Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is promising her Government will not be "turning off the tap" to migrant workers but says a rebalancing of New Zealand's long-term net migration settings "is required".
She is also fending off criticism from industry players that her Government's policy on immigration is too confusing.
"What we are saying is we have had big growth and we need to look at whether or not that is serving both migrants well, but also New Zealand well," she told media this morning.
This comes after Economic Development Stuart Nash – who was filling in for an unwell Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi – delivered a speech on New Zealand's immigration "reset".
Infometrics economist, Brad Olsen, told Heather du Plessis-Allan this speech was no doubt confusing for prospective migrants or those already living in New Zealand.
"For a lot of businesses out there, for a lot of migrants, it probably made things much more confusing and probably worried a lot of people out there without a clear direction."