The stricter rules apply to those who are coming to work in New Zealand on a seasonal employment scheme. Those people can no longer support applications by their partners and children to come to New Zealand as well. Visas will be limited to 1 year for lower-skilled workers.
Also, the Labor Department of New Zealand has removed 44 job-types of 87 occupations from its 'immediate skill-shortage list'. Affected trades include bakers, sheep farm workers, carpenters, plumbers, and others. An employer wishing to hire a foreigner has to show that there are no suitable New Zealanders available. State officials argued that there was anincreased supply of New Zealand citizens and permanent residents who are qualified to fulfill the positions which were previously on the skill shortage list.