Swings + Roundabouts Winter 2022

YOU SO KNOW New Immigration scheme for teachers – Accredited Employer Work Visa The Border Exception scheme is now full. ECE teachers have filled the majority of the 300 places. It is still possible that people will get slots – if current applicants withdraw. The New Zealand border is scheduled to open (for immigration) in July 2022. As a result the Border Exception scheme will no longer be required. A new scheme has been announced called the Accredited Employer Work Visa. This scheme has three key stages: (1) employers get accredited with Immigration NZ; (2) Immigration checks the job meets the minimum requirements (there are salary and other terms employers must meet to be eligible); and (3) the migrant needs to apply. 01. Employer accreditation - applications open 23 May 2022 02. Job check - applications open 20 June 2022 The 2022 New Zealand Book Awards The 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults attracted a record-breaking 199 entries, with 28 titles just announced as finalists. This is the highest number of submissions ever received for the Awards, which are the preeminent celebration of publishing for young people in Aotearoa. Competing across six main categories, the 2022 finalists offer New Zealand’s young readers an educative, engaging and engrossing selection of books with a uniquely Kiwi flavour. The growing strength of books with te ao Māori worldview and the growing number and quality of titles in te reo Māori also stood out to this year’s judges. The judges describe this year's Picture Book Award shortlist as “a tutti-frutti of deliciousness”. From quirky and whimsical to rambunctious and mischievous, all the stories feature dollops of humour and a richly diverse illustrative palette. Picture Book Award Finalists Bumblebee Grumblebee, David Elliot (Gecko Press) The Eight Gifts of Te Wheke, Steph Matuku, illustrated by Laya MuttonRogers (Huia Publishers) Lion Guards the Cake, Ruth Paul (Scholastic New Zealand) My Cat Can See Ghosts, Emily Joe (Beatnik) The Greatest Haka Festival on Earth, Pania Tahau-Hodges, illustrated by Story HemiMorehouse (Huia Publishers) A ceremony to announce the winners will take place in Wellington on the evening of Wednesday 10 August. 03. Invitation to make visa applications – opens 4 July 2022 If the role you are trying to fill meets the job check requirements you can seek to become an accredited employer from 23 May (noting that the stage where migrants can apply doesn’t start until 4 July). You can read more information about the scheme here: https://www.immigration. govt.nz/employ-migrants/new-employeraccreditation-and-work-visa June 2022 { 12 }