I thought that as Kay and David have kindly promoted me to moderator on the forums, that I'd post a little bit more about myself.
Since originally joining the forums last year, my husband and I have started on the long route to gaining our PR visas for New Zealand.
Our time line has been:
October 2008 - took a recce trip to NZ, 2 1/2 weeks in a campervan, and decided that all of our previous research had paid off, and that this was definitely where we wanted to live.
December 2008 - submitted our Expression of Interest online; with me as the Principle Applicant, and without a job offer, we had 115 points. This was enough to get us pulled out in the next draw, and by mid December, we had our Invitation to Apply for a Visa.
April 2008 - finally got all of our documents together and submitted our ITA to NZIS London.
We are currently waiting for NZIS to open our envelope (we know they have it because they took our application fees!) and assign us a Case Officer, which we should hopefully get beginning / mid July. We are expecting to have an interview as we don't have work to go to, and possibly extra medical tests for my husband (a couple of his medicals results were slightly higher than "normal").
So - I am not technically an Ex-Pat yet, though we hope to be in Windy Wellington by Christmas.
Whilst I make no claims for being able to give any sort of advice, I did a lot of research before settling on New Zealand as a place to live, and can give pointers based on my experience (I've also used the New Zealand Immigration Website a lot (http://www.immigration.govt.nz/), so can help find official information if you are struggling - it is not the easiest of websites to get anything coherent from!)