Kia ora koutou katoa/Greetings everyone, 

Iwi n Aus began in 2013 and is run by a small team of  volunteers and began as a Facebook page to help share information, raise awareness and provide a place of support for all New Zealanders severely affected by immigration laws in Australia. 

Did you know?

  • There are over 600,000 New Zealanders who live in Australia?
  • Laws changed in 2001 to block  Kiwis from being able to apply for citizenship and access to welfare?
  • 54% of Kiwis in Australia arrived after the 2001 law changes?
  • Most Kiwis will never qualify for a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency?
  • Most Permanent Resident visas  costs upwards of $2,500 - $7,000 to those who may qualify?
  • Resident Return Visa costs $360 and may apply to anyone who came to Australia prior to 1st September 1994?
  • Almost all Kiwis are Special Category Visa (SCV) holders?
  • Most Kiwis are unaware they hold a visa?
  • The SCV is an indefinite temporary visa?
  • Kiwis suffer homelessness terribly because most cannot access any help?
  • Kiwis trying to escape abuse often suffer badly because they  are not entitled to any help?
  • No length of time living and working in Australia will afford a pathway to apply for citizenship?
  • Kiwis who were in Australia before 2001 are SCV holders also, the only difference is they are allowed to apply for citizenship and qualify for Centrelink payments?
  • In 2015 Australia finally opened up the opportunity for student loans to children who had been living in Australia for 10 years?
  • Although Kiwis pay for the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) they are excluded from claiming help?
  • 66% of our tax dollars go toward funding welfare?
  • Kiwis pay more than $9billion in taxes per year?
  • New Zealanders are the highest employed migrant in Australia?
  • Kiwis have been unfairly labelled and demonised over welfare?
  • Kiwis aren't allowed to joined the Australian armed forces?
  • A term called backdoor migration is largely blamed for law changes but there's never been any research or statistical data to prove it was actually an issue?
  • New Zealanders are now the highest detained nationality in detention centres across Australia including Christmas island since laws changed in 2014?
  • New Zealanders are the highest deported/removed  nationality in Australia?
  • It is possible to have a visa cancelled without criminal convictions or charges?
  • Two NZ men died whilst detained?
  • Detention is indefinite?
  • The Hague Convention can block a single parent from returning to NZ with their children?
  • Children born in Australia to post 2001 parents are not citizens until their 10th birthday?
  • Australians and permanent residents of Australia are afforded equality, rights and pathways when they live in NZ? Including the right to vote after 12 months.

We are seeking: 

  • reciprocal rights
  • the right to access our superannuation in times of hardship
  • the right to withdraw our superannuation upon leaving or being removed from  the country 
  • the right to access the NDIS 
  • the right and privilege of applying for citizenship
  • the right to access social services and emergency housing
  • the right to access job-seeking support and help
  • the right to seek refuge
  • the right to access safety nets that we pay into with our taxes
  • to ensure both countries are not being disadvantaged or severely impacted by draconian laws

The word 'Iwi' in the Maori language means, Tribe/Group of people. So Iwi n Aus's title refers to all New Zealand citizens living in Australia regardless of background  who are affected by  the ever changing immigration laws. 

On our website you will find lots of useful information such as:

  • Research around  immigration and the Migration Act 1958 (Cth)
  • Residency and citizenship queries
  •  Educational material
  • How to apply for a Medicare Card
  • Applying for the Aged Pension
  • Information Charts
  • Media releases
  • Case studies
  • Political information
  • Visa cancellations

We wish everybody well in their search for  stability, inclusion and security as we aim to work toward a brighter future of equality, peace and humanity for our future generations.

It is important to note:

Only registered migration agents can legally give immigration assistance in Australia. To do this, they must be listed on the Register of Migration Agents, held by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. 
Search the Register of Migration Agents

We highly recommend all Kiwis should seek professional Migration advice from a registered Migration Agent. Speaking to the Immigration Department is not seeking professional advice. The Immigration Department give general information only and are restricted from giving legal immigration advice.

Nga mihi nui/Kind regards,

Erina Morunga, Filipa Payne,  Maria  Kumar

We are here first and foremost for our tamariki/children and their future. Australians and NZ families are being disadvantaged and penalised due to ongoing amendments made to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth). The system that is in place is failing badly and the repercussions and consequences are being placed upon our children and our grandchildren. We stand together in true ANZAC spirit fighting to change a system denying dignity and inclusion because we migrate from Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Website & Content developed by Erina Anderson-Morunga