Meet the Team
Registered Migration Agent
Erina was born in Auckland, NZ, is of Ngapuhi descent originally from the Hokianga and grew up in Northland – Te Ahu Ahu and Moerewa. She has a Bachelor of Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Migration Law & Practice. Erina has been living in Australia since 2007, is married, has 6 children and 7 grandchildren. She has a strong sense of justice which has been her driving motivation to make a positive difference for fellow New Zealand citizens living in Australia. She enjoys art, music, hanging out with her animals and loves to spend time gardening and socialising with friends and family.
Administration Manager / Migration Assistant
Glenda is of Ngapuhi descent originally from the Hokianga and grew up on Hupara Road, Moerewa in the Northland region. She is married and has 3 grown children and is based in Whangaparoa, Auckland. Glenda has spent many years involved in the Netball and Basketball circuits as an organiser, facilitator and coach. She enjoys travelling and spending quality time with family and friends and her goal is to work in an area that has real meaning and purpose which is what attracted her to join us. She plans to study the Graduate in New Zealand Immigration Advice later this year and be the Trans-Tasman connecting link between our Australian based company and New Zealand.
Emily Van Eyk
Accounts Manager / Migration Assistant
Emily was born in Kaitaia, NZ and grew up in Taipa, Doubtless Bay. She has a Diploma in Business, a Diploma in Children Services and a Certificate II in Te Ara Reo Māori. Emily works full time as our accounts manager and migration assistant. She is also currently studying a Bachelor in Commerce and Accounting through the University of Adelaide and aims to become a migration agent in the next 4-5 years. She has been living on and off in Australia since 2005, is married and has 2 children. She enjoys healthy living, fitness, playing touch, netball and rugby and recently took up AFL! She is also a very talented artist and loves the Māori arts and crafts including making korowai, taniko and educational games for kids. Emily enjoys camping, hanging at the beach, taking good care of her health – mentally, physically and spiritually and of course, spending time with friends and family.
Training Administration / Migration Assistant
Tania was born in Kawakawa hospital, is of Ngapuhi heritage and grew up in both Moerewa and Te Ahu Ahu, Northland. She has taken the leap from mining into the migration space and is ready for a whole new career change and change of direction. She plans to start her Bachelor in Commerce and Accounting later this year and is our newest addition to our team starting January 2021. She is a talented musician, singer and avid 4WD and motorcycle enthusiast! She recently moved from Kambalda, WA to Mackay QLD and has recently settled into her new home in Naracoorte, SA. She has experienced the journey of immigration processes first hand and believes it is always best to obtain dual citizenship so you are covered under all laws in Australia and are not disadvantaged in any way whatsoever.
Training Administration / Migration Assistant
Vanessa was born Te Puia Springs and her whānau come from Tokomaru Bay. Ness moved to Australia when she was 10 years old and has grown up in Adelaide, South Australia. At the beginning of this year she moved to Naracoorte to join our Morunga Migration Team and she enjoys being part of an industry that is actively helping our New Zealand people achieve their immigration goals. Vanessa loves music, sport, spending time with her family and playing rugby. Eventually she would like to spend time travelling overseas once all the border restrictions have been lifted.
Meet our AMAZING Morunga Migration Team!
Many may say our job is just paperwork, but if only it were that easy!!
Thanks to the incredible team who work tirelessly behind the scenes striving for perfection we have been able to grow and develop the quality and accuracy of our service to such a high degree that it truly is second to none!
From the initial contact that people make with us to the very end, our team ensure each detail and aspect of the application process is as stress free for our clients as possible, knowing they are in safe and capable hands.
We are now into our fourth year and looking back is quite surreal when we think of how far we have come and how many families we’ve been able to assist along the way.
Immigration processes are so complex we find even the most seemingly straight forward cases more often than not have unexpected twists and turns.
In fact, it’s a worry when we know an applicant qualifies, however, their applications could be refused on some administrative error, a case officer who wants to make it more difficult than it needs to be or simply misunderstanding the criteria and providing incorrect information.
Such errors and challenges are enough to send anyone into stressed out mode!
Experienced migration assistants are very difficult to find and I’ve found over the years it takes a lot of patience and effort to train staff to fulfil the role. But not only that, they must have an understanding and deep sense of empathy and importance of the role we all play in providing assistance.
However, finding the right people who are able to cope with the rigorous training and come through the other side makes it all worthwhile and without our team I simply could not do what I do to the large scale I do it. There just isn’t enough time in the day or weeks in the year!
What helps a great deal is all our team members are New Zealand citizens themselves. They all bring that infamous Kiwi work ethic and can do attitude which is a must in this industry. They also understand from first hand experience why immigration goals are so crucial to ones’ security and future. Who could ask for more right?
Introducing our team I would first like to introduce Emily (we call her Emz or Emmy). Emz is our accounts manager and migration assistant and hails from the Far North, Taipa. She’s now been with us for over 2 years and is our most experienced and senior migration assistant. She is our go-to person when trying to call us because she is able to either point you in the right direction or book a consultation over the phone. Besides, my head is so buried in applications and research I never have time nowadays to take phone calls anymore.
Our second team member is Glenda (or ‘G’ as she likes to be called) and her family hails from Rangi Point in the Hokianga and Te Ahu Ahu. She grew up in Mangere, Te Awamutu, Moerewa and has been living in Whangaparoa, New Zealand. She still lives in NZ and she joined our team in January 2019. However, since COVID struck she has had to work purely online which was no easy feat I can tell you. Thankfully however, she is incredibly innovative, motivated and creative. She is our prized administration manager who oversees the thousands of emails and messages we receive and works as my second migration assistant also.
The latest addition to our team is Tania (we call her Tanz) who joined us in January 2021. Tanz grew up in Moerewa, Te Ahu Ahu, attended Okaihau College and later moved to Hamilton before coming to Australia. She’s lived in Australia since 2008 and has taken a giant leap from the mining industry into the migration industry. Tanz is eager to grow her knowledge and expertise and she has started out as our junior migration and accounts assistant.
Ironically all the Morunga Migration team are family members of mine who had an inside glimpse of the vision and have caught the immigration bug so to speak. Sorry not sorry whānau!!
At this time I am still the only migration agent in Australia who specialises in this widely misunderstood area of immigration and New Zealanders living in Australia. Our team all plan to one day become migration agents themselves and have either enrolled to study further have started already.
Aside from the visa and citizenship applications we do, I have not lost my desire to work within our communities where time and resources permit. I recently wrote a Evidence of Citizenship Pilot Education Program to assist young people who were born in Australia in understanding whether they are Australian citizens and how to go about obtaining evidence of their Australian citizenship.
I’m also mentoring another fellow New Zealand citizen who is currently studying migration law as well as assisting a PHD student who wants to write their thesis around the visa cancellation process, deportation and displacement of New Zealand citizens returning to New Zealand from Australia has affected their lives.
Our work is never ending but we all thoroughly enjoy the rewards of helping others achieve their immigration goals and become secure.
There is lots to do and thousands of families that we must reach and who need our help.
As a final note, since I mentioned everyone’s nicknames, my nickname is Edz haha!
This blog is dedicated to my amazing team whom I am grateful for everyday and to all our wonderful clients and families whom have come to know our team on a more personal level.
Nga mihi nui,