Mary Noonan joined Heartland Immigration following an extensive career within the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, formerly the Department of Labour. Specialising in immigration, Mary has worked with individual clients, their families and employers from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds along with industry and community groups.
Primarily based in Christchurch, Mary has worked in Wellington and in New Zealand diplomatic posts offshore. She has been involved in the major fields of immigration including all aspects of visa processing, escorting UNHCR refugees traveling to NZ, ministerial support, operationalising instructions, policy development and training delivery. Mary has also assisted job seekers, worked with employers to fill vacancies and recruited immigration staff.
In her spare time Mary has been involved with local and international volunteer organisations which promote gender equality and peace, and was part of delegations to two overseas international conferences. The need to keep lines of communication open whether it be between individuals or as extensive as across borders led Mary to study negotiations, obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution from Massey University.
Born and raised in Christchurch Mary has a special connection to Banks Peninsula as her forefathers were early settlers, childhood holidays were enjoyed on peninsula farms and now summer holidays are enjoyed in Akaroa.
As an experienced manager with strong leadership skills Mary fully understands the demands on employers to ensure they have a workforce fit for purpose. Coupled with a pragmatic approach, exposure to labour market concerns and an in depth immigration knowledge, Mary is an asset to Heartland Immigration.
Mary’s role at Heartland Immigration is to manage our team of licensed advisors with a focus on business to business relationships.