South African teachers denied residency despite shortage

Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Friday, 24 May 2019, 12:05PM
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Chris Van Tonder joins Mike Hosking to talk about the latest Immigration issue in New Zealand.

Chris along with his spouse Chané were hired to help with New Zealand's teacher shortage, but have been refused residency because as their pay is too low.

The couple both completed four-year teaching qualifications in South Africa last year and each earn $48,000 a year.

The minimum income for skilled migrants to gain residency is $52,000.

Chris says their love for New Zealand and the country's need for more teachers influenced their move.

"Teaching was always our passion, we saw that they needed teachers so out first priority was to get her as soon as possible and become part of the system."

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