June 2013 News Archive

Archived Daily FX News from the TorFX Foreign Exchange Specialists...

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...

New Zealand visas faked by Indian forgery gang25 Jun at 5 AM

A fake visa and passport racket has been uncovered by authorities in India. New Zealand visas and passports were among the documents being faked and it is believed that they may have helped people enter the country illegally. According to The Hindu newspaper other countries affected by the forgeries include Australia, Singapore, Canada,...

New Zealand number one for environment and social performance20 Jun at 9 AM

New Zealand has managed to grab the number one spot on a survey of 132 countries around the world in terms of social and economic factors. The Social Progress Imperative ignored material and economic factors in favour of indicators including human rights, freedom, health, internet access, sanitation, quality of education and personal...

How to beat New Zealand immigration rules12 Jun at 10 AM

A video has surfaced on Youtube explaining various techniques that can be employed by would-be migrants to find work in New Zealand with just a tourist visa. According to the 29-minute video, which is in Portuguese, visitors should be prepared to lie to officials from Immigration New Zealand when they cross the border. Potential migrants...

Auckland doctor fighting to recoup $300,0005 Jun at 6 AM

A New Zealand doctor is struggling to get $300,000 back after being duped by a Nigerian-based fraudster. The doctor, who lives in Auckland, has parents in the UK and the cash had been put aside to purchase property either in Britain or New Zealand. Speaking to The New Zealand Herald, the medic, who remains anonymous, explained that he had...

New Zealand visitor numbers up during May24 Jun at 9 AM

The number of people visiting New Zealand in May this year grew by 9 per cent according to Statistics New Zealand. Andrea Blackburn, population statistics manager, said the number was the highest ever for the month of May adding that the figure has grown from around 141,000 visitors to 153,000. The main contributors to the increase were...

Consumer confidence rises in New Zealand17 Jun at 9 AM

Consumer confidence in New Zealand has grown this month to a three-year high. According to a survey conducted by Westpac McDermott-Miller confidence surged from 110.8 to 116.6 in the last quarter. A figure over 100 means that more people are optimistic than pessimistic. Dominick Stevens, Westpac chief economist said that people were moving...

New Zealand firms need to encourage productivity10 Jun at 9 AM

A recent survey by Ernst & Young has revealed that workers in New Zealand would be more productive if they were better managed, had more motivation and were given greater recognition. The Productivity Pulse survey found that 80 per cent of respondents from the public and private sector believed they could be more than 20 per cent...

New Zealand First attacks Chinese migration3 Jun at 9 AM

Winston Peters, leader of New Zealand First, has attacked Chinese migration again. This time he is claiming that a policy that allows the parents of Chinese immigrants to join their children will result in superannuation payments of $1 billion. Speaking at a Grey Power meeting Peters said 50 per cent of family reunifications in the last...

Single Mum and two children face deportation from NZ29 Jun at 6 PM

A South African mother and her two children face being deported from New Zealand if she cannot find a job. According to a report in The Press online, Cherie Vermaak had been employed legally by Christchurch City Council for four years, but was sacked last March after her work visa extension application was refused. On 23 May she was...

NZ immigration officials probe passport scam27 Jun at 6 PM

The New Zealand Immigration Advisors Authority (IAA) has launched a probe into a recently discovered passport scam. As a result of an investigation by ONE News, the illegal scheme was revealed to be aimed at family members desperate to gain residency permits. Several of those hit by the scheme have come forward and are assisting the police...

NZ health groups band together against duty free tobacco25 Jun at 6 PM

New Zealand’s health groups are pushing for the duty-free allowance for incoming travellers to be scrapped altogether, in line with Australian rule changes. Several groups have already submitted proposed changes to the bill announced in New Zealand’s 2012 Budget, in which the tobacco tax is to be increased by 10 per cent annually until...

Australian political party looks to ban New Zealand immigrants22 Jun at 6 PM

The recently formed political party calling itself the Stable Population Party is urging severe restrictions of the number of New Zealand migrants now arriving in Oz. A report published in the Herald Sun newspaper claims the new party is urging the abolition of the agreement giving free access to the country for all Kiwis. Clifford Hayes,...

Oz government refuses compensation for NZ violent drug offender20 Jun at 6 PM

The Australian government has knocked back an Australian Human Rights Commission claim on behalf of a convicted NZ criminal. New Zealander Maria Brown was arrested for visa violations connected with her serious criminal record and placed in Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre to await deportation after her visa was...

New Zealand Prime Minister defends country’s migrant superannuation policy 19 Jun at 12 PM

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, has responded strongly to suggestions that older immigrants should be refused superannuation payments. Leader of the NZ First party, Winston Peters, had called for an investigation into superannuation payments to retiree migrants who had not paid into the scheme as they had never worked in NZ. The...

Tongan immigration advisor has license revoked15 Jun at 6 PM

A tribunal recently revoked a Tongan immigration advisor’s license to practice after she was found to have cheated clients and pocketed funds. Alungamonu Tangilanu, summoned to appear before the Immigration Advisors Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal, is accused of pocketing visa fees paid to her by clients and lying to them about the...

Government tightens rules on skilled migrants needed for Christchurch13 Jun at 6 PM

The New Zealand Labour Party’s spokeswoman for earthquake recovery is demanding work visas for volunteers and jobless migrants helping to rebuild Christchurch after its devastating earthquakes. Lianne Dalziel is urging the New Zealand government to relax the country’s stringent immigration and work permit rules on behalf of the...

Sunshine Coast Airport begins makeover for NZ tourist flights11 Jun at 6 PM

Australia’s Sunshine Coast Airport authorities have brought forward an anticipated upgrade to accommodate new tourism flights from New Zealand. The million-dollar makeover had been scheduled to take place over the next two to three years, but has been accelerated due to a three-month summer season trial of flights from Auckland due to...

Wellington businesswoman charged with exploitation of Fijian servants8 Jun at 6 PM

An unidentified Wellington businesswoman has been charged with 12 offences relating to her employment of two Fijian women as house servants. The two Fijian workers claim they were forced to work illegally, exploited, denied the legal minimum wage and holiday payments and treated as slaves rather than employees. When one woman complained,...

Youth scheme stats highlight New Zealand emigration 6 Jun at 9 AM

The trend of young people emigrating from New Zealand to Australia has been highlighted by figures that show more than a quarter of students who took part in a million-dollar mentoring scheme have moved to the ‘Lucky Country’. So far, 14 of the 53 students in the I Have a Dream programme at Wesley Primary School have taken their new-found...

Immigration case of Chinese businessman highly suspicious4 Jun at 6 PM

A New Zealand High Court judge has announced that the immigration case of a millionaire businessman from China, who has become the focus of a recent political scandal, is "highly suspicious''. However, there is not sufficient evidence to convict him, said the judge. Last week, William Yan – who also goes by the aliases Yong Ming...

Marlborough vineyards praise migrant worker scheme1 Jun at 9 AM

Vineyard contractors in New Zealand have praised the country’s Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme as the pruning season gets underway. The Labour Department confirmed this week that there are slightly more RSE workers in Marlborough this year than last year. The season starts in mid-May and finishes in September. Marlborough Vine Works...