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Southern Man: Tales from the Labour Market

Posted by Iain on Sept. 22, 2017, 10:39 a.m. in Politics

As the election campaign draws to a thankful close (we are all exhausted and have wind burn from the hot air), the polls continue to swing wildly – I have never seen anything like it. It either means the polling techniques are not reflecting what is really going on out there in the real New Zealand or New Zealanders are having doubts about sticking with the status quo or going for ‘change and hope’. Right now the pendulum has swung back toward ‘steady as she goes’.

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Southern Man: Variable Hours Employment Contracts

Posted by Iain on Sept. 15, 2017, 4:34 p.m. in New Zealand Employment

As always happens when any new immigration criteria are released, we find that they can often be interpreted in more than one way leading to both inconsistent outcomes (through immigration officers interpreting the same words in different ways) and unintended consequences. Unfortunately INZ does not feel bound by the legal concept of ‘precedent’ where once an interpretation of a rule is established by, say the Appeal Authority (made up of lawyers, independent of the Department of Immigration), it must be followed by all from that day forth.

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Southern Man: The Winds of Change

Posted by Iain on Sept. 8, 2017, 5:13 p.m. in Politics

The latest polls in the lead-up to elections in 3 weeks’ time suggests we’re headed for a change of Government. They say a week is a long time in politics but 3 weeks must feel like eternity for the ruling party. They were cruising to a 4th-term victory (virtually unprecedented in New Zealand’s political history). They’re now in 2nd place behind a resurgent centre-left Labour Party. Since electing a 37 year old professional politician who appears to be very nice and charming but with little real-world experience, the Labour Party has surged in the polls from around 23% to 43% today and it looks like they’ll form the next Government.

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Southern Man: The Skilled Migrant – Determining Deemed Qualified Date

Posted by Iain on Sept. 1, 2017, 6:27 p.m. in Skilled Migrant Category

Under the new Skilled Migrant rules that were formally released this week but which I have had a copy of for some time, applicants now face a somewhat complicated issue when claiming points for work experience under the Skilled Migrant Category. The Government has now introduced what is effectively a “deemed qualified date”. I suspect many people, including Immigration Officers, are going to have a lot of trouble working out when that date occurred. Under the new rules, anyone trying this application process themselves has to become familiar with the Australia New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) reference material. This “book” is a list of all the occupations known to these two Government departments and provide task lists for them.

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Southern Man: Immigration Changes After the Election

Posted by Iain on Aug. 25, 2017, 7:20 p.m. in Politics

I have been asked a few times in recent weeks what I think will happen to NZ immigration policy settings following the national elections in a few weeks’ time. I wish I knew; but it is possible to make a few educated guesses. Today the polls (which it has to be said are incredibly volatile and indicate a change of Government is possible with a Labour party (centre left), Greens (left of left and environmental) and NZ First (an effective one man loony populist party of largely disgruntled old white people) coalition, given they are collectively polling in the high 40 percents. Not enough to govern, however.

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