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Luke Wheeler

Luke Wheeler

CLAAS Greenline Product Manager — Christchurch, New Zealand

Where are you originally from? 
Wiltshire, South West England.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself
I was born in the UK and completed an Agricultural machinery apprenticeship at the local New Holland dealership before moving to NZ in 2002 where I started as a field service technician for Landpower before moving into Product Technical support in a group role. I enjoy travelling with my family, fishing, hunting and water skiing.

When did you start working at Landpower?
I was with Landpower from 2002 until 2010 when I left to work for CLAAS testing (Ag Technology) for 2 years before returning to Landpower in 2012.

What does a typical day involve? 
Looking after the needs of two countries, all my days are varied and no two are ever the same. Normal days can include being in-field preparing and starting up a new machines, demonstrating machines or presenting products to customers. I am also responsible for delivering product training to sales staff, negotiating pricing and availability with suppliers and ensuring that the products we bring into New Zealand and Australia are the best fit for the market.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
That no two days are the same and being able to bring new machines and technology to our customers.

How did you find the immigration process? How long did it take? 
The immigration process was easy as I was on the NZ skills shortage list. After 2 year I applied for permanent residency which was relatively uncomplicated and a reasonably speedy process taking about 8 weeks from the date of application.

What do you like about living in New Zealand? 
NZ is a growing country with a low population so there are lots of opportunities and not too many people. I enjoy everything outdoors so it’s a great place for me.

What thing has taken longest to get used to? 
I find New Zealand is similar to where I come from in the UK so there was nothing much to get used to apart from more space, less people and more freedom.

What advice do you have for others contemplating moving to NZ?
Just give it a go!

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