Might be worth a shot especially as it could be a pathway to lead you back to Aussie... I'm sure you've done the research. Who knows there might be an employer that would value a very experienced employee like you would be. That's the hardest part in NZ, to find that employer but once you do at least the hardest part is done. Some other families that I met here... yung "less skilled" yung pinag-aaral then the "more skilled" half of the couple will be on an open work visa and will be in a better position to find the permanent work.