Latest Skilled Migrant fortnightly 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 3 December and a total of 775 EOIs were selected. 405 of these had a points total of 140 or more.

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


Could There Be Hope? NZ House Prices Begin To Turn

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) has reported that October has been a surprisingly good month for the NZ housing market with the average house price rising to $335,000, up $5000 on Septembers figures.

REINZ vice-president, Peter McDonald commented that these figures were in stark contrast to financial experts’ predictions from a year ago, which expected property prices to drop by a massive 30%. As it stands the number of house sales is still incredibly low, 30% lower than last year but the price is beginning to shift.

“Going forward, the news is even better. Up-to-date reports post election show the level of activity has increased with more enquiries showing the market may be picking up. Uncertainty caused by the election has stabilised and with interest rates and fuel prices going down, people’s confidence in real estate is returning,” he said.

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Ah, Summer In New Zealand!

Yesterday, Kiwis could be forgiven for getting a little over-excited about the weather. Summer, it seemed, had arrived. (Sitting in Wellington today, it is obvious that the nation’s enthusiasm may have been a little premature, but yesterday sure was a good appertiser!).

And what better way to enjoy yesterday’s sun than at the annual Toast Martinborough Festival. Held every November in the Wairarapa region of the North Island, the Toast Festival brings together that perfect blend of wine, food and music.

Spread around many of the region’s internationally recognised wineries, with free bus transport between, the festival showcases the Martinborough region’s fine fare. The wineries combine their homegrown talents with offerings from gastronomic partners, to create mouth watering taste sensations, all set to a background of live music. Around 10,000 people attend.

And Toast is just the start of the Summer fun. Wine and food festivals are happening up and down New Zealand, from Marlborough to Hawkes Bay, from Devonport to Oamaru.

Just one fabulous reason to live and work in New Zealand! Check out for some more!

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!

It’s Not Just The Clean Green Lifestyle That Is Attracting Men To NZ

It seems there is more to New Zealand than its fresh air and can-do attitude, its wide open spaces and its excitingopportunities, that is attracting men from overseas to live here permanently.  Tourism New Zealand, apparently trying a new marketing angle, has begun promoting The Land of the Long White Cloud as the land of the lonely lady.

Women, between the ages of 20 and 45, outnumber men in NZ by 35,000! Tourism NZ has seized upon this ‘man-drought’ as a way of encouraging skilled British men to get over here and get lucky!

A Tourism New Zealand spokeswoman said, “The population numbers speak for themselves, and it is a genuine problem.  The campaign is a bit tongue-in-cheek but people are really worried about the issue. If I was a guy, I might think about heading over there if I was single and looking for a girl.”

If you aren’t the type to be already packing your case in eager anticipation of meeting the girl of your dreams in New Zealand, you might want to do a little more homework on this incredible land.  Visit to find masses of other reasons to want to move here!

Migration Marathon!

If you ever consider your migration dreams too much like hard work, you may want to take a little inspiration from a tiny 1.5kg bird, the bar-tailed godwit.

Scientists have recently tracked the determined little godwit as it set a world record for the longest flight ever recorded.  Its endurance will make your 24 hours on a long haul flight seem like a walk in a park!  7242 miles, over 8 days, with no break, no food, no hot towel and no in-flight entertainment.  8 days and half its body weight, all to fulfill its dream of migrating to New Zealand.

Inspired?  All you need to do is visit to find immigration and relocation experts who will handle all your queries.  Then get yourself on a plane and give a thought to a tiny bird with a big dream…

Maori Party Want Compulsory History Lessons for Migrants

In the run up to New Zealand’s general election this year, immigration policies are being aired by all the major parties.  The Maori Party has announced its wishes to create compulsory history classes for all migrants to New Zealand in order for them to fully grasp the country’s past before being granted citizenship.

The Greens have announced that they would adopt easier skilled migration policies in order to assist in creating a more sustainable global economy through open movement of people and workers. 

Meanwhile, Winston Peters of New Zealand First Party has suggested tightening control of New Zealand’s immigration numbers to protect native workers.  “When times are tough internationally immigrants are attracted to New Zealand like moths to a neon light,” he said.  “We must have a population policy – and one in which ordinary New Zealanders can have an input.  It must be linked explicitly to labour market needs. No job – no immigrant.”

As it stands, under the current Labour government, New Zealand is welcoming skilled migrants to help ease its labour shortage.  Perhaps you can help?  Do you have skills and experience in areas in demand?  Take a look at to find out!