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This Shabbat marks a small but significant step for the
Auckland Hebrew Congregation
10 February 2023
Shavuon Yitro - 11 February 2023 / 20 Shevat 5783
This Shabbat marks a small but significant step for the Auckland
Hebrew Congregation (AHC) as we transition from our familiar
surroundings of 55 years in the city to our new 'green fields'
site in Remuera suburb, about 6km South East of the Auckland
The last 55 years, the ways we value community, the needs
of AHC members, and the secular society we live in, have changed
substantially. The time was right to contemplate another move
to allow us to continue to evolve as a community and individuals.
Getting us in the right location is the first of many steps
to allow the community to flourish and evolve so that Judaism
and our Jewishness can be catered for in ways our past location
could no longer do.
As the community takes this first step I invite you personally,
on behalf of your Board and our community, to take the step
with us and explore what 514 Remuera Rd can offer you as a
Jewish person in Auckland in 2023. The opportunities are limitless
and now all possible.
Whether it be religious, educational, sporting, social or
cultural stimulation you are looking for, all are literally
at your doorstep.
Please join us to take the first step into our new future.
Garth Cohen (Chairperson Auckland Hebrew Congregation)
Jewish Auckland - an exciting vision becomes a reality
31 January 2023
The move has commenced in creating an Auckland Jewish hub.
After 55 years the Auckland Hebrew Congregation is leaving
its inner city location.
The new Jewish hub will be taking over the site of a well
known and respected exclusive girl's private school. Located
in the upmarket inner suburb of Remuera, the new site is well
placed to be accessible by public transport and has ample
parking. New extensive school facilities includes a large
swimming pool and a playing field.
The move will be progressively staged from 1st February 2023.
A thriving Jewish hub
The new site will encompass the "glue" that brings
all the Auckland Jewish elements together:
- A destination for Jewish immigrants to visit from around
- Kadimah School - establish a youth education centre of
- Religion - allow religious organisations to flourish in
an environment that is focussed on spiritual fulfilment.
- Connection and retention - launch new initiatives which
anchor Jews to Auckland providing a platform for sustainable
- Attraction - create an atmosphere which appeals to anyone
and any organisation with a Jewish connection.
- Social - develop organisations which create opportunities
for strong social interaction.
- A kosher cafe will cater for Aucklander's love of their
morning coffee and lunch. They will also cater for special
functions in a separate entertainment facility.
The Wolf Fisher Trust is funding this multimillion dollar
Sir Wolf Fisher, past famous Jewish Auckland entrepreneur,
would be delighted with the decision to move. In many ways
it identifies with Sir Wolf's entrepreneurial lifestyle.
We intend to appeal to:
- Affiliated Jews
- Unaffiliated Jews
- All those who chose to identify as Jews in Auckland.
Jewish investors world wide - a new way to secure New Zealand
Introducing the new Active Investor Plus visa category
28 July 2022
This replaces the existing Investor 1 and Investor 2 visa
categories which have been running for more than 12 years.
The visa category will open 19 September 2022.
- The changes are being made to better attract experienced,
high value investors.
- The new system will improve flexibility for investors
by allowing them to invest over a three year period. It
will also allow investors to maintain their investments
up to the end of a fourth year.
- Eligibility criteria includes a minimum $5 million investment
if it is a direct investment. It also encourages greater
economic benefit to New Zealand companies by capping passive
investment in listed equities to 50% and excluding bonds
- Contact Auckland Jewish Immigration for more details.
Email us at
Applications for the Accredited Employer Work Visa and all
other work visas now open
12 July 2022
Applications are now open for the Accredited Employer Work
Visa (AEWV), as well as all other work visas for people outside
New Zealand. Partners and dependent children of work visa
applicants will also be able to apply for a visa.
Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) applications can be
submitted via the new enhanced Immigration
NZ Online Platform.
This is the latest step in the Government's plan to reconnect
New Zealand with the world and is an important milestone for
New Zealand's COVID-19 recovery plan because it will significantly
improve access for those wanting to work in New Zealand.
Applicants still need to meet New Zealand's health border
settings, including being fully vaccinated and completing
a New Zealand Traveller Declaration.
For more information, please visit these Immigration New
Zealand web pages:
Several ways are open to you when trying to secure a job offer.
They are all well worth pursuing.
- Search the internet for businesses in your occupational
field, looking to hire skilled staff. Keep in mind that
there is an acute shortage of skilled workers currently
in New Zealand.
- Look for New Zealand recruitment firms in your occupational
field and become listed with them. You will need to send
- Find out and contact the NZ Registered Board of your
occupation (all major occupations have Boards to assist
their members). Don’t be shy to phone them and ask what
is the best way and who to contact regarding a job.
- Contact us if a job offer arises, so we post it on your
Auckland Jewish Immigration (AJI) file. This will allow
you to refer to your file any time. If you want the AJI
to be contacted regarding a job offer it’s important that
your new New Zealand contact is given your personal AJI
- The visitor’s visa enables you to visit and explore job
opportunities on a one-to-one basis and possibly personally
secure a job offer.
As we go through 2022 stay connected with the AJI's website
and office. We expect many more changes are on the way to
make it easier for skilled workers to secure a work visa and
later obtain residency. Please stay connected with Stan and
our AJI website.
The AJI has two committees: 1 – the immigration process,
and 2 – settlement issues. We are here to help you immigrate
to New Zealand.
Your first point of contact should be Stan
Rose (Chairman of the AJI). With his skilled team they
can point you in the right direction.
Global tech giant Amazon Web Services is investing $7.5
billion in Auckland
They intend building a cluster of huge data centres in Auckland
to open in 2024 creating 1000 new jobs. An estimated $10.8
billion will add to New Zealand's economy over the next decade.
We expect that the sheer size of Amazon's investment means
for intending migrants, employment opportunities will become
available that the local Auckland labour market may find difficult
Amazon is the second major global tech provider to invest
heavily in establishing a Cloud Region in New Zealand bringing
with it new jobs, exciting new opportunities for the digital
sector, and further acceleration to our economic recovery
from Covid-19. This will also create job opportunities for
industries like our construction sector.
This investment demonstrates the high level of confidence
the international business community has in backing New Zealand's
Auckland is the world's most liveable city
Auckland has topped the global rankings of liveability, rising
11 places to take the top spot.
The survey, commissioned by The Economist Intelligence Unit
(EIU), gives mathematical weight to such a claim. New Zealand's
world-leading response to the spread of Covid-19 has been
cited as one of the leading factors in the significant jump
The EIU's index rates the living conditions and comprises
30 factors grouped into five categories: stability, health
care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
Launch of www.jewishlives.nz
This new website will provide a platform for people to learn
about the contribution made by New Zealand Jews, increase
tolerance and understanding and combat anti-Semitism.
The theme of the Jewish Lives website is 'past-present-future'.
Past - Focus on our past, our history and learn for the present.
Present - Helping to strengthen the community of the present,
to bring the community together by posting information about
what is going on in the wider community and things that are
of interest and affect us. Sharing stories about people who
are alive today, by understanding more about the community
and helping non-Jewish people to understand more about the
community, to promote tolerance and understanding.
Future - Getting younger people interested in being part
of the community. To feel that they are a part of something
bigger. We intend to be the 'go to' website for those who
want to know what is happening in the community.
People will be encouraged to share their stories with us.
Visit this new website here.
The government is now partly reopening the working holiday
scheme for those holding this type of visa in Australia
If you are on a working holiday in Australia, you can come
to New Zealand and will be issued new visas if you are from
the following list of countries:
United Kingdom, USA, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany,
Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden.
Normal previous pre Covid 19 visa conditions apply including
an age limit up to 30 years.
Stay up to 12 months in New Zealand or 23 months if you are
from Britain or Canada.
Slowly the doors are beginning to open to immigrate to New
15 September 2020
This website will progressively alert you to other alternative
occupations that come up under ESSENTIAL SKILLS WORKER.
This is our first opportunity covering Health workers in
essential occupations. See list of occupations below.
It covers health workers in selected occupations.
Essential Skills work visa
WK3.20 Requirements for applicants
a. Suitably qualified by training and experience to do the
b. The Essential Skills work visa applied for is based on
employment paid below the median wage.
Determining that an applicant is suitably qualified
a. When assessing whether an applicant is suitably qualified
by training and experience to do the work offered, immigration
officers will consider the qualifications and work experience
required by the occupation in the ANZSCO which substantially
matches the applicant’s proposed employment.
b. Immigration officers must consider whether:
- i the applicant holds a relevant qualification that is
comparable to the qualification described for that occupation
in the ANZSCO; or
- ii. the applicant has the relevant work experience that
the ANZSCO indicates may substitute for the required qualification;
- iii. the employment is in an occupation included on the
Essential Skills in Demand Lists and the applicant meets
the relevant requirements specified for that occupation.
c. Immigration officers must be satisfied that the qualifications
and/or work experience provided by the applicant are relevant
to their proposed employment in New Zealand.
Assessment that employment matches an ANZSCO occupation
a. When assessing whether an offer of employment substantially
matches a particular occupation in the ANZSCO, an immigration
officer must be satisfied that the duties and responsibilities
in the employment offer match the description of that occupation
as set out in the ANZSCO.
WK3.20.7 Essential Health Worker Occupations - The occupations
referred to in WK3.20.6 are:
- Medical Doctors
- Technical and support staff working in:
o Cardiology Blood service
o Nuclear medicine
o Hyperbaric medicine
o Research Staff
- People employed in the following sectors:
o Aged care
o Palliative/hospice care
o Mental health
o Child health
o Forensic care workers
WK3.20.10 Determining an Essential Skills work visa application
where an applicant is awaiting a Skilled Migrant Category
An applicant may be granted an Essential Skills work visa,
valid for 1 year without an immigration officer being satisfied
that there are no New Zealand citizens or residence class
visa holders available to do the work offered if:
- they currently hold a temporary work visa; and
- they have applied for an Essential Skills work visa to
continue working in the role they currently hold; and
- they meet all other requirements of Essential Skills
work visa instructions; and
- they have been issued an Invitation to Apply under the
Skilled Migrant Category and retain the ability to apply
or have made an application for residence under the Skilled
Migrant Category and that application has not yet been completed.
- Their Expression of Interest was selected in part on
the basis of points claimed for skilled employment in the
role they currently hold.
One further Essential Skills work visa, valid for six months,
may be granted in exceptional circumstances to b.an applicant
who continues to meet the requirements of (a) above.
Contact the AJI to explain what
Government reveals easing of border restrictions for some
resident work visa holders, partners of Kiwis
9 September 2020
Some temporary visa holders who are overseas will be allowed
back into New Zealand, as will some partners of Kiwi citizens
The Government announced today a new border exemption policy
for people with visas who have "strong, ongoing links
to New Zealand".
Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said it would apply to visa
holders "who must have retained their job or business
in New Zealand".
"Plus their partners and dependent children, will be
able to apply for this exception from early October when the
new category opens".
“Many of these visa holders and their families have lived
in New Zealand for years and have built lives here with the
hope and expectation that they would be able to stay longer-term
in New Zealand," Faafoi said.
"It is only fair to let these visa holders return given
their long-standing and ongoing connections to this country."
It was also revealed the Australia partners of New Zealanders,
as well as those from 61 visa-waiver countries, may be granted
an exception to travel here.
From A Dark Cave: A journey to find home in New Zealand
Mustafa Darbandi was forced to flee Kurdistan but along the
way he was threatened by mercenaries, security forces, landmines
and wild wolves. He arrived in New Zealand 22 years ago and
works as a writer and hairdresser on Auckland's North Shore.
His memoir is a remarkable tale of survival and finding home.
I set foot on New Zealand soil, I felt born again. After I'd
been uprooted from my town and village in Kurdistan, New Zealand
became the bedrock of my security, offering me an opportunity
to become "who I am". Being a multicultural society,
New Zealand has become a place in which thousands of uprooted
individuals like me can realise their dreams. What came first
and foremost for me was security and dignity, which New Zealand
obviously offered, helping me enjoy these rights as inalienable
human values respected universally.
I am well-travelled, having experienced diverse lifestyles
worldwide. But in comparison with other places in the world,
New Zealand comes at the top of the list in terms of acceptance
and tolerance of multiculturalism. I have done a variety of
jobs and have come across many New Zealanders from many social
and cultural backgrounds. I have chosen New Zealand as my
permanent home, a place where I feel sufficiently comfortable
to live the rest of my life.
The decision to make New Zealand my home is based on my experiences
in Kurdistan and in the Middle East, where people die seeking
the very basic rights we enjoy in New Zealand and the West.
There is so much to appreciate about New Zealand and the achievements
that it has made in the last century or so. As my experience
clearly shows, New Zealand's place in the world extends beyond
its mere geographical location.
The first thing I learned about New Zealand is the beauty
and serenity of its natural landscape. This encouraged me
to read about the country's history and its diverse society.
And being the first country in the world to give women the
vote, New Zealand obviously represents a very positive direction
in the evolution of the liberal state in the last century.
It presents an unprecedented role model for the rest of the
world to follow, not only in the West but in the world at
Since I experienced my formative years under dictatorship,
I do understand and appreciate the great value of New Zealand's
liberal democracy. I think many Kiwi young people take New
Zealand's achievements for granted. Perhaps the time is ripe
for New Zealand citizens to appreciate the country's achievements
and to be more willing to enrich them with cultural input
from newcomers from other cultures who are ready to integrate
into the mainstream culture. This would contribute to the
betterment of New Zealand life in every respect. I would like
to add that integration is by no means easy.
To integrate successfully, one has to psychologically enable
oneself to engage creatively in a genuine give-and-take process.
While some aspects of New Zealand cultural life were not strange
as far as I was concerned, other cultural mores and norms
were definitely unfamiliar. To make myself acquainted with
New Zealand cultural life, I had to engage myself in a transformative
process in which I learned more about myself and about collective
New Zealand values. This helped me naturalise.
Of course, enjoying the beauty of New Zealand's multicultural
lifestyle would not be possible if there was not a solid institutional
culture in which citizens respect the rule of law. This was
rare in the Middle East where I grew up and joined the Kurdish
freedom movement. Experiencing New Zealand liberty has taught
me to be who I am. But in no way do I praise New Zealand blindly.
While some aspects of New Zealand lifestyle might be challenging
for immigrants, many aspects of New Zealand's mainstream cultural
values are reflected in the United Nations Charter. This is
a great leap towards a just, fair and freedom-loving human
culture. Without such tolerant and amenable institutions,
I would never have been able to make New Zealand my permanent
As I learned from my Kurdish forefathers, making a place
a permanent home has a deep underlying meaning. The concept
of a permanent home in the mainstream culture refers to the
significance of each person's sense of place and thus the
spiritual connection of the individual person to that place.
This is clearly embodied in traditional New Zealand culture,
especially among New Zealand Maori.
In the culture inherited from our forefathers, when one makes
a place a permanent home then one is morally bound to contribute
to it. I have learned in New Zealand over the years that the
concept of place is deeply embedded in New Zealand's national
culture. The very same cultural traditions are represented
in the ancient Kurdish culture that has been transmitted over
five millennia down to the modern generation. There is clearly
a strong connection between New Zealand's cultural fabric
and that of the ancient Kurdish nation.
When my family was uprooted from its birthplace by a political
regime that had no respect for its own citizens, I found safety
and respect as a citizen in New Zealand.
Displacement from home is more than a mere physical displacement
– it involves a huge psychological undertaking to turn towards
the unknown. With displacement comes a psychological conflict
between the world one was born into and the world one seeks
to be integrated into, along with the challenge of becoming
part of it. For people like myself, New Zealand is a heaven.
Here I can have a sense of security and be who I am.
Extract: From a Dark Cave to New Zealand: My Story of
a Long Journey as a Kurdish Refugee, by Mustafa Darbandi ($30)
Self contained cottages available to new immigrants for
short term rental
Shalom Court is an award winning Aged Care facility located
in the sought after suburb of St Johns, Auckland.
We have one-bedroom self-contained cottages available to
the community and new immigrants for short term rental (subject
to availability). Cottages are available at NZ$65 per day
or NZ$75 per day for two people and come complete with ensuite
bathroom, lounge and kitchenette.
Shalom Court is within walking distance to Meadowbank Shopping
Centre and the Raye Freedman Library where Shabbat Services
Bus stops to and from the city centre are outside the facility.
The AJI has found that due to the requirement when making
immigration applications to secure a job offer, many potential
migrants have opted to personally come to Auckland on a 3
monthly visitors visa. This allows them to engage personally
with prospective employers. These cottages offer a low cost
rental in a Jewish environment.
To enquire about or view a cottage, please contact Michal
Aharony on +64 9 521 7325 or email email@example.com.
Expressions of interests will be considered on a case by
here to download an information sheet in PDF format.
Auckland Hebrew Congregation buys private school campus
The Saint Kentigern Girls' School property is a large piece
of land - 1.24 hectares, equivalent to
three acres - on the northern slopes of one of Auckland's
most affluent suburbs.
Auckland private school Saint Kentigern has sold its Remuera
Road property to the Auckland Hebrew Congregation.
The school's board of trustees said on Monday it had reached
an agreement to sell the current site of its girls' school
and preschool, valued at $23 million.
The buildings, covering a land area of 1.24 hectares, included
classrooms, science and technology blocks, a preschool, a
two-level villa, an assembly hall, a large swimming pool with
changing sheds, a tennis court and open spaces.
The buildings range in age from the original homestead in
the centre of the site, built about 90 years ago, to the art
block, constructed in 2001.
Saint Kentigern plans to shift its girls' school, which goes
up to year eight, and co-ed preschool to new buildings within
the campus of Saint Kentigern Boys' School on Shore Road in
Those moves would be made in 2022 and early 2023 respectively.
The board said it understood the Auckland Hebrew Community
would continue to use the Remuera Rd campus as an educational
Board chair Dr John Kernohan said he was "particularly
delighted to see that it would now continue to meet the needs
of another faith-based community".
"Saint Kentigern has longstanding and warm ties with
the Auckland Jewish community, making this outcome especially
tech star on hiring spree
An Auckland based software company needs to hire 125 staff
as it pushes into North America and other markets.
The cloud point-of-sale software maker currently has around
300 employees. Some 54 of the new hires will be in New Zealand.
Chief executive says there are now more than 25,000 retailers
worldwide who pay to use their product.
One of the company's immediate points of focus is the North
American market, where it has launched strategic partnerships
with ten of the largest payment processors in North America.
For more information contact the
Auckland Jewish Immigration (AJI).
For more information on Information Technology jobs click
News for all Immigrants trying to meet the required English
Pearson PTE Academic (PTE) is an English language global
teaching institution that can be accessed on their website.
Once you have qualified successfully through PTE, you can
expect your English to be approved by Immigration New Zealand
for all student and migration visa applications, and accepted
by all New Zealand universities, institutes of technology
and polytechnics, and by thousands of institutions worldwide
for admission purposes.
PTE utilises state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI)
technology to provide the most accurate and objective test
of academic English available.
Students and migrants prefer PTE as it is the most unbiased
proof of a candidate's English skills and quickly returns
their results, with 8 out of 10 test takers receiving their
scores in 2 days.
The AJI welcomes this new organisation because we know how
difficult it can be to reach the required levels of English
to complete their immigration applications.
More information at https://pearsonpte.com
Zealand Immigration direct contacts
Contacting Immigration New Zealand regarding a new visa application
has never been so easy.
You can call the Immigration Contact Centre from 6:00am Monday
to midnight on Saturday (New Zealand Time).
If you have already applied for a visa, ensure you have your
client number, application number and passport number with
you when you call.
You can request urgent assistance from the Immigration Contact
Centre, including requests that may require a face-to-face
For more information go to the NZ
Immigration contact web page.
2 Resident Visa
Experienced business people who have a minimum of NZ $3 million
in available funds or assets can apply for New Zealand residence.
Before you can apply, you will need to send New Zealand Immigration
an Expression of Interest telling them about your business
experience and investment.
If your Expression of Interest is successful they will invite
you and your partner and dependent children to apply for New
More information at https://www.immigration.govt.nz
Zealand urgently needs your Construction skills
New Zealand needs skilled tradesmen and women to address
a critical shortage of skills in the construction industry.
If you are a carpenter, a plumber or electrician, then we
need your skills!
Jobs are available right across the industry including project
managers, building inspectors, surveyors and engineers. In
addition to residential construction, there are commercial
construction projects including a 54 level tower to be built
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