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Ned Burke, BCL (National University of Ireland)

DSC_1485 (2)Ned is a lawyer with almost 20 years experience in immigration and employment law in New Zealand and Europe. He is head of the legal division at Access NZ. Ned has extensive experience in all areas of immigration and refugee law from simple applications for work visas through to appearing in the New Zealand High Court seeking judicial review of decisions affecting his clients. He specializes in urgent immigration and deportation issues as well as business and investor visas. He is also a member of the charitable organisation Lawyers without Borders which specialises in pro bono access to justice initiatives. Contact Ned on

Doris Schoeller, MA (University of Vienna)


IAA Trade Mark_colourDoris is a licensed Immigration Adviser (Licence No 201401360) and also responsible for Marketing and IT at Access NZ. Previously running an English language school, she built up a strong network of international students and clients. She specializes in work and family category visas as well as residence applications. Originally from Austria, she has a strong humanitarian interest and a heart for refugees. With a university degree in translation, she speaks English, German and Portuguese. Contact Doris on

Iryna Stewart


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Iryna is a Licensed Immigration Adviser (Licence No 201300760) and has recently joined our team. She is responsible for the Russian market at Access NZ. Originally from Russia and with a previous career in education and interpreting, she came to New Zealand in 2002. She has strong ties with the Tauranga multicultural society. Being fluent in Russian, she has expertise in most visa types but specializes in partnership and business investor visa applications from the Russian market. Contact Iryna on

Ger Downey (Ireland)


Ger is heading our Irish operations and has extensive experience of the UK and Irish recruitment industry. He is the man to contact with queries on immigrating to New Zealand from Ireland, the job opportunities and qualifications requirements.

He is based in County Cork and happy to assist over the phone or in person. Contact Ger at

Claudia Guthrie, Office Manager 


Claudia is our office manager and has put most of the systems in place we use on a day-to-day basis. She has worked as a career adviser for the last 4 years and is very passionate about giving advice and providing pathways for people hoping to start a new life in New Zealand. Contact Claudia on

Christine Macleod, Licensed Property Manager

ChrisWith more than 20 years of experience in real estate in the Bay of Plenty, Christine is our property consultant for residential and commercial property. Christine is happy to assist with urgent property needs and rental requirements to make sure your start in New Zealand goes smoothly.