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Anyone who wants work should “head south” to places such as Queenstown and Wanaka, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

Net migration for the year to July has hit nearly 60,000 people, prompting concerns about the impact on the labour as well as property markets.

In the past 12 months, about 117,000 people moved to New Zealand and 57,500 left, Statistics NZ said last week.

Mr Woodhouse told TVNZ’s Q&A on Sunday there was quite a strong mismatch between where the labour need was and “where the people are” in New Zealand.

“And one of the things I would say is that anybody who wants to seek work should head south. There’s plenty of it.”

Mr Woodhouse was quizzed about why retail store checkout operators and shelf fillers qualified for essential skills visas.

“Well, you’ve described them as essential skills, but actually they are what’s known as labour market-tested work visas,” he said.

Mr Woodhouse said when he last checked the category, one visa had been awarded in Auckland.

“The overwhelming majority of them are going to the South Island in places like Queenstown and Wanaka where there is virtually zero unemployment,” he said.

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Date Added : 12-9-2015