, 2009, 11:42:37 am
We need a smiley that can hug and one that can hold thumbs and then i would send a whole page to you  :gl:

 :hug: like this one?!  ;) - wow these new icons are awesome - thanks Nolan!  O0

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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 13, 2009, 12:40:51 pm
Well, my DH's interview was only at 12pm this afternoon (13 Feb) so we caught a train from Porirua train station into Wellington CBD - we decided to buy the 10 day pass because it works out cheaper than individual tickets and we will be in Wellies a couple of times to come.

From what we have been told, the transport system in Wellies is excellent. Anyways, the views are stunning on the way to town (some of them anyway) and then you go through 2 tunnels (this applies for cars as well) and enter the outskirts of the CBD. We have been to the 3 main/largest cities in NZ (AUK, Chch, Wellies) and have noticed that tagging is a serious problem in certain parts of Wellington - in the industrial sections close to the train station in the CBD - there was almost not a single vertical surface without some or other tagging on it (some where quite pretty but overall it was a real eye sore).

We went to the i-site information centre and got some maps. First checked out where exactly the place was that my DH was to be interviewed and then trundled off to the Te Papa Museum - The Gateway to New Zealand. Wow, what an amazing and huge place.  :heeha: We were in there for over 2 hours and barely covered a tiny section of the 1st floor. Looking forward to when we go back to check out some more of it.

Made our way to the building for my DH's interview and I stayed at the coffee shop downstairs and had some tea while he went up for his interview.  :coffee:

He was gone approximately 45 minutes and I was waiting with baited breath. I have so far learnt to be sceptical yet positive, not to get my hopes up too quickly but also not to be too cynical.

To cut a long story short he said that the interview went extremely well. He has a very good feeling about it. The conversation even went as far as him asking if it would count that he use to be a field guide back in SA. I thought he was kidding at first and he wasn't and they (the agency) actually said it just might. (Not like an immediate job offer but should definitely show that he has much interest in the Department of Conservation (DOC)).

My DH was basically told that he has a very good chance (not sure exactly if it was a good chance to get an interview or a good chance to get a job offer), the only hurdle in the way is the work permit. (Which isn't really much of a hurdle). They told him that it looks like Kiwi's are returning from UK and OZ as well as Ozzies coming to NZ. So I guess as long as no Kiwi comes along with the exact skills this position requires, I think he should at least be able to get an interview with the DOC.  :heeha:

So sounds very good and he feels very positive about this position. He also says that he would love to work for the DOC because he has always been interested in the wildlife, bush etc. be it in South Africa or New Zealand.

He needs to work on a 'list' he received from them (job specs, required experience) and match this with the experience on his CV. Basically they don't want to try and go through all the jargon on his CV and are being lazy and asking him to give more detail on the experience which matched up with the 'list'. Hey, who cares, if that is what will get him the interview, then so be it.

We then went and had some lunch and decided to walk along the Wharf.  :sweat: It was great until the cold Southerly came in (I'm not crazy for a lot of wind but I will learn to deal with it) and we really enjoyed just walking and talking about all sorts of things.

Well I hope everyone has a great weekend and those searching for work or waiting for responses, I hope that you have a better week.

I'm finally off to sleep now.  :sleep:


Until my next post, take care.

S_M
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Post by: mommy2rhys on February 13, 2009, 12:47:05 pm
S_M - reading you words you sound at peace! No aggravation or anything in your voice. Has the relaxed atmosphere there already rubbed off? I am so glad that today went well for you and I am holding thumbs that all works out for your DH and he gets an offer soon!
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Post by: tmprince on February 13, 2009, 06:27:08 pm
will be holding thumbs , so when does he give the list back?
everything sounds great, your DH sounds like he has a great job I hope they give him a chance to try a different sort of wilderness.  :gl:
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Post by: Snoozy on February 13, 2009, 07:13:19 pm
Hey S_M... just a bit of encouragement - you have picked the worst weather this year to arrive in Welly - summer has been way better and should get better again. Way less southerlies, although the northerly doesn't disappear for too long here:-)

The CV changes seem to be quite a thing with the agents here - matching it to specific positions - I also had to expand on mine way back when I first applied. So no need to stress too much about that - just make the changes and send back to agent and see what happens.

 :gl:
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Post by: Happy Expat on February 13, 2009, 08:09:19 pm
You do sound more relaxed O0

 :gl: :gl: Things seem to really be moving forward now :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 13, 2009, 10:42:52 pm
will be holding thumbs , so when does he give the list back?
everything sounds great, your DH sounds like he has a great job I hope they give him a chance to try a different sort of wilderness.  :gl:

He has to return it as soon as possible - so he will be working on it this weekend and have it back to them by/before Monday.

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Post by: Feather on February 14, 2009, 03:30:18 am
 :gl: guys!
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Post by: tmprince on February 14, 2009, 08:47:06 am
Check now you see I need a holding thumbs smiley !
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Post by: Bevmac on February 15, 2009, 08:02:23 am
 O0 O0  Good Luck S_M im sure things are gonn work out well now!!!


Things already sounds soooo much more positive!!!

Im sooo pleased for you guys  ;)
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Post by: bruceb on February 15, 2009, 07:23:38 pm
Good luck, guys, we're holding thumbs for you  :gl:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 16, 2009, 08:21:47 am
We had a really great weekend and the weather was so stunning. A bit of the Southerly crept in and if you are not use to it like me it is a damn cold wind.

Saturday we went to Waikanae Beach where you can see Kapiti Island. Such a beautiful place. Walked a long stretch of the beach with friends and then back again. There was a dead shark there which had logs around it... so no-one could trip over the shark? On our way back a lady decided to plonk herself down by the dead shark which had been there for a while and started sketching it  :confused:  :o

Anyways, there is also a really lovely lagoon just before the coastline called Waimanu Lagoons.

We also went to a reserve on the side of the motorway (can't recall the name) but it has a circular walking trail was stunning but you have to be major fit because the first half is up a steep incline but well worth it if you are into that type of thing and the view at the top of the walk is spectacular.

It was so cool that we could park the car off the main road, there is a picnic table right there and you can just go on this walk. No security guards, no parking in closed off walls behind electric fencing or gates.

On the work side, my DH has an interview with an employment agency this coming Wednesday. He also got a call from a lady from another employment agency but the line was really bad so he will be calling her back tomorrow to get the full details.

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Post by: tmprince on February 16, 2009, 01:53:43 pm
What no car gaurd trying to teach you to park  ;D
sounds like heaven, hope you have good responses to interviews
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Post by: Nolan on February 16, 2009, 08:19:52 pm
car guards who don't even own a car or have a drivers license for that matter  :crazy2:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 16, 2009, 09:32:37 pm
 :2funny:

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Post by: Durbschick1 on February 16, 2009, 10:06:19 pm
Jip, no car guards... after all our time here I am still careful when I see a HiAce or something similar. I still giggle at myself when I look at these vehicles and realise they are not Taxi's!  :crazy2:
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Post by: tmprince on February 17, 2009, 06:48:34 am
car guards who don't even own a car or have a drivers license for that matter   Ah but Nolan they can buy one here ! ;D
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Post by: Nolan on February 17, 2009, 12:51:09 pm
hauw madam
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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on February 17, 2009, 09:15:26 pm
eish
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 18, 2009, 08:11:05 am
So...

My DH went for his 2 interviews today, which went very well (for 3 positions)

The 2 agencies said that they will be forwarding his CV to their respective clients  :)

The second interview (for 2 positions) went extremely well. For one of the positions the people have been looking for someone with specific skill sets since like July last year!  :o According to the lady at the employment agency, this firm is very prompt and she will be sending my DH's CV through to them today and they could be having an informal meeting with him (off-site like at a coffee shop to check him out and get an idea of his skills) as soon as this coming Friday :heeha:  and then if they are really happy with him a phycho-metric type interview could very well follow. According to her they would even be happy to pay for his work permit application and the salary he is being put forward for (even if they negotiate downwards) is very good.

With the lady's feedback, it really looks like my DH will be going for an actual interview with an actual firm very soon. She says that my DH has the specific skills that this firm is looking for and feels very confident that they will like him.

So holding all appendiges and everything else and will let you guys know what happens!

I just know deep down in my heart that Monday 6th April 2009 we will be working (my DH at least) and living in NZ and not waiting at the Chch airport to take the plane back to SA.

 :clap:

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Post by: Paperdoll on February 18, 2009, 08:20:38 am
Hi guys

That all sounds brilliant and sooooo positive!! ;)  We are also keeping all our fingers and toes crossed for Mark.

Oh, they love their informal meetings at coffee shops - I had most of my meetings with the recruitment lady there.

So  :gl: with everything.
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Post by: Feather on February 18, 2009, 08:23:53 am
So glad to hear that DH has had some positive feed back.  Now you can just about  :sleep: peacefully. 
Will be holding all appendages for him.
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Post by: Happy Expat on February 18, 2009, 08:58:42 am
That is totally awesome O0
I'm so excited for you guys :clap: :clap:

Crossing everything XXXXX ;)
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Post by: noodles mom on February 18, 2009, 09:12:09 am
sounds extremely positive  O0
 :gl:
and keep us posted
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Post by: El on February 18, 2009, 09:23:24 am
great news!  Keep us posted.
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Post by: tmprince on February 18, 2009, 09:42:32 am
So SO happy for you.  :clap:
tell him we are routing for him.  :gl:
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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on February 18, 2009, 10:14:04 am
S_M Great news and we will still hold thumbs all goes well. We know it will all work and you will NOT be at the airport to go back....
 :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl: :gl:

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Post by: Bevmac on February 18, 2009, 04:58:10 pm
 :D  Woo hooo that sounds great!!!!

I wish your hubby all the luck in the world!!!!!  O0

Sending many positive vibes your way for friday!!!   :clap:
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Post by: Hute on February 18, 2009, 09:18:37 pm
Great to hear things are happening for your hubby  :gl:
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Post by: ANTONK on February 19, 2009, 12:59:14 am
Sounds good Saturn -  :gl:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 19, 2009, 07:55:08 am
Yippee!!! My 1,000th post!!! I'm officially a certified addict!!!  :yippee:

Okay, focus... focus...  :2funny:

My DH got a call from the employment agency this afternoon and the lady said that the company has reviewed his CV and has requested that he gives more information...

...this is rather frustrating but the good side of it is that the firm didn't look at his CV and say, nope sorry, he doesn't have the skills we are looking for...

the way I see it is that they want more information on how he did his work and the programmes or tools (or whatever it is called) to be 100% certain that they are not wasting his time and he is not wasting their time.

My DH will be working on his CV tonight and sending to the lady tomorrow morning. I have a good feeling that if this firm does request to interview him (even if the first one is informal) then the job could be as good as his!!!

Will, absolutely, keeps you guys posted and thanks so much for all the words of encouragement.



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Post by: Feather on February 19, 2009, 08:20:41 am
 :clap: 1 000 posts.  Great!!!

Sounds positive that the company want more info  :gl:
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Post by: ANTONK on February 19, 2009, 09:08:50 am
Congrats Saturn  :clap:  :clap:
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Post by: Bevmac on February 19, 2009, 09:09:33 am
 :gl: :gl:

Holding thumbs for Mark!!!
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Post by: Happy Expat on February 19, 2009, 09:26:06 am
 :clap: 1000 posts :clap: I know how much you were working towards it O0

Lets hope your effort for job hunting pays off soon too O0 :gl: :gl:
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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on February 19, 2009, 07:51:16 pm
 :clap: Congrats on your 1000th post.  :clap:

I have such a looooooong way to go!
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Post by: Etresia on February 19, 2009, 09:41:35 pm
Holding thumbs for the job.   :gl:
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Post by: Nolan on February 21, 2009, 09:41:13 pm
repeat after me...my name in Saturn....and I am an addict.. O0

O0 holding thumbs for the job
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Post by: Werner on February 22, 2009, 10:18:44 pm
 :2funny:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 22, 2009, 10:48:42 pm
My name is Saturn, and I am an addict!!!

 :2funny:

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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 23, 2009, 08:23:35 pm
Man am I feeling down today...

Not even a month ago we had to fork out almost R9,000 for a new laptop/notebook and today we are informed by my OH's mum that we got a bill from CAMAF (his old medical aid) for just over R6,000.  :o

We have the money to cover the second unfortunate 'event' thank goodness. (My DH got 3 months supply of insulin, needles etc and he only had the medical aid until 16 Jan - we unfortunately didn't think of it at the time).

Now with all the stress and uncertainty of not having any job offers yet and then these 2 things happening so close to one another we are a bit stressed. Fortunately we still have enough money to pay for about 25kg's of unaccompanied baggage - warm clothes for winter - and to pay for storage of our pallet (household goods) until end June.

So I am hoping to God that it isn't true that all bad things come in 3's. I don't think I can take another financial 'loss' like that again. Plus we still need to have my DH's steering bushes replaced before we can sell his car. I know we can just save money on this side and then send money across so things should be just fine but I really don't know how much more of this we can take.

We will make it but I just wish my DH could get that job offer already so that we can carry on with our lives...

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Post by: Feather on February 23, 2009, 08:41:47 pm
We will be praying for you that both you and  DH get a job offer soon. Also that you bad luck has come to an abrupt end!
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Post by: Werner on February 23, 2009, 08:44:11 pm
Sending lots of cyberhugs  :hug: Will be praying for you.
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Post by: Hute on February 23, 2009, 10:20:32 pm
And a  :hug: from me, hang in there S_M
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Post by: ANTONK on February 23, 2009, 11:06:31 pm
 :hug: from us as well Saturn - hang in there  O0
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Post by: tmprince on February 24, 2009, 08:51:12 am
S>M- Honey Iwill keep you in my thoughts and prayers everything WILL turn out right so keep your eye on the prize and keep moving forward.  :hug:
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Post by: Alta van zyl on February 24, 2009, 09:52:28 am
 :flowers:  SM just hang in there, things will work out for you guys!  Keeping you in our prayers.
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Post by: Nolan on February 26, 2009, 12:00:23 am
 :hug: from us too Saturn, we know how you feel, the Rands don't last very long
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Post by: Happy Expat on February 26, 2009, 03:15:31 am
 :hug: and positive vibes O0

Stay as positive as you are, you never know what's around the next corner :gl:
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Post by: Snoozy on February 27, 2009, 09:46:06 pm
Hey S_M! Any news on the various possibilities? Holding thumbs for Mark's applications!!
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on February 27, 2009, 10:30:16 pm
Hey there

Thanks everyone for your words of encouragement.  O0

No positive news... yet. You can read more about the details under the 'Finding Work' > 'Support Group' section.

 :(

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Post by: Alta van zyl on February 28, 2009, 10:14:21 am
Just hang in there Saturn Moon, something will come up soon.  One of our friends retrenched a month ago received a job offer yesterday,  just show you there is still opportunities out there. 
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Post by: Bevmac on March 04, 2009, 08:10:05 pm
 :hug: :hug:

Everything will work out, keep the faith SM :flowers: :flowers:
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Post by: Happy Expat on March 04, 2009, 09:53:14 pm
Stay as stronge as you are, something will come your way O0 :hug:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on March 05, 2009, 02:05:11 am
 O0 Thank you so much to everyone. We could never have done this without you.

We will keep trying until we succeed.

 :)

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Post by: Mumtaz (CapetonianInWellington) on March 05, 2009, 08:40:03 am
Thats the spirit.  :clap:
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Post by: tmprince on March 05, 2009, 03:59:20 pm
Good girl !  :smitten:
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Post by: Hute on March 05, 2009, 06:51:33 pm
Much better attitude S-M  ;)
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on March 12, 2009, 10:29:55 am
Still no interviews, nothing, zip, nadda.  :'(

Our lives are on hold and it is really difficult because we just cannot afford to extend our visitors permits unless DH gets something positive. So sorry we haven't given any updates because we cannot afford to do anything at this stage: cannot look at houses, cars... nothing. It is so difficult reading about how everyone else is doing so greatly on the forum but us - it really sucks but we will try our best to remain positive as difficult and it might be because we know how much it will be worth.

We haven't given up... we will keep trying...

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Post by: tmprince on March 12, 2009, 10:51:17 am
 :'(  :hug: Im still rooting for you   :hug:
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Post by: gleroux on March 12, 2009, 10:57:25 am
 :hug:
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Post by: PetroM on March 12, 2009, 12:49:10 pm
Just stay positive   :hug: :hug:

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Post by: Feather on March 12, 2009, 09:28:48 pm
 :hug:  :flowers:
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Post by: Etresia on March 12, 2009, 09:44:52 pm
 :hug:
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Post by: ronaldd on March 13, 2009, 01:42:12 am
Still no interviews, nothing, zip, nadda.  :'(

Our lives are on hold and it is really difficult because we just cannot afford to extend our visitors permits unless DH gets something positive. So sorry we haven't given any updates because we cannot afford to do anything at this stage: cannot look at houses, cars... nothing. It is so difficult reading about how everyone else is doing so greatly on the forum but us - it really sucks but we will try our best to remain positive as difficult and it might be because we know how much it will be worth.

We haven't given up... we will keep trying...


Know what i did ,  after a few weeks in NZ looking for work.. i actually closed my account no this forum.

My feeling was i wasnt foccessed enough.  I had to stay foccess so i stopped coming here.  When ever i felt the need to come here, i was writing or tweaking my  CV.

My job at that point in time was to get a job.  Only focuss and as time goes by,  i became more and more serious about it.

not saying you should stop your account... just focuss at on the mission, be positive and dont give up.  Go to bed destroyed but wake up renewed.. Also,   desperation is like a mask on your face.  When someone hears or sees desperation you get them taking a backfoot when talking to you.  You might feel like ***....but be carefull that it doesnt feed through to your correspondance.  If they think you are desperate,  they might wonder what is wrong with you.
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on March 13, 2009, 05:15:07 am
Thanks for the heads up Ronald but I don't think it will be a problem here. My DH is the one applying for work and I'm just about doing nothing else, so the forum is a place for me to come to help others where I can and to encourage me - anything but distract me.

If we did have to go back to SA I would probably still stay on the forum because I have had experiences that others are yet to experience so instead of leaving and feeling bitter about it I would still try to help.  ;)

We have decided that if things really, really don't work out in NZ, we will very reluctantly go back to SA - not because we are stupid or insane as others might think, but because we only have so much money and at the end of the day we will be screwed if we used it all up here and had to go back to SA with nothing - we cannot afford to take such a risk - my DH is diabetic and his insulin is very expensive.

So we would go back and finish those degrees even though they very likely wouldn't count with ANZSCO but to make us feel like we have achieved something and then once this whole recession disaster is over, depending on the circumstances in SA (which I have a very strong feeling will only be worse as opposed to better), and try immigrating again. We would have then done a full Look See Decide and we have decided that we love NZ and all it has to offer.

But realistically, without qualifications, or WP or PR it is very difficult to find employment in NZ and we being SA citizens have a (slightly) better chance of finding employment in SA even if it is only temporary until we can try return to NZ.

We had no idea the recession would hit so hard and a warning to all those who are still thinking of coming over, please either come over with WP's already, or PR or at least with some recognised qualification or another if you are coming over cowboy because during this recession cowboy style seems to be a thing of the past, at least until the recession is over.

Now don't get me wrong, we did very extensive research and we also came over during October last year on honeymoon where I had actually gone for an interview with a company, Jan this year, we come over with more than enough money to last us during our 3 month search and to also last us for 1 month even if either one of us got a WP at the last minute (which we still might), but the point I am trying to make it that coming over cowboy style as people have mentioned in other threads was a lot easiers 2-3 years ago and even some people who immigrated last year before the recession hit are at risk of losing their jobs (the ones that are still on WP and waiting for PR).

I am not trying to say we have given up nor am I trying to scare anyone but this is a huge and very stressful thing to go throught, just please make sure that you have all your ducks in a row before coming over as this immigrating thing has taken a huge strain on my DH and my relationship and has put us through a lot of stress - it has made us stronger as a couple but others might not be so strong - just make sure that you know what you want, that you and your spouse/family are on the same page and that you are there for one another, communication will be vital.

 :gl: to all those still planning to come to NZ - I wish you tons of strength - it will be so worth it when everything works out - I do hope that I can still call this place my home one day - if we have to go back to SA.  :'(
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Post by: Alta van zyl on March 13, 2009, 07:20:12 am
 :flowers:  Thinking of you
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Post by: Bevmac on March 13, 2009, 07:39:23 am
 :gl: Im still praying hard something happens for you REALLY soon  O0 :pray:
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Post by: tmprince on March 13, 2009, 07:40:39 am
Dear Saturn-Moon- if everybody just wrote the good things on this forum It would be of no help what so ever and I think people need to face the reality of the recession and the risks of going over cowboy.
I feel for you and know how hard it must be for you and I am still holding thumbs that things will come right for you both.
and to quote a cliche' better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.
even if you come back you know what you want and will be better prepared to fix it.
I have notice a downward trend to people posting on the forum and hope its not because they don't want to be negative or have no good news to post (or don't want to talk to me  :faint: )
we need to hear all sides of the struggle so anyone following can be prepared for the fight.
Chin up honey we are still rooting for you both as well as everyone else on the forum.
have a hot cup of tea and breath, yesterday I spent an hour at the bunnypark ,no one is there at 8 in the morning ,just so I could face another day I just sat and went over everything surrounded by the trees and animals (I look to nature to find G*D) today I feel better ,still fragile but better.We as humans don't take enough time just to be and sometimes we need that.
Have a wonderfull weekend renew your faith in G*D and human Nature and come out fighting when the bell rings on Monday.  :hug:
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Post by: ANTONK on March 15, 2009, 08:07:01 pm
Hi Saturn, just hang in as long as you can as we know what you are going through  :flowers:
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Post by: Nolan on March 15, 2009, 08:49:00 pm
:'(
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Post by: Etresia on March 16, 2009, 08:53:26 am
 :hug: thinking of you guys :flowers: :flowers:
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Post by: johanpet1 on March 16, 2009, 03:48:09 pm
What is the employers in NZ's problem  :tickedoff: :confused: :knuppel2:- why don't they employ all you guys ?  :confused:  - See the link below.

This means that NZ is still screaming for skills but the employers are tight with employing. 

This makes us still in SA feel a bit calmer. ??????????? :confused: :tongue:

Check this link

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/5394323/key-plans-follow-australia-immigration/
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Post by: Nolan on March 16, 2009, 07:49:12 pm
???
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Post by: Werner on March 16, 2009, 08:26:43 pm
 :'( Thinking of you Saturn moon
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Post by: Mumtaz (CapetonianInWellington) on March 17, 2009, 12:36:31 am
Thinking of you. Something will come up.
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on March 24, 2009, 05:49:27 am
Well, I will do my best to give an update but it won't be in detail, I will just give the most important bits:

We have been in New Zealand for almost 2 1/2 months now. We starting off in Chch for 1 month and then came up to Wellies and have been here since. We are staying with some friends whom we had originally met in SA and they are helping us out alot in the sense that we don't have to pay for accommodation just for the food we eat, and a small portion to electricity as well the internet and the phone.  :smiley6600:

First arriving in Wellies seemed very positive, my DH has 2 interviews the same week we arrived and another 2 for the week afterwards for a whole bunch of postions - these were with employment agencies. Unfortunately all of these fell through either because of a company's budgetary requirements or someone else was more suitable etc. We really had our hopes up on these but with the recession I guess it could have been expected.  :(

So to date my DH hasn't had a single interview with a single company and we had to decide by the 21 March if it would be worthwhile to extend our visitors visa's. There were still no interviews but we decided to check with immigration how long it would take to extend our visitor's and the costs involved. It takes 15 working days (3 weeks) and is $130 per adult over and above all the proof you need to include with the application.  :o

As our original visitor's visa is expiring on the 15th April and our return flight is booked for 6th April we have to made the application by no later than tomorrow - 25 March 2009. We also had to inquire with Qantas how much it would cost us to change our flight date and up until when we could do that. Very expensive  :faint:

So after much stress, fighting, uncertainty and discussions my DH and I, and after much, much consideration have decided that we are going to go ahead with the application but we can only afford to stay in NZ up until 25th May 2009. So we are giving ourselves another 8 weeks and hoping to God that something comes through by then otherwise this time we will have to go back because we can't afford to stay any longer.  :(

We will be staying in Wellies but still applying for positions all over NZ. So we are really hoping for a miracle - we will be going tomorrow to Wellies CBD to apply and hope we have all the necessary proof - which we have gone through on the immigration website but hoping they will accept it.

For the last month it had been extremely quiet on the job front other than all the e-mails saying NO, NO, and did I mention NO. However the last couple of days have picked up and my DH has been getting calls again from employment agencies to put his CV forward to their clients - most of which seem to be in Hamilton.

Hute's DH who is staying a few houses down from us (how small is this world ;D ) found an advertisement in the local paper for a position for my DH that fits his experience to the T - the applications close on the 27/28 March and it is directly with the company so we are hoping (not to much but just a little) that something comes through with that.  :pray:

Work aside, we have totally and amazingly fallen in love with NZ. About 2/3 weekends ago we drove up with our friends to Palmerston North and the pass on the way there was breathtaking. Palmerston North is a nice little place during the day but a horror at night - no police presence and the kids (racers) practically run the place at night. I came to the conclusion that in SA the kids are too locked up and unfortunately in NZ they are too free (not all cities of course but from what we have seen so far).

We have been to tons of little reserves and walking places, Days Bay, Somes Island, Red Rocks, to name but a few and everything is breathtakingly beautiful, clean and well maintained.

So if all goes well tomorrow we will be sticking it out in NZ after all - I really hope with all my heart that we will get something soon...

(sorry for the long post)

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Post by: Clarikdeens on March 24, 2009, 05:57:44 am
Saturn_Moon we will certainly keep you both in our prayers and pray that all will work out in the end. :pray:
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Post by: gleroux on March 24, 2009, 06:16:19 am
Long posts are the best!!!!

I really hope that everything will work out for you. Hang in there that job offer is just around the corner.  :hug:
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Post by: Happy Expat on March 24, 2009, 06:42:40 am
I'm glad you've decided to stay a bit longer O0
 :gl: with everything ;)

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Post by: noodles mom on March 24, 2009, 07:34:06 am
 :gl: with everything - and it really is worth it - but you know that  :twothumbs:
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Post by: ryanrich on March 24, 2009, 07:41:48 am
Good luck SM, that sounds promising indeed! Keep us updated, and you guys are in my prayers as well... :)
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Post by: Feather on March 24, 2009, 07:45:38 am
I'm glad to hear that you have decided to stay a bit longer  O0
 :gl: with everything.  Will keep you in our prayers as well
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Post by: Micayla on March 24, 2009, 07:47:01 am
oh Saturn, Im thinking about you guys hey...
Will keep you in my prayers.
Im so so so so so so happy that you decided to stay abit longer and hang in there...
while i was reading your post i was dreading reading the end as i thought you were going to
say you guys are leaving...i was getting ready to beg and plead with you to give it a little while longer!
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Post by: Etresia on March 24, 2009, 09:20:39 am
Hang in there and the best of luck.  Am sure it will all work out, sounds positive allready.  Thinking of you guys! :hug:
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Post by: Hute on March 24, 2009, 07:28:29 pm
I'm so glad you guy's decided to hang on a bit longer  :gl:
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Post by: Hopeful on March 24, 2009, 07:55:23 pm
I'm so glad you made the brave decision to try a little longer. I really hope things work out for you guys.  O0
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Post by: Bevmac on March 24, 2009, 08:10:25 pm
 :gl: :pray: something comes up for you guys really soon!!  ;)
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Post by: Werner on March 24, 2009, 08:18:46 pm
 :pray: for you.  Keep us posted
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Post by: Durbschick1 on March 24, 2009, 09:10:05 pm
 :gl: :pray:
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Post by: Nolan on March 24, 2009, 09:58:41 pm
Holding thumbs so you guys can find work asap. O0
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on March 25, 2009, 04:46:35 am
Thanks guys.

Well very happy to say that we went to immigration to check that all the docs were in order and to hand it in and we were told that the docs are perfect and if we want, we can wait for the Permits and get it today because they were not busy.  :o  :clap:

We waited less than 15 minutes and the permits were in our passports (very similar to the Work Permit sticker) we also found out that because we are married the fee is only $130 for both of us and not $130 for each of us - we were so happy - what a saving!  :heeha: 2 good things in 1 day.

So we have officially extended our Visitor's Permits until 25 May 2009 and in the process of changing our flight dates - so we have an extra 2 months - I really hope something will come through for us by then...

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Post by: gleroux on March 25, 2009, 05:12:27 am
 :twothumbs:
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Post by: Micayla on March 25, 2009, 05:43:36 am
hey Saturn, glad it all went well...
Why'd they extend it only until 25 May? Isnt an extension valid for 6 more months?
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Post by: PetroM on March 25, 2009, 06:05:01 am
Something positive for you guys, now for the job offer  :gl:
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Post by: Feather on March 25, 2009, 06:12:24 am
 :twothumbs:
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Post by: Paperdoll on March 25, 2009, 06:32:52 am
That is great news!! :clap:  You are here now, so I really think you should just give it extra time - so glad you did  :)  Let's hope that you get the jobs now.  We are also keeping our ears and eyes open for anything suitable.
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Post by: Mumtaz (CapetonianInWellington) on March 25, 2009, 08:26:05 am
 :clap:We will keep praying.Something WILL come up.
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Post by: johanpet1 on March 25, 2009, 09:36:08 am
 :gl: Believe in yourself - It's going to happen
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Post by: ANTONK on March 25, 2009, 09:59:04 am
 :hug: Saturn - we know exactly how you feel and  :gl:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on March 25, 2009, 10:25:08 am
Hi Micayla - once your initial 3 (free) months have expired you can apply for up to another 6 months and then after than a further 3 months, staying in NZ as a visitor for a total of 12 months - but like I said for UP TO 6 months, we had to show proof of finances for the time we wanted to extend and we can only afford another 2 months, which in total will be 5 months, so there would be further costs if we wanted to stay for over 6 months because then Immigration wants temporary entry X-ray certificates (even if you are just visiting) - so 2 months it is - it's all we can afford and we are going to try and make the best of it.

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Post by: malindy on March 25, 2009, 06:31:27 pm
Hang in there, SM, hang in there!!!  We are all sending positive vibes to you and lotsa BIG "pretty pleases" to the Boss-man.

Surely with so many requests from so many people a job has to come along!

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Post by: Hute on March 25, 2009, 07:41:51 pm
 :gl: to all of you, specially my DH, I also want to come over  :(
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Post by: Werner on March 25, 2009, 08:17:35 pm
 :clap: :clap: :clap: This is the point where everything will turn around  :twothumbs:
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Post by: Micayla on March 25, 2009, 11:07:35 pm
oh ok! NOw I understand..thanks!
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Post by: Amber on March 26, 2009, 12:28:36 am
Oh, SM I am really hoping and praying that things work out for you guys.  Don't give up looking, go onto companies website for example Watties have a careers page - you just never know what you may find.
lots of prayers
Amber
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Post by: ronaldd on March 26, 2009, 02:02:21 am
i said before

but i sent out up to 48 CVs a day.

if you know you are getting 1 interview for ever 20 CVs you send out a week ,   and you need to get at least 1 interview every day ..... you need to send out 140 CVs a week for different jobs.

If you get 1 positive feedback every 10 interviews.. you need to get at least 10 interviews which is 200 CVs.

If you get one job every 10 positive responses..... you get the picture
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Post by: Amber on March 26, 2009, 09:27:25 pm
Say What?????????
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Post by: ronaldd on March 27, 2009, 02:10:05 am
All i am saying,  sitting on your hands and sending out a CV every 3 days wont cut it.   Not in the current economic situation.

You need volumes,  you need to try every company you hear about....  you need to apply,  follow up,  change your CV based on feedback, be over critical of how you approach these folks, they are different to what we are used too.....

i had 48 different versions(look and feel) on my CV in 6 weeks.. each job I applied for had different covering letters each taylored to the job that i was applying for.

even after all that, i still only got 1 job.. but i only needed 1 job offer to get a WP.. so the effort was enough.

just dont give up.. and dont be to layed back and think you did enough, I felt i could always have done more... days went by without a single phone call.  After that day i sent out those dosens of CVs.. i only got 3 responses that told em no thanx.

i even got one where they told me i was OVER qualified...!!!!!! grrrr,  just give me the job, i dont care if i am bored
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on April 01, 2009, 11:23:40 am
Thanks Ronald but not to worry we are not sitting on our hands. We really are hoping to stay in New Zealand so we are trying our damned hardest to make that happen.

My DH has and still is trying various methods but at the end of the day it is up to the employer to decide - all we can do is try our hardest - which we are!  :sweat:


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Post by: tmprince on April 02, 2009, 12:53:11 pm
SM-  :hug:  :flowers:  just for you It will be fine just you wait and see.
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Post by: ronaldd on April 02, 2009, 06:46:04 pm
Thanks Ronald but not to worry we are not sitting on our hands.....  :sweat:

Sorry SM... i just made a general statement, wasnt directed to you,   i dont know how many CVs you are sending out.. I am just saying generally.  Some do send out 3 CVs and expect recruiters to come running... then again, i bet there are some who CAN do that.

besides.  I believe all will be fine.  positive absolute confidence. 
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on April 13, 2009, 10:25:29 pm
 ;) No worries Ronald. Believe you me, my hubby has sent out over 100 CV and after 3 months is only now getting his first interview with a firm.

So, for all those that have been following the Support Group, my DH and I decided to extend our visitors visa and after 3 months of applying, applying and applying (including cold calls etc) my DH finally has a telephonic interview set up with a firm in Auckland for this afternoon.  :heeha:

Hopefully if all goes well, this thread will get some more life into it, and the ball (which has dust on it now) will start rolling again - we will have things to do like applying for IRD numbers, converting our SA drivers licenses, looking for a place to rent, and FINALLY - last but certainly not least - applying for our EOI!!!

WATCH THIS SPACE!!!  ;)

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Post by: gleroux on April 13, 2009, 10:43:29 pm
Good luck Hoping for the best
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Post by: SusanJ on April 14, 2009, 04:17:14 pm
 :gl:
And let us know how it goes...I'm anxiously waiting to hear that you guys have come right! it will seriously boost our morale for when we come over in 3.75 months!!  :-\
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on April 22, 2009, 04:30:21 am
My hubby didn't get the job (telephonic interview one on the 14th April) but fortunately he had a face-to-face interview with a firm in Auckland this morning - the firm contacted him directly to set up the interview so fortunately no employment agencies to deal with.

Today's interview went extremely well, it was 1 hour and 15 minutes long which I think itself is very good and my DH said that there is a good chance he will go for a follow-up interview next week - he will only be returning tonight so I don't have all the details but hopefully by next week this time he will know whether he has a job from them or not.

Doing so much of this right now :pray:

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Post by: Etresia on April 22, 2009, 06:26:01 am
Sounds very promising! Thinking of you guys :1hug: and holding thumbs!!
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on May 11, 2009, 04:57:41 am
So, 3 months, 3 weeks and 5 days later - my DH finally got a job offer.

Times are tough and it sure takes longer to find work but it is not impossible.

We were fortunate that my DH is on the skills shortage list and that the firm is an accredited employer.

Thanks to our forum friends (you know who you are) for assisting and/or accommodating us. Thanks to everyone else for your words of encouragement and all the prayers and crossing of appendages.

From the first phone call (from the firm) until the job offer took almost 1 month itself. Very stressful but so worth the wait.

I cannot begin to explain how glad I am that we extended our Visitor's Visas and most importantly that we don't have to go back to SA other than on vacation.

So our next step of stress is submitting and getting successful Work Permits and then submitting our Expression of Interest.

We should hopefully be in Auckland mid-June. So it's a pity we will miss the upcoming Auckland meetup but we will sure be at the next one!!!  O0

We can't wait for our next post to update on our progress. Getting a rental home, applying for NZ drivers licenses, applying for IRD numbers the works...  :cloud9:

The ball (covered in cobwebs and dust) can finally start moving again and we look forward to sharing our advertures with the most amazing cyber family one could ever hope for.

Until our next post, take care everyone.  ;)

Saturn_Moon and DH

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Post by: ANTONK on May 11, 2009, 05:08:01 am
Well Saturn, at least the next stress is happy stress  ;D and it is a pitty that you guys won't be at the meet up in Auckland  :( but yes for sure the next one there after  ;) - keep us posted on your journey to success  O0
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Post by: gleroux on May 11, 2009, 05:15:19 am
 O0 O0 O0 O0 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: O0 O0 O0 O0

That's great, great, great news!!!!!!
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Post by: Feather on May 11, 2009, 05:24:07 am
What fantastic news!!! So glad that you finally got a break!!!  O0   :clap: :clap:

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Post by: Micayla on May 11, 2009, 05:45:34 am
That's Fantastic News Saturn!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
I'm so happy for you guys! All the best with everything else! O0
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Post by: noodles mom on May 11, 2009, 06:16:07 am
congrats
that is wonderful news
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Clarikdeens on May 11, 2009, 06:58:43 am
 :clap: :clap: Well done!
Soos hulle se, "Aanhouer wen"  :twothumbs: :twothumbs:
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Post by: JAMOMA on May 11, 2009, 07:37:07 am
Fantastic news SM

I don't post much but I read all the posts everyday and have been following your
struggles. When I saw this, I started crying (happy tears) "thank God, they made it!!!!" :clap:

Very happy for you!!!  :yippee:  and  :gl:
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Post by: Hute on May 11, 2009, 07:51:25 am
SO happy for you!!!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap: Looking forward to the next post  :)
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Post by: TheRindels on May 11, 2009, 08:17:24 am
Wooooo - Hooooo  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: CONGRATS!!!!
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Post by: NicholaM2 on May 11, 2009, 08:39:48 am
The Best News!!! Congratulations! We are so happy for you! Whew! That was a long road.
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Post by: maanhaarleeu on May 11, 2009, 09:28:35 am
Awesome stuff Saturn_Moon, now I can also sleep better at night :-)
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Post by: Paperdoll on May 12, 2009, 09:08:23 am
All I can say is a HUUUUUGE BIIIIIIIIIIIG YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY !!!!!  Best news ever !!!!
 :clap: :clap :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: johanpet1 on May 12, 2009, 11:54:06 am
Great news - you guys realy deserve this. O0
Good luck with the rest  :gl:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on May 18, 2009, 06:04:52 am
Today we went to immigration to apply for our Work Permits and we left with the stickers in our passports. A fixed one for my husband and an open one for me. :cloud9: We really are happy and relieved that we got them on the same day - the advantage of staying in Wellington.

We should hopefully be flying up to Auckland this weekend - which means we might be able to come to the meet-up.  :clap:
My DH just has to confirm with his new firm that they will be able to have him start working so soon - none of us expected the WP's to be approved so quickly (but we had all our documents in order, thanks to me being so thorough).  ;)

Will probably be going later this week to apply for our IRD numbers and to get our New Zealand driver's licenses.

 :heeha:
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Post by: malindy on May 18, 2009, 06:37:37 am
Well done, girl!  You guys did well.  Am a bit confused tho - where is the job offer in Wellies or Auckland?
Anyways, huge belated congrats   :clap: on a very BIG achievement!  May the road forward show much smaller hurdles to overcome - 'cause unfortunately, there will be more... but it all depends on how we handle them, heh?  :whistle:
Title: Re: Our time has finally come! WE ARE HERE!!!
Post by: Saturn_Moon on May 18, 2009, 07:21:34 am
The job offer is in Auckland but we were (and still are) in Wellington when my DH got the job offer. 
We decided to stay in Wellington though because it is - from our experience - faster to get your Immigration applications done because the Immigration Head Office is down here (from our experience anyway). The same happened when we extended our Visitor Permits.

<ANTONK/Nolan please let me know if it's a problem posting this info here?>

He just flew up for the interviews and it has paid off and saved us lots of time and in turn money because my DH will be able to start earning money sooner.

Thanks for the words of encouragement Malindy - but we almost have all our ducks in a row for our PR application - as soon as my DH received his first paycheck we will be submitting our EOI.
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on May 19, 2009, 10:33:06 pm
We have applied for our IRD numbers (19 May) and should get them in about 2 weeks time. Will be holding off on applying for the NZ Driver's licences - cannot afford it at this stage so will just hold onto the SA ones for the time being.

We are taking the bus up to Auckland on Saturday (23 May). Yes it sounds crazy but it is extremely cheap (especially when you need to travel at short notice) - $56 for both of us and we can take a lot more baggage than a  :flight: allows - and we get to see some of the North Island before life returns to normal. A nice little 'break' after all the stress we have been through.

We will probably be staying in a fully furnished apartment/studio in the CBD once my DH earns his first paycheck - It will be small but will be great because it is just the two of us, and then we don't have to worry about transport to and from work (my DH will be working in the CBD).


We need to save up as much as possible in as short time as possible so we can complete the immigration process and apply for PR.  :heeha: The last few documents we need have already been requested for or being organised to be posted to us.

We are only going to ship our goods over once we have PR. My DH is also arranging with his family in SA to get his car sold as soon as possible as we need that money to pay for the container.  :cost:
So glad that the cowboy :cowboy: part of this journey is over. Anyways, once things are happening a bit more up in Auckland I will give another update.
Looking forward to meeting everyone going to the Auckland meet-up soon.  ;)

S_M


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Post by: Clarikdeens on May 19, 2009, 10:41:56 pm
Great news from you both.  :clap: :clap:
Looking forward to meeting you at the meet-up on 30 May. :D
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Post by: Feather on May 19, 2009, 10:44:54 pm
 :gl2: with the move, enjoy the trip!
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on June 03, 2009, 12:19:42 am
I think it is time for another update:

So we went on the bus trip on Saturday 23rd May 2009 - left from Wellington at 9am and with some short stops on the way we arrived in Auckland shortly after 8pm. We went via Lake Taupo - which was so breathtakingly beautiful my husband and I decided there and then that that is where we are going to retire  8) - we also passed through Hamilton but it was so dark already we couldn't see much.


MandyH was kind enough to help us out with a lift and met us at the bus terminal at the Sky Tower - she also lent us a blow-up mattress and bed linen (  :1hug: ) which is nice and warm and we really appreciate it. She then drove us through to Malindy's place. Thanks again Malindy for being so kind to help us out for a couple of weeks.  O0


My DH received his IRD number last Thursday - only after 1 week of applying - I'm still waiting for mine - should get it any day now. I think they fast tracked his because he is already employed.

We are now in the process of looking for a place to stay in the CBD. There are some lovely places in a variety of price ranges and we have already organised to meet with one agent - and hopefully by the end of this week with some more - to see an apartment this Saturday morning (6th June).

My brother in SA has posted us our 2nd last set of documents required for our ITA and on Monday, 1st June 2009 we submitted our online EOI. The draw is this afternoon and I'm confident we will be drawn. Hoping we can get everything in before our medicals expire for a 2nd time (valid until 14 August and these are really great medicals with no problems whatsoever).
So the other roller-coaster ride has began.  :D


I am currently looking for work in the Auckland CBD and with this recession and only having an open WP who knows when I will be employed again but I will keep trying until I am.

I had a real down the other evening - just longing to be settled and be in a place of our own but also when we were at the meet-up this past Saturday (30 May) I heard someone cough and it sounded just like my dad - I quickly put the association out of my head but a few days later I was in tears missing my family so much.  :'(


It has been over 4 months that we left SA and neither of us want to go back but we really are missing our friends and family.  :-\


However, we are very grateful that my DH has got a job and we are now in the process of applying for PR.

 :heeha: :heeha: :heeha:
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Post by: mandyh on June 03, 2009, 01:37:03 am
Thanks for the update S_M.
I'm sure I know who's cough it was :-)
Well done on your achievements so far and chin up about finding a job.  Something will come your way - just be positive and don't give up!

BTW - got a car boot full of things for you, just trying to find a gap to drop it off.
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Post by: Anna007 on June 03, 2009, 03:31:00 am
Will be thinking of you Saturn_Moon  :wave:

We (me & the kids) have been here +- 5 months now. I also get my up and down days...

Hang in there, tomorrow's a new day  :coolsmiley: 
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on June 03, 2009, 03:56:05 am
See ticker below

 :heeha: :yippee:

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Post by: Werner on June 03, 2009, 04:17:10 am
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :twothumbs: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Our time has finally come! WE ARE HERE!!!
Post by: noodles mom on June 03, 2009, 04:24:52 am
 :congrats: :congrats: :congrats:

its a great feeling, hey ?

keep your chin up - you have been thru so much already and remember how well you have coped  :clap: :clap: :clap:

keep us posted

cheers
R
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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on June 03, 2009, 04:29:50 am
Congratulations S_M and DH.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on June 03, 2009, 04:42:11 am
Thanks for the update S_M.
I'm sure I know who's cough it was :-)
Well done on your achievements so far and chin up about finding a job.  Something will come your way - just be positive and don't give up!

BTW - got a car boot full of things for you, just trying to find a gap to drop it off.


Thanks Mandy.
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Post by: Thaniasa on June 03, 2009, 06:47:05 am
SM, I am so glad@ :clap: :clap:

I think we are all in the same boat - I miss my family soooo much, but on the other hand, I enjoy NZ also very, very much.

If you need anything, just shout.  Our container should be home in the next few weeks and I am going to have extra things (iron, iron board, kettle, etc, linen, cutlery, crockery, etc.)  I will PM you once we've unpacked.
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Post by: Mumtaz (CapetonianInWellington) on June 03, 2009, 06:57:33 am
 :clap: :clap: :clap: I am so happy for your S_M. We will be in NZ for 1 year 26 June and I also miss my family terribly, But I LOVE NZ and cant see us going back to SA. It does get better.
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Post by: Paperdoll on June 03, 2009, 07:23:00 am
Congrats!!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

Another hoop cleared!! Great feeling isn't it.  ;D

And we have been here for 7 months now and also really miss the family as well.  And don't feel bad, we also have the tears that come out of the blue  :'(  but also just love being here!
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on June 03, 2009, 07:26:59 am
SM, I am so glad@ :clap: :clap:

I think we are all in the same boat - I miss my family soooo much, but on the other hand, I enjoy NZ also very, very much.

If you need anything, just shout.  Our container should be home in the next few weeks and I am going to have extra things (iron, iron board, kettle, etc, linen, cutlery, crockery, etc.)  I will PM you once we've unpacked.


Thanks for that. We should be in our own apartment - 'fully furnished' - in the next week or so, so if anything is missing we would really appreciate it if we could loan one or two items - will let you know.

 O0

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Post by: El on June 03, 2009, 09:24:08 am
yay, congrats.
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Post by: !!DV!! on June 03, 2009, 09:38:12 am
Awesome news, Very happy for you !!!

 :clap:  :clap:  :clap:
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Post by: johanpet1 on June 03, 2009, 11:16:38 am
Good news - You guys deserve something going well.

 :gl: O0
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Post by: SaKiwiBoer on June 03, 2009, 09:32:22 pm
Congrats S_M & Maak  :clap:  :clap:  :clap: . Well deserved I might add. Cheese and enjoy, SAKB
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Post by: Amber on June 03, 2009, 09:58:32 pm
Hi S_M
I am really happy to hear things are working out for you guys.  You will deffinately feel a bit better once you have a place to call home
Good luck with the job hunting
xAmber
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Post by: Clarikdeens on June 03, 2009, 09:59:26 pm
 :clap: :clap: Great news
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Post by: Anna007 on June 04, 2009, 01:15:25 am
 O0

Keep the faith
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Post by: JAMOMA on June 04, 2009, 09:48:21 am
I am so happy for you and DH

You have concurred all your battles, ours are just beginning!!

But you have showed us "aanhouer wen!!"

 :gl: with the job hunting.
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Post by: SusanJ on June 04, 2009, 03:52:40 pm
Well done S_M!!
That's really excellent news!! All that stress and worry must now seem worth it! ;)
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on July 16, 2009, 06:23:40 am
TIME FOR ANOTHER UPDATE

So... I can hardly believe that at 10.10pm (NZ time) tonight we had landed in NZ exactly 6 months ago - half a year!  :eek:
When we first arrived we came with just 2 suitcases each, no jobs,  :cowboy: household goods in storage, house sold, my car sold and my DH's car kept just in case we did have to go back to SA.


We were on visitors visa's in the middle of a recession but had already bought the tickets and everything so there was no turning back - it was now or never.  :eyesclosed:


With much stress but thanks to some awesome people on this forum, after almost 4 months and about 2 interviews later my loved one managed to get a job offer. When we had to decide at the 3 month mark whether to extend our visitors visa's it was a real tough one - we had to realistically weigh up all the pros and cons  :cost: and there were definitely more pros to sticking it out for a few more months. My DH's family of course was very unsupportive (except his oldest sister)  >:( and my family were just missing us and hoping things worked out for the best.


We have been staying in our own little 1 bedroom apartment in the CBD of Auckland for about 6 weeks now. Very cosy for 2 adults and very convenient as my DH works in the city so it is a 10 minute walk and easy for me if I have to go for any interviews.

We have our own IRD numbers, a OneCard (Foodtown, Woolworths etc) for discounts when grocery shopping, we have temporary NZ driver's licenses - waiting for the originals in the post (about another 2 weeks). We also have medical insurance, mainly because my hubby is diabetic and because I wear glasses/contact lenses.

I am still unemployed but working really hard to change that, and already have 2 interviews with 2 employment agencies tomorrow so hopefully they can find me something even if it is temporary. I have also done a small amount of copy typing work (2 evenings of about 2 hours each) which I enjoyed and it helps to keep my typing skills sharp.

We are still waiting for our ITA documents but should hopefully get them before mid-August and even more so before our medicals expire. We have all the documents ready so should be able to submit asap and then will hopefully have PR in a year from now at the latest.
This weekend we are going for our skills training course and test so that we can apply for motorcycle learner's licenses.  :clap: We should be able to get our bikes in the next two months  :heeha: and have already bought our jackets, gloves and so far my helmet (damn it's dear but for safety it's worth it). Should be getting DH's helmet in about 4 week's time when more sizes will become available at one of the retail outlets.

We are hoping to get one car before the end of the year as well, will have to see what is left (of my DH's pension which he has been investing for the last 3 months) after we have put down a deposit for the bikes because you can't go everywhere with bikes and sometimes when the weather is *** you want to stay warm and dry when travelling somewhere and also because with our bike learners we cannot go on motorways, drive between 10pm and 5am and also cannot go faster than 70kpm on the open road.

In the meantime, thanks to El and her DH, we are using their scooters to get around but cannot go far, but at least we don't have to walk everywhere and fortunately a large supermarket is very close by so we just do two trips when doing our weekly shopping.

Otherwise, we do obviously get days when we really miss our family  :-\ but we do not want to go back to SA to live there - not for one second.

We are so happy here in NZ  8) and so glad things worked out for us in the end even if it did take almost 4 months - but good things come to those who wait (but work hard and never give up). We know it will only get better once I also have a job and once we have our own transport and of course once we have PR and can get our household goods over here - then we will feel like we have officially immigrated and not just on a super long working vacation.

Take care everyone until the next update.

Saturn_Moon

 :cloud9:
Title: Re: Our time has finally come! WE ARE HERE!!!
Post by: maanhaarleeu on July 16, 2009, 07:45:53 am
Thanks for the update Saturn_Moon!
I am glad you guys are settling in nicely, our turn for job seeking and stressing starts in about 6 months  :sweat:

Keep well.
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Post by: SusanJ on July 16, 2009, 08:52:47 am
Very glad to hear you guys are sorting stuff out and getting settled in nicely.
Your start-up situation sounds pretty much like ours. We're flying over in exactly 3 weeks today!!
As exciting and nerve-wrecking as that feels, I also have no doubt that we're doing the right thing and that thatings WILL work out. For the pure and simple reason that we are determined to make it work. We have a PLan A that has to work - there is no plan B!

Good luck with your work search - I'm sure something cool will come along with you holding in there!

Cheers!
S
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Post by: JAMOMA on July 16, 2009, 08:58:23 am
This is great. You stuck it out and are now reaping the rewards.

Very happy for you and DH

Cheers
Jenny
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Post by: Werner on July 16, 2009, 09:47:28 pm
 :clap: :clap: :clap: so happy to hear things are working out for you guys.  Keep us posted!
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Post by: ANTONK on July 16, 2009, 10:37:44 pm
Thanks for the update Saturn  O0
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Post by: Nolan on July 17, 2009, 04:22:11 am
Wow, really cool update, thanks Saturn :)

It is great seeing you guys all upbeat again, it was a loooong stretch, but as you say : all good things come to those who wait and never give up. O0

The PR will be following sooner than you think and all the stress of the move will become a distant memory
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Post by: addywads on July 17, 2009, 11:33:31 am
Very encouraging update Saturn.  Its so good to hear couples sticking to it - immigration is very hard on marriages so well done on making sure you do so much together! 
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on July 22, 2009, 04:43:22 am
Here are two of my most favourite p-ictures I would like to share with all of you. They were taken by me of course. The first one with my cellphone camera (can you believe it) and the second using a proper digital camera with a huge lense...  :idiot2:


 (1) This was taken from Princes Wharf (just near the Ferry Terminal building in Auckland Central) with the Harbour Bridge in the background. Date taken - 14 June 2009.

(http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs132.snc1/5653_124978003133_732183133_3109826_480911_n.jpg)



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Post by: Saturn_Moon on July 22, 2009, 04:45:26 am
 (2) This stunning sunset was taken from St John's Park, a suburb 25 minutes SE from Auckland Central. Date taken - 27 May 2009.

(http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs152.snc1/5653_124979618133_732183133_3109856_3676314_n.jpg)
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Post by: MJ on July 22, 2009, 04:59:12 am
I love the boat one O0
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Post by: maanhaarleeu on July 22, 2009, 02:20:00 pm
Wow great pics Saturn_Moon!
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Post by: tmprince on July 22, 2009, 07:06:12 pm
need to send the boat one to cell phone manufacturer to use in add campaing yes?
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Post by: frodo/maya on July 22, 2009, 07:34:17 pm
Wow thanks for the pics!!
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Post by: ANTONK on July 22, 2009, 10:24:03 pm
Thanks for the pics Saturn  O0
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Post by: aniena on July 22, 2009, 11:54:01 pm
Absoluut pragtig!!!!!!
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on August 22, 2009, 11:12:01 am
See ticker below...

 :heeha:

Unfortunately we waited almost 3 weeks from the ITA being issued to actually receiving the docs and almost 3 months from when we were drawn from the EOI pool... so we have to redo our medicals and we will only be doing that in 1 month's time and will then submit our ITA...

Still a long road but we are getting there slowing but surely. Will give a better update in a month or so's time once a bit more has happened that is more newsworthy.


Thanks to everyone on this site for all your wonderful help, we would never have made it so far without it.

 O0



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Post by: expat on August 22, 2009, 07:56:29 pm
Saturn Moon -Wow what a photo of Auckland with a sunset - we spent some 4 months in Auckland and never saw a sunset!!
We are back in SA and live in Mouille Point and have a different dramatic susnset almost everyday- we often than say to ourselves how different - your photo aside.
I read of your journey with interest - you were strong.
You in one post made some reference to Law - is that your field?
J
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Post by: Hill on August 22, 2009, 08:27:17 pm
Both stunning pictures....

You have some talent.
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on August 22, 2009, 10:05:53 pm
I read of your journey with interest - you were strong.
Thank you expat - it was difficult but so, so worth it!  :)

You in one post made some reference to Law - is that your field?

Not exactly, I just worked for a law firm (for 3 years) and started studying a bit towards an LLB, but not sure if or when I will be able to pick that up again - not sure if NZ does correspondence studying (still need to do more research) and not sure if I can afford it either at this stage...

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Post by: Saturn_Moon on October 01, 2009, 05:38:15 am
A little bit more progress on our side...

Today we finally submitted our ITA by overnight courier so Immigration should hopefully receive it tomorrow. :heeha:

And so now, let the very long wait begin. Will be great once that money has been taken off our account and we can keep an eye on the application progress online and hopefully by next year May (at the latest) we will have PR!!!

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Post by: Mumtaz (CapetonianInWellington) on October 01, 2009, 05:54:30 am
Great!!! Hang in there.
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Post by: maanhaarleeu on October 01, 2009, 06:16:28 am
Have to start somewhere  :)
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Post by: tmprince on October 01, 2009, 07:46:34 am
hope it goes quick sweetie  :-*
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Post by: Feather on October 01, 2009, 08:13:54 am
That's great news!!! Good luck!
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on December 08, 2009, 07:38:09 pm
Dear Nolan the bartender

Please could my DH and I have 1 beer to share.

Thanks

S_M

 :yippee:

 (we got PR approved in principal - online)

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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on December 08, 2009, 08:42:37 pm
Come on Nolan give them there beer  ;D
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: noodles mom on December 08, 2009, 08:44:33 pm
 :clap: :clap: :clap: O0 O0 O0

congrats -  that is wonderful news !!!

you must be beyond happy !!!!
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Post by: Werner on December 08, 2009, 09:07:01 pm
 :party: :congrats:  :clap: :clap: :clap::cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
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Post by: Nolan on December 08, 2009, 09:35:21 pm
(http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/nolan/pr_castle.jpg)

Well Done guys  :congrats:
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Post by: frodo/maya on December 09, 2009, 06:15:58 am
CONGRATS!!!!  :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :yippee: :yippee: :congrats: :congrats: :congrats: :drink2drop: :drink2drop: :drink2drop: :drink2drop: :drink2drop:

must say.......... that beer is the nicest thing !!!
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Post by: JAMOMA on December 09, 2009, 10:06:46 am
I am in tears girl..... you have been through hell and have had to
endure so much, I am so happy that this has finally work out for you and DH.

The biggest  :congrats: :congrats:

Cheers
Jenny
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Post by: ANTONK on December 09, 2009, 11:36:44 am
Well done  :congrats:  :cheering:
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Post by: Anna007 on December 09, 2009, 12:03:44 pm
Congratulations - So happy to hear your wonderful news!

 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: tmprince on December 09, 2009, 07:20:04 pm
 :clap:  8)
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Post by: SusanJ on December 10, 2009, 06:21:56 am
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :party: :party: :party: :cheering: :cheering: :yippee: :yippee: :drink2drop: :drink2drop: :not_worthy: :not_worthy: :congrats: :congrats:

That's AWESOME news!! And that was SOOOOOOOOO quick!!!

(As a matter of interest, what does the "in principal" part mean and how do you get it "for definite"??)
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on December 10, 2009, 10:40:33 am

(As a matter of interest, what does the "in principal" part mean and how do you get it "for definite"??)
Hopefully I can answer your question here SusanJ:

Approval in Principal means that you have been approved and to get it 'for definite' is to wait for the official letter, I suppose, we are still waiting, and then we have to pay the migrant levy and send our passports to immigration to have those precious PR stickers put it.

It still feels so unreal. I check the Online Services on INZ website about 3 times a day now to make sure that I'm not dreaming, that INZ didn't change their minds or made a mistake. I think it will well and truely sink in firstly when we get our passports back with the stickers and secondly when we eventually get to have our stuff shipped across from SA. On 12 Jan next year all our goodies will have been in storage for 1 year.
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on December 10, 2009, 10:51:56 am
What I would like to say now is a massive THANK YOU!!!! to everyone for all the support, words of encouragement and assistance, big or small, be it a place to stay, giving a lift, loaning money or some kitchen stuff or just saying something positive on the website - THANK YOU!!!  :'( (tears of joy).

We would never have been able to do this without you guys. And mostly thanks to Nolan and Mel for the starting and maintaining the best forum ever.  :1hug: If I had not stumbled on this forum we would never have had the insight or courage to leave SA. This forum was a window to NZ for us - not just on the immigration aspects but on what to expect, the good and the bad.

On the other side... New Zealand... Land of the Long White Cloud - Aotearoa - which we can now finally, officially, call home.

 :pray: Last but not least - thanks to God for hearing and answering our prayers. Thanks you so much for giving my husband and I a wonderful future were we can live happily and raise our unborn child/ren the way I remember growing up...

NEVER GIVE UP! EVEN IF ALL THE ODDS SEEM AGAINST YOU GUYS STILL WAITING FOR PR. ALL THE STRESS, ANXIETY, FRUSTRATION, IT IS ALL WORTH IT!!! AND DON'T FORGET, GOD DOES ANSWER PRAYERS, BUT IN HIS OWN TIME...

Take Care everyone

I will be doing an update soon to give a low down of things here at home.  ;)



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Post by: MEEKA on December 10, 2009, 12:17:56 pm
Your journey is inspirational
Thanks for sharing
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Post by: Clarikdeens on December 10, 2009, 06:56:14 pm
I remember your original stress and the time you almost did not make it. So glad all turned out well for you two. Now make the best of the future O0 O0
 :smitten: from Anna and I.
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Post by: SaKiwiBoer on December 10, 2009, 07:22:14 pm
Congrats to S_M and MAAK!!! Glad you guys got the bestes Xmas box ever. Cheese and enjoy, SAKB.
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Post by: frodo/maya on December 11, 2009, 06:14:19 am
I agree with Meeka, you are an inspiration to us!

Thanks for sharing your stories with us and please don't forget us!

 :)
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on December 15, 2009, 11:13:44 am
Today was an awesome day: We got the actual letter in the post saying that we have Approval in Principal! That got a bigger reaction from me than when we saw it on the internet because it was a physical piece of paper we were holding in our hands from INZ.  :heeha:

Before I continue, let me add something relevant that happened shortly beforehand:

The weather this morning started off raining but cleared up later. On our way home, about 2 stations away from our stop, it came bucketing down - we though Oh great - talk about timing - so we trudged home in the rain (fortunately with our rainjackets and only a 5 minute walk away) but it wasn't great because I had very thin pants on and it was getting wet and I was getting a bit cold because of this. We got home and the first thing I did was checked the mail box because we were eagerly awaiting the letter from INZ and there it was!

We opened the letter together with smiles all round and a huge lump in my throat. I had noticed that the sun had come out as well. On my way upstairs, shortly afterwards, the most beautiful, clearest, full 'circle' rainbow outside caught my eye.

It was so symbolical:
Traveling on the train seeing the rain - traveling to NZ knowing there will be trying times ahead but we chose to go ahead because we had already bought the tickets, sold everything, done our homework and now there was no turning back etc
 
Got off the train because it was our stop - got off the airplane.

Walked home most uncomfortably in the rain - times of many disappointments and no interviews for months on end.

Letter in the post - job offer.

Good news - Permanent Residency.
 
The most beautiful rainbow - our future in a great (not perfect), but great country!

It is tougher now because of Christmas around the corner and my DH and I have cried so much in the last few weeks but we are there for each other and remind ourselves of how far we have come and we count our blessings every day, and do our best to look past the negatives in NZ because they cannot come close to that which we left behind in SA. We are there for each other and know that we have a wonderful life ahead of us here in NZ!
:smitten:
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Post by: SaKiwiBoer on December 15, 2009, 06:40:06 pm
 :smitten:   :'(   :clap:  :smitten:   :'(    :D  NZ does have the nicest rainbows.... , again congrats. SAKB.
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Post by: maanhaarleeu on December 15, 2009, 06:46:18 pm
You have really come along way and made it through testing times  ;D
Congrats and I hope the rainbow is a sign of more great things to come your way!
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Post by: Mongrel Mobster on December 15, 2009, 09:05:00 pm
Once again congratulations and now you can settle and enjoy the new beginning in NZ having PR. We wish you all the best for your future.   :gl: :gl: :gl:



See you guys soon!!!  :twothumbs:
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Post by: Clarikdeens on December 16, 2009, 12:24:14 am
Anna and I are so glad for you and Mark :clap: :clap: :clap:
Enjoy the rest of the ride - even it if it becomes bumpy now and again, as it will. No country is perfect. :D
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Post by: MickeyD on December 16, 2009, 01:14:23 am
Congrats!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: frodo/maya on December 20, 2009, 10:30:30 am
Congrats   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Mumtaz (CapetonianInWellington) on December 21, 2009, 04:46:00 am
Congratulations. We are so happy for you............Enjoy every minute of it.
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Post by: Micayla on December 21, 2009, 07:02:03 am
Congrats Saturn! That's wonderful news O0
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Post by: Feather on January 07, 2010, 03:11:28 am
Congratulations S_M  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: zatexnz on January 07, 2010, 07:05:17 am
Sorry I'm late, but a huge Congrats for sticking this through and clinging To God through it all!  May 2010 be your best year ever!!
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 30, 2010, 11:27:33 pm
So, time for another update. I had tried to do one a few weeks ago, when we had been in NZ for 1 year but then I lost the post and didn't feel like doing it all over at that point.  :P

Well a lot has been going on - on 16th January 2010 we celebrated our 1st year anniversary of arriving in NZ cowboy style.

On 21st January 2010 we received our passports back from INZ with indefinite PR and a 2 year RRV.  :heeha:
It was such a great feeling being able to see these lovely blue stickers with our own eyes in our passports - something which was a very distant dream 1 year ago.

So now we have requested our container and asked the shipping company to get the ball rolling on 1 February 2010 (tomorrow!) and can hardly wait to see our stuff which has been in storage just about forever! Hopefully we will get it before the end of April provided there are no issues at customs.  :)

We are also in the process of house hunting... again! We need a larger place than the place we are renting now, but over and above that we are not happy were we are - not in the greatest neighbourhood and had to learn that the very hard way. The townhouse itself is lovely but the location is ***. Oh well... The other reason is because we want to be closer to the city but without paying a fortune on rent. So far we have looked at 3 places - of which only 1 we like - and will be looking at another on Tuesday.

Since I last posted, we have also become the proud owner of 2 beautiful (and naughty) kittens.  :D
The one is ginger, the other ginger and white. Will post pictures in the next post in fear that I might lose this thread again if I try to post them at the same time (forgot to check the picture size and they ended up being too large and the 'back' button didn't work)  >:(

So we are very happy in New Zealand. Don't regret immigrating for 1 second and so happy that our risks and hard work paid off and that we are now Permanent Residents!
 :smitten:

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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 31, 2010, 02:22:27 am
this is our one beautiful kitten - Einstein

(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs156.snc3/18364_303714818133_732183133_4596377_3657980_n.jpg)
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Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 31, 2010, 02:33:01 am
this is our mischief maker - Odin

(http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs156.snc3/18364_303738018133_732183133_4596418_8220627_n.jpg)
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Post by: Savayla on January 31, 2010, 03:25:56 am
Hi Saturn-Moon   Congratulations and well done.  You definately deserve a proper Cowboy Hat !!!  O0

We are also arriving cowboy style in April, with a few tricks up our sleeves, and hoping that they rabbits will come out of the hat on cue. 

Nice going through all your posts and following how you did everything.  Your kittens are so cute.  We have just found a home for our two, which is really hard. 
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Post by: frodo/maya on January 31, 2010, 06:44:46 pm
your kittens are adorable!!

Congrats on all you have accomplished so far!

keep us updated

 :)