Meet the People at New Zealand Immigration Concepts
Find out who we are and why we are qualified to give you the best all-round assistance you can get for your move to New Zealand.
We are your key to success:
We are qualified and experienced.
We are upfront, genuine and personal.
We understand exactly what our clients are going through.
Our Visa Team:
Dr. Carsten Hallwass | Director | Licensed Immigration Adviser
Lawyer, PHD LLB University of Kiel, Germany, and Licensed Immigration Adviser
Dr. Carsten Hallwass holds a full licence to operate as a Licenced Immigration Adviser under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007. He is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Law Society as well as a full member of the Hanseatic Law Society of Bremen, Germany.
Carsten specialises in business and investor migration. Since his arrival in New Zealand in 1994 he has assisted clients from all over the world with applying for their visas under Business and Investor policies and successfully establishing their businesses in New Zealand.
Before migrating to New Zealand, Carsten studied Law at the University of Kiel, Germany, where he obtained a PhD in Laws. Following his career at university, he practised law in Bremen, Germany, from 1988 to 1994, where he was a partner in a law firm with a strong focus on business clientele.
Carsten says: "I work closely with the former manager of the Entrepreneur Team at Immigration New Zealand`s Business Migration Branch, who now specialises in market research and incorporating business plans. Together we have a wealth of experience that you will find hard to beat."
Client feedback: "Dr. Hallwass handled our application to immigrate professionally, giving us a clear picture of what was required, updating us along the way and providing excellent follow up service on our arrival in New Zealand. We are delighted with his professionalism and thoroughness. He comes highly recommended."
Carsten speaks English and German.
Dr.Carsten Hallwass | Licence Number 200900212
Carsten's Licence History:
Licence renewed on 06 March 2018
Licence renewed on 06 March 2017
Licence renewed on 06 March 2016
Licence renewed on 06 March 2015
Licence renewed on 06 March 2014
Licence renewed on 06 March 2013
Licence renewed on 06 March 2012
Licence renewed on 06 March 2011
Licence renewed on 06 March 2010
Full licence issued on 06 March 2009
(no licence requirement prior to 2009)
Julia G Cooke | Licensed Immigration Adviser
Licensed Immigration Adviser
Julia immigrated to Nelson, New Zealand with her young family from Hereford, UK in 2007.
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 very competent Licensed Immigration Adviser.
Julia has held a full licence since it became the law in 2009.
She takes her responsibility for her clients very seriously and strives to make their process as smooth and personable as possible.
Feedback from a happy client: "Most of all - my gratitude and sincere thanks to the wonderful Julia Cooke at New Zealand Immigration Concepts in Nelson who raises the bar for competence and efficiency and who guided me every step of the way...!"
Julia Cooke | Licence Number 200901849
Julia's Licence History:
Licence renewed on 27 July 2017
Licence renewed on 27 July 2016
Licence renewed on 27 July 2015
Licence renewed on 27 July 2014
Licence renewed on 27 July 2013
Licence renewed on 27 July 2012
Licence renewed on 27 July 2011
Licence renewed on 27 July 2010
Full licence issued on 27 July 2009
Katrina Horgan | Immigration Case Manager
Katrina has recently returned to New Zealand with her family after living in the UK for 25 years.
In the UK she worked for Walt Disney Company for 22 years, holding various roles, including managing the operations team as Executive Director for 11 years, before deciding to move back to New Zealand for a lifestyle change that would give her more time with her family. We are very fortunate to have been able to add such a highly experienced professional to our team in 2016.
Katrina works closely with our Licensed Immigration Advisers and our Job Search Specialists.
Leah Shopneck | Immigration Case Manager
Bachelor of Arts in Geography, University of Mary, Washington
Master of Yachts, IYT Worldwide Canada
Leah originates from the United States and decided to make New Zealand home with her Kiwi husband in 2017.
After 10 years sailing the world working on board yachts as the first mate and also operational director of university education programs, Leah and her husband began looking to move their lives ashore.
New Zealand quickly moved to the top of the list when deciding where to live, with its amazing scenery, endless list of treks and opportunities to be on the water.
Leah has spent years working with clients from around the world and now enjoys supporting the NZIC team.
Emma Robertson | Immigration Case Manager
Diploma in Tourism, Travel and Computing from Career Link College, Christchurch.
Emma has worked in a wide variety of roles in Christchurch, London and Victoria, Australia, before moving to Nelson with her young family and joining our team at New Zealand Immigration Concepts. Re-settling her family in New Zealand has given her a solid appreciation of what it takes to move from one country to another.
In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, kayaking and other outdoor activities.
Chelsea Jakobsen | Immigration Case Manager
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada.
Chelsea moved to New Zealand from Canada in 2013. Her experience of going through the immigration process herself gives her a good understanding of our clients' journey and makes her a perfect addition to our team.
Chelsea is a hobby artist. She likes ink work and digital design and enjoys the outdoors.
In their roles as Immigration Case Mangers Katrina, Leah, Emma and Chelsea provide a high level of support for our Licensed Immigration Advisers and our clients.
Our Job Search Professionals:
Katrin Schottke | Job Search Coach
Master 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.
Katrin has successfully assisted many of our clients with their job search in New Zealand.
Some client feedback:
"Hi Katrin, thank you very much for your job search material and for all the tips! The cover letter and the CV are really perfect. So I feel really prepared to start applying for jobs in New Zealand." Birgit K., Austria
"Thanks to friendly and efficient Katrin Schottke at NZIC for whom nothing was too much effort or trouble...!"
"Hi Katrin, I forgot to say one very important thing in my very brief note that I sent this morning with my signed agreement - I love your newsletter! Just another reason why I am so happy to have found you and your team to work with. I am ready to get started and appreciate you helping me on my journey ahead. Cheers, E."
E. M. USA
Katrin speaks English and German.
Anna Fyfe | Job Search Coach
Bachelor of Arts (English) from Victoria University of Wellington. Psychosocial Studies (GradCert) from AUT University, Auckland.
Anna has been working in the migrant/newcomer sector for more than 15 years (both in London and NZ), and joins us from Auckland, where she most recently managed an employment programme for highly-skilled migrants in the region.
She is passionate about NZ’s diversity, and close contact with new migrants from a huge variety of countries has given her a good understanding about the highs and lows of the settlement process and of the support required to obtain that quintessential first job in a new country.
Like many New Zealanders, Anna herself spent 7 years living overseas in the UK on a very extended “O.E”, before returning home at the end of 2005.
"Hi Anna, Wow! Nice work on the CV, if this crossed my desk I would strongly consider hiring myself."
Judi Lubetzky | Careers Coach
Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology & History), University of Auckland
MBTI (Myer Briggs) Practitioner, New Zealand Association doe Psychological Type
Graduate Diploma in Career Development, Grad.Dip., Career Development, Adult Tertiary Education, Auckland University of Technology
Judi is a qualified & innovative Career Specialist with more than 12 years experience and a passion for supporting individuals to make well informed decisions about their future.
Judi's speciality: One on one career counselling.
She gives our clients a deciding boost for their job search by applying innovative job search strategies.
Judi helps our clients who are trying to break into the New Zealand job market with identifying their strengths, clarifying their work goals; confidence building; targeted CVs; effective interview skills; workplace coaching; and strategies to manage stress in relation to work and/or job search.
She knows all aspects of the New Zealand job market and is happy to share her market knowledge with you.
Judi is a professional member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) and adheres to their Code of Ethics. She is also a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychological Type (NZAPT).
Jannie Allen | CV Writing Specialist
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts from The University of Auckland
Our Business Development and Marketing Team:
Martina Koennecke | Director
Lawyer, LLB 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.
Martina first came to New Zealand as a junior lawyer in 1985 to gain overseas experience in a Nelson law firm. She returned to Germany and obtained her admission to the bar in 1987. While practicing as a solicitor in Germany, she particularly enjoyed working closely with her clients on representing their interests and achieving their goals.
In 1994 Martina migrated to New Zealand and established New Zealand Immigration Concepts.
Martina looks after the business and is always happy to hear from you if you have any suggestions on how to improve our services.
Martina says: "When first talking to people who are thinking of immigrating to New Zealand I often get asked about my own experience as a migrant. So, to pass on my experience and that of many others, I decided to publish migrant stories on our website and a number of our clients have kindly agreed to share their migration experience with you. A big thank you to all of you who were happy to be interviewed and for telling your migrant story!"
Feedback from a German couple: "Wir haben von Ihnen in einer halben Stunde einen Weg zur Auswanderung aufgezeigt bekommen, der für uns gut durchführbar sein wird. Ich bin froh über diesen Weg. Neben einem neuen Hochgefühl macht sich auch Erleichterung breit; es ist also möglich. Ganz herzlichen Dank dafür. Da die Informationen in der Muttersprache geführt wurden, sind wir uns sicher, daß keine Mißverständnisse entstanden sind. Wir wissen das zu schätzen. Beste Grüße ans andere Ende der Welt, Dagmar K. und Knut V."
Maj Hallwass | Marketing and Business Development Manager
BCom - International Business, Political Science and Human Resources & Industrial Relations, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
Maj began working at NZIC in 2013 before embarking on her Overseas Experience and joined our team again in July 2015, then working for New Zealand Immigration Concepts in Milan, Italy.
Maj moved back to New Zealand in early 2018 and established our new branch in Wellington. Having a foot on the ground in New Zealand's capital allows us to connect and network with mayor players in the job market, including recruiters and employers.
Maj enjoys travelling and cooking, with a strong focus on the Mediterranean cuisine.
Maj speaks English and German.
'Dear Maj, If the service and courtesy we received from you is anything to go by, I can only be positive to deal and work with the rest of the teams. Again, thank you very much for your contribution and all the advise and efficiency. If anything else comes to mind or if I'm not sure about anything I will gladly give you a shout. Much appreciated and take care, Andre N.'
'Hello Maj, It has been a pleasure working with you. Thanks! '
'Good day Maj, Thank you for all your support to date, you are amazing to work with.'
Hannah Doile | Inquiries Liaison Consultant
Hannah is a 2nd year BCom student - Marketing and Management - at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.
Hannah will be your first point of contact after you have submitted your inquiry for a Professional Assessment.
She liaises with our Licensed Immigration Advisers and the Job Search Team in regard to your inquiry and personal plans for New Zealand and will provide you with their professional assessment and proposal.
Before starting her role with New Zealand Immigration Concepts, Hannah has travelled to Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Hannah has lived in Wellington her whole life and has a love for the ocean.
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