The Canterbury Region has been rocked by a Regional Earthquake Sequence, triggered by a Magnitude 7.1 earthquake on 4 September 2010. On 22 February 2011, a Magnitude 6.3 earthquake devastated vast parts of Christchurch and claimed 185 lives.
The damage to the centre of Christchurch is significant. 80% of the buildings in Christchurch’s Central Business District are to be demolished. 100,000 houses in the city have been damaged and 10,000 houses are to be demolished.
The impact of the earthquakes is immense – especially in the short-term. However, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key believes that, in the long-term, more people will come to live in Canterbury due to the opportunity the Christchurch Rebuild presents – especially migrants whose skills are needed for the Rebuild.
The construction rebuild is expected to take over a decade. The present focus is on repairing the horizontal infrastructure in the city. The New Zealand Government will spend over 2 Billion NZD in the next financial year on horizontal infrastructure.
New Zealand will require skilled labour from off-shore to assist with the Rebuild. On the figures supplied by construction industry training organisations, New Zealand’s total building trade workers would need to double over the next five years to cope with the Rebuild, the leaky home crisis and general economic recovery. This is not feasible. There is also going to be a need for overseas professionals such as lawyers and accountants as well as those who give support to professionals and executives.
New Zealand Skills In Demand Limited
Migration Associates has joined forces with New Zealand Skills In Demand, a New Zealand registered company with offices in the United Kingdom and New Zealand (Christchurch) that specialises in matching skilled migrants from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the rest of the world to jobs with New Zealand organisations. New Zealand Skills In Demand is working with a multitude of organisations across all sectors, to source talent required for roles at all levels. In particular, New Zealand Skills In Demand is working with the key players involved in the Rebuild of Canterbury.
Together, Migration Associates and New Skills in Demand deliver an integrated solution to New Zealand employers for the attraction, recruitment and relocation of skilled migrants from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the rest of the world. Migration Associates and New Zealand Skills In Demand are in a unique position to do so due to the specialist skills and backgrounds of those within the two companies and the companies’ existing networks in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
New Zealand Skills In Demand’s United Kingdom based director, Joel Gabites, has recently relocated to London from Christchurch. Joel is charged with the responsibility of attracting international candidates to fill job briefs from New Zealand employers.
This is a unique event and is focused only on New Zealand and is presented by Kiwis who are based in the United Kingdom. The purpose of these seminars is to provide you and your family with a more intimate forum to discuss your plans to emigrate to New Zealand and for you to learn about a new and exciting lifestyle. Here you will get a chance to hear from our IAA Licensed Immigration Adviser and other Settlement Services Associates about the emigration process, with an opportunity for questions and answers. We also offer an opportunity for you to meet current and past clients who will share their experience of working with us and are able to discuss their move to New Zealand with you!
By attending the This is… New Zealand Seminar you will hear Kiwis giving first-hand advice and information about:
- Life in New Zealand
- Job opportunities in New Zealand
- Obtaining a visa for New Zealand
- Other aspects of emigration
New Zealand Skills in Demand will also be conducting Initial Screening Interviews for the following positions required for the Christchurch Rebuild at the upcoming This is… New Zealand Seminar across the United Kingdom in 2013:
Qualified Carpenters and Joiners, Diesel Mechanics, Heavy Plant Equipment Operators, Road Workers, Civil Site Managers and Civil’s Foremen.
To register for a seminar near you please visit thisisnewzealandseminar.co.uk or call 01483550920.
The need for quality experienced tradesmen across all trades, along with construction professionals in all disciplines will only get worse as the rebuild commences and gathers momentum. Please find below a list of positions that will be required to assist with the Christchurch rebuild:
- Project Management – Roading and Infrastructure/Building - Commercial/Residential
- Engineers – Civil Engineers
- Civil Engineering Technicians
- Architectural Builders
- Urban and Regional Town Planners
- Quantity Surveyors
- Building Surveyors (Building Inspectors)
- Construction Project Mangers (Site Managers)
- Construction Trades:
- General Builders – residential and commercial
- Electricians (registration required – assistance provided)
- Plumbers registration (registration required – assistance provided)
- Gasfitters (registration required – assistance provided)
- Drainlayers (registration required – assistance provided)
- Painter Decorators
- Flooring and carpet layers
- Brick/block layers
*Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and is merely indicative, other occupations may also be in demand.
Immigration New Zealand’s temporary Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) identifies those occupations in demand for the Canterbury rebuild, and will facilitate temporary work visas for applicants whose skills are listed on the CSSL. It is expected that the list will change during different phases of the rebuild.
We have attached some useful articles for your perusal. Please also visit the links below:
Free New Zealand Visa Evaluation
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This is a no obligations FREE ONLINE VISA EVALUATION and we will ensure that the information you have provided us remains confidential. If your evaluation is positive, you will be contacted by one of our team in the next five to ten working days.