Getting personal

The photo was taken in April 2014 of Dr Leonardo Sauaia, a Brazilian educated and trained Psychiatrist, his partner who is a psychologist, and their two children, after landing in Dunedin, New Zealand after a long journey from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He had just received his New Zealand vocational registration. You can see how happy they are to have fulfilled their dreams to live and work in New Zealand.

Prior to this, in November 2013, Dr Sauaia and his family stayed with me for several days immediately after their first arrival to New Zealand on holiday to explore parts of the South Island as well as interview for a position with Ashburn Clinic plus collaborate with me on his face-to-face meeting with the Medical Council of New Zealand regarding his vocational registration. I collected Leonardo and his family at Christchurch airport and drove them to my home where they stayed and relaxed for a few days. Then I hosted a welcome dinner party where around 30 friends, associates and a Kiwi Psychiatrist met with him and his family. Below is a photo of Leonardo with his family during their welcome dinner in 2013 which was held in my home.

Having been through the entire migration process myself I can totally empathise with how comforting it can be to have a friend when arriving in New Zealand after a long journey from afar.

Leaving one’s home, family and friends plus all that is familiar to start a new life half-way around the world poses many challenges and can be quite stressful. Having a friend at the New Zealand end can make such a big difference.

Go to to read Dr Sauaia’s testimonial.

New Zealand and our Kiwi Lifestyle are closer than you think!

Larry Beck, Director
“Matching people with their future”



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