Author Archives: bmilnes2015

Are School Fees for Migrant Children Coming?

It is no secret that New Zealand and Australia stand together on many issues. Being close neighbours, it is understandable that politics could bleed across the Tasman, but will the NZ Government follow the lead of Australia in charging international student fees … Continue reading

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Investor Scams

The headline read: $15m scam revealed: US pair try to hoodwink Immigration NZ. And it appears try they did, but as with many attempts to cheat the immigration, or any other, system it failed. The criteria for Investor applications are … Continue reading

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Declined Visa – A Case of Wrong Paperwork

An article in the NZ Herald on 14th March 2016 told the story of a New Zealand ballet student who was returned home after completing incorrect paperwork to study at the London Russia Ballet School. ‘Galia Kushnir was due to … Continue reading

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Declined Visa for Au Pair – When Visas aren’t Easy

There was an immigration article in the NZ Herald on Monday which identified the risk of assuming the visa process is simple In the first report, ‘Immigration New Zealand has apologised to the French au pair put in a Queenstown police cell for … Continue reading

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Bill Milnes Explores Wellington

Question – Why go to Wellington for a Tattoo? Answer – As George Mallory said about Mt Everest, “Because it’s there”. But I’m referring to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which was in Wellington for 4 days in February – … Continue reading

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How the Australian Deportation Regime effects New Zealand

Much has been made by the NZ media and politicians of the Australian decision to inter and deport people imprisoned for at least 12 months for serious crimes.  Unfortunately, our NZ political parties are, as usual, unable to work together … Continue reading

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Bridging the Age Gap with INZ’s Partnership Visas

This may have been a more challenging decision than many for Immigration NZ, because in our society, it is unusual for an older woman to marry a substantially younger man. For whatever reasons, we seem more willing to accept older … Continue reading

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Visa Website Scams are Out There

The NZ High Court has issued an interim injunction against Indian-based Swastik Solution a website designer apparently working with unlicensed Indian immigration advisers and travel agents, selling false visas to NZ. Immigration scams are not only happening in India, but … Continue reading

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Comment on the New Immigration Changes

We posted on Facebook yesterday about the changes to Immigration. It’s an interesting article from the Herald and it’s going to be a talking point for some time. So I’ve put together my thoughts on the matter and jotted them … Continue reading

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Hydro Canals are Lined with PCV

Yes, when one of our South Island hydro canals started to degrade, Genesis Energy needed to bring in over 40 specialists to install lining material in the canal. You can read more here. The installers were of a number of … Continue reading

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