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A variety of immigration, business and general news articles taken from New Zealand newspapers, websites and other sources (sources are mentioned at the bottom of each article) and selected by Terra Nova Consultancy Ltd. It may assist the reader being more or less up-to-date what is happening in Aotearoa, "the Land of the Long White Cloud". Happy reading, enjoy ... and if you have any questions on these updates - please contact us...

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Jul
07

05/07/2021 - NZ border exemptions: Visas approved for 14 wealthy investors

Immigration New Zealand has so far approved visas for 14 wealthy investors under two new border exemptions opened in May.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment expects 220 wealthy individuals will arrive over the next year, bringing hundreds of millions in direct investment, job creation and skills.

Immigration New Zealand said only one investor had so far arrived in the country but this was expected because the exemptions were relatively new.

Read more: 05/07/2021 - NZ border exemptions: Visas approved for 14 wealthy investors

Jun
30

24/06/2021 - Singapore preparing road map for living with Covid-19

SINGAPORE - Singapore will prepare its population to deal with Covid-19 as part of their daily lives and people will be able to work, travel and shop without quarantines and lockdowns, even with the coronavirus in their midst.

With enough people vaccinated, Covid-19 will be managed like other endemic diseases such as the common flu and hand, foot and mouth disease, said the three co-chairmen of the Government's multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 as they outlined plans for Singapore to transition to a new normal.

Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong and Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung said in an article published in The Straits Times on Thursday (June 24) that the priority in the next few months will be to prepare Singapore for life with Covid-19 as a recurring, controllable disease.

Read more: 24/06/2021 - Singapore preparing road map for living with Covid-19

Jun
29

28/06/2021 - The pool is overflowing: The skilled migrant residence programme is badly broken

OPINION: The skilled migrant residence programme is badly broken and Government seems powerless to fix it.

Tens of thousands of people, working in New Zealand in highly skilled jobs, await processing of their residence visas, having filed their applications before March 2020.
Many thousands more await selection from the skilled migrant “pool”.

Selection and invitations ceased temporarily in March 2020. The pool continues to attract expressions of interest (EIO) as Government never stopped allowing them to be filed

Read more: 28/06/2021 - The pool is overflowing: The skilled migrant residence programme is badly broken

Jun
27

25/06/2021- Breaking News - Suspension visa processing extended

Immigration New Zealand has suspended visa processing for most individuals who are outside New Zealand, unless they meet the strict border exception criteria or are currently in a COVID-19 quarantine-free travel zone.

The Government has extended the suspension to 6 February 2022. The suspension can be lifted if the border restrictions change.

Immigration New Zealand will continue to process visas for those who are not subject to the COVID-19 border restrictions, and for those who have been granted a border exception.

Source: INZ

Jun
10

10/06/2021 - Breaking News - Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders

Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced.

Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to help manage ongoing labour shortages while New Zealand’s COVID-19 border restrictions remain in place.

SSE visa holders will also be given open work rights, allowing them to work in any sector.

Read more: 10/06/2021 - Breaking News - Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders

Jun
10

09/06/2021 - No, Prime Minister, we do not accept your future apology

OPINION: I think of home often. I read the news, speak to friends who live in Auckland and Wellington, touch base with my sister in Christchurch and reach out to the small number of charities I donate to monthly.

I am just another Canada-based Kiwi with roots that cross multiple oceans in an attempt to remain grounded in New Zealand. I still dream of Wanaka and beg for photos from any friend or foe that travels outside of our big cities.

I am like the tree that stretches for heaven, never quite reaching it, and having to accept that the earth and air is enough to sustain me.

You are my air and earth, New Zealand. I miss you.

Read more: 09/06/2021 - No, Prime Minister, we do not accept your future apology

May
24

22/05/2021 - A 'once in a generation opportunity' to throw migrant workers under the bus

OPINION: When the Government uses the phrase “reset” in relation to migration, migrant workers hear something very different.

The public hears: population policy, productivity, higher wages and an infrastructure catch-up.

Migrants just remember what happened more than a year ago when a “once in a generation” lockdown and global pandemic changed their lives forever.

During lockdown Government ministers were able to provide few details on what would happen to these migrants, but told them to be patient. Other politicians started mumbling about double-digit unemployment and calling for migrants to “go home”.

Read more: 22/05/2021 - A 'once in a generation opportunity' to throw migrant workers under the bus

May
20

20/05/2021 - Breaking News - Budget 2021: The 10 things you need to know

The Goodies:

1. WELFARE AND FAMILIES: Benefits will increase by between $32 and $55 a week, while student living support will go up $25 a week. Overall, this will cost $3.3 billion over four years.

2. MĀORI HOUSING: $380m for 1000 new homes for Māori, repairs for 700 Māori –owned homes; ring-fencing $350m of the $3.8b housing fund announced in March for at least 2700 Māori homes.

3. INFRASTRUCTURE: An extra $15.1 billion (total $57.3b) from 2021 to 2025, including $810m for KiwiRail, $761m for school property, $700m for hospitals, and, in a surprise announcement, $306m for Scott Base.

4. CLIMATE CHANGE $19.7m for future response to the Climate Change Commission's final recommendations. Recycling revenue from the ETS will also add $3b over five years for this.

5. HEALTH: Labour keeps election promises with an extra $200m for Pharmac, but back-down on free annual GP visit and eye check for Supergold cardholders as it is of "limited benefit".

6. COVID: There's $5.1b left in the $62b Covid response and recovery fund. Treasury forecasts a "significant opening" of the border on January 1 next year.

Read more: 20/05/2021 - Breaking News - Budget 2021: The 10 things you need to know

May
18

18/05/2021 - Government wants to turn down tap on temporary and skilled migrant workers

Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash outlines what the Government may change about New Zealand's immigration settings.

The Government wants to turn down the tap on temporary and skilled migrant workers, instead opening the door for high-roller investors and workers who can fill “genuine job shortages”.

Read more: 18/05/2021 - Government wants to turn down tap on temporary and skilled migrant workers

May
17

14/-05/2021 - Rethink "low-skill" job title

Business leaders and policymakers alike need to rethink the "low-skill" job title, particularly after the pandemic revealed just how essential those jobs are, says The Atlantic, which argues that the negative connotations of "low-skilled" are perpetuated by our own biases against what is considered a "good job."

The phrase obscures the fact that many workers in jobs that don't pay well may indeed have skills, they could just be so young that they lack training and/or experience.

In addition, "low-skilled" also devalues the work of many and justifies massive wage gaps between professions.

Source: LinkedIn

May
13

13/05/2021 - Breaking News - Ability to apply extended

On 10 August 2020 the Government suspended the ability for most people offshore to apply for temporary entry class visas (including visitor, work, student, and limited visas).

The most recent extension of the suspension was due to expire on 7 May 2021.

The Government has now made the decision to extend the suspension for a further three months until 6 August 2021.

Continuing to suspend the ability for people offshore to apply for a visa will mean that INZ does not receive applications from individuals who are not currently able to travel to New Zealand.

People who meet the border exception criteria or who are in a quarantine-free travel zone are not affected by the suspension.

Source: INZ

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