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Who am I & how I help immigrants from South Africa?

MakeInsure…Family Life & Medical Insurance advice for South Africans immigrating to New Zealand. Who am I & how I help immigrants from South Africa?

My name is Scott Haak & I specialise in Personal & Business Insurance advice.
I have a passion for the Financial Services industry, mainly in the Risk Insurance space.

I started my career in this industry when I was fresh out of school and I was fortunate to obtain a role at Sovereign Insurance, New Zealand’s largest Life Insurance company, which initiated my 10 year career in this field.

After 10 years at Sovereign, primarily in the business development space where I worked with Insurance Adviser businesses, I decided to start my own Insurance Advice business, MakeInsure. I have always been passionate about helping people and in my role as a Registered Financial Adviser, I can help protect individuals, families & business’ in New Zealand.

Over the last 2 years, I have worked with many clients who have immigrated over from South Africa to New Zealand & I have helped them with where to start when it comes to Life & Medical insurance. In New Zealand, to qualify for Medical Insurance, a 2-year working visa is required in order to apply for cover. This allows us to start on working with you to come up with options that fit your needs.

At MakeInsure we work with all the main Insurance providers in New Zealand

• Sovereign Insurance
• Onepath
• Southern cross
• Partners life

This is to ensure we come up with the right options that are suited to what you are looking for.

For you as an immigrant from south Africa, here is my two step process on how I can help with deciding on the best insurance for you & your family

We follow an advice process that works in two stages:

First: Is to allow you to get to know me, who I am, what I do & how I can help. At this stage I will also gather information about your goals, what you are looking for as far as insurance goes as well as personal & financial information so I can go back & start putting my recommendations together.

Second: I present back to you with my findings based on our initial discussions & the options I have put together for you which will show the insurer(s), the product recommendations, pricing and other information that is relevant to your circumstances.

From here we make sure that your application for insurance is followed up promptly with the insurance company and ensure that we get you the best possible outcome. We also set reminders to review your insurance at least once a year and manage any claims you need to make. This was you never have to deal with insurance company yourself & we ensure that we take that hassle away from you.

I pride myself on working in your best interests & I am qualified in giving insurance advice (level 5 certificate in financial services). Speak to me today about how I may be able to help you, your family or business.

Here is a picture of me & my fiancée on a resent trip to Kruger national park in South Africa.



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Warehouse Superstar – Vacancy

Warehouse Superstar

As advertised in The Southafrican.co.nz and south-africa.co.nz website – 22/9/2017

Join our beauty team in Mt Wellington, Auckland! We are a leading wholesaler within the beauty industry, looking for a warehouse superstar, the role involves picking, packing, organising stock, being capable of heavy lifting and can work quick on your feet.

We are looking for someone
• Who is looking for a full time position approximately 37.5 Hours per week, some weekend work may be required from time to time.

• Who is fit, physically able and keen to get stuck in

• Who has a positive work ethic and can work unsupervised

• Who has own transport

• Who is able to Palletise

• Who is able to unload and put away inbound freight

• Who is able to keep the warehouse in ship shape

• Who is able to restock shelves in the showroom
• Who is honest, reliable, polite and a team player.

If you want to be part of a small but highly motivated team then click the apply button, email your CV to training@beautygallery.co.nz

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

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Reception/Customer Service

Advertised in South-africa.co.nz and southafricans.co.nz 

Work Opportunity – Advert date 22/9/2017

Exciting opportunity to join a fun dynamic team.

Beauty Gallery is one of NZ’s leading wholesale suppliers within the beauty industry. Our business is booming and we are looking for a super star Beauty professional to join our sales and customer service team.

Our showroom is buzzing with Beauty, Nail and Hair professionals requiring top level customer service and technical advice. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, immaculately presented with a passion for the beauty industry; you will be a qualified beauty therapist or nail technician, have exceptional people and sales skills.

Our showroom environment involves walk-in customers, online orders and telephone orders to keep you on your toes, you will thrive working under pressure while maintaining a cool demeanour; you will be competent with word and excel.

Your hours of work will be Monday – Friday 9am 5pm with occasional rostered Saturday mornings.

If you are interested please send your CV to Pam training@beautygallery.co.nz

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Bookkeeper Job Advert


  • Stable and growing company
  • Social team and supportive management committed to staff happiness
  • Excellent career step with flexi-hours to match
  • 9-3 Monday to Friday, may suit a parent returning to the workforce.

Westgate Welding is a company focused on their people. From regular BBQ’s and get-togethers to an uncompromising belief in safety of all team members, Westgate Welding continue to go from strength to strength.

Because of recent growth, a new position exists for a Savvy Bookkeeper to work alongside our Estimator / Quantity Surveyor and Operations Manager, taking control of the accounting side of the monthly processing of all progress claims and helping with arranging pricing all variations ahead of work starting. It will be a diverse and busy role that will grow over time and allow the successful applicant to broaden their skills and grow as the company grows.

This is a multi-faceted role where we need a jack of all trades! You will be responsible for all accounting functions within the organisation, from payroll to P&L to petty cash and everything in between. You will have an innate understanding of the general ledger, month end reporting and tax returns and love getting your hands dirty managing our accounts payable, receivable and debt collection functions.

We are looking for a “yes” person, someone who isn’t afraid to roll with changes as we grow, including the implementation of a new ERP system tailored to our client’s industry. Therefore you will be extremely systems savvy in both ERP packages and you MUST have a solid understanding of Excel and MYOB to be considered for this role.

You have tenacity, an eye for detail, are fussy and meticulous when it comes to finance and don’t accept anything less than the best.

Joining Westgate Welding will show you that we have the capability to handle multiple projects at any one time, with some of the best lead times in the industry. Our highly experienced team have worked on a multitude of contracts ranging in size from small to large and can say with absolute confidence that they have contributed to some of Auckland’s most recognisable structures in more ways than one. Joining us will see you become part of this truly iconic NZ business!

Please send an email to alex.peterson@thextonarmstrong.co.nz & reference South African job opportunity.

Don’t delay, Apply today!


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ashcroft homesDescription:

Ashcroft Homes Pvt. Ltd. is a successful home and residential construction company with a strong team and with its growing client base, is looking to recruit 3 bricklayers for a permanent position and competitive industry pay rates. If international candidates, visa support will be provided, based on a successful application.

Job title: Bricklayer

Reports to: Project Manager


Clean work area and ensure that any debris or hazardous material is cleared away.

  • Plan the process before beginning work to ensure a clean job.
  • Ensure that there is enough material available to put in layers of bricks.
  • Make sure that sufficient bricks are available at all times.
  • Mix mortar using appropriate techniques.
  • Ensure that bricks are laid in a symmetrical manner and that mortar is applied properly to hold them together.
  • Manage excess mortar and bricks in order to lessen wastage.
  • Shape, cut and trim bricks to make sure that they fit in properly in places such as corners.
  • Use a variety of power and hand tools such as hammers and trowels.
  • Use pointing tools to apply finishing touches.
  • Determine if bricks need to be laid in vertical or horizontal manner.
  • Weld metal parts and apply plaster on walls as instructed in the work order.
  • Study plans of the building before starting on a bricklaying project.
  • Lay out patterns and foundations according to the instructions on work orders.
  • Polish new surfaces using a variety of materials and tools.
  • Make list of needed materials and tools for the next work day and ensure that stock inventory is sufficient.
  • Provide a continuous update of the work to the Project Manager

As the nature of construction is not permanent, this description may include some jobs related to brick laying not stated in this description as well.


  • Successfully completed a certified apprenticeship.
  • More than three years of experience would be ideal. Less experience would be considered based on the job profile of the candidate.
  • Fluent in English and good in communication.
  • Reliable and honest.
  • LBP Number would be ideal, but not essential.
  • Required to bring your own tools.

This is a fantastic opportunity for candidates seeking a continuous work flow and interesting projects to develop their portfolio.

Interested candidates can please contact 093775885 or email jas@ashcrofthomes.co.nz.

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Making the right school selection when immigrating from South Africa

With social media groups encouraging communications and questions, we are often asked the following:
“Which schools are best?”

This article should answer some of those questions.

New Zealand School Report is an education resource for parents and others interested in education.

It includes the academic results for every school where the National Standards or the National Certificate for Educational Achievement (NCEA) is used. Information about the socio-economic background of students, ethnicity and funding is also included on each school’s page.

Moving from South Africa to New ZealandThe information shared on the New Zealand School Report is designed to help readers learn more about a local school. It’s not possible to make definitive judgements about any school just by looking at its page on this site, but we hope that his provides you with a useful resource.  On each New Zealand school’s page, there is a link to its latest ERO assessment by the Education Review Office. Reading these school reports, as well as visiting and talking to the staff and parents at a school, are good ways of learning more about it.

Support our South African Business Directory and Event Listing site.

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Seeking South African youths – Aged 17-30 for flash mob

Hi There,

My name is Brett Wilkie, and I am the Production Assistant for a TV documentary series called Both Worlds produced by Notable Pictures for TV3.

We are right now doing an episode about a young South African dancer called Leshego Mpe. She is on a journey to discover her cultural identity in NZ and she is doing this by teaching a young group of South Africans a short Kwaito/Sbujwa that will be performed as a Flash-Mob

We are struggling to find participants, and we have had some last minute drop outs, so I’m wondering if you might be able to help us find people. We are preferably looking for South African youths from 17 – 30 but this is not a strict criteria.

The first rehearsal is actually tonight at the Unitec in Auckland’s Mt Albert 4pm – 7pm

The second rehearsal is Saturday 11th July 2pm – 5pm (this is the more important rehearsal to attend)

And the Performance will be on Saturday 18th July at 10am – 12pm.

The flash mob and rehearsals will be filmed for TV. We unfortunately cannot offer any payment as we are a special interest documentary with very limited funding.

If you know of anyone who would be interested, please get them to get in contact with me

Brett Wilkie
021 259 7250

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South African film “Faith Like Potatoes”

Popular South African actor Frank Rautenbach will visit New Zealand in late October, early November to share an extraordinary story.
After playing the lead character in the hit South African film “Faith Like Potatoes” based on the true story of Angus Buchan, Frank’s life took an unexpected turn for the worst.
After the film made the rounds at the international film festival circuits and received great acclaim, Frank was set to take the international movie scene by storm; but things didn’t end up going according to plan.

Frank says “My career fell spectacularly and of course that leads to a loss of income and we had to sell our house. We lost several relatives, and there were several pregnancies that ended in heartbreak and tears.”

The night before he starting shooting the movie Frank met Angus and he explained to him “My boy, if you are going to play me in a movie, the Lord is going to take you through fire”. Frank goes on to explain “At the time I had no idea what that meant for me, but as the next nine years of my life unfolded, the picture became clearer”.

Faith like Potatoes is a biographical film based on the book written by Angus Buchan, which depicts his struggles as he relocates his family to start a better life in rural South Africa. It is through these personal struggles that Angus cultivates an unwavering belief in the power of faith.
Frank’s personal journey of growth mirrors that of Angus Buchan. Frank will share about the lessons he learnt through this personal turmoil and how despite going through tremendous struggles he has been able to cultivate an unwavering belief in the power of faith, just like Angus.
Joining Frank on the tour is the talented and charismatic singer songwriter David Lyle Morris. Together this team will inspire and challenge you in this not to be missed event.


Day Time Venue Name Address Area
Friday 24th October 7:00pm Bethlehem Community Church 183 Moffat Road, Bethlehem Tauranga
Sunday 26th October 10:30am Dargaville Baptist Community Church 185-187 Victoria Street Dargaville
Sunday 26th October 7:00pm East City Weslyan Church 19 Ranfurly Road, Epsom Auckland
Tuesday 28th October 7:00pm Windsor Park Baptist 550 East Coast Road, Mairangi Road Mairangi Bay
Thursday 30th October 7:00pm St. Andrews Presbyterian 11 Vincent Street, Howick Howick
Friday 31st October 7:00pm ACK Hamilton Methodist Church, 6 London Street Hamilton
Saturday 1st November 8:30am St Stephens Ponsonby Cnr Shelley Beach & Jervois Road Ponsonby
Sunday 2nd November 9m & 10:30am Browns Bay Presbyterian 45 Anzac Road, Browns Bay Auckland
Sunday 2nd November 7:00pm Chapel Hill Community Church Cate Rd Hamilton

Come along with your friends and family for an inspirational and uplifting experience. You are sure to be challenged and inspired!

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FingerPrinting and Authenticated Documents by a Notary Public | Service for South Africans

south african fingerprinting in new zealand aucklandThe South African Identification Act and the South African Passport and Documents Act, 1994 (Act No. 4 of 1994) clearly describes that in foreign countries, only the South African High Commission staff may take the fingerprints and do the identification and certification of applicants and their photographs.

My name is Jock Irvine and I have been a Notary Public for many years and mostly witness and authenticate documents for use overseas including court documents, property conveyancing papers and commercial documents where their authenticity is required.

The main work I do as the South African Hon Consul is to endorse documents for use in South Africa, even if they have already been signed by a NZ notary, they still have to be authenticated under the SA Government seal.

Most recently I have been taking fingerprints for renewal of South African (SA) passports . Until recently the New Zealand  Police undertook this function but have now discontinued this service and I was asked to take on this role.

This means that Auckland residents can avoid having to travel to the High Commission in Wellington !! I have been the Hon Consul since June 2006 .supporting the South African Community

Please visit www.fingerprinting.co.nz to arrange a suitable time for an appointment.

Jock Irvine is handly located at the offices of Quay Law – An Auckland based law firm situation in Remuera with free parking and easy access from the motorway.

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south african performers visit new zealand for the first time Mango Groove and Claire JohnsonPRESS RELEASE


It is with huge regret that Mzungu Promotions and Mango Groove announce that Mango Groove’s 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand has been cancelled. Unfortunately, and through last minute, thoroughly unanticipated developments that were beyond their control, Mzungu Promotions were unable to fulfil their logistical and other obligations for the completion of a successful tour.

Mzungu Promotions would like to reassure all ticket holders that they will be refunded in full. Mzungu Promotions would also like to apologize unconditionally for any inconvenience they may have caused to the thousands of Mango Groove fans who have already bought tickets for the shows.

In the words of John Leyden of Mango Groove: ‘’What can I say? We are gutted. We have been looking forward to this tour for many months now, and are heartbroken at the fact that we will not be performing to all those loyal fans who were looking forward to the shows. At the end of the day, however, certain vital conditions were not met by the promoter, and it became clear that the tour would not be able to proceed in a way that was in accordance with our normal professional and logistical requirements. There is no bad blood at all with Mzungu Promotions, and in fact our sympathies go out to them: at a key juncture their main funder pulled out (for reasons unrelated to the tour), and this left them severely compromised in relation to fulfilling all their obligations. On this basis it became unworkable for us to continue.’’

In the words of Claire Johnston: ‘’We are disappointed beyond words about this. I really hope this very regrettable development will not stand in the way of us visiting Australian and New Zealand shores again in the near future, and I truly hope that our fans will understand. This was a situation that was totally beyond our control and choice, but it doesn’t make it any less devastating for us.’’

All ticketholders will be contacted via email in due course.

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