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Old Jul 17th 2012, 10:36 pm
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I am looking into the possibility of driving lass 5 in NZ .I am age 42 with over 15 years experience driving hgv class 1 in the uk which is the same.
It seems its a catch 22 ie to get a work visa for 12 months you need a job and to get a job you need a visa is there any best way ie maybe go over look for a job then apply for visa when there not really sure any help much appriciated
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Old Jul 17th 2012, 10:51 pm
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your correct in saying you need a visa to work but you don't need a visa to get a job. Companies don't seem to get the gist that you need the job offer for the visa and not the other way round.
If you can get over then that's a good way to start as it shows employers that you are serious about coming.
Now there is some conflicting advise from the governing bodies as to whether you can come over on a vistors' visa and actively seek employment. Best way to go is not to mention it if asked that you are seeking employment, just say your over on a holiday etc. don't carry CV in paper form whilst travelling over.

There are various post on here about truck/HGV drivers so maybe try a search but you could also look on sites like trademe.co.nz and seek.co.nz and see what area's seem to have the most jobs.
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Old Jul 17th 2012, 11:18 pm
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thanks i think that might be the best way i do have an auntie and cousins in kerikeri so would have some help when i get over there
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thanks i think that might be the best way i do have an auntie and cousins in kerikeri so would have some help when i get over there
You need to contact 'Concretepump', on here. I believe he drives trucks.....You'll need to transfer the licence to a NZ one but that involves a multi choice and an eye test for Class 1 UK to NZ Class 5...
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You need to contact 'Concretepump', on here. I believe he drives trucks.....You'll need to transfer the licence to a NZ one but that involves a multi choice and an eye test for Class 1 UK to NZ Class 5...
when i done my theory, had an eye test and a 35 min test for hgv and car they are all in one, i only have class two uk class four nz,
think you might be better to go over, and knock on a few doors maybe e-mail some of the bigger companies, depends on what you drive try and get some contracts before you go hope they are getting hotter now about getting in i should hear this week about my visas the firm who offered me the job cant get any one , yet the labour test says there are people who could do my job, so not sure which way it will go ,good luck in your search
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i should hear this week about my visas the firm who offered me the job cant get any one , yet the labour test says there are people who could do my job, so not sure which way it will go ,good luck in your search
Poo ! Why? Truck Driver is still on the immediate shortage list.


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Poo ! Why? Truck Driver is still on the immediate shortage list.


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I work at a driver training school I run there digger school for them i also have a class 5, there is plenty of work here but the moneys not good 18/22 bux an hour about 9 quid which is probably on par with UK money but it,s a LOT more expensive here. Also they will try and spank you on your rate as you dont have any "kiwi" driving experience which is a load of bollox as it,s an absolute pleasure to drive here, it,s also not unusual to see 10 + year ols trucks over here as daily drivers they get run forever and if you get a new truck it,s a huge deal get used to RR boxes

Hope i havn,t put you off

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Edit... there is a lot of truck and dog trailers here there a pain in the arse to back up

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Poo ! Why? Truck Driver is still on the immediate shortage list.


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well technically, job title is for concrete pump and boom operator, its on level four, they have had some one else leave and go to oz, and as i have worked there before they are bending over back wards to try and get me in, it was two much work to go accredited just for one person, so still waiting only bean four months, but hey thanks for all the fingers crossed
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well technically, job title is for concrete pump and boom operator, its on level four, they have had some one else leave and go to oz, and as i have worked there before they are bending over back wards to try and get me in, it was two much work to go accredited just for one person, so still waiting only bean four months, but hey thanks for all the fingers crossed

Who are u working for ? I used to drive a mixer for Readymix in ChCh, loved the job just got sick of the 3am pours


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Who are u working for ? I used to drive a mixer for Readymix in ChCh, loved the job just got sick of the 3am pours


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hi neil
have my own pump business in uk, but have been offered a job for the waterhouse group in the mount tauranga, worked there in 07 for about nine months,
hours were very good then mostly 600am until 400pm and some times sat morning, they have about 18 people that now work for them work has been slow there but much the same as here, should hear this week if we will get offered visas some days here i can do two hours or more traveling to and from jobs, in the mount avg was half an hour
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