BIJY SURENDRAN AND FAMILY    |     India    |    Study to Work Residence


Live Life King Size


Biju Surendran completed a Certificate in Applied Technology (Carpentry) at Unitec in September 2006 before gaining more than two years of full-time Carpentry work experience with a reputable construction and building company.

He now works in a full time job with a local construction company, City Cleaning Services Limited, as a Senior Account Manager.

Biju, his wife Rekha and their daughters Arathi and Anjali come from Kerala State, India.

Holding a Bachelor's of Engineering Degree in Electronics and Communication, Biju's last job before coming to New Zealand in October 2003 was as Assistant Manager in Marketing and HR for an IT company in Japan.

"I came to New Zealand on business visits a few times when I used to work in Japan, and fell in love with the place," he says. "I had a few problems in getting residence here but Richard McLeod helped me."


Anna Ulyanova used to live in Moscow where she finished studying English and German at the Moscow Academy of Natalya Nesterova. She worked as a sales manager in a sport club and after that as director of a family company.
As she had been to England before, Anna was thinking that New Zealand would be something like England. "When I came here, I found out that it was much better. People are very nice and friendly. The best thing I like here is the weather," she says. "I have made a lot of friends from different cultures and have found it very interesting talking with them and comparing our countries"
Anna entered the English Language Academy in Auckland to improve her English language and then began an Introduction Certificate in Business at Unitec in Auckland.
"The study part was different for me because, here it's mostly self-study but in Russia it's not," says Anna. "The culture and life style is very different. People in New Zealand prefer an active way of life. They spend a lot of time out, dine out and travel a lot within the country. That is when I decided to travel too."
Anna went to the South Island, to Queenstown, Christchurch, Picton, Kaikora and Wellington

Biju and his family are now well-settled in Auckland.

"This is a wonderful country. No pressure, good work ethics, great lifestyle. I have heaps of friends in the Indian community and other communities as well. People are very friendly here and they make you feel comfortable. I am currently the secretary of the Auckland Indian Malayalee (AIM) club, which is a family group for Indians in Central Auckland.'

"I would say to anyone considering moving to New Zealand: Come here and live life King Size!"



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