Big move to Gladstone working well for Tony's family

LIKING WHAT HE SEES: Tony Weitenberg is this week’s Welcome Wednesday.
LIKING WHAT HE SEES: Tony Weitenberg is this week’s Welcome Wednesday. Brenda Strong

AFTER years of discussing relocating to Australia, Tony Weitenberg and his family finally made the move when he was given an opportunity to work at a local employment agency.

The New Zealander was previously living in Napier, which he said he doesn't miss much, other than the mountains, his friends and the impressive local produce.

"When the opportunity came in my last role to take redundancy, this was the time to make the big move."

Mr Weitenberg is a REACH trainer and job placement advisor at Neato Employment services.

"I have been in the employment industry for around 15 years," Tony said.

"I enjoy the work, the satisfaction of someone coming in to let us know that they have started work and are really happy with their position... you get the opportunity to make a big influence in someone's life to help them to get them into work."

His family recently arrived in Gladstone, and they plan to have a good look around the city. Living here for two-months, Tony already is impressed.

"The weather, except the last two days! And the fishing is great, and another reason for coming to Australia is to expand my working skills as there are more opportunities here as opposed to New Zealand."

And as for working in a female-dominated office, this Kiwi is not one to complain.

"As a kiwi would say, Yeah - Nah it is actually pretty good and I let the ladies know when I don't want to talk about make-up and dresses... and of course it is pretty hard to find anyone that wants to talk about rugby, real rugby - not rugby league! They have accepted me into the team and I don't mind playing to the role of security or the male chaperone when needed," he said.

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