Locked-out New Zealanders outraged as visa scheme for rich foreigners resumes

Critics say the wealthy will be able to buy their way in while citizens lose out on quarantine spots

The Guardian

By Pete McKenzie in Wellington
New Zealand has restarted a scheme that allows the wealthy to obtain a visa in return for investment. Photograph: denizunlusu/Getty Images/iStockphoto

A controversial New Zealand scheme that offers visas to wealthy foreign investors has resumed operating after a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic, prompting concern from overseas New Zealanders who fear it will place additional strain on the country’s overburdened managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) system.

Martin Newell, a spokesperson for the advocacy group Grounded Kiwis, said the scheme’s resumption would prompt “disbelief” among New Zealanders overseas, who may lose out on MIQ spots to the investors.


“The government is abandoning the needs of its citizens in favour of those who have enough money to be able to buy their way into the country.”

Publish : 2021-12-24 18:09:00

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