Sa2Nz2Oz Posted March 13, 2009 Report Share Posted March 13, 2009 Well I am a new member to this Forum. I moved to NZ with my former partner in May 2003 to get a job offer to process my residency application. Landed in Wellington on May 10th in the afternoon after a harrowing touchdown - anybody who has flown into Wellington will know (on a slightly windy day its bad, aswell as the short runway). Felt very strange in a new country and knowing it wasnt going to be a holiday!! Lived in a place called Levin about 80km north of Wgtn (had no choice the ex's family lived there!)Found a job in Wgtn a month later - I had to get a job in my qualification/exp to get the extra points for residency - I am an architectural technician by trade. Moved to Wgtn city, bought a car, got the accomodation and all the usual starting kit. Was not used to Wgtn's moody weather - cold,damp and windy! A year down the track my partner and I split, my brother and partner arrived to start their process but only stayed 6 months and went back to SA where they are very happy! I met Monicque in Wgtn a week before I was going back to SA for a while via Australia and Asia for some site seeing.Monicque has been in NZ 9 years, she came over with parents and brother, her parents and brother went back after 3 years with their citizenship in hand. I was on the airplane back to NZ sooner than I thought. I got NZ citizenship in 2007. Monicque and I lived in Wgtn until Jan 2008 when we decided to make the move to Australia. On a look and see earlier we decided on the Gold Coast - it was going to be Brisbane but we prefered the GC. There was plenty of work here for me as the construction business was booming and landed a job within 3 weeks being here.By September when this economical downturn just started showing its ugly head I was made redundant with 3 others in my company including another SA girl!! 2 weeks later the biggest property developer here went bang and all architectural businesses were not hiring! There was absolutely no jobs on Gold Coast for me and my partner was unemployed at that stage aswell. Things were quite tuff as I only manged to get maybe 2 weeks work between Sept and Nov when I decided to make the break and find work in Brisbane - found a month's contract for Nov because I had ticket paid booked since June to visit my family in SA. This holiday back in SA was a saviour to our sanity with all what happened in that year.I am back in a contract in Brisbane and I am one of those commuters everyday to Brisbane!!Well thats a brief history of us being on this side of the world.Cheers Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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