We first started thinking about emigrating to NZ in January 2005, and tentatively made a few enquiries. Tonix stood out from the other employment agencies with its friendliest and most helpful approach. It was March 2006 before we finally left the UK to start our new life in New Zealand. In that time the staff at Tonix, particularly Heidi, were completely invaluable every step of the way. Heidi has experience of both the UK and NZ maternity systems, as well as contacts within New Zealand’s health boards. Her ‘local’ knowledge was particularly useful when it came to finding a job for me. By this stage I felt we already knew each other well, and this helped Heidi to seek out vacancies which were within my scope of practice and with employers whose philosphies were compatible with mine. As well as this, she skilfully guided and supported us through the lengthy process of emigration (no mean feat!). Even on arrival, Heidi was on hand to help with settling in. By then, this support was well outside the role of a employment agency, but was given as graciously as ever. We remain indebted to Tonix for their help with our smooth transition to the other side of the world. It didn’t take us long to come to the conclusion that it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll ever return permanently to England. New Zealand has so much more for us and we have every intention of staying here to make the most of this beautiful country!