John Key reckons Woodhouse’s stupid immigration changes won’t make a blind bit of difference.
You have to ask then why he is even bothering with it?
The Government has announced a new policy to encourage more migrants to the regions, as Auckland faces a record immigration boom.
John Key told the National Party’s annual conference that the plan is to stimulate provincial New Zealand, but stopped short of saying it will ease Auckland’s housing crisis.
There is currently a points system for skilled migrants where 100 points are needed to apply for residency.
If a migrant chooses a job outside of Auckland, they are granted 10 points under the current system; but this is going to be increased to 30 points.
At the moment, migrants need to stay in the regions for at least three months, but now they will be required to stay for at least a year.
Mr Key told the conference migrants will now look at what’s on offer in New Zealand. Read more »