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Innovation: New projects drive plans to hire staff
March 28, 2013
Firms planning to take on more people as customer demand
rises, research shows.
The overwhelming majority of Auckland information and communications
technology employers are planning to hire new staff this year
as new projects are rolled out and customer demand increases,
The Auckland Market Insight report, by information and communications
technology (ICT) recruitment specialists Absolute IT, says
76 per cent of ICT employers in the city are planning to recruit
permanent staff or contractors in 2013 - a 4 per cent increase
on the year before.
Absolute IT's research is based on surveys of 1500 professionals
and 200 employers in the sector.
New projects and increased customer demand account for 37
per cent and 11 per cent, respectively, of recruitment activity,
the report said.
It said the top skills employers were seeking were software
development (36 per cent), networking and infrastructure (27
per cent), project management (12 per cent) and business analysis
(12 per cent).
Martin Barry, general manager and director of Absolute IT
Auckland, said the city's ICT job market was buoyant.
"We're continuing to see a very competitive market,"
said Barry. "To attract the best talent employers not
only need to offer competitive employment packages at market
remuneration rates, but they also need to consider the other
non-financial benefits job seekers want [such as] flexible
working hours, career development opportunities and challenging
The report said remuneration continued to be a crucial component
in attracting new talent, with 31 per cent of professionals
citing salary packages as the main deciding factor when accepting
a new job.
Almost 60 per cent of ICT professionals were expecting a
pay rise in 2013, while 49 per cent of employers were planning
to give pay rises.
One website was showing 1300 ICT vacancies in Auckland alone
with pay rates of up to $1500 a day being offered for some
Exciting programmes for job seekers
The Chamber of Commerce's Employment Division has two
initiatives funded by Government, designed to assist new Migrants.
The path may be now not so difficult for those migrants seeking
to negotiate their first employment contract.
The first initiative is their www.newkiwis.co.nz
website funded by Immigration New Zealand. Now with a Global
reach, job seekers offshore can register their profiles making
them available for NZ Employers from the earliest point of
having an interest in coming here - irrespective of visa status.
On arrival, seekers can change their status to 'Local', indicating
they are now here.
The embarrassing chicken and egg situation has been posed
by many bemused and frustrated would-be newcomers who ask
the same question "How can I meet the employers demand
for a work visa when the NZI protocol clearly states, first
the job offer and only then if approved a visa of some sort,
strictly in that order".
New Kiwis as a website presents a path for newcomers trying
to secure their first job in NZ.
The New Kiwis Career Success course does require participants
to be on a work visa but it can be any kind of work visa.
This initiative, funded by Ministry of Social Development,
targets newly arrived migrants and aims to give them a kick
start their job search strategy with lots of information on
how recruitment is done here… Information and advice from
cover letters and CVs through to networking and cold calling.
The 2.5 day course is followed by access to on-going support
Elsewhere in this newsletter the new programmes are highlighted
Why these programmes are so important is that it establishes
a direct link between the probably the largest network of
employers in the country and the enquiring intending newcomer.
While the Chamber does leverage its own networks, marketing
to business in general is much more wide reaching.
The Chamber and New Kiwis' websites amongst others enable
migrants to research job opportunities in the Migrant's occupation
in the NZ labour market prior to selling up and migrating.
A word of caution however, many NZ employers still prefer
not to advertise so while actively searching the database
for candidates, they often elect not to advertise their opportunities
Before taking up these great programmes the AJI will establish
with the enquiring newcomer that they meet the work codes
and the requirements that go with their professional occupation
so that they are qualified to be employed in the job category
and the employment that they are seeking.
Separately the AJI's Finding Your First Job 64 page manual
is available online. You will need to email the AJI - email@example.com
to access the web address.
Auckland ranked high for living
Welcome to Auckland, the world's third most liveable city.
New Zealand's biggest city has retained its ranking in the
2012 Quality of Living Survey rating cities on their living
standards and working conditions for overseas workers. Auckland
was also rated third in the world in 2011.
The Austrian capital of Vienna is still the best place to
live with the Swiss city of Zurich in second.
Auckland outranks the Australian cities of Sydney (10th),
Melbourne (17th), Perth (21st), Canberra (26th), Adelaide
(29th) and Brisbane (37th).
"New Zealand continues to present itself as an attractive
destination for skilled workers due to our world class schooling,
public services and high living standards," said Mercer
NZ head Martin Lewington. "The consistently high quality
of living ranking of our cities ensures New Zealand continues
to offer multi-national organisations an appealing destination
to set up a regional hub into new Asian markets."
Mr Lewington says global organisations rely on the annual
report to protect the well-being and security of employees
placed overseas. The city with the lowest quality of living
in the survey is still Baghdad while Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince,
ravaged by an earthquake in January 2010, has the worst infrastructure.
Summer in New Zealand
We are having a fabulous summer here in New Zealand with
record temperatures encouraging our visitors to get out and
enjoy all those wonderful outdoor activities.
Swimming, kayaking, diving, walking along a deserted beach
at sunset, playing golf at world renowned courses, trout fishing,
watching the penguins and other wildlife, or just relaxing
with an alfresco lunch at one of the many stunning wineries
which you will find throughout New Zealand.
Now well in to March the fine weather continues but now some
concerns as the Country seems in the grip of a drought -bring
on the rain.
Business confidence at 19-month high
New Zealand business confidence rose to a 19-month high this
month, with gains in all five sectors tracked as companies
become more bullish about investment, profits and hiring.
A net 39.4 percent of firms polled in the ANZ Business Outlook
expect general business conditions to improve in the year
ahead, up from 23 percent a month earlier. A net 38 percent
are more optimistic about their own prospects, up from 31
The monthly survey follows other signs that the economy is
picking up. The benchmark NZX 50 Index of leading companies
is at a five-year high, retail sales are growing and consumer
confidence is at a 32-month high.
Profitability expectations rose to 14 percent from 8.8 percent,
while a net 16 percent aimed to increase investment, up from
14 percent. Hiring intentions rose to 11 percent from 8 percent.
Inflation expectations nudged up to 2.31 percent from 2.23
percent. By sector, construction firms were the most bullish
on the general economy at 50 percent.
Work website for international students launched
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today launched www.nzstudywork.com,
an exciting new website designed to provide advice and support
for international students in New Zealand.
"The new website provides international students with
a 'one-stop shop' where they can get information about their
employment rights and responsibilities, health and safety
in the workplace, work conditions attached to student visas
and settlement resources," says Mr Woodhouse.
"The export education sector contributes over $2 billion
a year to the New Zealand economy and the government has set
an ambitious target to double that contribution by 2025."
"To meet this target, and to ensure that New Zealand
remains an attractive destination for international students,
we need to constantly be looking to improve on the support
and service we offer those students."
"The government has already implemented a number of
practical measures to encourage students to come to New Zealand.
Recent changes to health screening will cut costs and red
tape for students, and work rights have been extended to English
language students who attend quality education providers in
"These sorts of initiatives - combined with recent improvements
in processing times for student visas - will make a huge difference
in growing our export education industry," says Mr Woodhouse.
Rush for home loans
Mortgage approvals rocket nearly 25 per cent as low interest
rates encourage thousands to buy or refinance.
Weekly mortgage approvals hit a 3-year high in the week to
December 21. Mortgage approvals reached their highest levels
in almost four years last month, as people rushed to make
the most of low interest rates.
Latest loan data from the Reserve Bank shows the volume of
weekly mortgage approvals hit a 3-year high in the week to
December 21.Mortgages approved that week, were up 23.5 per
cent on 2011.
.In December, house prices struck a record median price of
$389,000, up 9.6 per cent on the same month in 2011, according
to figures from the Real Estate Institute.
The Auckland median price was up 10.5 per cent to $535,000.
Institute CEO Helen O'Sullivan said many of the mortgages
would be refinanced loans.
"Interest rates are good at the moment," Ms O'Sullivan
said, "so for some people, it might be an opportunity
to refinance their existing mortgage and get some competition
between their current provider and another provider."
Other recent figures from the Reserve Bank showed that holders
of floating mortgages could save more than $700 million this
year by switching to a two-year fixed rate. But those who
fixed their mortgages for two years saw their rates drop to
an average of 5.29 per cent, according to the statistics.
Ms O'Sullivan said the increase in mortgages could be due
to the massive rise in auctions - up 68 per cent over the
year, with sales by auction growing by 87 per cent in Auckland.
More people would be getting their credit sorted before going
house shopping, she said.
United Nations International Holocaust Day
The Jewish born New Zealand Prime Minister, the Right Honourable
John Key, was in attendance and launched the Shadows of Shoah,
a unique New Zealand produced Holocaust exhibition.
The Auckland Council, the Holocaust of New Zealand and the
NZ Commission for UNESCO collectively have supported this
Normally observed in Wellington, a full house ticket only
audience in one off Auckland's largest halls saw the Prime
Minister retell his own mother's history.
After the Holocaust survivors called to the stage of their
own tragic stories, whilst the large audience stood in silence
Prime Minister key spent considerable time with each Survivor.
During this time charged with deep emotion there was absolute
silence as one could only imagine what passed between the
PM and the survivors.
The AJI committee was invited and accepted the Invitation
to attend. Once more Auckland City has demonstrated how closely
it respects its Jewish citizens - embracing and enhancing
the close and respected 175 year history of the inter relationship
of Jewish Citizens and the wider Auckland community.
Youth crime sinks to record lows
Youth crime is steadily falling in New Zealand, with rates
of police apprehensions and prosecutions of young people at
Ministry of Justice data reveal that the number of 10- to
16-year-olds being apprehended by police has dropped to its
lowest point in 10 years.
Violent offences by children and young people, which had
been rising until 2010, have also decreased. And new Statistics
New Zealand figures show that conviction rates in the Youth
Court are at their lowest point since the records began in
Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft told the Herald
the downward trend in offending made him "cautiously
optimistic"."Having been in the role for 12 years,
the clear message is that far from skyrocketing out of control,
youth apprehension rates have been stable or dropping year
by year, which is contrary to the public's perception."
"We get too hysterical about the great majority of young
offenders who would only offend once or twice with good interventions
and then grow out of it. And we don't get hysterical enough
about that very small, problematic group who challenge us
all as a community."
Former Principal Youth Court Judge Sir David Carruthers noted
last year that the decline in the rate of school expulsions
had contributed to a falling crime rate.
Sir David believed that schools' emphasis on restorative
justice instead of expulsion or suspension had led to reduced
offending and lower imprisonment numbers.
A Ministry of Justice report also credited the Policing Excellence
initiatives introduced in 2009 for the fall in crime.
These initiatives included the targeting of high-crime areas
by police and a greater use of technology to reduce paperwork,
which gave officers more hours on the beat.
Researching the New Zealand Labour Market can determine
a successful Immigration outcome.
One the first things that come up with intending migrants
is "Can you help me get a job".
Whilst the AJI will assist in pointing migrants inthe right
direction (our "Finding your First Job" manual that
has 64 pages of important information), it is up to each migrant
to negotiate their first employment contract.
In the manual we highlight the importance of networking,
something that comes naturally with Jewish communities.
Never the less, migrants finding their first job is as big
a challenge as the Immigration process its self.
We will be posting the below demographics for 2012 to our
2013 updated AJI job manual. It seemed however appropriate
that the opening pages in the AJI Kesher for 2013 should have
an in-depth evaluation of the previous year.
January 2013 salary information is based on 230,000 job advertisements
for 2012. The average NZ salary offered with Seek job advertisements
was $74,579, up 5 per cent in 2012.
Auckland was fourth highest in the country with an average
of $75,494, up 3.5%.
This was higher than the most recent rates recorded by Statistics
What perhaps is more interesting was that the average salary
package in NZ has risen month on month for the past three
Salary Rates and Job Vacancies:
|Average November 2012
from January 2012
Administration & Office support
Advertising, Arts & Media
$ 65, 687
Banking & Financial Services
Call Centre & Customer Services
Community services & development
Consulting & Strategy
Design & Architecture
Education & Training
Farming, Animals & Conservation
Government & Defence
Healthcare & Medical
Hospitality & Tourism
Human resources & Recruitment
Information & Communication Tech
Insurance & Superannuation
Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics
Marketing & Communication
Retail & Consumer products
Science & Technology
Sports & Recreation
Trades & Services
The AJI wishes Mazeltov and Yeshar Koach to Sarah Katz
The AJI is thrilled at Sarah Katz's appointment as a High
Court Judge and wish Sarah a hearty mazeltov.
I was privileged to be part of a considerable Jewish congregational
supporting group at Sarah's High Court swearing in ceremony.
In representing the AJI at the ceremony I was a particularly
proud of Sarah's achievement, as I have had a close relationship
with the family through husband Stephen for many years. Stephen
has been and is a very important AJI committee member.
In representing the AJI at non Jewish meetings I have always
been at pains to point out throughout the congregation's entire
Auckland's 175 year history how so many distinguished Jews
have achieved so much for the wider community. Sarah's significant
appointment adds to that tradition.
A New Year's Present from Nathan Guy, Minister of Immigration
For the first time Israelis now can put their Residency application
for processing through London.
The AJI has had a running battle for years to achieve this
change as previously all Israeli Residency applications were
compelled to be processed through Beijing.
This has been less than satisfactory and the AJI has been
advising their enquirers to take a different more complex
path to achieve Residency.
The Minister in his August speech this year presented to
the LexisNexis Immigration Law Conference didn't pull any
punches regarding the investigation uncovering systematic
fraud in the Beijing Consulate. The Minister commented that
the Beijing fraud strikes at the very heart of one of the
key things that the Government was endeavouring to achieve.
The change will now mean that the AJI can encourage Israeli
enquirers with confidence to use the online Residency application
Family Policy Sponsorship Changes
Changes to the Immigration Family Policies have triggered
off 25% of our AJI enquires this month with local calls.
For well settled Newcomers reunification with their parents
overseas, it is a natural desire for many families to want
their parents to join them.
For closely knit Jewish families the Sponsorship scheme was
the obvious and perhaps the only permanent path.
So when in late April this year in an almost unprecedented
move, the Government cancelled the Parent Sponsorship Visa,
this for some created shock waves through the congregation.
Such a dramatic closure was well signalled many months ago.
The Sponsorship scheme was and is costing the New Zealand
taxpayer millions of dollars. There was too many cases where
the sponsored family arrived only to find that the Sponsors
didn't have the either the funds or the commitment to honour
the Sponsorship undertaking, leaving the State to pick up
the settlement costs.
The new two-tier process announced in May and now in force
since the 1st July is essentially based to rectify the problems
inherent in the previous scheme.
Essentially new applicants (parents) need their sponsors
to have higher incomes or bring a guaranteed income or funds
In Tier one of the new Scheme, those meeting the new financial
requirements will receive a quicker decision to be approved
with a considerable amount of the red tape deleted.
Tier 2 is financially less demanding but has no priority
and there could be considerable delays to secure approval.
For details regarding the new scheme contact us.
The 75 million dollars new Immigration Global Management
Systems (IGMS) scheduled to be running by 2015.
Prime Minister John Key clearly signalled that the public
sector needs to make use of technology to deliver better services.
The new IGMS System is seen as a way to deliver for Immigration
New Zealand an internationally secure system and a much faster
The current computer system is 20 years old, but with Ultra
fast broadband soon to arrive, the time is right to move to
a more responsive and flexible way of managing Immigration
Immigration Minister Nathan Guy says that the IGMS will transform
the way Immigration NZ does business and it will put us on
a level playing field with our competitors by having a state
of the art IT system.
The Minister says that the country will see the benefits
of IGMS when the first elements of the new system are delivered
and all students anywhere in the world will be able to apply
online for visas.
Once IGMS is fully implemented in 2015, customers who apply
for visas will have their own personal online immigration
account, which means they will be able to track the progress
of their applications - similar to how we can all do now if
we apply for our car registration online.
There will be fewer visa types and application processes
will be simplified.
Even now with updated management, half of all student visas
can now be processed within 48 hours online, and the average
call to the call centre is now around two minutes, down from
a high of 14 minutes.
Banks go to war on mortgages
31 May 2012
Mortgage rates have hit rock bottom as banks offer thousands
of dollars in cash and slash advertised interest rates in
response to pressure from home-buyers for deals.
A mortgage broker has described the market as "frantic"
and "the best it's ever going to get" after negotiating
rates as low as 4.75 per cent for clients.
Advertised fixed-interest rates on home loans are at historic
lows, but customers can save thousands more dollars by haggling
for even lower rates. New home-owners have negotiated large
cash bonuses and heavily reduced rates.
A couple was given cash as well as a 4.9 per cent one-year
rate after asking ANZ to match Kiwibank's 4.99 per cent offer.
Another couple switched from ASB to ANZ after being offered
$2000 in legal costs and cash back and 0.5 per cent off the
advertised floating rates.
A Kiwibank record of more than $200 million has been loaned
through the offer, which cut the bank's rate from 5.65 per
People who met the right conditions could shave around 0.5
per cent off their floating rate just by asking.
Savings over the term of a loan can be large. A $500,000
mortgage over 20 years which cost 6 per cent 12 months ago
could now be as low as 4.75 per cent - a repayment difference
of $162 a fortnight.
How to haggle with your bank
The Banks often give their very best rates to the customers
who push them the hardest.
"The banks have plenty of cash to lend, they're strong,
they're profitable, and now they're competing hard."
He suggested would-be borrowers could call their bank and
say they had heard other customers were paying lower rates
and they wanted to know the best rate the bank could offer.
"You can go to a broker and say, 'this is what I'm paying
with my bank,what's the best rate you can get for me?"'
People could also push banks for discounts or waivers on
legal bills, break fees and valuation costs.
NZ Employers struggle to fill 50% of vacancies
29 May 2012
Kiwi employers having difficult filling key positions.
A survey of more than 650 employers by recruitment firm Manpower
shows 48% of New Zealand companies contacted are experiencing
difficulty filling key positions.
New Zealand employers struggled to fill about 50 percent
of job vacancies in 2011, with a squeeze on engineers, skilled
trade workers and sales representatives, according to Manpower
Group's latest talent shortage survey.
Fields such as engineering, IT and skilled trades set to
boom in the coming years, encouraging local uptake into these
industries should be a top focus
“The (Christchurch) rebuild is going to put a huge amount
of pressure on the local labour market, with the estimated
need for workers outstripping the available local talent pool."
Employees with skills in IT, accounting and finance, cooking
and communication also remain in high demand, the survey said.
The jobs hardest to fill are engineers, sales reps and skilled
New Zealand's first new Jewish rest home hospital opens
29 April 2012
The Jewish Rest Home Shalom Court now celebrates the opening
of their four million dollar Hospital Wing.
Nestled snugly in the heart of the Jewish population in the
Eastern Suburbs of Auckland is the Shalom Court Rest home.
Over the last 30 years since it was established there have
been previously two major redevelopments of this very special
April 29th saw major supporter since inception, Sir David
Levene cut the blue ribbon to open this third and most ambitious
redevelopment of the Hospital wing.
Margot Hart MNZM JP, President of Shalom Court said it was
with great regret that over the past 36 months Shalom Court
has had to decline Jewish persons needing higher level hospital
care. There has been globally an acute shortage of hospital
facilities and services in Rest homes because of the surge
in aging populations.
The AJI was particularly proud that foundation and current
AJI committee member Monty Baker acted as Project Manager
and supervised this, his third upgrade of Shalom Court. At
the opening ceremony he was given a long ovation by the attending
invited guests acknowledging his outstanding contribution
in taking control and responsibility of the Project.
Red tape cut for international students New Minister of
Immigration - Nathan Guy
Minister of Immigration Nathan Guy has announced changes
to health screening rules which will reduce red tape for international
students and other migrants, while protecting the public health
“From July this year, international students will no longer
need to supply full medicals. Unless they have other health
conditions, they will only need to be screened for tuberculosis.
“This will greatly reduce the cost and hassle for around
62,800 students who will save around $17 million a year in
“We are also requiring international students to hold health
insurance as a condition of their visa. This will not be an
issue for most students, as they are ineligible for health
services in New Zealand and education providers are required
to ensure they hold insurance.
“International education is worth $2.3 billion to the economy
a year, and indirectly supports around 32,000 jobs. These
changes will make it easier for low-risk, high-value students
to come to New Zealand.”
Changes to health screening for other visa categories
- Previously submitted medical records will be able to be
re-used, provided they are less than 36 months old and there
are no clear risk factors.
- For the partners and dependent children of New Zealand
citizens and residents, screening will be limited to serious
conditions which could disqualify them.
- Tests and requirements will also be updated to ensure
that the latest developments in high-cost health conditions
are taken into account.“These changes show that the Government
is serious about tackling red-tape and attracting migrants
who can make a contribution to New Zealand. At the same
time, we are making sure that applicants have an acceptable
standard of health,” says Mr Guy.
Further information is available at: http://www.immigration.govt.nz
Crime slips to 15-year low
New Zealand's recorded crime rate is at its lowest in 15
Statistics released today show there were 406,056 offences
recorded between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, down
4.8 per cent from the previous year.
Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that the results
were a good sign that police remained serious about reducing
"These results show us that we're on the right track
with our frontline focus and the work we're doing with communities
and other agencies to prevent crime from happening in the
first place," he said. "It just motivates us to
do even more to keep the downward trend going. We stay firmly
targeted on bringing crime further down across the board."
Homicide and related offending dropped by 14.4 percent, down
14 offences from last year - the lowest number since 1995.
The continued drop in crime showed that New Zealanders were
fed up with crime, he said. "More and more we know that
effective policing is about having the right people in the
right place at the right time."
Auckland to host World Masters Games
Auckland will host the World Masters Games in 2017. The world’s
largest multi sport event, the games are expected to attract
more than 25,000 competitors to the city.
The event is expected to deliver an inflow of cash to Auckland
of approximately $46.3 million and a GDP impact of around
$37 million. This is generated by approximately 35,000 attendees,
spending 250,810 visitor nights in Auckland. It is proposed
the event would be held in April 2017.
Major changes to Sponsoring Parent’s Visa.
This Visa is now closed until July 2012 - new requirements
– A two tiered application system will come in to force with
new requirements and deletions.
For full details go to the Government Immigration web site
www.immigration.govt.nz and ask search for the Parent Category
Visa – or contact the AJI.
English language requirements -IELTS - 6.5% average over
reading, writing, speaking.
There are alternatives to sitting and passing the IELTS exam.
1 If you have lived in and worked in an English speaking
country for a lengthy period.
2 If you have taken a educational course from a legitimate
education source where the course was entirely run in English
3 SM.5.5 – Provides that an applicant may provide other evidence
which satisfies an immigration officer that, taking into account
of that evidence and all the circumstances of the application,
that the applicant is a competent user of the English Language.
Professional people - doctors - lawyers - dentists etc
- who are applying to continue to practice in New Zealand
as the first step before starting their immigration process
should contact their New Zealand professional body of their
vocation to become registered.
The AJI will if necessary provide you with the correct contacts.
Building consents jump to two year high
New Zealand residential building consents rose to their highest
monthly level in two years in March amid growing demand for
new housing in Auckland and Christchurch.
Building consents rose by a third in March. That's the highest
monthly number of new consents issued since March 2010. Including
apartments, the number of issuance rose 43 percent, the highest
total since September 2008. Auckland had the biggest increase
in new dwellings at 511 in March, compared to 298 a year earlier.
"The improvement in residential building activity in
Auckland should help to alleviate the housing supply constraints
which have emerged in these regions."
Silver Fern category opened 27th April
The Silver Fern Job Search category is for the lucky chosen
ones a dream come true for those between the ages of 20 –
For the fortunate 300 selected applicants, this most popular
visa allows the successful applicant to have nine months to
secure a permanent employment contract and if successful to
apply and will be granted the Silver Fern Practical Experience
This visa can only be applied for on-line and from overseas.
Designed to attract the brightest applicants in their University
studies or other high level education degrees it provides
a chance to be accepted without the normal work experience
For Israelis who complete their military and educational
commitments but have not had sufficient time to build a skilled
work record the Silver fern is the perfect answer.
The visa is extremely popular and normally all places taken
on the same day, so for this year it could be too late but
for those planning the 2013 year it provides an opportunity
to read up, plan and meet the requirements.
Contact Stan Rose for further
Prime Minister John Key - state-of-the-nation speech
19 March 2012
Prime Minister's state-of-the-nation speech yesterday was
an address laced with realism and awareness. While the Government
was still on track to meet its election pledge of getting
back into surplus in 2014-15, the Prime Minister warned it
would have to push out that date if the global economy went
Already, a deteriorating international outlook, allied to
the ongoing Euro zone crisis, has had a substantial impact.
The Prime Minister however expects the European countries
will manage their way through the current crisis, with the
euro emerging intact.
Much of the Government's attention in this area has been
focused on education. Clearly, and commendably, it remains
intent on following up the introduction of National Standards
with other measures that make teachers and schools more accountable
to parents and the funding of tertiary institutions more dependent
on performance measures.
The Government is encouraging oil and gas exploration through
a competitive new system for processing permits, he said.
Likewise, the part-sale of four state-owned energy companies
would proceed. One upbeat note from the Prime Minister was
that New Zealand is in relatively good shape. This year and
next, its growth rate was forecast to be higher than that
of the Euro zone nations, Britain, Canada, the United States
Auckland population set to pass 1.5m
January 30, 2012
The population of New Zealand's biggest city is set to pass
1.5 million.Statistics New Zealand says Auckland's 1,500,000th
person will arrive this week. Population Statistics Manager
Andrea Blackburn says this could be a migrant from overseas
or from within New Zealand, but most likely to be a new baby.
She says that's because births add more than net migration
to Auckland's population growth.
Auckland to hit 2m within 20 years - There are predictions
Auckland's population will hit two million in less than 20
years. It comes as Statistics New Zealand announces Auckland's
1.5 millionth person will arrive in the city this week.
Massey University sociologist Paul Spooney says Auckland's
growth is largely driven by migration with 25,000 to 30,000
people arriving in Auckland every year. He says if Auckland
continues to grow at the same rate, he expects the city to
reach two million people by 2030. Mr Spooney says Auckland
is growing at almost twice the rate of the rest of New Zealand.
Launch of the AJI Settlers Ambassador Club
Finally after eighteen months in the planning
In April anyone connected with the AJI over the last ten
years will receive a formal email requesting them to become
a member of the new AJI Settlers Ambassador Club.
The target is that signed up members will through their overseas
contacts promote the free AJI Immigration service to Jewish
family, friends, in fact any one interested immigrating and
joining our Jewish community in Auckland.
Those signed up will receive ongoing current Immigration
procedural information regarding the immigration process.
The AJI will be available to every Ambassador member to be
provided with free immigration advice on a one to one basis.
Stan Rose is a Government registered Immigration Adviser
registered legally to provide this advice. Once established
the AJI hopes quickly to establish associated sub committees
to run social get together programs for the new settlers through
the year. This primarily will be for the relatively new families
and friends enabling them to make new connections and share
their experiences in settling into their new home land.
It is proposed that an Occupational data base sectionalising
members into their occupations and professional groups. This
will provide for newcomers with a critical referral and advisory
service in their specialised occupations to assist the newcomers
in their job hunt.
Investor Changes to Immigration regulations
Those that qualify can secure Residency after 3 qualifying
years. There are two groups of Investors:
- Investor 1 - Need to invest 10 million NZ Dollars - no
English language requirement
- Investor 2 - Need to invest 1.5 million NZ Dollars.
- Reduces the minimum of days (such as a business immigrant
is required to spend in New Zealand each year for the qualifying
3 year period) - from 73 days to 44 days.
- Allow a wider range of "ACTIVE' investment.
- Allow funds to be transferred to New Zealand via foreign
exchange companies rather than Solely trading banks
- Permit residential property development to be included
as an acceptable investment (with Appropriate safe guards)
- The Investor required either to have as a precondition
of residency, pre-existing involvement in a business with
either 5 fulltime employees or at least an annual turnover
Of $1 million NZ Dollars.
In the last 19 months business migration has attracted more
than $562 million in potential investment. Contact the AJl
for further details.
Very Important New Tourist Visa Regulations
Called the interim visa system, this visa is to assist overseas
students, workers and visitors who wish to extend their stay
in NZ and came into force on the 7th February.
Interim visa may be granted to maintain a person’s lawful
status in NZ where the person holds a valid temporary visa
(tourist visas are for 3 months), and has applied for a further
temporary visa. Any interim visa will be valid for a maximum
of six months. If the applicant receives an Interim visa and
leaves the country, the visa will automatically expire.
Application for this special visa must be made at least two
weeks before their current visa expires. This new visa will
not be stamped in the passport.
It may be possible to seek and receive for this Visa extension
the right to work. This decision is made by Immigration on
receipt and with the application requesting to work, with
the decision by Immigration to allow this on a case by case
Shalom Court has a nearly Four Million Dollar upgrade
Shalom Court amongst those of the Jewish faith in Auckland
is a special place with for many, very deep emotional individual
family community memories.
Shalom Court is New Zealand's only Jewish facility that offers
care for the Elderly in the last phase of life. It is an integral
part of Auckland Jewish Communities.
In August 2011 Shalom Court was awarded the Excellence in
Care Award for Community Connections.A general unfulfilled
demand of Hospital Level Care in Rest Homes has triggered
off this development costing close to 4 million dollars. Construction
commenced in September 2011 - with completion right on schedule
by April 2012.
The AJI is particularly delighted that one of its founding
committee members Mr Monty Baker, Shalom's Vice President,
has been a major stalwart in the drive to create the new facility.
Under the astute President of Shalom Court Auckland Margot
Hart MNZM JP, the Shalom facility enters from April a new
era - a complex that a few years ago would off appeared an
The New Zealand Economy
The New Zealand economy expanded at the fastest pace since
2009 in the third quarter, beating estimates, as manufacturers
cranked up production.
As of Jan 12 the NZ Dollar was the biggest gainer among the
world's 10 most traded currencies and set a new high against
the euro, reaching 62.67 cents against the euro and 79.57
cents against the US dollar.
Gross domestic product rose 0.8 per cent in the three months
ended September 30, accelerating from a 0.1 per cent pace
three months earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand.
Growth of 0.6 per cent was expected, according to a Reuter's
survey and the Reserve Bank. GDP grew 1.9 per cent from the
same quarter last year. Manufacturing activity rose 2.3 per
cent in the latest quarter, led by production of meat, dairy,
wood and paper products. Coming months. Total inventories
climbed by $1.1 billion, driven by manufacturing and distribution
stocks, the biggest increase since the series began in June
Finance Minister Bill English issued a statement following
the GDP announcement, describing it as "solid growth"
despite considerable global uncertainty."It's pleasing
to see growth picking up again, after a relatively flat second
quarter, on the back of an increase in manufacturing and a
boost to tourism and spending from the Rugby World Cup,"
Mr English says.
"This result was achieved against a backdrop of global
uncertainty. Since then the global outlook has worsened as
Europe seeks solutions to its sovereign debt problems. "But,
the outlook for New Zealand's exports remains positive and
rebuilding in Canterbury will have a positive impact as it
picks up next year.
Dairy boom boosts exports
Record dairy production boosted exports by 4.3 per cent in
the final three months of 2011, with an unexpected trade surplus
of almost $700 million. Economists at ANZ said the figure
was considerably stronger than the markets expectation, which
had been for a marginal trade deficit.
'The stronger than expected number reflected a 12 percent
surge in dairy exports, courtesy of a bumper season and a
likely rundown in dairy stocks, with the impact on fourth
quarter gross domestic product [economic growth] likely to
be neutral,'' ANZ senior economist Mark Smith said.
Last week dairy giant Fonterra revealed that December was
its largest ever month in terms of exports, shipping 246,000
tonnes of dairy products, 17,000 tonnes more than its previous
record. Statistics New Zealand said this morning the country
had now recorded trade surpluses in seven of the last eight
In December alone export values increased by $491m or 13
per cent, helped by record volumes from Fonterra. New Zealand's
trade balance in December was a surplus of $338m or 7.8 per
cent of exports, compared to an average deficit of 5.2 per
cent in the previous five Decembers, Statistics NZ said. For
all of 2011, New Zealand recorded a trade surplus of $1.1
billion, double last year's surplus.
A white fever as chick hits the news
The Christmas arrival of a second white Kiwi chick at the
National Wild life centre has made headlines around the world.The
Wildlife centre's new chick has made news web sites, television
news, and international newspapers as the second only white
kiwi ever is bred in captivity.
The Kiwi is always seen as brown so a white Kiwi is quite
unique The Mauriora centre at Mt Bruce is attracting record
crowds to view both white Kiwis as the centre is staggered
how much international attention the white Kiwis have created.
NZ house sales extend recovery in February
March 13 2012
New Zealand home sales jumped 37 percent in February as the
property market continues to recover. The national median
house price was up 1.4 percent to $355,000 from a year ago,
though unchanged from January.
In Auckland, the median house price rose 0.6 percent to $468,000
from a year earlier, with he number sold up 30 percent in
February The national median days- to-sell was 46, down from
58 days a year ago.
ASB economist Jane Turner said the "steady recovery
seen over recent months suggests that underlying household
sentiment has continued to improve."
New Zealand and Australia begin fingerprint immigration
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has begun fingerprint checks
with Australia as part of a biometric programme to strengthen
border security and prevent identity fraud.
The programme will expand to include checks with the United
Kingdom, Canada and the United States under the umbrella of
the Five Country Conference (FCC), which has developed a system
for securely - and with substantial privacy safeguards - matching
fingerprint biometrics of persons of interest.
"Biometrics uses technology to improve on traditional
checks using names to detect and prevent these people from
entering New Zealand. It is a fast, effective and privacy
protecting way of quickly facilitating genuine migrants while
filtering out those who pose risks to New Zealand.
TAKEN FROM A SPEECH TO THE IMMIGRATION ADVISER'S SEMINAR
BY DR JONATHAN COLEMAN, MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION
Economic growth is crucial to New Zealand's future prosperity.
Immigration can support economic growth by targeting those
migrants who can add skills, innovation and capital to the
The facts speak for themselves - one in four workers in New
Zealand is a migrant. Over the past five years 60% of New
Zealand's workforce growth came from temporary and permanent
And today, even as we continue to recover from the recession,
we are facing ongoing skill shortages that will almost certainly
need to be filled from overseas.
The implementation of the new Immigration Act will help deliver
the migrants we need which is a major focus in 2010/11 as
we move towards a 28 November general commencement date, and
is part of the Government's economic growth.
Auckland a global city - rated 3rd best in the world
The Super City's enviable ranking in this year's Mercer Quality
of Living survey is surely a marketer's dream.Not only can
Auckland host the Best World Rugby Cup ever but a reputable
global firm ranks us with the finest cities in Europe for
our physical, social and financial environment.
Move over Munich and Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Bern
and Copenhagen: Auckland is the coming Zurich or Vienna, the
only two cities rated higher by Mercer. Auckland's leaders
rightly highlighted this week's release of the ranking. Mayor
Len Brown tweeted "Fantastic news, Auckland ranks third
in Mercer" and noted that his own Auckland Scorecard,
which rates 19 factors for the City's live ability was consistent
with this news. It is tempting living in Auckland to forget
just how easy going life can be.
A temperate climate, not too hot and not too cold, a stunning
environment of hills, volcanoes, Harbor's and Islands with
quick access always to the sea, easy movement around the city
- a few peak-hour chokepoints apart - general peace, quiet
and freedom, a mixed and relatively harmonious multinational
population and an expanding economy and great future.
This year's Mercer study included a personal safety category
in which Auckland and Wellington were ninth equal, immediately
after Singapore and behind a clutch of northern European cities.
We hear and read much about crime and lawlessness but the
risks appear to be minor compared with the main cities ranked
London, Paris or American centers, which fall out of the top
New Zealand building consents bounced back last month
... signaling a flurry of new construction intentions in
Auckland's residential property market . The number of new
dwellings approved, excluding apartments, rose a Seasonally
adjusted 7.1 per cent to 1,123 in October and was up 11 per
cent including volatile apartment issuance, Statistics New
Zealand said in a statement. A 46 per cent increase in the
number of permits to build in Auckland underpinned the national
The rebound in commercial construction intentions seen in
the latest business confidence survey indicates businesses
are feeling confident enough about demand over the coming
year to plan for an expansion of operations.
Jewish born Prime Minister John Key leads his National Party
to a landslide victory
At New Zealand's General Election on November 26, John Key
with over 50% of the total vote has the mandate to lead a
new Government for the next 3 years.
The New Zealand dollar rose to its highest level since November
On perceptions the currencies are a relative safe haven as
Europe grapples with its debt woes, the New Zealand dollar
rose to 76.48 US cents overnight, sitting at 76.01 cents just
before 8am, up from 75.49 cents at 5pm yesterday.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's is 2.5 percent, compared
to near zero in the US.The kiwi is seen as safe haven flows
as people look for places to park their money.
Satisfaction running high in NZ Statistics NZ – November
1st 2011- Hot of the press
9 out of every 10 New Zealanders are satisfied with their lives,
Statistics New Zealand said today. This finding comes from the
New Zealand General Social Survey 2010. Principal statistician
Paul Brown said the result was comparable to other developed
countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
In addition, the survey showed nearly all New Zealanders
(96 percent) felt they could get support from others in a
time of crisis; and more than 90 percent had seen friends
and over 80 percent had seen family they didn't live with,
at least once in the last four weeks.
However, life satisfaction and other results varied across
different population groups within New Zealand.
"Younger and older New Zealanders were more likely than
people in middle life to say they were satisfied with their
lives. This may reflect the pressures of work and family responsibilities
as people move through middle life," Mr Brown said.
.The overall results were similar to those reported after
the first NZ General Social Survey, held in 2008. Over 8,000
New Zealanders participated in the 2010 survey, carried out
from April 2010 to March 2011. See more results at www.stats.govt.nz/nzgss.
Government Policy Issuing Residency or Work Permit/Visa
Below applies the family's nominated principal applicant:
SKILLED MIGRANT CATEGORY
70% of all immigration applications received is through the
Skilled Migrant Category.
New Zealand requires a skilled work force. The immigration
procedures are designed to assess your qualification/skill
level/experience - the vocation code with its requirements
allows for work experience - trade certificates, diplomas
etc - provided they are issued from recognised approved teaching
New Zealand does not require low or non skilled people.
All applicants require a Permit to work in New Zealand including
those with an accepted letter approving them for the Residency
The Economy In Recovery Mode
Economy Shows surprising muscle - Brian
Fallow Economics Editor, NZ Herald
GDP growth twice as strong as forecasters picked despite the
earthquake. The economy started the year with much more momentum
than economists thought with gross domestic product figures
released yesterday indicated.
Optimism surges as world wobbles
Business confidence has gone from strength to strength according
to the National Bank's July survey.
51% now expect activities to increase -only 7% expect decline.
Bank's chief economist said results tremendously encouraging.
Separately it now being predicated that it's in a financially
year that will see GP growth of around 4 %.
Dairy farmers feeling more confident about opening their cheque
books is good news for the economy reports Goldman Sachs.
There is a global surge in dairy and agriculture commodity
prices which looks to continue.
Politics - closing in on the General Election in November
We are rapidly closing in on the 26th November General Election
date. On current polling National would be able to govern
alone with a relatively comfortable seven-seat majority.
National 52.5% - Labor 32.9% Greens 6.2% - the rest of the
minor parties from 0.2% - 2.4%.
On the latest Prime Ministers poll - Jewish born John Key
was at a usually high 70% but could come back to the 50 plus.
The next was the leader of the opposition at 8%.
At present there appears to be little interest in the election.
Many see the result as foregone conclusion. What interest
there is are people discussing the current proportional voting
system called MMP and there appears to be a significant number
of voters not happy with the current system.
OUR BIRTHDAY - We are 10 years old - 2001 - 2011
We invite our growing global readership to celebrate with us
the ten years of 100% free New Zealand immigration information,
advice and settlement service. The fledgling AJI has developed
into a robust evolving organisation creating along the ten year
path new building blocks to serve the Jewish community of Auckland.
New Zealand Second Most Peaceful Nation
New Zealand has been named the second most peaceful nation
in the world. The 2011 Global Peace index has been released,
including a list of the world's most peaceful countries. Iceland,
New Zealand and Japan head the list. The survey results also
reveal the world is less peaceful, for the third straight
year. It also says the potential for terrorist acts has increased,
despite a decade-long war on terrorism. The research reveals
the cost of violence in 2010 to the global economy was more
than $8.12 trillion.
to Rabbi Altschul, Shosha and sons Isak and Yoel.
AJI Chair Stan Rose had an accepted invitation from the Congregation's
President to meet Rabbi Altschul. This was prior to the Rabbi's
appointment which is now confirmed.
Stan said the discussions were extremely positive. In many
ways Stan's proactive attitude to life was shared with the
Rabbi. It was a great meeting of minds and attitudes. Later
when President Garth Cohen phoned Stan asking how it all went,
Stan had no hesitation confirming that this was the Rabbi
we have been looking for.
The Rabbi's Danish roots, in a country with a Jewish congregation
not to dissimilar in size to Auckland's and with his last
two years in Melbourne getting used to how we do things in
the South Pacific was the perfect background to take up his
Rabbi Altschul was well briefed about the AJI in Australia
by the now Australian Chief Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence.
What wasn't mentioned at Stan's Rabbi's meeting was that
at the first AJI committee back in August 2001, the then Auckland's
Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence who actually proposed the name of Auckland
Jewish Immigration (AJI), which was then formerly adopted.
Kadimah College 6 months on after Integration was granted
Robert Minahan, Headmaster of Kadimah college background
was for many years working for the Ministry of Education.
With Integration (subsidized by the Government) since January
this year Kadimah has the Department of Education essentially
as a partner. After six months the supportive relationship
has worked extremely well, with Robert's administrative background
helping to smooth the way.
Annual school fees have now reduced from up to $12,000 to
a modest annual $500 with Parents expected to give a further
$500 donation to cover those costs that are not subsidized.
The huge reduction of fees as expected have achieved some
startling new enrollment figures jumping 50% in six months
and expected to achieve in a full year up to 70% increased
A confident Headmaster at a recent interview with AJI Chairman
Stan Rose, said that there would be available places available
for all new migrant families in the 2012.
After 2012 if the enrollments continued to increase at the
current level plans now being considered would require additional
classrooms etc. The Government Education Authorities even
at this early stage are amenable to providing any new growth
As the Integration approval was conditional that Kadimah
maintained its high level of its specialized Jewish religion
and culture it is pleasing to see the high number of new enrollments
are of the Jewish faith.
With the rapid growth of the Central Business District's
residential population, the Education Authorities are facing
a new challenge of providing inner city schools to meet the
demand. They see Kadimah as a blue print for the future and
consequently there is a great deal of interest in the way
Kadimah develops and any new initiatives implemented as a
possible learning curve for further inner city state schools.
The most important Kadimah objective is however is to maintain
its historical high standard of educational achievements.
This is the School's prime objective.
The AJI will its end of year newsletter give a further report
of one year after Integration. It should make most interesting
World Rugby Cup Tournament - WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS
Up to 100,000 visitors saw this Rugby mad country and city
bulging at the seams as the final best 20 Rugby playing nations
battled out for world Rugby supremacy.
The different nations were hosted and adopted by the main
centers throughout New Zealand. The country was in an exuberant
festival mood not just of Rugby as many towns involved themselves
in the hosted country's culture.
All the experts were in agreement it was the best ever for
this once every four year tournament.
The final game for the World trophy was a grim battle between
two great Rugby nations with France and New Zealand's All
Blacks in a titanic match, with New Zealand finally prevailing
to become the World Rugby champions for the next four years.
The Wynyard Quarter is now officially opened
Aucklanders will get a taste of a $120 million waterfront
development with the new bridge linking Viaduct Harbor to
the Wynyard Quarter which opened in August.
The new bridge connection in the heart of the Central Business
District will enable locals and visitors to connect with a
new part of the Harbor edge, buy fresh fish from off the fishing
boats, enjoy the new mainly fish restaurants and bars and
get aboard the new circulating specially designed trams. Trams
have not been seen in Auckland for generations.
The new state of the art Exhibition center, just as you arrive
off the bridge is magnificently sited to catch the full view
of the Harbour.
Architects have cleverly captured a feel of a fishing village
set amongst palatial surroundings.
Development of Wynyard will go on for the next ten years
as progressively it will cover the entire Isthmus with high
class apartments and a park set with unbroken panoramic harbor
Everyone wants the Kiwi dream
New Zealand is the second-most desired country for potential
immigrants and letting everyone in would see the population
almost treble, according to a survey.
The country rose to second spot as the most popular migration
destination, behind Singapore, in the Gallup Potential Net
New Zealand was third when the list was first compiled last
year, with a net migration index value of 175 per cent. Respondents
were asked: "If you had the opportunity, would you like
to move permanently to another country, or would you prefer
to continue living in this country?"
Researcher Elsie Ho, from the University of Auckland's School
of Population Health, says New Zealand's clean, green image
and the perception that it is a safe country was a drawcard.
Grow the Country
Keynote speech on economy from our Jewish born Prime Minister.
The May 20th Historical Budget had one underlying theme -
grow the country. PM John Key, polling 56% in the current
popularity polls, main architect of the Budget message will
be most welcome by those considering immigrating to New Zealand.
Against a background of reducing unemployment now down to
6%, the main points are:
- Out of the recession AND in stronger shape than in many
countries. The economy is expected to grow by 3.2 per cent
in the coming year.
- Focusing on faster and more sustainable economic growth
- The Budget will help create jobs, boost incomes, raise
- The largest reform of the tax system in nearly 25 years.
Across-the-board tax cuts.
- Increasing Superannuation, Working For Families
- BETTER HEALTHCARE - Boosting spending on health by $2.1
billion over four years. Investing more in disability support
services and elective surgery - necessary operations such
as joint replacements, cataract removal, and ear, nose,
and throat surgery
- LIFTING EDUCATION STANDARDS - Boosting spending on education
- by $1.4 billion over four years.
- Investing $1.45 billion in infrastructure such as broadband,
- INVESTING IN NEW ZEALAND'S FUTURE - $321 million into
new science, research and technology initiatives over four
- BOOSTING TOURISM - Big new additional investment in Tourism.
open at the Greys Avenue Complex is The Grey's Ave Deli.
It is open daily Monday to Friday from 9am – 3pm and is
at present the community's only kosher café.
Phone: 09-373 2908 extn 401
New Zealand one of world's 'lifestyle superpowers'
BBC correspondent Nick Bryant says he wishes the rest
of the world could be more like New Zealand.
New Zealand is "one of the great lifestyle superpowers
of the world" according to the BBC's Sydney correspondent
Nick Bryant, who wonders in a post on bbc.co.uk why the rest
of the world can't be more like little ol' Aotearoa.
Bryant's thoughts, penned following a recent visit to our
shores, were prompted by an encounter with "a middle-aged
customs official with a sense of humour", the discovery
that New Zealand has a 24-hour rugby channel, our "funky"
arts scene and the "quaint fastidiousness" which
still sees cricket commentators convene on the boundary during
the tea break to enjoy - of all things, a pot of tea.
He points out too, that New Zealand can be "edgy and
forward", citing the fact we were the first country in
the world to give women the vote and the impending launch
of the "world's most comprehensive emissions trading
scheme to curb greenhouse gases".
"Best of all, perhaps, is how non-indigenous New Zealanders
live in such harmony with their indigenous compatriots,"
writes Bryant, whose piece is among the most-read articles
on bbc.co.uk today.
"Next year [New Zealand] hosts the Rugby World Cup,"
he concludes, "but for now I will leave this country
with my usual parting thought: 'Why can't the rest of the
world be more like New Zealand?'"
Earlier this year, an index compiled by International Living
magazine ranked new Zealand as the fifth-best country in the
world to live in.
The index ranks 194 countries, taking into account cost of
living, culture and leisure, economy, environment, freedom,
health, infrastructure, safety and risk, and climate.
New Zealand's "pristine landscapes", the Auckland
waterfront and the Southern Alps were singled out for special
What they said about New Zealand:
"There's a real purity in New Zealand that doesn't exist
in the States. It's actually not an easy thing to find in
our world any more.
- Actor Elijah Wood
"Fiordland, ladies and gentlemen. What a spectacle.
Earth Destination Number One... To throw words at such a spectacle
would be like throwing meringues at a charging rhinoceros.
Fruitless. (Unless it's banana pavlova).
- Actor Stephen Fry
"I find that the girls [in New Zealand] are so like,
beyond warm and polite. I don't know, do you guys have haters?
America's all about haters. I don't feel that here... I always
wanted to come to New Zealand, because the terrain is like,
- Host of America's Next Top Model Tyra Banks
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Application for integrated Jewish College
Kadimah College gets a big thumbs up from the New Zealand
Education Review Office.
GOVERNMENT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT - PRIVATE SCHOOL REVIEW REPORT:
KADIMAH COLLEGE, JANUARY 2010
"Kadimah College continues to provide a high standard
of care and education for students. The newly upgraded facilities
contribute to teachers maintaining these standards. Students
are confident and capable learners. The school complies with
its suitability statement and operates efficiently as defined
by section 35A of the Education Act 1989."
Richard Thornton, National Manager Review Services, Northern
Integration means that the Education Board requires Jewish
Culture and religious teachings to be maintained at the highest
level when integration is granted.
Integration will also open the doors for Jewish families
who previously could not afford Private School tuition fees.
Integration is expected to come into the fourth term of this
year. To assist immigrants who will join before integration,
free scholarships will be provided for approved families.
For further information contact
Migrant entry rules relaxed
Auckland Jewish Immigration (AJI) has welcomed the government's
promise to putting the welcome mat for potential entrepreneur
and investor migrants. From an AJI perspective, "growing
the country" should be the government's highest priority,
and encouraging entrepreneurs and investor migrants to come
to New Zealand is a good way of doing so.
Four years ago changes to this category, which were driven
by a wave of anti-immigration sentiment stirred up by Winston
Peters, made the category inoperable - even though it remained
on the statute books. However, minister of immigration Jonathan
Coleman's recent announcement of the changes has reactivated
The minister announced that investors with 10 million dollars
will be able to get residency in three years, even without
any English skills or business experience. There will be no
age limit, and migrants will have to remain in New Zealand
for only 20 percent of the year. Other changes include a more
sensible investment option, and reduction of the time funds
must be invested.
These changes to the category will be particularly good for
migrants from countries with strong currencies (like the UK)
and for migrants who are over 55 years old.
In the minister's announcement there was also a second option
for migrants willing to invest $1.5 million in New Zealand.
However, those migrants must meet language, age and business
experience criteria, although at a lower threshold than before.
Unfortunately, this category is written up with so many provisions
that it may be difficult for reasonably financially comfortable,
retired couples to retire to New Zealand.
The AJI receives regular enquiries from Jewish retirees wishing
to live in New Zealand. Many of these enquirers can afford
the 1.5 million investment, but still would not comply with
the provisions of this category. As a result, the AJI believes
the minister should commission an independent study of this
retired group of would-be migrants to establish whether there
are any financial benefits those couples might bring to the
country, which may not have been recognised or considered
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Leslie Max made a Dame
NZ Herald, 31 December 2009
Leslie Max, one of the founding 2001 committee members of
the Auckland Jewish Immigration (AJI) organisation was invested
as a Dame in this year’s New Zealand New Year’s honours.
The recognition is in keeping with many Jewish Auckland congregants
over the years, who have received recognition for their contributions
to the broader Auckland community and further underscores
the high regard that the Auckland Jewish Community is held
in our city.
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Settlers organisation established
10 December 2009
Remember December 2009 as a red letter month for Jewish migrants
- because it marks the establishment of a special new organisation
committed to assisting newcomers in their first year in New
Auckland Jewish Immigration (AJI) chairman Stan Rose says
that, over the last 18 months, he and his committee have been
working in conjunction with B’nai B’rith representative Stephen
Scher to implement the concept of a settlers organisation
which will assist new arrivals to the country in the first
“The AJI has strongly promoted the idea that a critical requirement
for newcomers, in their initial settlement years, is ongoing
support... after the AJI has helped them through the laborious
immigration procedural process.”
For new migrants, the months after they have achieved immigration
clearance are often the critical months which could determine
whether their decision to immigrate here will be a happy and
permanent one, says Rose.
“Offering ongoing assistance, guidance and support to new
migrant families, and helping them to integrate with the broader
established Jewish community will benefit Auckland’s entire
The new settlement committee will be a sub group of the AJI,
and will benefit from the advantages of links to the AJI’s
successful web site, its widely distributed electronic newsletters
and its sophisticated administration.
Stan Rose says the AJI’s links to the settlers organisation
will also enable the new organisation to help immigrants who
are advanced in their immigration application but have yet
to arrive in New Zealand.
Both B’nai B’rith and the AJI will take on active supportive
roles for the settlers organisation, and have agreed to work
closely together to ensure its permanency and success.
At the organisation’s first meeting the following appointments
• Trevor Cohen is the first chairperson
• Ray Abel is deputy
• Barbara Manning is secretary
The organisation’s committee will be made up of Alan Jaffe,
Elias Blechman, Larissa Liebman, Robyn Gordon, and Steven
If you are interested in more information about the settlers
organisation and/or want to get in touch with it, please contact:
• Trevor Cohen at TSCNZ@vodafone.co.nz; or
• Barbara Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org
NZ ranked third on list of migrants' choice and first for
the most peaceful country to live in
New Zealand Herald, 6th November 2009
A global survey by Gallop says that the population of New
Zealand would expand to 11million should it accept all the
adults that wish to live here. With 135 countries considered
New Zealand ranked third in respect of the potential Net Migration
Index – the estimated number of adults wishing to leave a
country permanently subtracted from the estimated number who
wish to immigrate to the country as a proportion of the total
WANTING TO MOVE:
Countries with highest PNMI
1. Singapore (+260 per cent)
2. Saudi Arabia (+180 per cent)
3. New Zealand (+175 per cent)
4. Canada (+170 per cent)
5. Australia (+145 per cent)
New Zealand is selected by many ‘lifestyle migrants’ who
choose New Zealand due to the excellent quality of life, great
education and lack of international conflict that it offers.
This is unsurprising as according to this year's Global Peace
Index New Zealand was ranked the world's most peaceful country
Annual immigration to New Zealand is about 20,000, which
the Department of Labour estimates to be worth $1.9 billion
a year to GDP and circa $1000 per capita to GDP.
See full article at www.nzherald.co.nz.
New Zealand in recent weeks reduced the pass mark for Skilled
Migration to just 110 points. In July the pass mark stood
at 140 points, so the reduction is significant and means many
more migrants can now achieve a residence visa without needing
a job offer. You could be enjoying life in New Zealand within
a few months. However, for those in less of a hurry to leave,
eligible migrants will have up to 3 years to emigrate, meaning
you can move at your leisure. Equally important is the fact
that with your residence visa already secured, it will be
far easier to find the right job.
As a result of the above, we are already receiving enquiries
from people who believe they should now priorities New Zealand
as their preferred destination. They want the reassurance
of knowing their residence visa can be secured quickly, thus
protecting their future.
Job vacancy - Clinical Director, BreastScreen Auckland Limited
Breastscreen Auckland Limited, the well established Lead Provider
of Breast Screening services, are seeking to appoint a suitably
qualified and experienced Radiologist responsible for overall
clinical and strategic leadership of our Auckland Breast Screening
service in New Zealand.
The Clinical Director along with the Programme Manager will
oversee the continuing development of an effective, high-quality,
customer focussed service for Breast Screening.
You will oversee clinical performance monitoring, and take
a key role in the implementation of a high quality mammography
and assessment service in accordance with the Breast Screening
programme's quality requirements.
The successful applicant will be medically qualified, hold
internationally recognised vocational registration and be
active professionally within breast screening
This is a permanent position with negotiable hours. No on-call
duties are required.
BSAL is situated in a very pleasant location near the famous
Newmarket shopping area only minutes from several parks and
beaches and with a variety of transport options, there are
so many reasons to join us in the beautiful "City of
Sails". Working conditions are excellent and remuneration
will reflect the significance of this leadership role and
the clinical expertise required. Relocation expenses may be
met for the suitable candidate.
Contact us for further details.
Auckland Jewish Leaders Honoured
New Zealand has just enjoyed the June Queens Birthday long
weekend – a traditional time to honour outstanding New Zealand
The spotlight was on the Jewish congregants with Gus Fisher
on the honours list. Before this another leading congregant,
Peter Gluckman was appointed as Chief Science Advisor to the
Prime Minister who is also of Jewish descent, and as we write,
congregant Lester Levy has been appointed Chairman of the
large Waitemata Health Board.
Add to this Israel has just reopened the Israeli Embassy
in Wellington (previously for a time administrated from Australia).
This highlights how influential and highly respected the
small Hebrew Congregation is so highly regarded by the wider
community and follows the historical trend of the congregation
providing seven Auckland Mayors and three Prime Ministers.
New Zealand has been judged the most peaceful nation in
An Australian think tank recognised our stable political
situation, relatively low rate of violence and decrease in
The Institute for Economics and Peace list was created after
the start of the global recession, finding the financial meltdown
was dragging the world toward political instability and conflict...
here to read the full NZ Herald article.
NZ Government meets global turmoil with new immigration
14 December 2008
We find that many people that might otherwise be considering
applying for permanent residence in New Zealand that are put
off by the fact that they may have difficulty selling houses
and there may be other liquidity issues affecting some of
This however has created a new opportunity
Right now the pass mark is at record low levels brought about
because of difficulties for some would-be migrants because
of the global economic conditions, in liquidating personal
This however makes it a great time to put your application
in because the pass mark currently is at a low 110 points.
The pass mark has been at this low level for the past three
fortnightly pool draws. The most significant implication of
such a low pass mark is that there are likely to be more people
selected that will not require any of the job and other normally
required bonus points.
This opens another option – that is you can delay your final
move to New Zealand for a period – (even up to 3-5 years)
but still by acting now and filing an Expression of Interest
(EOI) secure your selection at a much lower pass mark
In this way you can in a calm orderly way liquidate your
property or hold off till your local economy improves. When
time arrives, with your application approved, just book your
flights and come on over.
John Key - New Zealand’s third Jewish–born Prime Minister
On Saturday November 8th 2008 the New Zealand electorate
overwhelmingly voted the new National government in with John
Key as its Prime Minister.
As opposition leader the new PM consistently supported the
Jewish communal activities so not surprisingly the Auckland
Congregation is ecstatic with the election outcome.
interviewed by the Israeli press after the election results
were known, the PM promised to return to the historically
close relations that New Zealand has had with Israel.
John’s parents met in England in the aftermath of World War
2 – Ruth Lazar, John’s mum fled to Britain in 1939 as a school
girl Jewish refugee from Nazi –occupied Austria. Ruth having
escaped the Holocaust had to begin a new life.
Married at a registry office in Portsmouth in 1948 the family
came to NZ in 1950 among the wave of $10 Pom immigrants.
John was born in 1961, and a there was very special life
time bond established between Ruth and her new born son. Ruth
was utterly devoted to John.
Unfortunately in 1969 the marriage broke up and within six
weeks John’s father passed away at the age of 55.
This was a most difficult time financially for the family
who moved South to Christchurch to a state house. Heavy in
debt Ruth worked around the clock as a as a Porter and cleaner
and taking in washing, but determined that the family would
be brought up in the best possible way.
From these difficult beginnings our new PM went on to become
a multi millionaire but returned to New Zealand, joined the
National party six years ago and today it’s Prime Minister.
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