Immigration Minister Iain-Lees Galloway has announced new immigration changes where Immediate Skill Shortage List has been dumped in favour of a new Regional Skill Shortage List 

“We are supporting our regions to thrive by focussing more on what skills are needed in their specific region with our new listings,” Iain Lees-Galloway said. 

“Under the Essential Skills in Demand programme, we’ve changed the Immediate Skills Shortage List to the Regional Skill Shortage Lists and expanded the number of regions from six to 15. This shows us which skills are needed in which region and shows New Zealanders and temporary migrants where their opportunities are for work in provincial New Zealand.

“These changes to the Essential Skills in Demand lists are the first step in the Government’s plan to streamline and regionalise the skills-based visa system and require industries that benefit to invest in and provide opportunities for Kiwi workers.