Immigration New Zealand

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown hotel has stayed open throughout the Covid-19 lockdown just to look after - for free - a treasured Belgian guest. Luce Wilsens, 89, has been staying at Kamana Lakehouse - formerly Aspen Hotel - for all...
You know what's bloody amazing? Us. I had a chat with one of our new staffers the other day. He was surprised at the vitriol coming from other parts of New Zealand about the situation Queenstown finds itself in. That others have taken...
By MATTHEW MCKEW An urgent review of essential skills work visas is needed to protect local Kiwis from job losses, Queenstown's mayor says. Jim Boult's written a letter calling on Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway to relax the visa requirement of 30 hours'...
By GUY WILLIAMS TOTS on Tour owner Lucy Wilkinson exemplifies the hundreds of small business owners in Queenstown who rely on travellers for their trade. Which is why Wilkinson’s so relieved by the government’s wage subsidy package announced this week. Her baby...
Queenstown's Mr Football is a true-blue local now. In an early Christmas present from Immigration New Zealand, Jamie Whitmarsh was granted permanent residency on December 23. The popular former Londoner, now enjoying a summer break before his school holiday training camps start...
A Belgian 89-year-old who's frequented Queenstown for 27 summers is overjoyed she's won a massive battle with Immigration New Zealand to prolong her latest visit. Immigration NZ has bent its rules to grant Luce Wilsens, whose plight featured in Mountain...

Indian slump

Queenstown's valuable Indian tourism market's been hit by delays in Immigration New Zealand processing visitor visas. Visitor numbers and spending from the world's second largest population had been steadily growing in recent years, however holiday arrivals into NZ dropped 11.3...
Happy New Year! Christmas has been and gone and I'd like to wish you all happy holidays. For those in the Queenstown area for the holidays, welcome, we hope you enjoy our piece of paradise as much as we do. For those...

Fight or flight

Support's rallying for a highly-valued Queenstown massage therapist facing deportation from New Zealand. Brazilian-born Maria De Souza, who's lived in NZ for almost 12 years, has been refused a work-to-residence visa by Immigration NZ. It cites concerns about her mental health...

Immigration fight

Sparks are flying over Immigration New Zealand's decision to expel a Brazilian Queenstowner with a three-week-old baby. Motel cleaner Rafaela Amaral was declined a work visa because INZ is not satisfied her employer was "complying with all relevant employment and...
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