Ari Mendtsoo says migrants arrive on these shores but it's not easy to find employment despite being highly qualified.

Mendtsoo is the founder and president of Network of Skilled Migrants Manawatū and has been active since 2017, assisting those who now call the city home.

She said engineers, food scientists, doctors, lawyers, IT specialists, and those working in bio-medicine were among the skilled migrants who she's been helping to find employment.

They all must have a general command of English or International English Language Testing System passes to meet their visa application requirements.


Mendtsoo sees a lot of skilled migrants who need jobs relevant to their skills.

But there are obstacles to getting a job and cultural differences make it difficult, Mendtsoo said.

Talking about themselves or self-promoting in interviews is an uncomfortable reality so Mendtsoo is addressing these obstacles holding communication webinars, helping with CV writing, networking, and also working now with a recruitment agency.

"We are here to support migrants identify their talents and economic opportunities, and help them to understand the Kiwi work environment.

"We can also help them to develop a professional network, improve their employment skills, and help them settle down in the Manawatū."

NSMM organises monthly events to connect with local business leaders, provide potential internship programmes, host CV and cover letter workshops and build mutual support and friendships in the organisation.