Year: 2018

Press release: Dairy industry immigration experts applaud review of migrant work visa policy


  • Immigration Minister’s announcement on changes to migrant work visa policy welcomed by leading dairy industry immigration lawyer, Ben De’Ath
  • 7,500 signature petition presented by De’Ath to Parliament earlier this month key to Immigration Minister’s announcement
  • De’Ath, managing director of immigration & recruitment firm The Regions, says changes to policy essential for growth of New Zealand’s dairy farming industry

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BREAKING NEWS: Stand down policy set to change after public consultation

Immigration Minister, Iain Lees-Galloway has announced he will open the stand down policy for public and stakeholder consultation, after public pressure and a petition led by The Regions.


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Immigration fees and levies changes

Immigration New Zealand’s changes on immigration fees and levies took effect last Monday, 5 November 2018.

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Supporting the South: our Community 500 initiative

At The Regions, our holistic approach to recruitment and immigration is unique. What makes us different? We believe it’s the ongoing support and pastoral care we provide to our clients, both migrant farmworkers and dairy farmers.

Our team don’t just match the right farmworker with the right dairy farmer – although we do that too! We want to make sure the whole community benefits from our agricultural employment solutions, which is why we have key account managers placed in each of the regions we operate, to provide the ongoing support to both employer and employee.

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Who are you hiring?

Dairy farmers – let’s work together to ensure your staff are valued for the skills they bring to the job. Using the right job title for the position you’re hiring is another way we can take a stand against the stand down.

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Taking a stand for the betterment of New Zealand

We’re currently hosting a series of Immigration Seminars around the country with the purpose of taking a stand against a New Zealand Immigration policy that could have dire consequences for our country’s dairy farming sector.

What exactly are we taking a stand against? It’s a proposed policy change known as the stand down, which would see low skilled work visa holders stood down after three consecutive years on a one-year work visa.

But we want our stand to make waves, so that’s why we have set up an online petition and identified three key points we want the Immigration Minister, the Hon. Iain Lees-Galloway to respond to.

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Immigration Seminars 2018


We need your help.

As we all know, current immigration policies do not come close to meeting the needs of the agriculture industry, or the communities that surround and support our dairy farms.

So we’ve decided it’s time to take a stand – and would like for you to stand with us.

At our upcoming series of Immigration Seminars we are holding around the country we have drafted a petition, Stand against the stand down, which seeks to have proposed stand down periods for “low skilled” workers cancelled.


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