immigration

Driver ‘crisis’

Queenstown's popular $2 bus network's being shackled by a shortage of drivers, amid calls the resort should be declared a "special case" for overseas workers. Otago Regional Council's public transport boss Julian Phillips confirms to Mountain Scene they've signed off...
A popular Queenstowner's boarded a plane without knowing if she'll be allowed to return to her husband, and her home. Breast cancer survivor Juliana Costa is still awaiting a decision from the government as to whether she'll be allowed to...

Pressure cooker

Immigration changes and staffing pressures may force some Queenstown hospo businesses to shut up shop, a top restaurant boss warns. And visa processing times have almost doubled, prompting local National MP Hamish Walker to call for central government to "urgently"...

Hoping for a miracle

A popular Queenstowner's  hoping for a last minute miracle, as she battles to stay in the country. Brazilian ex-pat Juliana Costa has just finished her last round of chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer, but it's her immigration fight that's...

Costa’s visa fight

A petition calling for a Queenstown cancer sufferer to be allowed to stay in the country has reached a staggering 8000 signatures. Brazilian expat Juliana Costa, 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer just two days before her wedding to Armindo...
A Czech drug-smuggler at the centre of a political storm married in Queenstown two years ago. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway is under fire for cancelling Karel Sroubek's deportation order and reconfirming his New Zealand residency. Months before he was jailed in...
A Sri Lankan couple living in Queenstown who were facing the threat of deportation have been granted residency. Sam Wijerathne and Dinesha Amarasinghe, who have three young sons, had been living in Queenstown for eight years when Dinesha's application for...
QUEENSTOWN'S Chamber of Commerce leader has branded the Government's proposed hike in visa fees as "not helpful'', but does not believe it will curb the area's intake of migrant workers. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced plans for a new visitor...

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...
Queenstown heavyweights are pushing the government to consider the resort a special case for skilled foreign workers. The Beehive's bid to slow the numbers of migrants gaining New Zealand residency is expected to crank up pressure on local employers. Hospitality NZ board...
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