Moving to work in a new country at the age of sixty is not for the faint-hearted!
In 2009, I joined my husband, Griffith, who had been relocated to Cheltenham in the United Kingdom, from our home in Johannesburg, South Africa. Early in 2010, I met Joanna from Global Health Source (GHS) at the Health Jobs Around the World Expo in the United Kingdom. This timely connection with GHS was the beginning of a job hunt and, though it sometimes felt like a paper chase with Immigration New Zealand, culminated in the arrival of Griffith and I in Wellington New Zealand in April 2012.
Full marks and hats off to the unflappable GHS staff – Belinda, Joanna and Patricia, who calmly allayed my escalating stress and tension when Immigration New Zealand had us redoing medical examinations, which had expired while awaiting the police clearance.
We have settled in and love living in New Zealand. I am enjoying new challenges at work and find people friendly and eager to assist and help in any way. To anyone thinking of making the change, I would recommend you to take up the challenge of moving to New Zealand.