Pieter Erasmus — Work, South Africa

Home Away From Home

Born in a little town near Cape Town named Ceres, Pieter Erasmus grew up in Port Elizabeth. Sport has always been a big part of Pieter’s life. He played rugby and cricket throughout his schooling years. Together with his father and brother, Pieter arrived in New Zealand in June 2002.

“We were a bit scared leaving everyone behind and moving overseas. We never really saw New Zealand on television or heard about it in the news. So we didn’t really know what to expect.”

Having now lived in New Zealand for eight years, Pieter has not had a single regret.

“I absolutely love it here. I find it very relaxing. It’s like that old saying: work hard, play harder. Everyone has always been so friendly, and very helpful. And with playing sport in this country, you meet so many great people. This is where I have found most of my friends.”

“Work-wise it has been nothing less than exciting. Even though I did say that I found New Zealand to be very relaxed, everyone is always busy with something. I have worked with some really good employers, kind, generous and always friendly. My brother and I did a lot of the concreting work at the Auckland Luge in Silverdale a few years ago. It was very hard work, but so much fun at the same time. I have also met some amazing lifelong friends through work.”

Impressed with his cricketing talent, the New Zealand Cricket Players Association approached McLeod & Associates to act for Pieter in securing his Work Visa. “I only really have one word for McLeod & Associates: ‘They’re brilliant! Since the first day I met Joanne, it has been really great. The firm has always been very positive, and helpful. Joanne has been awesome, always friendly, kind and very sincere. I would recommend working with her any day of the week.” Pieter looks forward to a long and prosperous future in New Zealand. “This country and everyone that I have met over here has been so good to me. All I can do now is go on and give it my all. I am going to continue playing cricket to the best of my ability, keep meeting new people and work hard.’

“New Zealand is an absolutely beautiful country. The people are friendly, there are some spectacular views and sight-seeing around and there is always a helping hand when needed. I have certainly made this my home now, and I’m sure that anyone who decides to come over to New Zealand would not have any trouble settling in.”