The New Zealand Pacific Access Category quotas will be drawn by ballot today.
650 places are available under the Pacific Access Category for nationals from Tonga (250), Fiji (250), Tuvalu (75) and Kiribati (75).
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Assistant General Manager Geoff Scott says around 10,500 registrations were received this year under the Pacific Access Category quotas.
The PAC quota ballot results will be announced on 16 June 2017.
Those who are successful in being drawn from the ballot will be contacted directly by INZ about how and by when they are required to complete and lodge their formal residence visa applications.
There are another 1,100 places available under the Samoan Quota for Samoan nationals. This year the Samoan Quota ballot will be drawn on 30 June and results will be announced on 7 July.