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Lesson 2.

4 Final Recommendation Memo
Date:
To:
From:
Subject:

February 27, 2016
Mr. John Smith
Immigration Director
New Zealand Immigration
Clinton Anderson
American with Holiday Visa for New Zealand
Seattle, Washington Native
Recommendation Report for New Zealand Relocation Information
Resource
Purpose

Herein is the results of the study that was conducted concerning the
information that is provided on the immigration website for the transition to
a Holiday Visa live in New Zealand. I completed the tasks from my initial
proposal which was to research travelling arrangements from America, living
arrangements in Queenstown, available work options, and local resources for
the community and the lifestyle that Kiwis live in the Queenstown region in
order to improve the quality of information to outsiders heading to the area
from around the world. Through an updated online experience attached to
the Immigration paperwork section of the website, these individuals will
greatly benefit from this ease of access and open their minds to the
opportunities that the New Zealand landscape has to offer.
Summary
In order for me to take care of these tasks, I performed secondary and
primary research in a variety of ways to get a well-rounded perspective on
the situation. I took to the internet, viewing countless websites and forums
to collect different viewpoints and suggestions for how best to relocate to
another country as well as specifics for this part of New Zealand. As well as
created a questionnaire to provide in the interviews I conducted to help
supplement the online research, filling in gaps from the experiences that
others faced during their journey. Once all the data was collected, I analyzed
the whole collection to find the pertinent information for this memo report
such that an effective and appealing online resource for the immigration
website to showcase can be created.
Introduction
Myself and one other has accessed this immigration website for a yearlong Holiday Visa in the last few months and were able to complete our
required paperwork for legally entering New Zealand for an extended period
of time, however other information on making a smooth transition to

Queenstown has been lacking (NZ, 2016). In doing some research on the
motions of people here America, I found that a staggering 37% of people
never leave their hometown and to look in the opposite direction, just 15% of
people have lived in 4 or more states shows the swing of peoples ambitions
to stay put or explore other areas in America (Taylor, 2008). I am certain this
phenomena of people remaining where they grew up is not unique to the
United States, but as such a wealthy people, there is great potential to
attract new individuals to New Zealand. Based on the current state of the
immigration website’s recourses, I can understand the figures derived from
the American people and would suggest that a change be made to promote
more activity to your South Pacific island nation. Such a change on the part
of the immigration website would be for enhanced information on the subject
within close proximity to people just finishing their enrollment in your visa
programs. The best options for investigating the needs of moving down to
New Zealand are to take pieces of other websites, many with little or no
reputation and making this compromise in trust does not bode well for many
in making such a large leap. Through the steps of my research study, I will
have what is needed to strengthen the moving resources for your
immigration website.
Research Methods
This study was conducted over 6 steps which entails 5 that require
online research and 2 required an interview and questionnaire to be
completed on top of my own personal research. To start things off, I knew
that the travelling option with getting airfare to the location was the most
pertinent as that will be the most costly item on the list of tasks to complete
in moving. Additionally, it will set the tone for the individuals when they are
entering the country. Saving a few hundred dollars will go a long way in
stabilizing yourself when you get there. This research was done on a variety
of travel sites find options for transportation to New Zealand, which will be
airfare as boat travel is far too costly.
Next was the living arrangement research that consisted of sitting
down with my first interviewee for an hour to get a feel for how they coped
with the relocation and what worked best for them. I began this with a
questionnaire to fill out and that focused the discussion for the hour. There
was one question with three parts on the questionnaire: what suggestion do
you have for: a) travelling to your destination, b) working at your destination
c) living at your destination? The following day, I took some time with my
second interviewee to discuss their questionnaire results and we were able
to find important details on how to get proper work arrangements in a new
place. The notes I collected from these two talks guided my online research
very well, as I could find specific details for Queenstown.
In the final two research steps, I was about to take minor branches in
the conversations I had with my interviewees to research the resource and

cultural workings of Queenstown. The city’s own tourism websites are
extremely helpful for completing the 4th and 5th step of this study.
In the final step, I analyzed the data with the aim to bring to light the
least obvious answers that an individual looking to move to Queenstown,
New Zealand would have. The criteria on this was shaped largely by my
interview conversations which highlighted their individual struggles during
their relocations, which will add to the informative aspect of this website
resource for newcomers.
Results
My findings are that firsthand accounts of relocation are the best
resource for predicting what needs to be sorted out before and during the
transition. The online information in my secondary research was help for the
specific case of moving to Queenstown, New Zealand but the interviews were
very useful in framing up the collection of information I now possess. The
advice I received on travelling to a new country is to scout out the airline
prices well ahead of your leaving date and pursuing a multitude of options
for layovers and cost savings by offering to fly standby (Rich), which was
great input from the questionnaire. Standby will give you a chance to reduce
the fare and often come with vouchers for meals and lodging. In the search
of valuable information of living arrangements in another part of the world, I
discovered that it is best to look at a place that is short term or night by
night (Grace). Hostels and couchsurfing are easy options that do not require
a lot of commitment and gives you the flexibility to try everything and
research long term lodging that can be cheaper, but after a period of time
you will know what location will be optimal for you over the long haul. This
was also great information from the questionnaire that Grace responded to.
After finding a place of residence, working arrangements are the next topic
on your mind if you have not made prior arrangements. In my online field
work on regional Queenstown websites, the option of working at one of their
many ski resorts presented itself in ads and job posting areas. Upon further
research from details received from the questionnaire, I can confidently state
that though they do have agricultural jobs, the majority will be tourist based
jobs that are prevalent in the area. The recommendation I have for job
searching is to act as a tourist and find an activity from a prominent website
you would like to do yourself and find a position within that company
(Tibbitts, 2016). Queenstown is very active and has a variety of options for
adrenaline junkies or sorts, so incorporating this idea for others to pursue is
important.
For the more everyday life aspects, my interviews were also helpful in
narrowing down the essentials. The top list for knowing your surroundings is:
Banks, Grocery Stores, Law Enforcement, Medical attention and any
emergency warnings unique to the area (Rich & Grace). Next, for the less

serious topic of learning about the workings of the local culture the
recommendation from my interviewees where to frequent the coffee shops,
public houses and community events to see firsthand the interacts between
the natives as well as the tourists. Gives you an opportunity to meet new
people and if you are on your own, it’s a necessary practice to branch out
and enjoy the company of others (Rich & Grace). The less obvious example
is the markets that occur in town and is a good way to purchase local and
mingle.
Conclusions
The results of this study shows that between talking with others that
have taken the plunge into a new country and from many other online
resources for information on the region that relocating right now requires
long periods of time researching for relocating. Though there is potential for
a singular resource to be created with all the needed items for a successful
and relaxing transition. A trait that is necessary for this activity is be flexible
with what takes place. In the interview conversations, it became clear that
not all plans go smoothly and taking it in stride is the best action you can
take. With this comes patience and determination to make it through each
hurdle as the trend shows from the tales of their travelling stories.
Unfortunately, there are still issues that cannot be solved until you are
present in your final destination and this is a limitation of the study I have
conducted. There are some jobs and living arrangements that absolutely
require meeting face to face and this is a struggle that creating a unified
resource cannot ease. One idea that seemed different from expectation is
that in their travels, the interviewees had graciously helped throughout the
process by friendly locals and that does not seem to be something very
common here in America. It’s not a problem that the person attempting to
relocate can solve but on the other end, it’s something that a native can
learn to consider helping others.
Recommendations
After conducting this study, my final recommendation is the
continuation of research and to begin the construction of a Visa resource that
presents itself straight from the application that layouts out these 5 topics to
begin the applicant’s considerations for the future. The process of
completing the application is easy but every aspect after that needs concise
thought to find the best option. Having a selection for useful transportation,
housing and employment options are the top three musts for them to begin
feeling comfortable with the change. Follow that up with the specifics of
living in the new geography done in my 4th and 5 step will construct a
balanced addition to the countries’ peoples. Through these steps leading up
to the final step of analyzing the data, I recommend that a formal draft of the
website is created mirroring the theme of the current immigration website

that can bridge the gap of what considerations need to be made for the
move. Being able to layout the travelling, working and living arrangements
for when in the area, as well as learning the area and cultural considerations
will boast the experience and the number of visitors to the country from a
wide variety of countries.
I would like to continue this project and aid you in the development of
this resource for your immigration website, though I would require the
continuation of funding. I would consider a period of employment on this
project for you if that is an option, as I feel this is an important task to take
care of for your division. Thanks for reading through my memo and
evaluating my recommendation within.

References
The source has the brief details on how to apply for a Working Holiday Visa in New
Zealand through the Immigration website. It lists some rules and consideration for
the process. Since it comes from the government of New Zealand, I trust it to be
reliable information and useful for my project.

NZ, N. Z. (2016, February 21). A Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand. Retrieved
from Immigration New Zealand:
http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/
This source covers the movers and stayers in America, providing percentages of
those that are in the same area or have moved. The point of the report is to show
the movements of fellow Americans and the reasons we leave or stay throughout
our lifetimes. This source is useful for my project to show the generality of
Americas which has to be broken by persuasion and the attractiveness of a new
place in the world. I do no perceive any bias in this article and it help shape the
notion that many remain in the same area most of their lives.
Taylor, P. (2008, December 17). Movers and Stayers. Retrieved from Pew Research
Center: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2010/10/Movers-and-Stayers.pdf
This source was found from the Queenstown central site that proved insight to the
exceptional activitites to be involved in while in the town. After a quick search of
the author, I was able to inspect that he is a reputable author and since it was a
part of the Queenstown website group, I trusted through them that the details he
has listed. From this list of activities, I was drawing on them as potential for working
when in the area as you should enjoy the work you are doing if you went to the
effort of going to a different country.
Tibbitts, H. (2016, February 27). New Zealand Tourism. Retrieved from 10 'Must Dos'
in Queenstown: http://www.newzealand.com/us/article/10-must-dos-inqueenstown/