61 out of the 66,000 immigrants have agreed to live outside of Auckland

But hey that’s a five fold increase we are told. Still 61 out of 66,000 is bugger all.

It appears Winston Peters is right, immigration is fuelling our housing shortage and no one, except 61 people wants to live anywhere else other than Auckland.

A government policy to encourage immigrants to settle in the regions has led to a 45 percent increase in skilled workers being approved for residence visas outside Auckland.

The number of business people applying for visas to set up companies in the regions has also gone up, from five to 62.

But the number of people successfully applying for skilled migrant visas to work in Auckland has also increased.

Prime Minister John Key announced last July the government would triple bonus points for immigrants with a job offer in the regions, on the condition they stay there for at least a year. ?

A similar incentive doubled the points of business people setting up a company outside Auckland who applied for an entrepreneur work visa.

Read RNZ’s explanation of how residency points work (July 2015)

Official figures show that, in the first five months of the new scheme, 144 more skilled migrant visa applications were approved for those settling outside Auckland than those in the city (at 2223 compared to 2079).

In the corresponding period a year earlier, 282 more were approved for Auckland than for the regions (1812 compared to 1530).

Overall, nearly 1000 more visas were approved in the five months to April compared to a year earlier – with 4300 this year, compared to 3342 in 2015.

But Winston Peters wants to bond people to the regions…that won’t be hard, we only need to find around 70 places.

I’m not sure this policy is value for money though. Perhaps they might like to try something else.


– Radio NZ