Meet the Migration Associates Team


Borey Chum LLB BA
Managing Director

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Borey is the Managing Director of Migration Associates and is now based Christchurch, New Zealand.

Borey is a qualified New Zealand solicitor and a IAA Licensed Immigration Adviser and holds dual nationality (New Zealand/British). Borey has recently relocated his family back home to New Zealand in April 2016, having spent 10 years living and working in the UK. Borey has been in the New Zealand immigration industry for over ten years, and has obtained a wealth of international immigration experience in both private and corporate New Zealand immigration. His immigration knowledge on New Zealand immigration policy and procedure is highly regarded by clients, employers, recruiters and other professionals within the industry, both onshore and offshore.

In 2017 Borey Chum was a finalist for the Immigration Lawyer/Adviser of the year award with the NZAMI.  This bi-annual award recognises outstanding Licensed Immigration Advisers or Immigration Lawyers who enhance the migration profession. 

Borey and his team maintain a visible presence in the UK/Europe and New Zealand market and regularly exhibits at emigration shows held in the UK/Europe. Borey is now busy establishing the Migration Associates practice in New Zealand and his clients include nationwide recruiters, large to medium New Zealand businesses and a global private client network from the UK, Europe, South Africa, Asia, Australasia, North America and South America.

Borey works alongside two other IAA Licensed Adviser in Christchurch and interacts daily with two other IAA Licensed Advisers, who are based permanently in the Migration Associates practice in Guildford, Surrey, UK to provide his clients with a comprehensive end to end immigration service.


Migration Associates have just helped us achieve our dream! We are off to NZ! The application process has been quite long and in some cases quite challenging. We were guided every step of the way by the team. In the last stages Borey had to step in as it looked like the INZ were going to turn us down on a technical detail. If it was not for the knowledge and expertise that Borey had we were likely not going to succeed with our application. I am pleased to say we have just been granted a residence visa. We are just so thrilled and can now start planning our move. I would thoroughly recommend Migration Associates who definitely went the extra mile for us.
— Suzie Norris

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Rachael Howes BA (Hons)
Case Manager

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Rachael is the Licensed IAA Adviser and the UK Case Manager at Migration Associates. Rachael is degree qualified and has worked in the New Zealand immigration industry and with Migration Associates for over 7 years. Rachael has experience with all types of visa applications and prides herself on her personal approach. Rachael maintains a visible presence in the UK market and regularly exhibits at emigration shows and seminars.

Rachael has successfully assisted many families achieve their dreams of working and living in New Zealand and is well respected by her clients.

Attended the seminar in June 2015 in Manchester before signing up with migration associates. The paperwork is quite daunting when you look at things on your own, but these guys cut to the chase and make it seem simple. Our advisor (Rachael) has been brilliant - kept us informed at every step and clear instructions on what was needed. It might seem like an expensive fee when you enquire, but it was worth every single penny. Thank you again.
— Jeremy Hyde

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Christine Yap BA (Hons)
Senior Immigration Adviser

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Christine has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Psychology from Canada.  Christine has over 15 years of New Zealand onshore experience in New Zealand immigration having worked as an Immigration Adviser in a large corporate and smaller immigration practices. Christine is experienced in dealing with residence applications – skilled migrant and family and business and investor as well as temporary entry – work, visitor and study.  This wide experience has enabled her gain valuable knowledge on immigration law and policy and in dealing with clients.

Christine is based in the Christchurch office working alongside Borey.  Her skills, depth of onshore processing knowledge and experience enables her to provide personalised assistance and high quality service to clients to ensure success. 

Christine’s service was always very prompt and the advice given was thorough and tailored to me. Everyone I spoke to was very knowledgeable and made the process very easy.
— Matt Schaaf

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Michael Cooke GDNZIA B.A. 
Immigration Adviser

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Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Japanese and recently completed the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice to a very high standard. He joined the Migration Associates Christchurch office in December 2016, working alongside two very experienced Immigration Advisors, Borey and Christine.  

Prior to joining Migration Associates, Michael has obtained recent immigration related experience, with a well-known immigration consultancy in Christchurch. Michael has travelled and worked overseas and is able to speak conversational Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Michael’s world experience allows him to work with a variety of clients from different backgrounds and enables him to provide a very personalised and professional service. Michael has a great understanding of the challenges some migrants have in settling into a new county and is more than willing to assist each client to ensure their immigration application is successful.

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Vivian Booth M.A. Psych 
Immigration Adviser

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Vivian has a Master of Arts in Psychology and has recently completed the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice. She joined the Migration Associates Christchurch office in 2018.

Prior to joining Migration Associates, Vivian has a background in the public sector and various non-profit organisations. She is involved in various community organisations and is very passionate about settlement support for new migrants.


Josh Davies
Visa Administrator

Josh is a vital member of the Migration Associates team, as a Visa Administrator at the UK office he helps out with the day to day administration of the visa application process. Josh is always willing to help with a smile and as he directly assists the Licenced Immigration Advisers with their clients you are likely to be in contact with him. Currently Josh is completing the Graduate Diploma in Immigration Advice to become a Licenced Immigration Adviser and is looking forward to the completion of this qualification. Josh is a pleasure to work with and has a very friendly and positive approach to customer care.

Nick Holt
Visa Administrator

Nick works as a Visa Administrator within the Migration Associates team to deliver a high level of customer care for our clients.  Nick prides himself on his approachable manner and customer focused communication. Nick is often the first point of contact and works closely with the Immigration Advisors to ensure a comfortable first step in your emigration journey.


Christiane Simmers
Business Consultant

Migration Associates work closely with Christiane Simmers, a specialist New Zealand Business Plan writer, based in New Zealand, who has assisted many clients with New Zealand and Australian business visas.

Christiane has obtained a Master's degree in Business Economics, majoring in Marketing from the University of Nuremberg, Germany in 1993. Her business experience is extensive and ranges from new business start ups to the successful turn-around of established operations. During her working life she has operated in diverse markets on an
international basis. Christiane is a proficient all-around management practitioner offering more than 20 years of solid and hands-on strategic, business, marketing, sales, and customer service experience.

The qualifications and business experience Christiane has obtained enables her to plan, co-ordinate and develop a business strategy for our business clients and allows her develop a unique and bespoke business plan that is consistent with the New Zealand Governments immigration objectives. Christiane is a German national, married to a New Zealander with three children. Together with her husband, Christiane has lived overseas for several years, including four years in London, before moving permanently to New Zealand 7 years ago. Your business plan will receive her personal attention and Christiane enjoys providing a prompt and personal service to all of our business clients. 


Lydia Walker BSc MCIM
Marketing Consultant

CIM member and Aston University alumni Lydia Walker is a Marketing Consultant and the owner of Cherry Fusion Ltd, a UK-based marketing company. Lydia is responsible for all marketing activity for Migration Associates. Drawing on her own experience travelling in New Zealand, she researches and writes all marketing collateral, and works closely with partners to ensure that Migration Associates clients get a well-rounded view of what working and living in New Zealand is like.