Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Immigration Changes Welcome - LGNZ

Media Release

Immigration Changes Welcome

Local Government New Zealand President Basil Morrison is delighted with the changes to immigration policy announced today. “Attracting and keeping business and skilled migrants is a vital ingredient in economic development”, he said.

Migration is one of the keys to successful local economic development initiatives. “Being able to get the right people, in the right place at the right time, with the right skills and drive is fundamental to the success of local economic development.”

“Both Local Government New Zealand and the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs had been very concerned that past migration policy simply didn’t deliver what we needed. Today’s announcement and the establishment of specific targets for business and skilled migrants is an important step in the right direction.”

Dunedin Mayor and member of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, Sukhi Turner, also endorsed the change. “We are keen to see migrants who bring with them capital, and entrepreneurial skills, particularly if they can be attracted to the regions of New Zealand”.

Mrs Turner also welcomed a greater partnership role by Government in supporting migrants as they settle into New Zealand society. The recent announcement of funding support for migrant resource centres is clear evidence that successful partnerships between local government and central government can deliver better outcomes. “Fully integrated economic development programmes conducted in partnership across all levels of Government will be far more successful than any one agency going it alone.”

Mr Morrison announced that Local Government New Zealand would be pursuing the potential for more joint local initiatives with the New Zealand Immigration Service. In particular, he hopes that Local Authorities will work closely with the Immigration Service to ensure that skill requirements were identified and prospective migrants could be matched to communities that would value their contribution.

Stronger links between the New Zealand Immigration Service, the NZQA and labour market were also praised. “It’s no good attracting highly skilled migrants whose qualifications and experience will not be recognised here.”

“I commend the Government for these changes and I’m sure that the business community will do so to,” concluded Mr Morrison.

Peter Winder, Chief Executive Local Government New Zealand (04) 470 - 0022

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages