Life at Deloitte
Working in Hamilton
Hamilton is at the heart of the Waikato region, which extends across the upper part of the North Island. Only an hour and a half's drive south of Auckland, the rural tranquility and views of farmland and bush are making it increasingly popular for lifestyle living. Many migrants have already made Waikato their home.
Tell me more about Hamilton
Built on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton is home to a population of more than 140,000 making it New Zealand’s fourth largest city. Hamilton is diverse, home to over 80 ethnic groups. It is also a relatively ‘young city’ with around half its residents under 30 years old.
The Hamilton & Waikato region is readily accessible and easy to get around. Geographically flat, Hamilton offers easy, comfortable living, with a relatively relaxed pace and overall vibe. There is a comprehensive local bus network, with 28 bus routes in Hamilton and 10 others throughout the region. If bus is not for you and you’d prefer to get around by car, Hamilton has short commuting times across the city.
Hamilton airport is about 20 minutes’ drive from Hamilton’s Transport Centre, from where buses and coaches cover the city, outlying towns and other national destinations.
Claim to fame
A geographically and culturally diverse area, Hamilton & the Waikato region has a range of activities and attractions that means there is something for everyone - from surfing world-class breaks and crawling through caves to wine tasting and heritage trails.
Head west from Hamilton you’ll discover the beachside settlement of Raglan. Best known for its surf break, Raglan has grown over the years to appeal to a much wider audience than surfers alone.
Other jewels in the Waikato crown include the town of Cambridge – famous for its equine strongholds and rowing on nearby Lake Karapiro and the town of Matamata, most famous these days for being the home of Hobbiton.
As with the rest of New Zealand, Hamilton is rugby mad. If you are in the central city on a Friday night and hear cow bells don’t worry you don’t need your ears tested! Hamilton is home to the Chiefs Super Rugby team and they are staunch supporters of their team. Home games, even in the worst of weather, are never a quiet affair. The fans are fanatical and shake cow bells to cheer on their team.
Moving to Hamilton
If you’re thinking Hamilton is where you want to be, then find out what employment opportunities Deloitte has in this office here
Industry in the Waikato is primarily focused on dairy and pastoral with some of the most nutrient rich land to be found in the Waikato region. The Hamilton office provides services to clients in the areas of Audit, Tax and Private (servicing the SME market).
Check out the following links for more hints and tips on a move to Hamilton:
Hamilton has residential suburbs all around the inner city. If you are seeking more space and a quieter pace, semi-rural properties are prevalent within 20 minutes’ drive of the city centre. These ‘lifestyle blocks’ are an increasingly popular option given the idyllic way of life gained while remaining so close to modern city amenities.
We asked Muhammad Cajee what it's like to live and work in Hamilton?
What is your role and in which area do you work?
I am an Associate Director in the Corporate Finance team. Simply put, my role is to support the development of our corporate finance practice in Hamilton, a strategic growth area for us. This includes building our team and gaining eminence in the local market with regards to our capabilities and ability to support clients achieve their capital ambitions – which could include a range of things including acquiring a business to grow, selling to realise value, or finding a strategic equity partner to raise capital.
How long have you been in Hamilton?
Since January 2016.
Where do you emigrate from?
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Did you emigrate alone or with family? Any challenges?
With family. I’ve found the transition thus far has gone really well. My biggest challenge has probably been adjusting to the weather. Where I’m from winters are dry and sunny – here it’s wet and, well, wet!
How did you find settling into Hamilton?
Relatively easy. People are friendly and very willing to help. Information is also really accessible whether that means finding a rental home, or even a used car. Public services like the post, getting a drivers license and opening a bank account work well.
How long does it take to commute to work?
Generally between 15 and 20 minutes.
What do you love about Hamilton? Like the least?
Hamilton is very central which makes it great for exploring different parts of the North Island. It is also a fast growing city which makes work interesting. Traffic is very manageable and it’s easy to get around. Only thing I don’t like so far is the rain in winter!
What have you enjoyed most in your time so far?
Meeting new people, especially other non-Kiwis who have settled in Hamilton. While not to the same extent as Auckland, Hamilton is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan. Also, being able to see some of New Zealand’s amazing beaches and other outdoor attractions.
Is there anything that you’ve experienced that wasn’t quite what you expected?
My work experience in Johannesburg was focused on larger corporate clients within a specific area of expertise. In New Zealand I’ve dealt with many private (individual) clients across a spectrum of corporate finance related areas. I didn’t quite expect this, but it’s been great as it brings a whole new dynamic to a day’s work.
Any hints or tips for anyone who is thinking of emigrating to NZ and setting up in Hamilton?
Find a few people in your situation that have made the move to Hamilton, preferably from the same place you are from. I found speaking to people before I came and having the opportunity to ask them questions was one of the most valuable things I did. It helped us transition quicker as we had a pretty good idea on what to expect of the place, information on where to stay, recommended schools for the kids, etc. I ended up asking the same questions to several people – this helped validate our thoughts early on, and meant we were able to really hit the ground running when we got here.