The ballot, open to citizens of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu takes place between 1 and 30 April.
Each year up to 1100 Samoan citizens, 250 Tongan and Fijian citizens and 75 Kiribati and Tuvaluan citizens are selected by ballot to be considered for residence in New Zealand.
Eligible citizens of these five countries need to be aged between 18 and 45.
After selection, the registrants will then have eight months to lodge their resident visa applications.
They must also be able to indicate they have an acceptable job offer from a New Zealand employer.