What is your role?
I am an Associate Director in the Corporate Finance team. I support the development of our corporate finance practice, including building our team and gaining eminence in the local market with our capabilities and ability to support clients achieve their capital ambitions.
How long have you been in Hamilton?
Since January 2016.
Where did you emigrate from?
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Did you emigrate alone or with family?
With family. I’ve found the transition thus far has gone really well. My biggest challenge has probably been adjusting to the weather. Where I’m from winters are dry and sunny – here it’s wet and, well, wet!
How long does it take to commute to work?
Generally between 15 and 20 minutes.
How did you find settling into Hamilton?
Relatively easy. People are friendly and very willing to help. Information is also really accessible whether that means finding a rental home, or even a used car. Public services like the post, getting a driver’s license and opening a bank account work well.
What do you love about Hamilton? Like the least?
Hamilton is very central which makes it great for exploring different parts of the North Island. It is also a fast growing city which makes work interesting. Traffic is very manageable and it’s easy to get around. Only thing I don’t like so far is the rain in winter!
What have you enjoyed most in your time so far?
Meeting new people, especially other non-Kiwis who have settled in Hamilton. While not to the same extent as Auckland, Hamilton is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan. Also, being able to see some of New Zealand’s amazing beaches and other outdoor attractions.
Is there anything that you’ve experienced that wasn’t quite what you expected?
My work experience in Johannesburg was focused on larger corporate clients within a specific area of expertise. In New Zealand, I’ve dealt with many private (individual) clients across a spectrum of corporate finance related areas. I didn’t quite expect this, but it’s been great as it brings a whole new dynamic to a day’s work.