Immigration NZ

By TRACEY ROXBURGH HE was gone by lunchtime. Hamish Walker becomes the second Clutha-Southland MP to resign before the next election from what is, arguably, one of the safest blue seats in the country. His predecessor Todd Barclay was rolled in 2017...

Migrants’ mare

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown migrant couple holed up in Bali for almost four months are becoming increasingly desperate as they’re continually barred from re-entering New Zealand. Brits Charlie Grant and Zara Meekins were holidaying there in March when their return...

Stuck in Brazil

By PHILIP CHANDLER Concern's growing for dozens of Queenstown-based Brazilians who can't get back to their adopted hometown. A local Brazilian knows of 113 of her countryfolk on New Zealand work visas who were visiting Brazil when borders shut because of the...
It's never been harder to be a migrant in Queenstown, with their numbers disproportionately represented in the ranks of those currently losing their jobs. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to two members from the largest migrant group, Brazilians, who've been working hard to support their...
In an exit interview with Philip Chandler, Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd fires shots at unconstructive criticism of the resort's growth. He takes a tilt at NZ Transport Agency, too, but also pinpoints his highlights, and his reasons for moving to Invercargill Destination Queenstown's CEO's...
A hard-working Queenstown-based Turkish cook may be forced to leave New Zealand, through no fault of his own. Ramazan Atagan, 35, who's worked for Turkish Kebabs for five years, was refused an essential skills work visa by Immigration NZ because...
Resort bosses are in a full-blown slugfest for staff as the housing crunch continues to bite. Queenstown Chamber of Commerce's biennial labour and accommodation survey reveals a quarter of businesses expect to pay 50 per cent above the going-rate. And a...
The survivor of a horrific hit-and-run wants Queenstowners to keep one thought in their minds when considering drink-driving. "I just want to send a message to them – you might hurt someone," Mutsuko Morisue says. "And it's not only them. "It's the...

Locked up, booted out

An Immigration officer is being accused of sexism and harassment by a deported Canadian. Taisha Neil-Seebohm, who had a working holiday visa, was refused entry at Queenstown Airport on June 11. She then spent four days in Queenstown police cells before...
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