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New regional partnership agreement signed

Successfully attracting and retaining skilled migrants to the Auckland region is the primary focus of a new Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) which has been signed by senior officials representing Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Auckland Council and Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

The agreement, which has a term of three years, was signed on May 9 in Auckland.

Auckland will join other regions of New Zealand who have similar agreements in place; including The Bay of Plenty and Manawatu-Whanganui.

These agreements ensure that our regions make the most of skilled migration and investment. They aim to address skill gaps for industries and support growing sectors that have been facing long-term labour shortages in their high skill occupations – such as the IT sector.

This new RPA will continue the work that has been completed by ATEED, Auckland Council and INZ over the past three years under the previous RPA but will have an additional focus on supporting communities that need extra help, such as Pacific communities, as they enter and try and settle in New Zealand.

Given the success of RPA’s as a means to assist regions to best leverage migration as an economic and social enabler other regions throughout the country are now considering how an agreement may benefit their slice of New Zealand.