Immigration NZ relaxing visa conditions

Message from Immigration NZ for those on work visas and international student visas
Relaxing visa conditions

The Government has agreed to relax visa conditions for a short period to allow temporary migrants and international students to further assist with our essential services during the COVID-19 response.
This decision – which comes into effect tomorrow – will help businesses better respond to changed circumstances and enable continuity of essential services while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 3 or 4 and also enable temporary migrants and international students to move into the aged care workforce.
Temporary migrants already employed in essential services will be able to vary their hours and be redeployed to do other roles within their current workplaces. They can also do their current role in different workplaces to help essential businesses keep operating while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 3 or 4 and six weeks after that.
International students who are already employed in an essential services role will be able to work longer hours while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 3 or 4 and for six weeks following. Students who are employed in an essential services role and wish to work more than 20 hours must still meet their study requirements and should discuss their plans with their education provider.
It is anticipated this will help employers in essential industries to maintain their labour pool as we understand hiring would be very difficult while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 3 or 4. The six week period following a reduction in the New Zealand Alert Level to Level 2 or below will enable employers to recruit local staff or retrain existing staff to meet changes in demand.
Any amendment to an employee’s conditions of work must be compliant with normal New Zealand employment law and the individual or collective employment agreement relevant to the employee.
Businesses that are considered essential to support New Zealand during Alert Level 3 or 4 can be found on MBIE’s home or MBIE’s information for essential sectors.

More on Immigration NZ Website

Donation from Hindu Temple

The Rotorua Multicultural Council is always pleased to work with other organisations on projects that make Rotorua a better place to live for migrants and international students. Through Hari Chhagan, one of the members of our Executive Committee, we have formed a relationship with the Hindu Temple in Fenton Street. Today we picked up 21 care packages to distribute to migrants and international students who have asked for our food parcels. These donations were made by the people of the Hindu Temple as part of the international project of BAPS Charities: “As the Coronavirus global pandemic affects every aspect of human life, BAPS Charities has joined the global call to action by providing services and support for diverse communities across the world in a spirit of selfless service. Partnering with local government agencies and other community groups, BAPS Charities has been able to meet a variety of needs in these communities from North America to Europe and from Africa to Australasia.”

Food parcels for migrants

Thanks to Shauni James of the Rotorua Daily Post for writing this article about the Rotorua Multicultural Council’s food parcel project.

Thank you very much to Pete and Rika Otto and their Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology homestay student, Xiaoyu Yan from China, who are doing a great job packing the food parcels for migrants and international students this week.

Have you prepared a meal with the ingredients from your food parcel? If you do a video with your recipe, you can even earn a small fee – see the previous cooking class videos on this Facebook page. Contact [email protected] if you would like to demonstrate your cooking skills.