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New Zealand Immigration Concepts Ltd was founded in 1995 in Nelson, New Zealand and has since assisted countless migrants of many nationalities to successfully settle in New Zealand.

In 2007 - acknowledging the importance of finding employment in New Zealand for both a successful migration as well as the settlement process, jobs4migrants was established.

2010 brought a further extension of the services offered: New Zealand Immigration Concepts founded The New Zealand Immigration Concepts Network by bringing a number of professionals to the table who, over the years, have demonstrated a high level of skills, complementing each other in assisting migrants with settling successfully in New Zealand.


Please meet the Team at New Zealand Immigration Concepts:

Dr. Carsten Hallwass


Licensed New Zealand Immigration Adviser

Bachelor of Law and Doctor of Law

University of Kiel, Germany

Dr.Carsten Hallwass holds a full licence to operate as a Licenced Immigration Adviser under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007


Licence Number 200900212

Dr.Carsten Hallwass is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Law Society as well as a full member of the Hanseatic Law Society of Bremen, Germany.

Before migrating to New Zealand in 1994, Carsten had studied Law and obtained a Ph.D. He was a partner in a law firm in Germany from 1988 to 1994.

Carsten is a passionate soccer player. Since his arrival in New Zealand he has been coaching a junior soccer team and continues to be a keen supporter of his home club Werder Bremen.

Carsten speaks English and German.


Martina Könnecke


Bachelor of Law

University of Kiel, Germany

Martina Könnecke is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Law Society as well as a full member of the Hanseatic Law Society of Bremen, Germany.

Before migrating to New Zealand with her family in 1994, Martina had worked as a solicitor in her own law firm since 1987.

She first came to New Zealand in 1985 and worked as a junior lawyer in Nelson for three months before going back to Germany and obtaining her admission to the bar.

Martina enjoys travelling, the outdoors, yoga and spending time with her two adult children.

Martina speaks English and German.



Julia G. Cooke 

Licensed New Zealand Immigration Adviser

Certificates in Management, Business Administration, Business & Finance and Communications, UK

Julia Cooke holds a full licence to operate as a Licenced Immigration Adviser under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007


Licence Number 200901849

Julia immigrated to Nelson, New Zealand with her young family from Hereford, UK in 2007.  Moving to the other side of the world and leaving behind family and friends is a huge step for anyone.  After going through the migration process herself she understands the anxieties and stress it can cause.  This life experience coupled with her professional background makes her a competent licensed immigration adviser.  She has trained with NZIC for the last 3 years and has held a full licence since it became law in 2009.  

She takes her responsibility to her clients very seriously and strives to make their process as smooth as possible.

Living and working in Nelson is a dream come true for her and her family.  They now are able to spend quality time exploring this beautiful country and racing their two crazy huskies!


Jobs4migrants has been established by New Zealand Immigration Concepts in 2007 in order to assist their migrants with finding skilled employment in New Zealand. This service has been developed constantly since its beginnings and is now providing comprehensive active job search assistance from start to finish for immigrants to New Zealand.

Katrin Schottke

Manager jobs4migrants

Masters of Social Science, M.Soc.Sc.

University of Rostock, Germany

Katrin fell in love with New Zealand while travelling in 2000 and decided to immigrate in 2003 after finishing her studies. Coming from a background in Social Work she took on various roles since her arrival – from care giving, sales & marketing and hospitality she would now like to share her passion for this country by helping new migrants find their feet by helping them with all aspects of their search for employment.

Having been in the situation of starting fresh in a new country with all the challenges this major step brings, she can relate only too well to the many questions new migrants may have. As manager of jobs4migrants and part of The New Zealand Immigration Concepts Network she has successfully assisted many of her clients with their job search. Helping to fulfill someone’s dream is a fantastic thing to do.

In her free time she loves to continue exploring the ever-surprising beauty of this country – on her bike, feet or skis – as well as dipping into the many cultural events Nelson has to offer – from becoming a night owl at the Film Society or being at the Arts Festival, concerts and markets.


Participating Professionals of The New Zealand Immigration Concepts Network


Ron Thomson

Senior Partner at Smythes Lawyers

Ron Thomson graduated B.A. LL.B. from Victoria University. He has practiced law for 30 years, having been admitted as a solicitor in New Zealand, England and Wales.

Until 1992 Ron was a partner in the Auckland office of Australasian law firm Phillips Fox. He then spent 10 years working in offshore financial centres, most recently in the Channel Islands, before returning to New Zealand.

Ron specialises in property and business law, trust law, wills and estates, with a strong focus on assisting his clients with their immigration specific requirements.

He is an enthusiastic gardener and enjoys opera and theatre.

Richard Harden


Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) FSP25365

Richard Harden is originally from Somerset in the South-West of England and emigrated to Nelson in 1999.

Richard Harden is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) under Financial Advisers Act 2008 (FAA) Financial Services Provider no FSP25365 which authorises him to give financial advice.

Richard holds professional financial planning qualifications in the UK (FPC) and is also a Certified Financial Planner and memver of the Institue of Financial Advisers in New Zealand.

His focus is mainly investment advice for immigrants, but he also specialises in providing advice regarding UK Pension Transfers. His previos work in the UK puts him in a good position to assist migrants with their migration specific needs.

Before migrating to New Zealand Richard combined a professional cricket career in England with experience in sales and marketing before joining the Financial Services Dept of a large accountancy practice in the UK in 1996.


Bruce Farquhar

Residential Marketing Consultant


Bruce Farquhar is a Senior Residential Sales Consultant, an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, AREINZ, and a Licensed Auctioneer, Licensed under the REA Act 2008.

Bruce works with Bayleys, a full real estate company with offices throughout New Zealand.

His success derives from working hard for both his buyers and sellers, and building a relationship based on honesty and trust.

Twice a year Bruce visits the UK to work at the Bayleys stand at the NZ Opportunities Migrant Expos.

Bruce Farquhar can help you find the home that suits you. He can also help you with the purchase of a business, lifestyle or rental property, and industrial and commercial properties.


Alan Bradnock

Principal + Member IFA

Alan Bradnock has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry. This kind of experience comes with a huge pool of industry specific knowledge which he combines with a genuine desire to help people get the best out of their life and situation.

Alan is married with two children and enjoys family life and all of the activities that make it full and rewarding such as: sports, school events, barbeques, golf, tramping and exploring the great outdoors.


Jason Horobin and Daniel Stockwell

Senior Migrant Specialists

The National Bank New Resident Services


Noel Glavin

International Migration Manager

Noel Glavin is Anglo Pacific’s Migration Manager and has been in the moving industry for 25+ years. Married with two teenage children, Noel is a keep fit fanatic who ran competitively in his younger years. Fitting sport around his home and work routine keeps him highly motivated to the challenges of the migration industry.


Catarina Pereira

Pangaea Cargo Speditionsgesellschaft mbH

Pangaea Cargo Speditionsgesellschaft is located in Bremen, Germany and experienced in worldwide transport of personal effects, cars, trucks, boats, commercial cargo etc. as well as taking care of customs.



Sandrine Savarit


Verbages - International Language Services



Andy Symons

TransFur International Pet Relocation



Randi Westphal

Nelson Holiday Houses

Short Term Accommodation


Disclaimer: While all partners of The New Zealand Concepts Network work together on supporting immigrants with their migration process and making it easier for migrants to find competent professional assistance for their migration related needs, each partner operates their own business entirely independently.


Our team having fun in the Abel Tasman National Park

A Christmas function the New Zealand way 2009

Our team on Rabbit Island

Christmas 2010


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"Migrants who make this country home are important to New Zealand's heritage, culture and economy" Dept. of Labour 2006

Licensed Professionals = Protected Migrants

Dr. Carsten Hallwass
Licence Number 200900212

Julia G. Cooke
Licence Number 200901849

New Zealand Immigration Concepts ltd.

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137 Milton Street
New Zealand

PO Box 720

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