I don't know anything about the Kiwi Navy, however NZ seems to be a great place to live and seems to reward those who work. My advise is investigate the offer if all is good don't waste your time and accept it.
Best wishes on a new life.
If you accept, you will be joining an expanding, well respected if small organisation run along familiar RN principles with a good few people who have joined from the RN. What you have to weigh up is your family and any committments you may have to them. If you dont have any, I personally would jump at the chance, as you have nothing to lose and the RN will probably still be short of people if you decide you dont like NZ - by which time you will probably have had plenty of time to check out Australia too!
I did an exchange in '99 when I was instructing at Phoenix fire school. (Exercise Long Look)
5 months based in Devonport, Auckland. Absolute quality, beautiful country. A friend of mine (ex CPO(AH)) has just joined the Kiwi Air Force (Fire Dept) & is absolutely loving it.
By the way, when I was out there I saw so many guys I knew from Fearless over the years. They were crying out for steamie stokers at the time for their old Leanders.
I was offered a job at the NBCD school but I didn't have the bottle. Fantastic place.
Why worry -- Take the chance and go - it certainly can't be worse than here, surely ?
And if you don't like it, come back. You might regret that you didn't go..
My old Dad was due for transfer to the Oz Navy (many. many years ago), was all set to go, and then the old Dear changed her mind, he's regretted it ever since.
He's 86 now, and still talks of his missed opportunity.
Don't forget that the NZ Navy has NO arrangement with the NZ immigration authorities, although you can use the Offer of Service as proof of employment, unlike the RAN which works hand-in-hand with the Oz Immigration Service.