A geospatial industry association is lobbying the government to get skills in geospatial information systems recognised by immigration authorities and added to the long-term skill shortage list. Experienced geospatial specialists will then find it easier to enter New Zealand and to gain residency.
The group is the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and note the effort is in smaller New Zealand, not larger Australia. Still, a shortage is a shortage. One hope is that experienced workers from areas where government cuts are high, like the UK, may be a good source of new workers. The immigration sector of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has yet to respond to the request.