Published on October 11th, 2016 | by john.weir


New Life Opportunities in New Zealand Showcased at Down Under Live

Opportunities to start a new life in New Zealand will be showcased at Down Under Live from 15th – 16th October. The event, which will take place at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher in Greater London is the UK’s biggest dedicated event to New Zealand immigration, offering two days of invaluable help to those looking to make the move to the Land Of The Long White Cloud. Companies across a number of industries will be on hand to offer detailed advice about job prospects, particularly in industries where business is booming and career prospects are excellent such as construction. The event takes place as New Zealand hits the UK news agenda topping two recent expat living charts.

The motivations for Brits moving to New Zealand are numerous with the range of jobs with skills shortages and good career progression opportunities being seen as a strong pull factor. In construction for example, there is a current boom across the country but especially in Auckland where there is an increased demand for residential housing. A recent report by the Building Research Association of New Zealand and Pacifecon, a construction industry consultancy, shows that building work is expected to peak in 2017 at $37 billion. This paves the way for jobs in construction, engineering and construction related trades. Fletcher Construction, a long established New Zealand infrastructure, commercial engineering and construction company, will be present at the show to offer advice in this sector.

Outside of work, a recent survey from InterNations, an expat networking website, highlights the high quality lifestyle in New Zealand. The survey focused on work-life balance looking into how many hours expats worked in an average week. The group surveyed 14,000 expats and New Zealand came out on top in terms of work-life balance, with average working hours of 42.2 per week.

HSBC’s recent Annual Expat Explorer report, looking at the best places in the world to live if you are a foreigner, placed New Zealand at number two. The placement followed 27,000 expats from 190 countries being surveyed on how easy it is to live, work, and raise a family in their country of residence.
At Down Under Live, the Kiwi delegation will be out in force to advise on the formalities of moving to New Zealand, with visa advice and career opportunities. Visitors will be able to check out what skills are in demand be it for teachers, nurses, doctors, electricians or IT specialists. There will be the chance to attend seminars looking at the NZ way of life including where to live, housing, the health system and family life or single life.

Exhibitors will be highlighting skill shortages with recruiters keen to talk to suitable candidates to fill the skills gap.

Fletcher Construction chief executive Graham Darlow says, “I have never seen so much construction activity of such a scale across New Zealand in my 40 years working in the industry. In Auckland right now, we’re working on several major highway projects, an international convention centre and several large five star hotels. We already employ many of New Zealand’s top construction talent but we need more and are recruiting from overseas.”

Jonathon Corlett, Principal Advisor Marketing at Immigration New Zealand says “It’s a massive decision to move to the other side of the world but for those tired of the same old rat race and struggle looking for a better quality of life, whether as an individual or family, it could be life changing. The most common hold back is leaving friends and family but these days the journey isn’t as prohibitive as even twenty years ago. Aircrafts are more comfortable and fares competitively affordable so it’s not like you’ll never see anyone again – migrants usually find with their larger houses they become very popular for family holidays! In addition, with online platforms such as Facebook and Skype it’s easy to keep in contact.”

For further details on the Expo visit www.downunderlive.co.uk

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