Well I may have good news for you. The New Zealand Government have recently announced a pending change to bonus points given for a job offer outside Auckland. I can’t give you the details yet as I don’t have them, nobody does, but it looks like a massive 30 bonus points will be awarded from November of this year instead of the current 10 bonus points. For many of you this will make the difference.
I am sure there will be small print and conditions because the argument has been raised there is nothing stopping a new Migrant moving to Auckland once they have met the conditions of their Residency. We will have to wait and see but in truth, looking back over the past year, this would not have affected the majority of those I have worked with who have applied for Residency under the Skilled Migrant Route to regions outside Auckland. It is always assumed the salaries are highest in Auckland but from my experience this is not always the case.