I am in the process of applying for New Zealand residency under the Skilled Migrant Category but plan not to include my partner who is here with me but wishes to eventually go back to our home country for further studies. Am I able to exclude her from my application?

Immigration NZ’s policy provides that an application for a New Zealand residence visa must include all dependents of the principal (main) applicant if the dependents hold a temporary entry class visa based on their relationship to the main applicant.

As your partner is currently in New Zealand and holds a temporary visa based on their relationship to you, they must be included in your application. This is a mandatory lodgement requirement for the residence application.