Around 9000 Fijians have applied for a limited 250 ballot places to gain residence in New Zealand. This is the first time since the Military Coup of 2006 that Fijians have been allowed to apply for a spot in the Pacific Access Category.
The extremely high member of applicants meant that applicants had less than a three percent chance of winning a place in the draw. Immigration New Zealand has apologised to the Fijian applicants after a technical error meant Fijian applicants had to wait more than a week to find out whether they had gained places in the ballot. However a weeks wait was nothing, for those who have been waiting almost a decade to apply after the sanctions were introduced in response to the Military Coup.
Fijians pay a$70 fee to enter the ballot upon. With more than 22,000 applications in total under the Pacific Access Category other ballot spots include 1,100 places are available for Samoans, 250 for Tongans and 75 from Tuvalu and Kiribati.