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Christchurch, New Zealand

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the country's second-largest urban area. Because an average of one in eight acres of the city is devoted to parks, public gardens and other recreation areas, the city earned the nickname Garden City.

Christchurch is also the gateway to the Antartic. It has the base facilities that serves as jump-off point for antartic explorations and programmes. It also have a museum and visitor center where arctic activites are exhibited.

Aside from its gardens and parks, Christchurch also offers a large collection of Gothic architecture within the city and provides a continuous stream of events and festivals.

The economic core of Christchurch has always been the agricultural industry because of its rich agricultural environs. From its traditional agribusinesses, it has diversified into the wine and horticulture industries. It has become the country's second most important industrial center since technology-based industries sprung up in the last decades or so.

Migrants and visitors in the region are taken cared of by the New Zealand (NZ)Immigration branch in Christchurch. The branch is responsible visitor permits, work permits, returning visas in and around the South Island and have a dedicated team for skilled migrants applications.

The Philippine Society of Canterbury, Inc. is the Filipino community organization in Christchurch. Its primary aim is to promote the welfare and well-being of Filipinos residing in New Zealand.

For more information about Christchurch, New Zealand, click here.


Tougher NZ immigration rules may spell disaster

Hoteliers are not happy the way the Labour Department's approach to temporary visas.Tougher immigration rules could spell disaster for Queenstown, which relies heavily on workers on temporary visas, Queenstown Hoteliers said.

Hotel council chairwoman Jennie Langley said the department had, in just the past few days, investigated the suspension of temporary visas to protect New Zealand jobs.

A survey, presented to the Labour Department in February, showed that of the 2100 worker in Queenstown hotels and adventure activities, 900 were on temporary visas, Ms Langley said.

"That is a big issue for us, both in Queenstown and nationally," she said.

Tourism Industry Association chief executive Tim Cossar said political momentum was moving towards more visa restrictions to protect New Zealand jobs, which was not good news for the tourism or Queenstown.

"There is some degree of naivete that people are just going to move anywhere to get a job. We are already hearing about serious skill shortage in all areas," Mr Crossar said.

Read the full article here.


Wellington, New Zealand

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wellington is the capital city and chief commercial center of New Zealand. The Wellington Urban Area is the country's third most populous urban area. Being the southernmost capital in the world and lies in one of the finest harbours in the world, it is fittingly called the Harbour Capital.

Life in Wellington centers on its Central Business District (CBD). It employs around 62, 000 people receiving median income well above the average in New Zealand. Cultural and night life venues are concentrated on the CBD as well. The largest entertainment destination of the country can be found at the inner city suburb of Te Aro.

Understandably, the New Zealand (NZ) immgration branch in Wellington is also situated on CBD. This branch have been serving migrants for over 30 years and presently averaging 70 temporary visa/permit application per day.

Welington is not just the political center of New Zealand, it is a also the center of the country's film and theatre industry. Creative professionals like Lord of the Rings maker Peter Jackson have transformed the eastern suburb of Miramar into one of the world's most acclaimed film-making infrastructures. The city also supports the arts and boasts of a wide array of architectural styles.

For newly arrived Filipino immigrants and visitors to New Zealand, the New Zealand Philippine Society provides a support base to help to assimilate quickly or enjoy their short visit. The community's primary goal is to promote social contact, mutual helpfulness, and recreation between persons of Filipino descent, their spouses and families.

For more information about Wellington, visit Wellington Official Website


Hamilton New Zealand

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hamilton is the center of New Zealand's fourth largest urban area, and Hamilton City is the country's seventh largest territorial authority.

The NZ Immigration has its own branch in Hamilton, serving new migrants find employment opportunities and accommodating applications for residency. The region's continued strong economic growth provides an ever-increasing job market and makes Hamilton an ideal location for migration.

Situated at New Zealand's richest and most fertile agricultural land, Hamilton is initially known as an agricultural service center. Education and research primarily from its Ruakura center has been responsible for the country's innovations in agriculture. From its rural service center origins, Hamilton is aspiring to be the "city of the future" and steadily becoming its nickname aided by the growth of its economy that diversified into manufacturing, retail and health services sector.

Hamilton Gardens is the region's most popular tourist attraction and its summer festival is among the much anticipated events in the region's events and sporting caledar. Hamilton also has the second-largest collection of caf├ęs in the country next only to Auckland.

Filipinos based in and about Hamilton formed the social and cultural non-profit organisation called Waikato Filipino Association to preserve and promote Filipino ideals, values, culture and tradition.

For more information about Hamilton City, visit


Auckland New Zealand

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Auckland Metropolitan Area is the largest and most populous urban area in New Zealand. This urban area is on the North Island and is made up of Auckland City, North Shore City and other urban parts of smaller cities.

Hundreds of yachts lining up its harbours led Auckland being named as the "City of Sails'. The iconic symbol of Auckland is the Harbour Bridge, connecting Auckland and North Shore. Visible throughout the city, the Rangitoto volcano, meanwhile, is its most iconic natural feature.

Auckland is home to almost one-third of New Zealand's population and has the largest Polynesian population in the world. Despite of this fact, Auckland is expecting to increase its population naturally and through immigration.

New Zealand (NZ) immigration in the last decades is heavily concentrated in Auckland because of the area's job market. Auckland city has become a cosmopolitan city because of the presence of various ethnic groups from all over the world including Asians and Filipinos.

Auckland provides a mild climate and numerous employment and educational opportunities to citizens and immigrants alike. It was cited as 5th among 218 major cities of the world in terms of quality life.

Filipino communities in Auckland have banded together under one umbrella organization to participate in Auckland-wide undertakings. It was named Council of Auckland Philippine Organisations, Inc. (CAPO) and was incorporated in 2002.


A glimpse of New Zealand and its Immigration Policy

New Zealand is an island nation lying in South Western Pacific made up of two main islands and a number of smaller islands. It's two main islands - the North Island and South Island - are separated by the 20 mile wide Cook Strait. It also includes the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and the Ross Dependency.

Named Aotearoa by its indigenous Maori, New Zealand is considered the youngest country in the world because it was the last landmass to be discovered and populated only a thousand years ago.

New Zealand has a modern and developed economy which affords its generally satisfied citizens a high standard of living. With its population growing relatively low annually, its government adopted an open New Zealand (NZ) immigration policy.

Close to three-fourths of New Zealand's population are concentrated into 16 main urban areas. A great part of which resides in its four largest cities namely; Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

Immigration mainly takes place in these urban areas where there is low crime rate, low pollution and city amenities are at par with big international cities.Immigrants in the past are largely from Great Britain and The Netherlands but recently have been surpassed by Asians including Filipinos.


NZ Government Job Vacancies

Monday, March 23, 2009

If you are planning to work in NZ State Sector, there is an easy way to check NZ Government Job Vacancies. The list of vacancies currently advertised on New Zealand Government Jobs Online is available here for downloading!

You may download the full content of the vacancies currently advertised on New Zealand Government Jobs Online here.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a job offer to help you on your NZ Immigration plan, this NZ Jobs Portal could be of big help.


Contact Center in India

All general e-mail and telephone queries made by applicants for NZ Immigration from India (New Delhi branch) will now be handled by the Contact Centre which was recently established. The contact center will be managed by TT Services.

We are making this change to ensure continued delivery against our service standards and to extend the hours for telephone enquiries which are currently only from 9.00am to 12.00 noon. In an effort to continue to provide superior and timely service to all our customers, all queries for Immigration New Zealand, New Delhi Branch will be managed by a Contact Centre in the same way Immigration New Zealand calls are managed by a Contact Centre within New Zealand.[]

Immigration New Zealand New Delhi Branch still prefers email as mode of communication.

Contact details for the Contact Center are as follows:

E-mail: General queries can be sent to
Student visa queries:
Student fee receipts:
Telephone: +91 11 4259 6300 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm


Immigration Advisers Authority

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Is your Immigration Adviser/Consultant registered with Immigration Advisers Authority?

The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 came into effect in New Zealand on May 4, 2007. It requires Immigration Advisers to be licensed.

The Act requires that anyone providing immigration advice has to be licensed, unless exempt. All onshore immigration advisers need to be licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority by May 4, 2009. All offshore immigration advisers need to be licensed by May 4 2010.

The following individuals are exempt from the requirement to be licensed.

  • People who provide immigration advice in an informal or family context only, so long as the advice is not provided systematically or for a fee

  • Current members of Parliament and their staff who provide immigration advice within the scope of their employment agreement

  • Foreign diplomats and consular staff accorded protection under certain Acts;

  • Public service employees who provide immigration advice within the scope of their employment agreement

  • Lawyers

  • People working (either employed or volunteers) for community law centres, where at least one lawyer is involved with the centre

  • People working (either employed or volunteers) for citizens advice bureaux

  • People who provide immigration advice offshore who advise on student visa and permit applications only

  • People exempted by Regulations

  • To check if your Immigration Adviser/Consultant is licensed to represent you, visit the Immigration Adviser's Authority's official website -


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