Iain MacLeod - Managing Partner
Iain has been working as an Immigration Adviser since 1989 and has been running his own practice since 1990. In 1998 he merged his practice with Myer Lipschitz leading to the creation of Protea Pacific Limited which was rebranded in 2008 to IMMagine New Zealand Limited.
A former Vice Chairman and Director of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment and also the New Zealand Immigration institute Iain’s experience and understanding of the migration process led to his being appointed to the Government’s Working Group that established the Immigration Advisers Licensing Authority (IAA). In its first year of operation Iain was appointed as an Industry Representative to the IAA reference group. Iain holds a B.Sc from Auckland University and holds a full licence with the IAA.
Karina MacLeod - Accounts
Karina is responsible for accounting, settlement services and other admin support. A graduate of Auckland University, she holds a BA (Economics and Geography) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching. Karina is also Managing Director of TomTomJak Ltd, a business that designs and manufactures children’s furniture and bed linen: www.tomtomjak.co.nz
Jo Fourie - Administration
Jo moved to New Zealand from South Africa over 12 years ago where she completed her schooling. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Anthropology at Auckland University. She is also part way through a Certificate of Business with a focus in Marketing.
Previously, Jo was a Personal Assistant to a Real Estate Agent where she was introduced to the marketing and advertising side of business and a passion for these areas developed. Jo is our most recent addition to the team, taking care of all of our administration. She is responsible for liaising with clients on behalf of consultants, managing our client database and assisting with preparing and lodging applications. Super efficient and highly organised she keeps all of our records in top shape and has a great eye for detail.
Kay Yukich - Personal Assistant
Kay worked as an Executive Assistant for an international company in New Zealand and then was transferred to their London Branch where she worked for a few years. On returning to New Zealand she became a Personnel Consultant with one of the largest recruitment companies and eventually became Head of one of their Executive Selection divisions. Kay’s husband created the largest wine company in New Zealand, Montana Wines (now known as Brancott Estate Wines) and when he acquired Penfolds Wines, Kay again became an Executive Assistant working for management and the Board of Directors. Kay holds a Secretarial Diploma and an International Language Certificate (distinction pass – German) from the Auckland Institute of Technology.
Often referred to as 'Mum' around the office, Kay keeps everyone in line and on task, and is often the first point of contact for our clients.
Paul Janssen - Senior Consultant
Paul began his career as an immigration consultant over 9 years ago, working in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom assisting clients with their relocation plans. Having spent 2 years abroad, and having to adjust to life overseas Paul is acutely aware of the pressures and issues involved with an international move. Upon returning to New Zealand, Paul spent 3 years working in the foreign exchange industry. Having kept close ties and a strong interest in the immigration industry, Paul joined IMMagine New Zealand as a consultant in 2008. Paul is also responsible for our IT systems, website and database administrator.
Paul holds an Honours degree in Politics and Geography from the University of Waikato and holds a full license with the Immigration Advisors Authority. Paul is also a former member of the Immigration Advisors Authority Reference Group (IAA), which is a panel of industry advisors who provide advice and recommendations to the Government's immigration regulatory body.
Christopher Noakes - Senior Consultant
Christopher has been involved in the field of immigration consulting for the past fourteen years. He was initially employed in London for a period of four years with Malcolm Pacific where he managed their United Kingdom operations, assisting clients from the UK and Europe in their plans to make New Zealand home. For the past ten years Christopher has been a Senior Consultant with Immagine New Zealand Ltd based in their Auckland office, and has travelled extensively into Southern Africa, Israel and South East Asian markets.
With over a decade of immigration industry knowledge Christopher is one of the most experienced practitioners in the business. Christopher holds a full immigration licence issued by the New Zealand Immigration Advisors Authority, and has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato.
Myer Lipschitz - Managing Partner Immigration Attorney
Myer Lipschitz was born in Johannesburg and is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1985 he was conferred the degree Bachelor of Laws. Myer completed his Articles of Clerkship with Ivor Trackman, Attorneys and was admitted as an Attorney to the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1988.
Myer immigrated to New Zealand in 1989 and was admitted to practice law in New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Myer became involved in immigration law when employed by Hesketh Henry in 1992. He was employed by that firm to establish an immigration department. Myer left their employ in November 1992 to establish his own practice, known as Protea Immigration Consultants Limited. Myer is a past Director of the NZAMI and is a current full member of the New Zealand Immigration Institute. If you are interested in immigration to Australia, we encourage you to contact Myer directly.
Iain MacLeodManaging Partner200800220
Kay YukichPersonal Assistant
Paul JanssenSenior Consultant200800705
Christopher NoakesSenior Consultant200800208
Myer LipschitzManaging Partner200800310
The IMMagine Immigration Team
IMMagine New Zealand Immigration are a team of immigration advisers with our head office in Auckland, New Zealand. We do not have any immigration consultancies or law firms acting as agents. We have been in the immigration assistance business for over two decades and in that time we have helped many thousands of migrants become New Zealanders. According to the most recent New Zealand Immigration Service figures our residence success rate at around 99% is second to none.
IMMagine New Zealand (formerly Protea Pacific) was formed on 1 January 2009 along with its sister company IMMagine Australia Immigration. The concept grew out of a belief that our highly personalised and successful model in New Zealand could be set up in other countries.
Funnily enough, some people want to go and live in Australia and we have decided to assist them. The structure of the two companies is a little like KPMG where we operate under the same ownership but operate separate businesses. If you want advice on New Zealand, come to us. If you want advice on migrating to Australia then our Australian partners who actually live there are better able to advise you rules, regulations, processes and living there. We can either refer you to them directly, you could email them or visit their site: IMMagine Australia.
The two directors of both companies and their team of experienced advisors have assisted more than 20,000 people make New Zealand or Australia their new home.