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Hi Everyone.
We have an interesting story for backpackers in New Zealand, looking for a job. We started traveling a few months before we went to New Zealand. Weve had contact wtih the ambassy about a working permit. Its the easiest to apply for a working visum when you are in New Zealand! You can do two things. The first is applying online @ http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/. Very easy, but what we found easier and is quicker is the second option. We went to the nearest immigration office, search for your nearest office at http://www.immigration.govt.nz/Administration/SupportPages/contact.htm. You will need three things: your pasport, a id-photo of yourself and some money (about 100-150 NZD) and you will like to make a photocopy of your pasport because the immigration office will keep it for 2 working days. Youll have to fill in an application form, one for the country of your residence and thats it! Two days later you can pick up your pasport and visa, or they will send it to you if you have an address.
Then we started looking for a job. But nowadays it is very hard to find a job! Students from uni have holidays so they will have all the unskilled jobs. Because of the recession (Asia is going bad and they have a great influence on NZs export) everybody wants a job, even if its a really simple one. We visited every recruitment agency we found, we called every hostel and hotel we could find and we called all the orchards and vineyards for fruit picking or so, but they all have enough employees for this year. We also met a lot of other travelers in Christchurch who are looking and cant find a job. We know two guys who went to Nelson, a great place for fruit picking normaly, but they also didnt found anything. An idae for if youre looking for a job for 3 months or more: go to SavvyDirect in Christchurch. Its a company about selling cards and stuff for charities. You will have a training for 2 weeks and get payed after how much you sell. One of the fewest options for temporary fulltime job, but with a minimum of 12 weeks. See
http://myjobspace.co.nz/search?EJS_EMPL=5884 for vacancies.
We came especially to NZ because its easy to find a job. We even read that a lot of countries get rid of the limits of visas to NZ because NZ need more people for temporary seasonal jobs back in 2005. But the world changed since January 2009 when the resession started. We are still looking for a job and cant find anything yet, and we tried a lot!
If youre looking for a job, its really easy to get a working holiday scheme (visa), but its a little bit harder to find a job then you might think. The best thing: try to work for a few hours in your hostel for free accomodation, so your money wont go out that fast while searching. Good luck and greetz Jolke Bomhof




Submitted by: Jolke Bomhof
Date submitted: 10/02/2010 10:47:29 p.m.


Hop work in Motueka Tue May 16

Working as an apple packer in Motueka Mon May 9

Working for free accommodation in Wellington Thu Mar 24

From working holiday visa to a resident Thu Mar 24

From the big city to the field of kiwi fruit Thu Mar 24

Working with Kiwi fruit Thu Mar 24

The Christmas rush Mon Feb 29

Packing kiwifruit in Motueka Mon Feb 29

Asparagus picking Mon Feb 29

put on your work clothes, roll up your sleeves and get out there Tue May 27

MY JOURNEY FROM $350/HR TO MIN WAGE: LOVING IT IN NEW ZEALAND Tue May 27

The Gorilla Hut Sun May 26

Working in sales in NZ Mon May 13

Life as an apple picker Mon May 13

Marahau Sun May 5

hanging nets at isabel vinyard Mon Mar 25

Farm stay Tue Feb 5

Berry-Picking and Ice-Cream Making Tue Dec 18

Vineyard Work in Blenheim Sun Nov 25

Working As A "Milkman" Sat Aug 4

Being an au-pair Thu Aug 2

Grape harvesting in Central Otago Thu Aug 2

Whenever Wed Jun 6

Picking up the oil in Tauranga Mon May 21

Onion grading Sat May 12

Omarama, Place of Light Tue Apr 3

Napier or the job war Sun Apr 1

Some helpful tips Wed Feb 29

Fruit picking in Central Otago Mon Feb 27

Some useful tips Thu Feb 16

Fruit picking in Motueka Wed Jan 18

Where Do We Go From Here Tue Dec 20

Picked it, Packed it, Buggered Off! Tue Dec 20

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I only had $100 to my name Sun Nov 20

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The work found me Sun Nov 20

Working for Watties Factory Mon Oct 24

Working New Zealand from a different perspective Mon Oct 24

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Working in a Packhouse in Auckland Tue Oct 18

Working on a vineyard in Blenheim Tue Oct 18

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Whale and Dolphin Watching Sat Aug 13

Cherry Picking in Central Otago Sat Aug 13

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cash-in-hand odd jobs Sat Jul 23

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Wilding Pines Sun Jul 17

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Vintage in Central Otago - Working in the Wine Industry Sun May 8

Mr Apple packhouse experience Mon May 2

North Island Notes Wed Apr 20

Fruitpicking in Napier Wed Apr 20

blueberry harvest season Thu Apr 7

bbq on the beach and if you lucky see some Dolphis too Thu Apr 7

Mate! You are on fire!! Sun Mar 20

The real vineyard work lowdown Fri Mar 11

I had pretty much run out of cash Wed Mar 9

The Land of New Zealand Mon Feb 28

Work in backpackers in exchange for accommodation Sat Feb 26

heard cattle on motorbikes Fri Feb 18

Traditional Maori hangi Thu Feb 17

Fortune Fruit and spitting cherry pits competitions Tue Feb 15

When I got to Whangamata... Sat Feb 12

I could romanticize itÖ Tue Dec 7

I thought it sounded interesting Tue Dec 7

My New Zealand adventure :) Wed Nov 3

Well I am from Mexico... Mon Oct 25

~New Zealand has no bandits and the relaxed lifestyle is second to none~ Fri May 14

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First Job Thinning Apples... Mon Mar 1

Damn recession! Wed Feb 10

Loving New Zealand.. Mon Feb 8

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A Czech in New Zealand.. Fri Feb 5

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