Kiwis queue up for Australia
Sat, 12 May 2012 6:12p.m.
By Alex O'Hara
Australian employers say they've been inundated with New Zealanders looking for work across the Tasman.
Already around 500,000 Kiwis call Australia home, and with the huge turnout seen today at the OZ Jobs Expo it looks like thousands more are set to follow.
Thousands of people are all looking for the same thing – a job.
“There are certainly more jobs on offer than could possibly be recruited,” says OZ Jobs Expo spokesman Jason Clayton.
Last year, 1000 Kiwis moved permanently across the Tasman each week.
“They’re migrating on the basis of opportunity,” says Mr Clayton. “There are higher rates of pay in Australia, and more opportunity for people to develop careers.”
Thirty-four organisations are showcasing what Australia has got to offer. With thousands of jobs up for grabs, the opportunities are there for Kiwis who want them.
“I'm looking to move to Australia around August, so I’m looking for job opportunities,” says Annalise Grimshaw. “Better money, better lifestyle.”
“If I can find a job that suits me than I'm a goer,” job-seeker Craig Watkins.
The biggest queues were for mining jobs. In Northern Territory alone, another 20,000 jobs are expected to be created in the next five years.
“There are lots of people here who are interested in the mining activity and there is a lot of that about to happen,” says Mr Clayton. “I think income is a big factor. Everyone wants to work in mining because those jobs have big dollars attached to them.”
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10/09/2012 10:08:07 p.m.
I agree with Tim leaving NZ for the money is not enough of a reason to go, I know I wouldn't. I've lived all over the world and its my opinion that NZ has got something special, something that is shared only by selected few societies around the world and that is community. helping a complete stranger with something a freindly conversation a beautiful feeling shared by all awaiting an Air New Zealand flight home.
This place is more than money.
13/05/2012 8:55:48 p.m.
Rebecca Hill wrote:
That photo is me holding my son :)
13/05/2012 2:48:16 p.m.
I don't think chasing the $ is a good enough reason to go, the spike in numbers will be chch quake refugees of all ages. they've got their pay out,their community is shattered, what have they got to lose. I would probably go in that case. but I'm not driven by money. the lifestyle here is still pretty good. its all very well getting a well paid mining job. but who wants to live in a dry dusty stinking hot town in inland oz!
13/05/2012 2:36:26 p.m.
@Andrew, recently I spoke to a Doctor who is considered to be ACC's best medical assesor here in New Zealand.
He was trained at Oxford, was CEO at Waikato hospital for 25 years before moving in private practice and contracting out to ACC.
His personal opinion was that New Zealand had a third wolrd health system, that it was dangerous and underfunded.
I dont personally think you have had many dealings with the medical system here... so no matter what National are paying you, unless you can back up your statements I think you should withdraw them... the one thing we do know as kiwis is how bad the smedical system here is.
If an oxford trained doctors tells me the system is worse here than it is in Australia.. you dont mind if I believe him over you.. a lay man do you?.
When I spoke to my own G.P about the doctors comments, he agreed... so apparently experts say its crap... but you think its brilliant.
lol National uses media company representatives to post online to push their propaganda... I am hazzarding a guess that you are one of their stooges.
13/05/2012 12:31:39 p.m.
@ andrew Harris - Sorry, Andrew, but David has made credible criticisms of various issues in New Zealand.
In fact, OECD figures back him up, so he's not speaking a "crock of nonsense".
13/05/2012 12:18:43 p.m.
Come over it is great!
13/05/2012 12:06:55 p.m.
I am living in the NT. Yes cost of living is slightly higher than NZ, but the high wages well and truly cover those costs and heaps of saving and superanuation on top. I won't be returning to NZ for a very long time! Holiday only to get that millionaire feeling! Perfect for the Government that only caters to the rich. I should feel right at home.
13/05/2012 10:34:17 a.m.
andrew Harris wrote:
What a crock of nonsense. As for incomes and mining of course the weekly salaries are higher however the rental costs of housing are x 4 pushing ordinary locals out of town. Mining is also closing down normal business such as newsagents, retail et al as locals scramble to keep their heads above water. As for spin....the education system in AU is weak bordering on pathetic from state to state. I was educated in both the UK and NZ so 'know' what I am talking about David. as for quality of life, thats a perception of each individual. The sun is out more often however, the article written was about chasing the dollar and it was biased. As for your citation of medical healthcare, are you off your head, people die here due to lack of care and access moreoften than in NZ? Private healthcare is held here by the majority of citizens, you are taxed more if you do not have it.
13/05/2012 10:04:07 a.m.
im a student who has just graduated at one of my classes we did a survey of those graduating and 70 percent are leaving NZ. Nz is in a sorry state the government blames beneficiaries and students for the financial crisis where they should look at themselves and see the stupid policies that they have spent millions putting in place i.e Whangai Ora (already a process used in most social working businesses) The Seabed and Foreshore (all they did was change a few words around) the VSM bill on student membership ( A clause already existed for students to opt out). We have an inept government that exists for the few (wealthy) and stomps on the weak(underpriviliged). Im leaving to Australia myself, not only because of the work i can get over there but because New Zealand is no longer the country that i love.
13/05/2012 9:44:33 a.m.
so funny that labourfools claim NZ has low wages yet wages are higher than under labour and have grown quicker than under labour where for 9 years the average pay rise was 4% for the entire 9 years. Andrew most people will read what you are saying and know what you are talking about, but the labourfools will spit out their usual crap.
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