Labour shortage declared across Hawke’s Bay

The Ministry of Social Development has declared a seasonal labour shortage in the Hawke’s Bay region. This means that visitor visa holders may apply for a variation of conditions to undertake seasonal work for up to six weeks in the Hawke’s Bay region. Read more here.


Immigration New Zealand strengthening verification processes in battle against fraud

Immigration New Zealand has confirmed that it has toughened up on partnership applications and will continue to carry out additional verification when required. Read more here.

South Canterbury will get the migrants it needs

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says South Canterbury – whose business leaders need new workers and fast- won’t be left behind and will get the migrants it needs. Read more here.


Have you heard of WWOOFers or WWOOFing? WWOOF is an acronym for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and WWOOFers is the label given to people who volunteer their time and labour in exchange for accommodation and/or food on these farms. Read this article which sets out the rights and wrongs of WWOOFing in New Zealand.


Crackdown on partnership visitor visas

Some advisers believe that there has been a crackdown on partnership visitor visas. Read more here.

Upgrade to Immigration Online system

Families and visitors travelling together to New Zealand can now apply for visas online after the latest upgrade to Immigration Online. Read the full details here: