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Local Migration Agreements To Provide Economic Boosts

September 8, 2014 |

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has finalised guidelines for Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) which will stimulate local economies providing more business and job opportunities for Australians in areas experiencing labour and skills shortages, Assistant Minister for Immigration … Read More

More Arrivals Drive Net Gain of Migrants

August 31, 2014 |

New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 4,500 migrants in July 2014. This is the highest net gain since the record of 4,700 migrants in February 2003.

Net migration has increased in most months … Read More

Prosecution of Unregistered Agent for Facilitating Migration Fraud

August 19, 2014 |

An unregistered migration agent was sentenced for migration fraud offences in the Magistrates Court of Victoria, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said today.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by … Read More

New Zealand Labour Market Continues to Improve

August 8, 2014 |

More people are working and unemployment has fallen to 5.6 percent according to the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand.

“We continue to see more people move into employment and although the participation rate has dropped from a peak last … Read More

Dwelling Consents Trend Rising

July 29, 2014 |

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented is at its highest level since August 2007, Statistics New Zealand said today.

“The trend for new dwellings has doubled since March 2011, but is still 26 percent below the series … Read More

Annual Migrant Arrivals Exceed 100,000

July 25, 2014 |

In the June 2014 year, permanent and long-term (PLT) migrant arrivals numbered 100,800 (up 14 percent from 2013), the first time more than 100,000 arrivals have been recorded in a year. Migrant departures numbered 62,400 (down 22 percent). This resulted … Read More

Skipton International launch range of expat buy-to-let mortgages

July 19, 2014 |

Skipton International has launched a new lending product range to enable British expats to take advantage of the opportunities available in the UK’s residential buy-to-let market.

Obtaining a Buy-To-Let mortgage as a British expat isn’t always easy, but as an … Read More

CPI Increases 0.3 Percent in June Quarter

July 18, 2014 |

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the June 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. This follows rises of 0.3 percent the March quarter and 0.1 percent in the December 2013 quarter.

“Higher housing-related prices and vegetable … Read More

New Zealand – Current Account Deficit Falls Again

June 27, 2014 |

New Zealand’s seasonally adjusted current account balance was a deficit of $0.6 billion in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said last week. This is $0.3 billion smaller than the December 2013 quarter deficit.

An increase in the value … Read More

Terms of Trade Continues to Rise

June 11, 2014 |

In the March 2014 quarter, the merchandise terms of trade rose 1.8 percent, Statistics New Zealand said last week. The latest increase was due to export prices rising and import prices falling.

Terms of trade is a measure of the … Read More