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Practice Areas

Manhire and Associates is a private immigration law firm founded by Mark Manhire. We are committed to the needs of our clients in New Zealand and internationally.
Immigration Law


Our New Zealand immigration law practice provides immigration services throughout Auckland, across New Zealand and around the world. So wherever you are, we will be able to offer you a local service with nationally recognised excellence. The quality of our work is repeatedly demonstrated by the very high success rates achieved in cases that we take on.


We have specialist knowledge in all immigration areas with a focus on Accredited Employer Work Visas, visitor visas, student visas, skilled migrant visas, partner visas and the new Active Investor Plus visa. If you are currently in New Zealand without a visa we also have a high success rate with section 61 applications.


We strive to make our services as accessible as possible to everyone. We consistently strive to provide high levels of legal advice and service to all those in desperate need of good quality Immigration advice.

2020 has seen some fairly significant changes in New Zealand immigration policy. There have been major changes due to COVID-19 and we anticipate further changes and even tighter border restrictions in 2021 as well. Professional advice for these applications is now critical.



Visitor Visas


Visitor Visa applications can be refused for a number of reasons. The Visitor Visa application also has strict criteria which all must be met and only very limited waiver provisions exist.


It is essential that the visa application is assessed, structured and lodged in a way to satisfy all applicable Immigration New Zealand instructions and policy. Manhire and Associates has years of experience handling the most complex cases and achieving positive outcomes in circumstances where the applicant would have failed if we were not involved.


Accredited Employer Work Visas


These visas are meant for temporary stays. The duration of the visa depends on the term of your job offer and labour market conditions. Your employer will need to seek accreditation first prior to offering you a position.

Active Investor Plus

Manhire and Associates has developed a sound reputation as specialist lawyers on investment/business based visa products. We have worked with both sectors in offshore markets to identify and provide our high value service product to high net worth investors and successful business operators from a number of different countries.

In addition to providing a full encompassing service that includes immigration, we have a long and successful track record negotiating specialised visa solutions with Immigration New Zealand where standard requirements do not fit the need of the particular investor, or do not recognise the full value of the proposed investment transaction


Entrepreneur Visas

We have assisted numerous clients to secure an Entrepreneur Work Visa, and transition those clients into a position to qualify for New Zealand residency under the Entrepreneur Residence Category.


The focus point must be the requirements of the residency application, and the contents to ensure eventual residence eligibility by the preparation of well thought through and conservative business plan which should be prepared by a New Zealand based Chartered Accountant.

The entrepreneur category allows an individual to either purchase or establish a new business in New Zealand, and operate their business successfully for a certain period of time before being able to qualify for New Zealand residence. In order to obtain a visa under this category a number of strict requirements need to be proven by an applicant


Australian Visas

Manhire and Associates have knowledge on many areas of Australian migration law and policy. We can also assist New Zealand citizens with tourist visa applications who wish to travel to Australia but are prevented from doing so because of criminal convictions. 

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