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    UK - New Zealand is this a possible shift?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm still studying in the UK to be a planner at the moment but once I'm qualified I'd like to consider a move to New Zealand for a couple of years. Would my qualification and RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) membership enable me to work as a planner in New Zealand? What is the job market like there? n.b I am specialising in Environmental Planning

    Thanks!

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    One of our members (JNL) is from New Zealand, and she just got a work permit to come to Canada for a year. I think most of the Commonwealth countries have a similar system where you can work a year in another Commonwealth. Maybe she'll share her experience getting the permit, and give you some lowdown on the local job market.

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    Being an Aussie planner- it is possible to pick up jobs in both the UK and NZ- so i dont think it will be an issue for you at all! Goodluck!
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    Sound promising. Thanks guys!

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    I think there are quite a few planners over here who came over from the UK. I know there is a shortage of planners here. I don't work directly in planning myself but I was at the city council for a while and I know we had quite a few non-Kiwis in the planning team! Obviously we have our own planning legislation that you'd need to become familiar with, but I think most employers would allow you some time to come up to speed with it.

    A great resource for learning about how planning works in NZ is http://www.qualityplanning.org.nz/

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    Howdy...

    From Western Arizona.......

    Its times like this, that I wish the USA had gone the "Empire" route, so that we American Planners could have cool places to work for a couple of years like Aus/NZ and the like..........oh yeah, I could always work in the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico or Liberia I suppose.....hmmm......these places are pretty cool.......ignore everything I just said......and RJ, its a given that you did that anyway
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    Quote Originally posted by The One View post
    Its times like this, that I wish the USA had gone the "Empire" route, so that we American Planners could have cool places to work for a couple of years like Aus/NZ and the like.........:
    Iraq?

    The planning process in Canada is very similar to that of the US. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa aren't completely alien; they're closer to the US model than the UK. Still, because the US isn't a Commonwealth country, it's difficult for a US planner to find an easy way in.

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