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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 »


Low cost, short term accomodation for new arrivals

July 2015


Shalom Court is New Zealand’s only Jewish Aged Care facility located in St Johns, Auckland.

A number of the older self-contained cottages are surplus to need and are being offered to the community and new immigrants for short term rental.

Cottages sleep two people with en-suite bathroom, lounge and kitchenette.

Shalom Court is within walking distance to Meadowbank Shopping Centre and the Auckland Hebrew Congregation’s Stiebel. Bus stops to and from the city centre are outside the facility.

To enquire about or view a cottage, please contact Malindy Rose on (0064) 9 521 7325 or office@shalomcourt.co.nz.

If you want to work in New Zealand you need to secure some sort of working visa

The following is a full list of the work application types that will use the online forms:

Essential Skills
Post-Study Work Visa - Open
Post-Study Work Visa - Employer Assisted
Student and Trainee Work Visa (Medical/Dental, Jockey, Work Experience for Student)
Work to Residence - Long Term Skill Shortage List
Work to Residence - Talent Accredited Employer Work Visa
Work to Residence - Talent Arts Culture Sport Work Visa
Religious Worker Work Visa
Specific Purpose or Event:
- Senior or specialist business people on short-term secondments
- People seconded to New Zealand as an intra-corporate transferee
- People wishing to undertake business activities in New Zealand for a period exceeding three months in one year
- Migrant investment instructions principal applicants
- Sports referees, show, display or exhibition judges, non-accredited media and broadcasting personnel for major sporting events
- Dance and music examiners of recognised international teaching institutions
- Installers or servicers of specialised machinery or equipment supplied by an overseas company
- Sports people and professional sports coaches

Immigration Medical Package for just NZ$220

The Victoria Park Medical Suites offer one of the cheapest Immigration Medical Examination package in Auckland.

Victoria Park Medical Suites belongs to the Onshore Panel Physician Network for completing Immigration New Zealand medical examinations.

Fees for Immigration Examination Package:

  • Children under 11 years old: $60 (exam)
  • Children 11-14 years old: $130 (exam, urine test, chest x-ray)
  • 15 years old & over: $220 (exam, urine & blood tests, chest x-ray)
  • 15 years old & over: $155 (exam, urine & blood tests)
  • Limited Medical Certificate: $170

Click here for more information.

Kiwis in 4th safest nation

27 June 2015

New Zealanders live in the fourth safest country in the world , behind Iceland, Denmark and Austria.

Six out of the top ten most peaceful countries were European, according to the 2015 Global Peace Index published in June by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

The study ranks 162 nations based on factors like the level of violent crime, involvement in conflicts and degree of militarisation. New Zealand was named fourth safest, down from second last year, and ahead of Switzerland in fifth, and Australia in ninth.

Political and social stability, “relative race harmony”, geographical isolation and low levels of corruption and crime were behind the ranking, said expert Professor Patman.

“This is a remarkable uncorrupted, honest and decent society, and compared to other countries, this country is incredibly safe.”

War-torn Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world.

NZ Super Fund Leads the World

22 June 2015

Super Fund chief executive Adrian Orr says the fund had benefited from keeping its nerve during the global financial crisis and making investments in stocks that had been heavily sold-off.

New Zealand has the world's best-performing sovereign wealth fund, new research has found.

With annual returns of more than 17 per cent over the past five years, the nearly $30 billion New Zealand Superannuation Fund has outperformed all of its counterparts that publish figures, according an analysis by JP Morgan published in the Financial Times.

The last few years are likely to have been among the best years the fund will experience for some time.

Norway's Government Pension Fund Global returned only 4.2 per cent a year in the five years to June 2014.

New Zealand's Super Fund - which was established in 2001 with the aim of helping to pay for the future costs of superannuation entitlements - has been benefiting from buoyant global equity markets.

Its portfolio includes more than 6000 international stocks.

The fund returned 18.4 per cent in the 12 months to the end of April this year.

Working In New Zealand - ALL ABOUT JOBS

The new and improved online Visa Options Check is now live on the Immigration New Zealand website. This is the first "product" of IGMS (the Immigration Global Management System, or Immigration ONLINE).

Visa Options Check

Check if you are eligible for a New Zealand visa. The results show the visas you may be eligible for, but you need to apply to Immigration New Zealand for approval. There is NO guarantee your application will be approved. Start by choosing from the options below:

Visit - Visit New Zealand for a short period.

  • Tourist
  • Visit family or friends
  • Working holiday
  • Business visitor

Study - Study in New Zealand.

  • Learn English
  • Attend a primary or secondary school
  • Attend a university or polytechnic

Work - Work in New Zealand temporarily or permanently.

  • Skilled work
  • Working holiday
  • Work after study
  • Start or buy a business
  • Join a partner

Great job opportunities: A range of specialist openings

There are many openings for specialists in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.There are 11 key areas of work where skilled workers are definitely needed in New Zealand in 2013 and going forward:

  • Healthcare
  • Health technology
  • Information technology
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Oil and gas
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Business and finance

If your profession isn't mentioned above or you require more comprehensive information then visit Careers New Zealand.

Skill shortage lists

Some skills are in chronically short supply, and Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages.

If you are offered a job which appears on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work and residence visa will be easier. This is because the Government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.

But if your job is not on a shortage list, don't be disheartened. There are other work visa and resident visa options that might be right for you.

But if your job is not on a shortage list, don't be disheartened. There are other work visa and resident visa options that might be right for you.

Balance business with pleasure.

Imagine a place where you can work to the highest professional standards, then in half an hour or less be relaxing on a beach, hiking through beautiful native bush, pounding down a mountain bike track or just chilling with friends in your back garden over a fine New Zealand wine.

That's what you can look forward to when you bring your skills to New Zealand.

Special Report: An Eye on Auckland's Big Transport Project

17 June 2015


New Zealand's largest roading project is well underway. When completed, it will connect the Northwestern and Southwestern motorways at Waterview and allow Aucklanders to get around, and out of, the city more quickly

As a new Spaghetti Junction rises above Waterview, contractors are also toiling on a $500 million slew of related motorway projects to add flesh to the long-awaited western ring route.

And while a mega-machine called Alice burrows unseen on a different heading - from Waterview to Owairaka to complete a 2.4km pair of tunnels - little is hidden from motorists' eyes of efforts across a massive canvas along the Northwestern Motorway.

Earthworks are being undertaken on a monumental scale to widen and raise the 4.8km marine causeway which has been traversed by commuters since 1952.

Also in the public gaze are motorway widening projects from Waterview back to Western Springs, and from the far end of the causeway at Te Atatu to Henderson, as well as upgrades to four existing traffic interchanges along a sprawling 10km worksite.

The Transport Agency says completion of those projects and the $1.4 billion link through the Waterview tunnels will mean the ring route being "substantially done" by 2017. Full completion is expected by 2021.

Weaker Dollar Makes Auckland More Affordable for Migrants

17 June 2015

A weaker dollar means Auckland is more affordable for intending migrants and bank property mortgages interest rates lowest for many years.

As the lower dollar could be temporary this is a good time to make the move as it is highly unlikely that dairy price exports will remain this low beyond the end of the year.

A lower NZ currency will also will bring a more dynamic business environment - which means more jobs available. Particularly to benefit will be the many Auckland companies depending on exporting to Australia. The Tourist industry should also receive a lift with the lower NZ dollar.

The previous high NZ dollar impacted on the limited finances of intending migrant families.
The Mercer survey found the weakening of the New Zealand dollar against the US dollar helped Auckland drop in the Cost of Living ranks.

"Movement in the New Zealand dollar can create a competitive advantage for New Zealand organisations in terms of attracting key global talent," said Mercer's global mobility practice leader, Lorraine Jennings.
"Falling down the rankings of the most expensive cities to send your workforce to is actually great news for New Zealand employers wanting to attract global talent."

A weaker New Zealand dollar meant it was more cost effective for multinational companies to send their talent to our shores, she said.

"International compensation is an increasing concern for many multinational companies operating in a variety of economic, social and political contexts.

The survey includes 207 cities worldwide and measures the comparative cost of each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.

NZ Migration Rises to New Annual Record in April

21 May 2015

NZ gained 56,800 migrants in the year through April, ahead of the 34,400 gain in the year earlier period.

New Zealand migration rose to a new annual record in April, as more students arrived and fewer locals left for Australia.The country had a net gain of 56,800 migrants in the year through April, ahead of the 34,400 gain in the year earlier period, Statistics New Zealand said.

Migrant arrivals were 16 per cent ahead of the year earlier period, while departures declined 11 per cent, the agency said.

New Zealand annual migration has broken records for nine consecutive months as people are lured by the nation's brighter economic prospects.

That's helping stoke economic activity, pushing up demand for housing in Auckland, the nation's largest city, and underpinning vehicle sales while reducing pressure on wage inflation by boosting the supply of labour.

New Zealand's strong economic outlook is continuing to draw in foreign workers in historically very large numbers."

A decline in migrant departures reflects fewer people leaving for Australia, where the economic prospects are weaker following a slowdown in the mining industry.

Sylvia Park to undergo $195m expansion

18 May 2015


The hugely successful Sylvia Park Auckland Shopping Mall is to undergo $195m expansion

The country's biggest listed property investor, Kiwi Property Group, is looking to raised more the $150 million to help fund the expansion of the Sylvia Park retail precinct.

Last December, Kiwi Property agreed to buy the Apex Mega Centre for $64m next to its flagship Sylvia Park site to increase its footprint in Auckland.

It also announced a one-for-nine entitlement offer to raise $151.9m to help fund the Sylvia Park expansion and repay bank debt. The shares would be sold at $1.20 each.

Chief executive Chris Gudgeon said the company is evaluating a 20,000 square metre retail expansion at an estimated cost of $150m, and a 7,500 square metre office development estimated to cost about $45m as part of the Sylvia Park expansion.

Shortage in skilled workers creating more jobs than candidates

19 March 2015

Employers and recruiters find it difficult to fill vacancies as demand for skilled staff, outstrips supply, especially in hospitality and tourism.

A shortage in skilled managers and workers is a growing problem for New Zealand, say employers and recruiters.
Managers in the engineering and cafe and restaurant sectors are in the fastest growing sector of demand, and in the professions, the most wanted are those for the occupational and environmental health field as well as actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians.

The most needed technicians and trade workers are metal fitters and machinists. The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online grew by 0.4 per cent for the month of February, and up 5.8 per cent in the past year to February, says the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Jobs Online report.

This month's increase in skilled vacancies was driven by the hospitality and tourism industry (up 1.8 per cent). The occupation group that saw the biggest month-on-month increase was managers (up 0.6 per cent). Skilled job vacancies increased in eight out of 10 regions over the past month.

The 75 per cent jump in demand for mathematicians came as no surprise to Dr James Russell, an Auckland University quantitative ecologist in its school of biological sciences and department of statistics:
"We have seen this continuing trend over the last decade," he said. With the generation and collection of large amounts of data on the internet, there was a need for people with a whole new skill set to develop methods of analysing data in real time.

Dr Julia Novak, teaching fellow at Auckland University department of mathematics, said maths was about problem solving and thinking abstractly and outside the box to solve problems in new ways.

"It looks like the job market is reflecting that these skills are in demand for all sorts of different jobs, such as research and development."

A spokesman for the Northern Employers and Manufacturers Association said that last year more than 300 members were asked if they thought there would be a skill shortage.

"A solid two-thirds of those surveyed said yes, there would be."

The recruiter said a net 30.1 per cent of employers intended to increase permanent staff numbers, up two percentage points (pp) compared to the previous quarter, and marking four consecutive quarters of employment growth.

Investment in Auckland have been leading the employment charge, however post-election we're now seeing Wellington, led by the resumption of large government transformation projects, starting to come to the party," said Roman Rogers, executive general manager for Hudson New Zealand.

Nationwide, property & construction was the profession with the strongest positive hiring sentiment (59.7 per cent), followed by supply chain & procurement (42.2 per cent), technical & engineering (36.5 per cent), financial services (36 per cent), information, communication & technology (35.8 per cent), office support (21.3 per cent), and accounting & finance (18.9 per cent).

Pete Macauley, New Zealand regional manager of international recruitment company Michael Page, said the Jobs Online monthly report truly reflected the market.

Property and construction sector recruiters observed an increasing job flow and hot demand for talent exceeding demand.

Graham Darlow, chief executive of Fletcher Building's Construction Division, said the construction pipeline in New Zealand was looking very strong and Fletcher Construction was confident it could staff the number of exciting projects ahead.
BCITO has been signing new apprentices at the rate of 50 a week so far this year, said its chief executive, Ruma Karaitiana.

Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett said that for the past year around 30 per cent of members had reported difficulty finding skilled people.

"Skill shortages are starting to show across a broad spectrum and that is going to constrain growth that we should be capable of," he said.

"In the information, communications and technology sector there are probably 400-500 jobs right now that you could fill at varying levels."

Auckland's eateries and bars have enjoyed a boom over this summer but owners say their biggest problem is getting bright young workers to step up to a middle management role.

Economy grew 3.3pc last year - best since financial crisis

19 March 2015


A jump in retail and accommodation stats lifted GDP stats to 0.8pc for the last quarter of 2014, said Stats NZ today.
The New Zealand economy expanded in the fourth quarter as tourists drove growth in retailing and accommodation, and property sales increased demand for real estate services.

Gross domestic product rose 0.8 per cent in the fourth quarter, from a revised 0.9 per cent increase three months earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. The economy grew 3.3 per cent in calendar 2014, the fastest pace since 2007, before the global financial crisis.

The pace of growth broadly matched expectations in a $238 billion economy that has benefited from migration-fuelled population growth, an improving labour market, lower borrowing and fuel costs, and rising house prices. Tourists also helped drive growth, spending $7.4 billion in 2014, up 13 per cent from the previous year. Tourists helped lift retail trade and accommodation by 2.3 per cent in the fourth quarter, the highest since the Rugby World Cup-boosted third quarter of 2011.

"While some of this growth comes from more spending by New Zealanders, overseas visitors had a bigger impact," said Gary Dunnet, the government statistician's national accounts manager. "Spending by Chinese, US and UK visitors all increased in 2014, though Australians spent less."

Rental, hiring and real estate services grew 1.2 per cent in the final three months of 2014, reflecting an increase in house sales. The annual gain was 1.6 per cent.

"Q4 growth will continue to be largely led by domestic forces, with strong population growth, low interest rates and healthy household confidence boosting demand," economists at ASB said in a preview of the GDP data. "We expect these areas to remain key drivers of growth over 2015."

Growth is seen abating only slowly, according to the NZ Institute of Economic Research's consensus forecasts published this week. That showed expectations for 3.3 per cent growth in the 12 months ending March 31, slowing to a 2.9 per cent pace in 2016 and 2.8 per cent in 2017. Today's data confirms the economy is continuing to grow at a sturdy pace, while inflation remains subdued.

Manufacturing grew 1 per cent in the fourth quarter, led by a 5.4 per cent gain for petroleum, chemical, plastics and rubber. Imports of intermediate goods such as fuels, lubricants and industrial supplies jumped 7.5 per cent.

Food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing rose 1.5 per cent in the quarter, while exports of meat rose 3.7 per cent and dairy exports rose 2.5 per cent.

Metal product manufacturing fell 2.5 per cent and wood and paper product making fell 5.2 per cent.

Growth over H1 2015 will likely slow, dragged by the decline in milk production but we expect domestic demand to remain buoyant and the Reserve Bank is largely focus on this momentum.
Jane Turner, ASB senior economist

The expenditure measure of GDP rose 1.1 per cent in the fourth quarter, matching the third-quarter pace. Spending by overseas visitors accounted for a 6.1 per cent gain in exports of goods and services, while household consumption gained 0.6 per cent.

The data showed a 0.5 per cent decline in real gross national disposable income (RGNDI), a measure of purchasing power, in the fourth quarter, the first drop since the second quarter of 2012. Statistics New Zealand said RGNDI growth had reflected strengthening terms of trade, which fell in the fourth quarter. RGNDI rose 5 per cent in the year.
ASB senior economist Jane Turner said the final quarter of 2014 finished "on a reasonably strong note."

"Quarterly growth of 0.8 per cent was in line with market and Reserve Bank expectations. The breakdown of growth was largely domestic led, but with an added boost from very strong tourist spending, and fits with our view that underlying momentum was robust over the second half of 2014."

Turner said quarterly growth was bang on the Reserve Bank's March monetary policy statement forecast. She said the Bank would be encouraged by evidence of building momentum in underlying economic demand and reasonably broad-based growth.

"Growth over H1 2015 will likely slow, dragged by the decline in milk production but we expect domestic demand to remain buoyant and the Reserve Bank is largely focus on this momentum. We expect that inflation pressures will start to pick up over 2015, albeit from low levels."

Turner said she continued to expect the Reserve Bank to leave the OCR unchanged at 3.5 per cent over the foreseeable future, although still maintain a bias of a near-term rate cut (25 per cent chance) due to persistently weak inflation pressures.

Job vacancy

December 2014

Want to Work for New Zealand's Fastest Growing SEO Agency?
We're on the lookout for an exceptional search engine marketing consultant to be part of our growing team.
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
  • Created and managed numerous Google AdWords campaigns
  • Worked late at few times
  • Had a good laugh every day at the expense of one of us
  • Made tea at least once
  • Taught yourself some new skills and had a few beers on a Friday!

Please DO APPLY if:

  • You are TRUELY passionate about SEO & SEM
  • SEO isn't a job, it's what you do and you are exceptional at it
  • Your friends and co-workers love your awesomeness and attitude
  • You are able to self-manage
  • You love to come up with better ways of doing things
  • You like to celebrate your successes
  • You want to work in a fun environment with great people
  • You want to be part of a great team and a great company!

Please DO NOT apply if:

  • You're only interested in picking up a pay check
  • You have less than 2 years' experience with SEO
  • You can't get yourself to Auckland city
  • You want to be just another employee and not a TEAM member

Why YOU would want to work for us:

  • We have great clients
  • We do great work
  • We think outside the box
  • We are very entrepreneurial
  • We have a great place to work
  • We have fun and are building a great company with great people
  • You would have the opportunity to manage and inspire co-workers

The following are PREFERABLE but not essential:

  • Google AdWords certified
  • Google Analytics certified
  • Experience with conversion optimisation
  • Knowledge of UTM tracking

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.
Contact : aji@xtra.co.nz

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."

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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