Hi to you all,
Just thought I would give you all a little taste of this wonderful place.
When we decided that we wanted to go somewhere different I spoke to a colleague in work back in the United Kingdom who was already in the process of moving to New Zealand and he told me that he was using Tonix Health Recruitment (that’s how i found out about them) and they are also in the nursing journals back home. I then emailed my details to Tonix and within 24 hrs a very nice lady called Annie called me back, she explained everything that I needed to do and was always on the end of the phone or email if I needed her. The process of immigration was made easy because of Tonix and Annie. Half way through this process I broke my leg and was concerned that this would stop us achieving our goals, but Annie was there and encouraged me all the way through my recovery and never let me loose sight of my dream.(and this is a wonderful dream).
Although there is quite a lot to do, medicals and forms to fill in eg EOI (which in itself is a challenge) Tonix was always there to help. They found me the job I now have at Waikato Hospital and was also able to direct us to somewhere cheap and comfortable to stay until we found a house to live in.
When we arrived in NZ on the 28th of Jan 2009 it was everything we hoped for and plenty more, Hamilton is a multicultural city, and very friendly, plenty of places to eat, drink, nightclubs for the younger ones, and surrounding places to die for. Sorry I can’t tell you anything about the schools we have no children with us.
I knew before I left the U.K that the job was mine having been interviewed over the phone, which was a huge weight lifted and knowing that I didn’t need to look for a job when i arrived was great. Living in a small town in Wales and working in a 200 bedded hospital before I left and then seeing Waikato Hospital it was very impressive and huge. The staff here were amazing, between them and the patients I felt I had worked here for years within the first two weeks I had been invited to a traditional Maori welcome by a Maori chief. It was so emotional you really do need to experience this for yourselves.
Being 45yrs and my partner is 54yrs this was a massive step for us, but believe me when i say it was one step we are glad we took. If you are sitting in the U.K thinking about making the move then all I would say to you is try it you have nothing to loose and believe me a lot to gain, and all the upheaval for us was well worth it and thanks to Tonix Health Recruitment it was stress free.
Hope to see you all soon Denise and Wayne