Resn - Newcomers give Wellington digital interactive edge
Wellington-based Resn, creative digital partner of leading brands and advertising agencies worldwide, needed to recruit flash developers and designers who are on the long term skills shortages list.
Resn has been proactively recruiting from overseas, successfully bringing in three migrants thus far.
Iain Shaw - Market Research Analyst from Scotland
Iain Shaw hails from Scotland and is employed by 4RF as a Market Research Analyst. He decided to settle in New Zealand because of the high quality of life, the outdoor activities available, and being from Scotland he finds the weather here a huge improvement!
Vincenzo Paparelle - Chef from Italy
It’s a case of second time lucky for Italian, Vincenzo Paparelle who works as chef at Soprano Ristorante restaurant on the Kapiti coast.
Annie Rastello - Project Manager from France
Annie Rastello is a Project Manager at 4RF. Originally from France, Annie moved to New Zealand from six years in the US because she was attracted by the fact that there are fewer people here than in many other English speaking countries.
Paul D’souza - Chef from India
Monsoon Poon is a restaurant located right in the heart of Wellington’s Courtenay Place cuisine precinct. One fifth of its workforce is migrants.
Mark Hussey - Emergency Doctor from The United Kingdom
Wellington's lifestyle and its people are unbeatable, according to UK-born emergency doctor Mark Hussey.
Cecile Diamante - IT Analyst from the Philippines
Wellington’s walkability and friendliness wowed Filipino IT analyst Cecile Diamante from her first moments in the city.
Professor Jeroen Douwes – Co-Director from the Netherlands
“This may come as a surprise to many Wellingtonians,” he says,“but I prefer the climate here with its mild winters.”
Petr Tobias – Anaesthetist from the Czech Republic
Its a long journey from the Czech Republic to Masterton, and for Petr Tobias, it was one that was a long time coming.
Carlos Zevallos –Beekeeper from Peru
It was the loud buzz of thousands of honey bees, music to a commercial apiarist ears which enticed Carlos Zevallos from his native Peru to the temperate shores of New Zealand.
Luca Fascione – Software engineer from Italy
It is not often that the Wellington wind gets good press so when Luca Fascione mentioned he loves the wind a further explanation was needed.
Ray and Diane Cherrell – diesel truck mechanic from UK
Ray and Diane Cherrell immigrated to New Zealand from Lincolnshire, England, in 2006. ‘We’d visited Auckland on holiday in 2002 –it rained every day but it didn’t put us off..”
Angela Ballantyne & Ryan Orange – academic & policy strategist, Kiwis returned.
After 10 years away, expatriates Ryan Orange and Angela Ballantyne were nervous that Wellington would not live up to their expectations on their return.
Cynthia Patterson – CIO from United States
“We wanted to live in a more progressive-minded society. Australia was too much like a mini-US, Canada was too cold, but luckily New Zealand was perfect.”
Desi Ramoo – Scientist from United Kingdom
“I’ve been lucky but when you are moving your family from one side of the world to the other it is important to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into, make sure everything is in writing.... "
Thomas Kuhne – University lecturer from Germany
“Wellington is a fantastic city with very friendly, relaxed people. We love the natural scenery and the fact it isn’t crowded at all.”
Gilbert Sanseau – Software engineer from France
It takes a certain kind of person to find the south of France boring but luckily for Wellington that is exactly what Gilbert Sanseau and his partner found.
Jitendra Bothara – Seismic engineer from Nepal
Back in 1993 Jitendra Bothara was in Nepal working on an earthquake engineering project when he met two men who would change his life. Beca directors Dr Richard Sharpe and Rob Jury.
Kation Cai – Banking consultant from China
Seven years ago Kation Cai set out on an epic journey. His goal, to learn English. Spurred on by the competitive cost of living and study, the friendliness of New Zealanders and the breathtaking environment, Kation made the 11,000km journey from Guangdong to Wellington.
Living her Dream.
Heli Matileinen – Research scientist from Finland
Heli is a research scientist from Finland with a PHD in Biotechnology – specifically cancer targeting. Heli and her husband, Mika spent two years in California while Heli was doing post doctoral research in breast cancer targeting, but despite the sunny climes, America wasn’t where they wanted to settle and they applied for residency in New Zealand.
“To eventually live in New Zealand has always been our ultimate dream. I’d never visited, nor had my husband or family but I knew it was very beautiful and very far away”.
With her specialised biotechnology skills combined with husband Mika’s management experience, they secured a New Zealand residency after a visit home to Finland where they waited out in expectant hope for the residency to become a reality.
“It was very difficult to secure a job without being in the country so residency was the first step for us. You still have the uncertainty of going to a new place without a job, which can be very stressful, but when you have dreams, they give you the push to take that leap of faith. Even if everything goes smoothly, it can take three – four months before you actually start working/earning money. On the other hand not knowing our path was the thrill for us: to see what life might have in store!”
Heli had made contact on a professional level with professors at the Malaghan Institute in Wellington before she arrived. She knew the work of the Institute was globally respected as a medical research centre. After her arrival she found out that Malaghan Institute was starting a project to develop a Breast Cancer Vaccine and they needed to employ someone.
‘It was almost too good to be true!’
Both Heli and her husband and their two children are nature lovers so they chose to rent on a bush clad hillside with beautiful sea views. “It’s only 10 minutes from the city but we have this slice of paradise where we raise chickens and grow vegetables. That is the beauty of Wellington; it’s a compact village with a big city feel and surrounded by nature”.
“You can walk everywhere and there is always a festival or event adding to the buzz”.
High on the list of contentment too, is the new friends they have made. “Making friends is relatively easy because everyone is so friendly.”