Our Team - Upfront, genuine and personal

We are upfront, genuine and personal.

We believe that transparency and productive communication are the key to your success. 

Our team is small. Right from the start you will know exactly who you are going to work with and what to expect during your migration journey.

You will have your dedicated personal immigration adviser and your job search expert working for you.

We will get to know you and your family and work side by side with you until you have reached your goal of migrating to New Zealand. 

Meet the Team and find out who we are and why we are qualified to give you the best assistance you can get for your move to New Zealand. 


The Team at New Zealand Immigration Concepts:

Dr. Carsten Hallwass Director Licensed Immigration Adviser

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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. 


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Dr.Carsten Hallwass Licence Number 200900212
Licence history
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)

Martina Koennecke | Director 

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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, together with Carsten, 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."

Martina speaks English and German.
Read Martina`s migrant interview


Julia G Cooke | Licensed Immigration Adviser

Julia Cooke, Licensed Immigration Adviser

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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 NZ Immigration Concepts Ltd in Nelson who raises the bar for competence and efficiency and who guided me every step of the way...!" 


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Julia Cooke Licence Number 200901849

Licence history

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

Read Julia`s migrant interview 


Katrina Horgan | Immigration Case Manager

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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.


Ruth Shaw | Immigration Case Manager 

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BA (Major in Psychology) University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand 

Ruth moved to New Zealand with her family when she was 8 years old and although she was young, she still remembers some highs and lows of the immigration process that her family experienced. Later on she supported her grandparents to immigrate to New Zealand to reunite their entire family. 

Ruth lived in the Netherlands for two years, while on her Overseas Experience and learnt about the challenges of navigating the legislation of immigration in a foreign country.

From those personal experiences she has a good understanding and therefore empathy of the immigration process and is passionate about making the transition to New Zealand as smooth as possible for our clients. 

In her role as Immigration Case Manger she provides a high level of support for our Licensed Immigration Advisers.

Feedback from a happy client: 'Hi Ruth!! I am.... mesmerized!! I was expecting it for the beginning of next month, but this is fantastic news!!'



Maj Hallwass | Inquiries Coordinator | Business Development

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BCom - International Business, Political Science and Human Resources & Industrial Relations, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ

Maj is our Inquiries Coordinator. She will be your first point of contact after you have submitted your initial inquiry.

Maj liaises with our Licensed Immigration Advisers and the Job Search Team in regard to your profile and personal plans and will provide you with their professional assessment and proposal.

She began working at NZIC in 2013, before embarking on her Overseas Experience and joined our team again in July 2015.  

Currently Maj is working from our European office in Milan, Italy, to reinforce our European presence and assist our clients during European business hours. 

Maj speaks English and German.

Client feedback: '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.'


The Job Search Experts at NZIC:

Katrin Schottke | Job Search Manager  

Katrin Schottke, Employment Adviser 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. She is the publisher of our informative and very popular newsletters, which help us stay in touch with our clients and keep them up to date with the newest developments in New Zealand`s employment market, important changes of immigration policies and more general news about life in New Zealand.

Katrin says: "Helping to fulfill someone`s dream is a fantastic thing to do."

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."

Katrin speaks English and German.


Jacqui Ward | Job Search Coach  

Jacqui Ward

Master of Business in Management, Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Marketing, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Film and Media, University of Otago, Dunedin

Jacqui grew up in Nelson, studied in Dunedin and lived and worked in Wellington for 8 years, before shifting her young family back to Nelson last year.

Jacqui's previous roles have given her extensive generalist Human Resources experience in both public and private sectors, allowing her to specialise in partnering directly with businesses and providing practical and strategic advice and coaching through Human Resources processes.

Jacqui has joined the team at New Zealand Immigration Concepts in August 2016 as Recruitment Specialist. We have created this exciting new role to be able to provide even more powerful job search support for our clients. 

Her strength lies in guidance and coaching, as well as applying her knowledge of the New Zealand Employment market. She has a down-to earth approach, enabling her to build and maintain high-trust and respectful relationships with New Zealand employers and recruiters. 

Jacqui works closely with our Job Search Manager Katrin and is adding a new active component of job search assistance, by offering our clients continued job search advice and coaching and promoting them actively to New Zealand employers and recruiters.  


Read more about New Zealand Immigration Concepts 

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Our Services - The best all-round immigration support you can get
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