The Government has announced a levy for international tourists, but has also snuck in a proposal that would increase costs for New Zealand citizens as well. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Visitors heading to New Zealand for work or play may face price hikes at the border, as the Government tries to tackle rising pressure on the country’s infrastructure and immigration system. Sam Sachdeva reports.
Opportunistic individuals ranging from Nigerian drug dealers to Indian students are gaming an under-resourced immigration system to obtain New Zealand visas, according to intelligence reports. Teuila Fuatai reports.
The Labour Government softened its policy on student work visas. Agents for international colleges report faking English language tests for students from China. The Government launched a plan with industry leaders to reduce plastics waste. ASB's parent agreed to pay a A$700 million fine for breaching laws to stop money laundering.
Details of the Government’s long-gestating plans to dampen down net migration have been revealed, but how big an impact they will have remains unclear.
The Labour Inspectorate and Immigration New Zealand will receive a funding boost to assist in the efforts to crack down on worker exploitation.
A Chinese company trying to get visas for nearly 200 workers from China for a waterfront hotel build in Auckland is under attack from unions over its tactics.
In today's email we looked at the latest stats on migration and business confidence, and asked whether 16 year olds should be able to vote.
The Government is preparing to launch an official inquiry into abuse of migrants and international students, but the possible fixes could force Labour to make some economically uncomfortable choices for the international education industry and many small businesses.
The head of Immigration New Zealand says there has been no increase in the risk of people smugglers making trips here, backing up his foreign affairs counterparts and countering Australian reports of increased “chatter”.