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Finding and applying for jobs
If you're thinking of coming to New Zealand to work for a
few years, or maybe even to settle, you'll need a work or
resident visa. To get that - you're likely to need a job.
It's perfectly acceptable and legal to apply for jobs before
you get a visa. Employers generally understand the situation,
and when you get a job, will help you with your visa application.
Just remember however you won't be able to start working,
and earning, until your visa is approved.
This section has practical information to help you find a
job in New Zealand. As you'll see, even if you're not yet
in the country, there's lots you can do to get started.
Other skills and avenues
If your skills aren't on the shortage lists or you'd really
like to go for residency, it may still be possible to get
For instance, you may be able to apply for residency as a
Skilled Migrant. You may also be able to apply for a work
visa if you're offered a job by an employer who can't find
a local worker for the vacancy.
Job market overview
The unemployment rate now 5.5%.
The economic influences that have underpinned recent strong
growth still apply - migration generating more demand. The
government expects employment to remain strong over the next
three years but to grow but at a slowing rate.
The job sectors driving employment growth are changing. Recent
employment growth has been in manufacturing, particularly
in Auckland, mostly in food production, machinery and equipment
manufacturing, and textile manufacturing.
Nearly half (44%) of annual employment growth to June 2015
was in Auckland.
Skilled job vacancies advertised on three major internet
job boards - SEEK, TradeMe jobs, and the Education Gazette
increased by nearly 4% over the year to June 2015.
For the latest overview, visit the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment's Market Update.
Job market & key industries
While employment conditions are expected remain strong, the
Government forecasts target the growth rate for 2018 in identifying
the shortage of skill occupations
More detail is in the Job Market Overview below.
There are many job openings for specialists in industries
such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities
to contribute more generalist skills.
Skills in demand
Some skills are in chronically short supply, and Immigration
New Zealand has lists of skill shortages.
If you are offered a job in New Zealand which appears on
a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and
experience to match, getting a work and residence visa will
This is because the Government has identified that employers
need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for
A full list of current skill shortages in New Zealand can
be found through site below:-
Other skills and avenues
If your skills aren't on the shortage lists or you'd really
like to go for residency, it may still be possible to get
For instance, you may be able to apply for residency as a
Skilled Migrant. You may also be able to apply for a work
visa if you're offered a job by an employer who can't find
a local worker for the vacancy.
Job sites to explore
Specialist sites - sites designed to connect offshore workers
with NZ employers:
Other job sites - lots of jobs, but employers will not always
be open to hiring from overseas:
NZ annual net migration was unchanged in November
NZ annual net migration was unchanged in November from a
year earlier as fewer New Zealanders left while net foreign
Annual net migration was at 70,400 in the year to November,
the same as November 2016, Statistics NZ said.
The figures show a net 1300 New Zealanders left, from 1900
a years earlier.
New migration peaked at 72,000in July year, and the latest
figures continue the recent trend of reducing annual net migration
levels, Stats NZ said.
There were 27,800 in then Novembher2017 year, compared with
22,900in the Nnovemnber2016 year".
More non-citizen migrants arrived in the latest year, at
99,500 from 95,100 a year earlier.
US net migration jumped 50 per cent to 2000 in the year,
while UK net migration rose 20 per cent to 6500.
Short -term visitor arrivals, which included tourists, people
visiting family and friends and people travelling for work,
reached 3.7 million in the November year.
That was up 8 per cent from ma year earlier and a new annual
record on an annual basis to 1.9 million.
NZ residents took 2.8 million trips in the year, up 10 per
cent from the previous year, up- m10 per cent from the previous
years, up 10 per cent from the previous year, with the biggest
increases from people going to French Polynesia, Japan and
Getting Auckland back on track with light rail
15 December 2017
The new Government couldn't be clearer in showing how determined
it is to do what it takes to get on top of Auckland's deep-seated
transport problems - it will use enabling legislation to fast-track
the mass public transit projects it has flagged it wants built
with speed and urgency.
A revised Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) package
is close to being signed off between the key sponsors, Transport
Minister Phil Twyford, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and
Mayor Phil Goff and deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore.
Light rail, or what some cities call a fast tram and others
rapid rail, will be at the heart of the transport transformation
facing Auckland over the next decade.
Auckland Transport has been assessing routes and undertaking
design work, including patronage modelling and traffic-congestion
impacts over the past two-three years, which means the project
can "hit the ground running".
The network as broadly envisaged is now well known:
- A light rail line from Wynyard Quarter to Mt Roskill
completed by 2021 and the America's Cup and APEC events,
then, long-term an extension to Auckland Airport.
- Light rail to airport and Mangere
- A line to the North Shore taking advantage of the long-proposed
third Harbour crossing that transport planners agree will
be needed from the mid-2020s.
Other ramped up improvements to support an Auckland-wide
mass transit network include upscaled feeder bus services
to the main trunk rail and bus services, and much improved
park and ride facilities.
A key outcome that Auckland Council in particular is wanting
is to ensure the new rapid transit network hooks up with the
three urban intensification areas set out in the Unitary Plan
- Drury, West Auckland and Silverdale and long term Warkworth
- where housing developments are already under way to provide
110,000 new homes and 50,000 new jobs over the next 30 years.
The existing transport infrastructure serving these areas
is already heavily congested.
Light rail or its mass transit equivalent into these areas
will be Auckland's 21st Century transformational circuit breaker!
$2billion-plus town centre, 2500 residences planned for
17 December 2017
A new $2 billion-plus 2500-residence community with an entirely
new town centre is being planned near Drury.
Charles Ma is heading the development of Auranga to be created
on a 160ha site in South Auckland, 36km south of Auckland
"This will be $2b-plus project and 2500 residences will
be built, from apartments to stand-alone homes, ranging in
price from $585,000 to $1.5m," the Shortland St-based
Initially 1350 residences were planned but other land purchases
had been made and the scheme had grown to a proposed 2500
residences, Ma said.
Some of the land is already zoned for the project but other
parts are not and a planning application is with Auckland
Council, Ma said.
The site lies on the inner reaches of Manukau Harbour's Pahurehure
Inlet, west of Drury village and Ma said 29.3ha of earthworks
are now underway. Part of the land - an 84.6ha slice - has
been zoned a Special Housing Area.
Resource consents have also been approved for about 400 residences
and the civil construction contract has been awarded for the
first stage, he said. The first titles are due to be issued
later next year or in 2019, Ma said.
The civil engineer in his 20s has a degree from Auckland
University and is chief executive of Made - Ma Development
Enterprises - and chief executive of Auranga.
A major upgrade, with over $2 billion of infrastructure and
developments planned. The more than $2b of public and private
investment will be committed over the next 10 years.
Ma said that there would be wide footpaths and design features
to minimise cars in residential locations.
Residential, commercial and retail uses were envisaged including
a new village centre, school, retirement village and many
hectares of public land, he said.
Although the site is far from the city's CBD, many new residents
of Auranga will work in the area, he predicted. The scheme
would take about a decade to complete.
New Sylvia Park restaurants opening in expanded dining lane
14 December 2017
Auckland foodies get an expanded multimillion-dollar dining
precinct from today when four out of six new restaurants open
in a suburban shopping mall.
And the two that aren't quite ready are expected to be open
NZX-listed landlord Kiwi Property will this morning officially
open The Grove, its new $8.9 million dining lane at Sylvia
Park, Mt Wellington, Auckland.
The new food offerings, a new town square, landscaping, dining
pavilion and automatic canopy are part of that project on
the ground floor of an $80 million, 10-level office block
Kiwi is developing at the mall, where it has $200m expansion
plans, including a new Farmers department store.
The new restaurants join the existing line-up of eateries,
which have been operating for some years.
Grove diners will be sheltered by a 50m-long Teflon-coated
canopy that automatically unfolds at the first spots of rain.
Auckland plans for Holocaust tribute
Auckland is getting its first ever Holocaust tribute in the
form of a garden made using cobblestones from a Jewish ghetto.
The Auckland Holocaust Memorial Trust (AHMT) will begin designing
a living landscape called the Garden of Humanity in the Auckland
Domain after gaining the Auckland Domain's Committee's approval
An overgrown pond outside the Winter Garden has been indicated
as the likely spot and will have about 200 cobblestones built
around the water.
The cobblestones were originally part of a street in a ghetto
in Warsaw, Poland and were donated to the Auckland War Memorial
Museum by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum five
The Ghetto was an important symbol of human triumph in the
face of adversity, after its Jewish residents refused to be
deported to the death camps and fought against German soldiers
for nearly five weeks in 1943.
AHMT founder and Auckland resident Bob Narev spent two years
in Theresienstadt concentration camp in the Czech Republic
before being sent to Switzerland and the immigrating to New
Zealand in 1947.
Narev said there was a growing interest in the lessons that
could be taken from the Holocaust.
His wife and he were among the youngest Holocaust survivors,
so other avenues to teach younger generations had to be explored
"There's not many of us left to tell the story. We are
excited about it happening here."
The garden would have the potential to show people what discrimination
and racism and persecution could lead to, he said.
AHMT spokeswoman Nadine Rubin Nathan said it was surprising
Auckland didn't have a public memorial for the Holocaust.
'We realise the Holocaust took place outside of New Zealand,
but of course there was a massive impact on the home front,"
More than 11,000 Maori and Pakeha soldiers were killed in
World War 11 and 26 New Zealanders were in concentration camps,
It would be a reminder of the consequences of silence, apathy
and bullying, she said.
The site has been approved, pending on the design presented.
NZ forecast for warmer than usual summer
Opposite to that of the northern hemisphere, New Zealand's balmy
summer season runs from December to February.
Summer's on the way and this year, the heat is ramping up.
A preliminary forecast shows above-average temperatures for
most of the country over summer.
The reason we have high confidence it's going to be warmer
than average temperatures, is the ocean temperatures are higher
than average around New Zealand, and north-easterly winds.
Rainfall is a bit more mixed. The northern and eastern part
of the North Island we think that rainfall will likely be
near normal or above normal.
For the west of the South Island we think that rain will
be near normal or below normal.
For the North Island, this summer could bring more humid
days than usual.
America's Cup: Team New Zealand's Peter Burling wins World
Sailor of the Year award
5 December 2017
Team New Zealand's Peter Burling has been named as the world's
best foiling sailor after winning the World Sailor of the
Year award for the second time.
Burling picked up the award following his impressive performance
within Team New Zealand's crew that sailed the mighty 50-foot
catamaran to victory at the America's Cup in June.
The 26-year-old won the prestigious gong from Foiling Week,
an organisation that holds foiling forums for innovation in
the sport's development areas and regattas around the world.
The award ceremony was held in Garda, Mexico, but the sailing
star couldn't attend as he was racing with Team Brunel in
the Volvo Ocean Race set to conclude in the Netherlands.
"It has been a really cool year up in Bermuda. It's
awesome to get the accolade," said Burling at the awards
ceremony via a video message from Cape Town where he has arrived
following the second leg of the race.
"Thanks to the foiling community, it is obviously an
immense honour to be given this award," he said, "It
has been an incredible year pushing the boundaries with the
America's Cup with the whole team over there, pushing the
boats super hard."
"Definitely the improvements we made throughout that
cycle were pretty amazing and then to be able to jump on a
Moth and have a good bit of fun with so many other people
doing the same thing and enjoying foiling around in Lake Garda,
was pretty cool as well."
Nominees for the award included Team New Zealand skipper
Glenn Ashby, along with two French ocean sailors, Thomas Coville
and Armel Le Cleac'h.
Burling has joined Sir Russell Coutts, who won the title
in 1995 and 2003, as the only two Kiwis to have won the award
Burling said he's excited to see the foiling game challenged
once more by Team New Zealand's new 75-foot foiling monohull
boat design, which was revealed in November, ahead of the
2021 America's Cup scheduled for Auckland.
"I am sure it will be pretty fast and we keep pushing
the edge of technology and the edge of the sport ... something
that is going to be really cool," he said.
"The future looks pretty exciting for foiling, a pretty
cool concept for the next Cup boat, hopefully other teams
will get behind it."
Monster ships could be heading for Auckland
Ovation of the Seas in Auckland last summer
3 December 2017
Auckland Council plans to install ''mooring dolphins'' off
the end of Queens Wharf which would allow cruise ships more
than 300m to berth rather than anchor in the harbour and their
passengers and crew forced to take tenders to shore.
But a lobby group has pledged to fight the plans, saying
they could become beach head for further reclamation and it
questions the economic spinoff figures cited by the cruise
Royal Caribbean's Oasis class ships, which are up to 227,000
gross tonnes, could now be attracted to New Zealand.
The ships are bigger than the 169,000 tonne Quantum class
ships such as Ovation of the Seas which called at New Zealand
ports last summer and will return later this month.
Oasis class ships are 361m long while Quantum class vessels
are 347m long.
The mooring dolphin structures would be between 80m and 85m
linked to the end of the wharf by a gangway and are scheduled
to be in place by the 2019-2020 cruise season.
Royal Caribbean's managing director Australia and New Zealand,
Adam Armstrong, has criticised slow progress on the new facilities
in the past but said he was happy the council had now committed
to build them.
''It's three years later than we would have liked but there
is light at the end of the tunnel,'' he said.
His company would look at New Zealand as a possible destination
for its Oasis class ships as being able to berth at Auckland
was critical for changeover stops where thousands of passengers
get on and off the vessel. These passengers fly into a city
and often stay on land before and after their cruise and are
especially lucrative for local economies.
''I think at some point in the future would we put one of
them into the region and look at which ports could take ships
that size. I think it's absolutely possible.''
Cruise New Zealand chief executive Kevin O'Sullivan said
becoming a major cruise hub would offer huge benefits to Auckland's
The council says dolphins will allow larger ships to berth
to the east of Queens Wharf and will also enable cruise ships
to berth on the west of the wharf with the planned modifications
to the ferry terminal as part of its waterfront plan.
They were one part of a ''phased solution'' for cruise infrastructure
that could eventually result in Captain Cook wharf used as
a cruise ship terminal.
The council says the cost of the dolphins would be recovered
''over time'' through cruise ship passenger levies imposed
and collected by Ports of Auckland.
Cruise New Zealand says more than 236,000 passengers travelled
to this country last season, and that figure is set to grow
to 344,000 by 2018-19. Last year it said the cruise industry
injected $484m into the New Zealand economy.
Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (Ateed)
uses Cruise New Zealand forecasts, which show Auckland is
expecting 123 ship visits during the 2017/18 season, bringing
with them an estimated 300,000-plus passengers, and contributing
$245 million to the regional economy.
Estimates of cruise tourism's contribution are reported in
terms of expenditure (direct spend), GDP (value added), and
employment. Expenditure includes everything spent by passengers,
crew and vessels.
Flood of apartments not enough to meet demand
25 November 2017
Auckland City's skyline is undergoing a rapid transformation
as a record number of apartments rise from dusty holes in
the ground and cranes work overtime - a building boom which
has also been blamed for a drop in central Auckland median
More than 3500 city apartments are due for completion in
the next two years - and there are more still rising in the
Despite the current apartment boom, Evans and other property
experts say thousands more are needed to help fill the rapidly-growing
housing shortage in Auckland.
More than 80 per cent of apartments due for completion in
2018 and 2019 are pre-sold so will not enter the pool of housing
New data from Colliers Real Estate estimate 2406 apartments
will be completed in Auckland city and the city fringe in
2018 and close to 3000 will be completed in 2019.
There are also 4018 apartments due for completion in the
greater Auckland area - outside the CBD - in the next three
The apartments range in price from $575,000 for a one-bedroom
inner city apartment to more than $2m for high-end city fringe
Evans said despite the record number of apartments due for
completion most had sold off the plans years ago.
"These numbers, even though they are record numbers,
are in no way close enough to meet the current demand,"
"The apartment undersupply plus the shortage of new
terrace and standalone houses means as at the end of 2017
there is a shortage of 40,000 new dwellings in New Zealand."
Evans said if the current population growth of 40,000 each
year was maintained there would be a need for 15,000 to 18,000
new houses and individual dwellings per year.
Well known developer Ockham Residential has five large developments
under construction and said demand continued to grow.
The company's developments sold-out before construction started,
spokeswoman Maria Salmon said.
"People are really enjoying living in well-built developments
but at an affordable price point.
Auckland Harbour Bridge to be lit up on anniversary weekend
24 November 2017
Pleasure boats will swarm the gulf, lightly-clad bodies will
throng the beaches and parks and, on one of Auckland's most
recognisable structures, the lights will go on for the first
The traditionally warm and settled Saturday of Auckland Anniversary
long weekend, January 27, has been chosen as the launch date
for a bold plan to illuminate Auckland Harbour Bridge with
lights powered by solar energy.
The transformation of the 58-year-old coathanger-style structure
will begin with the launch of Vector Lights - a six-minute
specially-composed opening show sequence featuring original
music and spectacular lighting effects.
The show, which can be synched via smartphone or radio, will
start at 9pm and repeat every half hour until midnight, with
an ambient light display in-between.
The opening show, which will reference Tama-Nui te Ra (the
sun), Hikohiko (electrical energy), and Hei te Ao Marama (the
future world of light), will also be streamed online at vector.co.nz/lights
Just as the Sky Tower shows its colours in support of various
events throughout the year, the bridge will also be programmed
to celebrate special occasions.
In between, the lights - 90,000 LED lights, which can be
individually programmed, and 200 floodlights - will subtly
frame its architecture.
The project - which will cost about $10 million - is part
of a 10-year energy efficiency partnership between power company
Vector and Auckland Council. Vector is paying most of the
costs spread over several years and the council will fund
digital programming of the lights for special events.
It is believed to be the first major bridge in the world
to have all its lighting powered entirely by solar power from
630 panels installed on top of North Wharf in Wynyard Quarter.
Mayor Phil Goff said lighting the bridge would add vibrancy
and interest to both those who call the city home and those
Generating the energy required by using solar power also
highlighted Auckland's commitment to sustainable energy and
tackling climate change.
"With the generosity of Vector in meeting most of the
cost, we are gaining an asset for Auckland to make our city
a more interesting and vibrant place."
Vector chief executive Simon Mackenzie said the light show
would be an evolving showcase of new energy solutions.
These would illustrate what a more sustainable energy future
could look like, he said.
Having a permanent lighting display on the bridge would also
be a first for the NZ Transport Agency, which manages the
International Travel and Migration:
Annual net migration was 71,000 in the September 2017 year,
Statistics New Zealand said today. Migrant arrivals were 131,600
and migrant departures were 60,600.
"The annual net migration in September 2017 was lower
than the record annual net migration of 72,400 reached in
the July 2017 year," population statistics senior manager
Peter Dolan said. "Compared to this peak, we had fewer
arrivals and more departures in the September 2017 year."
In the year ended September 2017, net migration was mostly
driven by non-New Zealand citizens, who provided New Zealand
with a net gain of 72,600 migrants.
Migration of New Zealand citizens saw a net loss of 1,600
Auckland's future population under new migration scenario
Stats NZ's latest projections for Auckland indicate a population
growing from 1.6 million in 2016 to 1.9-2.1 million in 2028
and to 2.0-2.6 million in 2043. These projections are based
on assumptions about the three basic components of population
change - births (fertility), deaths (mortality), and migration.
For Auckland to reach a population of 3 million or more by
then, it would need sustained fertility and/or net migration
levels that are significantly higher than those experienced
in recent decades.
Auckland is New Zealand's economic powerhouse, contributing
38% of the nation's GDP - ranked first in the world for ease
of doing business.
In June 2017, New Zealand has an estimated population of
4,793,700, up from the 4,027,947 recorded in the 2006 census.
The median child birthing age was 30 and the total fertility
rate is 2.1 births per woman in 2010.
America's Cup: What Auckland can learn from San Francisco
23 November 2017
Traditionalists still talk about the 2000 and 2003 editions
of the America's Cup in Auckland as the high-water mark for
In Cup circles, a New Zealand accent is taken as an invitation
to revisit the glory days in Auckland in the early 2000s when
the city's freshly developed waterfront was given the ultimate
You hear stories of BBQs at bases, of the shenanigans that
went on in Syndicate Row, the crush of people that piled into
the Viaduct each day, and the magical sight of the Hauraki
Gulf crowded with spectator craft.
They'll try to recall the name of their favourite restaurants,
that vineyard they visited on Waiheke Island, and inquire
if the rowdy pub they frequented still stands.
But it is mostly the intangibles they reminisce about. The
atmosphere. The vibe. The buzz.
"The atmosphere was outstanding," enthuses US America's
Cup writer Diane Swintal.
"Auckland had it all: with the team bases right in the
Viaduct area so fans could watch the boats go out (and some
fan access areas at the bases themselves), all the restaurants,
nightlife and hotels, and the ease of getting spectator boats,
it really was the perfect America's Cup venue."
Bruno Trouble, the French yachtsman whose name became synonymous
with Louis Vuitton Challenger Series, told the Herald after
Team NZ's 7-1 win in Bermuda he had been hoping for a return
of the America's Cup to the city of sails.
Even Jimmy Spithill, the vanquished skipper of Oracle Team
USA, has sung the praises of Auckland as a venue.
"I started my America's Cup career in New Zealand, I've
spent a lot of time in Auckland ... and let's face it, it's
just such a fantastic venue for it, because people are just
so into it and so passionate about it," Spithill told
The America's Cup proved the catalyst for rejuvenating the
Auckland waterfront. What was once a grubby fishing village
- an assault on the eye and the nose - was transformed into
a vibrant entertainment precinct, albeit one with far more
Irish pubs than is representative of our population.
It energised the city, giving the waterfront back to Aucklanders.
It should never have taken the America's Cup to achieve this,
but it is a powerful reminder of the legacy hosting major
events can create for a city.
In the years since the Auld Mug slipped from Team New Zealand's
clutches after their disastrous defence of 2003, other host
cities have been unable to replicate that heady atmosphere,
particularly over the last two cycles.
Valencia, Spain, completely redeveloped their waterfront
with great success, and managed to capture some of the fun
and colour of a large multi-challenger event, but left a legacy
San Francisco had its photogenic bridge and moody Bay. It
also only had three challengers, whose team bases were, in
some cases, separated by an entire body of water - except
for Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, who shared a pier, because
they discovered long ago that sharing is caring. Or, probably
more to the point, sharing is sparing (cash). Step outside
the village on pier 30 and there was little awareness, or
interest, in the event.
Bermuda had its gleaming turquoise waters and that whole
exclusive resort vibe going on. But it was too exclusive.
Its remote location and limited infrastructure made it difficult
for anyone without significant means to get there.
The day Team NZ secured the magic eighth win to claim the
America's Cup - a Monday, local time - the event village was
relatively sparse with only diehard Kiwi supporters who made
the trek over, event staff, and friends and family of rival
syndicates in the crowd.
Most of the local Bermudians were back at work, or tending
to their estates.
There was also a disconnect between Hamilton, the main hub
of the island, and the event village, which was situated on
its western tip. Once the sailing had wrapped up for the day,
there was no entertainment area in the immediate vicinity
for the crowds to shuffle off to. It left visitors with an
overwhelming impression that it was all a bit flat.
Thanks to Team NZ's heroics in Bermuda, Auckland now has
an opportunity to recreate the (black) magic of events past,
but it will take clever planning and bold thinking.
No city can do the America's Cup quite like Auckland does.
But no city can get in the way of itself quite like Auckland
America's Cup could bring in $1b: MBie
21 November 2017
The America's Cup would give New Zealand's economy a boost
of up to $1 billion - and create up to 8300 jobs, according
to a new MBie report.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment this
morning released its High Level Economic Assessment Evaluation
report for the 36th America's Cup.
Its key findings include an estimated benefit of between
$600 million and $1b to New Zealand's economy from 2018 through
to 2021. MBie estimates hosting the event would also create
between 4700 and 8300 jobs.
"The economic evaluation does not capture any of the
broader benefits associated with hosting an event of this
scale, including showcasing New Zealand to international audiences
- and associated reputation impacts - high performance sport
outcomes and participation and engagement of New Zealanders
that may have 'feel good' effects [such as] increasing national
identity and pride," MBie said.
Sectors to reap the benefits included services, manufacturing
(mainly around boat building and super yacht refits), tourism,
hospitality and accommodation.
The cost-benefit analysis ranged from 1.2 to 1.8.
"This cost-benefit ratio is for the economy as a whole;
the costs included relate to all parties including, for example,
the Crown, Auckland Council, syndicates, Emirates Team New
Zealand, retailers and tourism providers."
The divergence in the estimated benefits reflected different
assumptions about the number of syndicates that would compete,
how many super yachts would visit and international tourist
However, MBie said its findings were in line with Treasury
guidelines for studies of this kind.
"The study makes no assumptions around location or whether
there are any incursions into the harbour or not. It does
not, therefore, take account of any loss of value from reducing
the available harbour space."
New Zealand net migration rises
22 November 2017
Annual net migration rose to 70,700 in the year to October,
from 70,300 in the same period a year earlier, Statistics
New Zealand said.
The figures show 72,100 non-citizens arrived in the year,
while 1,400 New Zealanders left.
New Zealand has been experiencing record levels of net migration
in recent years, which made rising immigration a key election
issue as it strains the country's infrastructure and is blamed
for inflating property markets.
Net migration peaked at 72,400 in the July year.
"Non-New Zealand citizen migrant arrivals continued
to drive the high net migration levels," population statistics
senior manager Peter Dolan said.
"The fall in annual net migration from the peak in the
July 2017 year was mainly caused by an increase in non-New
Zealand citizen migrant departures."
The number of net migrants from Australia moved back into
negative figures in the year, with 22 more Australians leaving
than arriving, compared to 1900 net arrivals a year earlier.
Australia is the only country monitored which had negative
net migration to New Zealand in the latest year.
Migration from the UK and South Africa had the biggest increases
on a net basis, with UK immigration up 26 per cent to 6600,
and South African immigration up 31 per cent to 5000.
There was a 13 per cent increase in work visas granted in
the year, to 46,000, while student visa numbers dropped 4
per cent to 24,000 and NZ and Australian citizen arrivals
rose 3.4 per cent to 38,000.
New Auckland settlement to rise on northern outskirts
13 November 2017
is being created for a new settlement to be built on Auckland's
Contracting and development business Fulton Hogan is preparing
the site ready for the creation of a new 3500-residential
suburb and town centre south-west of Orewa.
Warren Frogley, marketing consultant for the developers,
said earthworks were now well under way to create the first
and second stages of Auckland's newest suburb, to be called
Frogley said work building first homes should start in the
A new town centre is also planned for the master-planned
Milldale, with green areas and waterways, he said. Residences
around Milldale's centre would be higher density, fanning
out further to mid to lower density, Frogley said.
Frogley said Milldale would have natural features which would
be enhanced, including as a long stand of Totora trees beside
the origins of the Weiti River.
Significant infrastructure improvements have been made in
the area to cater for its growing population, he said.
"Looking to the future, expansion is being made to water,
power and broadband services. Improvements to roading and
public transport are underway, with more planned," he
said, citing new industrial, commercial and retail areas.
"The name Milldale derives from the Kauri that was milled
from the land in the early 1800's, as far inland as Wainui,"
Milldale's web site says.
"The development is overlooked by Mt Pleasant to the
west, bordered by Wainui Road and Orewa River to the north,
and Pine Valley Rd and Weiti River to the south. The land
between forms a natural valley, or dale.
A motorway interchange was opened two years ago for traffic
to get on and off at Millwater.
Frogley said that would also serve the new Milldale community.
Air New Zealand takes top spot in ratings site awards
3 November 2017
Air New Zealand has been named airline of the year by AirlineRatings.com
for the fifth year in a row.
The awards, judged by six editors with over 180 years' industry
experience, combines major safety and government audits with
12 key criteria - up from nine last year - that include fleet
age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating,
product offerings and staff relations.
"In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out
No 1 in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional
performance," said AirlineRatings' editor-in-chief, Geoffrey
The airline was being honoured for its record-breaking performance,
multi award-winning in-flight innovations, operational safety,
environmental leadership and motivation of its staff.
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said the
award was testament to the huge effort from the airline's
staff to deliver a world-class Kiwi experience on the ground
and in the air.
"It is extremely rewarding to see their hard work recognised
by such an experienced panel of aviation judges."
Last month the airline was named top airline in the world
by luxury lifestyle and travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
New city near Auckland mooted
29 October 2017
A plan to build a new city with housing for 500,000 people
on farmland to the south of Auckland has piqued the interest
of the new Labour-led government.
The idea of a scale housing development at Paerata, a small
settlement immediately to the north of Pukekohe, was presented
in a discussion document at an Infrastructure New Zealand
conference on Friday.
Pukekohe is known as the bread basket area of the Auckland
region with its market gardening on rich volcanic soil.
New houses would be built near an existing rail connection,
which would be electrified all the way to Auckland's CBD and
have two lines, one for passenger trains and one for freight,
Infrastructure New Zealand chief executive Stephen Selwood
Prefabricated housing could be used, he said.
He said the plan was a good fit with Labour's Kiwibuild policy,
which seeks to build more affordable housing, and Labour's
Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford was aware
On Sunday Mr Twyford appeared open to the concept, tweeting
let's plan for growth, building around transport infrastructure.
Mr Selwood told NZ Newswire the development would be so large
it would be attractive to international developers who currently
did not look at New Zealand.
The city could eventually extend northwest to Karaka and
across the Pahurehure Inlet to Weymouth.
Mr Selwood said the concept had been floated by unsuccessful
mayoral candidate John Palino and also drew from developments
like Springfield, southwest of Brisbane.
"We have another million people expected to be in Auckland
by circa 2050, " he said.
That was going to clog the city up.
The plan envisages initially about 30,000 houses. By 2050,
there would be tens of thousands of homes serving a population
of 500,000 people within 30 minutes of central Auckland.
He said some of the farmland was currently not zoned for
residential and some was.
"The value of the land unzoned is about a tenth of the
value of the land that is zoned. There is a real opportunity
here for government, council and the existing landowners to
partner," he said.
The city would be a mixed development with high and medium
density housing. Some of the land had views of Manukau Harbour
where less dense and higher value housing could be built.
The land is south of the flight path of Auckland Airport.
Long term a harbour crossing from Karaka to Weymouth could
open a new corridor to the airport.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff will travel to Wellington next week
to meet Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Finance Minister Grant
Robertson and Mr Twyford.
New Zealanders continue to return home in strong numbers
18 October 2017
For decades, Kiwis have been moving across the ditch in
search for a better life in Australia. Now they're coming
back, news.com.au reports.
A resurgent and more confident New Zealand continues to lure
expatriates home in strong numbers as interest in the Australian
economy begins to wane.
REFORMING ECONOMY AND OPTIMISM ABOUND
Queensland-based New Zealand citizen, Rachel Ellison and
her husband have entertained the idea of a return home.
"New Zealand's economy is doing quite well and the optimism
from friends and family at home is hard to ignore" she
"The country has been able to reform its tax system
and the education system in New Zealand is one I would like
for my daughter."
Ms Ellison highlighted the country's unitary government also
stood out next to the federation style of government in Australia.
Rachel Ellison, a New Zealander, lives in Queensland but
is thinking returning home with her husband and daughter
In more recent years New Zealand has become a magnet not just
for returning citizens but for people all over the world.
In 2016, New Zealand recorded a net gain of 70,000 migrants
and long term arrivals.
Interestingly, Australian citizens are migrating to New Zealand
in larger numbers as well, with a record 3500 people moving
across the Tasman last year, compared to 1600 in 2006.
ANZ economist Philip Borkin notes the number of New Zealanders
returning to live effectively offset departing residents seeking
to travel or work offshore; a big improvement from five years
ago where the country was losing 30,000 citizens annually.
"New Zealand has in the last 10 years undertaken a pragmatic
reform program against a backdrop of political stability which
has seen the country's labour market participation rate now
testing record highs," he said.
Australia's political gridlock, high housing costs and flat
wage growth have also assisted the flight of the Kiwi.
New Zealand in the last decade has undertaken sweeping economic
reforms including raising the country's goods and services
tax while slashing personal and income tax rates.
New Zealand is rated as the 10th most desirable place to
work and live according to Expat Insider Survey, while Australia
has fallen to 34th on the same list.
In terms of returning residents and migrants with strong
skills sets, the value placed on overseas experience and the
knowledge gains that come with that is also well received.
This stands in stark contrast to Australia which places a
greater value on local experience.
recently returned to Australia after almost 15 years in Hong
Kong and Singapore, said that from a professional standpoint
New Zealand had a lot to offer.
"On the surface it appears New Zealand places a greater
premium on international experience than Australia does and
its economy is benefiting from skilled migration and a more
light-handed tax environment," he said.
New innovation hub in Auckland hopes to attract Kiwis from
all over the country to tech sector
7 October 2017
The race is on to make Auckland a tech power-city and a new
innovation precinct was unveiled yesterday in a step towards
making that possible.
A new arm of Auckland's innovation precinct opened today
in an effort to grow the 47,000 people in the city already
working in the tech industry.
It was a first look at virtual hospital procedures including
MRIs and X-rays which are all being trialled in an Auckland
Revealed was the latest model of a virtual baby with a theoretical
brain and central nervous system.
With already 47,000 people working in Auckland's tech industry,
the expansion hopes to make it the technology epic centre
of the Asia-pacific.
The new precinct is expected to inject close to 400 million
into Auckland's economy by 2024.
Jacinda Ardern, aged 37, is New Zealand's prime minister
19 October 2017
Jacinda Ardern, the charismatic leader of New Zealand's Labour
Party and a former advisor to Tony Blair, will become the
country's youngest prime minister.
In more than 150 years after the maverick head of a small
anti-immigration party praised her "extraordinary talent"
and announced his bombshell decision to back her.
Mr Peters, a 72-year-old eccentric populist, had effectively
left the nation in limbo during weeks of negotiations following
the September 23 election but admitted that he only made his
decision some 15 minutes before revealing it.
Appearing jubilant after the dramatic announcement by Mr
Peters, Ms Ardern pledged to "build a fairer, better
Ms Ardern took over the party leadership - becoming its youngest-ever
leader - less than two months before the election in September
and admitted it was "the worst job in the world".
But she oversaw a remarkable turnaround in Labour's fortunes
as her charismatic, relaxed demeanour captured the nation's
attention in a phenomenon that became known as "Jacindamania".
Her sudden rise was likened to that of other youthful leaders
such as Canada's Justin Trudeau and France's Emmanuel Macron.
Ms Ardern, who was raised as a Mormon but abandoned the faith
due to its stance on homosexuality, earned a degree in communications
before working as a policy advisor to Mr Blair and former
New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark.
Ms Ardern is set to replace Bill English, the head of the
ruling conservative National party, who took over as prime
minister following the resignation last December of John Key,
a popular leader who won three elections.
But the National party fell short of a majority at the election
and won just 56 seats in the 120-member parliament. Labour
won 46, NZ First won nine and the Greens won eight.
With the expected support of the Greens and NZ First, Ms
Ardern's Labour party will be able to form a ruling majority.
She has promised to address child poverty, housing affordability
and decriminalise abortion.
New vehicle rise 4.5% in September
New Zealand new vehicles sales rose 4.5% in September to
hit a new high for the month, eschewing expectations for a
slowdown during the election.
Some 15,000 new vehicles were registered in the same month
last year and the highest ever level recorded for a September
month, according to the Motor Industry Association.
Passenger car and SUV registrations advanced 1.6% to close
to 5000, while commercial vehicles registrations jumped 11
percent to nearly 5000, with both segments reaching their
highest lever level for a September month.
New data out on Auckland: Economy, employment, migration
3 October 2017
New data shows how Auckland's economic growth, retail spending
and migrant arrival numbers are outstripping the rest of New
Employment is rising and migration is continuing to run so
strong that Auckland got slightly more people than the entire
rest of New Zealand in the past year.
The Auckland Economic Update for October, issued by Auckland
Council research and evaluation unit analyst Ross Wilson,
gave new information on how fast the city's economy is growing.
"In Auckland, real GDP for the year ended June 2017
was 3.4 per cent higher than for the year ended June 2016.
In the rest of New Zealand, the annual growth was 2.5 per
cent," Wilson's report said.
Auckland is spending up large. Real retail sales for the
year ended June 2017 are up 4.8 per cent higher than for the
year ended June 2016. The rest of New Zealand's annual growth
was 3.8 per cent, data showed.
The city continues to be a migrant magnet, attracting 36,796
for the year ended August 2017, compared to 35,276 for the
rest of the country, according to the report.
"In Auckland, real GDP for the year ended June 2017
was 3.4 per cent higher than for the year ended June 2016;
in the rest of New Zealand, the annual growth was 2.5 per
cent," Wilson's data showed.
Job growth is running strong throughout the city.
"In Auckland, the number of people employed in the quarter
(not year) ended June 2017 was 4.2 per cent higher than in
the June 2016 quarter. The unemployment rate in Auckland in
the quarter ended June 2017 was 4.5 per cent," the data
The total number of houses sold in the year to August was
23,161 and the city had a median city sale price of $840,000.
"The total number of new dwellings consented in the
year ended August 2017 was 10,265. The real value of new non-residential
buildings consented in Auckland in the year ended August 2017
was $1.831 million," Wilson's report said.
Tourists spent 7.4 million guest nights in Auckland
Residential consents hit 13 year high in August driven by
30 September 2017
New Zealand's monthly residential building consents rose
to a 13 - year high in August with more apartments and retirement
village units in Auckland driving gains.
Some 3166 new houses, apartments, townhouses, retirement village
units and flats were consented in August, up 10% from earlier
Statistics New Zealand said in a statement. Of that total,
2025 houses were consented, up 0.5 percent from August 2016,
while consents for apartments rose 65 percent to 384 and consents
for townhouses, flats and units dropped 10 percent.
Retirement village unit consents more than tripled in the
Auckland accounted for 1184 of the new homes consented in
the month and 346 or the 384 apartments consented along with
124 of the 295 retirement village units.
Kaikoura rail rebuild largest since WWII
16 September 2017
The first freight train to travel on the main north line
since the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016, has successfully completed
its journey into Christchurch.
The rebuild, which has been the largest rebuild of rail since
World War 2, saw the first train since the earthquake 10 months
ago, roll into Christchurch on Friday.
KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says that before the
earthquake, KiwiRail was carrying one million tonnes of freight
on the line for customers per year.
After the quake, freight has had to be moved south by road,
which has put pressure on the inland route.
"It's meant additional costs for freight forwarding companies
and it hasn't been easy for truck drivers," Mr Reidy
"While our initial services on the line will be low
frequency and take place at night, to allow rebuild work to
continue during the day, we estimate they will help take 2000
trucks a month off the inland route.
"Each tonne of freight carried by rail also represents
66 per cent fewer carbon emissions than when carried by road.
"I want to thank our people who have put in long hours
and spent time away from their families to get us to this
Biggest hotel development boom in NZ history
A hotel expert said investors are taking advantage of the
tourism explosion that started in 2013.
Auckland is leading the way in the biggest hotel development
boom in New Zealand's history, with nine projects under construction,
totalling about 1400 guest rooms.
Colliers International hotels director Dean Humphries says
there are also at least 30 pipeline projects in the early
planning/ design and feasibility stages. If they go ahead
it will give Auckland additional 3500 hotel rooms.
"This level of hotel development activity is unprecedented
in the New Zealand context and is a reflection of the exceptional
growth in hotel trading conditions over the past four years,"
"It is an exciting time in the industry - we have never
seen this level of activity ever."
The latest market indicators to the year ended June show
Auckland reached an average occupancy rate of 87% at an average
room rate of $200.
Auckland's capacity is being strained to build additional
new hotels over the next few years because the construction
resources are being tied up with the significant infrastructural
and private sector developments such as the International
Convention Centre, City Rail Link and Precinct Properties'
Commercial Bay development"
It is also evident there is also now a significant investment
interest to develop the unfulfilled demand to cater for medium
Transport hubs the new frontier for developers
Transport authorities, retailers and property developers
are set to unlock the commercial power of previously dormant
Auckland Transport (AT) anages more than 300,000 trips a
day on its rail, ferry and bus net-work and that is expected
to increase. The network comprises $16.5 billion of mainly
road and public transport assets. The train stations, bus
interchanges and ferry ports represent substantial value to
Part of the strategy is to lease as much terminal space as
possible to retailers for grab-and-go coffee and food outlets,
ATMs, cafes, restaurants and other services, such as drycleaners
The central city transport hub, which is home to Britomart
rail station and has nearby a major bus interchange, the ferry
and cruise ship terminals and the soon to be up-and-running
City Rail Link, is undoubtedly the focal point of commercial
development in Auckland. One of the reasons Precinct Properties
chose to build its $680 million Commercial Bay office and
retail project on Quay Street was the waterfront site's transport
options. The listed property company worked with AT and Auckland
Council early onto achieve a cohesive and co-ordinated development.
Another listed property company, Kiwi Property, is working
with the council on plans for its holdings in the South Auckland
suburb of Drury.
It has bought two land parcels, totaling 42.7ha, for $39.8
million, and secured agreements to acquire a further 8.6ha.
The three greenfield sites are dose to the junction of the
Southern Motorway, Great South Rd and the. North Island main
trunk railway line, about 35km south of Auckland's CBD.
Kiwi Property chief executive Chris Gudgeon says the company
plan is to develop a town centre, to complement the exist-big
Drury town centre.
"We will work with the council and infrastructure providers
to secure a town centre zoning providing for commercial and
retail uses integrated with high, medium and low-density housing,
all within walking distance of an integrated public transport
Auckland's $3.4 billion City Rail (CRL) tunnel link work
Work has begun on Auckland's $3.4 billion City Rail Link
cut and cover tunnels.
The excavation involves digging 18 metres - about five storeys
- at the deepest (southern) point using long-reach excavators
above ground and, smaller machinery inside the reinforced
This represents about 10% of the 3.45km length of the twin-tunnel
underground rail link.
The tunnels will then be constructed with a cast concrete
floor, walls and roof before the trench is backfilled.
The work will be undertaken progressively from Windham St
at the southern end to Customs Street at the northern end.
Excavation at the southern end is expected to be completed
by October this year and the northern end by the middle of
Construction o f the tunnel box is expected to start late
this year and be completed by late 2018.
CRL project director Chris Meale says the start of bulk excavation
is another milestone for the project "This work marks
a significant point in the construction process as we will
start to see the tunnels taking shape," he says.
"It will be exciting and challenging work from an engineering
perspective, as we build rail tunnels below groundwater level
while maintaining surface level access to Albert St for foot
and vehicle traffic.
Cut and cover construction is being used at each end of the
CBL tunnels - between Britomart Station and the future Aotea
Station and, later where it connects to the western line at
Between Aotea and Mt Eden stations, the tunnels will be between
13 and 42 metres below ground.
The contract for the stations and bored tunnels is expected
to be awarded late next year.
By spring 2019,this section of Albert St will be reinstated
with a new road surface, bus lanes, widened footpaths and
The city rail link is jointly funded by the government and
Auckland Council and is expected to be completed in 2023-24.
Their joint venture company, City Rail Link Ltd took over
the project on July 1.
The New Zealand economy in 2016
The New Zealand economy grew by 2.5% over the year to March
2016, following rapid growth of 3.4% the previous year.
Rental, hiring and Real Estate Services was the biggest contributor
to growth, with value-added lifting 4.4%. The sector has benefited
not only from higher levels of property sales, but population
growth and better conditions for businesses have also pushed
up property and machinery rentals. In a similar vein, GDP
for the construction sector rose 3.6% lift over the March
A range of service-based industries experienced strong growth
over the past year. An expanding population, coupled with
better job prospects, pushed up value-added by retail trade
by 5.6%. Professional, scientific and technical services (3.0%)
and finance and insurance series (3.1%) also experienced rapid
Another record-breaking year for domestic and international
visitor spending saw GDP for accommodation and food services
Valued-added from agriculture, forestry and fishing climbed
2.8%, despite challenging conditions for dairy farmers. The
standout performer in the primary sector was agriculture and
fruit growing (6.8%), while sheep, beef cattle and grain farming
(3.6%) also grew strongly. Some of this additional activity
flowed through to rural contractors, with value-added from
agricultural support services and hunting climbing 7.5%.
How fast has Auckland's economy grown?
This section measures economic performance in Auckland during
the year to March 2016 and previous years. All GDP estimates
are measured in constant 2010 prices.
- GDP in Auckland measured $83,848m in the year to March
2016, up 3.5% from a year earlier. New Zealand's GDP increased
by 2.5% over the same period.
- Economic growth in Auckland averaged 2.2%pa over the last
10 years compared with an average of 1.8%pa in the national
- Growth in Auckland reached a high of 5.5% in 2003 and
a low of -2.5% in 2009.
- Auckland accounted for 37.5% of national GDP in 2016.
Auckland's train network hit 20 million trips last year
8 September 2017
It was a figure which wasn't expected to be reached for another
Passenger numbers have steadily increased 20 per cent each
Growth had to come at such an unexpectantly high rate that
Auckland Council needed to grant $207 million towards purchasing
17 new trains in order to meet the demand.
Forecasts from a joint Auckland Transport (AT) and Kiwirail
plan are predicting rail patronage to drastically increase
over the coming 30 years, with an expected 30 years by 2025
and hitting 60 million by 2045.
The Auckland Rail Development Programme (ARDP) outlined the
infrastructure required to manage this high level demand.
ARDP's key initiatives include a completed central rail link,
new park and ride facilities, and station enhancements at
Newmarket, electrifying the Pukekohe to Papakura line and
adding additional services from West to East.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said while 2045 was a while off,
the city needed plans to prepare for the time when Auckland's
population would reach 2 million.
Goff said we need light rail particularly from the city centre
to the airport and right around the city.
NZ wine pops export cork
7 September 2017
The export value of New Zealand wine has hit a record high
of 1.66 billion, making it the country's fifth-largest export.
New Zealand Winegrower's annual report showed that the value
of wine exports had increased by 6 per cent in the 12 months
to June 30.
Exports to US led the growth; passing $5-00 million in value
for the first time and making Kiwi wine the third most valuable
wine import into that country, behind France and Italy.
"With diversified markets and a strong upward trajectory,
the industry is in good shape to achieve $2 billion of exports
by 2020" said New Zealand.
Winegrowers chairman Steve Green "Our premium reputation
remains the greatest collective asset fo5r New Zealand wine,
and underlies our commands in global trade".
New Zealand's wine exports achieved an additional layer of
protection this year with the introduction of official geographical
indication legislation. The geographical Indications (Wine
and Spirit) Registration Act first passed in 2006 allows wine
regions to register with the Intellectual Property Office
New Zealand and ensures wine of that area.
Building work on the rise
5 September 2017
The value of New Zealand building work rose in the June quarter
with both non-residential and residential activities up.
The seasonally adjusted value of total building work rose
0.9 per cent in the three months ended June 30.
Residential work rose 1 per cent while non-residential work
increased a seasonally adjusted 0.6 per cent in the quarter.
Non-residential building activity was down 0.7 per cent and
residential activity shrank 0.4 per cent from the March quarter.
The actual value of all building work was $5.16 billion, up
4.9 per cent on the year.
Of that, the value of residential building work was $3.36b,
up 7.6 per cent on the year while the actual value of non-residential
building work was $1.8b, up 0.2 per cent on the year.
The value of all building work in Auckland was $1.95b, up
6.8 per cent on the year.
New Zealand beat England in 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup
29 August 2017
Soccer mad England turned on an all time viewing record as
their women's rugby team was beaten by New Zealand in the
final of the rugby world cup.
New Zealand's Black Ferns proved a hit on English TV, with
their World Cup final on Sunday morning (NZT) smashing viewership
Of course, it helped that they were playing the heavily favoured
and defending champion home team.
The keenly contested encounter - a 41-32 triumph for the
Kiwi women - was watched by 2.6 million people at its peak
on ITV1 and the programme averaged 2 million viewers, almost
twice the number of a typical Premier League game on satellite
channels Sky Sports and BT Sport.
While the result may not have gone their way, fans hailed
the spectacle as a "fantastic game - supreme athletes"
on social media.
Special note : New Zealand now are world champions with both
their mens and womens teams.
Tourism boom keeping Air NZ, Auckland Airport in clover
24 August 2017
New Zealand's ongoing tourism boom is showing no sign of letting
up and companies at the forefront such as Auckland International
Airport and Air New Zealand are keen to keep riding the wave.
"The reality is that tourism has become our biggest
industry," Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher
Luxon told BusinessDesk. "It's 10 percent of our GDP,
it's 12 percent our workforce, 17 percent of GST receipts
and 21 percent of total export income. It's a really important
industry for New Zealand and New Zealanders and all the country
is involved in tourism in my view."
Auckland Airport CEO Adrian Littlewood told a conference
call of investors that he remains confident in New Zealand's
tourism prospects, with recent numbers indicating 120 million
people in the world are actively considering a visit here.
The airport, which is New Zealand's busiest gateway, recently
embarked on a $1.9 billion infrastructure investment programme
that includes a new runway by 2028 in order to cope with visitor
Government figures show a record 1.9 million people arrived
in New Zealand for holidays in the 12 months ended July 31.
The number has almost doubled since 2002 when the number of
holidaymakers reached 1 million for the first time.
Earlier this week, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment forecast total international visitor arrivals will
hit 4.9 million in 2023, led by Australian and Chinese visitors.
Total international visitor expenditure is tipped to increase
to $15.3 billion in 2023 from $10.3 billion in the year ended
Against that backdrop, there have been some concerns about
capacity constraints, in particular during peak season times.
Luxon said about 96 percent of surveyed visitors say they
are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their time here.
Air New Zealand is focusing on trying to smooth out the inflows
so visitors are spread more evenly through the whole year
and is also working hard with local authorities to build new
regional tourist attractions.
"We want to make sure they get to all regions of New
Zealand," he said. The MBIE stats show lion's share of
the regional tourism spend was in Auckland in the year ended
June 30, accounting for 29 percent of total spending (both
domestic and international) while Christchurch, Queenstown,
and Wellington each made up 8 percent.
Air New Zealand also wants to attract higher-value visitors.
"We want to have higher spending, wealthier tourists,
consuming richer, more premium experiences, and making sure
this is a high-value industry," he said. There's room
to add another $9 billion in the sector. Tourism generated
$34.7 billion in the year ended March, according to the latest
data from MBIE.
Auckland Airport's Littlewood said the move into higher value
is already starting to happen with a "shift in Chinese
passengers with increasing numbers coming from the free and
independent travel category rather than coming here on group
"We are working hard on tier 3 and 4 Chinese cities,"
Littlewood said. "That market is seeing New Zealand as
a destination, there has been a shift away from attractions
and shopping based experiences to cultural or natural beauty
which is a positive."
Luxon said the 1,600 new hotel rooms coming on stream in
the near future and the government's $100 million tourism
infrastructure fund - much of which will be used to build
toilets and car parks and to bolster programs crowded visitor
hotspots - along with the $76 million investment in the Department
of Conservation, will help strengthen the sector.
"The upshot and potential for New Zealand are really
quite exciting still," he said. "I am very optimistic
about tourism and New Zealand has a lot of what the world
Record population growth of 100,000
22 August 2017
New Zealand's population has grown by more than 100,000 over
the past year.
The record growth in the year to July brings the population
to 4.79 million, Stats NZ said on Monday.
The bulk of the increase was people who were migrating (72,300),
while births made up 28,100 new Kiwis.
While most migrants were arriving on short-term work and
student visas, many of them extended their stay, adding to
the population figures, population statistics senior manager
Peter Dolan said.
Half of the total increase was made up of people aged between
15 and 39.
This age group now made up 34 per cent of New Zealand's population,
down from 41 per cent in the mid-1980s.
Meanwhile, the number of people aged over 65 had increased
by more than 25,000 in the last year, with more than 30,000
people now aged 90 or older, Stats NZ said.
It's estimated the number of over-90s will reach 50,000 by
the early 2030s.
NZ migration hits record in July despite more Kiwis leaving
21 August 2017
New Zealand annual net migration rose to a record in July,
driven by foreign immigrants, with the biggest groups coming
from Australia, the UK and China.
Annual net migration reached 72,400 in the year to July,
up 3400 on the same period a year earlier, Statistics New
Zealand said. Three-quarters of the record 132,100 migrant
arrivals were non-New Zealand citizens, with 1100 more New
Zealanders leaving the country than returning in the latest
There has been a net migration gain of 72,400 non-New Zealand
citizens in the past year to July.
New Zealand has been experiencing record levels of net migration
in recent years,with rising immigration a key election issue
as it strains the country's infrastructure and has been blamed
for inflating property markets.
Migration from the UK had the biggest increases on a net
basis, up 53 per cent to 6750, with net South African migration
also up 50 per cent to 4862.
There was a 15.3 per cent increase in work visas granted
in the year, to 45,397, while student visas dropped 9.9 per
cent to 24,132 and NZ and Australian citizen arrivals rose
6.3 per cent to 38,740.
$700m convention centre project and hotel emerges from ground
10 August 2017
After almost two years of site and foundation works, building
structures at the $700 million NZ International Convention
Centre are rising and subterranean car parking levels and
the basement of a new 300-room hotel are being completed.
Graeme Stephens, SkyCity chief executive, yesterday expressed
satisfaction with Fletcher Construction's progress., despite
announcing last month that it was behind the original schedule.
"It gets exciting from now," Stephens said yesterday
of the site between Hobson St, Nelson St, Victoria St West
and Wellesley St.
"I find construction sites painfully slow but when you
get out of the ground... now, we see the structures emerging
and it will go quickly. You will be able to see change every
couple of weeks."
Five Fletcher Construction tower cranes are on the job, including
one able to lift the heaviest load in New Zealand.
SkyCity provided a new image of the site in its annual report,
also out yesterday with its result for the June 30, 2017 year.
Work started on the site before Christmas 2015, preparing
for the convention centre, five-star hotel and dining/shopping
lane linking Nelson St to Hobson St.
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