Focus on migrants’ contribution to Nelson economy
Successfully attracting and retaining skilled migrants to Nelson is a focus of a new partnership between the Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA) and Immigration New Zealand (INZ).
NRDA and INZ have worked collaboratively to develop the Nelson Tasman Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA), a three-year plan to improve and lift the contribution of migrant attraction, retention and settlement within Nelson Tasman.
The RPA is also supported by Nelson City and Tasman District Councils who have a shared interest in attracting and retaining migrants, with a focus on skills for key regional sectors such as ICT, seafood, tourism, farming, engineering, aviation, science and research, to complement the domestic labour market.
“Skilled migrants, investors and international students have a significant role to play in the Nelson economy,” says NRDA spokesperson Bill Findlater. “As well as addressing the critical skills gaps we have in a number of our key sectors, they are important for the transfer of knowledge and skills that sustain and stimulate economic growth.”
Steve McGill, General Manager of INZ’s Settlement, Protection and Attraction Unit, says the new collaboration will identify how INZ can support the NDA’s migration priorities for the Nelson region.
These priority areas are:
- Attracting and retaining migrant skills and talents needed to support the regions key sectors.
- Attracting, retaining and utilising commercial expertise, capital and international networks and opportunities that investor migrants bring to provide increased regional employment opportunities and regional growth.
- Building a sustainable pipeline of international students with the skills that the region needs and providing pathways into employment.
In this new partnership, INZ will lead central government relationships, and NDA will lead relationships with local and regional stakeholders. The NRDA’s focus will be on attracting, retaining and welcoming migrants and making them feel connected to their local community.
The partnership will support Nelson businesses to feel confident in their ability to attract and retain migrants whose skills match their needs.
For further information contact:
Phone: 03 545 6858