Who we are and why we are qualified to give you the best all-round immigration assistance you can get for your move to New Zealand.
"We would like to thank the team at New Zealand Immigration Concepts. We could not have done it without you. Although we have not met any of you, the friendly yet professional service you have provided us with has been absolutely fantastic.
You have been extremely helpful and very efficient through the process, you have all gone above and beyond.
We never thought we could obtain residency so quickly, but thanks to all your hard work we have.
You have been proactive and kept on top of our application and we will be forever thankful to New Zealand Immigration Concepts.
We are so excited to enjoy beautiful New Zealand as residents now and have our children grow up here!
Our Immigration Advisers are highly qualified and licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority, IAA.
At NZIC we have more than 27 years of experience with providing successful immigration assistance to New Zealand.
We focus exclusively on immigration to New Zealand.
We are based in New Zealand and are your partner on the ground - even before you get here.
We have a success rate of close to 100% for our visa applications.
We are determined to support your move to New Zealand all the way and follow through to completion.
We are upfront and personal. You will know exactly where you stand. No strings attached.
We have successfully migrated to New Zealand ourselves and therefore know exactly what you are going through.
Dr Carsten Hallwass holds a full licence to operate as a Licensed 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."
Carsten speaks English and German.
Martina is a qualified Lawyer, LLB. She graduated from the University of Kiel and is a 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 practising 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 is passionate about constantly developing and improving the fusion of our ever-growing range of services, to help and support people from all over the world with their successful migration to New Zealand. Martina says: 'Feedback from our clients is the best way to find out what works and what we can do better.' She is always happy to hear from you if you have any suggestions on how to improve our services!
Martina speaks English and German.
Maj holds a Bachelor of Commerce, BCom degree with majors in International Business, Political Science and Human Resources & Industrial Relations from Victoria University, Wellington, NZ.
Maj began working at New Zealand Immigration Concepts in 2013, before embarking on her Overseas Experience. She 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 major players in the job market, including recruiters and employers. Maj particularly enjoys working with migrants from all over the world, as she has a keen interest in cultural differences and enjoys learning about various cultures, languages and foods.
She has lived in Germany, Italy and Portugal and is passionate about travelling, cooking and camping- especially in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Maj speaks English and German.
Before migrating to New Zealand in 2015, Apekshi obtained a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Colombo and practised law in Sri Lanka.
Since her arrival in Nelson Apekshi completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and joined the academic team as a tutor.
Working with international students for several years enhanced her interest in the area of immigration law, and she decided to study for a Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice and become a Licensed Immigration Adviser, she now holds a full licence.
Apekshi speaks English and Sinhalese.
Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, University of Mary, Washington, as well as a 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 ten years sailing the world working onboard 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 fantastic scenery, an endless list of tracks and opportunities to be on the water.
Leah has spent years working with clients from around the world and is now a highly valued member of the NZIC team. She is a provisional license holder and works under the direct supervision of Dr Carsten Hallwass.
Penny studied Business Studies and qualified as a Legal Executive in England. She has experience working for businesses, charities and the National Health Service. Penny gained her CELTA certificate from CCEL in Christchurch and worked as an ESOL teacher in Nelson.
Penny migrated with her family to "Sunny Nelson" from the UK in 2005. She feels that this gives her empathy and understanding of how stressful and conflicting migration can be. She enjoys meeting and working with people from different parts of the world. She enjoys creative writing and producing and performing theatrical events.
Penny holds a full licence to operate as a Licensed Immigration Adviser.
Katrina returned to New Zealand with her family in 2016 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.
Katrina works closely with our Licensed Immigration Advisers and our Job Search Professionals.
Kerrie migrated from the UK to New Zealand with her family in 2019.
In the UK she was the Director of her own event photography company for 13 years, supplying sports images from the novice to the professionals. Kerrie has many years of experience in Customer Services and all areas of Administration work. We are very excited to have such an experienced professional in our team.
She enjoys Cycling, Riding, Swimming and Skiing and is a Mini Football Coach here in Nelson.
Kerrie works closely with our Licensed Immigration Advisers and our Job Search Professionals.
"I have a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science (Environmental Health Major) with 7 years of experience working in Local Government. I am passionate about health & well-being and feel strongly about having a work life balance while raising my young family. I grew up moving around NZ and have spent extended periods overseas in Europe and South America."
Mark holds a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering degree from De La Salle Manila Philippines and a post-graduate diploma in Business Management from a Private Training Establishment in Auckland. He is an HR/Recruitment professional with over 6 years of experience and having worked with large New Zealand recruitment teams such as Auckland Council, Absolute IT, and Madison Recruitment.
Being a migrant himself, Mark is very passionate about helping other migrants realise the opportunities behind the challenges of moving to a new country. Having established strong relationships with businesses in New Zealand, Mark has gained a strong understanding of the labor market which allows him to provide relevant support to migrants navigating the ever-complex world of job hunting in New Zealand.
Mark speaks English and Tagalog.
Grad Cert.Career Development, Grad Dip Communication, Cert adult Education, PROSCI change certified
Tanya is a Job Search and Career Specialist with qualifications in career coaching, change management, organisational communication and adult education. She has gained a wealth of experience working with migrants in Higher Education, Government and HR. Tanya has worked across New Zealand and Australia leading large scale Career Transition services and assisting individual job seekers across sectors at all stages of their working lives . She uses positive coaching techniques to deliver clear results for every client, helping clients to identify, understand and capitalise on their unique talents for the New Zealand job market and teaching them sustainable strategies for finding work.
Jannie holds a BA/ LLB from the University of Auckland as well as a post graduate diploma in teaching. She is also a qualified Myer Briggs Practitioner, MBTI.
Jannie has over 20 years experience in assisting migrants and tertiary students with their job search and career development in New Zealand.
Through her vast experience of working with migrants, Jannie has an excellent understanding of factual and cultural differences when it comes to job hunting in a new country.
Jannie applies her in-depth understanding of the New Zealand job application process, partnered with her profound multi-cultural awareness, when providing expert job search support to our clients.
We consider ourselves very lucky to have Jannie in our team at NZIC.
"Dear Jannie, just want to drop a note to thank for your everything. Your help is much appreciated! You are a wonderful and professional job search coach! I am so lucky to have you supporting me!" MK - Hong Kong
Judi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Anthropology & History) of the University of Auckland and a Graduate Diploma in Career Development (Grad.Dip. Career Development) for Adult Tertiary Education from Auckland University of Technology. She is a qualified Myer Briggs Practitioner, MBTI.
Judi is a highly qualified & innovative Career Specialist with more than 12 years of experience and a passion for supporting individuals to make well-informed decisions about their future.
She is passionate about one on one career counselling and gives our clients a deciding boost for their job search by applying innovative job search strategies, talking to them about "What worked for our successful clients" and coaching best networking practices in New Zealand. She helps our clients who are trying to break into the New Zealand job market with identifying their strengths in this market, clarifying their work goals; confidence building; effective interview skills; workplace coaching; and strategies to manage stress concerning job search.
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).
Rose is currently in her final year studying for a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Public Relations at Massey University. She has experience working in administration and customer service in local Wellington businesses.
Having grown up in the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, Rose has a keen interest in getting out into nature. Although she is yet to spend time travelling overseas, she recommends a road trip across the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
In her free time, Rose enjoys cooking dishes from around the globe and going to the beach.
Adeline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and is currently studying for a Master of Management in Communication at Massey University. She also has HR experience after working in companies in the financial services field, specifically in employee relations, training course development, and recruitment coordination.
Having grown up in Shenzhen, one of the most modern and forward-thinking cities in China, Adeline is interested in intercultural and international communication and its applications in the workplace. She enjoys working with people from different cultures.
Adeline speaks English and Mandarin. She enjoys photography, reading, swimming, and playing badminton in her spare time. She also hopes to travel and explore other countries in the future.
Finn holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Victoria University, Wellington andis currently working towards a Graduate Diploma in Physics.
Having grown up in rural Taranaki Finn is interested in the environment and New Zealand's coast lines. From growing up around many first generation immigrants he is very passionate about the international community and New Zealand's place in it, and due to this Finn hopes to spend much of his future traveling and experiencing other cultures.
In his free time Finn enjoys surfing and reading at the beach.
Bailey has a BA in International Relations and Political Science, and a certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School Online. She also has design experience having worked with various companies on creating logos, branding and websites.
Bailey was born in New Zealand, but has travelled extensively, living in more than 12 countries. She is passionate about bringing empathy into her work, and finding the best business solutions for both people and planet. She is excited to help NZIC bring a new side of its business to life, connecting NZ employers with much needed skilled migrants and vice versa.
When she's not working she loves getting crafty, reading, trying new gym classes and looking after the neighbourhood's cats.
Joseph is a current student at the University of Otago, studying toward a Bachelor of Commerce and majoring in Economics and Finance.
Joseph enjoys his work, helping migrants find jobs while also helping NZ businesses find skilled workers at a time where many are struggling to do so.
Outside of work and study, Joseph enjoys mountain biking and playing football.