From South Africa to the south

With a trades shortage in the south, Dunedin Housing Maintenance Contractors (DHMC) had been advertising locally for a carpenter with little success.

Nick Osborne on the job

Then DHMC Operations Manager Gerry O’Connell remembered that earlier in the year an electrical contractor had made contact on behalf of his South African nephew, Nicolas Osborne (pictured left). A self-employed carpenter, Nicolas was keen to permanently relocate his family to New Zealand.

Very quickly emails were exchanged between Gerry and Nicolas, followed by an interview over Skype.

Gerry says he knew immediately that Nicolas would fit in really well with the existing DHMC team. Soon after, DHMC made Nicolas a verbal offer of a position as a carpenter.

Then the immigration process began. DHMC completed the required paperwork including confirming they had advertised for a carpenter in New Zealand without success.

When approval from Immigration was received, DHMC provided Nicolas with a written employment contract, which he quickly accepted. Flights were also booked to New Zealand.

Nicolas has been with DHMC for six weeks and is thoroughly enjoying the change of culture and the new opportunities New Zealand offers. Although his wife and young family have not arrived in New Zealand, Nicolas says he is settling in really well and enjoying the varied work he gets to do on Housing New Zealand properties.

Gerry says Nicolas is a great asset to the DHMC team and both parties are extremely happy with the outcome.

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