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Winston Peters slams New Zealand immigration policies23 Jun at 8 AM

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has again slammed the government for its policies over immigration. In the year ending May migration hit a net gain of 57,800, something that has not pleased the minister. Mr Peters said it was unfair that New Zealanders are having to compete for jobs and houses against those entering the country...

Expanding opportunities in New Zealand19 Jun at 5 AM

An improving economy, falling unemployment and a demand for skilled workers makes New Zealand an attractive country to move to for those wishing to make a new home abroad. Although Australia remains the favorite for many Irish emigrants, New Zealand offers a less harsh climate, great scenery and plenty of employment opportunities. The...

Family waiting for visa decision because of son’s health13 Jun at 5 AM

A New Zealand family has been left in limbo after one of the sons has been left without a visa. Jo-Lene Mahon, mother to Liam, 3, and Nolan, 1, has a permanent resident visa. Her husband Andreas, 32, was born in Germany but has a New Zealand father and therefore is a citizen by decent. However, after returning to New Zealand after living...

New Zealand man deported from UK ahead of blessing ceremony5 Jun at 8 AM

A New Zealand man has been deported from the UK after flying in for a blessing ceremony with his wife to be. Gareth Macrae and fiancée Lliwen Roberts had been planning to celebrate their nuptials in July in Wales. However, following the deportation the wedding may now have to be held in New Zealand. Mr Macrae explained that he had applied...

More Australians moving to New Zealand27 May at 10 AM

More Australians have crossed the Tasman to live and work in New Zealand than vice versa for the first time in nearly a quarter-of-a-century. According to figures released by the New Zealand government last month saw net migration of 100 Australians into the country. Although the two countries have agreements with each other that mean...

Pension transfers to New Zealand face heavy tax charge22 May at 8 AM

Retirees moving a pension from the UK to New Zealand when they emigrate could face a whopping 55 per cent tax bill because of pension freedoms. Under new rules pension schemes must prevent access to savings before a pension holder is 55 if they want to take the pension pot as cash. However, most schemes in New Zealand do not have such a...

Investment announced for immigration15 May at 7 AM

The number of immigration officers in New Zealand will be boosted as the government pledges to invest $33 million in the coming four years. Michael Woodhouse, Immigration Minister, said in a pre-Budget announcement that more resources were needed to deal with the increase in the number of visitors entering the country. Around $8 million...

Immigration New Zealand cracks down on short-term visa abuse6 May at 8 AM

A crack down on workers violating short-term visa rules appears to have been initiated by Immigration New Zealand. The move comes following an investigation into a company based in China that was contracted to do work for KiwiRail. The Chinese locomotive provider has been told that any future visa extensions would require a high level of...

Winston Peters wants better quality migrants29 Apr at 10 AM

Winston Peters, leader of New Zealand First, has taken a swipe at the government’s immigration policy accusing it of allowing immigrants who are not up to standard to settle in the country. The attack came as Statistics New Zealand confirmed that in the 12 months to March the net gain of migrants in New Zealand hit 56,275. This is an...

INZ targets visa test imposters23 Apr at 9 AM

Immigration New Zealand is implementing new measures to help identify prospective immigrants who may be cheating in order to get their visa applications approved. According to INZ some applicants have been attempting to cheat the system by getting others to sit English language examinations and medical tests. Michael Carley, operations...

Kim Dotcom faces deportation from New Zealand17 Apr at 10 AM

Controversial internet entrepreneur and New Zealand resident Kim Dotcom could face deportation for not filling in his residency application correctly. The Megaupload website creator allegedly failed to declare that he had a conviction for dangerous driving. Katie Knowles, acting area manager for Immigration New Zealand, said the agency...

NZ immigration advisor demanded sex from clients8 Apr at 5 AM

A court in New Zealand has heard that a former immigration consultant would attempt lure female clients into providing sexual services in exchange for visas. Hakaoro Hakaoro was sent to prison last year for failing to produce a license to practice. The prison term handed to him was 20 months. However, it has come to light that the...

New powers for INZ officers to be closely monitored2 Apr at 5 AM

New Zealand immigration officers will be given more power to monitor employers if a new bill is passed. However, there have been calls for greater checks to be put into place. Officers will be permitted to enter an employer’s home and search for documents as well as interview anyone within the residence without having to produce a...

Support for unrestricted Commonwealth movement25 Mar at 5 AM

An online petition suggests that the majority of people would support a system that would allow free movement between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. However, the complications of such a system would have to go further than simply doing away with restrictions on work permits and visas. A poll set up by the Commonwealth...

Migration to New Zealand hits new record high20 Mar at 11 AM

Fewer departures and an increase in the number of arrivals meant that in the year to February migration to New Zealand hit a record high. According to Statistics New Zealand the net gain of migrants over the last year rose to 55,100. This is close to double the gain of 29,000 recorded a year earlier. Arrivals of migrants hit a record...

Chilean family face deportation from New Zealand13 Mar at 5 AM

A Chilean family living in New Zealand is likely to be deported if they cannot find the means to leave the country voluntarily by the end of the month. Christchurch resident Mauricio Ravet claims that he, his wife, and their two daughters do not have the money to fly back to Chile. Mr Ravet added that his daughter Kate was born in New...

Prince Harry to visit New Zealand and Australia2 Mar at 9 PM

Prince Harry will spend time serving in Australia before visiting New Zealand in a non-military capacity, according to reports. The visit Down Under is likely to come before the prince officially ends his military career. According to an article published in the Evening Standard, the fourth-in-line to the English throne has been thinking...

Increase in the number of New Zealanders working in Britain24 Feb at 6 AM

Recently published figures indicate that more New Zealand and Australian nationals are choosing to leave their home countries to find work in the UK. The increase in numbers comes despite fears that too many people are being excluded by strict visa restrictions. The latest data shows that 91,000 workers from New Zealand and Australia have...

Queenstown relaxes immigration rules20 Feb at 8 AM

In an attempt to encourage more skilled labour to Queenstown, Immigration New Zealand has said it will be relaxing the requirements for overseas job applicants. Previously employers wishing to employ a worker from another country have had to prove the job had been offered to New Zealand nationals or residents first. However, until the end...

NZ immigration medicals go online16 Feb at 5 AM

Medical clinics across the country have been selected by Immigration New Zealand to conduct immigration medical examinations. An onshore panel physician network will use the eMedical system which allows doctors to submit x-rays and medical certificate online. The system has been developed by the immigration departments of Canada and Australia...