10 May 2012

Record number of New Zealand visa applicants from Kiribati

4:43 pm on 10 May 2012

An official with the New Zealand High Commission in Kiribati has confirmed it has received the highest number of applicants ever wanting to immigrate to New Zealand under the Pacific Access Category.

Last year, the High Commission recorded 1, 478 applications - this year that number has jumped to 2,707.

Every year 75 i-Kiribati are allowed to enter New Zealand under this category - they are selected through a lottery system.