On this page we will share news and stories about the immigration industry and life in New Zealand. We hope you find these useful.

Accreditation for labour hire companies

At the moment it is compulsory for labour hire companies in Canterbury, but not other parts of New Zealand, to hold labour hire accreditation. The government is currently considering a proposal to make it compulsory for all employers throughout New Zealand to be accredited. As part of that proposal, the Immigration Minister recently indicated that […]

Do it yourself – NZeTA

From 1 October 2019 , you will not be allowed to travel to New Zealand if you do not have a visa or NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). You can apply for a NZeTA online yourself through the Immigration New Zealand website for $12. Alternatively, you can apply from the NZeTA app for $9. […]

More refugees welcomed to New Zealand

The Government has released a statement celebrating and supporting refugees in New Zealand. Read the statement here.

Want to learn about student life in New Zealand?

The New Zealand Now website contains a lot of useful information for people considering studying in New Zealand. You can read about everyday student life, ideas about where or what to study and options after you graduate. Read more here.

Permanent residence for people affected by the Christchurch terrorist attacks

This week the Government announced a special residence category for people affected by the Christchurch terrorist attacks on 15 March 2019. You can read about the new residence category here.

South Island Lantern Festival

The South Island Lantern Festival will be held in Christchurch from 22-24 February 2019. This is one of Christchurch’s most popular events where you can experience Chinese culture, with vibrantly coloured lanterns lighting up the central city. This event is for everyone and features music, performance, dance, food, and lanterns.

Finding work after you graduate

If you have recently graduated or will graduate this year, you need to be aware of your visa and work options. The New Zealand Now website shares a range of information about searching for work once you graduate.

Money and tax in New Zealand

Find out more about the cost of living, taxes, banking and more on the New Zealand Now website here.

Proposed work visa changes supported by employers

It seems that employers in the hospitality and tourism industries in Queenstown are hopeful that proposed changes to work visas will enable them to source the overseas workers they need to fill vacancies and to speed up work visa processing. Read a related news article here.  Likewise, Marlborough employers, especially those in the wine industry, […]

Work visas under review

The Government has announced some major proposed changes to work visas. Changes include requiring all employers to apply for and obtain accreditation before being allowed to support a work visa and creating regional skills shortage lists. Consultation on the proposals is now open. Read more here.