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June newsletter

Acting Registrar Catherine Albiston. I Martin Jenkins, the firm reviewing the regulation of immigration advice, has spoken with a lot of people in May and would like to reiterate their thanks for all your involvement. There has been a good response to their meeting requests and to their survey so far.

The Authority hosted three meetings here – with sole practitioners, consumer representatives and advisers who volunteered to meet with the reviewers. It was a great opportunity for me to meet with those who attended and hear more of your views.

Sanjai Raj (MBIE’s General Manager responsible for the IAA) and I had a fruitful visit with our counterparts in Australia’s Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. We share similar challenges and it is helpful to also share ideas and experiences.

It has been a busy month in the Investigations space with a three-week trial in the Auckland District Court and I’m please to let you know that the Guide to Licensed Immigration Advisers is available in Simplified Chinese, Korean, Samoan and Tongan.

Catherine Albiston, Acting Registrar of Immigration Advisers


Have your say on licensing

Group of people image. MartinJenkins, the firm reviewing the regulation of immigration advice, is seeking your input through an online survey.

Your individual responses will be kept confidential. No personally identifiable information will be associated with your responses in any reports of this data.

The survey will close at 8am on Monday 9 June.



Trial into former lawyer Richard Martin

NZ Coat of Arms.

Former lawyer Richard James Martin, of Albany, appeared for trial on 93 immigration-related charges at Auckland District Court in May.

The 49-year-old former director of Richard Martin Immigration Limited, stands charged with offences including: forgery, supplying false or misleading information to an immigration officer and providing immigration advice when neither licensed nor exempt.

The trial is still in progress.


High Court decisions

Two High Court decisions relating to decisions made by the Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) came out last Friday (30 May).

The High Court dismissed an application by Bae Loh and Sammi Gu-Chang for judicial review of decisions of the Tribunal, finding that:

IAA v Yap

The High Court allowed by consent the Immigration Advisers Authority’s appeal against Auckland District Court’s decision to quash the sanction of censure imposed against Christine Yap by the Tribunal.

The High Court noted that the error of approach in the District Court’s decision concerned the level of individual responsibility upon licensed immigration advisers when providing professional services.

The parties agreed that the appeal should be resolved by:

Read the full Loh and Gu-Chang decision >>

Read the full Yap decision >>


Guide to advisers now available in Chinese, Korean, Samoan and Tongan

Cover images of the guide to advisers.

The Guide to Licensed Immigration Advisers is now available in Chinese, Korean, Samoan and Tongan.

Contact us for copies to distribute at your office or download your own from our website.


Reaching migrant communities

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The Authority promoted licensing to Filipino group Migrante on Saturday 24 May and to more than 150 Tongan migrants on Saturday 10 May.

In the coming weeks the Authority will be speaking to Fijian and Samoan migrants. The meetings form part of a series of immigration presentations organised by Settlement New Zealand in Auckland.


Bay of Plenty Polytechnic news

Graduate Certificate in New Zealand Immigration Advice document cover.The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has recruited two licensed immigration advisers and a former INZ branch manager to teach the qualification this semester.

The Polytechnic welcomed Nirmala Gounder and Lucy He, both active in the industry as licensed advisers, and former INZ manager David Mills.


Did you know, under the 2014 Code...?

question mark image. 2. A licensed immigration adviser must:

d. where appropriate, advise the client when they may be eligible for legal aid under the Legal Services Act 2011 in relation to a refugee status or protection claim or appeal or immigration detention

Find out more >>


Comings and goings

IAA logo. Investigations Team Leader Melissa England went on parental leave in May and has given birth to a healthy baby boy.

Juliet Bruce, an experienced Investigator with the Authority, is Acting Team Leader Investigations until Melissa returns.

Rebecca Rowsell, who has a background in policy development and criminal practice, has joined us to fill Juliet’s Investigator position.

Sadly our Senior Communications Adviser Maheesha Kottegoda will be leaving us at the end of June to take up a new opportunity.


New Authority phone numbers

image shows a lady with a telephone headset. We have upgraded our phone system and now have new direct dial phone numbers. You may wish to update your records with the contact details below.

Team Leader Licensing, Jason Chand +64 9 928 2583

Team Leader Investigations, Juliet Bruce +64 9 928 2586

Acting Registrar of Immigration Advisers, Catherine Albiston, +64 9 928 2578


We welcome your feedback

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Have we done a good job?

Whatever the feedback, compliments and even complaints, we want to hear from you.

Email us at info@iaa.govt.nz