Changes to temporary work visas

Last week the Government announced decisions on proposals announced in April to change the settings for temporary migrant workers under the Essential Skills policy.

The changes include:

  • The introduction of remuneration bands to assess the skill level of roles offered to Essential Skills visa applicants
  • The introduction of a maximum duration of three years for lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders, after which they will need to spend 12 months outside New Zealand before they can be granted an Essential Skills visa to work in another lower-skilled role, and
  • Requiring the partners and children of lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders to meet the requirements for a visa in their own right (they will still have access to short-term visitor visas).

The changes will be introduced on 28 August this year.

For more information read the media release and questions and answers on the New Zealand Immigration website.  

Originair to fly between Nelson and New Plymouth

Originair is extending its airline services by adding direct flights between Nelson and New Plymouth which will take approximately 50 minutes.

Initially there will be eight flights a week between the two cities, taking off from September 29. The airline will be flexible around scheduling, reflecting extra demand during school holidays and long weekends.

Originair managing director Robert Inglis says they are introducing the direct flights after listening to business and leisure travellers.

“Currently anyone travelling between the two cities may spend lengthy periods transiting via Auckland and Wellington instead of less than an hour with direct services”.

“We believe the Nelson and New Plymouth communities will support this service.

“It will appeal to travellers who want to spend a weekend in either city and to business travellers commuting for a week’s work or a short stay,” Mr Inglis says.

The airline currently flies between Nelson and Palmerston North, a service which started in 2015 and is popular with business and leisure customers.

The company’s British Aerospace 18-seat Jetstream aircraft will fly the route and the company is adding another Jetstream to its operations to cover contracted charter flights, tours and maintenance coverage.

For more details on flight times and costs visit the Originair website,
originair.nz.

Origin aircraft landing in Nelson

Ransomware – practical tips

WannaCry is the computer malware “worm” that has been infecting computer business systems around the world in the last few days. It reportedly attacks a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows operating systems and locks users out of their own computer systems, demanding a ransom of about $300. Hence the name -“ransomware.”

New Zealand businesses have not featured widely in media accounts. But computer experts are expecting a second wave.

Drawing on suggestions from computer commentators, here are some suggested steps to protect your business in relation to this and future ransomware events, you may want to consider actioning the following practical steps, Click Here

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