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December 2012

Residence approved…

Hi Sharon, Nicky, Michelle, Ian and Ashley We are so sorry that we took so long to reply to this unbelievable news. Our modem broke and it took a while to replace it – the replacement was also not working.    We are absolutely astounded at how quickly this residence approval came through. It was the best birthday gift, as you gave me the news on my birthday. My boss told me a week prior to this that someone from INZ had contacted him via email but he decided to rather reply by telephone as he wanted to verify their position. So he phoned Catherine.   We will definitely get all our passports and the fee in to them this week.   Just a few days prior to receiving this news, our container arrived. We are still trying to unpack. And last weekend we were unable to finish unpacking as we went to Rotorua for a weekend away with Tim’s company. It was their Christmas celebration. Tim and I have just completed our first three months, and both are very happy with us, giving us increases as well. We are both happy at our companies’. It has been stressful and extremely busy, but we are overjoyed at how it has all turned out.   Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your help and support throughout this entire process. It was definitely the best decision we made, not only in moving to New Zealand, but also in choosing you to provide your expert skills, knowledge and support to get us here. We could not have done it without you. You are a great team.    We hope to see you soon, in New Zealand of course. We all wish you a fabulous Christmas, and a really good 2013  …


We are so fortunate!

Hi Sharon I trust all is well. On this side we are still reeling from the good news!  We are having a celebratory dinner tonight. We are so fortunate. Margaret has volunteered to date. She got offered the position as coordinator for Youth Town North Shore today which she has accepted. They have also asked Rose-Marie to join (volunteering at this stage) on a permanent basis. Carla has made a lot of friends and is a real “KIWI”, ascent and all. We would never have been able to do this without your help and perseverance. I am so glad that I met you – life changing moment. Should have listened when you said move to NZ in 2007 already. Will you be coming for a visit? Love and regards Rose


Thank you…

Dear Nicky Just to let you know: Ann and Claudi-Ann will be leaving for New Zealand on Saturday The 15th  September and arriving on Sunday in Auckland. As you know, I have arranged the flights through Sandy Pretorius in Cape Town. I did the funds transfer yesterday, so everything should be a go. Again, thank you very much for the efficient and very humane way you treated my family and me throughout this exercise. I really think that without the ever present re-assurance and confidence you exuded, this would have been a very traumatic and extremely difficult undertaking. Suffice to say that, because of the very positive arrangements and efficiency, together with the understanding you and Sharon exuded, I have no reservations in promoting your Company as well as you personally. I will be in regular contact with you regarding the finalisation of Jonathan’s visa. He is now firmly in the final semester of his final year and I hope to get him to New Zealand after graduation in January of 2013. Thank you



Celebrations!

Sharon………all I can say right now is “Wow”…I scrolled to see if there were any more e-mails from you after the last one saying our status has changed and here it is!!! I am still so weary…lol…I think I need to see the passports first…hahaha!! We were really starting to bank on early next year but hoping for news before Christmas so this is a really wonderful present! We would not have done it without your help, advice, perseverance and all those calls and e-mails! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we are so very appreciative!! Kind regards, GARY


Visa approved…

Hi Sharon, Thank you for everything, 5 years ago, you made a promise to me, and you kept your word. I respect you more than words can express. I hope to sit with you and your family soon and have a braai and good glass of wine. I will scan and mail you copy later today. JJ


We would never move back to SA…

Dear Sharon Thanks for the explanation- it does make sense. Oh no, we would never move back to SA!! We will just visit- once every 2nd year! Now we can join Kiwi Saver and hopefully apply for child care assistance – they specifically say you must be either a NZ citizen or have PR- I will get just over one dollar per child per hour discount for pre-school if that’s granted and they each attend 50 hours per week- so it will save us lots of money! The kids are doing great in pre-school and they love speaking english! And Maori! This is a neat country- the kiwis take so much for granted! My cousin from Auckland is coming to visit us this weekend and we are taking them to ski at Mt Hutt, just 65km from our house! Kids excited to see their cousins. Your previous clients, Michelle and Andre as well as Teresa and Charles and two other SA couples are coming to us for a braai Saturday night. We had a very nice party on the farm, in the shed this weekend- Steve and Jo’s son- Daniel- had a party and all the locals came. We had a great time and we enjoy socializing with the kiwis! Enjoy your day. I am going to bed now – two worlds! Speak again soon. Kind regards, Lani


All is well with all of us…

Hello Sharon How are you? Are you still so busy? Just thought I would drop you a note and say hello. All is well with all of us. We both still working in the same jobs :) Kids have settled well, especially my son who is now at the Christchurch Polytech Institute of Technology – wow, has this been the most amazing experience for him. He is so much happier and so loving his course – a changed person. A great opportunity for him which we would never have had in South Africa. He stays in Christchurch during the week as a boarder and comes home over weekends – and he drives himself there and back. He is doing things that astound us all the time – wonderful that NZ supports special needs children – it is phenomenal. We have met up with Lelani and Riaan (such a lovely woman – thanks for putting us in touch) – and we celebrating their residency at their home on Saturday night – having a braai (yes as only South Africans can do in this freeeeezing cold weather lol) – their residency certainly came through very quickly – wonderful news! Weather has been really cold – James (my boss) says it is probably one of the colder winters he has experienced in a while. Nothing like -5degs – everything freezes. The water in the bird bath was still frozen solid when we went home for lunch yesterday. And we both go to the gym at 6am (and it is cold) – talk about dedication – if we go in winter – summer will be a breeze. I have lost weight (immigration would have loved that!!) – all good! Admittedly Andre and I spend some lunches together and we gym together – definitely no where…


Thank you for everything you have done for us!

Dear Sharon, Ian and Sandra I just want to thank you for everything that you have done for us!!!!  We are very excited that our visas are stamped and that we now may work and study and live in NZ. We decided that our whole family (Faan, EJ, Gerne and me and maybe Gerne’s boyfriend) are going to NZ January 2012.  Gerne and I are staying and she is going to start her Occupational Therapy studies and I’m will try to find an OT job in Auckland or Hamilton, to be close to Gerne.  We will apply for Aukland University of Technology as well as OTAGO Poly Technic in Hamilton for Gerne’s admission to study OT.  I don’t know why but I think that AUT is maybe the better institution to study at.  Do you agree? I saw quite a few OT jobs that I can apply for, but I’m still busy working on the assignments that I need to sent to the OT Board of NZ to be able to register and work as an Occupational Therapist in NZ.  I visited Malvern to prepare me for the IELTS exam and I’m going to take the test on the 7th of July.  He is a very kind, pleasant guy and I enjoyed his help.  He gave me homework that I still need to do.  I’m afraid of the test because I need an average of 75% to pass. Chantelle can’t believe that we are coming.  Faan and EJ are only going to visit because EJ still need to do the second year of his Master’s Degree and Faan want to keep on earning money untill I find a job in NZ. Chantelle and Steven got married in January when they visited us and it seems they are still very happy living in NZ and getting on well. I hope…


It’s official, I’m a resident!

Hi Sharon and Sandra, This morning I received my passport and its official, I am a resident. WAAAHHHHOOOO. I am walking on clouds. Thank you for all your assistance, heaps of work, answering my silly questions and extra heaps of patience. I do appreciate what you have done. Thank you all. God bless. From a very euphoric, Raylene