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Winston Peters slams New Zealand immigration policies23 Jun at 8 AM 2015

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 from overseas. He added that anger was inevitable as more Kiwis are forced to go on the dole. He went on to condemn the fact that more New Zealanders were finding themselves living in rented...

Family waiting for visa decision because of son’s health13 Jun at 5 AM 2015

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 abroad for three years Immigration New Zealand would only grant permanent residency to one of the young boys. Liam has been diagnosed with William’s syndrome, and the immigration authorities are...

Chilean family face deportation from New Zealand13 Mar at 5 AM 2015

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 Zealand and was therefore a legitimate citizen of the country. He points out that when he first arrived in New Zealand he was working legally, but that a work permit issued in 2011 had since expired and...

Mancunians most likely to choose new life in New Zealand4 Feb at 7 AM 2015

A top emigration advisory firm has revealed that Mancunians are the most likely to choose to emigrate from the UK to New Zealand. The Emigration Group, a consultancy that helps UK citizens move abroad, said that over the last six months it had received around 3,000 inquires about relocating to New Zealand, 300 of which had come from people in Manchester. Paul Arthur, director of The Emigration Group, explained that Manchester has always been a city from which there has been a lot of interest in making a new life in another country. He...

New Zealand pushes to attract more skilled workers9 Dec at 5 AM 2014

In an effort to fill a skills shortage, New Zealand is offering expat Kiwis and Australians the opportunity to cross the Tasman and apply for jobs. It is estimated that the New Zealand economy will create around 50,000 new jobs over the coming two years. The government intends to roll out a number of expos to attract skilled workers in the fields of hospitality, IT, healthcare, trades, engineering, construction and business. Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, said unemployment in his country had...

Immigration NZ accuses Chinese couple of child trafficking 10 Sep at 6 AM 2014

A tribunal in New Zealand has ruled that a Chinese couple attempting to bring a baby into the country on forged papers in order to gain residency is child trafficking. Immigration New Zealand denied entry to the husband in 2012 after it was discovered the baby’s birth certificate and other documents had been forged. The unnamed man had previously been living in New Zealand since 2008. The husband and wife have been trying to gain residency in New Zealand for four years, but their applications have been held up because of doubts over...

New rules to hit UK pension transfers to New Zealand28 Aug at 5 AM 2014

UK pension holders living in New Zealand are being advised to act quickly to avoid their money being stranded at home. New government legislation is due to be introduced next April that could prevent pensions being transferred to New Zealand. According to Bridget Matheson, financial advisor for Stewart Group, Brits are currently permitted to transfer cash into a recognised scheme. However, UK workers who have put money into government private pension schemes should consider making a transfer as soon as possible. Groups that will be...

UK collaboration important for Christchurch rebuild30 Jul at 9 AM 2014

British firms are vital to the rebuilding of the earthquake ravaged city of Christchurch in New Zealand, according to the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment. Lord Ian Livingstone recently visited the city to outline how collaboration between New Zealand and British businesses will be beneficial for both countries and keep the rebuild on track. The minister explained that UK firms had experience in completing large projects safely, on time and to budget including Crossrail, the Heathrow Airport redevelopment and the London...

New Zealand will rely on immigration18 Jul at 5 AM 2014

A new study suggests that population growth in New Zealand will be dependent on immigration with many people having multiple national identities. The Royal Society of New Zealand has studied data from sources including the 2013 Census. The study found that the country has a growing ageing population. Between 2006 and 2013 Auckland accounted for around half of the population growth. However, population figures appear to be diminishing in more rural areas. The report looked at seven key Census themes including work, regional variation,...

Incentives for immigrants moving to regional New Zealand3 Jul at 6 AM 2014

Labour has outlined plans to adjust the immigration points system to encourage more immigrants to move to regional New Zealand. Trevor Mallard, the party’s immigration spokesman, said encouraging workers to move to areas where there are labour shortages would take some of the pressure off Auckland. He added that those who do move will also be given incentives to stay including an easier residency process. Employers involved in the Recognised Seasonal Employment Scheme will also be required to pay an extra $1.25 on top of the minimum...