Migrant Tales – NZ Without A Job Offer

Continuing in our series of Migrant Tales – first hand accounts of the immigrant experience in New Zealand taken from locations around the net.

Today’s Migrant Tale was posted by the partner of a British truck driver on a for-profit immigration forum.The couple have an 11 year old daughter and planned to settle in Nelson.

In it she tells of how difficult it is to find work in New Zealand and of how quickly savings become depleted, to the point where they cannot now afford to buy a property.

They were looking for a change in lifestyle and they got it, only it turned out to be different to what they expected – longer working hours and a job that makes her feel worthless.

Remember the recent immigration campaign targeted at Singaporeans? “the bait was better working hours, cheaper cars and housing” or our post “Hard slog for Chinese coming to New Zealand” based on a Massey University report that showed that Chinese migrants in New Zealand are working longer hours and have less time for family. They are finding their new lives harder in New Zealand than they were in China!

Is New Zealand being mis-sold to emigrants? There’s a very interesting discussion on Expatexposed about the ethics of the NZ Immigration policy that we recommend to our readers  LINK.

This couple arrived in New Zealand with only a work visa (i.e. temporary work permit) and hoping that NZ Immigration will renew it. IF they do it is only likely be to for a year. See posts tagged “Jobs for Kiwis” for background and details of the problems other migrants have had finding and keeping jobs in New Zealand.

It’s a salutary lesson that emigrating to New Zealand isn’t as easy as migrants are led to believe and it is a fiercely expensive process, savings go very quickly – and with good reason. Immigrants are a major income stream for the New Zealand economy, with each individual person being worth more to the country than their NZ equivalent is.

Readers interested to learn more about this could start by reading our “Economics and Demographics” sub page under NZ Facts and Stats where they will see data collected that showed that the  migrant population of 927,000 people had a positive net fiscal impact of $3,288 million in the year to 30 June 2006. The net fiscal impact per head was $2,680 for recent migrants was almost three times that of the New Zealand-born population at $915 per head.

Here’s their tale:

Hi, we moved out hear a year ago last week. My husband is a HGV driver and I came in on the back of him.

We could only get a Work Visa and at the moment they are only giving out 1 year at a time, so we are filling in the forms as we speek and hoping for a three year one this time.

Anyway neither of us had a job and it took my husband 3 months to find work, we dipped into so much of our savings that we can’t afford to buy now.

I found it hard to find work I have the qualifications as a Chef but need the experience, however no-one is willing to help I have even offored my services for free. I only have a 12 hour week cleaning job and it just makes me feel worthless, when i really can do much more.

I still think this was the right thing for us to do. We never came over hear before and just wanted a different way of life.

The downside is that the hours my husband does is far more than he is used to and the Kiwis think nothing of working 60 hours plus a week. for little pay. anyway good luck with your trip and things will work if you want them to. Sorry I’m not much help though.”


4 thoughts on “Migrant Tales – NZ Without A Job Offer

  1. I am a parent classroom volunteer in the school near where I live, in the South Island. I am originally from Canada, and overhear snippets of gossip about scandalous behaviour. There is brazen provision of test material for drilling the children beforehand to ensure that students test well enough to make the school look good. This goes on in other countries certainly as well, but I believe it is aggravated by the fact that in their culture, efforts are channeled into inculcating homogeneity and pushing the children into outdoor sports, so they have that much less time to train the children’s minds. The teachers’ mutual backstabbing is of an emotionally immature level. The interpersonal politics between teachers, aides and parents –> nasty, among other reasons because jobs are so few and far between. I am fortunate not to have any aspirations to remunerative labour in the school, or I would be a target of such machinations. The other mothers are cliquish. They suck up to ensure special treatment for their children, and the entire lot of them traffic in nasty gossip.

    That accent makes me break out in a rash as well, and probably will the rest of my life.

    • Gosh you’re right about the outdoor sports. I expressed concern to my daughter’s school about the lack balance between sports and academic activity and I was simply ignored.

  2. Thank you for the links Jerminal. We recommend that our readers take a look at them all and exercise their own judgment.

    As an interesting aside, we noted a comment made on the TES forum regarding perceptions of Kiwis abroad, sounds as if it was written by an Australian teacher.

    “Aussies and Kiwis have always indulged in friendly banter and rivalry so prior to my experience in Fiji as HOP of an international school, I had always regarded Kiwis with affection as our bothers in arms and fellow ANZACS.

    The majority of expats in Fiji are Kiwis and I have never met a more miserable, racist and snivelling group of people in my whole life. The way they treated the locals was just appalling. The Kiwi mothers at the school were a bunch of complete and utter nutters and I kept thinking that I would have to meet one Kiwi who was OK. I didn’t.

    I had my teachers crying with the bullying and abuse that used to go on there. So I developed a loathing for them. As soon as I would hear that God awful accent, I would come out in a rash.

    I kept this to myself as any sort of prejudice is nothing to be proud of but in starting at my new job, a colleague had just come back from a secondment in NZ to set up a specialised Special Ed course at one of their leading Universities.

    I aksed her how she had enjoyed her year and she vented big time which of course made me feel a bit better as it wasn’t just my warped mind who found most Kiwis difficult.

    Nothing I’ve experienced since or no-one I have met since has changed my mind one iota. I wouldn’t live there”

  3. Overseas Trained website says

    Teaching is currently listed on the Department of Labour Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) and the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL). Google around and see what other glowing accounts and shiny things are being dangled.
    “NZ is in the grip of a long term teacher shortage”
    “New Zealand always needs high-quality, well-educated teachers, the job market is particularly buoyant for secondary teachers”
    “Are you looking for clean air, clear skies, beaches, mountains and the great outdoors and all the advantages of city living—cafes, theatre, music and more?”

    Then read

    and you can see that it is a mixed bag at the very least.

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