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Old Dec 27th 2009, 5:22 pm
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Hi all , have already posted on the Canadian forum as this is where i'm interested in going but the wife has convinced me to have a look at New Zealand and i must admit i like the look of it . I do have a few questions about my trade though and was wondering if any one could help :

I am currently employed as a multi skilled maintenance fitter (electrically biased) in a food factory here in the uk.
I am a time served fitter with 20 years experience, i don't have a degree.
I have also worked on film extrusion and bagging.

Is this a job i could be employed with (has it got another title in NZ ) and where would be the best places to start looking ? The wife is currently employed as a level 2 Teaching Assistant (specialising in special needs ), so we would be using my trade to come out there .
We were looking at going on a reccie to Canada next easter but our plans are on hold at the mo until we have made up our minds .
Sorry for the long post but i hope someone can help.
Many thanks in advance
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Old Dec 27th 2009, 6:22 pm
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Just look on seek and trademejobs for work as a maintenance engineer.
You'll find work relatively easily with your background as long as you are willing to be flexible with location as well as carrer choice.
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Fonterra is the obvious choice, try contacting them. They have factories all over NZ.
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Hi Chris, I was in a similar situation to you apart from the food side of things.
I found that most jobs here in Christchurch were either listed as mechanical or electrical with the electricians having to be registered here in New Zealand.
There still seems to be quite a number of job vacancies advertised for both trades in the Press newspaper these days. A few companies that I can think of in the food industry would be Heinz Watties, Tiptop bread, Cookietime, Fonterra, Tegal, Hellers and PPCS.
Hope this helps
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Tetrapak and Canpak have plants in hamilton.

I have a mate who's a plant engineer at tetropak i'll ask him if theres any jobs going

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As this is an enquiry about the best places to start looking for job offers, I'll move it to the main NZ forum . That way more people will see it.

If you need some direction about where to start looking re. immigration visas , points indicator, acceptable qualifications etc. please start another thread in the Immy area.

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I had a quick chat with my friend who works at Tetrapak today.
He said the TSS (technical spares and service) dept should be looking
for people.
They have a plant in Hamilton so it might worth making contact with them.
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