Group allocations

The group allocation process for MIQ was established in February 2021. All group allocations are decided by the Border Exception Ministerial Group, which is led by the Minister of Immigration, and implemented by MIQ.

From 22 November 2021, 300 MIQ places per month will be allocated for critical health and disability workers entering New Zealand for employment in a critical health and disability role. Details are on the Ministry of Health website.

Dedicated MIQ places for critical health and disability workers(external link) – Ministry of Health

Border Exception Ministerial Group

The Border Exception Ministerial Group makes decisions on group allocations in blocks of a few months at a time.

The number of rooms allowed for groups is generally between 350 and 500 rooms per fortnight, depending on Government priorities, with any unused rooms released back into the general pool. Our operational capacity is around 4,500 rooms per fortnight. Actual rooms in use vary, depending on a range of factors such as maintenance and remediation work, cohorting, unexpected events such as the need to support people arriving from Afghanistan, QFT contingency and our role in the current community outbreak.

Criteria

To be eligible, the group must:

  • have a sponsoring Government agency
  • need more than 20 rooms
  • have a time-sensitive entry OR the reason they need to leave New Zealand must be time-sensitive and they need certainty of return before departing
  • need to enter as a single unit OR there is no reasonable alternative pathway for them
  • be a Government priority.

To be considered a Government priority, groups must meet one of the following criteria.

  • National interest:
    • The returnees are usually based in New Zealand and are returning from representing New Zealand at an international event or activity of national interest; or
    • The persons who are visiting New Zealand are essential to holding an event or activity considered to be in the national interest.
  • Economic impact:
    • The group is travelling to support delivery of a major investment (>$100m) and/or a priority in the Government Major Events portfolio;
    • The purpose for which the group is travelling is expected to generate significant economic or employment activity.
  • National security or obligations under international law or international relations:
    • The purpose for which the group is travelling is considered essential for New Zealand’s national security or New Zealand has obligations under international law or international relations.

How to apply

If you believe that you are eligible to apply for a group allocation, please contact your relevant sponsoring Government agency, who will submit the application for your group. MIQ does not take applications from the general public or from businesses for this allocation.

Note: groups that require significant additional services in MIQ, such as sports teams requiring off-site training arrangements, are charged additional fees to cover these costs. 

Group allocation decisions

In February 2021, the Border Exception Ministerial Group became responsible for group allocations. The group has made decisions in packages, the first package covered groups arriving between June and October 2021, while the second package covered groups arriving between November 2021 and March 2022.

The table below will be updated monthly.

MIQ group allocation

As at 31 October 2021

Group Sponsoring agency Approved number

(pax = people)
Final arrived number of rooms / pax Expected arrival
date
Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme Ministry for Primary Industries Approved 2,026 pax for Jan-Mar 2021 1014 rooms (2012 pax) Jan-Mar 2021
US Antarctic Programme Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 850 pax for the 20/21 season 820 rooms (850 pax) Aug 20-Feb 21
Summer of Cricket: Australia Sport NZ 32 pax 29 rooms (29 pax) Feb 2021
Australia Diamonds Sport NZ 30 pax 26 rooms (26 pax) Feb 2021
Summer of Cricket: Bangladesh Sport NZ 40 pax 35 rooms (35 pax) Feb 2021
Southern Stars Sport NZ 29 pax 28 rooms (28 pax) Mar 2021
Refugee Programme Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Refugee Quota Programme 70 pax every 8 weeks from Feb-June 2021 15 rooms (27 pax)

24 rooms (44 pax)

32 rooms (55 pax)

30 rooms (65 pax)

66 rooms (119 pax)
Feb 2021

Mar 2021

April 2021

May 2021

June 2021
Rocket Lab Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Labour, Science and Enterprise 14 pax 1 room (1 pax) May 2021
Italian Rugby (changed to Fijian Rugby team) Sport NZ 60 pax 29 rooms (29 pax) Mid-June 2021
International Students Ministry of Education 400 pax 46 rooms (49 pax) Various dates June 2021-
Construction Sector Accord Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Accord Transformation Unit 60 rooms per month June: 0

July: 0

Aug: 15 rooms (19 pax)

Sep: 32 rooms (38 pax)

Oct: 46 rooms (66 pax)
Various dates June 2021-March 2022
Refugee Programme Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Refugee Quota Programme

100 pax every 6 weeks from July 2021 to end June 2022

June: 54 rooms
(119 pax)

July: 13 rooms (39 pax)

Aug: 27 rooms
(63 pax)

Oct: 4 rooms (9 pax)
Various dates June 2021-June 2022
Black Caps Sport NZ 26 pax 18 June: 6 rooms
(6 pax)

26 June: 20 rooms
(20 pax)
18 and 26 June 2021

Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme Ministry for Primary Industries 150 pax every 16 days from July 2021 to March 2022 4 July: 116 rooms
(150 pax)

21 July: 116 rooms
(150 pax)

7 Aug: 116 rooms
(148 pax)

24 Aug: deferred
Various dates July-Sep 2021

NB: Following the QFT arrangement for RSE workers from Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu, the only remaining RSE flight requiring MIQ will be from Solomon Islands on 4 November
English Roses Sport NZ 30 pax 22 rooms (22 pax) 27 Aug 2021
Olympics – pre-Olympic travel Sport NZ 157 pax 63 rooms (63 pax) Various dates March-July 2021
Olympics – post-Olympics travel Sport NZ 600 pax 422 rooms (430 pax) 2, 8 and 10 Aug 2021
Paralympics Sport NZ 100 pax 2 rooms (2 pax) Sep 2021
White Ferns Sport NZ 30 pax 22 rooms (24 pax) Sep 2021
US, Korean and European Antarctic Programmes

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade July 2021: 204 pax

Sep 2021: 412 pax

Oct 2021: 351 pax

Nov 2021: 228 pax

Dec 2022: 65 pax

Jan 2022: 206 pax

Feb 2022: 50 pax
181 rooms (187 pax)

377 rooms (383 pax)

368 rooms (368 pax)
Various dates July, Sep-Feb 2021

Dubai Expo Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Oct 2021: 72 pax

Nov 2021: 80 pax

Jan 2021: 60 pax

Feb 2022: 164 pax

March 2022: 25 pax
29 rooms (37 pax) Various dates Oct 2021-March 2022
Crankworx Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Major Events 70 pax 40 rooms (47 pax) Various dates Oct 2021
NZDF programme of arrivals NZ Defence Force June-July 2021: 89 pax

Oct 2021: 82 pax

Dec 2021: 76 pax

Jan 2022: 60 pax

Feb 2022: 80 pax
89 rooms (89 pax)

50 rooms (50 pax)
Various dates June-Oct 2021; Dec 2021-Feb 2022
Mariner workers Ministry for Primary Industries Sep: 160 pax

Oct: 222 pax

Nov: 68 pax
154 rooms (154 pax)

217 rooms (217 pax)
Various dates Sep-Nov 2021

Exporters NZ Trade and Enterprise Nov-Dec 2021: 25 rooms per month Various dates Nov-Dec 2021
All Blacks Sport NZ 65 pax Late Nov 2021
Black Ferns Sport NZ 65 pax Late Nov 2021
Black Caps Sport NZ 24 pax

20 pax

33 pax
Sep: 24 rooms (24 pax) Sep 2021

Nov 2021

Early Dec 2021
Summer of Cricket: Bangladesh Sport NZ 35 pax Early Dec 2021
Women’s Cricket World Cup Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Major Events 181 pax Various dates Jan-Feb 2022

Silver Ferns Sport NZ 24 pax Late Jan 2022
Summer of Cricket: South Africa Sport NZ 35 pax Early Feb 2022
Winter Olympics Sport NZ 53 pax Late Feb 2022
Summer of Cricket: Netherlands Sport NZ 35 pax March 2022
Winter Paralympics Sport NZ 11 pax Late March 2022
Ministerial allocation To be confirmed 20 rooms per month Oct: 1 room (1 pax)

Applications that were withdrawn or declined

The following groups applied for a group allocation and either withdrew their application or were declined.

Group Date rooms required Number of rooms requested Declined/Withdrew
Toyota Motor Racing Series Feb 2021 90 Withdrew
Rugby Championship Oct 2021 150 Withdrew
Toyota Motor Racing Series Dec 2021/Jan 2022 86 Declined
SailGP Jan 2022 170 Declined
Last updated: 18 November 2021