Looks like the government is pulling the plug. I got called racist a couple of years ago for mentioning this. When ideology over rules common sense. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/442754/government-announces-reset-of-immigration-system Turns out 30% population growth in 15 odd years isn't a great idea (avg house price just hit 900k). Governments spending a million dollars a day in emergency housing and billions in rent subsidies via the welfare system (more rent you pay bigger benefit payment). In addition to outstripping housing infrastructure has been put under increasing pressure along with schools, health etc and large wait times for tradies and doctors. In some places apparently you can't get a doctor's appointment or there is a 6 month wait. We haven't built 30% more hospitals, teacher graduates, or doctors/nurses etc. Privatize the profits (landlords, employers), socialize the losses. Article mentions. Wage suppression Exploitation of migrants Temporary visas doubled in ten years Highest % of temporary workers in the OECD Another article has pointed out that it's added virtually nothing to NZs economy just cheap labour. The wages paid tend to go in rent and back to other countries. Creating all sorts of social problems piled on with Covid related shortages. New immigrants have citizenship I suppose very little outflow now.