got an unique opportunity to interview the highest authority
about working matters in New Zealand, Mr Keawork (pictured above). The only imposition of
the qualified teacher, was to be interviewed in a car parking
close to a ski station, where many cars and their moldings rubber strip would provide
the snack for the Alpine bird. The teacher signed an agreement in exempting
of liability for any damage that would cause in cars, and we agree without
restrictions. The full interview follows below:
|1) Professor, it is true that New Zealand needs skilled
workers in various areas?
Yes for God's sake, NZ does not have enough qualified people to do
all the work necessary in the country. The
technology is running faster than we can train people. So we are really desperate for technicians and experts with experience in various sectors.
is this happening in all sectors?
sectors?! No way ! There are industries with excess
of workers but in others sectors there is a really
need of hundreds of qualified people. For example I had to fly hours to a town
to get a veterinarian to look after me. It was very difficult to
find one and when I found him, his computer broke and
there was no technical expert around to fix it. On top of it
he did not have a nurse to help me. My friend
Kea-bab had also a problem eating a rubber from a
car and broke his beak, and needed professional help
and could not find one. So you can seee that there
is a demand of experts in many areas, and immigration
NZ has a full list of professionals in demand for
long term, and
Some people say the cause of this problem is related
to the low wages in NZ, is that true, teacher?
A: Yes and no,
but quite the contrary. Indeed the wages here are not the highest in the world, but
they are not so bad. For example I am in the
business in a mechanical workshop specialized in exchange for car moldings, and the business
is booming. I live very well with my salary. The other day I
met an IT analyst from England, who have received seven job offers in only two weeks here in New Zealand.
He was afraid to leave the job he had there in UK
and earn less here. You know what ? he told me he
was saving more in NZ because house, food and transportation costs were lower than in England,
so the change was great with a better quality of life.
is this demand in NZ only for skilled workers or for
unskilled workers as well?
A: There is
some demand for unskilled jobs but very little. Farms, crops, restaurants, and even
general labor is lacking in some areas but they are usually temporary.
The fact is most of them may be in demand because almost nobody wants to do
it or the [payment is too low so you can not save
money or even pay the basics to live.
Are you saying that it is easy to get a job in NZ?
A: Not really,
it really depends on the
qualification of the person in question. To get a
casual job it is not difficult, but finding a good job
well paid will depend on firstly if the person speaks
a good level of English.
British, Australians and Americans, have no problem with the language, but everyone else will
have problems if they do not speak English well.
Another point is about the qualification of the
person and if you are an expert in something and speak good English, then it
would be much easier to get a reliable god job in
So anybody can work there?
Are you crazy, of course not! Do you think
anyone can come here to take my job in my own country?! Thanks
God immigration place some rules and with the exception of
Australians, New Zealand only accepts workers from other countries after
checking if does not have any Kiwi who can do the job. To work legally, you must
get a Work Visa in the immigration office after
receiving a job offer. Even students or anyone can
get the visa to work. The only difference is that students
has some other rules and they need to be enrolled in
types of courses for more than 6 months and they can get
a visa without a job offer. But in the end is the
same for all,anyone can work, if they have a work
visa and a job offer.
Is it difficult to get a work visa? What do I need?
A: Just need to have a little patience,
with the immigration officers sometimes they are stuck
with too much work. I think that they may even
include a new profession in demand list soon, an immigration officer ...
anyway, it's easy, and everything the person has to do is: get a job offer, take two forms, one for the applicant and one for the boss to fill. Once completed, pays the fee and the request is received. The ideal is to hand
deliver so it may even come out in the same day but
it may take up to one month, you never know. and if you do not have the
documents in order, the process will taka longer.
Where are the main problems to get the visa to work?
A: Usually it is
when the boss fill out the form, and it is not very clear that they did not find a Kiwi
worker to do the job. That's the main point when
contracting people from other countries. The
employer has to state very clearly and in written the
reason/s that he could not find one person kiwi, for instance due to lack of experience of
other applicants (tip to write as the reason). Also
some people make mistakes
while filling out the forms, wrong passport number,
the expiration date, the address in New Zealand and
things like that. You must fill out the forms very carefully, and review
it before handling the papers. Many people think that employers
do not want to fill and sign the forms, it may
happen with some ones but most of them will be happy
and will not deny to do it. We Kiwis, we like
everything to be the right way and why someone will
refuse if they are in need of that worker?
Professor Mr Keawork, which are the best cities to
find work in NZ?
Well my friend, all the cities and regions may
offer good opportunities. Firstly the person has to decide whether
want to stay in a big city or small, in the warmer or
colder weather, in the country or urban area and
look for a job matching their skills and lifestyle. The other thing that many people do not take into consideration is that New Zealand is one
whole thing, no states and that means that people living in New Zealand do not usually settle
down only in one city just because of the good
it is practically the same all over the country.
Here in NZ, people
may go to where the job opportunities are, and they
easily as you may change your clothes. Sure Auckland alone holds more than 40% of all
job offers in New Zealand, but in return, Auckland is the most expensive city to live and more competitive. All other centers
may have also
jobs. As I said before, it depends on the lifestyle of the person and the professional skills
of the person. I would say even that today's greater
demands are not in Auckland; Wellington for example is
a very interesting city, attracting many IT and
other professionals. Doctors and nurses are missing in
most rural areas and so on (well now the professor
moved away as a motorcycle filled with rubber
Is it true Professor,
that the New Zealand government is also encouraging people who have or are getting a professional qualification in New Zealand to stay
Of course it's true! Imagine a country like China, that in the next 10 years will be the world's largest exporter, and compare with New Zealand. How does a country with
only 4 million will compete with more than 1 billion, or
any other?! We have to do something or you'll miss
the boat. For NZ the easy way is to get qualified people from other countries and bring them here. If
they are not qualified, they can study and get the
qualification and if it is an area where is demand
the person will get job offers and will be accepted for permanent residence. The only thing
NZ people do not want is people breaking the rules
and working illegally. Everyone who wants to contribute to the growth of New Zealand is
very welcome, and will get a great quality of life
Finally professor, can you give us a clue for those
wanting to come to find work in NZ?
please do not disappoint me and do everything within the law, and
secondly, I advise to people to begin studying English right now.
I also recommend to people who are considering to start
a professional career, and for those who have not finished the course,
come to finish your course in New Zealand. For those who already have a profession and wanting to come live and work in New Zealand, I strongly advise
them to apply for permanent residence, preferably if
you could get a job offer, which would greatly facilitate
your application to migrate. For those coming for temporary work,
fill out your papers and get your working holiday
visa if you are under 30.
I'm sure people will love to live here. (In this
moment the professor saw a truck full of tires and
left us behind without saying goodbye).