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

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.

Plenty of jobs in Ashburton

Ashburton, located in the Canterbury region, has 500 vacant jobs and is trying to attract workers. Read more here.

Queenstown employers struggling to find staff

Many Queenstown employers are struggling to hire and retain the staff they need, especially in the hospitality and tourism industries. This is not a new issue for Queenstown, but one that is getting worse. Read more here.

Changes to post study work rights for students

On Monday 26 November, major changes to post study work rights for students will come into effect. Some students will become eligible for a three year open work visa upon completion of their study in New Zealand. If you would like to know more, please contact us today.  

Remuneration thresholds increasing

On Monday 26 November, some important changes to remuneration thresholds will take place. If you are applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant category, the remuneration threshold for skill level 1, 2 and 3 occupations will increase to $25 per hour. If you are applying for an Essential Skills work visa, the remuneration threshold for […]

Electronic Travel Authority to be introduced

In 2019, the government will introduce an Electronic Travel Authority, or ETA. This will be required for visitors who are currently able to travel to New Zealand without a visa. There will be a small cost involved in obtaining the ETA. You can read more about the introduction of the ETA here, but full details […]