Meet our Team

Our Team

We are qualified and experienced.

We are also upfront, genuine and personal.

 

Our Mission is to provide you with the best all-round immigration support you can possibly get for your move to New Zealand. 

  

Meet the Team at New Zealand Immigration Concepts

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. 

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

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

 

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 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)

 

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 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

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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 New Zealand Immigration Concepts 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 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

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.

 

Karin Widmer | Immigration Case Manager

Karin Widmer

Degree in commercial administration, HR Specialist, Diploma in Coaching, Switzerland.

Previously Karin worked in Human Resources for well-respected companies in Zurich. Combined with her own experience of moving to the other side of the world and her coaching training she is able to support our clients with compassion and understanding.

Her goal at NZIC is to support our Licensed Immigration Advisers in providing first class service to our clients. 

Karin immigrated from Switzerland to New Zealand, after travelling to our country several times. She loves the diversity of the land and its people.

Karin speaks English and German.

   

Leah Shopneck | Immigration Case Manager

Leah Shopneck

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 enjoys supporting the NZIC team. 

 

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. Ruth is currently on maternity leave. 

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

   

Maj Hallwass | Marketing and Business Development Manager

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

Maj is our Marketing and Business Development Manager. 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.  

Maj is now back in our head office in Nelson, New Zealand, after having worked in Milan, Italy, to reinforce our European presence. 

Maj speaks English and German.

Client feedback:

'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.'

 

The Job Search Professionals 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."
E. M. USA

Katrin speaks English and German.

 

Anna Fyfe | Careers Adviser 

Anna Fyfe, Careers Adviser

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.

Client feedback:

"Hi Anna,
Wow, nice work on the CV, if this crossed my desk I would strongly consider hiring myself."

"Dear Anna
Wow!  You made my CV look incredible.  Thank you!"

 

 

Judi Lubetzky | Careers Coach

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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 

Jannie Allen, CV Writer

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts from The University of Auckland

Jannie has 20 years’ experience in assisting migrants and international students with job applications and career direction. 
Most  recent employment  as a Career Consultant at The University of Auckland.
Through her vast experience with working with migrants to New Zealand Jannie has an excellent understanding of cultural differences.
Jannie is now providing her expert knowledge on how to best present the skills, experience and qualifications of overseas applicants for the NZ market to our clients. 
Jannie is a professional member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ).

 

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