Consultation continues - have your say

20 August 2021

As we experience another lockdown we wish you and your whānau well. The Commission continues work on scoping an inquiry into persistent disadvantage, albeit with more use of remote working and engagement. We are also focused on developing our Preliminary Findings and Recommendations for our inquiry into improving New Zealand’s immigration system.
We would like to thank everyone who has lent their perspectives, experience, research or policy inputs into this important mahi. Our consultation remains open and we encourage you to have your say.

A fair chance for all - consultation closes Friday 27 August

Thanks to all who have provided input into the scope of our new inquiry into reducing persistent disadvantage. All your feedback is being reviewed and considered as we develop our Terms of Reference which will then be presented to Cabinet.

Consultation continues until next Friday 27 August so have your say, if you haven't already - answer these 4 questions or make a submission.

There will be further opportunities to participate once work begins on the inquiry later in the year.

Immigration - a system fit for the future 

Issues paper immigration

Our issues paper lays out the key issues for our inquiry into New Zealand's immigration settings. We encourage you to think about our questions and participate by making a submission.

Submissions are open until 24 December. However, if you have evidence or perspectives you think we should consider for our Preliminary Findings and Recommendations, please make a submission before the end of September. We look forward to sharing our research and findings with you. 


Immigration - local and international developments

New Zealand isn’t the only country thinking about what future immigration policy settings should look like. 

  • In Australia, the Australian Parliamentary select committee inquiry into skilled migration issued its final report. Read a summary by the ABC or SBS.
  • In the US, the Democratic majority in the US Congress is reportedly planning to introduce immigration policy reform as part of the 2022 budget process.  
  • At home, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff expressed concerns that delays accessing foreign workers would increase the costs and delay the delivery of core infrastructure projects, such as the City Rail Link and Central Interceptor.
  • An NZIER opinion piece called on the Government to “apply principles of manākitanga” and issue short-term migrants trapped in New Zealand with a one-off right to remain here until the end of 2024. The Auckland Employers and Manufacturers Association made a similar call.