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Old Jul 16th 2007, 3:46 pm
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Hi all,
I have been looking into moving over to NZ in the next few years. I currently work as a full-time firefighter, but would probably not join the NZ fire service as I hear they do not take in foreign transfers (shame).
I do however own a small chimney sweep business and heard that my services would go far over there? The problem is, there is no mention of chimney sweeps in the 'skilled trademen' section of the application.
Also, I cannot start my own business straight away without citizenship.
Would anyone know of any loopholes or sound advice for me to progress any further?
My wife is in the telecoms industry, would there be much work out for her out there too?
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Old Jul 17th 2007, 4:50 am
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Hi Dusty

Why can't you start a business?
What kind of work does your wife do in telecoms?


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You don't have to be a citizen to start a business. Perhaps you could draw up a business plan and submit it to NZIS and go in on the Long Term Business Visa route.
Check out for a start...

http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra...abusinessinnz/

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You can start your own business using the Long Term Business Visa Route.
It's not for the faint hearted, a bit pricey and you need to present a business plan etc.

Also, if you manage to gain Permanent Residency then there is also nothing to stop you starting your own small business .

Click HERE FOR A L.T.B.V. SITE THAT CAN HELP you with this possible option. It is a specialised field.

There are companies here that clean and maintain flues for the huge amount of wood and pellet burners here. We used one recently.

You are correct in that Chimney or Flue Sweep does not appear on the LIST OF ACCEPTABLE TRADES that I can see.

I entered Chimney Sweep into the NZ yellow pages and got THIS LIST

what does your wife do in the Telecom industry?
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Wow, what a pleasant surprise having all this support, does make the journey that much more worth it.
I have already researched the chimney sweeps already there and it does seem viable to start up a business. I would have to look closely into the costs first. I used to be in the Royal Air Force as an armourer, but have been out 5 years now, so probably couldn't slip into a role out there. Although I do have LGV, chainsaw operator to my name.
My wife used to be in the Royal Air Force, working in telecommunications (call centre hubs, exchanges etc). Since she left 6 years ago she has been in a similar role but more technical. She works for Tyco Electronics UK Ltd ( I notice that there are 3 departments NZ) and does 1st line desk support, phone moves, directories, looks after around 500 mobile phones (ordering, renewing contracts etc) and general customer service for anything to do with telecommunications within this large company. She would suit a similar role for any company looking for a coordinator/manager.

It would be great to hear from you all again, whilst I take another look at my future career there.

Thanks all, Jason.
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Wow, what a pleasant surprise having all this support, does make the journey that much more worth it.
I have already researched the chimney sweeps already there and it does seem viable to start up a business. I would have to look closely into the costs first. I used to be in the Royal Air Force as an armourer, but have been out 5 years now, so probably couldn't slip into a role out there. Although I do have LGV, chainsaw operator to my name.
My wife used to be in the Royal Air Force, working in telecommunications (call centre hubs, exchanges etc). Since she left 6 years ago she has been in a similar role but more technical. She works for Tyco Electronics UK Ltd ( I notice that there are 3 departments NZ) and does 1st line desk support, phone moves, directories, looks after around 500 mobile phones (ordering, renewing contracts etc) and general customer service for anything to do with telecommunications within this large company. She would suit a similar role for any company looking for a coordinator/manager.

It would be great to hear from you all again, whilst I take another look at my future career there.

Thanks all, Jason.

Try to get over on your wife's skill-then just get going!! There's loads for you here! Good luck me old Dick van Dyke!
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Wow, what a pleasant surprise having all this support, does make the journey that much more worth it.......Thanks all, Jason.
Fireman Al transfered over here from the UK F/B, you could try to contact him. Plenty of chimneys around mind!

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Wow, what a pleasant surprise having all this support, does make the journey that much more worth it.
I have already researched the chimney sweeps already there and it does seem viable to start up a business. I would have to look closely into the costs first. I used to be in the Royal Air Force as an armourer, but have been out 5 years now, so probably couldn't slip into a role out there. Although I do have LGV, chainsaw operator to my name.
My wife used to be in the Royal Air Force, working in telecommunications (call centre hubs, exchanges etc). Since she left 6 years ago she has been in a similar role but more technical. She works for Tyco Electronics UK Ltd ( I notice that there are 3 departments NZ) and does 1st line desk support, phone moves, directories, looks after around 500 mobile phones (ordering, renewing contracts etc) and general customer service for anything to do with telecommunications within this large company. She would suit a similar role for any company looking for a coordinator/manager.

It would be great to hear from you all again, whilst I take another look at my future career there.

Thanks all, Jason.

Evening Dustyclose

This might help ( well your wife at least)

http://www.seek.co.nz/jobsearch/inde...communications
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I looked at the NZ Fire Service and it states that they do not accpet overseas applicants and that I'd need to start from basic training, which I could defiantley do without. I will contact them anyway to see what they say.
Just looking into the Long Term Business Visa Route to see if that will help us get there. Meanwhile let's hope the missus has better luck!!
Keep the thoughts and help coming, it's all good information that's helping me immensly. Cheers, Dusty. P.S. Oh look, I can see my website sponsored below....famous at last!!
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Originally Posted by dustyclose View Post
I looked at the NZ Fire Service and it states that they do not accpet overseas applicants and that I'd need to start from basic training, which I could defiantley do without. I will contact them anyway to see what they say.
Just looking into the Long Term Business Visa Route to see if that will help us get there. Meanwhile let's hope the missus has better luck!!
Keep the thoughts and help coming, it's all good information that's helping me immensly. Cheers, Dusty. P.S. Oh look, I can see my website sponsored below....famous at last!!
Hi Dusty.

First I must say I know nothing about your line of work (am a Kiwi who has never owned a chimney ) nor do I know much about immigration requirements.

However something did come to my mind when I looked at your very inventive and interesting site.

excuse my ignorance but what's the "thingie" at the top left hand corner you promote? Is it anything to do with pollution control ?

Dealing with air pollution is high priority here just now and if I was you if you can push and promote yourself in that direction you may get lucky.

Maybe you could think about importation of something alog those lines ?

On the other hand if I am coming too far from left field just ignore all this ...

Good luck, we need more like you here in NZ
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Bellasmum - good point, pollution from all these wood burners is something that is reported on widely, mainly at this time of year as far as I can tell!
Chimney sweep is a pretty generic term mind, he can also deal with the flue for a woodburner, oil-fired boiler, etc I'd imagine and there are plenty of those in these parts. I'm all for cutting down emissions from wood burners, especially as I have one at the end of my short garden that is about head height to my drive and when the air is still we get lots of smoke around our deck - yuk, talk about going back to the 70s! Clean air for NZ I say!!
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Originally Posted by dustyclose View Post
I looked at the NZ Fire Service and it states that they do not accpet overseas applicants and that I'd need to start from basic training, which I could defiantley do without. I will contact them anyway to see what they say.
Just looking into the Long Term Business Visa Route to see if that will help us get there. Meanwhile let's hope the missus has better luck!!
Keep the thoughts and help coming, it's all good information that's helping me immensly. Cheers, Dusty. P.S. Oh look, I can see my website sponsored below....famous at last!!
Cant help with the Chimney work.... when we bought this old house last year I asked the seller when he last had his chimney swept. He looked at me like I was from another planet and said "never".

But just to let you know that my OH is a volunteer Fire Fighter now. He loves it! He always wanted to do that in UK but wasnt allowed to as he wears contacts. Here its OK and he went on his first course last year... did all the BA stuff and passed fine. The other day when it was stormy the siren went off 4 times... other times it doesnt go off for a few weeks. But they meet up every monday to practise (or get pissed...) not sure which. Hes on call every 3rd weekend, should be every 4 but not enough volunteers at the moment for 4 crews. Obviously I dont know how youd feel about doing something like that if you lived over here but they seem a good bunch and its a good way to meet people too.
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Old Jul 18th 2007, 5:54 pm
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Sorry but volunteer work is not exactly what I'm after. I need a decent paid job to enable me to live. The part-time crews here are really quiet and don't get paid enough. i need it to be a full-time career. I'll email the NZ Fire Service and see what the score is.
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Hi Dusty

NZFS definately does not pay their volunteers, they are very committed but tend to do it to protect their own (usually rural) communities, also for the social side. Their set up is nothing like the uk retained. If you want to go there mate just read the immigration stuff very carefully, there are all sorts of avenues, work to residence etc. I have a friend of a friend who has just got in on a work to residence visa as a seamstress, not belittling the trade but it just goes to show if you are commited.

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NZFS definately does not pay their volunteers, they are very committed but tend to do it to protect their own (usually rural) communities, also for the social side. Their set up is nothing like the uk retained.
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I wasnt suggesting the OP did it to get paid. I suggested it as a way of keeping his hand in with something he obviously likes and to meet people when he gets here as its not always easy to make new friends.

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