Skilled migrant category EOI selection

The Skilled Migrant Category offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to live and work permanently. If you qualify for enough points under the Skilled Migrant Category, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The latest selection took place on 14 January and a total of 778 EOIs were selected. 653 of these had a points total of 140 or more. Just over 30 percent of the EOIs selected were from the UK or South Africa. View the full results here.

July changes to the SMC mean that you can gain extra credit for work experience and New Zealand qualifications.

For information on how to get a New Zealand visa, plus loads of ideas on where to live and how to make your emigration plans run smoothly, take a look at


More Accolades for NZ in Top Country Listing

New Zealand has found itself at the top of a variety of categories in a recent survey conducted to find the most popular country in the world.

Futurebrand’s Country Brand Index (CBI) 2008 interviewed 2700 people from around the globe to determine the top country in around 30 different categories and New Zealand topped the ‘natural beauty’, ‘authenticity’, ‘desire to visit/visit again’ and ‘friendly locals’ categories.

Rina Plapler, from CBI, said, “New Zealand appears dedicated to maintaining its true and unique essence – highlighting nature, culture and its people… High mountain country, remote beaches, endless green bushlands, lakes of rare beauty and sparkling clear rivers – New Zealand’s scenery is diverse and breathtaking.”

New Zealand also took second place as the country most people would like to live in if they were to emigrate from their homeland. Australia came in at the top.

It seems it’s all happening Down Under. Got you thinking? Visit to access masses of information on how to make the move, find a job and settle in. It’s all there. Now’s good!

Opportunities New Zealand Expo – THIS WEEKEND!

This is your last reminder that the Opportunities New Zealand Expo is being held in Leeds this weekend, showcasing masses of organisations involved in getting your dreams of emigrating to NZ off the ground.

Along with some premier Kiwi employers attending with vacancies to fill, there will be recruitment companies representing a wide range of industry sectors, including health, business and finance, accounting, engineering, trades, science and IT.

The Expo will also exhibit relocation specialists to give you advice on how best to pick up your life and move it smoothly to the other end of the planet.  The NZ Immigration Department will be there to answer your questions too.

OK.  So that’s the Opportunities New Zealand Expo ’08, on the 11th and 12th October, in Leeds!  Got it?  For details on how to get there, and to buy tickets, visit their website at

And if you can’t make that, don’t panic, there is another one in London the following weekend!

Business Groups Flag Skills Shortage in Post Election Wish-list

Business New Zealand and the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce have highlighted the country’s skills shortageon their wish-list of things needing attention when the new government takes power after the November elections.

The Otago Daily Times today reported that 41% of South Island respondents to a Business NZ survey had flagged skills shortages as their primary concern. 

Otago-Southland Employers Association chief executive Duncan Simpson told the paper that “the main priorities for the region are clearly getting hold of the right people and building organisational effectiveness within the constraints of current employment law.”

The skills shortage is affecting businesses all over New Zealand and there are currently opportunities for skilled migrants to make new lives in this stunning country.  Visit for info and advise…

Expo Highlights Support Networks for Migrants

An expo designed specifically for new arrivals into New Zealand is currently taking place around the country to showcase the various migrant support services available through agencies and community groups.

The Who’s Here to Help You Expo has been organised by the police and the Ministry of Social Development and has been designed to create awareness amongst new migrants of the services available to them to ease the transition into their new communities.

At the Marlborough expo Andreja Phillips,  coordinator of the Marlborough Migrant Centre, told the local paper that the expos were a “great opportunity for people to find out what agencies and organisations are here to help them.”

Moving to New Zealand has never been easier, with immigration consultants, specialist financial advisors and settlement programmes much of the stress of migrating has been eased.  Take a look at for links and information and start making your dream a reality!

NZ Celebrates 60 Years of Citizenship

On the 6th September 1948 the New Zealand Parliament passed the British Nationality and New Zealand Citizenship Act 1948, a landmark day for kiwis and future migrants to this beautiful country.  Before that date anyone born in New Zealand could only bear British nationality.

Commenting on the anniversary, Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker said, “The passing of that legislation was a momentous day for New Zealand because it gave New Zealand citizenship to all current residents who had been either born or naturalised as British subjects from 1 January 1949, when the Act came into force. It also meant that all children born in New Zealand from that date were automatically New Zealand citizens.”

Why not start on your journey to New Zealand citizenship?  New Zealand is looking for skilled workers to ease its current labour shortage, so getting a visa to live and work here may be easier than you think. has all the info!!

More Happy News On Housing….

A bank survey in New Zealand has revealed the public’s growing optimism around the affordability of housing.  The ASB Bank has disclosed that its recent research shows the most extreme shift in opinion since they began conducting the survey in 1996.  Last quarter only 34% of people thought lower house prices were on their way, compared with 55% this quarter.  Their optimism was fuelled by mortgage rates being reduced in early May and June, and the Reserve Bank’s announcement of a likely series of drops in its official cash rate.

The survey showed that the general population’s expectation is that house prices are going to continue to drop for the next year or so.  Just enough time to lodge your application for a work visa!!  By the time you get yourself sorted and shipped out, the housing market may be at its most perfect!

Take a look at for relocation advice and information on exactly where in New Zealand you might want to call home!