Experts are predicting that New Zealand’s $8.5 billion (£4.2bn) building sector recovery could create opportunities for British firms.
Paul Arthur, director of migration experts The Emigration Group said: “New Zealand’s Westpac Institutional Bank is predicting that the Christchurch and Canterbury rebuild will bring an extra 20 billion New Zealand dollars in national construction spending, kick starting the industry.
“This investment will lead to a demand for skilled building workers from overseas, creating both good job and business opportunities for skilled construction workers in the UK who are willing to go down under.”
The Westpac economists predict Auckland and Christchurch house-building will be a big driver, alongside Christchurch infrastructure work.
Economic experts Mercer also report a strong performance in the industry over the last six months particularly in the construction of hospitals, farm buildings, shops and restaurants.
Paul said: “We’ve worked with a number of businesses both small and large who have started a New Zealand operating arm and we have lots of clients who are struggling for work here emigrating overseas. With the current shortage of skilled workers, it’s much easier to qualify for a visa to emigrate or to start a business in NZ. It’s definitely an option worth considering, particularly for those who would like to start a life down under.”
In Mercer quality of living reports, New Zealand was ranked amongst the world’s top countries for overall quality of living, Auckland being in 3rd place and Wellington ranked 13th.
Paul said: “Economic factors are proving a driving force for emigration down under, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that NZ is ranked one of the best countries in the world for the quality of life it offers and this is a strong pull for many Brits. The combination of affordable housing, stunning scenery, a good climate and a better work life balance is a real draw for many. For those in the construction industry looking for a good business opportunity and a good quality of life, NZ is a natural choice.”
The Emigration is holding two seminars where those looking to emigrate can find out more. The first is at the Hilton East Midlands Airport, on Sunday 29 January, the second on Sunday 12 February at the Holiday Inn, Manchester Airport.
The seminars give people the unique chance to speak to experts on all aspects of migration in an informal, one-to-one environment, where they can ask any personal questions they may have.
Seminar tickets cost just £15 each or £25 for a couple (including refreshments), and there are only 50 places available - so do book in early to avoid disappointment.
To book your place or to find out more about emigrating please call: 0845 230 4390 or visit www.emigrationgroup.co.uk