11 February 2008

Clothing industry crisis could promote New Zealand immigration

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The New Zealand clothing industry is facing a skills crisis and may need to look at New Zealand immigration as a solution. In a separate effort to create skilled workers, a group of companies in the clothing industry have joined together to create a school in Levin.

Andy Wynne, chief executive of one of the companies involved in the school DesignTex, said: "We could employ probably ten machinists this morning, put them behind a machine today." The industry in New Zealand has changed its position recently to focus on high end clothing, which may stop it becoming a dying sector. DesignTex has recently won a £500,000 contract to create the uniforms for the New Zealand Olympic team. It is contracts like these that require skilled employees to work on. People interested in New Zealand skilled migration would need to meet the New Zealand Skilled migration basic requirements.

In a recent report, it was revealed that people choosing New Zealand immigration are needed more than ever as more people are moving away, particularly to Australia. Prime Minister Helen Clark refuted claims of a crisis saying the population has grown by three per cent in the last five or six years and this was done through "net migration".

New Zealand needs skilled migrants: Anyone applying for a New Zealand visa should begin by taking the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.

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