Coalition moves to speed up construction visas for Kiwibuild

Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says workers need to be available more quickly.

As the Coalition government struggles to get KiwiBuild off the ground it is proposing to make it easier for the construction industry to recruit workers from overseas.

Under the proposed KiwiBuild Skills Shortage List building and construction firms will be able to go through a quicker process to get the skilled workers they need when they cannot recruit locally.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says it is estimated the industry is 30,000 workers short. It particularly needs plumbers, electricians, engineers, builders and project managers.

“This is a broader, more comprehensive and quicker approach for the construction sector to get the skilled workers it needs than the KiwiBuild Visa that was proposed last year. It’s clear we need workers to be available more quickly. These proposals aim to speed up the process and circumvent the need to create a new visa category,” Mr Lees-Galloway says.

The proposed changes include setting up the shortage list to speed up the process for filling specific jobs; an employer accreditation or pre-approval model to give certainty to good employers to recruit overseas; and accrediting labour-hire companies to manage the risk of workers being exploited.

The Ministry of Business says the changes will provide certainty to the construction industry and cut the costs and time for both employers and employees.

It says under the employer accreditation or pre-approval model only good employers would be eligible. They would have to adhere to standards for health and safety, employment conditions and pay, pastoral care and robust business practices.

Mr Lees-Galloway says the initiatives are all based on what was done to speed up the rebuild of Christchurch. Any changes would have a time limit so the sector does not become permanently dependent on migrant workers.

“We want a sustainable construction workforce to provide opportunities for New Zealanders to train and work in the sector. But that doesn’t happen overnight, which is why we need these changes for the short term.”

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So migrants are OK when we need them, will these 'special' migrants be allowed to buy houses?

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What's wrong with placing more importance on skilled sectors experiencing shortages which the domestic can't or refuses to fill? Perhaps these workers will be able to afford a home as they contribute to a huge ramp up in supply we have desperately needed for so long, which will concordantly bring down house prices in conjunction with other government policies and (hopefully) RBNZ implementing DTI's.

Whowouldathunkit - immigrants tanking house prices! Go figure, eh?

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I thought Twyford wanted prefab houses built in foreign factories, does Mr Galloways know that?

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Who said Twyford wanted foreign built prefab houses?

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Prefab houses built here I think - that is certainly what Tex was proposing

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Yes

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Wasn’t the fair godmother asked this question directly during the leaders debate? How can you crack down on immigration and build all these houses at the same time?

Answer: her expert figures said we only needed 5,000 extra people to build them all.

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Where are all these immigrant builders going to live?

We are going to have to build some houses so we can get these immigrants to build some houses!

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Tents on site. Correction, Tents with insulation on site.

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100,000 new homes in 10 years, 30,000 workers needed this year (who I presume will need 30,000 homes), so in their 3 year term in office the net result will be..........

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Make that 60,000 homes once they’ve all brought their parents and in laws over.
The visas should be fast tracked but specific to the job with no access to welfare or family repatriation and once the job is done they return home. Rather like they do in countries where these workers will come from.

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Be it a 1000 or 100,000 homes, that is not the problem. The problem is getting even 10 sections upon which they can be built.

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Simple.
Nice big reoccurring land tax on land available for development being sat on by land bankers. The rate could double every year it goes undeveloped.
Time to get tough, they've had 9 years of stuffing around.

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So basically everything Labour campaigned on and said it would do before the election was nothing but a pack of lies. And somehow this is ok with this country and our useless media?

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-Winston was inside the full part of the Pike River mine within a week of winning the election. = tick

Did you not see the news articles where he brought home the bones and bits of the dead miners? Perhaps those articles were sidelined by some other photo opportunities.

-Kiwibuild are belting out the promised six new homes per working week hour they promised. = tick.
Can't you see the 8,000 homes already finished. Perhaps the bikes lanes are blurring your view.

-Labour is planting 57,971 trees per hour. = tick
Can't you see the 78,000,000 tress they have already planted? You can't miss them, it covers 780 square kms. Been in all the papers. Perhaps all the photos of Clarkes Sally Army cardigan have pushed the tree photos back to the second page.

-Labour introduced no new taxes = tick
Can't you see the reduced fuel prices. Just ignore the few commentators saying that fuel tax has increased. Its just a conspiracy.

-Labour has does nothing to impact future employment and fuel costs, such as stopping fuel exploration = tick
Jacinda is NOT a fanatic by stopping future oil exploration without discussing if with others. And it was not down to draw attention away from other scandals. That's just a silly rumour.

And Jacinda has been so busy, and done so well, that she can take time off to have a baby, proving that she is every bit as normal like most New Zealanders, and every bit as good as a man. After all Bill English had children while he was in parliament.

Nothing but a pack of lies? There are 52 cards in a pack, and we haven't yet reached 52 lies, but we are getting there with Diamonds to build bike lanes, Clubs, hotels and expense accounts for the committees, Spades for digging bigger holes, and Hearts to generate photo opportunities.

And of course the joker card for Winston.

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NZ's Mugabe wants $200k houses. New Zimbabwe NZ !

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New taxes, more immigrants and no houses getting built for the Auckland trifecta.

Labour for the win! They are like the Blues for politics.

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Labour have figured out that immigrants, that they Labour specifically import are a source of new voters.

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We need to stand up and over throw this communist socialist coalition government before our economy crashes !

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Start lining up for bread at your local dairy as Labour's taxation policy is the answer to all our prayers !

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Which country do they intend to get these builders from? As the building codes and standards used in NZ are unique to NZ. And the plumbing and electrical codes are only shared with Australia. So foreign workers would still need extra training before they can work in NZ.

So bringing in extra foreign workers won't help in the short term. Unless they dumb down standards. Which worked really well in creating the leaky building problem.

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Labour promised to reduce immigration. That's why I voted for them now it turns out them and NZ Frist lied to us. This is the first time I have actually felt sick for being so passionate and trying to help them win.

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