Investor visas and philanthropic investments
If you are looking to emigrate to New Zealand via an investor business migration visa, and you fit within one of the two investor visa categories (Investor 2 or Investor Plus), here is how you can play your part in helping to protect your new national icon with a donation to Kiwis for Kiwi.
Migrant investor donations to Kiwis for Kiwi
Experienced business people who have a minimum of NZD $3 million in available funds or assets can apply for New Zealand residence with an investment visa. Part of your investment can be donated as philanthropic gifts to registered charities like Kiwis for Kiwi.
Kiwis for Kiwi (The Kiwi Trust) is the national charity that supports community kiwi conservation projects. New Zealand Charities Commission Registration Number CC47976. The Kiwi Trust meets the criteria for acceptable investment under the terms of the Immigration New Zealand Business Migration Policy.
Philanthropic investments can make up 15% of your acceptable investments. The maximum donations that can be assessed within your application are:
- Investor Plus category – NZD $1,500,000
- Investor 2 category – NZD$225,000
What funds donated as a migrant investor will contribute to:
Kiwis for kiwi will utilise your donation to support our work across the country. There are two key areas for the application of funds received:
- Off-setting Operational Costs: As we implement our Reverse the Decline Strategy we will need to apply funds in a number of areas. These include People (training and development of field staff), Predator Control, Technology & Equipment, Facilities, Education, Transportation, Dogs, Kōhanga operational costs, etc.
- Endowment Fund: Central to the Reverse the Decline Strategy is a model that is similar to an endowment fund, i.e. the establishment, and protection, of a principal sum and the ongoing utilisation of the interest accrued. In the event that you wish to gift an amount of $1,000,000 or more, we would like to discuss creation of an endowment fund so that your gift may provide ongoing support in perpetuity.
Some examples of what your investment can achieve are:
- NZD$10,000 – will support a community kiwi conservation group for a year. There are 100+ community and iwi groups operating across New Zealand. These are volunteer organisations that perform a range of kiwi conservation work including:
- the development and maintenance of predator-free or predator-controlled zones,
- call count monitoring (i.e. an annual ‘census’ of kiwi populations)
- Operation Nest Egg including identification of birds, affixing transmitters, lifting eggs, etc
- Community education (aversion training for dogs, recruiting additional volunteers, etc.
- NZD$25,000 – will fund our national training seminar. Each year we host a national hui (meeting) for representatives of all of the community groups. Kiwis for kiwi and the Department of Conservation meet the costs of staging the event, provide food and accommodation for the attendees, and deliver a range of speakers and workshop sessions to up-skill our volunteer workforce. The seminar is held in the North Island and South Island on a rotational basis.
- NZD$70,000 – will meet the costs of transmitters for tracking birds for one year. Kiwi are elusive and in order to keep track of them, check on their health, and retrieve eggs for incubation, hatching and release, it is vital that we affix transmitters to birds. Unfortunately, the cost of transmitters is significant and the battery life of each unit means that we need to replace them annually.
- NZD$250,000 – will pay for a portable incubation unit. Our Reverse the Decline Strategy is dependent upon us significantly increasing the number of eggs that are hatched via incubators and we are currently in the process of finding funds to build three portable incubator units that can be deployed to regions where we will be lifting eggs. Kiwi hatched through our Operation Nest Egg programme have a significantly higher chance of survival than eggs left in their natural habitat and we are therefore working hard to hatch as many birds in controlled facilities as possible.