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Letters from the Southern Man

Migrating is more than just filling in forms and submitting paperwork, its a complex process that will test even the most resilient of people. 

Understanding New Zealand is paramount to your immigration survival and to give you a realistic view of the country, its people and how we see the world, read our weekly Southern Man blogs. Often humorous, sometimes challenging, but always food for thought.

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Animal Farm meets South Africa

Posted by Iain on April 11, 2014, 8:36 p.m. in Immigration
I arrived in Cape Town yesterday to be welcomed by a blast of hot air as I exited the airport. Having complained a week earlier that perhaps winter had arrived early local prayers were answered with scorching temperatures in the high 30s. Also feeling the heat but seemingly shrugging it off is the South African President, Jacob Zuma. In an ‘only in South Africa’ farce the Public Protector (a bit like our Ombudsman in New Zealand) issued a scathing report accusing the President and his party of theft of public funds.

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NZ Tops in Social Progress for 2014

Posted by Iain on April 4, 2014, 11:40 a.m. in New Zealand Lifestyle
I don’t often get excited by surveys but when one appears that affirms the message we give potential clients, I do get excited. Few have excited me as much as one released this week from the Washington based Social Imperative Forum that ranks countries by social progress. It’s not as dull as it sounds as it goes to the heart of what our society is about, how we got here and what challenges remain. The survey asks three essential questions...

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How Licensing Fails Migrants...

Posted by Iain on March 28, 2014, 2:14 p.m. in Government
Did Confucius or some other sage (at Saatchi and Saatchi?) once say that self-flattery is the lowest form of compliment? I am not sure. I learned this week just how good the team at Immagine really are when compared to the rest of the immigration advice industry. This week’s blog is not so much about my team as it is the abject failure of the New Zealand Government’s licensing scheme in protecting migrants from shoddy Advisers. I long rallied against regulating this industry but have learned that...

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How to destroy a migrant Entrepreneur's dream

Posted by Iain on March 21, 2014, 4:13 p.m. in Immigration
There is something about the immigration system that resembles the pendulum of an ailing grandfather clock. A timing mechanism that swings wildly from extreme position to extreme position. Oh for the comfort of predictable and stable rhythms. It seems that once someone inside the Department gets the idea in their heads some part of entry policy is too ‘easy’ they counsel their political masters change is necessary.

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Auckland Needs To Grow Up

Posted by Iain on March 14, 2014, 4:10 p.m. in Living
It’s time for my home town, Auckland, to grow up. Literally. Debate has begun raging across the isthmus that is the fast growing city of Auckland over whether to grow out or up. The Auckland Council’s proposed Unitary Plan released for discussion several months ago, among other things, plans for rezoning many suburban areas allowing medium density housing and apartments. ncluding my own in Mount Eden, a suburb that was settled and built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Leafy streets and old Victorian villas line these pretty neighbourhoods.

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