18th Annual Immigration Law Conference


CCH Learning are proud to bring you the 18th annual Immigration Law conference. As New Zealand’s leading Immigration Law conference, attendees will benefit from hearing from industry experts working in both practice and government. With a full day’s programme, there is plenty of time for attendees to enjoy the unique networking opportunities the conference brings.

Date: Wednesday 30 June  8.00am - 5.30pm
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Auckland

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Opening from the chair: Peter Moses, Barrister

Keynote address: Hon Phil Twyford, Associate Minister of Immigration – Confirmed subject to being granted leave from the House

Immigration Policy in a time of COVID-19: A retrospective
An update on immigration policy developments and announcements over the last year.
Kirsty Hutchinson, Manager (Border and Funding) Immigration Policy, MBIE 

What’s happening in the Courts – Immigration Case Law Update
An overview of the most recent cases in immigration law, and how these developments may be relevant to practitioners and their clients.
Richard McLeod, Principal, McLeod & Associates 

The impact of COVID-19 on immigration – a Government lawyers perspective.
Covid-19 had a huge impact on migration around the world and in New Zealand. In this session, hear an insider’s view of how the impacts of Covid-19 and border closures tested the legal framework and required innovative thinking.
Fraser Richards, Special Counsel (Immigration), MBIE 

Reuniting partners during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Since the closure of New Zealand’s border in March 2020 it has been a challenge to reunite couples caught out by the pandemic, including partners of New Zealand citizens or residents. In our presentation we will cover the latest developments in this area as well go through several case studies discussing success stories.
Elly Fleming, Senior Solicitor; Nick Mason, Partner, Pitt & Moore 

Intercountry surrogacy and adoptions
Overview of New Zealand’s laws and attitudes to international surrogacy and adoptions, and its impacts on immigration, including discussion on the process and procedure involved.
Stewart Dalley, Partner, D&S Law; Jeanne Donald, Member of the IPT

Humanitarian Appeals Against Deportation
A whistle-stop tour through various issues involving Humanitarian appeals at the Immigration and Protection Tribunal (IPT), including the impact of Covid; when Humanitarian appeals are lodged alongside residence or refugee/protected person appeals; supporting documentation for Humanitarian appeals; and the effect of Tribunal orders delaying deportation (s216).
Larissa Wakim, Bridget Dingle, Members of the IPT 

The Ministerial Process
This session is a joint presentation by Pooja Sundar and Immigration New Zealand covering the ins and outs of ministerial requests. The presenters will cover the steps of making a request, the role of the parties involved, and practical issues along the process.
Pooja Sundar, Partner, D&S Law and Steve Cantlon, Manager Quality and Assurance and Joshika Prasad, Team Leader, Immigration Resolutions INZ 

Immigration Advisers Complaints & Disciplinary Tribunal review
A review of the jurisprudence of the IACDT over the past 12 months, in particular the threshold for disciplinary proceedings, compensation to clients, the continuing plague of rubber stamping and the approach to sanctions.
David Plunkett, Chairperson, IACDT 

Migration in a Post-COVID World: What Can We Expect? Will Migration Return to a Degree of Normality?
In the period from 2013 to March 2020, New Zealand experienced its highest net migration gains ever, and added something like 400,000 people to the country’s population. When New Zealand went into lock-down in March 2020, not only had the country experienced extremely high annual net migration gains of permanent migrants, but there were over 300,000 temporary migrants in the country (on both work and study visas). By late 2020, the net gains from non-New Zealand migrants, and net losses of New Zealand citizens, had been reversed: the net gains now came from returning New Zealand citizens (and fewer departures) while there were net losses of non-New Zealand migrants. All the indicators are that international travel, mobility and migration will be disrupted for some years. At times, it appears that New Zealand has been slow to reset migration settings and to allow flows – but disrupted and low levels of international mobility are true for most high-income countries. What will emerge next? Will China move from being a talent supply country to one that is primarily a talent attraction country? Will there be internationally agreed systems for limiting the community transmission of COVID-19? Can New Zealand employers expect to access talent and labour to the extent that occurred in the 2013-2020 period?
Dr Paul Spoonley, Massey University


Accommodation at the Hilton
If you require accommodation at the Hilton, click here for the Conference rate.

CPD 6.5 hrs

  • Jun 30
    Wed, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Auckland
    • $600.00 excl. GST

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