Well after considering it for a year or so myself and the missus would like to emigrate to NZ. I just dont enjoy the way of life here in the UK anymore - too much ratrace and not enough enjoyment of life. We have looked at all the NZ websites and forums I can find, but I'd rather hear it straight from those that are in NZ. We haven't contacted NZ House in London yet - I'd rather wait until we have a decent strategy. There are a few questions I have and hopefully the power of ARRSE will go some way towards answering the questions.... I have no trade qualifications or any qualifications above A-Level. I have seen the LTSSL and the STSSL and have nothing to offer on either. I have worked in asset recovery at management level for 2 years since leaving the mob. My partner has a degree in Business management and has 3 years experience as an Ops Manager but this isnt on either list either. We will have Â£100k behind us. What are the chances of getting a work permit? If I got a work permit what are the chances of me being able to change it to a work to residence permit or renew it after the first year? (I worry that we'll sell up here and then we wont be able to stay in NZ). Would I be better off waiting a few years to retrain or gain a degree or specialisation in a subject to enhance my chances? Any ideas which subjects? (I had thought Environmental science or Telecommunications?). Would employers in NZ jump at the chance of employing an ex-Brit squaddie or would they not be that bothered either way? All replies gratefully received.