The Opportunity

Are you looking for a unique job opportunity? Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group are currently seeking to hire Heavy Diesel Mechanics for a company based in New Zealand –  our first-ever roles to be offered in New Zealand and a clear indication of the progress we have made in international recruitment markets. Our growth overseas is an exciting step for the Collins McNicholas Group and we look forward to expanding our reach even further.

The Role

The successful candidates for these roles will be responsible for performing mechanical service and repair work assigned in the field while also satisfying customers in the field by carrying out work at a high level of quality in an efficient manner. Our client is an accredited employer with Immigration New Zealand, with 17 branches across the entire country offering generous relocation packages.

So, why consider New Zealand?

Although quite a distance from Ireland, New Zealand is said to have a similar climate (but with warmer summers!) and landscape and is widely considered one of the most scenic countries in the world. From hiking and skiing in the mountains to surfing and kayaking, there is something for everyone no matter what part of the country you relocate to. There is also a vibrant city life in some of the larger towns such as Auckland, Wellington and Queensland. 

New Zealand has a population of almost 5 million people and is steeped in culture. Their people are known for a relaxed and friendly personality, communities are very closely knit and expats are welcomed with open arms year after year. The cost of living can vary depending on where in the country you are based, but in general, is quite reasonable. In 2016 Auckland and Wellington were named 98th and 123rd respectively in the world in terms of cost (Dublin was 47th), meaning you can maintain a relatively high standard of living.

Making the Move

While New Zealand is on the other side of the world (which may seem daunting), organising a move there is actually very straightforward, particularly when finding a job with an accredited employer there which makes the acquisition of a visa significantly easier.  There are a number of things to get set up before going which we’ve listed below:

  1. Apply for a visa at
  2. Check what you are permitted to bring to New Zealand with you at
  3. Open a New Zealand bank account (online anytime – common banks include BNZ, ANZ, ASB and Westpac. Credit ratings can be found here)
  4. Apply for a tax number (IRD number) at
  5. Find accommodation. Many rental properties can be found at

Socialising and meeting new people is a key part of any move and there are Facebook groups created for people in all parts of New Zealand with different interests and hobbies, making it very easy to meet people. Sports and clubs are extremely popular also and there is a wide variety to choose from, while another useful method of meeting people is City Council Libraries which have information on local events and community classes. More information on City Council’s can be found here.

If you are moving as a family, there are a number of resources to help you. Kiwi Families provides advice for growing families in New Zealand, as well as information on the education system and integration. The ages for attending school are similar to Ireland and full information on this can be found at

If you are contemplating applying for positions in New Zealand with Collins McNicholas or would like further information on the opportunity I am available for a confidential discussion on the roles and the opportunity in New Zealand by both phone or email. Please contact our office at

More useful information on New Zealand can be found via the links below:



Christopher O’Toole

Recruitment Consultant

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group