Solo mum Te Awhina Oneroa has been on the hunt for a job since she moved to Rotorua in October.
Miss Oneroa, 28, moved with her 3-year-old daughter, London-James, to escape the Auckland lifestyle.
"Auckland was too crazy, it's not a place where I wanted to raise my daughter."
Before she had her daughter, she was doing administration, payroll and archive work for a temping company for about six months in Auckland.
She then had to pull out of the work force to take care of her new daughter.
Just before relocating to Rotorua, she completed a certificate in health, sport, fitness and recreation through Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
This gave her NCEA level 2 and level 4 qualifications.
She said she was looking for work everywhere and was hoping for something to do with administration or archiving because it's what she knew.
"I've lost count of how many jobs I have applied for in the last two months, I can apply for up to 10 a day and since moving to Rotorua I've had five interviews.
"At the moment I just really need a job, but if things fall through I could go back to study, we can always upskill ourselves."
But, she said, her main goal was to pursue a career in recreation working with kids in holiday programmes.
"I love kids, working with them would provide variety, no day would be the same, it would never be boring," Miss Oneroa said.