I am about to submit my new work visa application as my current visa expires in a week, but I need to travel internationally for my employer in two weeks time. Can anything be done to speed up the process as I understand some visas are taking months to be assessed?

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has recently created a new process to respond to escalation requests for urgent allocation for employment related visas (and associated family members) for both Temporary Work Visas and Skilled Resident Visas.
This includes all employment related visas held at the Manukau, Christchurch, Porirua (excluding visas being processed by the Business Team), Henderson and Manila offices of INZ.
A mailbox is being monitored and actioned by a team of dedicated Immigration Managers who will assess these requests for escalation. A request for escalation will be considered against the following criteria:
•compelling personal circumstances;
•humanitarian factors, and
•matters of national interest.
INZ have advised that they will respond to all requests within two working days to confirm if the application will be prioritised for urgent allocation or not. The Immigration Manager’s determination of any request for escalation is final and they will not respond to further communication about the request and justification around the decision.
In practice we have found that INZ have indeed been quite responsive for these types of requests.
The email address for escalation consideration is: