Yes, its a great country, and the schools are generally far more pleasant to work in than those in the UK. However, the half-wits (and that's being generous) that run the New Zealand Teachers Council have decided to be a complete pain in the **** and make things much harder for everybody. But especially overseas teachers. Following worst practice in the UK they have decided to introduce an induction scheme. If my understanding of the details are correct, no matter how experienced an overseas teacher is they will have to start off with provisional registration, and therefore have to do the induction. I think the only exception to this is Australian teachers - which is a political, rather than rational decision. Schools have to devote resources to this, which means that while they would previously have been happy with provisional registration (from which it used to be very easy, to progress to full registration), many will now be much more inclined only to consider candidates with full registration. Mind you it's a great job protection scheme, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if this was done with the connivance and blessing of the various teachers unions. When one considers that NCEA exams are a walk in the park compared to A-levels and IB, to insist on an induction period for experienced overseas teachers is farcical.