SSNZ Auckland Newsletter November 2010


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SSNZ Auckland Newsletter November 2010

  1. 1. Updates from Settlement Support New Zealand – Auckland City Auckland International Carnival The Auckland International Carnival was held on the 6 th and 7 th November at the Ellerslie Racecourse. The parade, excellent performances, and the variety of stalls gave the day a true carnival atmosphere. ARMS had a stall at the Carnival - thanks to all who visited us! You can check out the photos on our Facebook page and you can read more about the event on Client and Service Providers Enquiries 230 people visited SSNZ Auckland City/ARMS Three Kings during October 2010, and 200 of them were first time clients. About 1/3 of the clients contacted SSNZ Auckland about finding employment, approximately 10% wanted to find out more about learning English, and 10% wanted information about cultural/community matters. The majority of our clients in October were from China (23%), India (16%) and Sir Lanka (8%). Many of them have permanent residence in New Zealand, 24% were family members of skilled migrants, and 19% were skilled migrants. 11% had work permits, 5% were on work-to-residence permits, and 9% were on student visas. 37% of the clients had been in New Zealand less than 2 years, with 12% having been here longer than 2 years and 33% more than 5 years. There were 9 service provider to service provider referrals from five service providers, related to cultural/community, health services and education. Regional Settlement Network Meeting and Annual Public Meeting You are warmly invited to the Regional Settlement Network Meeting and Auckland Regional Migrant Services Annual Public Meeting, to be held on the 23 rd November 2010, at the Te Mahurehure Marae Conference Room, 65-75 Premier Avenue, Pt Chevalier. Afternoon Tea will be provided and the venue - Te Mahurehure Marae in Point Chevalier- has ample parking onsite. Please click on this link for the programme and agenda Please click on this link for the map To RSVP, please email or call Shoma Prasad on 09 625 3095. Whiringa ā rangi (November) 2010/Issue 24 Bevan Chuang, Settlement Support Coordinator – Auckland City Kei te pēhea koutou? How are you all? Welcome to the twenty-fourth Settlement Support New Zealand—Auckland City Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information about what Settlement Support – Auckland City does, and where you can find information about employment, education, health services and many other aspects of settling in New Zealand. This is also an opportunity to share with you the services and activities available around Auckland City. Please feel free to pass on this newsletter onto friends, family and community colleagues. Settlement Support New Zealand Auckland City – Tāmaki-makau-rau Haere koe I te ara a taihoa, ki a tae ai koe ki aua atu. (‘Travel o nthe pathway of by and by, so that you may reach goodness knows where.’ Accept what the future offers) Haere Mai, Nau Mai, Haere Mai
  2. 2. Updates from Department of Labour Immigration Act 2009 The Immigration Act 2009 comes into effect from 29 November 2010. Until then the Immigration Act 1987 applies. The new Act modernises New Zealand’s immigration laws. However, it does not make major changes to the criteria under which people apply to travel to and stay in New Zealand. Some key changes include: Terminology Changes The new Act uses the single term ‘visa’ for authority to travel to and stay in New Zealand. The terms ‘permit’ and ‘exemption’ will no longer be used. The terms ‘residence permits’, ‘residence visas’ and ‘returning resident’s visas’ will be replaced by ‘resident visas’ and ‘permanent resident visas’ – but there is no change to existing categories or criteria for people wishing to settle in New Zealand. New Sponsorship System Sponsors of people coming to New Zealand will be responsible for all aspects of maintenance, accommodation and repatriation (or deportation) of the sponsored person. More specific criteria for sponsors will be in place for the whole time the person in New Zealand. For resident visas, this obligation will be in place for a specific period. Another change allows organisations (companies, charitable trusts and societies) and government agencies to sponsor individuals in some circumstances. These new categories of sponsors will be eligible to support visitor visas and also work-to-residence and residence-from- work visas under the ‘talent’ category (arts, culture and sports). Refugees The 2009 Act retains New Zealand’s commitment to the United Nations 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. In addition, the Act incorporates the New Zealand’s immigration-related obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This means ‘protected person’ claims under the CAT and ICCPR will be determined alongside refugee status claims. There are also new provisions to manage potential abuses of New Zealand’s asylum process. These include declining to consider refugee status claims from people who create grounds for their claim by acting other than in good faith. Individuals may appeal this decision. Employer Obligations The 2009 Act narrows the ‘reasonable excuse’ defence for employing a foreign national not entitled to work in New Zealand. Employers will therefore need to check work entitlement more carefully than previously. To help speed up the employment process, the Department of Labour has set up an online system – called VisaView – to allow employers to check a job applicant’s entitlement to work and any conditions. The system is designed to be quick and easy to use, and to protect individual privacy. Education The 2009 Act increases penalties against education providers who fail to comply with their immigration obligations. However, providers of compulsory education will not be prosecuted for enrolling a child who is unlawfully in New Zealand. Interim Visas The 2009 Act will introduce a new ‘interim visa’. These may be granted if a foreign national has applied for a further temporary visa. This will maintain the individual’s lawful status in New Zealand while his or her application is being considered. This provision is due to come into effect in early 2011. To see other key changes and for further details, see or email Changes to Fees and Levies On 29 November 2010, many of Immigration New Zealand’s fees and migrant levies will change as a result of the 2010 fees review, and to reflect the introduction of the Immigration Act 2009. Immigration fees and levies are reviewed regularly to ensure they cover the cost of delivering immigration services. For further information visit: Applicants who lodge applications on or after 29 November 2010 will need to submit the correct fee at the time the application is lodged.
  3. 3. CAB Language Link: case study One of our clients landed in New Zealand a year ago and rented a property in Auckland. When he felt confident to rent a better property, he contacted his property manager who had always been really good to him and the property manager gladly agreed to end the contract. He was about to terminate the tenancy by signing the bond refund form when he noticed that the form did not show the amount of money he was going to get back from the Bond Centre. He contacted the property manager who asked for a large sum of money as compensation for damage to the kitchen floor and toilets and for outstanding water rates. The client agreed to pay the water rates but did not accept the other charges and did not sign the form. As a result the client received a summons to the Tenancy Tribunal. The client was confounded and his friends said he had no choice but to pay to stay out of trouble. The client came to know about CAB Language Link through a radio programme in his own language and contacted CAB Language Link. He was relieved to discuss his issues with someone who knew about tenancy laws and could speak his own language. He was advised by CAB Language Link to get a breakdown of the costs from the property manager. The property manager refused to give it in writing and asked him to meet at the court. Our experienced interviewer advised the client to collect as much evidence as he could and get a quote for repairing the kitchen floor. Our interviewer wrote a letter to the Tenancy Tribunal based on the description given by the client. We highlighted that the house was old, the kitchen floor was already damaged from the beginning of the tenancy, and there was no damage in the toilets. The house was cleaned regularly and our client hired a professional cleaner before leaving. Moreover, we found that regular inspection was carried out by the property manager and there was never a single negative comment. The hearing went well and our client paid only a small amount as compensation for the damaged floor of the kitchen. For Information, advice, advocacy and interpretation in 26 different languages please contact CAB Language Link CABLL is open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday Address: 521d Mt. Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland Phone: 624 2550 (Auckland) and 0800 78 88 77 (Nationwide) Website: Email: This service is delivered in 26 different languages
  4. 4. What’s Coming Up? Workshops *All free and conducted in English unless otherwise stated. Job Search Workshop 1st and 16th November, 9.30am—3.00pm Workshop to assist with your job search. Held in conjunction with Career Services and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and other agencies. Legal Clinics Fridays, 9.30am—12.00pm Heval Hylan, Principal of Hylan Law Barrister & Solicitor, will be providing free 10-minutes legal advice on immigration, family law, contract, trusts and other areas of law in general. Personal Tax Seminar and Redundancy Tax Credits Saturday 13th November, 9.00am – 12.30pm Do you need to understand how to read tax summaries and do tax returns? DO you need to know about Working with Families Tax credit system? Do you know about KiwiSaver? Do you know what you can claim as tax credit from Inland Revenue? Are you eligible for Independent Earner tax credit? Are you paying the right taxes, do you know to calculate this? Are you aware of tax credits on redundancy payments? Pronunciation Guidance Course Saturdays, 20th , 27th November; 4th , 11th and 18th December, 4.00pm – 6.00m A 5 week course; $195 per person, includes course materials. Are you needing to improve the clarity and fluency of your spoken English and identify the sounds that you mispronounce? This course will provide you with the tools you need to assist you in identifying the English sounds that are most difficult for you and make yourself better understood in a kiwi environment. Treaty of Waitangi Saturday 27th November, 9.30am – 2.30pm Learn more about the history of New Zealand. Find out what the Treaty of Waitangi means for you as a new New Zealander. Learn how to respond to questions about the Treaty in job interviews. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation at the end of the workshop. Accounting Workshop Monday 29th November, 9.30am – 2.30pm Learn about the New Zealand employer’s perspective on accounting skills and the recruitment and interview process. For more information or to register contact ARMS on 09 625 2440 or Have you been forwarded this newsletter? If you've been forwarded this newsletter and you wish to subscribe email If you would like to change your subscription details or unsubscribe email Have you got any suggestions or feedback about the newsletter? Please email