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Immigration and the future of the tech sector

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NZ needs more tech-minded people, not less. What immigration policy settings best facilitate this?

Please join NZTech and the Productivity Commission for an in-depth look at New Zealand immigration policy vis-à-vis the growing demand for tech specialists.

Migrant labour plays a significant role in the tech sector. As countries start to plan their economic recovery from COVID-19, many have been recalibrating their immigration policies to ensure they can get the people and skills they need. In effect, New Zealand competes against these countries to secure the knowledge it needs to support transformational goals. The Productivity Commission has been tasked by the government to review policies with an eye for these goals.

What effect has access to migrant labour had on training, job conditions and technology adoption by firms? What more can immigration policy do to attract specialist “high-impact” people? How can New Zealand best leverage the diaspora to enhance productivity growth? We talk to those at the forefront of these pressing issues.


  • Nicholas Green, Inquiry Director at the Productivity Commission
  • Graeme Muller, CEO at NZTech

Event Details:

  • Date:  Thursday 4 November, 2021
  • Time:   5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Venue: The Productivity Commission - Level 15 Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace, Wellington 6011
  • Cost: Free for NZTech members ($25 for non-members)

Supported by: The Productivity Commission 

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