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Immigrating to Auckland, New Zealand?

The Auckland Jewish Immigration (AJI) is a volunteer immigration organisation working under the auspices of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation (AHC).

We offer full information on immigration procedures and free advice on:

  • Business and jobs
  • Accommodation
  • Schooling

All these free services are available to you in one hit by contacting us.

The Auckland Jewish Immigration is the only officially sanctioned website representing the Auckland Hebrew Congregation. If you want to tap into the heart of New Zealand's biggest Jewish congregation click here.

Who are the Auckland Jewish Immigration?

The AJI is a voluntary organization and our services are free. One of its key objectives is to welcome, settle and help integrate newly arrived families not only into the congregation but also into the broader community irrespective of affiliation. The only condition is that you become a member of the basic associations that are fundamental and essential to our community's welfare.

One of the purposes of the AJI is to bolster the numbers of members to strengthen and enrich the future of the AHC (Auckland Hebrew Congregation). If you qualify and are prepared to join our congregation as a member of the AHC, we will do all we can to smooth the way for you to be able to immigrate.

The AHC has been established in Auckland for over 150 years. It is a warm, caring, closely knit congregation with a wide range of organizations and activities, and would welcome potential new members as part of its extended congregational family.

For more information and to see whether you qualify, please go to the Requirements web page.

Auckland - your city

A vibrant South Pacific city of 1,400,000 people, perched within glistening harbours, surrounded by lush forests and subtropical islands. Auckland, City of Sails, offers an incomparable lifestyle, unique within New Zealand and the world. More »

You can save up to $10,000 NZ dollars, and sometimes more, with our AJI free partnership immigration service

$10,000 fee is the going rate if you engage an Immigration consultant to process the work for you. With the AJI Partnership it’s free - no hidden costs – all you pay is fees to the Immigration Department.

Once the AJI has established your qualifications/work experience and other immigration related requirements, we will tell you if, under normal circumstances, you should go ahead with your applications to immigrate.

From then on, if you go ahead, we will guide you at your own speed step by step through the process. It is a partnership that should lead to a successful settlement outcome.

300 families have settled in New Zealand through the AJI partnership.

Assistance with Jewish Students to Auckland

Are you a Jewish student living outside New Zealand? Have you considered studying in Auckland, a vibrant South Pacific city of 1,400,000 people? More »


Job vacancy

December 2014

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If you worked for us, THIS is what you would have done last month

  • Undertook in-depth on-page SEO audits for some very interesting companies
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  • Made tea at least once
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This position is full time and based in Auckland, New Zealand.
See www.pureseo.co.nz for more information about our company.
Applicants for this position should have New Zealand residency or a valid New Zealand work permit.
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Learning English can improve your job and study opportunities

December 2014


It's the best way to get the most out of your life in New Zealand.

Study English as a second language and you'll learn how to communicate effectively as well as building your confidence to use English in lots of everyday situations.

Explore your options

There is in Auckland a range of English language courses that will improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills - see website search engines and search for "English language schools in Auckland".

From complete beginners to advanced English speakers, you can study English as a second language at lots of different levels.

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.

Tables turned - NZ needs Aussie workers

November 26, 2014

The cross-Tasman tide has now fully turned.

Aside from virtually claiming the Bledisloe Cup as its own, New Zealand can boast a stronger economy than Australia, a budget surplus this year and a lower unemployment rate.

And now it wants Australian workers.

A series of New Zealand job fairs are being held across Australia to try and lure some of the Kiwi expats living in Australia back home and any Aussies who want a job to fill an expected 50,000 job vacancies over the next two years.

"Unemployment is dropping and we are starting to see skills shortages," New Zealand Employment Minister Steven Joyce told ABC radio on Wednesday.

New Zealand companies are looking for 2500 workers across a range of areas - computer software and design, construction and engineering and manufacturing.

Mr Joyce said between 1600 and 1700 people turned up at a two-day job expo in Perth last weekend.

About 60 per cent were Kiwis thinking about going home and the remainder were Australians or people who had recently moved to Australia.

"It's a case of targeting both expat Kiwis to return ... and Australians well," Mr Joyce said.

And people appear to be answering the call.

October was the first month since late 1993 where there was net migration into New Zealand from Australia.

"We expect that to continue. That's really because the New Zealand economic story has been getting progressively stronger," Mr Joyce said.

Booming exports have been part of New Zealand's success story, fuelled by its 2008 free trade agreement with China that has been a boon for its dairy industry.

The jobs fair rolls into Sydney Town Hall this weekend and then it moves on to Melbourne and Brisbane early in 2015.

Auckland Hebrew Congregation has a new rabbi

November 2014

Rabbi Friedler was born in Israel, studied law and rabbinical ordination conjointly.

After a year practising law and finding himself buried in paperwork, he realised he was suited to a career that was more people orientated and found a niche with rabbinical studies.

“Judaism is all about being inclusive and communicating with people. That side of things really appealed to me. The prayer we recite when we return the Torah to the ark is about following the ways of pleasantness and the path that leads to peace. I want to market Judaism in the same way to the community.”

Our new Rabbi met Shiri fourteen years ago. Originally from Cape Town, she had just made aliyah a few weeks earlier and was studying logistics and economics in Israel.

Our Rabbi was headed to Cape Town for a year and thought it was a good opportunity to swap notes. Clearly the meeting had a lasting impression and despite heading off in different directions, they were engaged the following year.

After three years leading a community in Adelaide, the family shifted to Perth and Nathanel became the assistant Rabbi in a community of around a thousand members.

They embraced an active lifestyle in Perth, where Shiri studied industrial design and the family enjoyed swimming, running and cycling. They have three boys Yedidya (10), Hillel (7) and Shiloh (3) who have adapted easily to the Auckland lifestyle and attend Kadimah.

The AJI and Rabbi Friedler look to continue the close relationship we have had with the previous Rabbi Altschul.

NZ Job Prospects Sunnier

November 2014

For the first time since the global recession hit, it is now easier to find a job in NZ than Australia.

A sharp drop in New Zealand's unemployment rate from 6 per cent in March to 5.6 per cent in June has brought the local jobless rate below Australia's - 6 per cent - for the first time since March 2009.

Employment agencies said they were seeing New Zealanders returning after their jobs dried up in Australia.

Migrants from Australia - mainly returning Kiwis - expecting to stay here reached 22,200 in the year to June.

Migrants going in the opposite direction plunged from 48,000 in the year to June last year to 30,500 in the latest year, resulting in the smallest net outflow since 1995.

Last year the Australian mining boom collapsed.

Tradestaff managing director Kevin Eder said many Kiwi tradespeople were returning. "I've just come back from Western Australia, and every single person I met in the recruitment game or the mining game, their opening statement was how much things have slowed down" he said.

An Auckland recruitment agent specialising in transport and logistics, Ross Upton, said he had started to see workers coming home in the past three months.

"We are certainly having Kiwis coming back who perhaps haven't found Australia to be the land of milk and honey that it was made out to be" he said.

Wiri factory manager Laurie Smith said that in the past year the factory had started up a second shift for the first time in eight years, and hired 24 extra workers taking it to 91 staff.

"We are planning on increasing the second shift into a full second shift," he said. "That will be another 15 people over the next six to eight months."

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Contact Stan – aji@xtra.co.nz

Employment confidence highest since GFC

30 June 2014

Employment confidence was net positive for ten out of 11 regions, and Auckland overtook Canterbury as the most confident region.

Employment confidence is at its highest level in nearly six years and Auckland has overtaken Canterbury as the most confident region in the latest Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index survey.

The index rose to 109.9 in the June quarter from 108.4 in the March quarter. The June quarter level is the highest since September 2008, when the global financial crisis was affecting sentiment. A number over 100 indicates optimists outnumber pessimists.

Employment confidence was net positive for ten out of 11 regions, and Auckland overtook Canterbury as the most confident region.

Respondents' expectations for their own job security rose from a net 16.8 percent to 17.6 percent, which is the highest since September 2009.

The net percentage of people expecting a rise in earnings in the coming year rose from a net 31.1 percent to 34.2 percent The survey was conducted between June 1 and June 10, with a sample size of 1565.

The June quarter was the sixth consecutive quarter showing employment optimism. Private sector workers are generally more optimistic than public sector workers since September 2009.

"On every constituent question of the employment confidence index, private sector employees have a more positive view than their public sector counterparts," John McDougall, director of strategy planning at McDermott Miller.

Migration jumps to 10-year high

23 June 2014

New Zealand's annual migration rose to its highest in more than a decade last month, keeping the net inflow at a pace both the Reserve Bank and the Treasury say will drive up demand in the domestic economy this year.

The country gained a net 36,400 migrants in the year through May, the highest since the November 2003 year, Statistics New Zealand said. The Treasury expects net migration to peak at 38,100 in the year through September.

New Zealand gained a seasonally adjusted 3,980 migrants in May, a touch softer than the 4,100 pace in April, Statistics New Zealand said. A net 200 people left for Australia in April, matching the previous month's record low.

The number of short-term visitor arrivals rose 5.4 percent to a record 161,400 for a May month, helped by more visitors from the US and Japan, the agency said. Overseas trips by New Zealanders rose 9 percent to 198,200 in May from the year earlier month.

Big jump in May job ads: Seek

18 June 2014

Improving economic confidence is leading to a surge in job opportunities across the country, new figures from the www.seek.co.nz recruitment website show.

The number of job advertisements posted on Seek last month jumped by 17.3 per cent compared with the same month last year.

More than 26,000 jobs were posted on the site in May, an increase of 2.9 per cent on the previous month, Seek said.

Canterbury and Auckland led the way in job ads growth, recording rises of 3.8 and 3.7 per cent respectively.

Wellington showed job ads growth for the first time this year with a 1.7 per cent increase in new job ads, Seek general manager Janet Faulding said.

"The rise in the number of applications received for each job from April to May is a strong indicator of the continued confidence in the labour market," she said.

"Skilled workers are currently on the move, so now is a great time for employers to look for new talent."
Across the country, the number of construction job ads posted on Seek was up 46 per cent compared with May last year.

Farming job ads were up 43 per cent, trades and services jobs rose 33 per cent, and design and architecture job ads were up 26 per cent.

Kiwis treated to warmer climes this winter

4 June 2014

Heat pumps might not be on full blast this winter.

The winter forecast is in, with NIWA predicting North Islanders will be treated to warmer than normal temperatures over the winter months.

The South Island will also have average to above average temperatures across the three-month period to August 31.
It won't be particularly dry nor damp, with the agency predicting average rainfall nationwide.

"It's important to remember that we're talking very big picture here," Mr Brandolino told NZ Newswire.

The seasonal climate outlook also predicts the late winter arrival of El Nino, a band of warm ocean water temperatures that periodically develops off the Pacific coast of South America.

The phenomenon, which occurs every three to five years, will bring rain and slightly cooler temperatures to the west coast of the country and warmer, drier conditions on the east coast.

Employers struggle with skills shortages

29 May 2014

Employers are reporting problems finding staff with the right skills.

The latest talent shortage survey from ManpowerGroup reports that 59 per cent of New Zealand employers are struggling to fill jobs.

That compares to a global average of 36 percent and is the second year in a row that more than half of the over 650 employers surveyed have detailed hiring difficulties.

The survey found vacancies for engineers, skilled trades and accounting and finance staff were the most difficult to fill.
"New Zealand's economic and employment growth is being fuelled by construction, infrastructure and housing developments in Auckland and Christchurch. This growth is filtering through to other sectors across the country, including retail, accommodation and food services," ManpowerGroup's Lincoln Crawley said.

More than half of respondents said skill shortages were reducing their ability to service their clients and Mr Crawley warned businesses were being hampered.

"Organisations need the right staff to service growing demand or they will miss out on growth opportunities and risk being left behind."

He said there needed to be more targeted campaigns to attract workers here from abroad and to better identify talent in New Zealand and ensure those leaving education were ready to enter the workforce.

The survey backs up a report this week from PwC which found chief executives in New Zealand are worried they can't find people to employ with the skills they need.

It found 80 per cent felt the availability of key skills is the biggest threat to their organisation's growth, compared to 63 per cent globally.

New property plan for downtown Auckland

May 9, 2014

Public space could be swapped for lane and cash from shopping centre developers

Queens Wharf

The Auckland Council is in talks to privatise a section of Queen Elizabeth Square as part of a $300 million redevelopment by Precinct Properties of the Downtown Shopping Centre.

A deal with Precinct Properties for public space outside the Downtown Shopping Centre.

The future of the downtown area, including Queens Wharf, the ferry basin, Quay St, buses at Britomart and Precinct's redevelopment of the Downtown Shopping Centre, is being co-ordinated by the council's city centre integration group.

Favoured is the $55 million commercial buildings proposal by the Cayman Islands registered company - the Ferry Project Group - which owns the Ferry Building.

Gina Rinehart, Australia's richest person and ranked among the top five richest women in the world, is behind plans to build commercial buildings on Queens Wharf, according to sources.

Ms Rinehart is an Australian mining heiress and the largest shareholder in Fairfax Media, which owns the Dominion Post among other newspapers in New Zealand. Her wealth is estimated at A$22 billion ($23.9 billion).

A new AJI Initiative promoting Jewish School Students - Guardianship

Immigration New Zealand allows parents or guardians to live with and care for their child while they study in New Zealand. The child must be 17 years of age or younger, or enrolled in school years 1 to 13, and must be the holder of a current student visa.

'Guardian' is the person who has the legal right and responsibility to provide for the care (including education and health) of an international student. This includes the student's biological or adoptive parents, testamentary guardian, or court-appointed guardian. A guardian is the person who provides for the care of the student in the student's home country.

Important points include: the usual visitor visa requirements apply, including health and character requirements.

Where this little known visa can be helpful is getting over the English language problem who's children have very little English.

Through the Guardian visa both the guardian and the child (children) will upgrade their English which later could assist with the family's immigration application.

Kadimah Jewish College is close to being accredited as a school able to accept overseas school students.
Guardian visa holder will be granted a visa for up to a year.

A parent or guardian can be granted further 12-month visitor visas to allow them to stay for the duration of the student's course or until the student turns 19 years of age.

If the guardian is granted a visa in order for them to care for a student aged 13 years or younger must live with that student while in New Zealand.

NZ's door open to migrants - PM John Key

May 5, 2014

PM tells delegates friendly immigration policy a point of difference between National and other parties.

Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister John Key laid out the welcome mat for migrants yesterday and said it was a point of contrast between National and other parties.

"We don't put up the fear factor you see from other political parties about the multicultural society that is emerging in New Zealand," he told more than 300 delegates to National's northern conference at Waipuna Hotel yesterday.
"We welcome tourists that come from overseas; we welcome people that are going to come and study at our schools and universities; we welcome people who want to invest in New Zealand and we welcome people who want to make their home in New Zealand," he said. "And yes, we welcome people who want to buy a home here and raise a family. That's what a multicultural, confident society is about."

New Zealand's future lay in selling things to the rest of the world and the future of the world was about being more connected, he said.

Auckland's gleaming new electric trains launched

1 May 2014

Auckland's gleaming new electric trains

Mayor Len Brown expects passengers to flock to the "stunning" trains, two of which took thousands of joy-riders on free jaunts from Britomart yesterday.

"They are quiet, fast and modern, giving a real sense of space - you'll love them, they move beautifully."

They are the first of what will swell to a 57-strong fleet by the middle of next year, marking the completion of a $1.14 billion rail electrification drive.

Praise for the use of contrasting colour for the passenger information display and the subtle controls for the new trains means they will stop at the same place at the platform for passengers using the low floor part of the train.

The Auckland Hebrew Congregation is getting younger

For those who have been recently involved with Jewish social activities it is becoming more obvious that there is many more young children who seem to be everywhere at these functions.

Congregational demographics show reducing funerals through the last few years on a sliding scale from 2001 to the present time.

This would be the natural change in the congregational demographics as the AJI has found the arriving migrants are families with young children looking for a safe and secure environment for their young children with considerable emphasis in this respect with the high standard of public health and education institutions available.

The AJI's contribution to achieving the younger congregational and community demographics needs to be recognised for what it is, as a positive forward step for future congregations.

Opportunity still exists for first home buyers

Whilst Auckland Property markets have hit a record high home sales averaging over $700,000 dollars, there are still opportunities for first-time home buyers.

Graham Wall, a leading property salesman says the term boom-prices were incorrect. Wall says Auckland really didn't go into the 2008-9 global recession, whilst the rest of the world did. "We are just at beginning of a golden time".
Back in 1945 at the conclusion of world war two many returning serviceman were given by the Government State Houses on a quarter acre of land.

This set up for many years an accepted concept of four houses spread over one acre, creating the now well known Auckland housing sprawl with its heavy municipal financial burden of high costs of supporting infrastructure services for relatively small populated areas.

Today this has now changed with intensification of areas allowed to be built on including a limited easing of height building restrictions.

With those changes the inner-ring of suburbs five years ago which offered really good buyer values, have now redeveloped into sought after properties at price levels, many well above the average.

For first-time buyers the immediate outer suburbs of the now well developed inner-ring areas surrounding the Central Business district still offer buyer opportunities before inevitably the prices in those suburbs will also begin to boom.

These relatively close to the City centre outer suburbs are now likely to be a handyman's dream, with State houses scattered throughout those areas that can be converted into brilliant homes. Some of those sites have water views.

Auckland now stretches with its 220 suburbs 100 kilometres in any direction. Over the next decades progressively the low density populated suburbs will progressively be redeveloped creating new buying opportunities for first time buyers. This process of continued redevelopment will continue for the foreseeable future.

Singer's Sedar Experience

An email from the newly arrived Singer family from the USA:

Shalom Stan,

The Sedar last night was fantastic. One of the best I have ever experienced. We met some very interesting people. Most were from long-time Jewish New Zealand families.

We began to leave just after dinner at around 9:30pm and by the time we finished kibitzing it was past 11:30pm.
There were some fascinating stories which I can share with you over coffee. We made some new friends.

Tonight we head out to the Shul for 2nd Sedar. We will be keeping an eye on the moon, it should provide quite a good show.

So far we love New Zealand and it appears that New Zealand loves us.

I am sure you had a wonderful Sedar last night. Being with family is so nice. As the good book says, hopefully next year we will be free men in Jerusalem. Let me know when you have time to kibbitz over coffee or ???


Labour market takes off

17 April 2014

The labour market is taking off, with more jobs advertised in March, continuing a run of rises for three months in a row, a bank survey shows.

A strong economy is now being accompanied by rising employment that will provide a backbone to household income growth over the months ahead.

The latest ANZ job ads survey points to unemployment falling from 6 per cent at the end of last year to 5.7 per cent at the end of March and dropping even more in coming months.

The number ofjob advertisements lifted 1.1 per cent in March, seasonally adjusted. This bodes well for an ongoing downward trend in the unemployment rate." ANZ said.

Job advertising on the internet in March rose 2 per cent but fell 4.6 per cent in newspapers.

In the three months to March the level of internet job advertising lifted 6.4 per cent compared with the previous the three months, to be 15.3 per cent higher than a year ago.

Manufacturing grows for 19th month, employment surges to 7-year high

Thursday April 10 2014

New Zealand's "buoyant" manufacturing sector expanded for the 19th consecutive month in March as domestic demand for goods and fast-growing Asian economies fuelled economic momentum through the first quarter of 2014. The employment index reached a seven-year high.

The BNZ-BusinessNZ seasonally adjusted performance of manufacturing index increased to 58.4 in March, from an upwardly revised 56.5 in February, and 53 in March last year. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector.

The PMI averaged 57.1 in the first quarter of 2014 with the manufacturing sector in a "buoyant mood" making the most of strong domestic demand and increased exposure to fast growing Asian economies while negotiating a high kiwi dollar and global uncertainty, BNZ said.

All five of the seasonally adjusted main diffusion indices in March expanded, for the first time since October, as finished stocks edged up to 51.1. The biggest gainer was employment up 1.6 points to 56.3, its highest level since November 2007, while deliveries of raw material slipped slightly to 57.1.

Finding skilled workers is a hard task, says survey

NZ Herald April 9, 2014

Forestry was one of the industries with the
highest levels of hard-to-fill vacancies.
Photo / Natalie Slade

Statistics New Zealand's annual business operations survey of 36,000 businesses, published last week, found 31 per cent reporting vacancies that were hard to fill, particularly for tradespeople. The trend has been rising since 2009.

The number of businesses who say it is getting harder to find the skilled workers they need is well above the long-term average, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research reports, and a survey by Statistics New Zealand sheds some light on what they are likely to do about it.

In the institute's latest quarterly survey of business opinion, 29 per cent of the firms surveyed said getting skilled or specialist labour is harder than it was three months ago.

Firms report less difficulty filling unskilled vacancies than skilled ones but the trend is one of increasing difficulty.
Forestry, machinery manufacturing, construction, telecommunications and computer systems design were the industries with the highest levels of hard-to-fill vacancies - all above 40 per cent.

When asked what actions they had taken as a result, 39 per cent of the businesses reporting hard-to-fill vacancies said they increased salaries, 35 per cent trained less qualified recruits, 26 per cent brought in contractors, 23 per cent recruited overseas and 29 per cent stepped up training.

The World Bank ranked New Zealand best country in the world to start a business and third in the world for the ease of doing business last year

08 April 2014

New Zealand's company tax policies are more consistent and predictable than Australia's, says financial services company Deloitte.

The Asia Pacific Tax Complexity Survey Report, released overnight in Hong Kong, highlights key tax trends facing businesses operating in the region.

New Zealand ran against the overall trend identified in the report, where Asia-Pacific countries, such as Australia, China, India and Japan were adopting more complex, less consistent and less predictable tax regimes, Deloitte said.

More than 90 per cent of survey respondents said New Zealand's tax system was consistent or consistent compared with three years ago and effectively no survey respondents said the audit system here had treated them unfairly, compared to more than half in China and India.

Deloitte chief executive Thomas Pippos said the results highlighted the stark contrast existing in tax policy and administration across the region. "On balance, New Zealand has a stable tax system where laws are relatively certain and the tax authority is seen as generally fair towards taxpayers," Pippos said.

"Being seen as a country that is easy to do business in from a tax perspective is certainly a positive to attracting global investment, but it's important not to overstate this, as tax is really only a secondary factor in attracting foreign investment.

"The real driver of global investment remains the extent of opportunities."

The World Bank ranked New Zealand the best country in the world to start a business and third in the world for the ease of doing business last year.

Pippos said the Deloitte report was especially relevant for New Zealand businesses looking to expand offshore, as foreign tax systems could be troublesome and harder to understand.

Emerging markets, increasingly targeted by New Zealand exporters, were singled out as having particularly complex tax systems, with more than 80 per cent of respondents saying India, China and Indonesia would be the three most complex tax regimes by 2017.

"The survey results reinforce the risk and challenges New Zealand businesses face operating in the region as they confront not only different markets but also different approaches to tax and tax administration," Pippos said. "It's about ensuring that everyone goes into these markets with their eyes wide open, as assumptions are a sure-fire way to making an expensive mistake.

NZ ranked #1 for social progress

April 3, 2014

A Washington-based think-tank has found that New Zealand is the most socially advanced country in the world.

The Social Progress Imperative, whose advisory board is led by Harvard economist Professor Michael Porter, has put New Zealand first out of 130 countries based on 54 indicators of social progress.

New Zealand is the happiest
country in the world.

The country tops the world on indicators of personal rights and freedoms, and comes in the top four for water and sanitation, access to schooling and tertiary education, and tolerance and inclusion of minority groups.

Switzerland was close behind with 88.19 points, followed by Iceland, the Netherlands and Norway. Australia came tenth with 86.10 points.

The United States was 16th with 82.77 points, scoring in the bottom half on ecosystem sustainability (69th) and on health and wellness (70th), again partly because of a high obesity rate.

The index is the latest of many attempts in recent years to develop better measures of national wellbeing than the traditional gross domestic product (GDP), which has been widely criticised for measuring only what can be counted in dollars.

Professor Porter is widely known for his books on international competitiveness, including a 1991 report on New Zealand's competitiveness which advocated fostering "clusters" of internationally competitive firms.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said: "This report is great news and it backs up what we all know - that we live in a fantastic country."

Offshore money floods Auckland

March 8, 2014

A jump in the number of Auckland land sales to offshore developers and investors - has been a feature of the New Zealand property market over the past six months, says Chris Bayley, international commercial and industrial director for Bayleys.

Bayley says there has been a significant lift in land sales across all sectors of the Auckland market on the back of the region's strong economic recovery, future growth projections and the opportunities that will open up under the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

Recent land sales include three development sites in Flat Bush ranging from $4.6 million for 2.4ha to $38 million for 110ha; and two sites on the North Shore and in West Auckland with residential and mixed use zonings which sold for a total of $47.8 million.

A number of other large land holdings under sales contracts to local and offshore buyers are due to go unconditional over the next few months.

Bayley says a broadening of New Zealand's immigration criteria in recent years has resulted in substantial numbers of Southeast Asians securing permanent residency here many of whom are active participants in the property market, particularly in the retail sector.

Auckland now more diverse than London

March 4, 2014

It's no secret that Auckland is a diverse city full of different cultures and new research has shed light on exactly how it and the rest of the country are changing.


More than 200 ethnic groups are recorded as living here and Auckland which is considered more diverse than London or Sydney, with 40 per cent of its population made up of different ethnicities.

The changing makeup of the country's population is featured in the latest NZ Geographic magazine, which focuses on ethnic diversity, age, wealth and attitudes, drawn from the latest Census figures.

Massey University humanities and social sciences research director Professor Paul Spoonley told the Herald Auckland's multi-culturally today was way beyond what experts believed.

Kiwis had overall become more accepting of migrant communities. Their had been a huge noticeable change in Auckland over the last few years with a big welcome mat out to all migrants where ever they came from.

Asked why they chose Auckland, migrants general comments were that the environment is clean, there's fresh air and there's safety of food ... There's a good education system and that it was also considered to be a much safer place than many other countries, such as America, Canada and Australia.

Job ads jump in January, says Seek

February 7, 2014

Job growth in the Auckland market is biggest in the information and communication technology industries, says Seek.

New Zealand's "rock star economy" is fuelling big job growth as unemployment plummets.

Seek, the job search business, said employment advertisements rose 13 per cent last month compared to January 2013 and people in the provinces were gaining the most ground.

About 24,000 jobs were advertised nationally, up from less than 21,000 last January.

Statistics New Zealand said this month the labour market continued to grow and unemployment fell to 6 per cent. There were 24,000 more people employed in the December 2013 quarter, following an additional 28,000 in the September quarter.

Last year, the number of people employed rose 3 per cent, according to the Household Labour Force Survey. Demand for workers from established businesses rose 1.9 per cent in the Quarterly Employment Survey.

"We're seeing strength across the labour market, particularly in the industries that provide services," industry and labour statistics manager Diane Ramsay said. "The unemployment rate has been falling and employment rising for the last 18 months, with both now at levels last seen in early 2009."

Annual wage inflation remained steady at 1.6 per cent in the December 2013 quarter.

Seek's Faulding indicated Aucklanders were the most favoured when it came to job hunting: 12,000 jobs were advertised in the city in January, 13 per cent up on last January, she said.

And if you're an Aucklander with skills in the IT area, you could be in the best position of all.

Faulding said Auckland job ad growth was biggest in the information and communication technology industries.

Facebook changes

Stephen Katz

The AJI has cancelled its Facebook page due to New Zealand's privacy laws. All immigration enquires should be send via our contact page.

If you want to make Facebook contact with the AJI on general non specific questions on settlement or general migrant information, you can still do this through Stephen Katz' Facebook page.

Stephen is one of AJI's senior committee members, who would be only too happy to receive your enquires.

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New Zealand Immigration Advisers Licence

Stanley Ishia Rose
Adviser no. 200901789

The Auckland Jewish Immigration chairman Stan Rose has been granted a licence to operate as a New Zealand Immigration Adviser (Adviser number 200901789). Whilst the Registration has to be issued to a specific person and not an organisation, never the less it consolidates the AJI as the premier Jewish Immigration organisation in New Zealand. Click here to view the certificate.

Migrants seeking immigration advice need to be aware that it is now illegal for anyone in New Zealand to provide this advice without a licence from the Immigration Advisers Authority, unless they are exempt from the licensing requirements. People who are exempt from licensing include Citizens Advice Bureaux staff and volunteers, Community Law Centre staff and volunteers, Members of Parliament and their staff, practising lawyers and Immigration New Zealand staff. Migrants seeking advice from licensed immigration advisers should look out for the special trademark (pictured), which only licensed advisers may display.

Finding Your First Job

An AJI 65 page booklet written by Stan Rose is now posted on to the internet. The booklet is in Manual reference form based on assisting an arriving immigrant endeavouring to secure their first job.

The booklet is exclusive to AJI assisted migrants who will require a password to access the site. This site is only available by application to aji@xtra.co.nz quoting the enquirer's personal AJI file number.

Electronic Newsletter

If you wish to receive the outstanding AJI quarterly newsletter and are not on our database to receive it, please CLICK HERE and supply your full name and email address. You can cancel at any time and your details will remain confidential.

The AJI is a unique exclusive Jewish Immigration Advisory organisation

You want to immigrate but how do you get started? There are two main considerations -

  1. Engage a registered Immigration Consultant - Cost anything up to $12,000 nz
  2. Negotiate the immigration process yourself

If it is to be item 2-then contact us how our free partnership Immigration and Settlement service works.
This step by step immigration service will be dependant for a successful outcome for you to carry out our advice through the Immigration process.

We will also be totally honest with you if you are unlikely to have your Immigration application accepted.

Stan admitted to the NZAMI

Stan Rose representing the AJI as of the 16 June became a full member of the all important NZAMI (New Zealand Association for Migrant and Investment). As with the Adviser application and appointment this membership requested
a waver of fees and/or subscriptions as a Not-For Profit organisation. What was particularly pleasing signed by Robert Liang Chair of the Membership committee and Director of the Board of NZAMI as a non Jewish organisation were his comments :

“We acknowledge your effort to help the community voluntarily while AJI being a non profit organisation.”

The NZAMI is a powerful and influential organisation in the world of New Zealand Immigration working continuously with the Government on all Immigration issues. It will also open the door to a great deal of relative updated information, seminars with lead speakers and an opportunity to meet many Professional Immigration Consultants on a personal footing.

Commitments and responsibilities as a licensed adviser under the auspices of the Immigration Advisers Authority
Complaints procedure - Any enquirer who wished to register a complaint has on request the right to a copy of the complaints procedures as required under the Advisers Authority. These complaints must be strictly connected with advice with regard to immigration procedures. The complainant will of course be free to refer the matter for consideration under section 9 of the code of conduct to The Registrar, Advisers Authority, PO Box 6222, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141, New Zealand. Email: info@iaa.govt.nz, Phone: +64 9 925 3838.

Code of conduct
As an appointed immigration adviser the AJI is bound by a detailed code of conduct document which commits the adviser to a moral code of ethics that they must strictly adhere to. The code of conduct can be viewed at www.iaa.govt.nz/code-conduct.
If any enquirer feels that they would like to request any part of that code of conduct which may be of concern to them they can on request receive a copy of the relative section of the code of conduct documentation.

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