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Title: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on August 21, 2013, 12:43:51 pm
Hi everyone,

Let me first apologize for not introducing myself. I just came across this website, got excited and then started asking questions.  :thumbdown:

We live in Cape Town currently, originally from Durban and have been here for 10 years and a bit now.
Wifey and I have been wanting to make this move from the time we were in Durban, but without any qualifications we thought we could never get in. Over 10 years later and we are wanting to make the move again.  :idiot2: I know what you're saying: 'why didnt we pursue it then?' Maybe  it was just overwhelming at the time. Who knows?!?  :-\

This time, we are actually doing something about it. It's been a month now since we started researching, browsing sites like these, researching NZ immigration requirements etc etc and decided to go and see an agent just for information purposes.
We found out that my occupation is listed on LTSSL and that made us smile and then the agent told us what it will cost to get there, including his fees!  :fight: Yeah I almost punched him in the face!
We left his premises saying we can do this ourselves!
So we have started! SEEK is my new best friend! :clap: The first week I applied for IT positions. I recieved feedback from 1 company who asked me to complete a questionnaire and send it back. They didnt need to ask me twice, I sent it back like somebody was chasing me! LOL
A couple of days later, I was asked if I could be available for a Skype interview at 10am NZ time. I said: Sure, timing is perfect! :)
Interview day/night - all went well and I recieved another mail saying that they would like to move onto the 2nd stage but I need pre-approval first. Thats when I posted my first post here to all you wonderful people!
I explained I cannot get pre-approval and that I need a job offer first to accompany my Work Visa application. Since then, that was over 2 weeks ago, I unfortunately haven't heard from the company. I contacted them on Monday this week via email to 'check-in' to see the status of my application and was told to give them a couple of days! Sure, no problem I said, although I knew in my world a few days seems like months!
I then decided to be a little assertive and maybe contact companies directly. For some reason this has made us feel a little positive. The people are more friendly, they appreciate the time that we took to enquire about the position and I'm able to send my CV directly to them and not a mailbox that sends me a auto-response!  :knuppel2:
Of course, they all prefer if we are there and can have an interview face to face. Currently that might not be so viable for us, expense-wise!
So this is where we are at the moment, almost back at sqaure 1. We are beginning to think that maybe it's just not meant to be and that we should just give it a break for now and get back to it in a couple of months time. :-\
Anymore developements will be posted here. thanks for reading!

cheers for now!
Rod
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on August 21, 2013, 03:09:30 pm
Maybe 10 years ago wasnt the right time, but now it is!!???!!

Dont give up that easy, keep on trying and applying as much as you can! You never know who is looking for your skills.

 :gl: vir everything!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: SA3001 on August 21, 2013, 09:25:59 pm
You absolutely cannot give up if you are serious about this.  I spent 6 solid months, night after night, sending out our CV's, applying for everything on SEEK etc.  For you to even get a bite is more than most get.  NZ employers are keen to see that you are serious about making the move so this may mean that you tell them you are coming over for a few weeks to attend interviews.  This shows commitment from you.  Once we were able to give a date of arrival in our cover letters, my OH got positive responses and had 4 solid interviews lined up for when we arrived, one of which resulted in a job offer 10 days later  :)

This move takes an enormous amount of planning and sacrifice and your resolve has to be unwavering.  It's also getting harder and harder, so don't miss the boat this time as it may be your last chance.  :gl:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on August 21, 2013, 10:09:29 pm
Goldie and SA3001!
Thanks for the positivity. That's what we need to keep us going. Don't worry, we not giving up just yet. That first bite was too good! Wow 6 months everyday is real commitment. Now I don't feel so bad. So yeah we still carrying on BAU. Seek gonna be seeing a helluva lot of us soon! I wish i could just tell people that we'll be there in a few weeks, but financially its just not possible with wifey as a housewife and with out me resigning. If nothing happens between now and march next year I'll have to wait till then when bonus is paid out. For now, it's just apply apply apply!
Thanks again guys!

Chat soon!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on August 21, 2013, 10:27:17 pm
Hi Rodster,

How is the old Durban town? I'm from Durbs and have been here for 3 and a half years and love NZ  :smitten:

Just keep on track and if you're wanting to know anything more, feel free to ask  :)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on August 22, 2013, 06:19:53 am
Hi Sherelee,

Durbs is still the same. Still the best place to be this time of the year. I miss it for that. Not sure how that compares to Auckland. We were planning on making a trip there in a few months. Hopefully it will be to say goodbye...all of my family have moved here to CT so it's just the inlaws there.
Other than that Durbs is still Durbs. Slowing been recognized as a city with lots of potential.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on August 22, 2013, 09:55:27 am
Hi Rodster,

In case you need to hear it again: DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!

The fact that a potential employer contacted you for an interview while you are still in SA is a very positive sign. As Goldie said, maybe 10 years ago wasn't the right time but now it is. DH and I first considered going in 2008, we were all ready to sell up and jump on a plane based on terrible "advice" from an "immigration agent" who was obviously only in the market for our hard-earned SA money. Thank goodness it didn't happen! We couldn't sell the house! Knowing now what I didn't know then I realise we would have ruined ourselves financially and things would probably not have worked out.

I know that finances are a huge drawback especially as it is over R8 to 1NZ$. Maybe if you have a friend who works in the financial sector or perhaps a financial advisor they can help you see where you could squeeze out some extra money to be able to go to NZ for interviews etc.

My 2c worth: keep focussing your attention on this move, make it your goal and see your obstacles as hurdles that CAN be overcome! If you need any more encouragement read Goldie's Howzit thread. ;)

 :gl2: and a belated  :welcome:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on August 22, 2013, 01:34:42 pm
Thanks TheJo!
I definitely need to hear that everyday! So thanks!  O0
Wifey and I spoke again this morning about it and we're not gonna stop. So tired of just talking and not acting. The kids deserve better. I don't want them telling their friends how 'they were supposed to be in NZ but we couldn't ect ect ect!'
Will read up on Goldie's thread now!

Reading on all the posts, that actually was damn lucky of us to get an interview after 1 week of searching! The waiting is just killing! EISH!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on August 22, 2013, 10:43:26 pm
Hi Rodster,

Thanks for the info about Durban... my son is there so it's great to hear something positive  :'(

Also please check out the New Arrivals evening which happen here on the Shore for 'newbies'... it's a group of professional people who meet with 'newbies' once a month to offer advice, support and contacts for whatever is needed in this new journey. Let us know when you get here and we would love to meet you.

 :gl2:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on August 23, 2013, 10:24:03 am
Hey Sherelee,

I'm sure your boy will be just fine! :)
Yes, I'll keep that as a reminder, would be great to meet you guys as well! That is a very good initiative for all newbies! Can't wait!
For now, I need a little bit of advice myself. So on Monday I decided to contact the company I had my Skype interview with. It was more of a check-in mail to find out the status of my application, especially after they've mentioned that they would like to move onto the 2nd stage.
I recieved a reply saying that she'll forward my email to the manager who interviewed me and I should give them a couple of days. Today's Friday, would it against post interview ettiquette to contact them again telephonically or maybe wait another coupla days? Eish, I dunno!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on August 25, 2013, 10:24:28 pm
Hi Rodster,

There's always a 50/50 toss-up in these situations but I would say go with your gut feel. Let us know how it goes  :gl:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: yusuf on August 25, 2013, 11:46:17 pm
Hey Sherelee,

I'm sure your boy will be just fine! :)
Yes, I'll keep that as a reminder, would be great to meet you guys as well! That is a very good initiative for all newbies! Can't wait!
For now, I need a little bit of advice myself. So on Monday I decided to contact the company I had my Skype interview with. It was more of a check-in mail to find out the status of my application, especially after they've mentioned that they would like to move onto the 2nd stage.
I recieved a reply saying that she'll forward my email to the manager who interviewed me and I should give them a couple of days. Today's Friday, would it against post interview ettiquette to contact them again telephonically or maybe wait another coupla days? Eish, I dunno!

Things move slowly in NZ. Island time... it takes some getting used to. Give them a gentle nudge though.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on August 27, 2013, 12:30:45 pm
Hey Folks!

Update time! I think you guys' positivity has rubbed off onto this company. Thanks for the support so far! You guys rock!  O0

Yesterday morning I recieved a mail from the company hugely apologizing for the delay in getting back to me. It seems they have in these exact words "been debating whether to give me a job offer so that I can complete my Work Visa application or whether to let me continue applying for the Work Visa and try to go down the path of trying to get pre-approval". I think they really just want to make sure that we are definitely going to be making this move. They also want to conduct a second peer interview. So I responded saying that I will do anything to secure employment with them, but getting pre-approval on a Work Visa is just not possible, without a job offer. So now I wait and hopefully I get good news soon!

In other news..... :)

I have a new interview tonight at 10:00pm (8:00am 28.08.13 NZT) with another company which also sounds good.  :clap:
Please hold thumbs. Will feedback on that tomorrow! :)

Till then....

R
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on August 27, 2013, 03:10:35 pm
Wow Rodster, that really sounds very positive and that the company might be willing to wait and assist you with the offer. I really hope so for you hey !

And good luck with the interview tonight.  :clap:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on August 27, 2013, 10:24:54 pm
Awesome news, Rodster.

I can't wait to hear  :gl2:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: yusuf on August 28, 2013, 12:35:37 am
Hey Rodster, All the best going forward!
Where in NZ are these companies based?
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on August 28, 2013, 10:14:06 am
Thanks Goldie, Sherelee and Yusuf!  O0

Forgot to mention, Company A said that if they were to offer me a position, I would only need to start in the new year! Like YEAH! :clap: With all that on my mind I dreamt I recieved the job offer via post nogal! It was a thick document and all I wanted to see was my name and the salary. Just when I get to that page, I woke up! LOL! Eish!

Anyway, Company B called last night. 10pm on the dot!! Kiwis are on the ball with their timing hey! Call lasted exactly 15 minutes! It went very well. Easy going, comfortable and overall very positive. I'll get some feedback middle of next week. She said that if they were to continue with the application, phase 2 would be a Skype interview. They also happy waiting a few months and happy with my salary expectations.

So now we wait again.. :) I can do this all day! :)

That's it for now.

R
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on August 28, 2013, 09:16:42 pm
Yusuf, both companies are based in Auckland, where we'd prefer to be. Thanks for the well wishes!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on August 28, 2013, 11:38:37 pm
Awesome, Rodster  :D

That's such great news  :yippee:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on August 29, 2013, 10:12:00 am
Rodster that is such a funny and typical dream hey, you just want to know, why did you have to wake up now  :heeha:

 :2funny:

Good luck!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: peterjepwood on August 30, 2013, 01:09:56 am
Hi  A bridge too far,
You will obviously need money to get to New Zealand and have money to pay rent and eat for one or two months otherwise you will never get to good old NZ. Yes, your experience is called the "catch 22 syndrome" No work Visa, no Job offer, no job offer, no work visa. The way the employment market is at present you need to be in New Zealand to go for interviews and you need to speak and deal with a good immigration adviser. Fees are high but you are getting a new, safe, life in a wonderful country where everything works and kids can ride their bikes in the park at 9pm at night withpout being molested or worse. Speak to NSIS and they may be able to give you  a good repayment terms deal where you pay off their fee from the job you get in NZ.
Regards,
Peter W
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: zatexnz on August 31, 2013, 05:20:36 am
Hi and welcome Rodster! 
Just a quesstion:  Have you checked what points you qualify for on the NZ immigration site?
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on August 31, 2013, 06:38:18 pm
Hey Zatexnz! Thanks for the warm  :welcome:

I did take the points test but with a job offer I only come up with 105 points. I posted something in another section in this forum where  I've completed a 6 month part-time Software Testing 'Diploma' with Faculty Training Institute here in Cape Town in 2009 and just completed another Business Analysis 'Diploma' this month with the same Institution. These are not 3 year Diplomas so I'm not too sure what it would go as. Will these along with my Matric Certificate even be considered if I have to make an EOI for PR? Not even sure that NZQA will even look at these to assess! My worry is my PR been declined because of no recognised qualification. Hence our decision to opt for the Work Visa instead.
Some help would really be appreciated.  :help:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: SA3001 on August 31, 2013, 09:28:57 pm
Contact Peter Jepwood regarding the diploma question.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: zatexnz on September 01, 2013, 10:09:09 am
In your case I think Peter would definitely be of more help.  O0
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 02, 2013, 10:59:04 am
Thanks guys, I think I'll do that!  O0
PS> I've recieved feedback from Company B this morning via email. They seem happy with the telephonic interview I had last week Monday night. They would now like to proceed with a Skype interview. That has been scheduled for this Thursday night at 10:00PM SAST! Looking forward to that!

Will keep you posted!

Cheers,
R
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on September 02, 2013, 10:14:20 pm
Good luck, Rodster  :gl2:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 03, 2013, 07:48:59 am
Thanks Sherelee! :)

Another quick one - Company A got back to me this morning to say that they are looking at their resourcing for the coming year and can't yet confirm if they could take me on. They would like to have me meet a few of their other employees though, so they will arrange another Skype catch up.

So for now, it's neither here nor there! Will have to wait to see what happens.

NSIS got back to me as well regarding my diploma certificates and said they I must just give them a couple of days.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on September 03, 2013, 01:53:22 pm
I think its a good thing hey. I have read that most NZders wants you there so that you can meet the other employees and see if one will fit in.
the other interview DH had the guy told him he wants him to 'walk a day in their shoes' as it involves working on milking farms etc.

They want to know that you will fit in with the surroundings and other people you will see every single day. So it might be a great positive!

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 03, 2013, 02:16:35 pm
Yeah Goldie, I think so too. Although it'll be a virtual introduction, but an intro nonetheless. :) I'm hoping that them suggesting that means they are quite keen!

I feel though like I need to convince them more of our decision to make this move to NZ though. Maybe tell them of the things we've done so far, like request police clearance, completing passport application forms for the wife and kids, started with EOI ect ect...
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 06, 2013, 12:46:54 pm
Ok, update time!
Last night was a looong night! Had 2 Skype interviews and then I couldnt sleep! Got to bed after 1 this morning! :sleep:

Anyway, first interview was with Company B, they called at 10pm. This was after I had a telephonic interview with them last week. Met with 2 managers, nice blokes! Lasted about 30 minutes. Went well, great company, great culture and hope to hear from them in the course of next week!

Then, at 11pm, Company A called for the peer interview (2nd Skype Interview). Met 2 of my potential colleagues and that too was just great. Extremely relaxed and was a matter of them seeing if I'll fit in with their culture. Company is great, culture is great. That call lasted about 40 mins.
Eventually got to bed, woke up with eager anticipation and checked mails, skype messages ect. but nothing as yet.
Got ready for work and gave it one last check. WALA! Waddaya know! Feedback from Company A from the manager saying that the guys who did the peer interview were thoroughly happy with me and now she wants to move onto the next stage which is $$$ and then reference checks and then she wants to make me an offer!!  :yippee:  So as expected, today has not been a very productive work day. :thumbdown:

I'm just so freaken excited/nervous/anxious!!  :yippee:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on September 06, 2013, 01:56:33 pm
Wow!! I'm so happy for you! (won't mention how jealous I am at the same time.... :whistle:)

Congrats!! :clap:  O0  I hope they come back with a great offer!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on September 06, 2013, 02:15:27 pm
OMW eeeeeeck you sommer make me nervous hehe

 :clap:  :heeha:  O0  :yippee:  :gl:  :1hug:

I know that exact feeling, not being able to sleep, your mind is racing and thinking about 10 million things, every single time you wake up you check the emails lol

That is just absolutely great news Rodster, im so happy for you. you might even at the end have to decide which job to accept!!!

I know we tend to rather go lower just to get it but it does seem as if they are quite interested so start high!? She can always make a lower offer that will still be enough for you. I dont think you will chase them away with high expectations, they might just laug a bit, think you are a bit koekoes and give you a lower one  :2funny:

I have never in my life checked email more than during this immigration process. Even now waiting for the visas i refresh every 10 minutes LMFAO so silly hehe

Im sure you will have a great weekend and feeling a bit relaxed about everything!!!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 06, 2013, 06:26:59 pm
Thanks Sash82 and Goldie! Busy laughing our heads off, thinking we the only ones who wake up and check emails first thing!  :2funny:
But yes, we are very nervous now, things happening a bit too quickly! Eish!
Hey Sash82 - Good things come to those who wait. Sounds like a cliché, but those words have never been more true. I was ready to give up as well, but we just kept grinding at it. Your break will come, hang in there! :)

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Crusader on September 06, 2013, 11:26:32 pm
Just shows you that it can be done from outside New Zealand, in contrast with people who said it can't be done.Good on you Rodster....
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Bernice on September 07, 2013, 12:40:11 am
Congratulations Rodster!  I'm new to this site but checked out your thread and couldn't wait to read to the end to find out whether you got the job or not! I'm also from Durbs and been living in NZ for 5 and half years now.
I made the big move in 2008 and it was the best move ever! You and your family are going to love it here. We are very blessed to live in such a beautiful country. All the best ... exciting times ahead for you  :clap:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: yusuf on September 07, 2013, 06:02:00 am
I used to check my mails in my sleep every night before moving over. It became a habit...
I still do, but much less than I used to  :2funny:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on September 07, 2013, 08:56:31 am
Great stuff Rodster! Glad you didn't throw in the towel.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: SA3001 on September 07, 2013, 11:21:20 pm
Great stuff  O0  Just shows that you must never ever give up  :gl:  If it's meant to be it will be.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on September 08, 2013, 12:00:53 am
Awesome, Rodster  :yippee:

Durban's loss, New Zealand's gain.

 :clap:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: zatexnz on September 08, 2013, 09:15:26 pm
Fantastic news, Rodster!!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 09, 2013, 08:55:10 am
hey guys! Sjo, what a busy weekend! :)
We found it very difficult to relax Goldie, as you know our minds went from flights to schools to housing to transport to departure date to telling everyone, EISH!!
@chchkiwi I couldn't agree more, must admit though the longer it was taking the more I was thinking that it CAN'T be done, but there we go! :)
@Bernice thanks so much! I hope we can have half the blessings of living in NZ as you have! oh, and a belated  :welcome:
@TheJo after so much encouragement I recieved from this site, there was no way I was gonna throw in the towel! I would have been an  :idiot2: to do that!
Thanks Yusuf, Zatexnz, Sherelee and SA3001 for your well wishes too!

There's been a couple of more developments. Company A emailed to say that they are willing to help in whatever way they can to make the move to NZ as smooth as possible. So they've now asked for the references asap so that we can close this deal  :yippee: and also what date I would like to start. Wifey and I reckoned maybe mid-Jan. Seems kids get back to school 27 Jan 2014. I hope that will be okay. Will wait and hear.

In the meantime, Company B mailed me last night to say that they too want to move onto stage 2 in their interview process. :) Here I will get to meet senior management (like a whole panel of them, 6-8 people!!  :sweat:)  Nooo pressure! Tha is scheduled for next Monday at 22:00!

So that was my weekend! This week should be interesting, letting my boss know my plans (not looking forward to that! :sweat:) and then not knowing what references Company A will get!
Then it's the formalities, medicals, clearances, VISA's! EISH EISH EISH!! Glad I'm not alone! Thanks to all you guys! :)

Chat soon!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on September 09, 2013, 09:25:26 am
I have goosies all over from hearing the excitement in your post! I can't wait or our break! I know it will happen at the right time!

I also check mails with one eye open a couple of times a night! We use DH's e-mail addy so I have a shortcut on my phone too now! In the beginning I used to get up and check his phone but that became too much of a schlep, so now I just reach for my phone and sommer leave it open and just refresh every time I wake to check! :2funny:

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on September 09, 2013, 10:54:44 pm
Lekker Lekker Rodster  :clap:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: MichelleL on September 10, 2013, 09:10:46 am
Wow, it's so exiting to see your plans fall in place!!!!
 :gl: for the next interview!!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 10, 2013, 10:14:42 am
Thanks guys! :)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 19, 2013, 10:20:09 am
Hiya folks. another update quick. So we had the 2nd skype interview with Company B on Monday night. 2 people couldnt make the interview. So it was me and 2 other managers (1 is a SAFFER, from Durbs nogal!). It went very well. Lasted about 50 mins. They then asked if I could complete a technical questionnaire to test my technical ability and Testing skills. Alot of it was way over my head, that's when I thought that maybe that this was to good to be true and I should be expecting an 'unsuccessful application email' in the morning!
Fortunately I was able to answer all questions related to my occupation. So I thought the best thing to do was just be honest and let him know that I don't work with code as I havent been that exposed to it.
Well, morning came and I got an email inviting me for a 3rd interview with the 2 guys that couldn't make the interview the night before! Sometimes it pays to be honest! :)
That interview is happening tonight @ 10:00PM!

Now, just before my 2nd interview with Company B, I get a message from Company A saying that they have recieved 1 reference back and they are ready to make me an offer! They are just awaiting 1 more reference before taking the next step! Now picture recieving this message JUST before your interview, I couldn't even reply. I got the message literally 2 mins before my interview!! Palms were sweaty, mind is racing. Do I reply? Do i leave it?............Well I left it! After my interview, I replied to the message and now we wait for Company A!

I hope to never go through this drama again! Every interview night is a movie shooting scene in my room! Lights check, sound check, backround check! Even got the people's names on my wall! Driving me demekaar!!!  :2funny:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: yusuf on September 19, 2013, 11:22:58 am
Good luck!
I am sure you will get a great offer pretty soon  :gl2:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 19, 2013, 11:50:23 am
thanks Yusuf, we hope so too! O0
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on September 19, 2013, 11:51:52 am
Rodster, I know the drama is stressful, but you are in a very envious position. Many people had to hit the streets looking for work and some succeeded, while some did not.

It all sounds fantastic so far. Even if company A makes an offer, just let them know you are considering it and will let them know. Maybe by that stage you'll have an offer from company B as well and then you can choose which is best.

Do you have a preference either way at this stage for company A or B?

Good luck, and thanks for keeping us all in the loop!

Holding thumbs for you!!!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 19, 2013, 12:53:05 pm
Thanks TheJo!  O0

I'm thankful everyday for been in this position, believe me! Especially when I read of stories of ones who risk it all and move to NZ.

Both are actually great companies! Great culture, great people! If it does come to me choosing, that will be difficult! Both offer great benefits, 1 is in central town, a walk away from the harbour, so great scenery. The other is located south of Auckland. I suppose the preference will be what the one can offer compared to the other, more especially with relocation. Other than that, there's no preference really.

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on September 19, 2013, 02:01:46 pm
Rodster....you will have a lot of people  :envy: for not just getting 1 offer from SA but TWO :)

Very excited for you!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 19, 2013, 03:10:12 pm
Thanks Goldie!  O0
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on September 19, 2013, 11:09:47 pm

Hi Rodster,

This is all so very 'lekker' for you and we are all holding collective thumbs but we understand you're  :sweat: a little.

See you on the flip side soon  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: MichelleL on September 20, 2013, 06:14:14 am
Thanks for the updates Rodster! It is so exiting to read! Can't wait for the next instalment!  :yippee:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 21, 2013, 10:02:10 am
Thanks Sherelee and Michelle!
Ok, so company A has received both references, but Murphy has other plans! My prospective manager is on course for a week and will only be back at the office 30/09. So we wait another week!
Interview with Company B went very well on Thursday night! Spoke to another manager. Had a chat with HR and we spoke like I'm starting there tomorrow. Told me about all the benefits, the perks (great btw!), leave, people, culture etc ect.

No salary was discussed, as I didn't think it would be appropriate to ask. I'll wait to see if they make an offer.

So the hard work from my end is done. It's all just a waiting game now.  :coffee:
Without running the risk of sounding arrogant, I hope I'm actually not in a position where I need to choose an offer! For now we're just going to enjoy this loooong weekend!  :D

Cheers for now! O0

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on September 23, 2013, 10:57:19 pm

Waiting with you  :coffee:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 27, 2013, 11:23:23 am
WOW! what a week this has been! What I thought would just be a week of waiting, turned out much more intense. On Tuesday evening, Company B mailed me again to check if I could perform another technical assessment! After a long sigh and panic, I got started. I was given 2 days to make this work and had to deliver a workable solution by Thursday night at 10:00PM SAT via a WEBEX session! :sweat: I literally got it working half an hour before my demo! :sweat:
10:00PM last night was probably my most stressful of all my interviews and it only lasted 15 mins!
They seemed very happy, I was honest and told them that it was a challenge, not only technically, but to my health and well being as well! Haha! Just kidding!

They told me, I should expect to hear from HR again wrt the next steps ie. visa app, immigration steps. Been an accredited company, they are very much sorted in this regard!  :clap:

Obviously I couldnt sleep last night after all of that, so wifey and I made a fire at 11:00pm last night, sat by the fireplace and chatted about this journey so far, and YES we're still convinced that this is the right thing to do!  :coffee:

After a restless sleep, I checked my emails again this morning (force of habit these days! :) ) and there's an email from HR!!! She said that they're pleased to let me know I have moved on to the next steps, BUT, I must just complete 1 more assessment, just to assess my personality in the workplace. EISH! Fortunately it's nothing to stress about, it's just a matter of been honest.  8) This they need back by Sunday night SAT!

So, next week is going to be big! It's either YAY or NAY from both Company A and B! Company A promised to give me feedback on my application. Company B will assess my personality from the assessment and give feedback as well, while we wait, stress and wonder!

Holding thumbs for a MASSIVE next week!!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: LTtoNZ on September 28, 2013, 12:47:18 am
Oh Rodster that's fabulous news!!!  I'm sure your personality assessment will be absolutely fine ...  :gl2:

Waiting with bated breath with you - I know exactly how you're feeling... was in a similar boat in SA just over a year ago, and now sitting happily in NZ !!!  And it sounds like soon you will be in NZ too!!!!   :yippee:

FANTASTIC !!!!!! - keep the updates flying here  :D
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: yusuf on September 28, 2013, 10:32:49 am
Awesome stuff. Sounds like you will be here soon :)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on September 29, 2013, 03:54:24 pm
Rodster if I were in your position I would have bitten my nails down to nothing already. Everything sounds very positive from both companies. Hang in there! I'm sure after all those trial by fire interviews the personality test will go just fine. :gl:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on September 30, 2013, 10:12:01 am
Thanks Yusuf and TheJo! :)

Assessments seemed to have gone ok. We've reached the reference check of the recruitment process now! I got that mail this morning. :) I've sent on the references and we wait another day, or few! :)

I'll keep in touch!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on October 01, 2013, 02:35:58 am

Seems like we'll be seeing you sooner rather than later, Rodster.... and you will not regret it  :yippee:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 01, 2013, 12:10:59 pm
I sure hope so Sherelee, I sure hope so!!! First reference call will be tonight at 9PM SAT to my previous manager! tick-tock!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 07, 2013, 10:31:21 pm
UPDATE TIME!

It's with numbness in my fingers that I type this. I have received feedback from both companies! I have received both job offers!!!!  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Both companies mailed me on Sunday evening. Company A mailed to inform me that they would like to make me an offer and would like to send it through to me to review, but asked me to raise any questions I might have regarding anything. So I asked about relocation and if they would be willing to assist. Not sure how popular that is with NZ companies.

The email from Company B was to inform me that they would like to contact me telephonically to confirm if I have been successful or not! Well, I got the call at 9:30 to inform me that I have been successful in securing employment with them!  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
45 mins later and the job offer in writing is in my Inbox!

This is just too overwhelming at the moment. Think I just need to sleep now and wake up and pinch myself! More details tomorrow.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Chan in Wellington on October 07, 2013, 11:21:57 pm
Congrats, not many people get to pick and choose between jobs!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: LTtoNZ on October 07, 2013, 11:56:18 pm
Fantastic!!!! 
Good luck with deciding  :2funny: 
Well done!  ;D
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on October 08, 2013, 12:15:27 am

Heeheehee  :yippee: that is awesome news, Rodster.

I also think you are the exception rather than the rule so we don't want people to think this is normally what NZ companies do..... but some of them still do it for the right immigrants and we have to applaud them for that..... so yay to them  :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Dan on October 08, 2013, 02:45:32 am
Rodster, this is great news  O0

You're very highly qualified.  You'll be here soon.  My new neighbour perhaps!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: yusuf on October 08, 2013, 05:00:42 am
Congratulations Rodster!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on October 08, 2013, 07:44:55 am
Rodster that is AWESOME!!! I'm so happy for you. Since these installments of yours have been so exciting and action packed perhaps you wouldn't mind sharing with us which job you do choose.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on October 08, 2013, 08:49:01 am
Wow Rodster, you must be on cloud 9 now! A BIG congrats, that is so awesome and you must feel so blessed to have received 2 offers.

Now to decide.... :)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Zedd on October 08, 2013, 08:49:22 am
Congratulations, Rodster!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 08, 2013, 02:20:40 pm
Thanks so much everybody! I'm truly humbled and certainly feel blessed. I have not been able to concentrate on my work at all today, with so many thoughts rushing through my mind!
I've mailed Company A to ask about their assistance with relocation. I am awaiting their response on this. Company B have given me a start date of 14 January 2014, pending Visa approval, although the date is not cast in stone. The benefits are absolutely fantastic, BUT they are offering a salary of NZ$10k p/a less than Company A. Not sure how much of a difference this can make is one's monthly salary. Company A is offering a senior role, hence the higher package and is based in central Auckland, a walk away from the harbour! :)

Company B is based in the south of Auckland in the suburbs. Transport there might be an issue, since we aiming to live in the North Shore.

So yes Goldie, still on cloud 9, but still very overwhelmed!!

@ TheJo of course I'll share, as soon as I make that difficult decision!  :)

@ Dan where in Auckland are you?

thanks again everyone - feels like talking to family on here! :)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on October 08, 2013, 02:45:57 pm
WOW!!! I got so caught up in my own dramas that I only saw the good, no, great news now!! A huge congrats!  O0
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 08, 2013, 03:18:37 pm
Thanks Sash82! good things come to those who wait, and I believe you and hubby will get something great, pretty soon! Just hang in there. Easy to say from someone who has a job offer already, but from what I've read already you guys will be alright! ;)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 09, 2013, 11:05:30 am
With all that is going on, I do have 1 question:

The job offer for an occupation that is listed on the LTSSL but not exactly worded as such, would that be a problem when submitting my Work VISA application? eg.The job is for a Test Analyst. The occupation on the LTSSL is a Software Tester. Just need to make sure I have my ducks in a row. :help:

thanks!

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on October 09, 2013, 02:08:18 pm
Hey Rodster,

I'm sure you remember my answer from when you posted this question before, but I wanted to add that the LTSSL is not the be all and end all of immigration. It just makes things "easier" in that there need not be a labour market study because it has already been deemed that there will be a shortage of people with these skills in the long term. Your job offer is for a skilled position and therefor you could potentially qualify under the skilled migrant visa which is for skilled professions whether on the LTSSL or not. Not all the occupations on the LTSSL will qualify you for PR straight away, some are on a work-to-residence basis.

Look at the previous link that I gave you and also look at the INZ website (this section might help: http://www.dol.govt.nz/immigration/knowledgebase/item/1240 (http://www.dol.govt.nz/immigration/knowledgebase/item/1240)). If you meet these criteria then you need not worry so much  ;).
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Adviser on October 09, 2013, 09:30:35 pm
Immigration will assess your duties rather than a job title. If you are in fact Software Tester by your duties but your job title is something like "operating system auditor" you will be fine
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 10, 2013, 12:16:40 pm
Thanks TheJo!
It does kinda ring a bell yes! LOL! Short-term memory loss!

Thanks Adviser! puts my mind at ease a little.

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 15, 2013, 11:07:24 pm
Update time!

After much deliberation and thought, I've decided to go with Company B (The Accredited Employer). They have been fantastic from Day 1. I called this evening to enquire about airfares for us and they said that they will let me know. I hope they pull through this one last time. :)

Start date is 14 January 2014 or pending Work Visa approval! We hope to leave SA after the first week in Jan '14. I don't even wanna think about good byes and farewells, but hey, we have to go through it!

We were hoping to be based on the North Shore but it seems for now, we'll be looking at Howick or Botany, preferably close to work. Both areas look stunning and close to the beach. I'm a coastal boy like that!  ;D

So, now we start the shut down, the closing off, the rounding up, the work good byes! EISH!!!

Thanks to all of you who were so kind to offer your support and offer kind words of encouragement. It really kept us going and made this journey so far a pleasant one! Looking forward to the next chapter in our life!
I cannot mention by name, else I'd be here all night, but all the best to all those in the middle of this journey and to those starting out.
To those already there, see you on the other side!
Special mention to Sash82, stay strong for your DH! He'll come good soon, and soon you'll be needing to thank everyone as well! LOL

Till lata,
R
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on October 16, 2013, 02:57:44 am

Let the journey begin, Rodster, and congratulations on your decision  :smiley6600:

I hope you stay in contact on the forum to give your great advice to others and the rest of us hopefully will meet you in the flesh in the New Year.  :hug:

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Savayla on October 16, 2013, 04:00:15 am
 :yippee:       :clap:     :heeha: :heeha:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on October 16, 2013, 07:18:07 am
 :yippee:Whoop Whoop! ! !  :yippee:

Big congrats Rodster. I am so happy for you hey. What an amazing story you have hey, to receive 2 job offers so quickly hey, record time i tell you ;)

Good luck with shutting down, the next two months are going to be so hectic and just feel like one big rush.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 16, 2013, 09:04:50 am
Thanks guys! We are STOKED to say the least. Yes Goldie, next 2 months are gonna feel like 2 weeks!

Thanks Sherelee! Of course I'll still be here :) Not going anywhere soon! Can't wait to meet everyone at the new arrivals! ;)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on October 17, 2013, 01:58:32 am

Fabulous......

Pack up and see you soon  :clap:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on October 17, 2013, 01:57:14 pm
Well done Rodster, you are on your way!

Keep us posted on the move and pack-up. It can be frustrating so if you need to vent we're here for you!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: SA3001 on October 17, 2013, 08:23:24 pm
Congratulations and  :gl: with all the prep  O0
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 21, 2013, 02:36:54 pm
Thanks TheJo and SA3001!!

Our friends are very sad to see us go, but very excited for us at the same time! They reckoned there won't be any big farewells, thats just gonna make everyone sad, maybe just getting together every weekend from now till we leave, and they want a speech every weekend! LOL!!

Today I handed in my resignation! One of the scariest things yet I think. Tonight I'm having a Skype with my new employer about the legal stuff in making sure I get my VISA!

We've started to put our stuff up for sale and most if it is going to family, with the exception of a few things. We're taking nothing with, and will be leaving our 2 dogs as well.  :'( Gonna miss those Sharpeis!  :'(

So far things are moving smoothly along, no hiccups really. We just hope it keeps going like that! :)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on October 21, 2013, 07:49:09 pm
Hey Rodster, sorry about your dogs. It's really tough having to rehome your pets. Do you have homes for them already? if not, maybe consider http://sharpei.org.za/ (http://sharpei.org.za/). They have a rescue section. Please upload your dogs asap because it can take a while to get a new home or even a foster home. My husky took 3 months to get a foster home. This is a very emotional time, so good luck with the shut-down process.

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on October 30, 2013, 09:55:12 am
Sorry TheJo,

It's been a crazy last few days! Between going to SAPS to lodge our request for the PCC, we had our bloods taken yesterday, trying to sell our stuff and of course been there for our friends that are trying to get the best out of all of us before we leave! Also trying to keep my new employer up to speed with whats happening. All very overwhelming!

About the dogs, no unfortunately I have not found a home for them yet. I will have a look into that website and see what we can do.

Is it normal to start having mixed emotions, almost 2nd thoughts? (sorry, did I say that out loud??  :o) Everything is just happening so very fast and with such little time left, everybody around us is so shocked, sad and also excited which is expected. But it's very diffucult for us to feel excited with so much going on!

Ah well, comes with the territory I suppose. Just gotta hang on in there!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: yusuf on October 30, 2013, 10:08:12 am
Sorry TheJo,

It's been a crazy last few days! Between going to SAPS to lodge our request for the PCC, we had our bloods taken yesterday, trying to sell our stuff and of course been there for our friends that are trying to get the best out of all of us before we leave! Also trying to keep my new employer up to speed with whats happening. All very overwhelming!

About the dogs, no unfortunately I have not found a home for them yet. I will have a look into that website and see what we can do.

Is it normal to start having mixed emotions, almost 2nd thoughts? (sorry, did I say that out loud??  :o) Everything is just happening so very fast and with such little time left, everybody around us is so shocked, sad and also excited which is expected. But it's very diffucult for us to feel excited with so much going on!

Ah well, comes with the territory I suppose. Just gotta hang on in there!

I also had doubts near the end. That phase passed quickly  :gl2:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on October 30, 2013, 11:22:06 am
Oh I'm so glad to read this :-) 

Sitting in my garden today next to the pool thinking...what are we doing lol a bit too late to start thinking those thoughts now hey! I think the biggest factor must be the 'comfort zone we have now, scared of the unknown but I'm sure its normal. I hope it is.

someone told me if you have even the slitest doubt before you go you shouldn't,and I disagree with that, its just Lucifer playing his tricks, I believe. We know we made the right desision and the scary thoughts are just part of this whole process!

I'm busy with our ita today and its a massive amount of paperwork, also trying to work in all the last braais with friends and making a turn at our fave restaurants, very busy!

Good luck with the last stretch!!! And tell that little devil on your shoulder to bigger off! :-)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on October 30, 2013, 09:21:03 pm

Hi guys,

You'll laugh at yourselves about the doubts once you're here..... the beauty, the 1st world feel and, amazingly, more beauty will knock your socks off  :smitten:

See ya all soon  :hug:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: SA3001 on October 31, 2013, 01:20:17 am
Very natural to experience all those mixed emotions and second thoughts too.  Don't let it get the better of you as you may still experience them for a while after you get here.  I think it's better to take the chance, even if it turns out to be a mistake,  than to not and in 10 years time wonder what could have, might have, should have been.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on October 31, 2013, 01:47:20 pm
I think that how you're feeling is completely normal. It doesn't matter how much sense the move makes you will still question yourself. I still have a long way to go to catch up to you guys and I still question myself. I think you will be fine, and in time you will be glad you didn't give in to doubt.
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on November 05, 2013, 03:46:51 pm
Thanks you guys!

Yeah, it's just all settling in now as we come to the final stretch. Still, we are very excited and can't wait to land there!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Savayla on November 06, 2013, 01:36:16 am
Rodster, I love following stories like yours.  It is almost like a reality show  ;D ..   or a soapie ??  To read the very first post where you were so dejected, and now look where you are now.  It is amazing, and I know, having been there myself, how important it is for those wanting to make the move, or in the process, to read these stories.  Good or bad, we all learn from them. 

 :yippee:   
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on November 08, 2013, 08:31:12 am
Thanks Savayla!  :yippee:

Hopefully it lets others know that all is not lost. If you first you don't succeed....julle wiet mos!  :2funny:

Have a great weekend!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on November 12, 2013, 11:59:40 am
ok, small update! :)

All our medicals were completed on the 1st Nov. Such a smooth-sailing process, no hassles, no stress!  We went for X-Rays in the morning which took a while, about just over 2 hours which included waiting for the results. Kids were excited!

At noon, we went to see the doc for the full medical. Also, doc was easy as Sunday morning! :) Whole family is completely healthy, so we passed with flying colours! So I asked him just btw, how many families does he see for immigration. He reckoned about a family a day, and that's just for New Zealand. That was interesting!

Anywho, all docs were signed and off we went to celebrate, took the kids to Grand West Casino, had lunch and played some games. People must have wondered what kind of parents take their kids out of school and take the day off!  :idiot2: LOL!

Today I recieved notification that our Police Clearance Ceritificates are finalised and will be sent back to us this week. This is the document we have been waiting for to send off for our VISA application.

Then I realised that we actually need unabridged birth certificates for our children, which we hadn't applied for yet! We rushed last week Wednesday to Home Affairs to apply for them, they told us minimum 6-8 weeks!! This couldn't have come at a worse time! It's November, heading into festive season and I'm meant to start work on 14 January or soon as VISA gets approved.

We've tried contacting individuals at HA to try and get it processed quicker, but no joy! What's the chances of sending in the VISA appl with the normal birth ceritficates and then courier the unabridged when it arrives? Or is there anyone else who's perhaps had a good experience with getting these docs in good time? We really could do with some help! Anyone please  :help: :sweat:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on November 12, 2013, 02:09:25 pm
Glad to hear all the good news!
Sorry to hear about the BC, but don't stress too much. We had ours within a week or two. The only one we're still waiting for is our unabridged marriage certificate, but I have a copy of the register that was filled in by hand and our agent said we should be fine for now with that and the abridged one but will need the unabridged one for PR application which is still a couple of months away.
Where did you apply for the BC's?
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: ARELEENE4 on November 12, 2013, 03:07:39 pm
 :) hi Rodster, Sash82 is right. i got my husband's in 9 days. Breathe! ;)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on November 12, 2013, 03:13:30 pm
WOW, within a week or 2?? Well, they did say our passports would take 4 weeks and we got them within 1 week. So i'm hoping the same would apply for our kids BC's. We went throught to the HA branch in Bellville, Voortrekker Road. They were very helpful and I just hope it comes through soon!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on November 12, 2013, 03:16:00 pm
LOL ok ARELEENE! :) At least it wasn't a once-off-good-experience! ;)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on November 13, 2013, 10:28:01 am
WOW! Just recieved notification that the unabridged BC's are ready! That's less than a week! :yippee: Police Clearance Certificates are on their way, should be here by Friday for the latest also! DAMN, things are moving now!!  :sweat: Time to update my new company!  :clap:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on November 13, 2013, 10:40:22 am
Toldya they're faster than they say.......I think it's to help us leave the country faster!  >:D

Our job offer is 'innie pos'...........tick tock....
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on November 13, 2013, 11:03:46 am
LOL Sash, I'm starting to believe that!  ;D

Great news about the job offer!  :yippee:  :clap: Well done, really! Was definitely a LSD trip worth doing! Hey, we might even meet up at Auckland airport! That would be funny!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on November 13, 2013, 11:05:51 am
It was so worth the 5 loooooong weeks!

How long did your original offer & supplementary forms take to reach you?

How awesome would that be! When do you think you'll 'hop a plane'?

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on November 13, 2013, 11:09:15 am
Where are you guys going to stay in NZ? I can't remember who's going where with all the Saffas leaving around us!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: TheJo on November 13, 2013, 12:43:43 pm
Sounds like you're sorted Rodster! Congratulations Sash! the emotional rollercoaster was worth it in the end - so glad!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on November 13, 2013, 12:50:41 pm
I'm too scared to get excited.....these things happen to other people..... :crazy2:
I'm a comfort zone girl and this is light years from my comfort zone!!! I think this is the denial phase I heard about....
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on November 13, 2013, 01:27:04 pm
Well the offer was emailed to me the same night that they called me about job. She mentioned that she will courier the original to us. That took about 3 days I think. So yours should be almost in your postbox, or your front door! Please Kodak that moment! :)

So if all goes well with our VISA's, we hope to leave in the first week in Jan! I'm mean't to start work on the 14th or when the VISA gets approved.

As far as accomodation is concerned, we're looking at East Auckland since I'll be working in East Tamaki. Areas we're looking at are Botany, Howick. Last night we stumbled across Dannemora! Really a great suburb, a little expensive though but the houses look fantastic. I also heard they are little on top of each other, so we're still looking around.

Point View School for the kids looks ideal and we're really impressed with that school! Fortunately Dannemora falls within the school zone, hence the reason we so interested in that area.

And you guys?

Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on November 13, 2013, 02:10:29 pm
Where going to stay in Taupo in the Waikato district. I like Acacia Bay but it's not in the right area for Hilltop Primary, so will probably have to stay in Hilltop.

Really looks like we're going to fly around the same time!  :clap: HD is suppose to start 1 December (or as soon as visa is granted) I can't see how 1 Dec is going to happen so will probably only start January. The employer is quite easy going with that.

I'm soooo going to Postnet again after work........and tomorrow morning.....and the next..... :2funny: We also have the emailed copy but need the original for the visa application. He will probably only get his medical results on Monday so no rush for the offer. I hope we can submit the visa app next week already!

This is the most exciting and scariest thing I've ever done!!  :heeha: I thought getting married, buying a house and having kids were scary!!!
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Savayla on November 13, 2013, 02:42:26 pm
Hmmmm, with everyone getting their passports and papers so fast, methinks they received a memo telling them to get rid  of you all .. FAST  :2funny:
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sherelee on November 13, 2013, 10:36:39 pm

 :2funny: love it, Savayla.

See you all here soon  :-*
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Goldie&3Bears on November 14, 2013, 01:40:00 am
Rodster im so happy for you! Its soooo close now :-)

Sash to you too! I havent been on the forum so i didnt know you guys got an offer., big congrats too!

May you not send the copy of offer in for visa? We did and it was fine, we havent gotten an original and DH has started working already :-)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on November 14, 2013, 08:05:25 am
Seriously?? I thought you needed the original!! Well if that's the case, we are so doing our visa app next week. Hubby is on his way to Hatmed as we speak so will probably get the results by Monday.

 :yippee: :clap: :D doing my happy dance :yippee: :clap: :D
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Rodster on November 14, 2013, 09:24:37 am
Hey there you are Goldie! Are you already in NZ??  :o If you are, CONGRATS!!! I hope it has exceeded all your expectations so far!

It's a bit too close for us for my liking!  :2funny:

Sash, exciting and scary is an understatement I think! :) Just a question, why does your husband have to wait a few days for the results? We got all ours on the day, unless we forgot to do something?  :confused:
But yes, once you get it back, there's no stopping now! :)
Title: Re: A bridge too far maybe.....
Post by: Sash82 on November 14, 2013, 09:51:33 am
WHAAAT?? Are you serious? This day just keeps getting better!! I just thought it takes a few days as bloodworks normally do!

Okay, now I'm really getting nervous......things are happening too fast for my scary ***!!  :o
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Post by: Rodster on November 14, 2013, 10:26:43 am
Yeah, well we were told to do the bloods 4 days before the medical exam, so on the day of the medical at the doc, he was able to give us the results. I suppose its the blood tests results that you'll be waiting for then. :)
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Post by: Sash82 on November 14, 2013, 11:01:18 am
Oh ok, that makes sense. Yeah they told him now he can get the results on Tuesday.
Can you do the bloods anywhere or does it need to be by them?
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Post by: Sash82 on November 14, 2013, 11:07:22 am
Forgot to ask, did you need to take the kids clinic cards / immunisation records with? Our oldest just turned 6 so she needs to go for a shot and baba was snotterig most of the winter and the doc said we should just leave it till summer, they can catch up with the shots, so baba is behind but it's only with the optional extra's.
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Post by: Rodster on November 14, 2013, 12:18:32 pm
Well the docs that sent us the info on the NZ medical said to us that we could go to any Pathcare and have the bloods taken there, just that it needed to be done before we saw the doc. Don't think it matters which Pathcare though.
Kids clinic cards? Yes, we were asked to bring them along when we went for the appointment. :)
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Post by: Sash82 on November 14, 2013, 12:25:24 pm
Ok thanx, I'm on the line with Hatmed to try and find out where they want us to do the bloods.
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Post by: Rodster on November 14, 2013, 01:00:51 pm
ok great! hopefully not too far from where you are.
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Post by: Sash82 on November 14, 2013, 02:07:33 pm
Nope! They want us to do it there!  :thumbdown:
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Post by: Rodster on November 20, 2013, 07:57:58 am
Forum's been very quiet these days! Anyway, just another small update!

Yesterday we recieved our Police Clearance Certificates back from SAPS. Such a simple of piece of paper that takes so long! eish!

We're just waiting for my son's unabridged birth certificate to come. We applied for my son's and daughter's one at the same time, we recieved my daughter's one back in less than a week. We were told that they recieved my son's one and are busy processing it and should call back at the end of this week.
So i hope we have some good news and we can send everything off next week!

Time is moving! So are the butterflies and emotions!
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Post by: TheJo on November 20, 2013, 12:15:05 pm
The forum has been quiet lately. Thanks for the update Rodster. Don't forget us when you eventually land in NZ.
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Post by: Rodster on November 20, 2013, 12:59:43 pm
No of course not TheJo! I'll have to make this my homepage! :)
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Post by: Sherelee on November 21, 2013, 12:04:24 am

Hi guys  :D :D

Sorry it's been so quiet here but I'm working on deadline for The South African Magazine, the new immigrants are coming in thick and fast and everyone wants things done right now before the holiday break.

WE ARE HERE for you guys when you arrive  :hug:
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Post by: Rodster on December 09, 2013, 10:48:14 am
Just another small update: On Saturday we sent everything off to PTA with the courier. Now we wait and see if everything is ok. Months and months of hard work has come down to this! What we have done, we have done! We wait patiently until we get the thumbs up or thumbs down! Hopefully we hear something before the 20th! Keep ya'll posted!

Ciao!
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Post by: Sherelee on December 09, 2013, 10:36:33 pm

Great.... let's hope PTA is on the ball.

Holding thumbs  :-*
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Post by: Rodster on December 20, 2013, 11:19:11 am
Update time!!

Our VISA's have ALL been APPROVED!!!!  :yippee:  :yippee: :yippee:
I can't believe it! I don't think it has sunk in yet!!!  :uglystupid2:

Our passports will be ready for collection on Monday 23rd December!!  :yippee:  :yippee:  :yippee:
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Post by: yusuf on December 20, 2013, 11:36:10 am
Congratulations Rodster!
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Post by: Zedd on December 20, 2013, 02:04:31 pm
grats Rodster!!
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Post by: Gypsymom on December 20, 2013, 09:35:31 pm
 :yippee: :yippee: Brilliant!!  Congratulations  :yippee:
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Post by: TheJo on December 21, 2013, 11:14:26 am
Well done Rodster!!!! :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Sherelee on December 23, 2013, 11:04:46 pm

WHOOHOO....... SEE YOU SOON IN PARADISE  :flowers: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Rodster on December 24, 2013, 08:08:40 am
Thanks you guys!! :)  Can't wait to meet you all, even you TheJo, in NZ!!  ;)
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Post by: Savayla on December 27, 2013, 06:33:13 am
Best Xmas prezzies ever hey !!!!! :yippee:
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Post by: zatexnz on January 02, 2014, 09:15:01 am
That was a great Christmas prezzie!!  Congrats Rodster!!!  :yippee:
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Post by: Rodster on January 13, 2014, 04:04:19 pm
Thanks again guys! Its been a while, with everyone on holiday. What I can say that I'm officially unemployed in SA! LOL! :yippee:
We have our passports with the VISA stickers in and we are all good to go......almost!
We have a departure date of the 25th Jan (though still in pencil) just waiting for my new company to confirm tickets and itinerary! Things are coming to a close now, with friends giving us a lekker farewell, now the snot and trane really start! LOL!! :'(
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Post by: Sherelee on January 13, 2014, 11:42:40 pm

 :yippee: see you soon.

The tears will flow but the heart knows that you've done the right thing.

See you at the next New Arrivals evening  :hug:
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Post by: Rodster on February 03, 2014, 09:35:11 am
Hey all! We have arrived in this beautiful country exactly a week ago and it really hasn't registered that we are actually here. Last week was relaxing and tryna get over the jetlag which we are almost over with. We found a rental, schools for the kids and we are all good to go.

Today was my first day of work and kids enjoyed their first day of school. We miss everyone a lot, probably sounds a bit much since it's only a week, but my folks were not taking the move very well which made us feel very sad. But, Skype is a beautiful thing and we've been speaking a lot last week and over the weekend.

Just one week in and we haven't seen much and yet we feel we have definitely made the right move. So far so good! The adventure begins!
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Post by: TheJo on February 03, 2014, 03:26:32 pm
Hey Rodster, thanks for keeping us posted! Sounds like things are going smoothly. I hope that you and your family have found what you're looking for. ;)
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Post by: yusuf on February 03, 2014, 10:57:02 pm
Welcome home!  :welcome:
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Post by: Sherelee on February 03, 2014, 11:09:53 pm

Welcome  :flowers:
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Post by: MichelleL on February 10, 2014, 06:49:44 am
So glad to hear that you are settling in so well! Please continue to keep us updated - it is great to read your posts - kind of helps us prepare for what lies ahead!
Can imagine you must feel very sad to have left friends and family behind - also not looking forward to the goodbyes....
Just a few more weeks and we will be in the windy city!  :yippee:
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Post by: Rodster on February 11, 2014, 10:54:34 am
Hey folks,

into our 3rd week now and we still finding our feet, needless to say. We dont have a car yet, and we are actually doing quite okay. The kids school is across the road from our house and my manager picks me up every morning for work.
He's really been good to us so far. Very handy with giving tips on everything from buying cars, to getting things on the cheap, where to go ect ect.
Something I'm just not used to here is the value of the dollar and what a dollar can get you. here's a silly example. Last week, I walked into New World Supermarket and went to the deli to get some ham. I asked the lady for about $3 of ham, doesnt sound like much right?! she came back with over a kg of ham.  :2funny: Needless to say I felt like an idiot! we ate ham all night that night! LOL

Public transport here is a dream, buses run on time everytime, and they are air-conditioned! As for the drivers, they are as couteous as they come, wishing you a good day after you jump off. LOL

Everything here is just so clean, I always thought people exaggerated when they speak about the cleanliness but believe me, it's spotless! Saying goodbye MichelleL was the most horrible thing to have to go through! Thinking about it still gets me down, but to hear the happiness in our friends and families voices now makes us feel 10 times better! So please prepare yourself for that. It's most awful!!

As with anything, you need to shop around and get the besr bargains, but really I need to get used to this currency!

Oh yes, So i met my HR consultant I have been having my skype interviews with, it was so surreal seeing them in person, after we started this process back in July last year!

For now, we're just gonna take it one day at a time and enjoy this adventure, even if we are carless for now! LOL

Take care everyone, all the best MichelleL in your journeys.

Chat soon!

R
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Post by: Heaven on February 11, 2014, 12:19:26 pm
I LOVE this whole thread :) Gives me tingles of joy reading it! I am so glad you seem to be settling nicely Rodster. It looks like your "Operation Market Garden" was a roaring success :)
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Post by: TheJo on February 11, 2014, 08:59:34 pm
You know Rodster you have a knack for telling a story.

When you mentioned going to the deli I felt like I was there too  :2funny:, I can just imagine the look on your face and you taking that ham with an "I meant to do that" attitude.

Please keep the updates coming, it's great to hear all about your family's experiences.
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Post by: MichelleL on February 12, 2014, 06:59:44 am
I had such a good laugh now! I hope your family really loves ham, seeing as they got plenty of it! Haha

Made me think... don't know if there is such a thread on the forum - but hearing other people tell their stories about "newbie" mistakes they made when first arriving in NZ, would really be a funny and uplifting thread to read!  ;D
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Post by: TheJo on February 12, 2014, 07:32:25 am
Fantastic idea MichelleL! After all the stress of getting there those light-hearted mistakes are actually so amusing. And as a newbie you are still contrasting SA and NZ big time so a thread like that will be fun.

Maybe you can start one Rodster and others can add to it  ;)
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Post by: Rodster on February 13, 2014, 05:56:25 am
Absolutely TheJo, I grabbed that ham like a boss! Haha! That's actually a brilliant idea Michelle. I'll start that thread with my ham story and yes it will definitely relieve the tension and stress that goes along with moving to a new country and helping others of course who are still on their way.  ;)
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Post by: Rodster on April 07, 2014, 04:20:02 am
Hey you all wonderful folk! I hope you are all keeping well! Just wanted to touch base with everyone and see howzit going with all you good people. We are all good, still settling in well. I know it's still only Autumn but the weather has been fantastic for us so far. I wake up everyday and I'm never disappointed, blue skies everytime! :)
Maybe its the calm before the storm. Well it's nothing I'm not used to. I'm sure Cape Town will have something to say about Auckland's winter!
Work is going great, i'm not sure which is better though, the food or the work! LOL! Judging by what my friends are saying (Have you put on weight??) I'll go with the food, so damn cheap as well! Just kidding, work is going great as well. Still getting used to the kiwi culture and the kiwi way of working. You know us SAFFA's want to let everyone in the building know you've arrived at work, greeting everybody, make small talk ect ect. Well............not so much here. Kiwi's dont really greet in the mornings or in the afternoons, I won't say at all and I won't say all Kiwis but they don't see it as something important. I was told by a fellow SAFFA that its just the KIWI way. But hey, I still greet everybody and make chit chat now and again and i think I might be converting some kiwis! LOL!
Bar the ham incident story  :) shopping here has really been good for us. I'm not sure about anybody else, but we can afford to buy things that were almost too expensive to buy in SA. Silly things like Olive Oil, or Butter instead of margarine, or even 4 boxes of cereal instead of 2, the amount of sweets and chocolates! Gee, my cupboard has never seen so much sweet luxuries in its life. Hell, not even my kids have seen so much!  :2funny:
About the kids, they're the sweetest things. Get this, they are having a competition amongst themselves as to who speaks like a kiwi first. Neither of them want to btw, so any word that sounds like a kiwi is torn to shreds! haha! I reckon my daughter will be losing that battle, she's 3 yrs younger than her brother and I can already notice a small change in 1 or 2 words. Before they know it, they'll both be sounding like the locals! LOL! Oh did I mention that they walk to school. My daughter literally takes about 40 seconds to walk to her school. I kid you not! My son about 10-15 mins!
They're enjoying their life here so far, but we let them keep in contact with all their friends and cousins and grandparents back home as often as every weekend via Skype! They miss them like crazy, but they'll be oraait.
We all have our home-sick moments here. I felt it in the first week we arrived. When we got to our rental, we went upstairs to unpack our bags and stuff and because we're living in a 1950's style house, the bedroom upstairs is very close to the roof. So whilst unpacking, I hit my head something silly, it wasn't that sore really but I just burst into tears and almost couldn't stop! My wife quickly went to the dairy across the road with the kids so that they didn't see what was happening, but it was a feeling of been so emotionally overwhelmed with everything, leaving everyone suddenly been all alone! But time is definitely a healer and while we still miss home, we've made some amazing new friends that have really helped us settle in so smoothly.
Our neighbors have been fantastic and very supportive as well. We have the place until end of July but I'd like to look around the same area or closest to the school if possible. We'll have to see how that goes in the next few months.
Overall, I'd say it's a been an enjoyable experience for all of us and I'm sure there's more to come.

We haven't seen half of what we'd like to see and this is only just the beginning. Will be updating more of our journey here!

Cheers all, chat soon!
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Post by: TheJo on April 07, 2014, 09:06:12 am
Oh Rodster, please please please write a book one day. That part where you were unpacking upstairs and bumped your head (shame, sorry - bet nobody says "shame" there like in SA), I had tears in my eyes because you just manage to convey all that emotion in the way you write.

Or maybe I'm just emotional these days  ::)
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Post by: Rodster on April 07, 2014, 11:20:18 am
Hey TheJo, keep the spirits up. I know emotions are all over the place but you guys have done alot and there's still lots of good things to look forward to!  ;)
I've used that word (shame) a few times without even thinking and wifey has to keep reminding me not to say that, but when you hear people tell their stories it's almost natural to say shame. Fortunately I haven't received the death stare from anybody yet. Lol!
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Post by: Heaven on April 08, 2014, 12:00:22 am
Thanks for a lovely post :) So lovely reading about your time here so far. Glad you're settling in so well - so true about the food, ey? I also take olive oil, coconut oil, butter, bacon, cheeses etc for granted now. I agree with TheJo - please write a book one day ;) And TheJo, no, they don't say "shame" here like we do - "shame" is pretty much insulting here!!!
Keep on enjoying :)
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Post by: TheJo on April 08, 2014, 08:57:41 am
Fortunately I haven't received the death stare from anybody yet. Lol!

:2funny:

You know, at the company I worked at once, we had visitors from the UK that we had to train. They had to "buddy" with one of us and we were chatting and I said "shame, man"; and the UK guy asked what that meant because he has heard EVERYBODY say that! Funny how something simple in our everyday SA speech can go so wrong ....
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Post by: Rodster on April 08, 2014, 11:23:26 pm
LOL! I can just imagine what the UK guy must have been thinking! I definitely think it's something only SAFFA's can relate to. I wish some people just understood us! LOL!! I always think of that Spar Tops (I think?) advert on TV where the guy pours a coupla beers for his friends and fills the glasses with foam. One of his friends reckons "beer-ginner" and the other says "shame man!"  :2funny: kills me every time!