In December last year, the Minister of Immigration the Honourable Iain Lees-Galloway put out for public consultation, a proposal to completely overhaul the Employer-Assisted Work Visa programme.

The proposal has potentially far-reaching consequences for New Zealand businesses who have migrant staff or who plan to hire migrant staff in the future.

Given the bulk of the consultation period covered the summer holiday period (expiring in March), the vast majority of businesses appear to be completely unaware of the proposal.