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NZ National Party pledges to encourage more expats to return

by Ray Clancy on September 16, 2014

New Zealand could be set to go on the offensive and encourage skilled expats working in Australia to return home to work.

Special job fairs for New Zealand employers could be set up in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to recruit skilled Kiwis to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth after the forthcoming general election in September.

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New Zealand’s National Party wants expat New Zealanders to come home

The National Party, currently the largest political party in the House of Representatives says there is now a real need to boost the supply of skilled workers in many areas of the New Zealand economy and Kiwis returning from Australia will form part of the answer.

‘These areas include the construction trades, engineering, manufacturing and ICT. More people are needed, not only for the Canterbury rebuild, but also around the country,’ said NP economic development spokesman Steven Joyce.

‘In Auckland there’s a big lift in construction, and there has been recent strong growth around the country in the manufacturing and ICT industries. Employers are telling us they are keen to participate in a concerted recruitment drive for skilled staff down the eastern seaboard of Australia, to complement our skills training efforts here in New Zealand,’ he explained.

He pointed out that in 2008, the NP promised to reverse the flood of New Zealanders leaving, and achieved that. ‘Net migration from New Zealand to Australia has been virtually zero over the last four months, as fewer Kiwis leave, and more return home. With a lower unemployment rate than Australia and a higher employment rate, now is the time to show more expat Kiwis some of the great opportunities there are here in New Zealand, and recruit some into our growing companies back home,’ Joyce added.

According to Michael Woodhouse, NP immigration spokesman, the party’s wider immigration policy will continue to ensure that immigration supports the country’s economy, help create jobs and contribute to higher wages for New Zealanders.

As well as quickly setting up the new Australian Job Fairs, the party plans to promote immigration policies that support economic growth and jobs and move visa applications online through the Immigration Online service.

It also wants to establish a joint trans-Tasman visitor visa for next year’s Cricket World Cup, keep reducing over-stayer numbers, combat people-smuggling and continue to improve outcomes for refugees.

‘Immigration helps to build a stronger economy and create jobs by encouraging innovation, deepening our links with international markets and providing the skills and capital we need for growth,’ said Woodhouse.

‘Good immigration policy underpins our tourism, export education, horticulture and viticulture sectors, as well as supplying the skills needed to rebuild Canterbury. We will continue to promote sensible immigration policies that support economic growth and job opportunities for all New Zealanders,’ he added.

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