Encouraging immigrants away from Auckland

National are trying to encourage more immigrants to seek work outside Auckland. The key from their new immigration measures are:

  • Boosting the bonus points for Skilled Migrants applying for residence with a job offer outside Auckland from 10 to 30 points.
  • Doubling the points for entrepreneurs planning to set up businesses in the regions under the Entrepreneur Work Visa from 20 to 40 points.
  • Streamlining the labour market test to provide employers with more certainty, earlier in the visa application process.

These will take effect from November 1.

The National Media Release on this: IMPROVING SPREAD OF SKILLS, INVESTMENT ACROSS NZ

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

“Thousands of people from all over the world are moving to New Zealand because it is a good place to live, work and raise a family,” Mr Woodhouse says.

“Those people make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s economic growth by providing skills, labour and capital we need, along with valuable cultural and business links.

“New Zealanders will always be first in line for jobs and that won’t change,” Mr Woodhouse says.

“Currently, many new migrants settle in Auckland, which faces infrastructure challenges as it transforms into a truly international city. At the same time, business owners in other parts of New Zealand often struggle to find enough skilled workers to meet their demands.

“While there are already incentives to encourage migrants to move to areas outside of Auckland, we can do a better job of matching the needs of regions with available migrants and investors,” Mr Woodhouse says.

New measures to take effect from 1 November include:

  • Boosting the bonus points for Skilled Migrants applying for residence with a job offer outside Auckland from 10 to 30 points.
  • Doubling the points for entrepreneurs planning to set up businesses in the regions under the Entrepreneur Work Visa from 20 to 40 points.
  • Streamlining the labour market test to provide employers with more certainty, earlier in the visa application process.

In addition, from mid-2016 a pathway to residence will be provided for a limited number of long-term migrants on temporary work visas in the South Island.

“Unemployment across the Mainland is nearly half that of the North Island, and labour is in short supply,” Mr Woodhouse says.

“Most workers in lower skilled jobs must apply to renew their work visas every year. Some of these people have worked hard and paid tax to New Zealand for many years. They are valued at work and in their community, but have no avenue to settle here permanently.

“We’re looking at offering residence to some migrants, who have applied at least five times for their annual work visa. In return, we will require them to commit to the South Island regions where they’ve put down roots.”

Mr Woodhouse says the Government is also considering a new Global Impact Visa to attract high-impact entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams to launch global ventures from New Zealand.

“I will announce further details later this year, but we envisage this visa would be offered to a limited number of younger, highly talented, successful and well-connected entrepreneurs from places like Silicon Valley,” Mr Woodhouse says.

Whether this will spread immigration around the country more will depend a lot on whether enough jobs are available outside Auckland.

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11 Comments

  1. kiwi_guy

     /  27th July 2015

    Too little too late. Better to just shut the gates on immigration.

    Forcing immigrants into the provincial gulags of NZ is cruel.

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    • kittycatkin

       /  27th July 2015

      Not everyone wants to live in Auckland, contrary to what Aucklanders conceitedly imagine. I like visiting there, but don’t feel deprived because I don’t live there.

      If you think that our provinces are gulags, you have no idea of what a gulag is. There are probably still some old Russians around who’ve either been in one, known people who have or even just lived in Stalin’s Russia. Ask them if they think that NZ is like that. I have known enough of these people to be able to guess what the response would be.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  27th July 2015

    It’s a poor policy in an effort to stave off public pressure by the likes of kiwi_guy to do worse. We should encourage all the young, skilled, hard-working immigrants of good character we can find. And we should let or even encourage them to go to Auckland where they can be most successful and productive.

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    • kittycatkin

       /  27th July 2015

      Why ? Can’t they be successful and productive anywhere but there ? I know plenty of people who are both-and don’t live in Auckland.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  27th July 2015

        They can be and are more productive on average there because there are more resources and opportunities in the biggest city. It’s just a world-wide fact of life.

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        • kittycatkin

           /  28th July 2015

          I know people who are extremely successful and productive in other places in NZ. How about Wellington ? .

          An American billionaire whom we know (slightly) doesn’t live in any of the major cities there. He was one of the ones who was still one after the most recent crash.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  28th July 2015

            Of course there are individuals, and good on them, kittycat. But on average the biggest cities do best so that is where most should go. It’s especially tough for immigrants who don’t have a support network to succeed in smaller places.

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  3. Here is a simple idea… replace the ACC Consenting and Infrastructure provisioning departments with a commissioner and get on with opening up some greenfields and build some new housing …… and then encourage kings and Auckalnd Grammar to open satellite schools in the new areas… then watch the house prices in Epsom quiver and drop as people realise you don’t need to be in the leafy suburbs for your kids to get the “best” education…

    Hell Kings, St Kents and Auckland Grammar all opening some satellite campuses in other areas of Auckland would probably carve some dollars off Epsom, Remuera and surrounding suburbs valuations

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    • Peart

       /  27th July 2015

      You don’t need to be ‘in-zone’ for either St Kents or Kings anyway – just have the ability to pay the exorbitant bloody fees!!

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  4. kittycatkin

     /  28th July 2015

    Where do the Hell Kings gang have their headquarters ? 😀

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  5. kittycatkin

     /  28th July 2015

    I hate to have to agree with Winston Peters on anything, but I did like his idea of knocking so much a year off new doctors’ student loans for every year that they spent in a rural place where a doctor was needed.

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